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  • Oscar Academy is adding a New Category for Popular Films

    The new Oscar will be awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film" and will be introduced this coming year, at the 91st Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has added a new category after 17 years to recognise popular films. The last category to be added was 'Best Animated Feature Film'.  ♦ President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - John Bailey

    Kolkata man tops IQ world list with the score of 148

    Amit Sahai, a 43-year-old senior professional from Kolkata has topped the prestigious Intelligence Quotient (IQ) World list along with two other Americans with a score of 148. He has a background in international sales of software, IT, ITes services and high end audio and engineering products. He is also a member of the International High IQ Society.

    Indian origin prison guard Sashi Cheliah wins MasterChef Australia 2018

    The 39-year-old Sashi Cheliah from Adelaide earned 93 out of 100 points to beat fellow contestant Ben Borsht, who scored 77 out of 100. He earned a prize money of $250,000 (almost Rs 1.7 crore). Cheliah has served in the Singapore police force for over a decade and then relocated to Australia, where he started working as a prison guard in a women’s prison. MasterChef Australia 2018 is the popular culinary reality show.

    Five MPs conferred Outstanding Parliamentarian award

    President Ram Nath Kovind granted “Outstanding Parliamentarian” award ♦ for the year 2013 to Dr Najma A. Heptulla (Manipur's Governor and five time Rajya Sabha member ). ♦ for the year 2014 to Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Lok Sabha member) ♦ for the year 2015 to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, ♦ for the year 2016 to Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) ♦ for the year 2017 to Bhartruhari Mahatab (Biju Janata Dal [BJD] Member of Parliament [MP] from Odisha's Cuttack). The Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was established in 1995.

    ONGC won top honours at Swachhta Pakwada Awards

    Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) received top honours at the Swachhta Pakwada Awards, an oil ministry initiative to honour companies and individuals doing exemplary work in cleanliness. The award was given away by Oil Secretary M M Kutty to ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker. Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bagged the runner-up's award. The Oil Ministry celebrated Swachhta Pakhwada fortnight from July 1 to 15 with the theme 'Innovation and Sustainability'.

    HDFC awarded best performing bank in CLSS schemes

    HDFC has been awarded the best performing primary lending institution in Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) and LIG (Low Income Group) category. The award was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. CLSS was introduced in June 2015 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ( PMAY) for home loans to customers from the EWS as well as LIG.

    Gopalkrishna Gandhi to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award 2018

    The advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award has decided to award the Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, this year, with the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award 2018. He was chosen by the committee for his outstanding contribution for promoting communal harmony, peace and goodwill. The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs.10 lakh. The award will be presented on 20th August 2018 on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  Former recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award:  Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohammed Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad, Swami Agnivesh, K.R. Narayanan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal.

    Sourabh Verma won Russian Open Badminton Trophy

    Ace Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma won the Russian Open Badminton trophy at Vladivostok.  Sourabh won the Chinese Taipei Masters in 2016 and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open the same year. In Mixed Doubles, the pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg lost in the Final against the Russian-Korean team of Vladimir Ivanov and Min Kyung Kim, 19-21, 17-21.  

    Bajrang Punia won second consecutive international gold at Yasar Dogu International

    Bajrang Punia won his second consecutive international gold and Sandeep Tomar won a silver medal at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. Indian wrestlers returned with 10 medals, including seven by women, from the ranking event. In the women's competition, Pinki gold medallist in the 55kg category with her 6-3 win over Ukraine's Olga Shnaider in the final.  The Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik failed to reach the medal round in the 62-kilogram category.

    India's Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk among 2018 Ramon Magsaysay award winners

    Two Indians Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk won 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian version of the Nobel Prize. Bharat Vatwani is a psychiatrist who works for the mentally-ill street persons. Sonam Wangchuk works to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress that has improved the lives of the Ladakhi youth. Vatwani and Wangchuk are among the six individuals who were declared as the winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award. Here is the complete list winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018:  S.No Winners Countries 1 Bharat Vatwani India 2 Sonam Wangchuk India 3 Youk Chhang Cambodia 4 Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz   East Timor 5 Howard Dee Philippines 6 Vo Thi Hoang Yen     Vietnam

    Michael Ondaatje again named in Man Booker Prize list

    Sri Lankan-born Canadian author Michael Ondaatje has again made the Man Booker Prize list with his latest novel ''Warlight'', which tells the story of two orphans in London in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Ondaatje's "The English Patient," which won the Booker in 1992, was named winner of the Golden Man Booker winner on July 8, a special award to mark the Booker's 50th anniversary. 2018 Man Booker Prize includes six U.K. writers, three from the United States, and two each from Canada and Ireland.

    Cassini coverage of NASA lands Emmy nomination

    The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated NASA’s coverage of the Cassini mission’s final crash into Saturn for an Emmy in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category.   In 2017, after nearly 20 years in space and 13 years revealing the wonders of Saturn, Cassini began a whole new mission, its Grand Finale, which ended with a spectacular plunge into the planet.

    Ishwar Sharma, 8 year old Indian Boy named 'British Indian of the Year'

    An eight-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy, Ishwar Sharma who is the under-11 UK national yoga champion has been named the "British Indian of the Year" in the Young Achiever category for his achievements in the field of Yoga. He has won a gold medal representing Great Britain at the World Student Games 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada.

    Ravi Mehrotra receives lifetime achievement award at Seatrade 30th Anniversary

    Dr Ravi Mehrotra CBE, Chairman of Foresight Group International Ltd., was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Chris Hayman (Chairman, Seatrade) at the Seatrade 30th Anniversary Award Ceremony held at the Landmark, London. The award recognises recipients who have made a significant and lasting contribution to shipping and the maritime industry.  

    The English patient by Michael Ondaatje won the Golden Man Booker International prize 2018

    Michael Ondaatje’s best selling novel 'The English Patient' has been crowned as the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize at the Southbank Centre in London. The prize was instituted as part of celebrations to mark the Booker’s having completed 50 years. The novel move between large themes of war, loyalty, love. It is set, during World War II, about Hana, a nurse, who tends to a horribly burned man who finds himself in an Italian villa with three other unlikely characters. It was picked as the winner by a public poll from a shortlist of five books.

    Artist Anjolie Ela Menon and Ramachandran conferred the Kalidas Award

    Madhya Pradesh government honoured noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon (aged 78) with the National Kalidas Samman for visual arts. Artist A. Ramachandran was also conferred with the Kalidas Award.

    Irrfan Khan honoured with Icon Award at the London Indian Film Festival

    Irrfan, who is undergoing treatment in London for a neuroendocrine tumour, accepted his award privately. Richa Chadha won the Outstanding Achievement Award, while Manoj Bajpayee was also awarded an Icon Award. British comedy 'Eaten By Lions' won this year's top prize, voted by the audience.

    Madhya Pradesh will be awarded for reducing Maternal Mortality

    Madhya Pradesh has been registered an unprecedented 48-digit decline in maternal deaths as per the report of the Registrar General of India from 2014 to 2016. Under Prime Minister's Safe Motherhood Campaign, Madhya Pradesh will be awarded for reducing maternal mortality. The Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign has been launched to ensure quality of care of over 3 crore pregnant women of the country before delivery.

    World Food Prize 2018 awarded to Economist Lawrence Haddad, Dr. David Nabarro

    Lawrence Haddad, who is a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018 World Food Prize recipients. They dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.

    President presented 4th National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

    President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the awards to the institutions and individuals on the occasion of ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ at a function organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.Number of AwardName of Category of AwardName of Institution/Individual1. Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) for providing rehabilitation services to alcoholics and drug users.Tapovan Nashamukti Evam Punarwas Sansthan,  Rajasthan.2.Best Panchayati Raj or Municipal Body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse. Lariapali Gram Panchayat, Odisha.3.Best Educational Institution doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse.Punjab Institute of Medical Science, Jalandhar, Punjab.  4.Best Non Profit Institution, other than S. No.1, 2, and 3, with outstanding contribution in Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse.Nashabandi Mandal, Mumbai, Maharashtra.5.Best Research or Innovation Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre (DDTC),  Chandigarh. 6.Best Awareness CampaignState Literacy Mission Authority (SLMA), Patna.7.Outstanding achievement by an Individual.1.Dr. R.C. Sahni, Rajasthan.2. Dr. Rajesh Tukaram Patil, Goa. 3. Shri L.R. Madhujan, Kerala.

    Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with French honour

    For contribution in enhancing Indo-French ties in cinema, Actor Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). The award will be presented by the Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler, who will be undertaking a two-day trip in Mumbai on June 22-23 to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the sustainable urban mobility, cultural, academic and corporate sectors between France and India.

    FICCI awarded at X International IT Forum, Russia

    Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) received an award during the event, for its support and active participation at the forum, consecutively for two years. The prime objective of the X International IT Forum was to leverage on the unique strengths of the Indian IT industry potential and Russia's innovative products. More than 1,500 participants from 55 countries participated in the forum, which has established itself as an international venue for discussion of key issues in development and implementation of digital economy in the region.

    Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje conferred with Chief Minister of the Year award

    The award was given at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh was the chief guest at the function. Efforts of the chief minister and state government were appreciated in implementing the prime minister’s Digital India campaign for benefitting the common man

    Sridevi named best actress, Irrfan awarded best actor at IIFA

    Sridevi won Best Actress (posthumously) for her role in 2017 film MOM, her husband Boney Kapoor collected the prize at the Indian International Film Awards (IIFA), held in Bangkok. Irrfan Khan won the prize for Best Actor in a leading role for Hindi Medium. 'Tumhari Sulu' was named Best Picture. Saket Chaudhary won the best direction award for 'Hindi Medium'. The Best Music Direction Award went to the trinity of Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva for their work on Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Anupam Kher, who has over 500 films to his credit, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony.

    Vishwas Mandalik in Nasik, Yoga Institute in Mumbai recieves PM award

    For outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga, Vishwas Mandalik from Nasik and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai have been selected as the recipients of the prime minister's award. The award for 2017 was won by Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune.

    Surat selected for City Award category under 2018 India Smart Cities Award

    Under ‘India Smart Cities Award' 2018, Surat has been awarded for showcasing "great momentum" in the implementation of projects under the Smart Cities Mission. Joint winners in ‘Innovative Idea' category were Bhopal for its Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Ahmedabad for Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) Project.   Under ‘Social Aspects' category - NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) and Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) bagged the award for implementation of ‘smart classrooms' project, Under ‘urban environment' category - Bhopal, Pune and Coimbatore bagged the award for public bike-sharing project.

    Kidambi Srikanth wins Sportsperson Of The Year award

    The Commonwealth Games 2018 gold-medal winning shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, was adjudged as the "Sportsperson of the Year for 2017" by the Sports Illustrated India magazine. In 2017, the Kidambi Srikanth won 4 Superseries titles – Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France and finished the season as World No. 2. In April, he became the only male Indian badminton player to rise to the No. 1 in badminton rankings. Here are the award categories in which the athletes were felicitated: Team of the Year: Women’s Cricket Team Coach of the Year: Stephen Constantine Young Sportsperson of the Year: Manav Vikas Thakkar Lifetime Achievement Award: Dhanraj Pillay Special Award Living Legend: Balbir Singh Sr.

    Nine Year old Syrian girl Bana Alabed to be honoured for defending freedom

    Syrian child activist Bana Alabed who live-tweeted her experiences in war-torn Syria will be honoured for "defending freedom". Alabed also featured on the TIME magazine's list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos became the Richest Person in the World

    Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in the world with a net wealth of USD 141.9 billion, as per the Forbes World's Billionaires list. Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, is the second-richest man in the world with USD 92.9 billion. Warren Buffet ranked third place with a total of wealth of USD 82.2 billion.

    Restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy Crowned Worlds Best Restaurant for the 2nd time

    Italy's Osteria Francescana was crowned the world's best restaurant for the second time. El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Mirazur in France were ranked second and third respectively.

    Anukreethy Vas From Tamil Nadu Crowned 2018 Femina Miss India

    Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Kurrana. Anukreethy Vas was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was the first runner-up while Shreya Rao Kamavarapu from Andhra Pradesh secured the second runner-up position. Anukreethy Vas will now represent India at Miss World 2018 while the two runners-up will represent the country at Miss Grand International 2018 and Miss United Continents 2018 respectively.

    Tennis Player Roger Federer returns to No.1 ranking after winning his 98th career singles title

    Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer clinched his 98th career singles title by defeating Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Open final and reached the world number one ranking. Now Rafael Nadal is in World No:2 ranking. Roger Federer is 36 years old, born at Basel, Switzerland.

    HDFC has been ranked 5th biggest consumer financial services company worldwide by Forbes

    Housing finance major HDFC has been ranked as the 5th biggest public company globally in the 'consumer financial services category' on a list compiled by Forbes magazine. American Express has ranked No:1 in this category, while Indiabulls Housing Finance is the only other Indian company (at 13th place) on the list. There are a total of 58 Indian companies on the overall list of 2,000 firms from across the world. These include Reliance Industries at 83rd place, the only from India in the top-100. Besides, HDFC Bank is at 202nd, ONGC at 266th, Indian Oil at 270th and ICICI Bank at 320th.

    Kailash Satyarthi and ISRO Chief Gets 'Santokbaa Humanitarian' Award

    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 'Santokbaa Humanitarian Award' to Child rights activist and Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and space scientist A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Surat, Gujarat. The award was instituted by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundation (SRKKF) and led by diamond baron Govind Dholakia. The award includes a trophy and a prize money of Rs 1 crore each to the awardees.

    Prajnesh Gunneswaran Won T.K. Ramanathan Award For 2017-18

    Prajnesh Gunneswaran won the prestigious T.K. Ramanathan award for the year 2017-18 at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) annual day function at the SDAT tennis stadium. He received a cash prize of Rs. 30,000.

    Japanese Director Won Cannes' Top Award

    Asian, Arab, and women filmmakers scored big at the closing ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the top prize -- the Palme d'Or. Kore-eda, in the festival's main competition for the fifth time won the Palme d'Or for 'Manbiki Kazoku' (Shoplifters). Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d'Or winner this millennium (after Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul for 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives', 2010). This is the seventh time that a director from Asia has bagged the coveted trophy.

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Spanish Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton (of Mercedes) won for the second race in succession by dominating an eventful Spanish Grand Prix 2018. Valtteri Bottas of  Mercedes stood second in the race.  Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in the event.

    Mark Tully To Get Red Ink Award

    Senior journalist Mark Tully will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Red Ink Awards in Mumbai. Tully worked with the BBC for three decades and was the broadcaster’s Chief of Bureau for Delhi for 20 years. Tully was a front-running reporter for all major news breaks in South Asia like the Indo-Pakistan wars, the Bhopal gas tragedy, Operation Blue Star, assassination of Indira Gandhi and anti-Sikh riots.   Faye D’Souza, the Executive Editor of Mirror Now, will also be given the Journalist of the Year Award at the function.

    Anindita Honoured With Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar Award

    US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Anaam was honored with the prestigious 'Shri Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018' for outstanding contribution to the field of art. The award was presented to the Kathak exponent during the 'Jayadev International Dance Festival' in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The four-day festival has been organized under the aegis of Odisha's culture department and National Culture Mission.

    Shashank Manohar to Serve second term as ICC Chairman

    Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar will serve a second two-year term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed by the governing body's Board.  Mr. Manohar became the first independent ICC Chairman in 2016. According to the election process, ICC Directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or a past ICC Director.

    Shooting high on success and victory, Heena Sindhu clinches gold in International Shooting in Hannover

    Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu secured the gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol category of the international shooting competition of Hannover, marking a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich. Heena was in a carefree form in the final where she was tied with France's Mathilde Lamoille on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde. While Shri Nivetha finished on 219.2. After beginning with a series of scores in the 9s, Heena switched gears and scored 10 and above steadily to break away from the field. Her second series produced consistent 10s and she even hit a perfect 10.9 in the elimination round to put herself in contention for gold.

    Lata Mangeshkar Conferred With Swara Mauli Award

    Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was honored with the Swara Mauli title by spiritual guru Vidya Narasimha Bharati Swami. Mangeshkar, 88, was conferred with the award at her residence in Mumbai. Her sisters Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were also present.

    Indian duo Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy storms into semi-finals of Australian Open

    The Indian duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy entered into the semi-finals of the Men’s doubles event of Australian Open 2018. However, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the tournament after losing their respective men's singles quarter-final matches. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy qualified for the semifinals after edging past compatriots Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran. Manu and Sumeeth defeated Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran by 17-21, 21-19, 21-18 in a match that lasted for only 51 minutes. The Indian pair will now take on top seeds Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto of Indonesia in the semi-finals. In singles, second seed Sai Praneeth lost to Lee Cheuk Yiu by 21-23, 13-21 in a match that lasted for an hour. Earlier in the first round, Lee Cheuk Yiu also outclassed India’s Lakshya Sen. Meanwhile, Sameer Verma lost to Lu Guangzu in straight games. Sameer went down 21-14 in the first game after Lu won six straight points after the mid-game break.

    Third South Asian Junior Athletics Championships: India Tops With 50 Medals

    India finished on top in the 7-nation 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the final day. India ended with 20 gold, 22 silver and 8 bronze medals (Total 50 Medals).  Sri Lanka bagged rest of the 12 gold medals in the competition along with 10 silver and 19 bronze. Pakistan won one silver and a bronze to settle for the third place. The juniors will next represent India at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan in June 2018.

    No Nobel Prize In Literature This Year

    The Swedish Academy decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The decision has been taken in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize. According to the Swedish Foundations Act, the Nobel Foundation is ultimately responsible for fulfilling the intentions in the will of Alfred Nobel. For the first time since 1949, the secretive jury will not unveil a winner this autumn.

    Sai Praneeth defeats Sri Lankan opponent to seal a berth in semi finals of New Zealand Open

    Star Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth registered a comfortable victory over his Sri Lankan opponent Niluka Karunaratne 21-7, 21-9 to seal a berth in the semifinals of the New Zealand Open 2018. Notably, B Sai Praneeth took only 28 minutes to dismiss Sri Lanka’s World No. 129 Niluka Karunaratne out of the tournament. Praneeth, who is World No. 18 leads 1-0 against Karunaratne in a head-to-head clash. The 25-year-old Indian will next take on the second seed and World No. 14 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. On the other side, another Indian shuttler Sameer Verma went down to two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan by 19-21, 9-21. After a hard-fought defeat by Lin Dan, Sameer was also crashed out of the tournament. Lin Dan will be up against qualifier Kwang Hee Heo of Korea in the other semifinal. Even though the Sameer in the first game drew level by 19-19 but Dan showed his vast experience to close out the opener at 21-19 with a delicate drop. However, in the second game, Sameer was no match for his highly accomplished opponent as he finished 9-21.

    India's Neeraj Goyat Is WBC Asia Boxer Of The Year

    Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the 'WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award'. Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welterweight category. Since turning pro in 2011, Neeraj won nine fights including two knockouts. Neerav Tomar, promoter of IOS Boxing Promotions which manages Neeraj and Vijender Singh, was bestowed with 'WBC Asia honorary Promoter of the year 2017 Award' by the Asian Boxing Council at WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai annual awards presentation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle Honored With PC Chandra Puraskaar

    Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was honored with 26th PC Chandra Puraskaar for her contribution in the field of Indian music. Sharmila Tagore was the Chief Guest at the event who also presented the prestigious award to Asha Bhosle. Asha Bhosle made her singing debut in 1943 and she has sung in a great variety of musical genres. Her career spans over almost seven decades.

    Rafael Nadal Wins 11th Barcelona Title

    Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona Open title on clay. He defeated the 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to clinch the title. Nadal who also won his 11th Monte Carlos Masters title recently. This was his 55th title on clay - and the 77th overall in his illustrious career. The 63rd-ranked Tsitsipas was trying to become the first Greek to win an ATP Tour title. He was the first Greek to make it to an ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973.Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist in Barcelona since 2005.

    Fixty Sixth Belgrade International Boxing Tournament In Serbia

    The 56th edition of Belgrade International Boxing Championship was held at Belgrade in Serbia.   Indian boxers won three gold, five silver and five bronze medals at this championship. Among Gold medal winners, Sumit Sangwan won the final bout by defeating Ecuador’s Castillo Torres in 91 kg category. Indian woman boxer Nikhat Zareen won the Gold medal in 51 kg by defeating Greece’s Koutsoeorgopoulou Aikaterini in the final bout. Himanshu Sharma (49 kg) too won a Gold medal by defeating Algeria’s Mohammed Touareg in the final bout.

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