Awards & Honours - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Which avid cartoonist - conversationist won the International President's award 2017?
- Published on 25 May 17

a. Rohan Chakravarthy
b. Rohan Singh
c. Rohan Mehta
d. Rohan Mistry
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rohan Chakravarthy

Avid bird watcher, Rohan Chakravarty has turned his love for wildlife and environment into his muse by drawing cartoons centred on conservation issues under the banner of Green Humour, a comic strip that is being distributed internationally.

Rohan Chakravarty, a wildlife and environment cartoonist from India, has won this year’s International President’s Award for his efforts to change attitudes towards nature.

The award is the top accolade given by WWF to recognise leadership in young conservationists who are under the age of 30 from around the world.

The award ceremony was held recently in Manado, Indonesia. Hailing from Nagpur (also known as the tiger capital of India), Chakravarty has been an enthusiastic bird watcher since childhood.

He was on his way to becoming a dentist when the sighting of a magnificent tigress at a waterhole at Nagzira Tiger Reserve threw his planned career off gear.

Today, this young cartoonist and illustrator has made his mark for sketching passionately and consistently on wildlife, climate change and other environmental issues and has many national and international magazines and newspapers lining up for his works.

With over 400 cartoons, Chakravarty probably has one of the largest online cartoon repositories - under the banner of Green Humour - that centres around environmental issues.

2)   Which company has received the TM Forum Digital Service Innovator of the Year Award 2017?
- Published on 24 May 17

a. Reliance Jio
b. Reliance Communications
c. Verizon
d. Ericsson
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio has received TM Forum’s ‘Digital Service Innovator of the Year Award’ 2017.

TM Forum is the industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry.

Reliance Jio got this award by acquiring 90 million customers in four months.

Digital Service Innovator of the Year Award is given to the company or organisation which has made the most significant and innovative contribution to advancing the digital revolution in society.

In the category of Smart Business Provider, Verizon and Ericsson together won the Business Transformation of the Year Award.

Verizon: Know More

  • Verizon Enterprise Solutions worked with Ericsson to provide a virtual services environment enabling the rapid launch of the new offerings targeted at enterprises across the globe.
  • The solution from Ericsson provides end-to-end service orchestration, closed-loop service assurance and virtual network function (VNF) onboarding and testing and supports self-service for Verizon’s customers.
  • It uses Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration, leveraging abstraction, model-driven configuration and automation techniques to contain underlying complexity.
  • The Ericsson VNF Factory enables efficient onboarding and validation of NFV’s into Verizon’s ecosystem - all reducing time to market for new Verizon enterprise services.

3)   When were the Banga Samman awards instituted?
- Published on 23 May 17

a. 2010
b. 2012
c. 2011
d. 2014
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2011

Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and India’s longest serving boss Y.C. Deveshwar were conferred the Banga Samman, West Bengal’s highest civilian award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20th May, 2017.

The Banga Samman awards were instituted in 2011, after Banerjee came to power. Celebrated artistes, singers, sportspersons, filmmakers, intellectuals have been honoured with these awards in the past.

Two categories of awards are presented as part of Banga Samman - Banga Bhushan and Banga Bibhushan.

Industrialist Deveshwar, pulmonologist Dhiman Ganguly, former Mizoram Governor Arun Prasad Mukherjee, veteran actor Chatterjee, and acclaimed poet Nirendranath Chakraborty were conferred the highest category of awards, the Banga Bibhushan.

Recipients of Banga Bhushan this year are Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, folk singer Hidmat Fakir, Chapal Bhaduri, the last living female impersonator in folk theatre in India, baul exponent Lakshman Das Baul and Liver Foundation secretary and gastroenterologist Abhijit Chowdhury.

4)   Who has won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the US in May 2017?
- Published on 22 May 17

a. Prashant Gopalkrishnan
b. Prashant Gopalnathan
c. Prashant Ranganathan
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Prashant Ranganathan

Prashant Ranganathan has emerged winner in the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the environment engineering category.

He won the award for his work on biodegradation of pesticides.

Prashant is among the 20 high schools students from various parts of the country who participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in the US.

More than 1700 students across the world had participated in the event. Prashant Ranganathan is a student of Carmel Junior College in Jamshedpur.

His project titled ‘Biodegradation of Chlorpyrifos using native bacteria’ is aimed at helping farmers to biodegrade the harmful pesticides.

In all, Four Indian-Americans received top awards in various categories.

Indian American Pratik Naidu has won an award in the category of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Other Indian-American winners include Adam Nayak who has won in earth and environmental sciences, Karthik Yegnesh in Mathematics and Rahul Subramaniam in the microbiology category.

5)   Which wildlife conservation award is also known as the Green Oscars?
- Published on 19 May 17

a. Ramon Magsaysay award
b. Whitley Award
c. Green Nobel
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Whitley Award

Renowned wildlife biologist, Dr Purnima Devi Burman, in May 2017 was nominated for the prestigious Whitley Awards.

Burman has been nominated for her relentless efforts and campaigns for the conservation of the Greater Adjutant Stork locally known as Haargila in Assam.

The wildlife biologist has been working with the Dadara, Pachariya and Hingimari villages of Kamrup district to save the Greater Adjutant Stork.

She is associated with Aaranyak, a Guwahati based NGO, which works for wildlife conservation.

Whitley Awards: Know More

  • The Whitley Awards are given annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN).
  • Also known as Green Oscars, it is given to recognize and celebrate effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe.
  • The awards are worth £ 35000 and are now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes.
  • The awards particularly seek to recognize contributions to wildlife conservation made from outside the developed world.
  • It also aims to bring to international attention the work of deserving individuals committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

6)   According to PAC report, which state has secured the first rank for the second consecutive year in the public affairs index?
- Published on 16 May 17

a. Kerala
b. TN
c. WB
d. Karnataka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kerala

Kerala and Tamil Nadu have secured first and second rankings for the second consecutive year in public affairs index (PAI) released by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Bengaluru.

Gujarat has been ranked third followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra at the fourth and fifth position respectively in governance indicators.

The last four positions among the large states has been occupied by Bihar (18th), Jharkhand (17th), Odisha (16th) and Assam (15th).

Among the 12 small states which have been categorised as small as they have population less than two crore, Himachal Pradesh has been ranked first followed by Goa and Mizoram.

Delhi which occupied third position in 2016 index has slipped to ninth position in 2017.

The three last positions among small states have been occupied by Meghalaya (12th), Arunachal Pradesh (11th) and Jammu and Kashmir (10th).

The survey was carried out based on 10 themes, 26 focus subjects and 82 indicators.

In the category of essential infrastructure, Punjab has been adjudged as the best performer among all States followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

In the category of human development, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Punjab are the best performers while Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam are the worst performers.

In implementation of social protection policies, Kerala, Assam and Madhya Pradesh are the best performers while Telangana, Haryana and Punjab are the worst performers as they lagged behind other states in executing various State and Central government schemes.

In the category of women and children, Kerala has been adjudged as the best performer while Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra are poor performers. In the category of fiscal management, Telangana has been adjudged as the best performer while Andhra Pradesh has been labelled as the poor performer.

For maintaining law and order, delivery of justice and environment categories, Tamil Nadu has been adjudged as the best performer but the state has been ranked last in the parameter of transparency and accountability in the administration.

In the category of economic freedom, Gujarat has secured top rank while Bihar has secured the last rank. PAC Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Bengaluru had come up with a Public Affairs Index (PAI) to rank governance inter-state by using data available in the public domain in key areas of governance.

PAC: Know More

  • Public Affairs Centre (PAC) is a not for profit think tank.
  • It was established in 1994 with a mandate to improve the quality of governance in India.
  • The genesis of PAC is attributed to Dr. Samuel Paul in the early nineties.
  • The objective of Public Affairs Index (PAI) is an attempt to bring together the states of the country which are culturally, economically and socially diverse, into a common data-driven framework in order to facilitate an interstate comparison.
  • A well-framed methodology backed by statistical data from government sources, has been included in the study to provide insights into the subject of good governance.

7)   Which award has Hollywood actor Emma Watson received, marking the first time for such an award?
- Published on 09 May 17

a. Genderless Acting Award for Best Actor
b. Genderless Acting Award for Best Actress
c. Genderless Acting Award for Best Supporting Actor
d. Genderless Acting Award for Best Supporting Actress
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Genderless Acting Award for Best Actor

Hollywood actor Emma Watson has received the first-ever Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

This is the first ever genderless award that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex.

The 2017 edition of the MTV Movie & TV Awards were held on May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. It was the 26th edition of the awards.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards is a film and television awards presented annually to winners decided online by the general public.

Emma Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. She is famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

8)   Which Indian sports icon received the Fellowship award at the 7th Asian Awards on 8th May 2017?
- Published on 09 May 17

a. Sachin Tendulkar
b. Sunil Gavaskar
c. Anil Kumble
d. Kapil Dev
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sachin Tendulkar

India’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people in the second innings of his life and he received the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards on may 8, 2017.

Sachin played for India for 24 years was a memorable journey and winning the world cup was icing on the cake.

Now in the second chapter of his life he plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people.

Providing solar lights to poor people in India was one of them, Tendulkar said. He called on the stage 8-year-old Hollywood star Sunny Pawar who had earlier won the Rising Star award for his role in the film ‘Lion’.

The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the global Asian community, also paid tribute to Indian actor Om Puri.

The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.

India’s playback singer Adnan Sami won the Fellowship Award for ‘Outstanding achievement in Music.”

Other award recipients were Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Outstanding Achievement in Television), Ajay Banga (Business Leader of the Year), Masayoshi Son (Entrepreneur of the year).

Some others were Nisha Dutt (Social Entrepreneur of the year), Dr Jack Preger (Philanthropist of the year), Ding Punhui (Outstanding achievement in sport), Demis Hassabis (Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology) and Sir Harpal Kumar (Outstanding contribution to the community).

Sachin Tendulkar: Know More

  • Born: 24 April 1973 Mumbai
  • Test debut (cap 187): 15 November 1989 v Pakistan
  • ODI debut (cap 74): 18 December 1989 v Pakistan
  • Last ODI: 18 March 2012 v Pakistan

9)   Which year did the first Emmy awards ceremony take place?
- Published on 04 May 17

a. 1950
b. 1951
c. 1952
d. 1949
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1949

The 44th Daytime Emmy Awards was announced on 30 April 2017 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

General Hospital was declared the Outstanding Drama Series at the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards, while Jeopardy! grabbed the Outstanding Game Show award.

Complete list of winners

Outstanding Entertainment News ProgramEntertainment Tonight
Outstanding Talk Show/EntertainmentThe Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show/InformativeThe Dr. Oz Show
Outstanding Morning ProgramGood Morning America
Outstanding Culinary ProgramEat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Outstanding Game ShowJeopardy!
Outstanding Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesLexi Ainsworth as Kristina Davis on General Hospital
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesSteve Burton as Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesKate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux on Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesScott Clifton as Liam Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGina Tognoni as Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesBryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital
Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesJim O’Heir as Matt Cannistra on The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Game Show HostSteve Harvey - Family Feud
Outstanding Informative Talk Show HostSteve Harvey - Steve Harvey
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show HostJulie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood - The Talk
Outstanding Drama Series Writing TeamThe Young and the Restless
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
General Hospital
Lifetime Achievement AwardMary Hart, former long-running host of Entertainment Tonight

10)   Who won the 2017 Avvaiyar award?
- Published on 04 May 17

a. Padma Venkataraman
b. Padma Srinivasan
c. Padma Rajan
d. Padma Menon
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Padma Venkataraman

The Tamil Nadu government on 2 May 2017 conferred the 2017 Avvaiyar Award to Padma Venkataraman, a social worker.

She is also the daughter of former Indian President, the late R Venkataraman.

Padma was honoured with the award for her efforts in the field of women’s welfare and the rehabilitation of leprosy-affected people since the past 30 years by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

The prize carried a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, a gold medal weighing 8 gm and a certificate.

Padma Venkataraman who is the Chairperson of Women’s Indian Association (WIA) called the award a great honour and stated that it reflects the involvement of Tamil Nadu state’s government and CM in the advancement of women, children, the differently-abled and leprosy affected people. S

He further added that the award will only strengthen her resolve to serve the society as best as possible.

Avvaiyar Award: Know More

  • The award was constituted by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2012. It was named after the Tamil poetess Avvaiyar.
  • It aims to honour women who have done excellent service in the areas of social reform, women’s development, culture, media, inter-faith harmony, and administration, among others.
  • The award carries a cash prize of INR 1 lakh, 8 gram of gold and a certificate.
  • In 2016, the award was conferred to M Sarada Menon, founder of Schizophrenia Care and research Foundation (SCARF) for the welfare of mentally challenged.
  • Prior to that in 2015, the award was given to Shanthi Ranganathan, the founder of T. T. Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation, for her service towards treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts.

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