Film Awards

IIFA Awards 2018

Indian International Film Awards (IIFA), held in Bangkok, late star Sridevi won Best Actress (posthumously) for MOM. Irrfan Khan was given the Best Actor Award for Hindi Medium. Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu was awarded the Best Film trophy. Saket Chaudhary was awarded the Best Director for Hindi Medium. Anupam Kher was awarded Outstanding Achievement by an Actor in Indian Cinema.

Rathore gets independent charge of MIB

Govt has assigned Information & Broadcasting portfolio to Rajyavardhan Rathore in place of Smriti Irani. He has been given the independent charge of the Ministry. Earlier, he was the MoS of I&B Ministry. Smriti Irani will now only hold the portfolio of Minister of Textiles. I&B Ministry was at the center of a controversy over 50 recipients of National Film Awards skipping the award ceremony

Best Asian Film at Australian Gala

Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal has been named the Best Asian Film at 7th Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards.Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is a biographical sports drama film featuring Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim.It is inspired by lives of Phogat family members, telling the story of Mahavir Phogat who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers

Ishaan Khatter wins Best Actor award

Actor Ishaan Khattar has won the Best Actor award for his debut film ‘Beyond The Clouds’ at the International Bosphorus Film Festival in Turkey. ‘Beyond The Clouds’ has been directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. It is a tale of a brother and sister, and how they find happiness in separation and turbulent time. In India, ‘Beyond The Clouds’ is scheduled to release in early 2018.

Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away

Noted Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi passed away in Chennai. He was 69 years old. He had been ill for a while. He has directed more than 150 movies in his 40 year career. He started his career as an art director for Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968. He made his debut as a director with the movie Ulsavam. He has won various awards like National Film Award, Kerala State Film Awards etc.

Prakash Raj receives Karanth award

Prakash Raj, actor and film-maker, received the Kota Shivaram Karanth Huttura Prashasti award, at the Kota Shivaram Karanth Theme Park, Karnataka. The award is instituted in the name of Jnanpith awardee K Shivaram Karanth. It is given by the Kotatattu gram panchatyat in Kota, the birthplace of the literary giant, K Shivaram Karanth, in Udupi district of Karnataka.

Vidya Balan to be part of CBFC

National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan has been appointed as part of the reconstituted Central Board of Film Certification, to be now chaired by writer Prasoon Joshi. The CBFC has been reconstituted for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. Vidya is joined by Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Vivek Agnihotri among others.

Pahlaj Nihalani Sacked

Controversial censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has been sacked from his position. He will be replaced by Noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi. Nihalani took over as the chairperson of CBFC from Leela Samson in 2015, his 2 year-long tenure has been fraught with controversy. Joshi is a National Award-winning lyricist, and has worked on films such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Neerja among other films.

Prem Nazir Award for actor Sharada

Veteran actor and national award winner Sharada has been selected for this year’s Prem Nazir Award. Also known as Urvasi Sharada, she made her acting debut with the Telugu film Kanyasulkam in 1955 in a minor role. Apart from the National Awards, she has been bestowed with several prestigious awards such as the Kerala State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards South, and Nandi Award.

Shakuntala Barua gets Mahanayak Samman

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conferred this year’s ‘Mahanayak Samman 2017’ to veteran actress Shakuntala Barua. She was awarded for her contribution to the world of cinema. Suparnokanti Karati for Bisarjan film and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay of Windows Productions for Praktan film were also among the awardees for Best Film and Best Producer categories.

John Avildsen passes away

John Avildsen who won an Oscar for directing Rocky has passed away. He also won Directors Guild of America Award for directing Rocky, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Film Editing & was nominated in multiple categories. His other most memorable works include first three original Karate Kid movies. He had developed a reputation for making movies about underdogs who somehow become winners.

Reema Lagoo passes away.

Veteran film and theater actress Reema Lagoo passed away in Mumbai at the age of 59 following cardiac arrest. She had won four Filmfare awards for the best supporting actress. She was known for acting in films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho, and TV serials such as Tu Tu Main Main.

Letterman wins Mark Twain Prize.

David Letterman has been named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American humour, the award granted annually by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is the longest running host of late night TV. He is the 20th humorist to receive the prize. The Twain prize is given annually to a humorist whose impact on American society is reminiscent of Samuel Clemens.

India, Australia to hold naval exercise

India and Australia will hold their second bilateral naval exercise next month off the coast of Western Australia. The first-ever such exercise, called AUSINDEX, was held in September, 2015 in the Bay of Bengal. The first exercise was held in Bay of Bengal.
Mukti Bhawan Wins The Best Film Award
Mukti Bhawan has won the Best Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival. The film, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and featuring Adil Husain and Lalit Behl, revolves around an interesting relationship between a father and son after the former decides to die in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi and his son is forced to join his journey.

64th National Film Awards

Sonam Kapoor’s hijack drama Neerja bagged the Best Hindi film for the year 2016. Akshay Kumar was also among the big winners grabbing the Best Actor award for Rustom. Marathi film, Kasav, won the award for Best Feature Film. Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink got the Award for Best Film on Social Issues. Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak grabbed the Best Children Film.

Bafta awards 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads

Hollywood musical “La La Land” leads the nominations on Sunday for Britain’s Bafta awards, which are seen as a good indicator for future Oscar triumphs.Sci-fi film “Arrival” and psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals”, both starring Adams, come second in the nomination ranks with nine each.Meryl Streep is nominated for best actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins

SPB to Receive Centenary Award

Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam will be honoured with Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the year at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Minister of Information & Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu made the announcement. He has rendered more than 40,000 songs till now. He holds a Guinness World Record for recording the maximum number of songs.

Current Events October 2016 – Awards

• MCX Bags Best Exchange Award
Multi Commodity Exchange has bagged the ‘Best exchange of the year in bullion industry’ at the Ninth International Gold Summit and Excellence Awards. It was jointly organised by Assocham and the World Gold Council. Total turnover of MCXhas increased 9 per cent to ` 56,34,194 crore during FY 2015-16 against ` 51,83,707 crore in FY 2014-15. It had handled delivery of 5,655 kg of gold in 2015-16.
• Indian NGO Bags UN Climate Award
An Indian NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has bagged the UN climate award this year. The NGO trains women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra & Bihar. It is one of the 13 projects to be recognised at the forthcoming UN climate summit. The UN climate body, has applauded this project for building a network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs facilitating access to clean energy,
• Murga Bag Swachh Bharat Short Film Award
Debutant director Katyayan Shivpuri’s film Murga was adjudged the best film at the Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival. M Venkaiah Naidu awarded Katyayan with a certificate & a cash prize. The film promote the idea of clean India & depict the victims that citizens have made of themselves by not keeping the surroundings clean. The festival is a cinematic presentation of not more than three min.
• KTR Gets Digital Literacy Award
Telangana IT Minister K Tarakarama Rao was recognised with the Global Champion of Digital Literacy Award by Certiport. Certiport recognises government leaders around the world who work tirelessly to help more students become digitally literate & competitive in an ever-competitive job market. KTR has been progressive & created a great amount of buzz around investment in Telangana.
• Yoshinori Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine
The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan. The professor is currently at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has been awarded for discoveries about autophagy – how the body breaks down and recycles cellular components. His work is important because it helps explain what goes wrong in a range of diseases, from cancer to Parkinson’s.
• British Trio Win Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics are shared by British trio of physicists working in US universities. The prize goes to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz. They all work in the field of condensed matter physics. he three of them discovered totally unexpected behaviours of solid materials – and came up with a mathematical framework to explain these weird properties.
• NMDC’s Bailadila Mine Bags Award
NMDC’s Bailadila iron ore mine at Bacheli Complex in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has bagged the prestigious ‘FIMI Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence’. The Federation of Indian Mineral Industry (FIMI) has awarded NMDC’s flagship mine One Time Special Award. The award was for having adopted best practices,environment management, social awareness, health & safety.
• Three Win Nobel Chemistry Prize
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born J Fraser Stoddart & Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines. They will share the prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular scale. The Nobel Prizes will be handed out on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.
• Theatre Legend Kanhailal Passes Away
Renowned theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal passed away. Kanhailal was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004 & is the founder-director of Kalakshetra Manipur. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in direction in 1985 & in 2011 he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Award . He was known for plays like Pebet, produced in 1975, Memoirs of Africa, Draupadi & Dakghar.
• Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels. The Nobel committee praised him for a peace deal signed with Farc rebels. About 260,000 people have been killed and more than six million internally displaced in Colombia. The award did not include Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko.
• Venezuela Create Hugo Chavez Peace Prize
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of peace prize in honor of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez. He was awarding it to Russian President Vladimir Putin who has been an ally of Venezuela. The prize will go annually to global & national personalities who have excelled in the struggle for peace. Chavez has ruled Venezuela for 14 years before giving in to cancer in March 2013.
• Srabani Nanda Wins Ekalavya Award
Sprinter Srabani Nanda has bagged the 24th Ekalavya Award for the year 2016 in recognition of her sporting excellence. She won gold in 200m, silver in 100m and 4x100m relay in 12th South Asian Games. She had also won bronze in 100m and 4x100m relay in Asian Grand Prix Athletics. Ekalavya Award is given every year to young sportspersons of Odisha in recognition of their outstanding performance.
• Polish Film Director Andrzej Wajda Dies
Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has passed away. He made more than 40 feature films in a career spanning 60 years. Many of his films – including Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron and Katyn were inspired by Poland’s turbulent wartime and communist history. In 2000, Wajda was awarded an honorary Oscar for his contribution to world cinema.
• Event Enters Record Book
The Telangana govt organised the traditional state festival of ‘Bathukamma’ on a grand scale. The event attended by about ten thousand women found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event with participation of 9,292 women surpassed the Onam dance organised in Kerala in 2015 in which 5,015 women had participated. The Telangana has declared ‘Bathukamma’ as a state festival.
• Ilham Tohti Wins Martin Ennals Award
Imprisoned Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti has won the Martin Ennals Award. He was awarded for his work that brings to light repressive Chinese policies and Uyghur grievances. The Uyghurs are a muslim minority group in China. The Award was created in 1993 to honour & protect individuals who demonstrate exceptional courage in defending and promoting human rights.
• Chandigarh Airports Entity Won IBC Award
The new integrated terminal building of Chandigarh International Airports Limited (CHIAL) has bagged the 2014-15 India Building Congress (IBC) Award for Excellence in Built Environment. The award was presented by Union Urban Development, and Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. The new terminal building has been constructed with an investment of ` 939 crore.
• P R Sreejesh Bags Award
Indian Hockey team captain, P R Sreejesh has been selected for the 28th Jimmy George Foundation Award-2016. He was awarded for the best sports person of Kerala, considering his contributions to Hockey field. The award carries a purse of Rs 25,000 and a citation. It would be presented to Sreejesh in December 3 at Peravoor.
• Chandigarh airport building wins award
The new integrated terminal building of Chandigarh International Airports has bagged the 2014-15 IBC Award for Excellence in Built Environment. CHIAL, a joint venture company has been conferred with IBC award and trophy for excellence in built environment in infrastructure projects. The integrated terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September last year.
• MoU between India and Qatar
The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU signed on April 7, 1999 with Qatar on bilateral cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports signed. This will help in expanding knowledge and expertise in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching techniques. It would be equally applicable to all sportspersons irrespective of their caste, creed, region, religion and gender.
• Former UCLA professor wins Nobel Prize
James Stoddart, a former professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received the Nobel Prize on Oct. 5 for building the world’s smallest machines. Stoddart will officially receive the prize in December in Stockholm, Sweden. Stoddart has formerly served as the professor of Chemistry at UCLA.
• Bob Dylan wins Nobel for Literature
Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016. Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. Half a century ago, Bob Dylan shocked the music world by plugging in an electric guitar and alienating folk purists.
• Steve McQueen Awarded BFI’s Honour
UK director Steve McQueen has received the British Film Institute’s highest honour at the London Film Festival. He was presented with the BFI Fellowship by actor Michael Fassbender . He is the first black director or producer to receive the award. Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt won the prize for best film. Julia Ducournau won the Sutherland Award for best first feature for Raw.
• Mathrubhumi Award for C Radhakrishnan
Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan has been selected for the Mathrubhumi Literary Award in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature. The award carries a cash prize of ` 2 lakh, a citation & a statuette. He was selected by a panel chaired by novelist M Mukundan. The award was instituted in 2001 by leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi
• Maharajas’ Express Gets Award
The world’s most luxurious train Maharajas’ Express has received the 2016 Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards at Marbella in Spain. This luxurious train is owned and operated by the IRCTC. As part of the award, Maharajas’ Express was presented the “Signum Virtutis”,the seal of Excellence, from the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
• Robert De Niro to Receive Chaplin Award
Robert De Niro will receive the 44th annual Chaplin Award. The actor-producer will be honoured by the The Film Society of Lincoln Centre. He is selected for a four-decade acting career that stretches from early work including Mean Streets, Raging Bull & The Godfather Part II to Silver Linings Playbook. He’s also the high-profile co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.
• Nayan Khanolkar Wins Wildlife Award
Mumbai-based Nayan Khanolkar won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer Award, 2016 by the BBC and Natural History Museum in London. Nayan was awarded the ‘Urban Wildlife category’ award in London. The winning photograph highlights the co-existence between leopards and the Warli tribe. This was the 52nd installment of the award, in which Khanolkar won from 50,000 entries across 90 countries.
• Deccan Odyssey Gets Luxury Train Award
Deccan Odyssey,the luxury train operated and managed by Cox & Kings has won the World Travel Award 2016 in the category of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train. The award ceremony was held at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam. The train offers exclusive trips to royal cities showcasing palaces &traditions. World Travel Award honors the best of travel and tourism in the world.
• Brazilian Club Lifts Subroto Title
Brazilian club Atletico Paraneanse defeated Army Boys 1-0 in the final of Subroto Cup Under-17 tournament at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. The single goal was shot on a penalty kick. The Government School boys from Mizoram got the fair play award.
S. Kennedy was voted as the best player, while Dip Majumdar of Army Boys received the most promising player award.
• UP Govt to Present Yash Bharti Awards
Noted film personality Naseeruddin Shah has been selected for the prestigious Yash Bharti Samman, for the year 2016. U.P govt announced the names of 54 eminent personalities for the highest state award. The awards will be given in recognition of their contributions in their respective fields. The awardees will get 11 lakh rupees in cash and a citation.
• AIIMS, Ganga Ram Doctors Chosen for Award
Two doctors, each from AIIMS & Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) in Delhi have been selected for the prestigious Dr. BC Roy Award for excellence in the field of medicine. Randeep Guleria from the AIIMS has been chosen for the award. Chairman of Board of Management at SGRH DS Rana & Arvind Kumar have also been chosen for the coveted award. The Bidhan Chandra Roy Award was instituted in 1976.
• Almatti Dam Gets World Bank Award
Almatti dam was chosen for the World Bank’s Award of Excellence for best utilisation of funds for renovation to enhance the strength of the dam. The World Bank had granted ` 72 crore to the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited to prevent seepage which could damage the dam.
It is one of the largest reservoirs in Karnataka. The foundation stone of 123 tmc capacity dam was laid in 1964.
• Kidman, Priyanka Get InStyle Award Honors
Priyanka Chopra and Nicole Kidman were among the many members of Hollywood that were honored for their indelible style at the second annual InStyle Awards in Los Angeles. The InStyle Awards took place at The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Kidman was named InStyle’s Style Icon & Chopra with the Breakout Style Icon Award. InStyle is a monthly women’s fashion magazine published by Time Inc.
• G Balakrishna Wins Mr Asia Title
India’s G Balakrishna has won the coveted Mr Asia 2016 title at the 5th Phil-Asia International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships that took in the Philippines. He hails from Bengaluru & dedicated his win to Indian Army soldiers. Balakrishna works as a water tanker driver, practices for around six hours daily. In July, Rohit Khandelwal became the first Indian to win the Mr World title.
• Kashmiri Singer Raj Begum Dies
Legendary Kashmiri singer and Padma Shri awardee Raj Begum died. Raj Begaum was awarded Padma Shri in 2002 and Sangeet Akademi award in 2013. She was also bestowed with State award by Jammu and Kashmir government in 2009. Starting off as wedding singer, she gradually rose to become one of the most powerful female voices of Kashmir.
• 2 Yazidi Women Receive Sakharov Prize
Nadia Murad & Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State were honored with the Sakharov Prize. They are among thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi community whom the terrorist group kidnapped, sexually assaulted. It is the European Union’s top human rights award. But both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community.
• Bob Dylan Accepts Nobel Prize
US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan says, he accepts his Nobel Prize in literature ending a silence since being awarded the prize earlier this month. The award to the star was announced on the 13th of this month for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. However, his failure to acknowledge it raised eyebrows.
• Indian Documentary Wins Award
Indian Documentary film “Daughters of Mother India” has won at the 6th CAM International Film Festival in Cairo. The film won the first prize in the documentary section of the festival. The festival was organized by theArabic Egyptian Society for Culture, Media and Arts (CMA). Daughters of Mother India” portrays India’s story of resolve, hope and courage in the fight against gender violence.

Current Events September 2016 – Awards

• T.M.Krishna, Bezwada Wilson Awarded
Two Indians — Carnatic singer T.M. Krishna and campaigner for eradication of manual scavenging Bezwada Wilson were among six persons who received the Ramon Magsaysay prize 2016. Four others include: Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa of Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers & ‘Vientiane Rescue’ of Laos. This award is considered as Asia’s Nobel Prize.
• Mazumdar Shaw Given the Chevalier award
CMD of biopharma Biocon, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was given the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’ award.She was awarded for her contribution to biosciences & research field globally. Chevalier l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest civilian award of the French Republic for outstanding contribution in various fields.
• Jackie Chan Awarded Honorary Oscar
Action movie star Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his extraordinary achievements in film.Chan has starred in dozens of martial arts films.The Academy also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster & documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.They will be honoured at the Academy’s Governors Awards on 12 November.
• JSS Malappuram Win Unesco Literacy Award
The Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS), Malappuram has won the Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award has been conferred on the JSS in recognition of its literacy-linked skill development activities among the underprivileged. JSS are established to provide vocational training to non-literate. JSS chairman P.V. Abdul Wahab will receive the award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
• Hrushikesh Mallick to Get Sarala Award
Noted Odia poet Dr Hrushikesh Mallick will be honoured with the 37th edition of prestigious Sarala Award for his outstanding poetry. The annual award would be conferred on Mallick for his poetry work “Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat”. The annual Sarala Award was instituted in 1979 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust(IMPaCT). Sarala Award is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha.
• Rishi Kapoor Honoured at BRICS Festival
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor was felicitated at the 1st BRICS Film Festival. He was honoured by Union Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathod & Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh. The festival is part of the special events planned in the run-up to the 8th BRICS Summit. The Indian film industry has been existing for over 100 years in which the Kapoors have contributed 88 years.
• Indian Ecologist Awarded by IUCN
Assam-based ecologist Bibhuti Lahkar has become the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious ‘Heritage Heroes Award’. The award is facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The award aims to recognize the outstanding efforts of a few brave people who relentlessly invest efforts to make a difference in the way natural World Heritage sites are conserved.
• Thithi Named Best Film at BRICS Festival
Indian film Thithi won the best film award at the BRICS Film Festival concluded in New Delhi.Best Director Award went to Huo Jianqi of China.South Africa’s Thabo Rametsi took home the best Actor award while Russian actor Yulia Peresild was given best actress award.The film festival opened in New Delhi with the screening of a Malayalam movie, Veeram.
• J.C Daniel Award for Director K.G George
Renowned Malayalam filmmaker K G George has been chosen for the prestigious J C Daniel Award for 2015.He was awarded in recognition of his contributions to the Malayalam film industry.He is the 23rd recipient of the award, the state’s highest honour for film personalities.George’s movies including Yavanika, Aadaminte Variyellu, Panchavadippalam, Irakal and Swapnadanam.
• Guinness World Record for Bearded Woman
Harnaam Kaur with six-inch long facial hair has become the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard, according to the Guinness World Records. She is an Indian-origin woman in the UK. She has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can result in the growth of excess facial hair. In March 2016 she became the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week.
• Pankaj Recommended for Padma Bhushan
Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has once again recommended Pankaj Advani for the Padma Bhushan award. Advani is a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker. He was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award. The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan
• Pawan Singh Awarded ISSF Medal
Pawan Singh, a former shooting coach of the national shooting team, was awarded by International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) in Delhi. He was awarded for his exceptional contribution to the field of shooting. The award comprises a bronze medal and a certificate. He is the youngest Indian to have been honoured by ISSF after almost 70 years.
• Indian origin wins award for radio waves
A 28 year old Indian origin MIT scientist has won a award for his research on radio waves. Dinesh Bharadia, a graduate of IIT Kanpur was honoured with the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. His research disproved a long-held assumption that it is generally not possible for a radio to receive & transmit on the same frequency band because of the interference that results.
• Indian-American bags innovation award
An Indian-origin scientist has bagged the prestigious Lemelson–MIT Prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking work to improve lives globally. Ramesh Raskar, 46, is founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. Lemelson–MIT Prize honours outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention.
• Indian-American to receive Medal
Indian-American physician-author, Abraham Verghese has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal. President Barack Obama will bestow the honour upon Verghese along with 11 others recipient’s at a ceremony to be held in Washington on 21 September 2016. He has been selected for the prestigious award for reminding us that the patient is the centre of the medical enterprise.
• Priyanka among highest paid actresses
Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian star to enter the Forbes list of highest paid television actresses in the world, after starring on American series Quantico. Priyanka ranks eighth in the list, which has retained American actress Sofia Vergara at the first position fifth year in a row. Priyanka has earned USD 11 million. She made her international acting debut last year with Quantico.
• Leh gears up for ‘Kumbh of Himalayas’
Once in 12 years carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture & tradition & a grand congregation of Drukpa masters is set to begin. This will be held at the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage. The 4th edition of the Naropa festival is a celebration of 1,000th birth anniversary of the saint Naropa. Hollywood stars Michelle Yeoh and Robert Kennedy Junior will attend the function.
• Rahane,Rohit Conferred with Arjuna Award
Ajinkya Rahane & Rohit Sharma were conferred with the Arjuna Award for this year and the previous year respectively. They couldn’t be awarded earlier by President as they were out of the country on professional commitments. The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performances over four years. Rahane has amassed over 4,000 international runs & Rohit has scored over 7,000 for India.
• Ujjivan Bags Award for Insurance
Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016. The platinum award is the highest independent honour given for inclusive insurance. It was presented for exemplary work on financial inclusion initiatives. The award was given for implementing project to create awareness & achieve an 100 per cent insurance penetration.
• M Leelavathi Bags Mohanan Suvarna Award
Eminent Malayalam critic and academician Dr M Leelavathi has been chosen for the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016. The award was instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan. An expert panel, comprising journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman. She was awarded for her contributions to Malayalam language and literature.
• Oscar-Winning Writer Curtis Hanson Dies
Oscar-winning Director Curtis Hanson dies. Oscar-winning writer and film director Curtis Hanson has died. He began screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s. Starting as a writer for the magazine Cinema, he later won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential. Most recently he directed the HBO film Too Big To Fail, about the financial crisis.
• WB to confer Bangabibhushan Award
West Bengal government will confer this year’s ‘Bangabibhushan’ to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. She will be awarded to honour her contributions to Bengali songs. The Trinamool Congress govt had started conferring Bangabi bhushan to eminent personalities for their contribution to various fields since 2011. Danseuse Amala Shankar was the first person to receive of the award.
• French Honour for Sajid Nadiadwala
Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala was conferred France’s prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) award. He was awarded for his contribution towards boosting Indo-French partnership in cinema. The honour is conferred on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature.
• Pak Awarded ICC Test Championship Mace
Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq has received Test mace by International Cricket Council (ICC) at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson presented the mace to Misbah. He was awarded for inspiring Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for the first time. The ICC Test Championship mace is a symbol of excellence & recognition of outstanding performance.
• TCS Awarded Gold Rating in CSR
Tata Consultancy Services has been awarded the Gold rating certificate by EcoVadis. EcoVadis is a world leading independent CST Advisory firm. This is the third year in a row that TCS has received the top accolades. It is a reflection of the firm’s holistic approach to CSR across environmental sustainability, labour practice & business operations.
• Visaranai is India Official Oscar Entry
National Award-winning Tamil film Visaranai is India’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars next year. Visaranai was selected out of the 29 films that were in the race. The crime-thriller, produced by actor-filmmaker Dhanush, is written & directed by Vetrimaaran. It is based on the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar.
• White Helmets Win Right Livelihood Award
The Syria Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue service also known as the White Helmets, has won this year’s Right Livelihood Award. The three other recipients sharing the prize are Mozn Hassan, an Egyptian feminist; Svetlana Gannushkina, a Russian human rights activist & Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper. The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull.
• OPGC Bags Gold in Asian Power Awards
The Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (OPGC) has clinched the much coveted “Gold Award” in the Category “Power Plant Upgrade of the Year” in Asian Power Awards 2016. The award ceremony was held in Seoul, South Korea. It is the most prestigious awards in Asia & is dubbed as the Oscars of the power industry. OPGC earned this award for Pressure Reducing & De-Superheating System.
• Jesse Owens Award Goes to Muhammad Ali
The first-ever Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award-2016 will be posthumously bestowed to Olympic champion Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016. The Owens Award was started this year on the occasion of 80th anniversary of Owens’ four-gold-medal performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The award is to be presented annually to recognize people who have served as an inspiration in society.
• Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Begins
One of India’s biggest classical music extravaganzas, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan has begun in 24 different cities across the country. The annual music festival has been carried on since 1954. The event will be an amalgamation of various genres of music including Hindustani classical, folk & light music. Folk and light music was introduced last year & this year Akashvani has added western music.
• Kolakaluri Conferred Moortidevi Award
Telugu author & eminent scholar Prof Kolakaluri Enoch was honoured with the 29th Moortidevi Award 2015 for his novel Ananta Jeevanam. The award was given to the author by noted historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. His novel depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak & the common man in Rayalaseema to preserve the historical & cultural inheritance of the region during a devastating cyclone.
• Uttam Singh to get Lata Mangeshkar Award
Maharashtra government has announced the Lata Mangeshkar Award for 2016 to veteran music composer & violin player Uttam Singh. His selection was unanimously done by a committee headed by state Culture Minister Vinod Tawade. Singh has worked with music legends like Naushad, Madan Mohan, S D Burman & R D Burman. He was the music arranger for films like Maine Pyar Kiya & Hum Apke Hai Kaun.
• First BRICS Film Festival Begins
The first BRICS film festival began in New Delhi. Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore & MoS for External Affairs V.K. Singh inaugurated the festival. The film festival is the run up to the BRICS summit which is to be held in Goa next month. It will act as a platform for people of the film industry of member countries to explore areas of cooperation in the domain of cinema & culture.
• ISRO, Katrina to Get Priyadarshini Awards
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),Katrina Kaif & Juhi Chawla are among recipients of the Priyadarshini Global Awards 2016. Other recipients of the awards are from Israel, Switzerland & UK. The awards were instituted by a socio-cultural and educational organisation Priyadarshini Academy. The awards are given to personalities & organisations for contribution in their respective fields.
• Aung San Suu Kyi Gets Humanitarian Award
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honored as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation. She gained international prominence as the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy in Myanmar in 1990. The Humanitarian award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to fighting indifference…

SRK, Akshay, Salman & Big B amid top 20 highest-paid global actors

The list published by Forbes magazine considers earnings from June 2015, and featured Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar as the top two highest paid actors on 8th and 10th rank. The list also includes Salman Khan on 14th rank, which is followed by legend Amitabh Bachchan on 18th position. The list was topped by former WWE wrestler and present actor, Dwayne Johnson, who filled his pocket with as much as 64.5 million dollars through movies such as Central Intelligence and Fast & Furious.

IIFA Awards 2016

IIFA Awards 2016 are presented in Madrid, Spain. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is awarded Best Film, while Best Director award is bagged by Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani.

63rd National Film Awards

The 63rd National Film Awards are announced. Baahubali gets Best Feature Film Award, while Best Actor and Best Actress awards are won by Amitabh Bachchan for Piku and Kangana Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu Returns respectively.
Best Director – Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani); Best Supporting Actor – Samuthirakani (Visaranai), Best Supporting Actress – Tanvi Azmi (Bajirao Mastani).