India Heritage Walk fete wins PATA award

India Heritage Walk fete wins PATA award
India Heritage Walk Festival, a collaboration of Sahapedia and YES Arts & Culture, has been awarded the PATA Gold Award 2018. Sahapedia is an open online resource on the arts, cultures and heritage of India. Sahapedia got the award, announced by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in Bangkok, has been presented to it under the ‘Heritage-Culture’ category.

Nabard award to Repco Micro Finance Ltd

Repco Micro Finance Ltd, a non-banking finance company received Nabard 2018 award. The award is given service to self-help group in Tamil Nadu for the fiscal year 2017-18. The NBFC has disbursed loans amounting to ₹2,500 crore to over 10 lakh beneficiaries. NABARD Financial Services Limited is a subsidiary of NABARD to provide financial services in areas of agriculture & microfinance.

‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award for Aruna Sairam

Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year’s ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award of the Music Academy. Veteran Mridangam artiste ‘Thanjavur’ R Ramadas was selected for the ‘Sangita Kala Acharya’ award. The ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ and other music awards would be presented at the ‘Sadas’ of the music festival on January 1, 2019.

T.K Chand gets knowledge excellence award

Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand received the Knowledge Excellence Award from Secretary, Mines, Govt. of India for Outstanding Contribution in Aluminium Knowledge domain. Chand is an Indian mining veteran and is the Chairman cum Managing Director of National Aluminium Company (NALCO). NALCO is the largest integrated aluminium unit in Asia and is also one of the largest aluminium complexes of the world.

MP to be awarded for reducing MMR

Madhya Pradesh will be awarded for reducing maternal mortality under Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign. An unprecedented 48-digit decline in maternal deaths in Madhya Pradesh has been registered. The maternal mortality rate was 221 in the year 2011-13, which has now dropped down further to just 173.

Sagarmala receives Gold Award at Skoch Summit

The Ministry of Shipping’s flagship programme for port-led-prosperity ‘Sagarmala’ received the ‘Gold Award’ at 52nd Skoch Summit 2018 in New Delhi. The Skoch Awards recognize leadership and excellence in accelerating socio-economic changes. Sagarmala is the programme of govt for port-led-development of the country through harnessing 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of navigable waterways.

Technip FMC wins special recognition from GCNI

TechnipFMC has received a special recognition award for their flagship community development initiative in India, ‘Seed of Hope’, at the 13th National Convention 2018 for developing Suva village in Dahej, Gujarat. The convention was held by Global Compact Network India on June 8 at Shangri-La, Bengaluru. The theme of the convention is Sustainable Development Goals: Blueprint for action.

Indian peacekeepers in sudan awarded UN medal

The 7 Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion Group was awarded the United Nations Medal for selfless service in the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Indian Battalion played an active and decisive role in ensuring peace and stability in Jonglei State. India is a leading contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping missions. India contributes over 6,000 troops in 14 missions across the world.

WCD Ministry to get SKOCH Award

Ministry of Women & Child Development receives the ‘Best Performing Social Sector Ministry’ SKOCH Award. The ministry achieved results through schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has achieved huge success and improved sex ratio. The Minister, Maneka Gandhi shared details of 6 months maternity leave, Sexual Harassment at Work Place Act, SHe-box, One stop centres, Women help line (181).

Surat Selected for best smart city award

Surat city has been awarded best city award under the Smart City Mission’s award for implementation of projects in urban environment, transport and mobility and sustainable integrated development. Bhopal and Ahmedabad have been selected as joint winners under innovative idea award category. The Ministry of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs issued the award.

Vishwas Mandalik & yoga institute to get award

Vishwas Mandalik from Nasik and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai have been selected as recipients of the Prime Minister’s award. They are being awarded for their outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga for the year 2018. The selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories.

Bindeshwar honoured with Nikkei Asia Prize

Social reformer & founder of Sulabh Int. Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination. Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in science, technology & innovation and culture & community.

Padma Shri award given to Tommy Koh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the Padma Shri award, one of India’s highest civilian awards, to former Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh in Singapore. Koh was among 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) receipts of the prestigious award. Koh has served as Singapore’s ambassador to the US and the UN.

Kerala cartoonist wins international award

Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award, in the best caricature category. Antony, currently working as Executive Artist of Malayalam daily ‘Metro Vaartha’, is among the nine winners at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon awards. The awards are given to the best works published in 2017 in newspapers and magazines from around the world.

‘Santokbaa Humanitarian’ award

30 : Child rights activist and Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and space scientist A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), were given ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’. The award was presented by the President of India. The award is instituted by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundaton (SRKKF).

Yuvraj awarded the icon of the year award

Indian star cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare”. The award was given by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival for his exemplary contribution in the field of social welfare. Yuvraj opened his foundation ‘YouWeCan’ that focuses on creating cancer awareness.

Pant named Emerging Player of IPL 11

Delhi Daredevils wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was named Emerging Player of IPL 11. Sunil Narine also picked up two awards — Super Striker and Valuable Player. Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson (735 runs) got the Orange Cap while Kings XI pacer Andrew Tye (24 wickets) got the Purple Cap.

Biodiversity award for Arunachal reserve

An NGO, Singchung Bugun Community Reserve, won the India Biodiversity Award 2018 in the category of ‘Conservation of wildlife species’ The NGO bagged the prize for its unique endeavor & contributions towards conserving the rare wildlife resources of that area. The prize was presented by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & was conferred by National Biodiversity Authority.

Messi won European Golden Shoe

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won his 5th European Golden Shoe after his team defeated Real Sociedad in their final La Liga match of the season. Messi won the award with 34 goals, for a total of 68 points during the 2017-18 season. Messi is the only player to have won the European Golden Shoe 5 times. 4-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished 9th after scoring 26 goals for Real Madrid.

Bhosle to be conferred with Banga Bibhushan

Asha Bhosle will be conferred with the highest civilian award of West Bengal, the Banga Bibhushan, by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies & has sung in over 20 Indian & foreign languages. Bengal government in 2011 instituted Banga Bibhushan award to recognize the services of eminent personalities from their respective fields.

Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award

Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award at the 2018 Cannes film festival for his love story “Cold War”. Cold War is the 1st Polish film to compete for the Palme d’Or award since Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’ scooped up the major award in 2002. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950’s in Poland, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency got award

Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) has received an award for promoting ease of doing business. TNeGA developed an investor facilitation portal that provides single window clearance to industrial proposals in the state. The award was given in recognition of simplification of procedure and ease with which clearances from various authorities can be procured by a business.

Jagriti Yatra won charity award in UK

Jagriti Yatra, an Indian charity that organizes train journeys to understand & build India of smaller towns & villages has won an award in London. It was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognized for their impact on their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards. It organizes 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 change-makers across India every year.

Shoplifters won Palme d’Or 2018

The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the ‘Palme d’Or’, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Shoplifters’ has been hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda that centres on a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family. The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Anindita got Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar

US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Anaam was honoured with the prestigious ‘Shri Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018’ for outstanding contribution to the field of art. The award was presented to the Kathak exponent during the ‘Jayadev International Dance Festival’. The festival is organised under the aegis of Odisha’s culture department and National Culture Mission.

NPCIL won Russian award for ‘Atom on Wheels’

Nuclear Power Corp of India has won the top award in public communication category at the 10th anniversary of international event ATOMEXPO. NPCIL won the award for its “Atom on Wheels” campaign started in 2016 to spread awareness in rural areas about the benefits of nuclear energy. The campaign mounted on wheels covered 6 lakh rural population in 6 states with material on nuclear technology

Mangeshkar conferred with Swara Mauli award

Lata Mangeshkar has been honoured with the Swara Mauli title by spiritual guru Vidya Narsimha Bharati Swami. It is for the second time that Lata Mangeshkar has been honoured with the Swara Mauli title. The veteran singer has several awards to her credit in her over seven-decade-long career, including three National Awards.

Sulabh founder awarded Nikkei Asia Prize

The founder of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has been honoured with the Nikkei Asia Prize in Japan for his contribution to Asia’s development. Pathak is among the three who have been conferred with the award. Nikkei Inc., one of the largest media corporations in Japan, has been presenting the awards since 1996.

Physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away

Famous theoretical physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away in Texas, USA.He worked in the subjects of quantum Zeno effect, optical coherence, open quantum system, non-variance groups among others. In 2007, the Kerala-born scientist was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.

KISS Humanitarian Award 2018

Nobel Peace award winner & the founder of Grameen Bank Prof. Muhammad Yunus has been conferred with the prestigious KISS Humanitarian Award 2018. Prof Yunus is the second Nobel laureate to be conferred the award. KISS Humanitarian Award is an international award given to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues.

Nisha Bhalla conferred with ‘WEF 2018’ award

Holistic coach and consultant, Nisha Bhalla was felicitated at the recently concluded Annual WEF 2018 Awards. Nisha was presented the ‘Excellent Woman of Excellence’ award for her spiritual service. Women Economic Forum is the largest global gathering of women entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide that recognises the most successful women across all fields.

MT Vasudevan Nair wins ONV Literary Award

Legendary writer M T Vasudevan Nair has been selected for the ONV Literary Award instituted by the by the ONV Cultural Academy. The award carries Rs 3 lakh. The ONV award for young promising writer has gone to ‘Amma urangunnilla’, a poetry collection by Anuja Akathoottu.The awards were presented by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Salah named writers’ Footballer of the Year

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award in April. Salah has scored 31 goals in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season.

Saraswati Samman for Sitanshu

Eminent Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra’s poetry collection “Vakhar” has been chosen for the Saraswati Samman for 2017.The selection for the award is made by a high level ‘Chayan Parishad’ (selection committee), presided over by former secretary general of Lok Sabha, Subhash C Kashyap. The Saraswati Samman is awarded annually by the K K Birla Foundation.

India to host Asian Weightlifting C’ships

Indian will host the prestigious Asian Weightlifting Championship in 2019.The Championship was awarded to India at the Executive Board Meeting and Congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation held on April 22 at Urgench, Uzbekistan. The last edition of the Asian Championship was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from April 23-29.

India’s best Gram Panchayat

West Bengal’s Digambarpur Gram Panchayat has bagged the Centre’s award for the best Gram Panchayat in the country.Of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, the central government had selected 1000 and watched their function. The state of West Bengal is also in the top in generating rural employment across states.

Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur

Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Madhya Pradesh: Most film Friendly state

Madhya Pradesh has been announced as the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the state. MP has offered excellent on ground support, filmic infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking. The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.

Aditi Hydari to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Aditi Rao Hydari will receive the Dada Saheb Phalke excellence award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in ‘Bhoomi’.The film, Bhoomi also starred Sanjay Dutt and was about the protective father who saved his daughter from all the evils that surrounded her. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema.

K-Pop Group BTS won TIME 100 Reader Poll

South Korean pop group BTS has won the online reader’s poll for TIME ‘Person of the Year 2018’.South Korean President Moon Jae-in finished second with 5% votes, followed by former US President Barack Obama with 3% votes. The group won the Top Social Artist title at last year’s Billboard Music Awards and earned a spot on TIME’s list of the Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.

Siddharth Won Shorenstein Journalism Award

Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, has won the Shorenstein Journalism Award.The award, given annually by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.The award honours journalists who have “produced outstanding reporting on Asia and contributed significantly to Western understanding of the region”.

Dadasaheb Excellence Award for Anushka

Anushka Sharma will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for being a path-breaking producer.The 29-year-old actress has been appreciated for breaking new grounds as a film producer, along with her brother Karnesh Sharma. Three movies produced by Anushka, NH 10, Phillauri and Pari belonged to three different genres, thriller, romance and horror.

Mithali Raj adjudged Sportsperson of the Year

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was adjudged ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017.She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.

Shekhar to head National Film Awards jury

Veteran director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards. The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including five regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels. The 11-member committee reportedly includes lyricist Mehboob, actress Gautami Tadimalla and director Rahul Rawail.

President conferred Gallantry Awards

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards and distinguished service decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented three Kirti Chakra, India‘s second highest military decoration and 17 Shaurya Chakra in the grand ceremony. President Kovind honoured Kirti Chakra to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commandant Chetan Cheetah.

‘Most Improved Airport’ in Asia Pacific region

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad has received the award for the Most Improved Airport in the Asia Pacific region. It is the 1st international award for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport that has over 200 flight movements per day. In 2016-17, it handled over 7.4 million passengers making it the 8th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic in India.

Joginder Sanger won Business Personality award

Joginder Sanger, a leading NRI entrepreneur has won the =Business Personality of the year 2018‘ award in the UK. He awarded for showing a high level of commitment and enthusiasm in leading his business to success. Sanger is the chairman of Mastcraft Group and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Sanger had played a key role in raising funds for rebuilding the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan‘s building in the UK.

Chhattisgarh won ‘Water Digest Award’

Chhattisgarh bagged the National ‘Water Digest Award’ for Water Conservation-Diversion and for increasing the irrigation capacity in the State. It is for the first time that Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department had been given national Award during the past 17 years. The Award is presented every year by globally renowned magazine =Water Digest‘-which focuses mainly on water resources.

Google honors Ustaad Bismillah Khan

23 : Google celebrated the 102nd birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna awardee and Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan on 21st March. He was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi. The doodle has been illustrated by a Chennai-based illustrator, Vijay Krish, according to the Google.

Palace on Wheels got tourist train award

The luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ of Rajasthan, popular among foreign tourists, has bagged the ‘Tourist Train of the Year’ award of the Pacific Area Travel Writers‘ Association. It was launched by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in Rajasthan. The Palace on Wheels was started on 26 January 1982.

Amol Palekar receives “Godavari Gaurav” award

Noted actor Amol Palekar has been honoured with the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award. Palekar known for his performance in films like Gol Maal, Choti Si Baat, Chitchor among others, was presented with the award, which has been instituted by =Kusumagraj Prathishthan‘. The award was given by noted Marathi writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik, who is the chairperson of the Prathishthan.

Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali passed away

The Sufi singing pair of Wadali Brothers was broken as Pyarelal Wadali, the younger brother, passed away at the age of 65 in Amritsar. Besides Sufi kalaam and qawwali, the brothers sang the bhajan, ghazal and kaafi forms. The brothers got Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992, Tulsi Award in 1998, and Punjabi Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003.

Mauritius President to resign

The Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will resign next week. She is internationally renowned and is feted on the world stage, and is the recipient of the L‘Oréal-UNESCO award for women in science. Gurib-Fakim was appointed to The Planet Earth Institute board in 2015. The Planet Earth Institute is accredited by the United Nations Environmental Program.

President gives Nari Shakti Puraskar

On the occasion of International Women‘s Day, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Nari Shakti Puraskars to 30 eminent women and 9 distinguished Institutions in recognition of their service towards society and women‘s empowerment. Women and Organisations from fields of science, sport, art, etc have been awarded. The awardees were finalised by the Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

Women Transforming India Awards 2018

The nominations for the Women Transforming India Awards were opened during the launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) at NITI Aayog. The theme of the Awards for the year 2018 is =Women and Entrepreneurship‘. NITI‘s flagship event, which it has organised in partnership with United Nations, will also have the collaboration of DICE Districts.

McDormand won Best Actor, Actress at Oscars

Gary Oldman was named Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Darkest Hour’ while Frances McDormand won Best Actress Oscar for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ at the 90th Academy Awards. Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ while Allison Janney won best supporting actress for I, Tonya’.

Ivory became oldest person to win an Oscar

James Ivory became the oldest person to win an Oscar with his award win for best adapted screenplay for the film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ at the 90th Academy Awards. The 89-year-old director and screenwriter had previously been nominated thrice in the best director category for ‘A Room with a View’, ‘Howards End’ and ‘The Remains of the Day’.

Guillermo won best director award: Oscars

‘Guillermo del Toro won Oscars in the Best Director category. He got the award for ‘The Shape Of Water’. The movie also won two other Oscars for Best Production Design and Best Score. Meanwhile, ‘A Fantastic Woman’ won Best Foreign Language Film at the award show.

The Shape of Water won best picture award

The Shape of Water has won the Oscar for best picture at the 90th Academy Awards. The Shape of Water is American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.

India won Snooker Team World Cup

India defeated Pakistan in the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup in Doha. The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra came back from 0-2 down in the best-of-five final to clinch it with a margin of 3-2. The Indian team was awarded $15,000 (nearly ` 10 lakh) for winning the tournament.

New law for rape offenders in Haryana

Haryana government gave its nod to a proposal to bring in a legislation that would have a provision awarding death penalty to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less. Existing criminal laws related to sexual offences will be made more stringent. In case of rape of a girl upto 12 years of age, there will be a punishment of death or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years.

Federer won Most Decorated Laureus Award

Tennis legend Roger Federer became the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards after he won twin honors at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony in Monaco.It was his sixth award.American tennis great Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.

Veteran actress Sridevi passes away

Veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away in Dubai. She was 55.A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with Solva Sawan. She was known for her performance is some of the iconic films like Mr India, Nagina, Chaalbaaz, Chandni among many others. In 2013, the Government of India awarded Sridevi the Padma Shri.

Parupalli Kashyap wins Austrian Open

India’s Parupalli Kashyap overcame Malaysia’s June Wei Cheam in straight games in the men’s singles final to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge.This is Kashyap’s first international title in over 3 years. Kashyap is the only male player from India to reach the Quarterfinals of men’s singles at 2012 London Olympics. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award by Govt of India in 2012

CBFC clears S Durga without any cuts

Malayalam film S Durga, which was dropped from the IFFI last year, has been cleared by the censor board without any cuts.Directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the film is about the patriarchal society of Kerala.It has won the Hivos Tiger Award in 2017, and Golden Apricot at Armenia’s Yerevan Film Festival in the category Int. Feature Competition. It is the only Indian film to win the title.

Noted cardiologist BK Goyal passes away

Renowned cardiologist & Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr BK Goyal passed away after he suffered a cardiac arrest.In recognition of his public service & pioneering work, he was appointed as Sheriff of Bombay in 1980. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1984, Padma Bhushan in 1989 & Padma Vibhushan in 2005. He was one of the youngest to be selected as the president of Cardiological Society of India

Govt extends transmission charge waiver

Govt has extended the waiver of inter-state power transmission charges & losses for solar & wind power projects commissioned till 31 March 2022.Earlier waiver was available to solar & wind power projects commissioned till 31 Dec 2019& 31 March 2019, respectively. Order also provides that waiver would be available to only those projects which are awarded through competitive bidding process.

Spiritual leader Aga Khan to arrive in India

Spiritual leader, Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan, will arrive in India on an 11-day visit.Aga Khan is the founder & chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network and is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. He is visiting India on an invitation of the vice president as this year marks the Diamond Jubilee of Aga Khan leadership.

‘Startup of the Year’ 2017

Milkbasket, India’s first and largest micro-delivery platform has been recognised as ‘Startup of the Year’ 2017 at the 7th Small Business Awards.Milkbasket delivers milk, bread, eggs, butter, juices and other daily need items every morning. The startup of the year award is dedicated to young SMEs, aged 7 years or less, with great potential to become big in local/international markets.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Finserv, has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.Bajaj Finserv has emerged as the country’s leading name in financial services with solutions across lending, life and general insurance and wealth advisory. Bajaj will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from June 13-17, 2018.

Asha Bhosle honoured with Yash Chopra Award

Legendary singer Asha Bhosle has been honoured with the Yash Chopra Memorial Award.Bhosle, who is the fifth recipient of the award, was felicitated by actress Rekha during the ceremony. Bhosle illustrious music career spans 7 decades having recorded over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages. Previous recipients of the award are Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha& Shah Rukh Khan.

Umang App wins Best M-Govt Service award

Umang App was named as the winner of the Best M-Government Service award in the Accessible Govt category while Aadhar won the best emerging technology award at the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai.Aadhaar was also recognized as the world’s largest biometric-enabled identification programme. The award acknowledged Govt of India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens.

Vikas Sathaye honoured at Oscars

Vikas Sathaye has been honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018.Sathaye and his team received the award for his contribution towards conceptualisation, designing, engineering, and the implementation of the ‘Shotover K1 Camera System. The Shotover K1 Camera System is a camera mount that is used in aerial filming.

12th International Conference On CSR Held

The Institute Of Directors organised it’s 12th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in Bengaluru, Karnataka.In the conference, the Prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2017 were presented. The leadership award for philanthropy and social change was presented to Mr. Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation.

Rohan More Swam Across Ocean Seven

Pune-based swimmer, Rohan More became the first Asian as well as the first Indian to swim across the Ocean Seven. He is the youngest to complete it.He swam across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes. With this, More becomes only the ninth person in the world to complete it. He has received the Tenzing Norgay Award.

Johann Johannsson Passes Away

Acclaimed Icelandic musician and Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson has passed away aged 48.In 2014, he was nominated for BAFTA, Grammy and Oscar awards for his score for ‘Theory of Everything,’ and won the Golden Globe award. Johannsson also recorded several albums of his own, including “Fordlandia” and “Orphee.”

Indian engineer awarded at Sci-Tech Oscars

Vikas Sathaye, an engineer from Mumbai, is part of a four-member team that bagged the ‘Scientific and Engineering Award’ at the Oscars 2018 Scientific and Technical Awards.The team was honoured for the development and implementation of Shotover K1 Camera System. The six-axis stabilised aerial camera mount gets attached to the base of helicopters and helps in shooting steady footage.

RIL wins Golden Peacock Award for CSR

Reliance Industries has won the Golden Peacock Award 2017 for success of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.One of RIL’s key social projects aims at impacting the livelihood of farmers through water and food security interventions. The award aims to give attention to social & environmental concerns & encourage companies to balance financial profits, value addition & social good

Modi gets Grand Collar of State of Palestine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’.The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries, in the past it has been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia & President Xi Jinping of China among others. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.

Madavoor Vasudevan Nair Passes Away

Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair collapsed on stage and died while performing at Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple, Kerala.A recipient of several awards, including Padma Bhushan, he was the follower of the Kaplingattu School, the particular style of south Kerala.Madvoor had also worked as a faculty in the Thekkan Kalari of Kerala Kalamandalam.

The Shape of Water won award: Guild Awards

Guillermo del Toro, director of ‘The Shape of Water’, won the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the Directors Guild of America Awards.Movie has received 13 nominations at Oscars 2018.Reed Morano was named best director in Dramatic Series for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ while Jordan Peele was awarded best First-Time Feature Film Director for ‘Get Out’.

Shabnam won Times Power Woman 2017 Award

Shabnam Asthana was awarded the ‘Times Power Women of the Year 2017’- Pune for Global PR.The Times Group celebrated the invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017 (Pune) awards.The award was conferred on her by Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance in the Government of Maharashtra.

Best practices in payment security

HDFC Bank has once again been recognized with the Champion Security Award at the 14th Visa Asia Pacific Security Summit. For the second time in a row, the bank has won the award in the India and South Asia category. The Award is a mark of excellence reflecting leadership in risk management and payment security performance.

Madhukar awarded with Bhasha Samman

Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar, who has been working extensively for the development of the language, was honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.The second writer of Magahi language to be given the award, Madhurkar was conferred the award, comprising a Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento, by Sahitya Akademi President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.

5 MPs Chosen For Parliamentarian Award

The Indian Parliamentary Group announced that five MPs are selected for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards.This includes Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (2015), Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi (2016), Manipur’s governor Najma A Heptulla (2013), BJP’s Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (2014) and five-time Rajya Sabha member Bhartruhari Mahatab of the Lok Biju Janata Dal (2017).

Asha Bhosle To Get Yash Chopra Award

Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle will be given the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Award’.She will be the fifth winner of the award. The name of Asha Bhosle is in the Guinness World Records for recording over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages.The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy in memory of producer-director Yash Chopra, who died in 2012.

Grammy Awards winners

Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar steal the show in early Grammys Mars won all of the awards for which he was nominated.Here is a list of winners in key categories: Album of the Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic. Record of the Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic. Song of the Year (for songwriting): Bruno Mars. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018.

G S Kalkat passes away

Noted agricultural scientist Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, who was known for his role in bringing Green Revolution to Punjab, passed away after a brief illness.Kalkat was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his work. He has also worked as a senior agriculturist with the World Bank & had supervised the implementation of World Bank assisted programmes in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Indonesia.

Nation Celebrates 69th Republic Day

The Country celebrates its 69th Republic Day on 26th January.The family members of Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala (Posthumous) of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who died fighting militants in Kashmir valley, received India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, Ashok Chakra. This is the third Ashok Chakra for the IAF and its first for ground combat.

Padma Awards 2018 – 2

The 2017 World Weightlifting Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman have been conferred with the Padma Shri.Ilayaraja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan (Art) and Parameswaran Parameswaran (Literature & Education) were awarded with Padma Vibhushan. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Pankaj Advani are among others awarded with Padma Bhushan.

Padma Awards 2018 – 1

The President has approved the awards for 85 individuals, which includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri.Fourteen of the awardees are women and 3 persons have been awarded posthumously. The awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year.

Rachel chosen for Cinematography Oscar

Rachel Morrison, became the first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for cinematography.She was nominated for her work on Dee Rees’ Mudbound for Netflix. This year, she’s nominated for the Academy Award in a competitive field that also includes Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049, Bruno Delbonnel for Darkest Hour, Hoyte Van Hoytema for Dunkirk and Dan Laustsen for The Shape of Water.

Sheikh Salim to get second highest award

A bus driver from Gujarat who drove through a hail of bullets and saved the lives of more than 50 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims last year has been selected for the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak.It is the second highest honour given to civilians for gallantry after the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak. Sheikh Salim Gafur displayed rare grit and bravery.

Aishwarya felicitated by the President

The honorable President of India, Ram Nath Kovind felicitated 112 woman achievers and titled them as “First Ladies” of the country.Those included Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria.The felicitation event was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan and the award ceremony was hosted by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, who felicitated and congratulated the women achievers.


Around 40%, or 129, of the 325 air routes awarded under the second phase of the regional connectivity scheme were for Northeastern and hill states.These include strategic airports such as Kargil in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakyong in Sikkim where civilian air connectivity will be provided for the first time. UDAN was launched on 27 April 2017.

4 schemes to promote young scientists-2

The third scheme –Distinguished Investigator Award — offers a maximum of 100 fellowships to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.The fourth scheme ‘Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)’ aims to encourage science writing. The scheme seeks to tap the potential of over 20,000 PhD scholars.

CM Edappady receives Unesco award

25 : CM Edappady received the Unesco Award of Merit awarded to the iconic Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam.The Award of Merit, 2017, was given by Unesco Asia Pacific region for the cultural heritage conservation activities taken up at the temple without altering its original splendour. The ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is seen in reclining form.

Shah Rukh Khan Honoured at WEF

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.According to the WEF, Shah Rukh Khan received Award for “his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India”. Shahrukh received the award alongside Elton John and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ won 2 awards

24 : “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, a biopic on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has won two awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018.Helmer James Erskine won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and an honorary diploma. Producer Ravi Bhagchandka received the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.

63rd Filmfare Awards 2018

Bollywood celebrated 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, held in Mumbai.‘Hindi Medium’ bagged honours in the categories of Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) for Irrfan Khan’s impeccable performance. Vidya Balan won her career’s sixth Filmfare award for her passionate portrayal of a middle-aged homemaker who turns into a radio jockey in ‘Tumhari Sulu’.