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1)   What is the highest civilian award in Australia called?
- Published on 10 Jul 17

a. Legion D'Honneur
b. Order of the Rising Sun
c. Order of Australia
d. Star of David
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Order of Australia

Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Glenwood resident who migrated from Delhi to Australia in 1991, has been awarded Order of Australia for community work.

This is the highest civilian award in Australia.

He works as a senior accountant with Woollahra Municipal Council for a living and has been devoting most of his spare time in community work for the last 25 years.

He has represented various community organisations like Auburn Diversity Services as chair, Hindu Council of Australia as treasurer, Sri Om Adi Sakhi Ashram – a non-for-profit health support system for the elderly, and the community volunteering organisation – Sewa International Australia, among others.

He holds a graduate diploma in health counselling and in medical terminology and counselling.

Other Awards Received

  • Outstanding Services to Older Citizens Award from the Auburn Council (2011),
  • Service to the Indian Community and Seniors by the India Independence & Australia Day Celebration Committee (2010) and
    Community Services award from GOPIO Sydney (2012).
  • He was also awarded for his contributions for seniors in Western Sydney by the Minister for Ageing & Disability.

2)   Which writer has honoured with Indian of the Year award in June 2017?
- Published on 04 Jul 17

a. Preeti Shenoy
b. Arundhati Roy
c. Tuhin Sinha
d. Amish
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Preeti Shenoy

Writer Preeti Shenoy in the last week of June 2017 was honoured with the Indian of the Year Award at a function organised in New Delhi.

Shenoy was awarded by Brands Academy, one of the most reputed branding companies in India.

The Award is given to recognise the achievements of personalities who have contributed towards building up the reputation of the country.

Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s top five highest selling women authors.

She has been consistently nominated for the Forbes List of the 100 most influential celebrities in India since 2013.

India Today refers to her ‘the only woman in the highest-selling league.'

She is also a self-taught artist who paints with water colours and oils, and also works with mixed media.

Some well known books she has authored are It’s All in the Planets, Life Is What You Make It, It Happens For A Reason, among others.

3)   Who has been chosen for the Great Immigrants: The Pride of American Award 2017?
- Published on 03 Jul 17

a. PayPal co-founder Max Levchin
b. Adobe Chief Shantanu Narayen
c. Canadian origin social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll
d. Only a and b
e. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Two Indian-Americans, Adobe Chief Shantanu Narayen (54) and former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (39) have been chosen for prestigious Great Immigrants: The Pride of America Award 2017.

They are among 38 distinguished US immigrants representing more than 30 countries of origin around the world honoured with this year’s award for their role in advancing US’s economy, society, and culture.

Some the honourees include Canadian-origin social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, PayPal cofounder of Ukrainian origin Max Levchin, Iranian-origin philanthropist and entrepreneur Hushang Ansary. Vivek Murthy Murthy was born in the UK. He is alumnus of Harvard and Yale. He was appointed as Surgeon General by former President Barack Obama in 2014, making the first-ever Indian-American and also the youngest to occupy the post.

He was dismissed this in April 2017 by the Trump administration. Shantanu Narayen is a native of Hyderabad.

He holds an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

He is a board member of Pfizer and US-India Business Council.

At present, he is CEO of Adobe Systems.

About Great Immigrants Award: Know More

  • The Pride of America Award The award is given annually on the occasion of Independence Day of United States that is, 4th July to naturalised citizens of US for their contribution in advancing US’s economy, society, and culture.
  • The award has been instituted by New York-based Carnegie Corporation in 2006. The honourees are recognised with a full-page public service announcement in The New York Times and an online public awareness initiative.
  • The Carnegie Corporation was established in 1911 by Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
  • Carnegie Corporation’s founder Andrew Carnegie was one of pioneer American capitalist who had shaped the modern American industry and philanthropy.
  • He was the son of impoverished immigrants who had settled in US.

4)   Which Indian sportsperson will be conferred the Bharat Gaurav on August 1, 2017?
- Published on 29 Jun 17

a. Dhanraj Pillay
b. Bhaichung Bhutia
c. PT Usha
d. Anil Kumble
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dhanraj Pillay

Former Indian hockey captain, Dhanraj Pillay would be conferred East Bengal football club’s highest honour - Bharat Gaurav - at its foundation day ceremony on 1 August 2017.

Pillay’s contribution to Indian hockey is immense and that the club is honoured and humbled that he has accepted their request and will be present for the Foundation Day.

Born on 16 July 1968, Pillay currently serves as the manager of the Indian national hockey team.

He is also a member of the ad hoc committee of Indian Hockey Federation, formed after the suspension of Kanwar Pal Singh Gill.

He is regarded as one of India’s best hockey players ever.

He has the distinction of representing India at four Olympics, World Cups, Champions Trophy and Asian Games in his career spanning over 15 years.

After his debut in 1989, he has made 339 appearances for the national team and scored 170 goals. He also played for clubs in countries such as Malaysia, France, England and Germany.

In an attempt to recognise his achievements, the government of India had awarded him the Padma Shri in 2000.

Besides Pillay, the East Bengal club has chosen former India footballers, Syed Nayeemuddin and Subhas Bhowmick, as well for the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the function.

5)   Which yoga institute won the PM's award for outstanding contribution for development and promotion of yoga?
- Published on 23 Jun 17

a. RIMYI, Pune
b. Anandmayee Maa Math, Pune
c. Chinmaya Mission
d. Art of Living
Answer  Explanation 


The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune has been selected as the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga.

Established in 1975, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute has contributed significantly in spreading yoga across the globe.

The institute has published books on yoga and these have been translated into multiple languages. The selection was done from among 85 nominations received and 15 more recommended by the screening committee, the government said in a statement.

On the occasion of the second International Day of Yoga celebrations at Chandigarh on June 21, 2016, PM Narendra Modi had announced the institution of awards for the promotion and development of yoga.

Nomination for the awards were invited through open advertisement.

The screening committee shortlisted 16 names from among the applications received, after detailed discussions and analysis of the contributions of the individuals and institutes, whose nominations were received.

In addition, the committee also recommended for consideration 15 names of eminent yoga individuals/ organizations who have long standing credibility in the field of promotion and development of yoga, but whose names did not figure in the applications received.

The jury chaired by the cabinet secretary, with the additional principal secretary to Prime Minister, the foreign secretary, secretary (AYUSH) and Dr. Veerendra Heggade as members, examined the recommendations of the screening committee, and also made its own analysis of the contributions made by the institutions and individuals shortlisted.

6)   Which Airline company won the award for the Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia at SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline awards?
- Published on 23 Jun 17

a. AirAsia
b. Jet Airways
c. SpiceJet
d. GoAir
Answer  Explanation 


Qatar Airways on 20 June 2017 was announced the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards.

Qatar Airways was voted Best Airline by travellers across the world in the annual passenger survey.

The Doha based carrier has now won the prestigious Airline of the Year title for a fourth time.

Qatar Airways also won the World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best First Class Lounge and the Best Airline in the Middle East awards.

On the other hand, AirAsia won awards for being the Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia for a month year in the row, and also as World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin 2017.

The World Airline Awards are most coveted Quality accolades for the airline industry. Travellers across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the winner. Other awards that AirAsia won include world's best low cost airline. Air Astana won the best airline in Central Asia. The Bangkok Airways won the best regional airline in Asia. Indigo was awarded the best low-cost airline in central asia and India while Singapore Airlines won the best airline in Asia award.

7)   Who has been honoured with the Bhupen Hazarika National Award 2017?
- Published on 16 Jun 17

a. Yeshe Dorji Thonshi
b. Yeshe Dojo Thongshi
c. Yeshe Dohi Thongshi
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

The Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 has been conferred upon the noted writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi.

This is the fifth edition of the award which was first conferred in 2012. The award has been instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organisation.

The award honours an outstanding literary work at national and international level. The award consists of 51,000 rupees, a memento and a certificate.

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi: Know More

  • Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi belongs to the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. He graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati and did his MA from Guwahati University.
  • In spite of having Sherdukpen as his mother tongue, Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi started writing his works in Assamese over which he has excellent command.
  • So far, he has written about a dozen novels and numerous short stories and plays.
  • His famous novel includes Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday (Silent lips, murmuring hearts) which won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2005.
  • Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi joined the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service in 1977 and was elevated to the IAS in 1992. He is the founder and president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.

8)   Which noted Odiya writer and poet received the Moortidevi Award in 2013 for his book Vamsha?
- Published on 14 Jun 17

a. Haraprasad Das
b. Hariprasad Das
c. Harinath Das
d. Harisingh Das
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haraprasad Das

Haraprasad DasLegendary Odiya poet, essayist and columnist Haraprasad Das was conferred with the covetous Kalinga Literary Award on June 11 for his work and contribution to literature at the fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF).

Das had also received the prestigious Moortidevi Award in 2013 for his book ‘Vamsha’ - a recreation of Mahabharata in the new idiom of contemporary poetry.

He has published various genres to his credit, which include two works on development. The 71-year-old has 12 works of poetry, four of prose, three translations and ‘Adhunikatara Samakala’ ( a work of fiction) to his credit.

A versatile artiste, Das is also known for acting in movies like Agun and Sampati, which were released in the late 1990s.

Haraprasad Das retired from civil services after more than four decades of experience.

KLF: Know More

  • Focusing on literature for peace and harmony, the three-day KLF was inaugurated on June 10 by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, an eminent poet and Padma Vibhusan awardee Sitakant Mahapatra and renowned poet Ramakanta Rath.
  • This year, the KLF introduced two new awards - the Kalinga International Literary Award, which was received by Anand Neelakantan for his contribution towards literature, and the Kalinga Karubaki Award, which was given to Paramita Satpathy for her contribution to Odia poetry.
  • On the first day of the KLF, 10 books were released and eminent poets recited their poems.

9)   Jitu Rai and Heena Sindhu won a _______ medal in 10m ISSF World Cup air pistol event.
- Published on 13 Jun 17

a. Silver
b. Bronze
c. Platinum
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.

However, they narrowly missed out making to the finals of the individual men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

While Jitu Rai finished 12th, Heena Sidhu finished 9th in their respective qualification rounds. Only top 8 are eligible to compete in the finals.

Significantly, mixed team events have been approved as medal events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

This win is the Indian pair’s second World Cup gold together.

A total of 430 athletes from 45 nations are participating in the Gabala World Cup to qualify for the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF).

The event will be the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify as only eight best shooters of the world in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards will be able to compete in the WCF.

China presently leads the medal tally at Gabala.

10)   Which Bengali cine figure has been selected for the highest French civilian honour?
- Published on 13 Jun 17

a. Soumitra Chatterjee
b. Moon moon Sen
c. Satyajit Ray
d. Mouni Roy
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Soumitra Chatterjee

Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, 82, has been selected for the highest French civilian honour, the Legion d’Honneur.

The award will be presented to the Kolkata-based actor by the French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler.

However, Chatterjee rejected any comparisons between him and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who received the award 30 years ago.

The actor first worked with Ray in Apur Sansar in 1959.

He had also worked in Ray’s Abhijan (1962), Charulata (1964), Aranyer Din Ratri (1969), Ashani Sanket (1973), Sonar Kella (1974), Joi Baba Felunath (1978), Ghare Baire (1984) and Ganashatru (1989).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted congratulating the actor. People from the

Soumitra Chatterjee: Know More

  • Soumitra Chatterjee or Soumitra Chattopadhyay is an Indian Bengali film and stage actor and poet.
  • He is best known for his collaborations with Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray,
  • Spouse: Deepa Chatterjee
  • Major Awards: Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, Legion d'Honneur

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