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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been awarded the Editor's choice award, category is International Humanitarian Award for her work in India and worldwide at the second annual Asian Voice Charity Awards. She has been working for the charity Habitat for Humanity last five years. The other winners of Asian Voice Charity Awards are Start-up of the year - One Kind Act;  Most Enterprising - Akademi;  Social Impact Award - Graham Layton Trust;  Most inspiring individual - Meenal Sachdev;  Charity of the Year - Anxiety UK;  Excellence in CSR - Nationwide Building Society;  Editor's choice awards - Jeffrey Archer (Lifetime Achievement Award).

N'Golo Kante named Player of the Year by the English Premier League. The premier league player of the season is an annual association football award presented to the players in England. The 2015 - 2016 Premier League player was given to Jamie Vardy.

German Alexander Zverev beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final of Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 Italian Open Title in Rome. Zverev became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament at the age of 19. The tournament is also known as Rome Masters and the Italian Championship. Rafael Nadal won this title with a record of seven times. The Italian Open women's Singles Title 2017 was won by Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

Tejas Express country's first ultra-modern train will begin its first journey flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Mumbai to Goa. The train designed at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the bright yellow-coloured coach promises better safety features and breaking system. The train will have one executive AC chair car with seating capacity for 56 persons and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seats in each coach. Indian Railways has introduced Braille assistance system in Tejas Express. It will have bio-toilets. Railways plan to introduce similar trains on Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow routes soon.

Bengaluru FC team won the Federation Cup champions at the Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Odisha. They defeated Mohun Bagan team. Bengaluru Football club is an Indian professional football club in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The club was formed in the year of 2013. The team is currently owned by JSW Group.

An Indian boy Prashant Ranganathan won the world’s largest pre-college science competition The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the US in the environmental engineering category for his project on bio degradation of pesticides. Prashant Ranganathan is a student of Carmel Junior College in Jamshedpur. His project titled ‘Biodegradation of Chlorpyrifos using native bacteria’ is aimed at helping farmers to biodegrade the harmful pesticides. Indian American Pratik Naidu has won an award in the category of computational biology and bioinformatics.  Adam Nayak who has won in earth and environmental sciences, Karthik Yegnesh in Mathematics and Rahul Subramaniam in the microbiology category.

National Anti-Terrorism Day was observed on May 21 across the country to raise the awareness of the danger of terrorism and violence. The day is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Chamba Deputy Commissioner Sudesh Mokhta administered the anti - terrorism pledges to the officers and employees of various departments.

Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and Y.C. Deveshwar conferred the Banga Samman Awards, West Bengal's Highest Civilian Award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Two categories of awards are presented as part of Banga Samman - Banga Bhushan and Banga Bibhushan. Industrialist Deveshwar, pulmonologist Dhiman Ganguly, former Mizoram Governor Arun Prasad Mukherjee, actor Chatterjee, and poet Nirendranath Chakraborty conferred the highest category of awards, the Banga Bibhushan. Recipients of Banga Bhushan are Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, folk singer Hidmat Fakir, Chapal Bhaduri. The Banga Samman awards were instituted in 2011, celebrated artistes, singers, sportspersons, filmmakers, intellectuals have been honored with these awards.

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated free Wi-Fi Internet facility at 28 Railway Stations of Konkan Railway from Kudal Railway Station in Maharashtra. Indian Railways has tied by with SYSCON/JOISTER for providing 2 Mbps peer-to-peer 24 hrs Free Wi-Fi bandwidth. The free Wi-Fi facility would help the travelers, commuters, and tourists access essential information while waiting for trains on railway stations.

The South Asian Junior Table Tennis championship was held in Mount Lavinia, near Colombia in Sri Lanka. India got 10 gold medals and four silver medals for a total of 14 medals from the regional championships. India won the championship with eight points, followed by Sri Lanka (six points). Manav Thakkar won Junior Boys final . Archana Girish Kamath won Junior Girls final.

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is celebrated annually on May 22 around the globe by United Nations. The theme for IDB 2017 is - Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. It aims on the opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.

Mumbai Indians won the 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy for the third time at Hyderabad. They defeated Rising Pune Supergiant team in the finals. Krunal Pandya from Mumbai Indians named the man of the match. Hyderabad team was the winner of 9th IPL tournament in 2016.

Japan’s SoftBank Group received $93 billion in cash for its new $100 billion fund for technology firms and start-ups in the US, Europe and Asia, including India. The SoftBank Vision Fund, include SoftBank, the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mubadala Investment Co. of the United Arab Emirates, Apple Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Qualcomm Inc. and Sharp Corp are the major investors for start ups. The billions invested will be directed towards the tech industry, ranging from companies in artificial intelligence to robotics and cloud technology.

A team of scientists at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named a new organism discovered by them after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a Former President of India. have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam.   Read more at: have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam.   Read more at: have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam.   Read more at: have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam.   Read more at: The new lifeform – a bacterium found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on Earth. The name of the bacterium is Solibacillus kalamii. the species name is named after Abdul Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus.