AWARDS - 2017 February

February 1

Rajasthan, Telangana bag eGov awards.
The Centre's intense focus on Digital India seems to have drawn greater response this year to the CSI-Nihilent eGovernance Awards.
Instituted by the Computer Society of India’s (CSI) Special Interest Group with sponsorship from Nihilent Technologies, these awards help recognise the efforts of eGovernance practitioners from across central and state departments, projects and in district administrative units as well.
This year, under the State category, Rajasthan and Telangana emerged Winners of Excellence while the Award of Recognition went to Odisha and Nagaland.
Under the Projects category, 34 projects were from government departments and organisations across the country for their innovative and inclusive eGovernance initiatives.

February 4

Virat Kohli adorns the cover of 2017 Wisden Almanac.
Wisden Cricketers Almanac has unveiled Virat Kohli as its cover star for the year 2017.
The Indian skipper has been given this honour thanks to the sensational form he was in last year where he scored 2595 runs in international cricket across all formats.
Kohli is only the second cricketer after batting icon Sachin Tendulkar to feature on the front cover of the Almanac in the past four editions.
Tendulkar had received the honour of adorning the front cover in 2014 after his retirement from international cricket.

February 5

Alastair Cook awarded Order of the British Empire.
England Test captain Alastair Cook has been honored with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was awarded the CBE at the Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.
Cook is the only England player to have scored over 10,000 runs in Tests and has also led England in the most number of Tests.
Ever since making his Test debut in India in 2006, Cook has produced some brilliant knocks.

Malayalam film 'Sexy Durga' wins Hivos Tiger Award.
Malayalam independent filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga has won the The Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam IFFR.
The director’s third feature film, which had its world premiere on January in Rotterdam, became the first Indian film to win big at the prestigious ceremony.
The award also includes a cash prize of Rs. 28.9 lakh (40,000 euros). Shot without a script in 20 days, the film is about a couple who elopes at night and hitches a ride with four men.

February 6

Indian-Origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor Wins $1 Million Israeli Prize.
Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who has emerged as a champion of Syrian refugees' rights won Israel's prestigious USD one million Genesis Prize for his commitment to Jewish values.
The prize committee, headed by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, Kapoor as one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation.
Kapoor joins Itzhak Perlman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and actor-director Michael Douglas as recipients.
Kapoor, born in Mumbai to an Iraqi-origin Jewish mother and Indian father, he will donate the award money to help people who have fled war or persecution.

Arunachal Pradesh Launches 'Arunachal Civil Service Awards'.
As part of his efforts to encourage good governance in the state and to recognize the extra-ordinary services rendered by the government employees in the state.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has introduced 'Arunachal Civil Service Awards' for excellence in public administration.
The award, which is to acknowledge the outstanding and exemplary performance of the civil servants, consists of a medal, a scroll, and a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh for an individual and Rs. 5 lakhs for an organisation/ group/ team.
This award covers not only on individual’s performance but will also cover a group or team, with the maximum cash award of Rs. 5 lakhs.

February 8

Hyderabad surgeon Raghu Ram wins B.C. Roy award.
Dr. P. Raghu Ram, president of Association of Breast Surgeons of India, has won the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy national award for 'outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief' for 2016.
The award, the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India, would be conferred on Ram by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 1, observed as Doctors day.
He is the youngest surgeon ever from the Telugu states (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) to have been selected for this award, it claimed.
The award recognises Dr Ram's significant contribution towards improving the delivery of breast health care in India, and equally, creating the much needed awareness about importance of early detection of breast cancer in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh through a number of initiatives.