AWARDS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

R-Day Parade: Gorkha Brigade wins best marching contingent award Press Trust of India
The CRPF won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
In the category of tableaux representing Union ministries and departments, the best tableau award went jointly to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was given a special award for its tableau showcasing the non-violent struggle by Mahatma Gandhi. The tableau was crafted with natural flowers.
Among the states, Tripura's Republic Day tableau depicting Gandhian way of fuelling rural economy won the first prize followed by Jammu and Kashmir's tableau showcasing the state's composite culture and ethnic diversity.
Among performances by schoolchildren, the Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri, Delhi was awarded the top prize.

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awards 4th annual Carnot Prize to Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal.
He will receive as part of the 2018 Carnot Prize; will be donated to the International Solar Alliance to institute the Diwakar Award.
The 2018 Carnot Prize is recognition of India’s efforts towards eliminating energy poverty with sustainable energy solutions. The rural electrification drive helped in achieving ‘24x7 Affordable, Environment Friendly Power for all’, as India eliminated decades of darkness in more than 19,000 villages on 28th April, 2018.
The Carnot Prize recognises India’s “solid footing to reach a 40% renewable mix by 2030” (Kleinman Center for Energy Policy).
Tamil Nadu bags Swasth Bharat Yatra award for ‘best performance.
Among all the states that participated in the Swasth Bharat Yatra organised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Swastha Bharat Yatra award was received by State Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar from Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.
In Tamil Nadu, Madurai and Sivakasi were also recognized as the ‘Best Performing Cities.

February 2

Refugee wins the Australia’s richest literary Award 2019.
Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.
Behrouz Boochani was awarded for his work “No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison”.
The astonishing fact is that Boochani wrote the work on his phone and sent it to Omid Tofighian bit-by-bit in text messages. Omid Tofighian is the book’s translator who worked with Boochani over five years to bring the stories to life.
Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature, is not allowed into Australia.

Health Minister confers 'Award of Appreciation' to Rajiv Nath of AIMED for his contribution to global healthcare.
Rajiv Nath was honored for his valuable, remarkable and outstanding achievements in the field of healthcare & community services for affordable Medtech access & patients safety initiatives.
Rajiv Nath is also the Jt. Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd.
Rajiv Nath has also been appointed as the Member on Board of National Medical Devices Promotion Council by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to boost the Indian Medical Devices Sector and lead India to an export-driven market in the Medical Devices sector.

India bags the Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’ at New York Times Travel Show 2019.
The largest travel show in North America, held from 25th – 27th January in New York, USA.
Shri Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism receives the Award of Excellence.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India participated as the ‘ Presenting Partner’ in the New York Times Travel Show (NYTTS 2019) with a view to scale up its tourism promotional efforts in the US, enhance India’s visibility and to increase its share of US Outbound travel market.

February 4

Manipur filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma to return Padma Shri in protest against Citizenship Bill.
The 83-year-old filmmaker made the decision less than a week after families of around 855 martyrs of the anti-foreigners Assam Agitation of 1979-85 returned the citation that the Sarbananda Sonowal government had given them in 2016.
The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, allegedly because of religious persecution.
Mr. Sharma had bagged several national awards for iconic films such as ‘Imagi Ningthem’ (My Precious Son, 1981), ‘Ishanou’, and ‘Sangai – The Dancing Deer’ in more than 40 years of experimenting with the medium. He is credited with having revolutionised cinema in Manipur during the 1970s.

February 5

Uniphore Software Systems Secures Prestigious Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019.
Samith Ramachandran, Vice president & Head of Products, Uniphore Software Systems receives the Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019 from Ameya Abhyankar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, and Government of Goa.
Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019 announced Uniphore as winner in “Innovation in Data Science” category for their innovation ''auMina''
Uniphore’s strong IP building and products’ focus in the field of AI and Data Science has earned its due recognition. auMina, our flagship product is enabled with real-time analytics, customer intent detection and agent alerts and it provides the best-in-class conversational AI solutions for enterprises.

February 6

NFDC to be felicitated by MSME ministry for promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has been named a winner under the 'miniratna' category by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
The NFDC, incorporated in the year 1975, was formed by the government with the primary objective of planning and promoting an organised, efficient and integrated development of the Indian film industry.
The primary activities of NFDC are Film Production – 100% finance for debutant directors & Co-Production with Foreign & Indian Film Makers, Promoting Indian Films at various International Film Festivals and markets in India and abroad, NFDC’s Film Bazaar has now become one of the leading platforms for promoting & showcasing Indian cinema to the world.
NFDC is now positioned as a 360-degree integrated media service provider for the creation and dissemination of advertising communication across various electronic platforms.

President presents 2017 Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards to 42.
The awards for 2017 to 42 artists from the fields of music, dance, theatre, traditional/ folk/ tribal music/ dance/ theatre and puppetry
The award carries with it Rs 100,000, a 'tamrapatra' and an 'angavastram'
In the field of music include Lalith J. Rao (Hindustani vocal), Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha (Hindustani vocal).
In the field of dance include Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), Shobha Koser (Kathak).
Abhiram Bhadakamkar (playwriting), Sunil Shanbagh (direction), Bapi Bose (direction) were awarded for theatre.
Anwar Khan Manganiyar (Rajasthan), Ramchandra Majhi (Bihar), Parvathy Baul (Baul, West Bengal) were awarded for folk music.
Vijay Verma and Sandhya Purecha were awarded for their overall contribution/scholarship in the performing arts

SBI UK chief awarded 'Freedom of the City of London'.
The State Bank of India’s UK head Sanjiv Chadha has been honored with the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award in recognition of his contribution to promoting the bilateral relations.
Sanjiv Chadha was nominated for the honour by Lord Mayor of London Peter Estlin and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny.
Sanjiv Chadha took up the position at the helm of the 98-year-old London office of the State Bank of India in 2014. He was instrumental in expanding the bank’s presence across the UK, and in boosting wider bilateral ties in financial services.
Sanjiv Chadha was an excellent voice leading the Indian banking community and overseeing significant investment into the City.

P.S. Krishnan is to receive K. Veeramani Awardfor Social Justice 2018.
Dravidar Kazhagam leader Veeramani will felicitate the awards at a function in New Delhi.
Krishnasamy Veeramani was born on December 2, 1933 in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. He is referred to as K.V is the President of the Dravidar Kazhagam, a Social Revolutionary Movement centered in Tamil Nadu.
He is the Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University.
Periyar International Inc., (USA) gives an annual award for outstanding contributions to Social Justice, which is named his honor.  
Mr. V.P. Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award.
K. Veeramani is an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International

February 7

92-Year-Old Bengal Priest Father Franois Laborde Gets France's Highest Civilian Honour
He was conferred the Legion d'Honneur, the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for specially-abled children.
He was entitled by the French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler.
He is the third person from the state to have been awarded the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
While Satyajit Ray was awarded in 1987, his favorite actor got the honour last year.

February 8

Sena medals to 92 army men, including Lance Naik Wani
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Northern Command presented 76 medals for Gallantry as well as 7 medals for distinguished service awards to officers, 8 medals for vishist sena.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani was presented Bar to Sena Medal along with officers and jawans, who were presented 76 sena medals for gallantry besides 15 sena medals and Vishisht sena medals for distinguished services impressive investiture ceremony at Udhampur
Wani is a recipient of Ashok Chakra, the nation’s highest peacetime award.
The brave soldier laid down his life while combating terrorists at Batagund village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian in November 2018. Lance Naik Wani was conferred with Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry) which was received by his wife on his behalf.

February 9

Deepa Mehta to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy - 'Fire', 'Earth' and 'Water'.
The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions.
The director has previously received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2012 and she was also named to the Order of Ontario and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013. She was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2016.
Mehta is currently working on Netflix series Leila.

February 10

BAFTA Awards 2019 Announced: Complete List Of Winners
It was a win-win for period dramas at the 2019 British Academy Film Awards as the 18th century-set "The Favorite" won seven honours, and the Mexican black and white drama "Roma" registered four big wins.
At the ceremony hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall.
Best Film: "Roma"
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma"
Best Leading Actor: Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Best Leading Actress: Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Green Book"
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, "The Favourite"
Best Original Screenplay: "The Favourite"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "BlacKkKlansman"
Best Animated Film: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
Outstanding British Film: "The Favourite"
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: "Beast," Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark
Best Film Not in the English Language: "Roma"
Best Documentary: "Free Solo"
Best Original Music: "A Star Is Born"
Best Cinematography: "Roma"
Best Sound: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Best Makeup and Hair: "The Favourite"
Best Costume Design: "The Favourite"
Best Production Design: "The Favourite"
Best Editing: "Vice"
Best British Short Film: "73 Cows"
Best British Short Animation: "Roughhouse"
Best Special Visual Effects: "Black Panther"
EE Rising Star Award: Letitia Wright
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolle

Grammy Awards 2019 winners: The complete list
Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ won four awards and Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ from the movie ‘A Star Is Born’ won two
Record of the Year :This Is America – Childish Gambino
Album of the Year Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year :This Is America –(Childish Gambino)
Best New Artist :Dua Lipa
Best Rock Song Masseduction – Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
Best R&B Performance Best Part – H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
Best R&B Album H.E.R. – H.E.R.
best Country Album Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
producer of the Year, Non–Classical Pharrell Williams
Best Comedy Album Equanimity & the Bird Revelation – Dave Chappelle
Best Folk Album All Ashore – Punch Brothers
Best Children’s Album All the Sounds – Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats
Best Comedy Album Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, Dave Chappelle
Producer Of The Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh

Yes Bank Wins The Aegis Graham Bell Award 2018
Aegis Graham Bell Award 2018 announced Yes Bank as the winner in ‘Innovation in Data Science’ category for their industry-first project ‘Yes EEE (Engage Enrich Excel)’ at Panaji, Goa.
It was hosted by the Government of Goa.
Aegis Graham Bell Awards (AGBA) Promotes innovations and entrepreneurship in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) domain.
Yes Bank Limited is India's fourth largest private sector bank, founded by Rana Kapoor and Ashok Kapur in 2004

February 11

Mukesh Ambani tops Hurun India Philanthropy list 2018.
Mukesh Ambani and family donated Rs. 437 crore from October 2017 to September 2018.
The total Indian philanthropy amount stood at Rs. 1,560 crore between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.
This list is compiled by Hurun Research Institute and in the list, only those individuals are ranked who donated Rs. 10 crore or more in last one year
Ambani also donated Rs. 71 crore in cash and supplies for Kerala flood rehabilitation. The money was donated to the flood-stricken state to support the citizens during the natural calamity.

February 12

Renowned Indian historian, Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been awarded Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize 2019.
For his work on encounters between Asians, Europeans and indigenous and colonial Americans.
Mr. Subrahmanyam, son of strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S.Jaishankar, won the award in the category of ''past time dimension'' for his work in macro history
Kenneth Pomeranz, another well-known historian is sharing the $1 million prize with Subrahmanyam. Pomeranz is a professor at the University of Chicago. 
The international Dan David Prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding accomplishments in fields representing the past, present and future of human achievement.
The recipients in the "Past" category are generally drawn from the fields of history, archaeology, paleontology and biography; the "Present" from arts, media, policy and economics; and the "Future" from one of the exact or natural sciences

John Morris Ajax Fire Engine bags ''Statesman Challenger'' trophy in the Statesman 53rd edition Vintage car rally.
The Fire engine preserved at National Rail Museum (Delhi), is the only one of its kind in the world fitted with original Shrewsbury and Challiner solid tyres
This fire engine is regularly bagging the trophies across various categories every year. National Rail Museum is participating in this rally since 1981.
Till 2013, it has always awarded with the Statesman Challenge trophy and post 2013, it has been honored with Indian Oil Trophy for the oldest vehicle participated in Rally. This elite vehicle has always been a talk of town and centre of attraction among automobile lovers.
This fire engine was built by the famous fire engineers M/s. John Morris and Sons Ltd., of Salford, Manchester, in 1914 and marketed in the collaboration with Belsize motors Ltd., of Clayton, Manchester. One of the earliest lots was sold to the Nizam’s State Railway.

February 13

Siddhartha Lal, managing director and chief executive officer, Eicher Motors, has been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018.
45 year-old, Siddhartha Lal has led an impressive transformation at Eicher Motors since he took over the reins in 2006, helping the company resurrect the Royal Enfield motorcycle brand in India and establishing it as a global brand icon.
EOY is a global business award program which is celebrated across 60 countries.
Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for putting the Indian information technology industry on the global map and for his laudable contributions to society as a philanthropist.
Kishore Biyani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Future Group, was conferred the Business Transformation category award for his visionary leadership and bold business journey of transforming the Indian retail industry.
Byju Raveendran of Think & Learn (BYJU'S) was conferred the start-up category award.
Ritesh Agarwal of Oravel Stays (OYO Hotels and Homes) was named the winner in the services category.
Bhaskar Bhat of Titan Company was named as the Entrepreneurial CEO of the year

‘Napalm Girl’ in Iconic Vietnam War Photo Wins German Prize for Peace Work
Kim Phuc Phan Thi receives the international peace prize at the Semper Opera in Dresden, Germany.
It has been nearly five decades since Kim Phuc Phan Thi was captured on camera, at the age of nine, naked and fleeing a South Vietnamese attack that left her severely burned.
The woman who became known as “Napalm Girl” was awarded one of the world’s most prestigious honors, the Dresden Peace Prize, for her work as an activist.
The 55-year-old, who now lives in Canada, is the founder of the Kim Phuc Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the work of international organizations that provide free medical assistance to children who are victims of war and terrorism. She has also been designated by UNESCO as a goodwill ambassador for culture of peace.

February 14

Bradley Cooper Just Won PETA’s Best Director ‘Oscat’ For His Dog Casting In ‘A Star Is Born’.
Bradley Cooper may have been snubbed for an Oscar nomination this year for directing duties on A Star is Born, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saw him worthy of an exclusive award.
PETA recognized Cooper “for his enlightened decision to cast his own canine companion in A Star is Born rather than using one supplied by a notorious animal exhibitor''.
Cooper cast Charlie as his dog in the self-directed musical drama also starring Lady Gaga because they already had the bond he wanted portrayed on the big screen.
Bradley Cooper picked up nominations in the best actor, best adapted screenplay and best picture categories, with the film getting 8 nominations in total.

Bharat Ratna, Padma awards cannot be used as titles: Government
Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri "do not amount to titles within the meaning of Article 18(1) of the Constitution and thus are not to be used as prefixes or suffixes to the name of the recipient in any manner whatsoever".
In case of any misuse, the defaulter shall forfeit the national award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 related to creation of these awards.
Regulation 10 states that the president may cancel and annul the awards of the decoration to any person and thereupon his or her name shall be erased from the register and the awardee shall be required to surrender it.
As many as 38 personalities have been awarded with Bharat Ratna, country's highest civilian award, since 1955 when it was instituted to recognize the work of people in politics, science, space, education, medicine and other areas.

February 16

Sportstar Aces Awards: Badminton legend Prakash Padukone wins Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to badminton
An Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee, Padukone won a bronze medal at the 1974 Asian Games, gold at the 1979 Commonwealth Games and became the first Indian to win the All England Championships in 1980.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Prakash Padukone
Chairman’s Choice Special Recognition Award: Cheteshwar Pujara
Sportsman of the Year (Cricket): Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
Sportswoman of the Year (Cricket): Smriti Mandhana
Sportsman of the Year (Other Team Sport): Sunil Chhetri
Sportswoman of the Year (Other Team Sport): Gurjit Kaur
Sportsman of the Year (Other Individual Sport): Bajrang Punia
Sportswoman of the Year (Other Individual Sport): MC Mary Kom
Sportsman of the Year (Olympic Sport): Neeraj Chopra
Sportswoman of the Year (Olympic Sport): Hima Das
Sportsperson of the Year (Motorsport): KP Aravind
Young Athlete of the Year (Male ): Saurabh Chaudhary
Young Athlete of the Year (Female): Manu Bhaker
Para-Athlete Sportsman of the Year: Manoj Sarkar and Suyash Jadhav
Para-Athlete Sportswoman of the Year: Deepa Malik
Coach of the Year: Massimo Costantini (Table Tennis)
Best State for Promotion of Sports: Odisha

February 17

Sunil Chhetri Given First Ever Football Ratna Award.
Sunil Chhetri, the all-time leading scorer for India in international football, has been conferred the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, the association governing the sport in Delhi.
He is popularly known as Captain Fantastic. He has scored the 2nd highest number of goals in international matches among active players after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year five times in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Arthur van Doren named FIH player of the year, world champions Belgium win four awards
Van Doren won the player of the year award for the second consecutive time.
Netherlands’ Eva de Goede and Arthur van Doren of Belgium were, named the International Hockey Federation’s Players of the Year for 2018.
The Female Player of the Year: Eva De  Goede
The Male Player of the Year award: Van Doren
FIH Hockey Stars Awards for 2018: Van Doren 
Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year: Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)
Male Rising Star of the Year: Arthur de Sloover (Belgium)
Male Coach of the Year: Shane McLeod (Belgium)
Female Coach of the Year: Alyson Annan (Netherlands)
Female Goalkeeper of the Year: Maddie Hinch (England)
The Female Rising Star Award: Lucina von der Heyde (Argentina)

Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Muhamatwins major human rights award Martin Ennals human rights prize.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee who has been held in Australia’s notorious offshore Manus Island processing centre for over five years, has won the prestigious Martin Ennals human rights prize
Recognized as a true leader, human rights and humanitarian advocate, Muhamat has tirelessly cared for fellow refugees, and eloquently drawn the world’s attention to their plight.
It is the first time that the major prize has been awarded to an individual focused on refugee issues and who has been a victim of human rights violations by a western democracy.
Swachhata Excellence Award 2019 announced.
Swachhata Excellence Awards were instituted by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in 2017, to encourage Area Level Federations (ALFs) of SHGs formed under DAY-NULM, for their initiatives to make their communities Swachh and help their cities achieve the outcomes of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM-U).
Chhattisgarh's RaigarhMunicipal Corporationwon the "Swachhata Excellence awards 2019''
The municipal corporations of Ambikapur and Kumbakonam bagged the second and third prizes respectively.
 For million-plus cities, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has won the award.
For aspirational districts, Chas Municipal Corporation has been awarded with a consolation prize.
Nagar Palika Parishad of Jashpur Nagar, Malappuram Municipality, and Nagar Palika Parishad Surajpur have claimed the prizes in the "Statutory Towns" category.

February 18

Ram Nath Kovindhonours Manipuri dancer, sculptor Rajkumar Singhajit Singhwith Tagore Awards
Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony: Manipuri dancer-choreographer, Rajkumar Singhajit Singh for the year 2014
Bangladeshi Cultural Organization: Chhayanaut for the year 2015
Sculptor: Ram VanjiSutar for the year 2016
A PM Narendra Modi-led committee selected the awardees, who received Rs. 1 crore, a plaque and a handicraft item each.
About Tagore Award:
The Tagore Award is an award given in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) for cultural harmony. Established in 2011 by Government of India.
The first award was given in 2012 to Pandit Ravi Shankar by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee

February 19

Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa Wins Laureus Sport for Good Honour
Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour
The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.
Four girls out of the 450 Hima, Nita, Radha and Konika will receive the award on behalf of Yuwa at The Laureus World Sports Awards
Magic Busfrom India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.
Shiv Chhatrapati Awards: Uday Deshpande, Opening batswoman, Smriti Mandhana get Maharashtra sports honours
The Maharashtra government has bestowed the 'Shiv Chhatrapati Lifetime Achievement Award' on MallakhambcoachUdayDeshpande for 2017-18.
Satara's mountaineer Priyanka Mohite, who has scaled the Mt Everest and the Mt Lhotse among other peaks, will be awarded the 'Shiv Chhatrapati Award for Adventure'.
'Eklavya State Awards' for physically handicapped players and 'Shiv Chhatrapati' awards for associations and coaches will be given.

February 20

7th National Photography Awards Announced
A total of 13 awards were given comprising of one Lifetime Achievement Award with cash prize of Rs. 3,00,000; one award each in Professional Photographer of the Year category and Amateur Photographer of the Year category with cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 and Rs. 75,000 respectively; and 5 Special Mention Awards in both Professional and Amateur categories with cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and Rs. 30,000/- each respectively
The list of the Award winners is as under:

S.No
Category
Winners
1. Lifetime Achievement Award Shri Ashok Dilwali
2. Professional Photographer of the Year Shri S.L. Shanth Kumar
3. Amateur Photographer of the Year Shri Gurdeep Dhiman
4. Special Mention Awards (Professional) Shri Arun Sreedhar, Shri P.V. Sunderrao, Shri Kailash Mittal, Shri Mihir Singh, Ms. Ranita Roy
5. 5. Special Mention Awards (Amateur) Shri V. Ravi Kumar, Ms. S. Neelima, Shri Manish Jaisi, Shri Mahesh Balasaheb Lonkar, Shri Avijit Datta.

The Theme for the Professional category was ''Women led Development''.
The Theme for Amateur category was ''Fairs and Festivals of India''.
About World Photography Day:
August 19 is observed as World Photography Day.
World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837
Union Minister of State (IC) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports: Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore

Sushma Swaraj Conferred With ‘Grand Cross of Order of Civil Merit’ Award in Spain For Helping Spanish Nationals During 2015 Nepal Earthquake
The award was conferred in recognition of India’s support in evacuating 71 Spanish nationals during April 2015 Nepal earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured as many as 22,000 people.
External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Spain on the last leg of her trip to three-nation Bulgaria, Morroco and Spain.
The award was given to Swaraj by Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Fontelles in Madrid.
Swaraj is expected to have talks with Borrell regarding the bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual concern.

2019 Laureus World Sports Awards:
The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year is an annual award honoring the achievements of individual men from the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.

S.No
Category
Winners
1. Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic
2. Sportswoman of the Year Simone Biles
3. Comeback of the Year Tiger Woods
4. Breakthrough of the Year Naomi Osaka
5. Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Henrieta Farkasova
6. Action Sportsperson of the Year Chloe Kim
7. Team of the Year France World Cup Team
8. Sporting Moment of the Year Xia Boyu
9. Academy Exceptional Achievement Award Eliud Kipchoge
10. Lifetime Achievement Award Arsene Wenger
11. Spirit of Sport Award Lindsey Vonn
12. Sport for Good Award Yuwa

Novak Djokovic matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time.
Xia Boyu’s lost both legs in 1975 due to frostbite during his first attempt to reach the world’s highest peak ofQomolangma.
He challenged the summit in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but failed. He finally made it in his 5th attempt on May 14, 2018, becoming the first Chinese double amputee climber to reach the summit of Qomolangma.
Yuwa is a Jharkhand based NGO that fight gender discrimination by getting young girls to play football.

February 23

Divya Karnad Becomes First Indian Woman To Receive Future For Nature Award.
33-year-old Ashoka University teacher and Wipro Sustainable Fellow, Divya Karnad became the First Indian Woman to be honoured with the ‘Future for Nature Award’ for her work on marine conservation.
She is the second Indian to receive this award after Dr. Charudutt Mishra.
Divya Karnad will receive 50,000 Euros prize during the Future For Nature Awards Event in the Netherlands for her project “InSeason Fish” to reduce the unwanted bycatch of endangered sharks along the Coromandel coast of India
The Future for Nature Award is an international award to recognize tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species.
The award is given to 3 people annually, and this year it was given to Oliver Nsengimana and Fernanda Abra along with Divya Karnad.
Digital India Awards conferred for Excellence in Web Space.
The Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India (http://india.gov.in) by National Informatics Centre, MeitY, to promote exemplary initiatives in e-governance using the medium of World Wide Web.
Hon’ble Minister of Electronics and IT, Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad conferred “Digital India Awards 2018” in an exclusive ceremony.

Category
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Web Ratna – Ministry/ Dept Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Department of Financial Services Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
Exemplary Online Service Government e-Marketplace Central Board of Secondary Education Goods and Services Tax
Best Mobile App eCourts Services ePathshala * T App Folio Mobile
* Meeseva App - Andhra Pradesh
Emerging Technology Rajkot Eyeway Project Blockchain Implementation in Land Records, Andhra Pradesh Crop Area Estimation and Loss Assessment for the State of Gujarat
Open Data Champion Marketing Research and Information Network (AGMARKNET) Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation * Surat Municipal Corporation
* Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Web Ratna – STATE / UT Tripura Himachal Pradesh Kerala
Web Ratna – District Kurukshetra * Vellore
* Mahabubnagar
* Koraput
* East Champaran
Outstanding Digital initiative by Local body Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Municipal Corporation, Gurugram Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

P.V. Sindhu Flies in Made-In-India Tejas Fighter Jet at Bengaluru Air Show.
Ms. Sindhu, who is among the youngest to co-pilot the HAL-Manufactured Fighter Jet, waved as she climbed into the two-seater trainer variant of the aircraft.
Sindhu has co-piloted the Tejas aircraft as part of the Women's Day to be observed at the Air Show.
Tejas, built by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), is a single engine multirole light fighter.
The aircraft received its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) Military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet.

February 24

Oscar Winners 2019: The Complete List
The 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) has been announced at the Dolby Theatre inLos Angeles, the USA.
India-based 'Period. End of Sentence.' has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Alfonso Cuaron has won the Best Director Award for his Mexico-based drama Roma.
The film was directed by 25-year-old Iranian-American filmmaker RaykaZehtabchi and co-produced by GuneetMonga, who is known for producing films like ‘Masaan’ and ‘TheLunchbox’.

S.No
Category
Winner
1. Best Picture Green Book
2. Best Actress in a Leading Role Olivia Colman for The Favourite
3. Best Actor in a Leading Role Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Best Directing
Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
5. Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali for Green Book
6. Best Supporting Actress Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk
7. Best Original Score
Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther
8. Best Original Song Lady Gaga, Mike Ronson, Anthony Rossomondo and Andrew Wyatt for A Star Is Born
9. Best Adapted Screenplay
Charlie Wachtel& David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott& Spike Lee for Blackkklansman
10. Original Screenplay Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly for Green Book
11. Best Live Action Short
Skin
12. Best Visual Effects Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm for First Man
13. Best Animated Short
Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb for Bao
14. Best Documentary Short Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton for Period. End of Sentence
15. Best Animated Feature
Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse
16. Best Film Editing John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody
17. Best Foreign Language Roma
18. Best Cinematography Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
19. Best Sound Editing John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone for Bohemian Rhapsody
20. Best Sound Mixing Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali for Bohemian Rhapsody
21. Makeup & Hairstyling Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
22. Best Costume Design Ruth Carter for Black Panther
23. Best Production Design Hannah Beachler (Production Design); Jay Hart (Set Decoration) for Black Panther
24. Best Documentary Feature Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Manpreet Singh awarded with AHF's Player of the Year.
The Asian Hockey Federation has honoured Indian Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh with the 2018 Player of the Year award.
Women team's striker Lalremsiami has bagged the Rising Player of the Year prize.
Manpreet led the Indian team to an unbeaten streak at the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat where the team was declared joint winners with Pakistan. He also contributed to the team's silver medal win at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda.
JSPL (Jindal Steel and Power Ltd ) wins FICCI CSR Award for Women Empowerment
JSPL won the award for its Innovative and High impact women empowerment programmes, implemented by the company’s CSR Arm - JSPL Foundation, across its operational areas in the country.
Director, JSPL and the Co-Chairperson of JSPL Foundation Shallu Jindal received the award from Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu at a function held in Delhi.

Kareena Kapoor Khan named brand ambassador of Swasth Immunised India
Kareena stressed on the need to ensure that every child gets vaccinated regularly at the launch of SwasthImmunised India, a year-long campaign initiated by Network18 and Serum Institute of India, at Mumbai.
The campaign was launched at Mumbai and Adar Poonawalla, President, Vaccine Manufacturers Association of India and CEO, Serum Institute of India (SII).

February 25

ONGC Rajahmundry wins environmental excellence award.
ONGC Rajahmundry has bagged the Energy and Environment Foundation Global Clean Awards-2019 for sustained efforts in pursuit of Swachh Bharat Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It has also received Platinum Award under Apex India Environment Excellence Award 2018 from Apex India Foundation for excellence in environmental management in Petroleum Sector.
The foundation is an NGO working for promoting economic development.
ONGC Director N.C. Pandey lauded the efforts of the Rajahmundry unit and complimented the team led by D.M.R. Sekhar for bagging the awards.

February 26

President of India presents Gandhi Peace Prize from 2015 to 2018.
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, got the award for 2015 for their contribution to rural development, education, development of natural resources.
For 2016, it has been jointly given to Akshaya Patra foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to children and Sulabh International for improving the condition of sanitation and emancipation of manual scavengers.
Ekal Abhiyan Trust has won the award for 2017 for their contribution in providing education to rural and tribal children in remote areas, rural empowerment, gender, and social equality.
Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa has been honoured with Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 for his role in leprosy eradication
About Gandhi Peace Prize:
Award for Contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandian methods
Sponsored by Government of India
Rewards: Rs. 1 crore
First awarded: 1995
Julius Nyerere is the first recipient of Gandhi Peace prize in 1995.

G.R. Karthikeyan, father of India’s first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the FMSCI annual awards
Raghul Rangasamy was applauded as he walked up to receive the Upcoming Motorsport Person of the Year award for the Raymond Gautam Singhania Trophy.
Raghul, 25, earned recognition and appreciation for winning the LGB Formula 4 title in the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship and the FF 1600 category at the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship.
FIA president Jean Todt was the chief guest and handed over the awards.

February 27

Eminent Indian playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar has been chosen for this year's META Lifetime Achievement Award.
The playwright will be conferred upon with the award, along with the winners of the 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) festival.
One of India's most progressive playwrights, Elkunchwar is critically-acclaimed and widely-known for having experimented with a wide range of drama and is considered a powerful force in both Indian and Marathi theatre scene.
Mahesh Elkunchwar is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. He has over 30 plays and essays to his credit including works like ‘Sultan’, ‘Holi’, ‘Garbo’, ‘Yatanaghar’, and ‘Atmakatha’.
About META Awards (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards):
The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is aimed at applauding the finest in theatre. The META awards were instituted by the Mahindra Group with the objective of becoming a significant platform for celebrating this art.
META recognizes theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set, costume and light designing, direction and performance. Over the 14 years since its inception, META has succeeded in setting a stage that represents the diverse interpretations of this art form as understood in various regions of the country.

February 28

Prime Minister confers National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 Awards.
The National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 awards were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
He also launched the Khelo India App at the event.
The “Khelo India” app, which has been developed by Sports Authority of India, was also launched at the event. It provides services such as locating the sports facilities in the country, their availability, rules of the games and checking the fitness levels of users.
Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) had launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 on 12th January, 2019, the National Youth Day in order to encourage the youth in the age group of 18-25 years to engage with public issues and understand the common man’s point of view.
The winners from the national level competition are:
1st position- Shweta Umre from Maharashtra
2nd position- Anjanakshi M.S from Karnataka
3rd position-Mamta Kumari from Bihar
National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 has been jointly organised by National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the theme of ‘Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and Contribute to Policy’.

National e-Governance Awards 2019 was presented by Shri Jitendra Singh
On 27th February 2019, Minister of state in Prime Minister’s office, Dr. Jitendra Singh presented National e-Governance Awards 2019 in New Delhi with a view to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives.
To recognize the achievements in the area of e-Governance, the awards will be given in 6 categories including excellence in adopting emerging technologies, excellence in providing Citizen-centric delivery, etc.
 Some of the best Government to Government (G to G), Government to Citizen (G to C) and Government to Business (G to B) initiatives taken by the Government departments are recognized in the award.
 The award also recognizes initiatives in startups, academic research, institutions as well as initiatives in adopting emerging technologies.
 An experience sharing session on IRCTC Rail connect mobile app, UMANG, MDDA ERP, Punarvas, Hello Doctor 555 etc was part of the event.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, presented the National e-Governance Awards, 2019 at a function organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

CZPDC Bhopal And WZPDC Indore Honoured With Saubhagya Award.
The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), Indore were conferred with the “Saubhagya Award” under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana at the National Conference of Energy Ministers by the Union Minister of State for Energy, R.K. Singh.
The award includes a cash prize of Rs 100 crore each. The PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana- Saubhagya was implemented by the Central Government in September 2017, and intends to provide electricity to all Below Poverty Line (BPL) houses of rural and urban areas.
About Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana:
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya is to provide energy access to all by last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining un-electrified households in rural as well as urban areas to achieve universal household electrification in the country.
The electricity connection to households include release of electricity connections by drawing a service cable from the nearest pole to the household premise, installation of energy meter, wiring for a single light point with LED bulb and a mobile charging point
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya, at Deendayal Urja Bhawan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2017.
The total outlay of the project is Rs. 16,320 crore while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. The outlay for the rural households is Rs. 14,025 crore while the GBS is Rs. 10,587.50 crore. For the urban households the outlay is Rs. 2,295 crore while GBS is Rs. 1,732.50 crore. The Government of India will provide largely funds for the Scheme to all States/UTs.
The States and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by the 31st of December 2018.



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