Awards & Honours - Current Affairs for January,2017

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▼ 2016 TS Eliot Prize goes to Jackself author Jacob Polley   [01-18-17]

Jacob Polley has won the 2016 TS Eliot prize with Jackself. This is a collection described by the judges as “a firework of a book”.

The loosely autobiographical poems use the “Jack” of nursery rhymes. It then harnesses a local legend to tell the story of a childhood in rural Cumbria.

Polley emerged as winner of the UK’s richest poetry prize at a ceremony on 16th Jan 2017 evening at the Wallace Collection gallery in London.

The book was chosen from a 10-strong shortlist including the winner of the 2015 Forward prize, Vahni Capildeo, and previous TS Eliot prize winner Alice Oswald.

It is third time lucky for the Carlisle born-poet, who was first shortlisted for his debut collection The Brink in 2003. Then again, he was shortlisted with The Havocs in 2012.

Born in 1975, Polley was among 20 to be named the Next Generation of best British poets by the Poetry Book Society in 2004 on the strength of his first collection.

He has also written a novel, Talk of the Town, which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham award, and collaborated with director Ian Fenton on a short film, Keeping House.

He teaches at Newcastle University.

Polley is the 23rd winner of the prize, which carries a purse of £20,000.

It was founded by TS Eliot’s widow Valerie in 1993 and is now run by the TS Eliot Foundation.

▼ 62nd Filmfare Awards ceremony, presented by the Filmfare magazine.   [01-16-17]

It honored the best Indian films of 2016.

The ceremony was held on 14 January 2017 and was co-hosted by Kapil Sharma, Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan.

Aamir Khan bagged the best actor honour, while his movie “Dangal” was adjudged as the best film at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards.

The best director award went to Nitesh Tiwari for “Dangal”, which is based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters.

The best actress title was won by Alia Bhatt for her performance in “Udta Punjab” while Sonam Kapoor bagged the critics choice award for “Neerja”.

The Ram Madhvani-directed biopic also bagged the critics award for best film.

Ashwini Iyer Tiwari took home the best debut director for “Nil Battey Sannata” which starred Swara Bhaskar in the lead.

The complete list of 62nd Jio Film fare Awards 2017.


Best Actor (Male)Aamir Khan for ‘Dangal’
Best Actor (Female)Alia Bhatt for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best Film‘Dangal’
Best DirectorNitesh Tiwari for ‘Dangal’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film‘Neerja’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Male)Shahid Kapoor for ‘Udta Punjab’ and Manoj Bajpayee for ‘Aligarh’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Female)Sonam Kapoor for ‘Neerja’
Best Actor (Male) in a short FilmManoj Bajpayee for ‘Taandav’
Best short Film People’s ChoiceKhamakha
Best Short Film (Fiction)‘Chutney’
Best Short Film (Non-fiction)‘Matitali Kusti’
Best Actor (Female) in a Short FilmTisca Chopra for ‘Chutney’
Best Debut DirectorAshwini Iyer Tiwari for ‘Nil Battey Sannata’
Best Male DebutDiljit Dosanjh for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best Female DebutRitika Singh for ‘Saala Khadoos’
Best DialogueRitesh Shah for ‘Pink’
Best ScreenplayShakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best StoryShakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)Rishi Kapoor for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)Shabana Azmi for ‘Neerja’
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement AwardShatrughan Sinha
Best Music AlbumPritam for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best LyricistAmitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Channa Mereya’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Playback Singer (Male)Arijit Singh for ‘Ae dil hai mushkil’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Playback Singer (Female)Neha Bhasin for ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ from ‘Sultan’
Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music TalentAmit Mishra for ‘Bulleya’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Visual EffectsRed Chillies for ‘Fan’
Best EditingMonisha Baldawa for ‘Neerja’
Best CostumePayal Saluja for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best ActionShyam Kaushal for ‘Dangal’

▼ “Miracle Man” posthumously awarded Sena Medal   [01-16-17]

Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was dubbed miracle man for surviving 6 days under huge ice and snow debris after an avalanche hit won the Sena medal.

The soldier lost his life to multiple organ failure following the miraculous survival, and was posthumously awarded the medal.

His wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal received the medal from Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat at Army Day parade.

A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, the Madras regiment soldier was pulled out alive from under 30 ft of ice-and-snow debris.

He lay buried for six days on the Siachen glacier.

He managed to stay alive for six days in minus 45 degree C temperature buried under ice and snow.

10 Army personnel, including Koppad, were were buried alive on February 3 in an avalanche. Siachen is the world's highest battlefield.

His death was deeply condoled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while the whole nation paid glowing tributes to the 33-year-old soldier.

He had served for 10 years in difficult and challenging areas out of his 13 years of service.

He had also served in the north-east in 2010-2012 where he participated in operations against NDFB and ULFA.

About the Siachen Avalanche 2016

  • On 3 February 2016, an avalanche hit an Indian military base in northern Siachen Glacier.
  • It trapped 10 soldiers, highlighting risks that soldiers face in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 21,000 feet.
  • Indians soldiers battle extreme weather conditions on the world’s highest battlefield.
  • On an average, India spends INR. 5 crore a day for maintaining troops on the glacier.

▼ Nobel Prize exhibition held in India for the first time   [01-11-17]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 'The Nobel Prize' exhibition on 9th Jan, 2017 at Science City in Ahmedabad.

'The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World' contains several original artefacts, both from Alfred Nobel himself and from a number of Nobel Laureates

The exhibition is open to public till February 13 free of charge.

It is a part of Nobel Prize Series India 2017, an extensive programme of events taking place with the participation of nine Nobel Laureates

A symposium will also be held in connection with Vibrant Gujarat, as well as inspirational meetings such as Q&A sessions, lectures and roundtables in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Gandhinagar

Students will be able to interact with the Laureates at universities such as IISC Bangalore, NCBS Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat University and M S University Vadodara.

It is the first-of-its-kind conclave of Nobel laureates to be held in India.

It has been organised by Nobel Media and coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology.

Nine Nobel laureates are attending it and interact with students of Indian Universities. Read more

The Nobel Prize Series, India 2017 will feature a 5-week long Science Exhibition being set up by the Nobel Foundation, with exhibits from the Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.

About Alfred Nobel

  • Born: 21 October 1833, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Died: 10 December 1896, Sanremo, Italy
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Awards: John Fritz Medal

▼ 74th Annual Golden Globe awards announced   [01-10-17]

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was conducted at Beverly Hills California in the US on 8th Jan 2016.

These are annual awards to honour the best Motion Pictures and American Television actors and productions.

This year (2016), romantic musical comedy La La Land won in 7 categories including top award of best musical or comedy.

Veteran actress Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

La La Land featuring Emma Stone and Ryan Goslin won in every category it was nominated for- Best musical

  • Best comedy
  • Best director
  • Best screenplay
  • Best score
  • Best song
Moonlight was named the best drama film while Casey Affeck and Isabelle Hupper won the other prizes. British actors enjoyed a golden night in TV categories. Two British series The Night Manager and The Crown won the awards.

Affleck was named best actor in film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea. French star Huppert beat contenders Natalie Portman who played Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Hupper won the award for the performance in thriller Elle.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress for a role she played in Broadway six years back.

British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named as best supporting actor for role in Nocturnal Animals.

Zootopia was named best animated feature film at the ceremony on 8th Jan 2016.

The Golden Globe Awards are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They honour the best in TV and film from the past year.

▼ Zee Jaipur Literature festival commences   [01-9-17]

Attracted by the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival’s international reputation, writers come from across the world will take part in the 5 day celebration of literature including 2016 winner Paul Beatty. Beatty is the first and only American to have been awarded the prestigious prize.

A second Man Booker awardee Alan Hollinghurst, author of five novels, including The Swimming-Pool Library and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 will also be part of the festival.

Other noted writers include International Man Booker prize nominated Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan, Aussie author Richard Flanagan awarded Man Booker Prize in 2014 for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Mei Fong who is believed to be the first Malaysian to win a Pulitzer.

Australian Sebastian Smee who won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011 will also participate along with famous Hindi writer Hari Ram Meena has written eight books in Hindi, including collections of poems, travelogues and the novel Dhuni Tape Teer and Naseem Shafaie a noted Kashmir litterateur.

Also part of the event is S.L. Bhyrappa who has been the bestselling novelist in Kannada for the past 50 years. A facsimile of the Magnta Carta will also be displayed at the festival.

Know More About Magna Carta

  • Magna Carta Libertatum (the Great Charter of Liberties), is a charter.
  • It was agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on June 15, 1215.
  • It still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners.
  • It is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities.

Chronology of events
Shankar Balasubramanian, an Indian-origin British professor of chemistry and DNA expert at Cambridge University, has received a Knighthood along with Olympic stars Andy Murray and Mo Farah among others by Queen Elizabeth II for their contributions.
Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016, the literary organisation announced.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was adjudged the country’s best power corporation for minimising transmission and distribution (T&D) losses.
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) CMD K M Singh has been conferred the ‘Power & Energy Persona’s Award for Individual Excellence’ at the 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016
Actress Meryl Streep wins Globe DeMille award on 9th Jan 2016.
The Nobel Media is holding the first Nobel Prize Series in India and coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology in Delhi.
Lars Heikenstein, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, which administers the Nobel Prizes, said China was excluded because it had imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner and political critic, Liu Xiaobo.
Indian-American Parag Havaldar has been named in the list of 18 achievements announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its 2017 Scientific and Technical awards for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology.
Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the US Embassy to acknowledge his immense contribution to the India-US ties on tuberculosis. The 74 year old actor is a TB survivor.
Barack Obama awarded vice president Joe Biden America's highest civilian honour on 12th Jan 2017 namely the Presidential Medal of Freedom.