Awards & Honours - Current Affairs for March,2017

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▼ KCK International Award for Print Journalists announced   [03-23-17]

President Pranab Mukherjee on 20 March 2017 presented the KCK International Award for excellence in Print Journalism.

The awards were organized by Rajasthan Patrika in New Delhi.

The award for the year 2014 was conferred upon Wanjohi Kabukuru’s team for the story How East Africa Lost Its Innocence that was published in New African magazine, London.

The award for the year 2015 was awarded to Rakesh Sharma and his team for an investigative news series Sexual Harassment in Nari Niketan, published in Amar Ujala.

The award carries the cash prize of USD 11000. Journalism has had a long history in India.

Print Journalism in India

  • It has been closely associated with India’s struggle for independence and social reforms.
  • The history of Indian journalism has been that of progressive reform, social renaissance and anti-colonialism.
  • The contribution of print journalism to an evolving Indian society and nationhood was immense beginning with the ‘Samvad Kaumudi’ brought out by Raja Rammohun Roy in 1819.
  • Others include ‘Samachar Chandrika’ and ‘Mirat-Ul-Akhbar’, Harijan and Young India edited by the Mahatma.
  • Print journalism has its own impact because journalists through their columns or stories find a permanent place in the minds of readers.

▼ 5 Indians in WEF Young Global Leaders List   [03-21-17]

Five Indians, including Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Shruti Shibulal of The Tamara Hospitality, have made it to the World Economic Forum's 100 Young Global Leaders list.

The other individuals who represented India in the list include Ambarish Mitra Founder and CEO Blippar, a mobile phone app business valued at USD 1.5 billion.

Also part of the list were Hindol Sengupta Editor-at large Fortune India and Rwitwika Bhattacharya - Agarwal Founder and CEO Swaniti Initiative.

There were nine global leaders from South Asia, out of which five are from India.

Besides, there are some persons of Indian origin in the US and Europe were also named in the list.

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selects 100 young leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world's most complex challenges with innovative approaches.

In this year's class of 100 Young Global Leaders, half the intake come from emerging economies, reflecting a trend towards greater diversity in global leadership.

Selected into a five-year programme, this year's class of 100 Young Global Leaders is split evenly between business and not-for-profit sectors building a global community of peers who can capitalise on diverse talents, experiences and networks to bridge divides that exist in society and achieve more together than they could separately.

From the public sector, the list features Aja Brown the youngest mayor to be elected in Compton, California.

Among those representing the private sector is Katie Hill, an innovator who leads Apple's ambitious new clean energy programme, converting the company's manufacturing worldwide to renewable energy.

▼ Amitabh Bachchan wins Best Male Actor at Zee Cine Awards   [03-14-17]

Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor Female Award at the Zee Cine Awards 2017.

Amitabh Bachchan won the Best Male Actor Award. Alia was honoured for her stellar performance in Udta Punjab while Amitabh Bachchan won his award for his role in Pink.

Salman Khan won the Best Actor Male (Viewer's Choice) while the Female Best Actor (Viewer's Choice) award was won by Anushka Sharma.

Rishi Kapoor won two awards– Best Supporting Male and Best Actor in Comic Role Categories for his film Kapoor and Sons.

Shabana Azmi won the Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female) award for Neerja. The Best Film award was won by Pink. Best Film Award (Viewer's Choice) was Dangal.

▼ Konkani writer wins Saraswati Samman 2017   [03-14-17]

Well known Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel ‘Hawthan’.

The 74-year-old writer’s novel, published in 2009, was shortlisted from 22 books written in as many languages.

The selection for the award is given every year for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language by an Indian citizen and published during the last 10 years.

It is made by a jury presided by former chief justice A S Anand.

The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh and a citation.

Goa-based Sail is a renowned bilingual writer. He has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit.

He has also written five short stories and a novel in Marathi.

His book ‘Hawthan’ is a well-researched work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa.

Recipients of Saraswati Samman

The previous recipients of the Saraswati Samman, instituted by K K Birla Foundation include:

  • Former Union minister M Veerappa Moily,
  • S L Bhyrappa,
  • K Aiyappa Panickar,
  • Vijay Tendulkar,
  • Padma Sachdev and
  • Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

▼ Aishwariya Rai Bachchan is IFFAA best actress for 2017   [03-10-17]

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured with the best actress award for her performance in 'Sarbjit' at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA).

In the biopic movie, the 43-year-old actress portrayed Dalbir Kaur.

She is the sister of Sarabjit Singh, fighting against the system to bring back his brother from Pakistan jail.

'Sarbjit,' based on the story of Sarbjit Singh, an Indian national who was punished by Pakistan's Supreme Court on charges of spying.

The Omung Kumar directed movie also starred Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumar.

Sarabjit Singh: Know More

  • Born: 1963, Bhikhiwind
  • Died: 2 May 2013, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Spouse: Sukhpreet Kaur
  • Pakistani SC judgement: Capital punishment

▼ Danish toymaker Lego honours women scientists   [03-3-17]

Danish toymaker Lego plans to honour five women scientists, engineers and astronauts who worked for US space agency NASA.

The aim is to release figurines of the pioneering women that its creator hopes will inspire more girls to pursue careers in science.

The women include computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, astronaut Sally Ride and Katherine Johnson.

Johnson is one of three black female mathematicians whose work on the U.S. space programme in the 1960s is captured in Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures.

Maia Weinstock, a science editor and the winner of a Lego competition for new sets created by fans, said she wanted to recognise women who made significant contributions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

There are people whose stories have not really been told who have made seminal contributions to the NASA programmes.

After submitting her design idea to a Lego website, Ms. Weinstock said it only took 15 days before her proposal garnered 10,000 public votes and attracted attention from the toymaker.

The set, which will also pay tribute to astronomer Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison, will feature a mini version of the Hubble Space Telescope which was sent into space in the 1990s to collect data and take photographs.

It will also include a space shuttle.

Lego: Know More

  • CEO: Bali Padda (since 1 Jan 2017)
  • Headquarters: Billund, Denmark
  • Founder: Ole Kirk Christiansen
  • Founded: 10 August 1932, Billund, Denmark
  • Type: Privately held company

▼ Virat Kohli wins Polly Umrigar award for third time   [03-3-17]

India Test captain Virat Kohli will be awarded with the Polly Umrigar Award at the BCCI award ceremony in Bangalore on March 8, 2017.

Kohli, who received the award in 2011-12 and 2014-15, becomes the first Indian cricketer to get it on the third occasion.

The award is given to the international cricketer of the year by the Indian cricket board.

In another first, all-rounder R Ashwin will also become the first Indian to receive the Dilip Sardesai award twice.

Earlier, The BCCI Annual Awards committee consisting of N Ram, Ramachandra Guha and Diana Edulji had nominated Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar for the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mumbai Cricket Association has been chosen as the State Association of the Season (2015-16) for winning the Ranji Trophy, the CK Nayudu Trophy and also the Women’s Plate League Group.

They were runner-up in the Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19), the Vijay Merchant Trophy (U-16) and the Women’s One-Day Elite Group.

Complete List of Winners: BCCI Awards

Dilip Sardesai award (For India’s best cricketer in the West Indies series 2016): R AshwinJalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh
Best Umpire in Domestic cricket in 2015-16:Nitin Menon
Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman cricketer (Jr.) of 2015-16):Deepti Sharma of Uttar Pradesh
Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman cricketer (Sr.) of 2015-16):Mithali Raj of Railways
Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in domestic limited-overs competitions, 2015-16:Axar Patel of Gujarat
Madavrao Scindia Award (Highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16):Shreyas Iyer of Mumbai
Madavrao Scindia Award (Highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16):Shahbaz Nadeem of Jharkhand
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (Highest scorer in (U-23) Col. CK. Nayudu Trophy 2015-16:Jay. G. Bista of Mumbai
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy (Highest wicket-taker in (U-23) Col. CK. Nayudu Trophy 2015-16:Satyajeet Bachhav of Maharashtra
NKP Salve Award (Highest scorer in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy in 2015-16):Arman Jaffer of Mumbai
Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest wicket-taker in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2015-16):Abhishek Sharma of Punjab
Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest scorer in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2015-16):Abhishek Sharma of Punjab
NKP Salve Award (Highest wicket-taker in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy in 2015-16):Ninad Rathva of Baroda
Polly Umrigar Award:Virat Kohli
BCCI special award:VV Kumar, Late Ramakant Desai
BCCI Lifetime achievement award for women:Shantha Rangaswamy
Col. CK. Nayudu Lifetime achievement award:Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar

▼ Shanta Rangaswamy wins BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award   [03-2-17]

In a move that will potentially give a much-needed impetus to Women’s Cricket in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has introduced the women’s category in their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

This is recognising the stellar contribution of Indian women cricketers to the sport in India.

The first awardee in the category, who will be felicitated on International Women’s Day on March 8, is former India captain Shanta Rangaswamy.

Apart from Mr. Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai have been nominated for the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian Cricket.

About Shanta Rangaswamy

  • Chennai-born Rangaswamy played 16 Tests between 1976 and 1991, and 19 ODIs between 1981 and 1986.
  • In her Test career, she captained eight of the matches in 1976-77 and four in 1983-84, and scored 750 runs at 32.60 including the first ever century scored by a woman cricketer against New Zealand, in 1986.
  • In her ODI stint, she captained 16 matches and scored 287 runs.
  • The right-handed batter and bowler who bowled at a medium pace took 21 wickets at a bowling average of 31.61, and clocked a best analysis of 4-42 against England.
  • The 63-year-old has also won the Arjuna award in 1976, and continues to contribute to the cricketing sphere as a cricket writer, coach, and selector for the women's team.
  • She also holds an executive position, namely General Manager, at Canara Bank, for its Bengaluru Region.

Chronology of events
Meghalaya’s famed root-bridge was nominated for the prestigious National Innovation Foundation (NIF) award for grassroots innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge.
Lipstick Under My Burkha has won the audience award at the Glasgow Film Festival. It has been directed by Alankrita Shrivastava. Singer Rihanna has been honoured with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award.
Jawaharlal Nehru University has won the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’, 2017. Dr. Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ while the Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ has been jointly won by Dr. Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Prof. Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 to INHS Asvini, Mumbai on 2nd March, 2017.
Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was today presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation.
GMR’s Hyderabad International Airport has secured first position in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2016.
Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has announced ‘Kamaladevi Chattopadhya National Awards’, a new category of awards specially for women handloom weavers and women handicraft artisans on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The Minister also launched a special campaign to provide MUDRA Loans to women handloom weavers all across the country.
Viola Davis, the actress who took home some of this year’s biggest awards, was honoured with the Harvard foundation ‘Artist of the Year’ 2017 award at Harvard’s 32nd Cultural Rhythms Festival in Cambridge on 4 March 2017.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University.
An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava has won National Science Foundation (NSF)’s prestigious CAREER award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.
Eleven Indian women are among the 25 Asian ladies who have won the Women Icons award in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
While the second highest peacetime gallantry award ‘Kirti Chakra’ went to a young officer, Major Rohit Suri, who was part of the surgical strikes last year, the seniormost Lieutenant General Eastern Army Commander Praveen Bakshi, who was side stepped in the appointment of the Army Chief, was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.