Awards & Honours - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Who has won the 2016 TS Eliot Prize for his book “Jackself”?
- Published on 18 Jan 17

a. Jacob Polley
b. Alice Oswald
c. Vahni Capildeo
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jacob Polley

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.

2)   Which Indian actress won the Best Actor Female filmfare award for the first time?
- Published on 16 Jan 17

a. Alia Bhatt
b. Sonam Kapoor
c. Kareena Kapoor
d. Aishwariya Rai-Bacchan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Alia Bhatt

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’

3)   Who has been posthumously awarded Sena medal on 15th Jan 2017?
- Published on 16 Jan 17

a. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad
b. Lance Naik Mohan Goswami
c. Lance Naik Karam Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad

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.

4)   Where is the Nobel Prize exhibition being held?
- Published on 11 Jan 17

a. Science City, Ahmedabad
b. GIFT City, Ahmedabad
c. Tech City, Ahmedabad
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Science City, Ahmedabad

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

5)   74th Annual Golden Globe Awards honoured whom with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award?
- Published on 10 Jan 17

a. Meryl Streep
b. Diane Keaton
c. Susan Sarandon
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Meryl Streep

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.

6)   Who is the first and only American to have won the Man Booker Prize?
- Published on 09 Jan 17

a. Amanda Foreman
b. Paul Beatty
c. Mart Twain
d. Jonathan Swift
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Paul Beatty

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.

7)   Jnanpith award was conferred on 23rd Dec 2016 on which Bengali literary figure?
- Published on 26 Dec 16

a. Shankha Ghosh
b. Mahasweta Devi
c. Satyajit Ray
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shankha Ghosh

Jnanpith Selection Board on 23rd Dec 2016 conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on modern Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh.

Board chaired by scholar and writer Prof. Namwar Singh announced this.The award returned to Bengal after a gap of 20 years.

Before Ghosh, Bengali fiction writer and social activities Mahasweta Devi won the award in 1996.

Born in 1932, Shankha Ghosh is a prolific poet, critic and academician.

He is an authority on Tagore, whose poetic idiom and experiments with various poetic forms mark his greatness as a creative talent. His poems do not have polemics.

Murkho Baro, Samajik Noy and Baborer Prarthana are some of his classic creations while Dinguli Raatguli and Nihita Patalchaya are among those creations which have inspired modern poetry.

Poems have been translated into many Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese and Malayalam.

He has translated his work into foreign languages as well.

He was a recipient of many awards including Narsingh Das Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi Award and Saraswati Samman.

Know About Jnanpith Award

  • One of the most prestigious awards in literature.
  • Sanskrit words Jnan Pith means seat of knowledge.
  • Award was set up by the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust in 1961.
  • Award was given to Indian citizens who write in one of 22 languages mentioned in Schedule VIII of the Indian Constitution.
  • The 51st Jnanpith Award was conferred on renowned Gujarati writer Dr Raghuveer Chaudhari.

8)   Sahitya Akademi announces awards in how many different languages?
- Published on 23 Dec 16

a. 23
b. 24
c. 25
d. 26
Answer  Explanation 


Sahitya Akademi on 21st Dec 2016 announced the Sahitya Akademi award for 2016 in 24 different languages.

8 books of poetry, 7 short story compendiums, 5 books of novel, two books of criticism, one book of essay and a book of play have won the awards for 2016.

The awards were recommended by jury members and approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi under the Chairmanship of Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President of the Akademi.

Sahitya Akademi

  • Abbreviation: SA
  • Formation: March 12, 1954
  • Headquarters: Rabindra Bhawan, Delhi
  • Location: New Delhi, India
  • President: Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari
  • Parent organisation: Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • Sahitya Akademi award was established in 1954.
  • The plaque awarded by the Akademi was designed by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

  • The awardees of Sahitya Akademi 2016 awards are:

    AuthorTitle of booksGenreLanguage
    Jnan PujariMeghmalar BhramanPoetryAssamese
    Nrisinghaprasad BadhuriMahabharater AstadahiEssayBengali
    Anju (Anjali Narzary)Ang Maboroi Dong DasongPoetryBodo
    ChhatrapalChetaShort StoryDogri
    Jerry PintoEm and the big HoomNovelEnglish
    Kamal VoraAnekekPoetryGujarati
    Nand JaveriAkhar KathaPoetrySindhi
    VannadhasanOru Siru IsaiShort StoryTamil
    Papineni SivasankarRajanigandhaPoetryTelugu
    Nizam SiddiquiMabad-e-Jadidiat Se Naye Ahed Ki Takhliqiyat TakCriticismUrdu
    Nasira SharmaPaarijatNovelHindi
    Gobinda ChandraMajhi NalhaPoetrySantali
    Sitanath AcharyaKavyanirjhariPoetrySanskrit
    Bulaki SharmaMurdjat Ar Dujee KahaniyanShort StoryRajasthani
    SwarajbirMasia Di RaatPlayPunjabi
    Boluwaru Mohammad KunhiSwatantryada OtaNovelKannada
    Aziz HajiniAane KhaneCriticismKashmiri
    Edwin J.F. D’souzaKale BhangarNovelKonkani
    Shyam DarihareBarki Kaki at Hotmail Dot ComShort StoryMaithili
    Prabha VarmaShyamamadhavanPoetryMalayalam
    Moirangthem RajenCheptharaba EshingpunShort StoryManipuri
    Paramita SatpathyPraptiShort StoryOdia
    Gita UpadhyayJanmabhumi Mero SwadeshNovelNepali
    Asaram LomateAalokShort StoryMarathi

9)   Ministry of Health and Family Welfare won which award in the Web Ratna category in Digital India awards 2016?
- Published on 22 Dec 16

a. Gold
b. Silver
c. Bronze
d. Platinum
Answer  Explanation 


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare won gold in the Web Ratna category at a recently concluded Digital India awards 2016 awarded by MeitY to promote more innovative e-governance initiatives by the government entities.

The Digital India awards earlier called the Web Ratna awards are under the National Portal of India.

The Web Ratna award felicitates a Ministry or Government Department which has web presence and displays accountability in terms of quantity, quality, spectrum of coverage and innovation ascertaining user satisfaction.

Level of convenience provided to citizens for services, usability and accessibility are also accessed.

Website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare conforms the UUU trilogy. It is totally bilingual and is accessible to all, including visually challenged users.

Website complies with mandatory requirements of guidelines for Indian Government Websites.

Search has been facilitated using GoI Search as Service available at

A CMS keeps the website regularly updated. Both the website and CMS are security audited.

It is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG-2.0). Social Media has also been integrated with the website.

In the Exemplary Online Service Category, Platinum Award was bagged by VYAS- Varnij Yakar Automation System for Department of Commercial Taxes, UP, followed by E-permit, Commercial tax department, Gujarat and One Stop Clearance System, Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion winning the Gold and Silver award respectively.

In the Open Data Champion Category, Platinum Award was won by Office of the Registrar General, India. The Health and Family Welfare and Directorate of Marketing & Inspection won the Gold Award. The Silver award was bagged by the Rajya Sabha and National Crime Records Bureau.

For Most Innovative Citizen Engagement, MyGov won the Platinum Award. Online Management, Monitoring and Accounting System (OMMAS) for Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana (PMGSY) won the Gold Award. The Silver Award was won by Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation. The Jury Choice was given to IT Initiatives of Simhasth Kumbh, Ujjain.

In the Outstanding Digital Initiative by Local Body Platinum Award was bagged by Surat Municipal Corporation, followed by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and Web and Mobile based Integrated Complaint Logging and Resolution Tracking System - Madurai Corporation winning the Gold and Silver award respectively.

The Jury Choice was given e-NagarSewaUP – Electronic Workflow based Reform for ULBs in Uttar Pradesh.

For Best Mobile App, Citizen Cop Mobile App Chattisgarh won the Platinum Award. Mid-Day Meal Mobile App, Himachal Pradesh won the Gold Award. The Silver Award was won by GARV - GrameenVidyutikaran App Ministry of Power.

For Web Ratna - Ministry / Department category, the Platinum was bagged by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Gold by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Silver by Ministry of External Affairs.

For Web Ratna - State/ UT category the Platinum award has been won by Rajasthan followed by Tamil Nadu and Haryana in the Gold and Silver section respectively. For Web Ratna - District category the Platinum award has been won by Website of Collectorate, North Goa, followed by e-Governance friendly website & Initiatives of District Kupwara, J&K and district administration Udham Singh Nagar website, Uttarakhand in the Gold and Silver section respectively.

A Compendium for Digital India Awards 2016 was also released on this occasion. A comprehensive government services portal was also launched.

Digital India Awards

  • “Digital India” has its axiom of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”.
  • National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the ambit of India Portal ( organised the first edition of Digital India Awards.
  • Recognises the noteworthy and sustainable initiatives in the realm of e-Governance for better delivery of information and services.

  • Categories:

  • Exemplary Online Service,
  • Open Data Champion,
  • Most Innovative Citizen Engagement,
  • Outstanding Digital Initiative by Local body,
  • Best Mobile App, Web Ratna – Ministry/ Department,
  • Web Ratna – State/ UT, Web Ratna-District.

10)   National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has won which award?
- Published on 22 Dec 16

a. Skoch Silver
b. Skoch Order of Merit
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) of Ministry of Women and Child Development has been conferred the Skoch Silver and Skoch Order-of Merit award.

The award was received by NCPCR Chairperson Smt. Stuti Kacker.

The two awards were received by NCPCR for applying technology to develop an electronic drop box, POCSO e-Box for registering complaints on Child Sexual Abuse.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Kacker said that everybody should stand up against Child Sexual Abuse, a heinous crime that leaves permanent scars on the psyche of the child.

The competition saw more than 3000 participants and NCPCR’s project, POCSO e-box was considered among the top 30 entries.

About POCSO e-box

  • Unique endeavour by NCPCR.
  • Receives complaint of Child Sexual Abuse directly from the victim.
  • Maintains confidentiality of the civcim.
  • A short film in the e-box assures the victim not to feel bad, helpless or confused.
  • Study in 2007 by Ministry of WCD found 53% of children surveyed have faced one or another form of sexual abuse during their lifetime.

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