Awards & Honours - Current Affairs for August, 2017

Awards & Honours Current Affairs for August, 2017

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▼ New website to honour gallantry award winners launched   [08-16-17]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has launched a new website on Aug 15, 2017 to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence.

Announcing the launch of the website http://gallantryawards.gov.in/ in a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said the portal will preserve and tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel.

“In remembrance of our heroes who have been awarded gallantry awards since Independence, launched the site http://gallantryawards.gov.in/

The website gives details of the Chakra Series awardees i.e., Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra.

The portal contains information such as name, unit, year, citations and photographs of awardees till date.

▼ President confers gallantry awards on armed personnel   [08-16-17]

The President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has approved 112 Gallantry Awards to Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces which include five Kirti Chakras, 17 Shaurya Chakras, 85 Sena Medals (Gallantry), three Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).

The President has also awarded 40 Mention-in-Despatches to Army/Air Personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations which include two for ‘Operation Meghdoot’, 32 for ‘Operation Rakshak’, four for ‘Operation Orchid and one each for Army Headquarters and Air Force.

▼ Correctional Service Medals to 20 prison personnel   [08-16-17]

The President of India has approved the conferment of Correctional Service Medals to 20 prison personnel on the occasion of Independence Day, 2017.

The list of awardees include one President’s Correctional Service Medal for Distinguished Service and 19 Correctional Service Medal for Meritorious Service.

▼ Gallantry medals for coast guard announced   [08-16-17]

On the occasion of Independence Day, the President of India has awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service), four Tatrakshak Medals (Gallantry) and two Tatrakshak Medals (Meritorious Service) to Indian Coast Guard personnel.

This was for displaying conspicuous acts of gallantry, distinguished and meritorious service.

The detailed list of the awardees are as follows:

PRESIDENT’S TATRAKSHAK MEDAL (Distinguished Service)

  • DIG Suresh Chand Tyagi, P No. (0066-X)

  • TATRAKSHAK MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
  • DIG Surendra Singh Dasila, P No. (0270-M)
  • Comdt Rajappan Ramesh, P No. (0482-S)
  • Comdt (JG) Abdus Sadek Ali, P No. (0671-X)
  • Asst Comdt Panneerselvan Sasiselvan, P No. (1052-P)

  • TATRAKSHAK MEDAL (MERITORIOUS SERVICE)
  • DIG Ravindra Dattatraya Shedbalkar, P No. (4018-E)
  • DIG Surinder Singh Azad, P No. (0467-L)
These awards are being given to the personnel of the Indian Coast Guard on Republic Day and Independence Day every year, since 26 Jan 1990.

▼ NGO Mimaansa wins Young Innovators Challenge 2017   [08-10-17]

A MUMBAI-BASED organisation that works on assisting children who suffer from learning disabilities (LD), was awarded in the Young Innovators Challenge 2017 event.

This was hosted by 3M India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for its work with students of municipal schools in Thane.

The aim of the challenge was to come up with unique ideas to tackle India’s social and economic problems.

Mimaansa, started in 2012 by Pooja Joshi, a former French teacher and now psychotherapist, works on offering early intervention for children with learning disabilities.

This is including a remedial programme focused on alternative teaching strategies by skilled special educators.

Mimaansa also offers teacher training programmes for municipal school teachers to help them identify and help students with LD, and counselling programme for children with LD.

Joshi shared how that as a teacher, she was never told what the term “special” child actually meant.

After a volunteering stint with children, she decided to start Mimaansa.

Mimaansa currently employs 12 ground staff, including counsellors and special educators who are trained to work with students impacted with LD.

▼ Veteran national award winning actor Sharada honoured with Prem Nazir   [08-7-17]

Veteran actor and national award winner Sharada has been selected for this year's Prem Nazir Award.

The award, carrying a purse of INR 75,000, a statuette and a citation, was instituted by people of Chirayankeezhu, Nazir's hometown in the district, in memory of Kerala's evergreen actor.

It will be presented to Sharada by devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran at a function at Chirayankeezhu on August 15.

Sharada had won three national awards with the first being for her performance in 1968 tragedy film 'Thulabharam'.

She also won the award for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu).

Actor T P Madhavan will be presented INR 50,000 cash award announced by Chirayankeezhu panchayat.