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K Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra to receive BCCI’s CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

Former India captain and member of the 1983 World Cup – winning team Krishnamachari Srikkanth and former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra, one of India’s finest batswomen, will be the recipient of this year’s prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI.

The BCCI Annual Award function will be held in Mumbai on January 12 ahead of the first ODI against Australia on January 14.

Sanjay Gupta of ‘Jagran’ to be honoured with Lokmanya Tilak journalism award

Sanjay Gupta, the editor-in-chief of ”Jagran”, will be honoured with the ”Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award” for his contribution to the field of journalism. The award, instituted by the Kesari Maratha Trust, will be conferred on in Pune, coinciding with the 139th Foundation Day of ”Kesari” — the newspaper started by Lokmanya Tilak.

The award consists of Rs 1 lakh and a memento. Earlier, this award has been conferred upon well-known journalists and editors such as Vir Sanghvi, N. Ram, H. K. Dua, Vinod Metha and Siddharth Varadarajan.

Sucheta Satish wins Global Child Prodigy Award 2020

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A 13-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl Sucheta Satish has won the 100 Global Child Prodigy Award in Delhi. She was awarded for singing in most languages during one concert and the longest live singing concert by a child.

Global Child Prodigy Award is a platform to showcase the talent of children in dance, music, art, writing, acting, modelling, science, sports etc. The award is supported by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and Oscar Award-winning music producer AR Rahman among others.

Prakash Javadekar to confer first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will confer the first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses in New Delhi. The Ministry had instituted the award in June last year to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga.

Eleven awards will be conferred under the category of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers, Eight under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television while 11 awards to be conferred under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. The award will consist of a special medal, plaque, trophy and a citation.

77th Golden Globe award winners 2020

77th Golden Globe Awards honouring the best films and television of calendar year 2019 was held at Beverly Hills, California in the USA.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or ComedyRamy Youssef (“Ramy”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or ComedyPhoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — DramaBrian Cox (“Succession”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — DramaOlivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRussell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionMichelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television“Chernobyl”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionPatricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionStellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Best Television Series — Drama“Succession”
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy“Fleabag”
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Motion Picture — Drama“1917”
Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language“Parasite”
Best Screenplay — Motion PictureQuentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Original Song — Motion Picture“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
Best Original Score — Motion PictureHildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion PictureBrad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion PictureLaura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or ComedyTaron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Best Motion Picture — Animated“Missing Link”
Best Actor in a Motion PictureJoaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — DramaRenée Zellweger (“Judy”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or ComedyAwkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Best Director — Motion PictureSam Mendes (“1917”)

Jasbinder Bilan wins 2019 Costa Children’s Award

Jasbinder Bilan has won the UK based Costa Children’s Award 2019 . She has won the award for her debut novel ‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’. She will receive 5,000 pounds as prize money associated with the award. Jasbinder’s novel “Asha and the Spirit Bird” was shortlisted from 144 other entries. The Costa Children’s Award is awarded annually in 5 categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book.

Prof. MS Swaminathan & Dr. G Muniratnam to get Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award

Eminent Agricultural Scientist Dr M S Swaminathan and well-known social worker Dr. Gutta Muniratnam, were respectively chosen as the first recipients of ‘Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence’ and ‘Muppavarapu National Award for Social Service’’.

Dr. Swaminathan was awarded for his distinguished contributions to the field of agriculture while Dr G Muniratnam, was awarded for his extraordinary contribution in improving quality of people’s lives through social service.

The National Award for Excellence was instituted by the Muppavarapu Foundation, while the one for Social Service was launched by the Swarna Bharat Trust, in Hyderabad. Each award carries a cash prize of Rupees Five Lakh and citation.

Indian scientists receive ‘Merck Young Scientist Award 2019’

Indian researchers have received first Merck Young Scientist Award 2019 in Chemical Sciences recently at Bangalore instituted by Merck, a science and technology company operating worldwide. Merck Young Scientist Award is given to researchers with less than ten years of experience with expertise in solving some of the toughest problems in chemical sciences. The winners received cash award of INR 2,00,000 and Travel Award of INR 1,50,000

Dr. Sakya Singha Sen, a senior scientist from National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune has been awarded for doing remarkable research in chemical science. Sen and his research team specializes in main group chemistry and involves in the synthesis of compounds with main group element and their catalytic application.

The other recipient of the award are Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi (IGIB); Dr Dipyaman Ganguly, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata (CSIR-IICB); Dr Siddhesh S Kamat, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune; Dr Mahendran K .R, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram (RGCB) and; Dr Basker Sundararaju, Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Kanpur.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards 2019

The International Cricket Council (ICC) declares the winners of the best cricketers every year to motivate the players for their best efforts. The winners of the ICC Awards are chosen by the panel of former players, elite umpire, match referee and veteran media persons. Some key awards are:

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Best Cricketer of the Year – Ben Stokes (England)
  • Test Cricketer of the Year – Pat Cummins (Australia)
  • ODI Cricketer of the Year – Rohit Sharma (India)
  • T20I Performance of the Year – Deepak Chahar (India, 6-7 v Bangladesh)
  • Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
  • Associate Cricketer of the Year – Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)
  • Spirit of Cricket Award – Virat Kohli stopping the fans booing Steve Smith at the Oval
  • David Shepherd Trophy for Umpire of the Year – Richard Illingworth

Iranian Film ‘Castle of Dreams’ gets Best Film Award at DIFF

A total of 220 films from 74 countries were shown during the nine-day long Asian Competition section of the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) which began on 11th of this month. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘better film, better audience, better society.’ The Iranian film ‘Castle of Dreams’ directed by Reza Mirakarimi won the Best Film Award. The film also won the Best Director Award.

Indian film ‘Finally Love’ directed by Anjan Dutt has won the Best Audience Award in Cinema of the World Category while ‘Children of the Sun’ directed by Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage has won the Special Jury Award in the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival. In Bangladesh Panorama Section, ‘No Dorai’ directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu bagged the Best Film Award.

Best Actress Award went to Arezoo Ariapoor, Ferestha Afshar and Hasiba Ebrahimi for their acting in Afghanistan-Iran-France joint venture film ‘Hava, Maryamk, Ayesha’ while the Best Actor Award went to Lousie Abuel for his acting in the film ‘Edward’. Information Minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud gave away the award carrying prize money of Tk 1 lakh, a citation and crest in the closing ceremony held in Dhaka.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw awarded highest Australian civilian honour

Biocon chairperson and managing director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has been awarded the Order of Australia, the country’s highest civilian honour, for her significant contribution towards advancing bilateral relationship with Australia.

The recognition is given to foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to Australia or humanity at large. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the fourth Indian to receive it after master batsman Sachin Tendulkar in 2012, former Attorney General of India, Soli Jehangir Sorabjee in 2006 and Mother Teresa in 1982.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu invested Mazumdar-Shaw as an Honorary Member within the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division at a ceremony in Bengaluru.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren honoured with ‘Champion of Change Award’

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was honoured with the “Champion of Change Award-2019” for his work in the Barhait and Dumka assembly constituencies in the state. Former president Pranab Mukherjee gave the award to Soren at a function in New Delhi.

Soren, who had won the Dumka seat in 2009, was defeated in the following assembly elections but regained it in the recently-concluded polls. Soren, who also won the Barhait seat for the second consecutive term, dedicated the award to his father Shibu Soren and the people of Jharkhand.

14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards held in New Delhi

President, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi. The awardees were selected by a jury constituted of members including Tom Goldstein (Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, O P Jindal Global University), S Y Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner), Pamela Philipose (journalist and Senior Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research) and Justice B N Srikrishna (Former Supreme Court judge).

The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award was instituted in 2016. It honours those journalists from print, broadcast and digital media who have maintained the highest standards of their profession and, despite immense challenges, produced work that sustains public trust in the media and impacts the lives of people. The awards are meant to felicitate those who hold their pen for truth.

‘Champions of Change Award’ clinched by Sparsh Ganga initiative

Environmentalist and social activist Arushi Nishank was honoured with the Champions of Change Award 2019 in the second edition of the Champions of Change Award held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on January 20. She received the award for her initiative towards cleaning and saving river Ganga, the Sparsh Ganga initiative.

The award is given under the transformation of Aspirational District Program which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year in January. The program identifies the progress of 115 ‘aspirational’ districts whose development is being monitored by NITI Aayog.

Other recipients of the award were actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, actor Suresh Oberoi for Culture and Lok Sabha MP Geeta Koda for Aspirational. Telugu film producer Allu Arvind, Minister of State Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur and Deepa Venkat of Swarna Bharat Trust (Andhra Pradesh), won the award for Social Welfare.

Gujarat emerged as top governing state in 2019 Skoch rankings

Gujarat replaced West Bengal to become the top governed state in the 2019 Skoch rankings. Poll-bound Delhi was at the 19th place, lower than 15th spot it occupied in the previous two years.

Delhi is ranked fifth on the parameter of health, one of its main claims of governance. There are 22 parameters that go into the overall ranking, while health and cleanliness dominated the good governance initiatives across the country in 2019.

New Delhi: The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind distributed the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi to recognize the exceptional achievements of children in various fields like innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, sports and bravery. The prestigious award was given to 49 children between the age group of 5-18 years at a ceremony.

Ishan Sharma who saved a Russian tourist from two robbers, Omkar Singh who holds the world record for the youngest theoretical author and youngest pianist in India Gauri Mishra were among those who were given the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020 by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.

Dr N Kumar, VC of TNAU honoured with ‘Harit Ratna Award 2019’

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr) N Kumar has been conferred with National Award for Agriculture sector namely “Harit Ratna Award 2019”. The award was presented by All India Agricultural Students Association (AIASA) during 5th National Youth Convention held at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyala, Raipur on January 20.

The award was conferred to him for dissemination of Rs.30 crore entrepreneurship project for attracting youth in agri business activity and his contribution to increase the impact of Fertigation, precision farming, ultra high density planting system for increasing farmers income and involved in increasing awareness of students and their role for welfare of the society and motivated the students to agriculture sector in Tamil Nadu.

Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2020

Government of India has instituted an annual award known as ‘Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar’ in order to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in India in the field of disaster management. The award is announced every year on 23rd January, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

For the year 2020, Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre, Uttarakhand (in the institution category) and Kumar Munnan Singh (Individual category) have been selected for the award for their commendable work in Disaster Management.

The winner shall receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs, in case of individual and receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakhs, in case of an institution. The cash prize shall be utilized by the winning institution for Disaster Management related activities only.

Padma Awards 2020 Announced

Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards are given in three categories: “Padma Vibhushan” exceptional and distinguished service; “Padma Bhushan” distinguished service of outstanding quality; and “Padma Shri” distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year and conferred by the President of India.

This year the President has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards including 4 duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards. 33 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 18 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 12 Posthumous awardees.

List of Padma Vibhushan 2020 winners – George Fernandes (Posthumous), Arun Jaitley (Posthumous), former Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth, Mary Kom, Chhannulal Mishra, Sushma Swaraj (posthumous) and Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous).

List of Padma Bhushan 2020 Winners – M. Mumtaz Ali, Muazzam Ali (posthumously), Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Ajay Chakraborty, Manoj Das, Balakrishna Doshi, Krishnammal Jagannathan, Former Nagaland Chief Minister SC Jamir, Uttarakhand’s well-known environmentalist and social worker Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi, Dr. Tsering Landol, eminent industrialist Anand Mahindra, Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon (Posthumous), former Union Minister Manohar Parrikar (Posthumous), Prof. Jagdish Seth, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu and industrialist Venu Srinivasan.

List of Padma Shri 2020 Winners – Guru Shashadhar Acharya, Dr. Yogi Aeron, Jai Prakash Agarwal, Jagdish Lal Ahuja Social Work Punjab, Kazi Masum Akhtar, Gloria Arieira, Khan Zaheerkhan Bakhtiyarkhan, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, Dr. Sushovan Banerjee, Dr. Digambar Behera, Dr. Damayanti Beshra, Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji, Himmata Ram Bhambhu, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Gafurbhai M. Bilakhia, Bob Blackman,Indira P. P. Bora, Madan Singh Chauhan among others.

Chairman of The Hindu Group honoured by Kerala Media Academy

Eminent journalist and chairman of The Hindu Group of Publications N Ram has been selected for the Kerala Media Academy’s national media award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. The award carries a purse of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.

The national award was instituted as part of 40th anniversary celebrations of the academy for fearless and meritorious contribution to journalism. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would present the award during a media conclave in March this year.

Ram was selected for the award by a jury comprising former state Education Minister M A Baby, senior journalist Thomas Jacob, general education department secretary A Shajahan, media analyst Sebastian Paul, Asianet editor M G Radhakrishnan and Planning Board member Mridul Eapen. The jury considered contributions of Ram to journalism in the last 40 years.

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