AWARDS - 2017 June

June 1

BEML product bags Raksha Mantri's award.
Defence public sector Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has bagged the Raksha Mantri's Award for Excellence for design and development of 180 tonne electric hydraulic excavator BE1800E.
Deepak Kumar Hota, CMD, BEML received the award from Defence Minister Arun Jaitley while Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre presented the certificate of excellence to BR Viswanatha, Director-Mining & Construction, BEML.

Prestigious APQN Quality Award to NAAC for International Co-operation in Quality Assurance.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India has received prestigious International Award of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) titled ''APQN Quality Award 2017 for International Co-operation in Quality Assurance''.
In a special Award ceremony held in Moscow, Russia, on May, 2017 Dr. Jagannath Patil, Adviser, NAAC received the award on behalf of Prof. D.P. Singh, Director, NAAC. APQN Quality Award is among the most prestigious International Awards in quality assurance of higher education.

June 2

Indian-American Ananya Vinay wins Spelling Bee title.
Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old Indian-American girl, won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home USD 40,000 cash prize after correctly spelling ''marocain'' to become the 13th consecutive winner from the community.
A sixth-grader from Fresno, California, Ananya won the spelling competition after numerous rounds against Rohan Rajeev, another Indian-American student, underscoring the overwhelming dominance of Indian-Americans in the competition.
Ananya and Rajeev were the last two standing of the initial 291 spellers. Ananya captured the 90th championship title by correctly spelling ''marocain'', which is a dress fabric made from silk or rayon, during the 36th round of the annual competition held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.

Indian film Ralang Road to compete for top spot at Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
Indian-Hindi film Ralang Road will represent India at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. Directed by Karma Takapa and produced by HumanTrail Pictures, Ralang Road has been nominated for the Crystal Globe Award along with 11 other films from around the world.
It will be after 13 years that an Indian film will compete with other international films at this film festival, read a statement. The festival will take place between June 30 and July 8.
Shot in Rabong town in Sikkim, Ralang Road is based on a day in the small hill town where a series of coincidences, related to a mysterious robbery, bring four people together. As the day surrenders itself to the darkness of the night, these seemingly mundane events become increasingly dramatic, as the characters coincide with their impending consequences.

June 3

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar to receive Bharat Gaurav Award by NRI community of US.
Madhur Bhandarkar, known for his path-breaking films was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India last year. The filmmaker already has the National Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Director for Page 3 and Traffic Signal respectively. The ace director is being conferred with the Bharat Gaurav Award on June 9 at the United Nations Hall, New York.
Bhandarkar who started his career with Trishakti later on directed several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. He has however experienced some serious lows when it comes to the films he directed recently like Calendar Girls, but he now has a reason to celebrate. The 48 year old will be conferred with Bharat Gaurav Award along with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Late Kalpana Chawla, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (who is behind Shulabh Shauchalayas in the country), Acharya Lokesh Muni and few others prominent personalities on June 9, 2017.

June 4

Vizianagaram bags MGNREGA national award.
The Ministry of Rural Development has selected Vizianagaram as one among the 17 districts across the nation for the MGNREGA annual award for effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) during 2015-16.
The award would be presented at the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sammelan to the district programme coordinator and District Collector on June in New Delhi.
District Collector Vivek Yadav informed at a press conference. A selection committee at the Centre had selected the district for the award after field verification.
The district had generated works for 3,61,668 households in 2015-16 and disbursed Rs. 483.42 crore as wages with an average of Rs. 106.

June 6

Authors Neelakantan, Satpathy to be honoured with Kalinga Awards.
Popular writer Anand Neelakantan, Odia poet Haraprasad Das and author Paramita Satpathy were announced winners of the Kalinga Literary Awards.
Tje Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award and Kalinga Karubaki Award will be conferred upon Neelakantan, Das and Satpathy respectively.
Around 200 celebrities from the world of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble at the Kalinga Literary Festival from June 10 to 12 in Bhubaneswar to deliberate on the theme 'Literature for Peace and Harmony'.
The fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival this year will be inaugurated by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, while Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the guest of honour and chief keynote speaker.

June 7

Calvin Klein's Raf Simons wins Designer of The Year at CFDA Awards.
Calvin Klein's creative director Raf Simons won both the Menswear Designer of The Year and Womenswear Designer of The Year at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.
Notably, the only other time the Menswear and Womenswear awards have been won by the same person was in 1993, when Calvin Klein himself won.

June 8

J.P. Nadda conferred WHO Director-Generals Special Recognition Award.
Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare was conferred the WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Award for global tobacco control. The global recognition was presented to him by Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia at the 'National Consultation on Accelerating Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) for achievement of SDGs'.
Holding that tobacco is a prime driver of poverty and affects the family as a whole, the community and the country, Nadda stressed the need for a multisectoral approach to control it. It has rightly been identified as a development issue.

Planet in Milky Way Galaxy to be named after 16-year-old Indian girl.
A minor planet somewhere in the Milky Way galaxy, many light years away from Earth, will be called Sahithi Pingali. Sahithi Pingali is a 16-year-old Bengaluru schoolgirl, whose concern and work for the city's polluted lakes have earned her this honour.
The planet will be named after her through the Ceres Connection programme run by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Society for Science and the Public. Fewer than 15,000 people in the world share the honour of having a minor planet named after them.
Sahithi Pingali has won three special awards in addition to a second prize in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair ISEF at Los Angeles. The awards were given for an app-based system, which she developed to monitor water bodies.
She claims that over 90 per cent of our lakes are sewage-fed and this issue is made worse by the fact that there isn't enough monitoring.

Mumbai Press Club's RedInk Awards presented by Devendra Fadnavis.
The Mumbai Press Club's RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism, 2017, were presented evening at a glittering awards ceremony at the National Centre for Perfoming Arts. With 15 categories, they are the biggest journalism awards in India where winners are chosen by their peers. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is chief guest of this award function.
Veteran journalist Vinod Dua was recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Raj Kamal Jha was presented the Journalist of the Year Award.
co-anchoring election analysis programmes alongside Dr. Prannoy Roy on Doordarshan.
R.K. Radhakrishnan of Frontline won the print award.
NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain won for television.
The Mumbai Press Club introduced a new award this year, Mumbai's Star Reporter. Govind Tupe of Sakal won it for his dogged work helping empower civil society.

June 9

Jeje Lalpekhlua wins AIFF player of year award.
India and Mohun Bagan striker Jeje Lalpekhlua received the All India Football Federation's inaugural player of the year 2016 award.
Lalpekhlua received the award in the presence of the national team head coach Stephen Constantine and AIFF president Praful Patel, general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice president Subrata Dutta.
Sasmita Malik was adjudged the 2016 AIFF Women's player of the year.
Sunil Chettri, India's most prolific goal scorer ever with 53 goals from 93 matches, received a Special Award for surpassing the milestone over the last year.

Muttiah Muralitharan first Sri Lankan to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.
Muttiah Muralitharan, the most successful bowler in Tests and one-day internationals, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Muralitharan was awarded the honour along with Arthur Morris, George Lohmann and Karen Rolton by fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famers and members of the media.
He became the first player from Sri Lanka and the 83rd overall to be inducted into the Hall of Fame when ICC CEO Dave Richardson presented him with a commemorative framed cap.

Polish poet, author Zagajewski wins Spain's prestigious award.
Polish poet and author Adam Zagajewski has won Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, the prize's jury announced.
Zagajewski, who was born in 1945 in what was then Lwow (currently Lviv, Ukraine), is one of the most pre-eminent contemporary Polish poets, novelists and essayists from the so-called Generation of '68, also known as the "New Wave".
He was a prominent dissident during Poland's Communist era and was forced into exile in 1982, living for the next two decades in Germany, France and the US.
Some of his best-known works include the poetry collections "Tremor" (1985), "The Canvas" (1990), "Mysticism for Beginners" (1997), and "World Without End: New and Selected Poems" (2002).

June 10

Soumitra Chatterjee to get France's Legion of Honour.
Veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the legion D’honneur.
Satyajit Ray was awarded the Legion of Honor by then French President Francois Mitterrand in 1987. And now, exactly thirty years later, Soumitra Chatterjee, arguably, the most prominent face of Ray's films, is all set to receive the prestigious award.
He counted French novelists and playwrights Honore de Balzac and Emile Zola as his inspiration while he picked iconic French filmmaker Francois Roland Truffaut as a favourite.

June 11

India awards road contract to complete Kaladan project in Myanmar.
The Narendra Modi government is finally on course to completing the $484 million Kaladan multi-modal transport projects in Myanmar that will offer connectivity to Mizoram in India. Kaladan was the first major project taken up by India in Myanmar.
According to sources, a Rs. 1,600 crore contract has been awarded for building 109 km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui in Mizoram border. The construction is expected to start after the monsoon in October.
India completed the construction of Sittwe port, at the estuary of Kaladan river, in trouble-prone Rakhine state of Myanmar, last year, one year behind schedule. Construction of the river terminal 158 km upstream and dredging of the river to ensure navigability are in the final stages.

Indian girl bags Little Miss Universe Internet 2017 crown at Little Miss Universe in Georgia.
12 year old Padmalaya Nanda from Odisha has created history by becoming the youngest girl to bag the "Little Miss Universe Internet 2017" and "Little Miss Actress" crowns at the Little Miss Universe 2017 at port city of Batumi in Georgia.
Padmalaya Nanda, who studies in the 8th standard at a school in Cuttack, Odisha, bagged the crowns at the finale of the little Universe 2017, held at port city of Batumi in Georgia on June 4. This is the first time that a 12 year Indian girl has won this beauty pageant title.
She will now participate in the "Little Miss World 2017" competition that will be held at Greece from September 25 to October 1, 2017.
Padmalaya stood first in the talent round and in the Royal Anthro Party she showcased our Indian culture by performing Sambalpuri Dance.
The award recieved by the girl was a golden crown which is valid only for a year and will be returned for the Little Miss Universe 2018 competition.

June 12

A model of water conservation in Nalanda district of Bihar selected for National Award.
A model of water conservation adopted successfully by the authorities in Nalanda district of south central Bihar, has been selected for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee programme (MGNREGP).
The award for excellence will be conferred on 'Project Jal Sanchay', the water conservation model developed in chief minister Nitish Kumar's native district, at a function to be organised at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on June 19.
Nalanda deputy development commissioner (DDC) Kundan Kumar informed water conservation programme began just as an administrative initiative, but soon turned into a people's movement.
The water conservation model was successfully adopted by the authorities in the Nalanda district of south central Bihar. The project will get the award for excellence at a function to be organised at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

June 13

IIT Kanpur to confer honorary doctorate on P.T. Usha.
IIT Kanpur is set to confer an honorary doctorate on former sprinter P.T. Usha to mark the 50th convocation of the institute.
Usha, who will be conferred with the Doctor of Science degree, was earlier conferred with an honorary degree by Kannur University. The 52-year-old had recently declined an offer to do Bollywood biopic on her.

June 14

NASA confers Exceptional Public Service Medal to Michael A'Hearn posthumously.
NASA conferred the Exceptional Public Service Medal to Michael A'Hearn, one of the world's leading comet scientists, posthumously. A'Hearn passed away on 29 May 2017 at his home in University Park, Maryland. He was 76.
A'Hearn, astronomer and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD), was awarded posthumously at the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) meeting at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The exceptional service medal is for his fundamental work on comets and small bodies of the solar system, leadership in space missions and ensuring public access to data from NASA missions and related projests.

E. Sreedharan selected for Nanniyode Rajan award.
Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan has been selected for the year's Nanniyode Rajan Memorial Award, instituted by the Milma Thiruvananthapuram Regional Cooperative Milk Producers Union (TRCMPU) in memory of its former chairman.
Dairy Development Minister K. Raju will present the award at a ceremony to be held soon after the 31st annual general meeting of the union. The award consists of a purse of Rs. 25,000 and a trophy.
The Koyivila Vijayan Memorial trophy and cash award for the best milk producers cooperative society will be presented to the Vechuchira milk producers cooperative society in Pathanamthitta.

June 15

Israel's David Grossman wins Man Booker Prize for 'A Horse Walks Into a Bar'.
David Grossman has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for A Horse Walks into a Bar. The Man Booker International Prize awards both the winning author and translator £25,000. They have also received a further £1,000 each for being shortlisted.
Grossman is a bestselling Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction and children's literature, whose works have been translated into 36 languages. He has been the recipient of numerous global awards, including the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome's Premio per la Pace e l'Azione Umanitaria, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and Israel's Emet Prize.
A Horse Walks Into a Bar unfolds over the course of one final show by stand-up comedian, Dovaleh Gee. Charming, erratic and repellent – Dovaleh exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. With themes that encompass betrayal between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt and redress, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read.

Mira Nair wins Directors Award at Women In Film Awards.
Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair won the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award for the film Queen of Katwe at this year's Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.
Queen of Katwe's lead actress Lupita Nyong'o presented the award. Further, Elizabeth Banks won the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film and Tracee Ellis Ross won the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.

Sultan to be screened at Shanghai International Film Festival 2017.
The Salman Khan starrer 2016 film Sultan is set to be screened at this year's Shanghai International Film Festival. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the sports drama had Salman and the lead actress Anushka Sharma portraying wrestlers. The film, which was a success at the box-office, became the third Bollywood film to earn Rs. 300 crore in India.

June 16

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi conferred Bhupen Hazarika Award.
The Fifth Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 has been conferred on eminent writer from Arunachal Pradesh Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi. The prestigious Award, instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organization, is honouring a person every year since 2012, who has rendered an outstanding literary work at national and international level. The award consists of 51,000 rupees, a memento and a certificate.
Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi who belongs to West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, was graduated from prestigious Cotton College, Guwahati and did his MA from Guwahati University. He started his literary pursuit from his childhood days. Although his mother tongue is Sherdukpen, he started writing in Assamese because it was then the medium of instruction in schools in North-East Frontier Agency or NEFA.
He has so far written about a dozen novels, and numerous short stories and plays, all in Assamese, a language over which he has a wonderful command. His most important novel is Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday (Silent lips, murmuring hearts) which won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2005.

Margaret Atwood to get literary lifetime achievement award.
Margaret Atwood is receiving a lifetime achievement award from one of the world's oldest literary organizations.
PEN Center USA announced that Ms. Atwood will accept the honor at the group's annual Literary Awards Festival in October.
Ms. Atwood has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays. The television adaptation of her novel ''The Handmaid's Tale'' premiered on Hulu earlier this year and has been renewed for a second season that will be released in 2018.
PEN Center USA says the 77-year-old author will be recognized at an October 27 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor and writer Nick Offerman is scheduled to host the evening.

June 17

Kannada poet Shivaprakash honoured with Kusumaraja.
Noted Kannada poet and playwright H.S. Shivaprakash was presented with the Kusumagraja Rashtriya Puraskar 2017. It was presented by Akshaykumar Kale, 90th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan.
Kusumagraj, after whom the award is named, was a pen-name of Marathi litterateur V.V. Shirwadkar, a Jnanpith awardee. Shivaprakash, who writes in Kannada and English, has nine compilations of poems and 15 dramas.
The award, constituted by Nashik-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University's (YCMOU) Kusumagraja Adhyasan (Chair), carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a memento and citation.

June 18

Queen of Dhwayah, Kerala's first beauty pageant for transgender women.
Shyama was crowned the Queen of Dhwayah, 2017. People of all genders, and their children, were there to cheer on the participants of Queen of Dhwayah, 2017, the first beauty pageant for transgender women in Kerala.
It was a proud moment for the state when 15 participants walked the ramp to a packed hall. The panel of judges included actor Ranjini Haridas, Miss India 2008 and actor Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dr. Paul Mani and Dr. Sam of AHF India.
The pageant consisted of three rounds: Kerala ethnic, designer sari and the gown.
There were six finalists, and ironically, the final question for the transgender beauty pageant was: ''If you adopt a child, which gender would you prefer? Boy or Girl?'' While all the others answered girl, Shyama - who went on to win the crown.

June 19

Filmfare South Awards 2017: R. Madhavan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu Win Big.
The 64th Filmfare Awards South ceremony honoring the winners and nominees of the best of South Indian cinema in 2016 is an event to be held at Novotel and HICC Complex in Hyderabad. The nominations for all the main awards were declared on 8 June 2017.
Lifetime Achievement: Vijaya Nirmala
Telugu cinema:
Best movie: Pelli Choopulu
Best Director: Vamsi Paidipally – Oopiri
Best Actor: Jr. NTR - Nannaku Prematho
Best Actress: Samantha Ruth Prabhu - A Aa
Tamil cinema:
Best Film: Joker
Best Director: Sudha Kongara – Irudhi Suttru
Best Actor: Madhavan – Irudhi Suttru
Best Actress: Ritika Singh – Irudhi Suttru
Malayalam cinema:
Best Film: Maheshinte Prathikaaram
Best Director: Dileesh Pothan - Maheshinte Prathikaaram
Best Actor: Nivin Pauly – Action Hero Biju
Best Actress: Nayanthara – Puthiya Niyamam
Kannada cinema:
Best Film: Thithi
Best Director: Rishab Shetty- Kirik Party
Best Actor: Ananth Nag – Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
Best Actress: Shraddha Srinath – U Turn

June 20

Rural Development Ministry gives 144 awards to states under various categories.
The Rural Development Ministry gave away 144 awards under various categories to states and other organisations. Haryana, Gujarat and Karnataka received a special prize for completing more than 95 per cent of their targets.
Under the 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)', Bihar was awarded for constructing the highest number of rural roads while Madhya Pradesh got the award for use of non- conventional construction material in constructing roads.
Similarly under 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) PMAY-G', Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee was awarded for providing technical vetting of housing typologies and the NIC team of the ministry for its technical support.
The awards were also given to various banks - Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India and ICICI Bank under various categories.

Sachin's mother-in-law & activist Annabel Mehta awarded MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
Sachin Tendulkar's mother-in-law and social activist Annabel Mehta, a British national, has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her work and service to the underprivileged.
The award will be presented to her at Buckingham Palace in London later this year.
Her Majesty the Queen approved the award to Mehta, a British national, in recognition of her work and service to underprivileged communities in Mumbai, and the NGO, Apnalaya.
Annabel has been recognised and honoured for over 40 years of service to under-privileged communities in India. Much of this has been through her leading role within the NGO, Apnalaya, of which she has been President since 2013.

Bew's 'Citizen Clem' wins Orwell Prize for Books 2017.
John Bew has won the the £3000 (A$5547) Orwell Prize for Books for Citizen Clem (Quercus), a biography of former UK Prime Minister Clement Attlee.
'Citizen Clem will go a long way towards re-balancing the Churchillian narrative'. Bew's biography examines 'the intellectual foundations and core beliefs of one of the most important figures in twentieth-century British history, arguing that he remains underappreciated, rather than simply underestimated'.
The annual award is presented to a work that comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition 'to make political writing into an art'.