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Current Affairs : Award of January 2016

Award of January 2016

1.Wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi has been conferred with V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai.
2.Three persons of Indian-origin - Chennupati Jagadis, Jay Chandra and Sajeev Koshy have been awarded 2016 Medal of Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour for their contribution in various fields.      
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3.Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali received World Peace and Prosperity Foundation Award 2016 from World Peace and Prosperity Foundation (London).
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4. Subhashini Vasanth honoured with Neerja Bhanot Award for her endeavour to help people in distress and for empowering widows of martyrs and their families.
5. Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has been conferred with Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) 2016 by The Banker, a monthly publication of Financial Times Group.
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6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented National Bravery Awards to 25 children. He also released book Life progression of ICCW National Bravery Awardees. 

Padma Bhushan
1.Anupam Kher — Art-Cinema — Maharashtra
2.Udit Narayan Jha — Art-Playback Singing — Maharashtra
3.Ram V Sutar — Art-Sculpture — Uttar Pradesh
4.Heisnam Kanhailal — Art-Theatre — Manipur
5.Vinod Rai — Civil Service — Kerala
6.Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad — Literature and Education — Andhra Pradesh
7.Prof NS Ramanuja Tatacharya — Literature and Education — Maharashtra
8.Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard — Literature and Education - Journalism — Punjab
9.Prof D Nageshwar Reddy — Medicine-Gastroenterology — Telangana
10.Swami Tejomayananda — Other-Spiritualism — Maharashtra
11.Hafeez Contractor — Others-Architecture — Maharashtra
12.Ravindra Chandra Bhargava — Public Affairs — Uttar Pradesh
13.Dr Venkata Rama Rao — Alla Science and Engineering — Andhra Pradesh
14.Ms Saina Nehwal — Sports-Badminton — Telangana
15.Ms Sania Mirza — Sports-Tennis — Telangana
16.Ms Indu Jain — Trade and Industry — Delhi
17.Late Swami Dayanand Sarawasati (Posthumous) — Others-Spiritualism — Uttarakhand
18.Robert Blackwill (Foreigner) — Public Affairs — USA
19.Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry (NRI/PIO) — Trade and Industry — Ireland

Padam Vibhushan award 2016 -
1.Ms. Yamini Krishnamurthi — Art-Classical dance — Delhi
2.Rajinikanth — Art-Cinema — Tamil Nadu
3.Smt Girija Devi — Art-Classical Vocal — West Bengal
4.Ramoji Rao — Literature and Education-Journalism — Andhra Pradesh
5.Dr Viswanathan Shanta — Medicine-Oncology — Tamil Nadu
6.Ravi Shankar — Others-Spiritualism — Karnataka
7.Jagmohan — Public Affairs — Delhi
8.Dr Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre — Science and Engineering — Karnataka
9.Avinash Dixit(Foreigner) — Literature and Education — USA
10.Late Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous) — Trade and Industry — Maharashtra
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PEN American Center gave its 2016 PEN/Allen award to author J.K. Rowling.
   

Noted poet Balkrishna Garg has been honoured with second Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award 2015 for his collection of poems for children - BaalGeet.
   

Noted Actress Rekha has been conferred with third Yash Chopra Memorial Award.
   

Morton Mower (US), Michael Marmot (UK) won 2015 Prince Mahidol Award for their achievements in healthcare sector.
   

Madhya Pradesh won Union Government's Krishi Karman Award in maximum food grains production category for year 2014-15 for 4th consecutive year. MP produced 328 lakh tonnes foodgrains in 2013-14 period. Other winners are - Chhattisgarh(growth in production of pulses), West Bengal (good agriculture production), Odisha (best performing state in foodgrains production among category-II states).
   

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb won 2015 Olof Palme human rights prize for their fight against occupation and violence.
   

Indian-origin cancer research expert Harpal Singh Kumar has been honoured with Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his influential work on prevention and treatment of cancer.
   

Indian writer Anuradha Roy won $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel 'Sleeping on Jupiter'.
   

Indian lawyer and human rights defender Henri Tiphagne has been selected for 2016 Amnesty International Human Rights Award.
   

Indian Author and foreign affairs expert Nisid Hajari has won the prestigious 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition.
   

Ilaiyaraja has been selected for Kerala Tourism’s Nishagandhi Puraskaram 2016. Award carries Rs 150000, citation and a statuette.
   

ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar received Reva University's Lifetime Achievement Award.
   

Government will introduce a new category of award - Most Film Friendly State/UT under National Film Awards to be conferred at the 63rd National Film Awards in May 2016.
   

Government conferred Jeevan Raksha Padak Awards 2015 on 50 persons - Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (03), Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak (09) and Jeevan Raksha Padak (38 persons).
1.Winners of Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak are - Shri Ullas Unnikrishnan (Kerela),  Munna alias Ramdars Sisodiya, (Madhya Pradesh), Ankit Kumar  Mishra (Uttar Pradesh).
  

Government conferred Jeevan Raksha Padak Awards 2015 on 50 persons - Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (03), Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak (09) and Jeevan Raksha Padak (38 persons).
1.Winners of Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak are - Shri Ullas Unnikrishnan (Kerela),  Munna alias Ramdars Sisodiya, (Madhya Pradesh), Ankit Kumar  Mishra (Uttar Pradesh).
  

Government Issued list of 20 Smart Cities winning smart city challenge. Bhubaneswar (Odisha) placed at Top. Government will invest Rs 50,802 crore in the 20 cities and towns over five years.
   

First woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala, Jancy James is selected for 2016 Prof MV Pylee Award as best academician of India.
   

Employees' Provident Fund Organisation won National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching Universal Account Number (UAN).
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Easterine Kire from Nagaland won Hindu Literary Prize 2015 for her novel When the River Sleeps.
   

Delhi-based Journalist-writer Ankita Anand won prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 under Asia and the Pacific Amateur category for her article ‘Stirrings beneath the peepul’.
   

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gave away RakshaMantri Awards for Excellence -
1.2012 - 13
1.Excellence in performance – HAL
2.Best performance in Exports – BEML
2.2013 - 14
1.Excellence in performance – BEL
2.Best performance in Exports – BEL
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David Warner has been awarded 2016 Allan Border Medal by Cricket Australia. Other Awards are -
1.Test Player - David Warner
2.One Day International Player - Glenn Maxwell
3.Twenty20 International Player - Not awarded
4.Bradman Young Cricketer - Alex Ross
5.State Player - Adam Voges
6.Women's International Cricketer - Ellyse Perry

Costa Book Awards 2015 -
1.First Novel Award - The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
2.Novel Award - A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
3.Biography - The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf
4.Poetry - 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson
5.Children's Book - The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been chosen for K Veeramani Social Justice Award for his contribution for for upliftment of weaker and marginalised sections.
   

Alejandro Aravena (Chile) won 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize, best known for his work with “do tank” Elemental, an architecture group that aims to tackle poverty using a participatory approach that engages local communities in early stages of design process. He will receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medal.
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCAR Academy) presented Technical Award to Indian -origin actor, producer Rahul Thakkar and Cottalango Leon.
   

61st Britannia Filmfare Awards -
1.Bajirao Mastani won most awards (8).
2.Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani)
3.Best Actress: Deepika Padukone (Piku)
4.Best Film: Bajirao Mastani
5.Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani).
6.Lifetime Achievement : Moushumi Chatterjee
7.Best Debutant (Male): Sooraj Pancholi (Hero)
8.Best Debutant (Female): Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
9.Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Priyanka Chopra (Bajirao mastani)
10.Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Anil kapoor (Dil Dhadakne Do)
11.Best Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Sooraj dooba hai from ‘Roy’)
12.Best Singer (female): Shreya Ghoshal (Deewani mastani from ‘Bajirao Mastani’)
13.Best Choreography: Birju Maharaj (Bajirao Mastani)
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14th Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards - Umaid Bhawan Palace of Udaipur (Rajasthan) named As best hotel of 2016.

Noted poet Balkrishna Garg has been honoured with second Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award 2015 for his collection of poems for children - BaalGeet.
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Noted Classical vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been conferred with prestigious 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi award by Madras Music Academy in Chennai.

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