AWARDS - 2017 September

September 1

UNESCO announces winners of 2017 International Literacy Prizes
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the winners of the 2017 International Literacy Prizes, which honours excellence and innovation in the field of global literacy.
The awards will be handed out to five laureates from Canada, Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan and South Africa on the occasion of International Literacy Day, which falls on September 8. The five winners will each receive a medal, a certificate and $20,000.
The prizes are divided into two categories, namely the Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy sponsored by China, and the King Sejong Literacy Prize sponsored by South Korea.
The King Sejong prize, dedicated to mother-tongue literacy education, is shared by the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance from Canada and the We Love Reading programme from Jordan.
Since 1967, the Unesco International Literacy Prizes have been awarded to more than 475 projects led by governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world.

PVR’s Chairman And MD bags ‘Exhibitor Of the Year’ Award
Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director of PVR Limited, will receive the “Exhibitor of the Year” Award at the CineAsia Awards Ceremony on 14 December 2017 in Hong Kong.
Bijli was also awarded the “Asia Innovator of the Year” award at India Business Leader Awards, 2016 and Images Retail awarded him as the “Most Admired Retailer of the year 2016”.

September 2

Hyderabad airport bags Energy Efficiency Award
Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has bagged the National Award for ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The event held focused on recognizing companies that are engaged in energy efficiency initiatives and displaying commitment towards energy conservation.

September 3

Karnataka Bank bags IDRBT award
Karnataka Bank has bagged the ‘best bank’ award among small banks for the use of technology for financial inclusion at the 13th IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence Awards 2016-17.
Mahabaleshwara MS, MD & CEO of the bank, received the award from Sudarshan Sen, Executive Director of RBI, in Hyderabad recently.

September 4

CBDT gets govt-honour for resolving public grievances.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was honoured by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh for successfully resolving public grievances. The CBDT is the apex policy making body for the Income Tax department.
Five departments including the CBDT have been awarded under three categories of organisations, divided on the basis of volume of grievances received and disposed by them.
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region have been awarded in the category of ministries or departments receiving upto 300 grievances in a quarter.
The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Panchayati Raj ministry have been honoured in the category of organisations receiving more than 300 and upto 2,000 complaints in three-month time.
Whereas, the CBDT has been honoured for resolving grievances in the third category of the government departments getting more than 2,000 grievances during a quarter.

Narayana Murthy receives PLuS Alliance Prize
Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy and Mumbai-born scientist Veena Sahajwalla have been conferred the PLuS Alliance Prize - a prestigious honour that recognises Research Innovation, Education Innovation, Global Leadership and Global Innovation. The Prize of USD 50,000 was awarded in two categories; Education Innovation and Research Innovation.
Murthy was presented the PLuS Alliance Prize for Global Leadership while Professor Sahajwalla was awarded the PLuS Alliance Prize for Research Innovation for her project 'The new science of green manufacturing.
The PLuS Alliance is an international collaboration between Arizona State University, King's College London, and UNSW Sydney.

September 5

Vice president honours 219 teachers with national award.
In a break from tradition, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, instead of the president, gave away the national awards for teachers.
President Ram Nath Kovind later interacted with the 219 awardees at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Constituted in 1958, the National Award for Teachers is presented by the president to teachers, who have rendered exemplary service to the nation by exhibiting meritorious performance. The awards cover teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools in the country.

September 6

GIFT City wins ASSOCHAM Services Excellence Awards
India’s first operational Smart City and IFSC, Gujarat International Finance-Tec City (GIFT City), has won the prestigious Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) Services Excellence Award.
At a summit held in New Delhi, GIFT SEZ was honoured for its contribution to the growth of the International Financial Services and Technology Hub in India, Ajay Pandey, Managing Director and Group CEO.
The event recognised the contribution made by GIFT City in the financial services and technology sector in India. The services sector is a dominant contributor to the GDP of India and GIFT City holds great potential in attracting significant foreign investment flows, contribute to export of services as well as provide large-scale employment. The Awards were presented in the categories of Tourism and Hospitality, International Financial Services and Technology Hub, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, IT/ITES etc.

NHAI awards first international project in Myanmar to Punj Lloyd-Varaha
The National Highway Authority of India has awarded its first international project in Myanmar to a joint venture of Punj Lloyd-Varaha. This is for the upgradation of the Yagyi–Kalewa section in Myanmar to two lanes with earthern shoulder in the engineering, procurement, and construction mode.
An official statement said the 120-km-long project was estimated to cost Rs. 1,177.02 crore and is to be completed within 36 months.
Punj Lloyd-Varaha’s bid was identified as the most competitive among four qualified bidders. It was at Rs. 1,177 crore or 0.0017 per cent lower than the estimated cost.

September 7

Mother Teresa to be named co-patron of Calcutta Archdiocese
In commemoration of the first anniversary of her canonisation, the Archdiocese of Calcutta is set to declare Mother Teresa as its co-patron.
Sister Prema inaugurated a two-day exhibition of paintings and sculptures on Mother Teresa organised by the Indian National Forum of Art and Culture in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Church Art to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nobel laureate's canonisation.
The Archbishop of Calcutta, every diocese has a patron and the Archdiocese of Calcutta is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier.

September 9

Tahir Mahmood bags N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award
Eminent jurist Tahir Mahmood received the prestigious Prof N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award as part of the Law Teachers' Day celebrations organised.
Among the institutions, Mar Gregorios College of Law in Thiruvananthapuram bagged this year's SILF-MILAT Institutional Excellence Award.
SILF and MILAT have been have been observing Law Teachers' Day in September since 2009 to honour law teachers and law schools in India.
Among other awardees, Prof V C Vivekanandan received the SILF-MILAT Legal Education Innovation Award and Justice A B Rohatgi Jurist Award was given to former Secretary General of the 15th Lok Sabha, T K Viswanathan.
Prof N R Madhava Menon, who along with Bar Association of India and SILF President Lalit Bhasin, gave away the awards to the recipients.

September 10

Sikkim CM honoured at international event for work in organic farming
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was honoured for his pioneering work in the field of organic farming during a ceremony at Germany's Lagau on the occasion of the One World Festival.
Chamling was conferred the Grand Prix Award during the One World Award ceremony on September at a mega event attended by nearly 700 guests who had arrived from different countries.
The award was jointly handed over by Gerd Muller, the Federal Minister of Bavaria, and Joseph Wilhelm, German Organic Pioneer and Managing Director of Rupenzel.

Woman rewarded for helping nab 3 snatchers in Delhi
A 20-year-old woman was rewarded with cash and commendation roll after she helped the police arrest three snatchers in Delhi. When the trio snatched the woman's mobile phone in a market, she made them fall on the road by shaking their scooter. She, then, alerted the locals and thrashed the accused before handing them over to the police.
The woman, Disha, not only pulled down the trio from the moving scooter but also punched them fiercely until passersby rushed for her rescue in the busy market. Disha’s bravery also helped the police apprehend the three snatchers, one of them a juvenile.

September 11

BAI to confer first Lifetime Achievement award on Prakash Padukone.
Badminton great Prakash Padukone will be conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for his rich contribution to the sport.
Announcing the award at a press conference, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma the award will carry a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakhs.
Padukone had won the 1980 All England, besides bagging a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen. He also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

74th Venice Film Festival Awards 2017
The 74th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 30 August to 9 September 2017. The most important award is the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and considered one of the most prestigious film awards, like the Golden Palm in Cannes and the Golden Bear of Berlin.
Golden Lion: The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro
Grand Jury Prize: Foxtrot, directed by Samuel Maoz
Silver Lion: Best Director Xavier Legrand, Jusqu’à la Garde
VENICE HORIZONS
Best Film: Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Best Director: Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature
Special Jury Prize: Caniba, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
Best Actress: Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux
Best Actor: Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature

September 12

4 CBSE teachers from Tamil Nadu receive National awards for innovative work
Four CBSE teachers from Tamil Nadu received award for their innovations in classroom teaching for 2016-17. A total of 33 CBSE teachers from across India and abroad received the award.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Upendra Kushwaha, gave away the awards.
K Mohana, Principal of Modern Senior Secondary School, Chennai was conferred the national best teacher award. Indra Rangan, Principal, RMK School, Tiruverkadu, S Amudhalakshmi, Principal, Chettinad Vidyashram and Radhika Unni, Principal, SBOA School, Chennai were conferred CBSE best teacher awards.

Indian economist wins prestigious Balzan Prize, US scientists among awardees
Indian economist Bina Agarwal, a professor at the University of Manchester, was recognised in the gender studies category for her “heroic” work studying women’s contributions to agriculture in India.
Two US scientists, whose work has contributed to creating immunological treatments for cancer, and an Indian economist, are among the winners of this year’s Balzan Prize that recognise scholarly and scientific achievements.
James Allison of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Robert Schreiber of the Washington University School of Medicine were cited for their work on antibody treatments that has increased the survival of patients with metastatic melanoma.
Belgian astrophysicist Michael Gillon was awarded for his work that has helped map new solar systems from the comfort of planet Earth, using robotic telescopes instead of much more costly satellites.

September 13

Raghunandan Money honoured with Krishi Pragati Award 2017 by NCDEX
Raghunandan Industries Private Limited was awarded Krishi Pragati Award 2017, by National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX), in New Delhi.
The Krishi Pragati Award 2017 has been awarded to appreciate the outstanding contribution made by Raghunandan Industries in the area of Agricultural Commodities.
Mr.Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Mr.Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs gave away the award to Mr.Saurabh Mittal, Founder & MD of Raghunandan Money.
Raghunandan Industries, is a part of Raghunandan Money Group. It offers commodities broking services.
Raghunandan Money provides financial services such as demat, equity, derivatives, currency trading, mutual funds, life insurance, general insurance etc.

2 India-born scientists to be awarded by US' Marconi Society
US-based fellowship The Marconi Society will honour 3 Indian-origin scientists for their contribution in the field of communication and information technology. IIT Bombay alumnus Arun Netravali will get the $100,000 Marconi prize for his work in video technology. Ex-Stanford Prof and Padma Bhushan awardee Thomas Kailath will get Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to modern communication.

September 14

JNPCT wins Container Terminal of the Year" Award, 2017
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded Container Terminal of the Year" Award for the above 0.6 million TEUs category at The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port owned JNPCT won the award for its proactive strategies to ease congestion, smooth delivery of containers and revamping of infrastructure to support trade amidst adverse conditions.
The Gateway Award was instituted to recognise and promote best practices, innovation and motivation in the Indian Maritime industry. The tenth edition of the Gateway Awards showcased the outstanding achievements and exceptional accomplishments of individuals and organisations in the Indian Maritime industry.

Vijaya Bank bags Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar
Vijaya Bank has bagged the first prize under the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar for the year 2016-17. It got the award for active implementation of Hindi in its day-to-day activities.
President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the award to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, R.A. Sankara Narayanan, in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of state Kiren Rijiju, Minister of state Hansaraj Gangaram Ahir, and others.

September 15

MPEDA bags Rajbhasha Keerti Award for third consecutive year
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has been awarded National level "Rajbhasha Keerti Award' for the third consecutive year.
MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
This award has been given to The Marine Products Export Development Authority(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India), Kochi, for the best Implementation of Official language in the organisation.

September 16

Salman Khan honoured with Global Diversity Award at Britain’s House of Commons
Bollywood star Salman Khan received a Global Diversity Award at Britain’s House of Commons.
Salman, who recently finished the Abu Dhabi schedule of Yash Raj Films’ Tiger Zinda Hai, received the award from Keith Vaz, British Parliament’s longest-serving Asian MP.

President's medal for former DIG D Roopa who exposed alleged jail irregularities
Former DIG D Roopa, who highlighted in a report alleged irregularities at the central jail, including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, was conferred the President's Medal.
The award was presented to Roopa for her meritorious service by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.
Roopa, then DIG of Prisons, D Roopa, had submitted a report to the Director General of Prisons stating that Sasikala, serving a four-year sentence in the disproportionate assets case at Parapanna Agrahara Central Prison, was given preferential treatment and there was "a talk" that Rs two crore had exchanged hands.

The Hindu wins the best news website award at WAN-IFRA awards
The Hindu Group has been awarded two golds and a silver at the South Asian Digital Media Awards at the WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) India 2017 conference in Chennai. www.thehindu.com won the Gold award for the Best News Website.
Sportstarlive.com won the silver award in the Best in Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website category. Entries in these two categories were evaluated based on criteria such as strong content quality, consistency in user experience, innovative design, use of multimedia and ease of navigation.
The gold award in the Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences category went to Youngworldclub.com, The Hindu Group’s learning portal for children. The evaluation in this category was based on effectiveness in engaging youth audiences, especially children and teenagers.

September 18

S.S. Rajamouli receives ANR award
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu felicitated film-maker S.S. Rajamouli with the prestigious ANR National Award for his contribution to the Telugu film industry.

69th Emmy Awards Winners List 2017
Honoring the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017, the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was recently held in September 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California. This ceremony was hosted by the American.
American actor, Sterling Kelby Brown created history by becoming the first African American to win the best actor drama Emmy awards in the past 19 years, for his performance as Randall on NBC's "This Is Us". The Handmaid's Tale, a TV series created by Bruce Miller, became the first web television series to win the award for Outstanding Drama Series.
List of 2017 Emmy Award Winners
Drama Series: ''The Handmaid's Tale''.
Directing, Drama: Reed Morano, ''The Handmaid’s Tale''.
Actor, Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, ''This is Us''.
Actress, Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss, ''The Handmaid’s Tale''.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: John Lithgow, ''The Crown''.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Ann Dowd, ''The Handmaid’s Tale''.

September 19

Japan releases postage stamps on Indian yoga experts
Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on yoga legend Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members to acknowledge their contribution in spreading yoga awareness in the country. "This is the first time Japan has released postal stamps on any yoga experts," Japanese Consul General in Kolkata while praising the yogis for creating cultural linkage between India and Japan.
The stamps on Bishnu Charan Ghosh, his son Biswanath Ghosh, daughter Karuna Ghosh and Karuna’s father in law Asutosh Ghosh, that were released recently in Japan.

Riz Ahmed becomes first Asian man to win an acting Emmy for 'The Night Of'
Riz Ahmed has become the first man of Asian descent to win an acting award at the Emmys. He is a British actor of Pakistani descent.
The two actors of Asian descent who have won at the Emmys earlier are British-Indian Archie Panjabi in 2010 for "The Good Wife" and Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo in 2009 for "House of Saddam".
Riz won at the 69th Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his role in "The Night Of".
He plays Nasir "Naz" Khan, a Pakistani/Iranian-American college student accused of murdering a young woman, in a show which partly examines the brutal effects of racism within the criminal justice system.

Indian start-up Kheyti wins prestigious award in Israel
An Indian startup has won a prestigious award and a cash prize of $42,000 in Israel for developing an affordable modular greenhouse that aims to give farmers a steady and dependable income.
Kheyti, a Hyderabad-based startup, was chosen among the ten finalists in the prestigious MassChallenge Israel contest that saw participation from over 500 companies in 40 different countries. The top ten finalists also included another Indian start-up ‘Sukriti’ which developed a smart toilet cabin employing hygiene maintenance systems to enhance user experience in sanitation.
Kheyti, the Indian startup, had to go through a rigorous three-month process before sharing the honour with an Israeli startup as the “diamond winners” of this year’s contest.

September 20

ISKCON's Govardhan Eco village wins 'Spirit of Humanity' award
The Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in neighbouring Palghar district, has won an award for its 'spirit of humanity'.
The village, at Wada taluka, is located 108 kms north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains.
It has received the 'spirit of humanity' award, instituted by AmeriCares, a non-profit organisation working for disaster relief and global health, in the 'livelihood' category.

September 22

‘Newton’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018
‘Newton’ will be India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Film catgory at the Oscars next year, a Film Federation of India official informed.
The Hindi film was the unanimous choice of FFI's selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy. "'Newton' has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from 26 entries this year,"
The Amit Masurkar movie, starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil, tells the story of polling officer Newton Kumar, who is bent on conducting free and fair elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh.

Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha wins 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha in September 2017 won the 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for his crucial mediating role and efforts to help children affected by the insurgency in Nigeria.
Mustapha had negotiated and helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls from Chibok kidnapped by the Boko Haram militant group.
Mustapha will be bestowed with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony taking place in Geneva on 2 October 2017.The The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called him “a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in North East Nigeria”.

September 23

CNR Rao chosen for international honour for materials research
Eminent scientist Professor C N R Rao has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research. The award is the US-based Materials Research Society's (MRS) highest honour.
The award citation noted Rao's immense work on novel functional materials, including nanomaterials (having particles of nanoscale dimensions), graphene (the strongest and thinnest material) and 2D materials, superconductivity, and colossal magnetoresistance (change in electrical resistance of a material in a magnetic field).
The award will be presented in Boston on November 29, during an MRS meeting, according to a release issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research of which Rao, a Bharat Ratna award, is the founder president.

September 24

Rajkummar Rao bags Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) Actor of the Year Award
National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao has had one of the 'best Fridays ever'!
While Rajkummar was elated with the announcement that his new release 'Newton' is India's official entry for the coveted Academy Awards 2018, he had another reason to rejoice as, he also bagged the GQ Actor of the Year Award.
Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) hosted the GQ Men of the Year Awards in Mumbai on where apart from Rajkummar, a string of Bollywood personalities including Aamir Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karan Johar made a stylish entry on the red-carpet.
2017 GQ Men of the Year Awards Winners
Anushka Sharma: Woman of the Year Award
Ranveer Singh: Entertainer of the Year Award
Rajkummar Rao: Actor of the Year Award
Aamir Khan: Award for Creative Maverick.

September 25

Banaj Devi to receive Sarala award for Kathapua
Noted Odia poet and short story writer Banaj Devi will be honoured with the 38th edition of the prestigious Sarala award for her short story compilation Kathapua.
The annual Sarala Puraskar, recognised as one of the foremost literary awards of the State, comprises a cash award of ₹5 lakh along with a citation.
Given away every year by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), Sarala Puraskar would be presented to her at a special function to be held.
Besides Banaj Devi, two more prominent personalities of Odisha will be honoured for their valuable contribution in the field of music and art.

Mahtab Bamji to get living legend award
Mahtab Bamji, a noted scientist, has been selected to receive the Living Legend Award of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences ((IUNS).
The IUNS Council presents Living Legend Awards to individual members of Adhering Bodies in good standing who are eighty (80) years or above, the communique from the Secretary General Catherine Geissler.
The award is a recognition for those who have significantly contributed to the work of national nutrition society or regional organisation and contributed to the advancement of nutrition at national, regional and global level through professional activities such as research, teaching, services.
A former Director-grade scientist of the Hyderabad-based, National Institute of Nutrition, the 82-year old Bamji is associated with the Dangoriya Charitable Trust. She contributes to the efforts of the trust to help improve the nutrition and health status of poor farmers and villagers in Narsapuram on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Bamji is a honorary scientist of the Indian National Science Academy. She contributed to various national projects directed to reducing malnutrition and improving nutrition status during her long stint at NIN.

Vogue Awards 2017
Vogue India celebrated its tenth year by inviting some of the country’s leading influential personalities for the Women of the Year Awards 2017, held at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt. Some of the film industry’s biggest names - Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor - were in attendance.
The show was hosted by Emmy-winning actor Archie Panjabi - whom you might remember as the elder sister in Bend it Like Beckham.
Aishwarya was awarded the evening’s prestigious Influencer of the Decade award, while Sonam took home the Fashion Icon of the Year Award in an emerald green dress.
Here is a complete list of winners at Vogue Women of the Year awards 2017
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Vogue Influencer of the Decade
Nita Ambani: Vogue Global Philanthropist and Leadership Award
Shah Rukh Khan: Vogue Entertainer of the Decade Award
Super Model Natalia Vodianova aka Supernova: Vogue Global Philanthropist and Style Icon of the Year
Twinkle Khanna: Vogue Opinion Maker of the Year
Athlete Deepika Kumari, Conservation biologist Krithi Karanth and Model Ketholeno Kense: Vogue and Colours Infinity Young Achievers
SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya: Vogue Business Leader of the Year
HCL chief Roshni Nadar Malhotra: Vogue Philanthropist of the Year
Sonam Kapoor: Vogue and IWC Fashion Icon of the Year
Fashion Designer Anita Dongre: Vogue and Yes Bank Designer of the Year
Karan Johar: Vogue Man of the Year
Anushka Sharma: Vogue and BMW Game Changer of the Year
Founder of Forest Essential, Mira Kulkarni: Vogue Beauty Pioneer of the Year
Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj: Vogue Sportsperson of the Year
Supreme Court advocate Karuna Nundy: Vogue Crusader of the Year

September 26

Global body rates Mumbai airport's CISF security best in the world
The security cover by CISF at India’s Mumbai airport has been recognised as the best service in this domain by a global quality-rating agency.
The World Quality Congress (WQC) has awarded the best security award to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Based on the independent evaluation by the WQC, the awards are considered as recognition of excellence demonstrated by agencies in the commerce and industry space of the country/globe.
A host of initiative taken by the CISF recently, including doing away with baggage tag stamping, a seamless handling of the rapidly increasing passengers, less waiting time at screening points manned by the force, thoroughness in security screening of passengers and hand baggages, among others, helped the CISF win the prestigious award, the statement added. CISF currently secures 59 civil airports in the country.
The Mumbai airport is the second busiest airport in the country and it handled 45.2 million passengers in the last fiscal year. Just as Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport, which is the busiest airport in the country, Mumbai airport is one of the hypersensitive airports in India.

Maryna Viazovska to receive 2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize
Maryna Viazovska of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, will receive 2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for her contribution to number theory.
SASTRA Ramanujan Prize was established in 2005 and is awarded annually for outstanding contributions by young mathematicians to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan. The age limit for the prize has been set at 32 because Ramanujan achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years.
Ms. Viazovska is a gifted mathematician who has made contributions to several fundamental problems in number theory. She was born in Kiev in Ukraine on November 2, 1984. She completed her high school education in Kiev in 2001, and her B.Sc., in Mathematics in 2005 at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. She then went to Germany where she obtained a Masters degree in 2007 from the University of Kaiserslautern, after which she joined the University of Bonn that year.
She got a Ph.D in Bonn in 2013 writing a thesis under the direction of Professor Don Zagier.

Classical singer Manik Bhide chosen for Bhimsen Joshi award
Noted vocalist Manik Bhide was chosen for the prestigious Bharatratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award for year 2017-18 for her contribution in the field of music.
The Maharashtra government award, the highest in the category of performing arts, consist of Rs five lakh in cash, a plaque and citation.
Born in Kolhapur in 1935, Bhide received encouragement from her parents to take up classical singing and later she became a singer of Jaipur-Atroli 'gharana'.
Bhide was invited by the All India Radio (AIR) as well from time to time to present some compositions, as per the communication.

Indian lawyer wins prestigious Swedish rights award.
Colin Gonsalves, a senior Indian advocate was selected for a prestigious rights award in Sweden for his innovative use of public interest litigation in securing fundamental human rights for India's most marginalized and vulnerable citizens.
Gonsalves, a New Delhi-based Supreme Court lawyer, will share the award and the prize money worth over USD 300,000 (SEK 3 million) with two other laureates -- Khadija Ismayilova from Azerbaijan and Robert Bilott from the US, according to a statement by the 2017 Right Livelihood Awards Honour Inspiring Changemakers and Champions of Justice.
Gonsalves, a 65-year-old founder of the Human Rights Law Network, has been honoured by the jury for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India's most marginalised and vulnerable citizens.

September 27

Gujarat bags comprehensive development of tourism award
Gujarat was named the best state for Comprehensive Development of Tourism at the National Tourism Awards presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The award in the Hall of Fame category was received by Gujarat's Minister of Tourism Ganpat Singh Vasava and Principal Secretary S J Haider at a function at Vigyan Bhavan. Gujarat was followed by Madhya Pradesh.
The Hall of Fame Awards were introduced this year and given to states, organisations and agencies which have won the National Tourism Award in the same category for three consecutive years.
The other states which have made it to the awards list for their contribution to tourism are Kerala, Rajasthan, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.

10 Young scientists receive Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
Ten scientists were announced winners of the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, India’s highest science award, at a function presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The winners this year for
Deepak Nair The Biological Sciences at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad.
Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi;
Naresh Patwari, Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay;
Suresh Babu Earth Sciences Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Aloke Paul Engineering Services, and Neelesh Mehta, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru;
Amit Dutt, Medical Sciences, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai,
Deepak Gaur, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and
Nissim Kanekar, Physical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune,
Vinay Gupta, National Physical Laboratory, Delhi.

September 28

Madhya Pradesh bags ‘Best Tourism State’ award for third time
Madhya Pradesh has won the ‘Best Tourism State’ national award for the third consecutive year. President Ram Nath Kovind handed over the award, named as ‘Hall of Fame Award’, to Minister of State for Tourism Surendra Patwa at a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The state bagged total 10 awards in this programme, organised on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
The state bagged the Most Innovative Tourist Product award for ‘Hanuwantia Jal Mahotsav’ and Best State for Adventure Tourism. While Chanderi was adjudged as the Best Heritage City, the Best Tourist-Friendly Railway Station award was given to Ujjain Railway Station. The Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination of India award was given to Khargone. An English coffee-table book published by MP Tourism Board, won the national award for Excellence in Publishing.
Madhya Pradesh also received a national award for Film Promotion Policy in the category of Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory. The Hindi brochure published by Madhya Pradesh Tourism in Simhastha-2016 also won the national award for Excellence in Publishing in Hindi. Best Wildlife Guide national award was bagged by Saib Khan of Pachmarhi.

IPS Officer Aparna Kumar becomes the first Indian woman to scale Mt Manaslu
An Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, Aparna Kumar became the first Indian woman to scale Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth highest mountain peak in the world.
Kumar took up a mission to climb Mount Manaslu in the west-central part of Nepal.
A 2002 batch IPS officer has already successfully scaled the highest peaks of six continents out of seven continents. In May last year, she climbed Mount Everest before scaling Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.

Srinagar and Raipur Airports awarded as Best Airports under National Tourism Awards
The Airports Authority of India’s Srinagar International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir and Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh have been jointly conferred with the prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16. The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award for Best Airport under ‘rest of India’ category at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry annually in recognition of their performance towards comprehensive development of tourism in the country. It is the first time that two airports jointly have been selected as best airports for their innovative style of functioning, pro-environment initiatives and passenger friendly approach.



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