AWARDS - 2017 November

November 1

K Satchidanandan selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram
Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan, has been selected for this year's Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, Kerala government's highest literary honour.
The award is for his contributions to Malayalam literature and poetry, Culture Affairs Minister A K Balan told reporters, announcing the award.
Instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language, the award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation.

Girish Karnad to receive Tata Lit Lifetime Achievement Award
Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad is all set to be honoured by Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.
The award will be presented to Karnad, 79, at the literature festival's annual awards ceremony which will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point.

November 2

Air New Zealand wins airline of the year award for fifth year running
Air New Zealand has continued its winning streak in the airline of the year awards, with its inflight innovations, young fleet and improvements in all cabin classes helping it claim the top spot for the fifth year in a row.
Describing the national carrier as "an industry trendsetter", also praised its strong financial performance, leadership in the environmental space and motivation of staff.

November 3

Mumbai’s restored Royal Opera House bags UNESCO heritage award
Almost a year after it reopened, Charni Road’s Royal Opera House has been awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
The building was closed to the public in 1993, and sat crumbling for years, before a restoration project was undertaken eight years ago to replicate the heritage structure. It was originally inaugurated by Britain’s King George V in 1911 and completed in 1916.
Honorary director of the heritage site, Ashish Doshi they had taken up a challenge when they decided to restore the place, but pictures taken by an Australian journalist in 1914 helped them replicate the structure in toto.

Tata Power Solar bags Dun & Bradstreet award
Tata Power Solar has won ‘Dun & Bradstreet - Everest Infra Awards 2017’ under Infrastructure Project category for commissioning India's largest solar project under Domestic Content Requirement for NTPC at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.
The 100-MW project is expected to generate nearly 160 million units (kWh) of energy per year and help offset approximately 110,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first year.
Spread over 500-acre site and using high quality TIER-1 module and cells manufactured in-house, the project was delivered within 80 per cent of the stipulated timeline and three months ahead of the stringent schedule.

Hindi writer Krishna Sobti chosen for Jnanpith Award
Krishna Sobti choice of subjects ranged from the Partition, and relationships between man and woman, to the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the gradual deterioration of human values.
Renowned Hindi littérateur Krishna Sobti has been chosen for this year’s Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced.

Srirangam temple wins UNESCO award
The massive renovation and restoration effort at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation.

Goa to hold Nobel Prize Series-India 2018
The Goa government executed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Bio-Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI) and Nobel Media, Sweden to hold the ‘Nobel Prize Series — India 2018 (Science Impacts Life)’ to be held from February 1-28 next year along with a month-long exhibition brought from Nobel Museum, Sweden. The Nobel series has earlier been organised in Gujarat.

November 4

India sets Guinness Record for cooking 918 kgs of Khichdi
India has achieved a Guinness World Record feat while putting the spotlight on the humble Indian dish Khichdi.
At the ongoing World Food India event, 918 Kgs of Khichdi was prepared using a 1000 litres stainless steel kadhai at the India Gate Lawns at New Delhi, in a bid to promote Indian ingredients and cuisine and created a new Guinness World Record.

November 5

Mohan Joshi honoured with Vishnudas Bhave award
Veteran actor Mohan Joshi was felicitated with the prestigious Vishnudas Bhave award for his contribution to theatre.
Joshi was honoured with the award at a ceremony held in this western Maharashtra town on the eve of Marathi Rangbhumi Din.
Veteran actor Jayant Sawarkar presented the award to Joshi, who has acted in a number of Marathi and Hindi films, besides in plays.
The award is conferred in memory of Vishnudas Bhave, the founder of Marathi theatre.

Banaganapalle mangoes get GI tag
A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
The famous Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and Tulaipanji rice of West Bengal are among the seven commodities that have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) this fiscal year by the Indian patent office.

November 6

Surat, Mysuru, Kochi receive awards for best urban transport practices
The Union Urban Ministry has chosen Surat Municipal Corporation for the 'Best City Bus Services Award for its success in attracting 87 per cent of the private vehicle and auto rickshaw users to use city buses.
According to a release, Surat implemented single ticketing system, integration of city buses with feeder systems and Intelligent Transit Management.

Apollo Munich Health Insurance wins 'General Insurance Company of the Year'
Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company, a joint venture between integrated healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals Group, and the Munich Re Group was conferred with the 21st Asia Insurance Industry Awards in the "General Insurance Company of the Year" category.
The award recognises Apollo Munich's contribution in demonstrating market leadership during the qualifying period via innovation in products, services, practices, responsiveness to end-users and intermediaries, initiatives in boosting the image of insurance in society, narrowing the protection gap, and showcasing exceptional business growth through professionalism and sound management.

Indian short film wins award in Montreal
Indian short film "The School Bag", which tells a story based in Pakistan, has won the Best Short Film Award at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM), says director Dheeraj Jindal.

Novel on Hitler’s rise wins France’s top book award
Another work of fiction on Nazis bags ‘consolation prize’
Two novels about the Nazis took France’s biggest literary prizes, with Eric Vuillard’s story of how German industry and finance backed Adolf Hitler winning the top Prix Goncourt.

November 7

CMC Skills Founder awarded ASSOCHAM 'Entrepreneur of the Year'
ASSOCHAM bestowed CMC Skills' Founder Maya Swaminathan Sinha with the 'Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017' in Ranchi. The award was presented by Governor of Jharkhand, Draupadi Murmu.
The apex body of industry and commerce of India had organised "One Day National Summit on Leadership Cum Awards 2017'' at Hotel BNR Chanakya, Ranchi. In this event, the prestigious ASSOCHAM - Leadership Awards 2017, was honoured to the selected organisations/ professionals who have worked incessantly and have taken lead in the contemporary social system, services and quality achievements.

November 8

Israel honors Natalie Portman with ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’
Natalie Portman has been awarded Israel’s 2018 Genesis Prize in recognition of her commitment to social causes and deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots, organizers of the prize announced.
The $1 million award, known as “the Jewish Nobel Prize,” is granted each year to a person recognised as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through professional achievement and commitment to Jewish values.

November 9

PEN Translates awards go to books from 15 countries
Books from 15 countries have received PEN Translates awards in the latest round of grants for translation, with Ros Schwartz, co-chair of the award panel, saying publishers are becoming "increasingly adventurous" in their choices.

UNHCR to get Mother Teresa Award 2017 for social justice
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been named as the recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2017 as an acknowledgement of its exceptional work worldwide.
The UNHCR provides humanitarian aid to innumerable people internally displaced by conflicts and helping stateless people all over the world.

Girija Devi to get posthumous Lifetime Achievement award
Eminent classical singer late Girija Devi will be honoured with the prestigious Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The award will be presented by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) to the thumri maestro's daughter, Sudha Datta, at Kamani Auditorium.

November 10

NINL gets prestigious Kalinga Safety Award
Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited (NINL) received the prestigious "Kalinga Safety Award".
The Odisha-based NINL got the award in gold category for best safety performer of the year 2016.
S B Jagdale, Jt Managing Director, NINL received the award from Odisha Governor S C Jamir at a ceremony.

London tube wins ‘Bad Grammar Award’
The silly season has come and gone, but there is still time for another quirky British award: the winner of this year’s ‘Bad Grammar Award’ has gone to Transport for London (TfL), the body that runs the tube and other travel networks in the capital.

November 11

Dipa Karmakar gets D. Litt. degree from NIT, Agartala
India's star gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed out a bronze medal in the women's vault event at the Rio Olympics last year.
The 24-year-old Tripura girl, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, finished fourth in the final round of the women's vault event at the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil last year.

November 13

Rafael Nadal presented ATP world No.1 award
Tennis player Rafael Nadal was presented the ATP World No. 1 award on court at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who replaced Andy Murray of Britain at No.1 on August 21, has guaranteed the year-end top ranking for a fourth time following 2008, 2010 and 2013, Xinhua reported.
Nadal, who received the award, has enjoyed a stellar season, capturing six titles, including two Grand Slam in the French Open and US Open and two ATP Masters 1000s.

November 14

Sweet success: West Bengal gets GI tag for rosogolla
West Bengal’s bitter struggle with Odisha ended on a sweet note with the State getting GI (Geographical Indication) tag for rosogolla.
The sweet, dipped in sugary syrup, which is a favourite across the country, has for long been at the centre of a bitter tussle between the two States, with each claiming it as their invention.

Kamal Haasan, Rajini to get AP govt’s NTR National Film Award
Superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have been chosen by the Andhra Pradesh government for the prestigious NTR National Film Award for the years 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Ace director K. Raghavendra Rao will receive the same award for 2015.

APMDC bags Abu Dhabi Intl award
The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC has bagged a prestigious international award given by Abu Dhabi, according to a press release issued by Managing Director Ch. Venkaiah Chowdhary.
Venkaiah in the release that the ADI PEC (Abu Dhabi Intl Petroleum Exhibition and Conference) Excellency in Energy Awards 2017.

November 15

Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award presented to Super-30 founder
President Ram Nath Kovind awarded this year’s “Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award” to Super 30 founder Anand Kumar for his contributions in the field of teaching and education.
Mr. Kumar’s Super 30 coaching institute has been providing free education, accommodation and food to students coming from the underprivileged section of society to crack the prestigious IIT entrance examination.

Baahubali: The Beginning wins big at Nandi awards; Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan win NTR honour
SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Beginning from 2015 has won as many 13 Nandi awards in several categories.
The Beginning bagged the awards for best film, director, supporting actress, villain, cinematographer, playback singer (male), music, choreographer, fight master, dubbing, and special effects awards.

November 16

Nicaragua's Sergio Ramirez wins Spain's Cervantes prize
The Spanish government says Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
Ramirez has written more than 20 novels, including "Margarita, esta linda la mar" (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain's prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998.
An active journalist, Ramirez was deputy vice president of Nicaragua between 1985 and 1990 and a long-time member of the leftist Sandinista bloc.

November 19

Former PM Manmohan Singh to get Indira Gandhi peace prize
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India's stature globally.
According to a statement from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Singh was unanimously chosen for the award by an international jury chaired by ex-president Pranab Mukherjee.

Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee gets IMF award
Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who is also an acclaimed mountaineer, was presented with the Life Time Achievement Award by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).
Banerjee was presented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.

November 20

Girish Karnad conferred with 2017 Tata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award
Actor-playwright Girish Karnad (79) was conferred with 2017 Tata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in field.
Girish Karnad is famously known for writing plays. His works translated into various Indian languages. Some of his critically acclaimed plays are Yayati (1961).

Nabaneeta Dev Sen presented Big Little Book Award
Sahitya Akademi awardee Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen has been declared winner of the Big Little Book Award this year in the Author in Bengali Language category for her contribution to the children's literature.
The award, given out by Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise and honour authors and illustrators of children's literature, focused on the writers in Bengali language in its second edition.
Sen, an eminent Bengali poet and novelist, who has written for children as well as adults, expressed her pleasure in receiving the award and stressed on importance of re-igniting children's imagination with books in today's world driven by technology.

November 21

Pondicherry University library bags award
Pondicherry University library has bagged the Highest Profile Registration category award for effective utilisation of the J-Gate@eShodhSindhu platform.
University librarian R. Samyuktha received the award at the first J-Gate@eShodhSindhu Forum and Information and Library Network Centers (INFLIBNET) meet jointly organised by INFLIBNET and Informatics Publishing Ltd, held at Gandhi Nagar recently.

November 22

IIITM-K team bags NITI Aayog prize at IIT-Delhi Hackathon
The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) students have won the prestigious NITI Aayog prize in the inaugural edition of the Proffer Hackathon held at IIT, New Delhi.
The international block chain hackathon was jointly organised by NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India, and Harvard-based block chain startup Proffer from November.

After DSC Prize, Arudpragasam bags Shakti Bhatt award
Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam, who won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, has now bagged the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage, set in the backdrop of the civil war.
The jury of Kamila Shamsie, Rohini Mohan and Margaret Mascarenhas chose Arudpragasams book over Prayaag Akbars Leila, Hirsh Sawhneys South Haven,How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy, Tripti Lahiris Maid In India and These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape by Tejaswini Apte- Rahm.

November 23

IISER Pune students bag silver medal at global event for Tuberculosis diagnostics through synthetic biology
A team of seven undergraduates from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, won a silver medal in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) contest at the Giant Jamboree for their project on Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics through synthetic biology. The competition was held in Boston, USA.
The team members included Bachelor and Masters (BS-MS) dual degree programme students Aarti Kejriwal, Avani Koparkar, Yash Joshi, S Jyothish, Zakhiya PC, R Charvee and Saumil Shah, who worked on a project titled ‘TB or not TB’ aimed at designing a novel TB diagnostic system.

November 24

Rajkummar Rao dedicates APSA best actor award to his mother
Rajkummar Rao won the best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his performance in Newton, which also won the best screenplay award at the ceremony.
The two awards have come as a boost to the critically-acclaimed Newton, which will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year.

Golden Temple awarded most visited place of the world
The Golden Temple has been awarded the ‘most visited place of the world’ by ‘World Book of Records’ (WBR), a London-based organisation that catalogues and verifies world records.
General secretary of India chapter, Surbhi Kaul, and president of Punjab chapter, Randeep Singh Kohli, gave this award to SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh and other senior officials at Teja Singh Samundari Hall.

Messi's fourth Golden Shoe brings him level with Ronaldo
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is presented with the European Golden Shoe award by team-mate Luis Suarez for topping the European league goalscoring charts with 37 goals in 2016-17.
It is the fourth time Messi has won the award, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo's tally.

November 25

Ruskin Bond gets lifetime achievement award
The Chandigarh Literary Society conferred upon children's author Ruskin Bond its first Lifetime Achievement Award - comprising a citation and Rs 2 lakh cash.
Children from different schools thronged the sylvan surroundings of Sukhna Lake which formed the backdrop to the fifth edition of the international literature festival - 'Literati 2017'.

November 27

Miss Universe 2017: South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wins the crown
South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica making it to the final three.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, who helps train women in self-defense, unleashed a big smile when she won. She hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.

Ishaan Khatter wins Best Actor award at Turkish film fest for debut film Beyond The Clouds
Ishaan Khatter was named the Best Actor for his debut film Beyond The Clouds at the International Bosphorus Film Festival in Turkey. The actor dedicated the accolade to his mother and actor Neelima Azeem and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi.

November 28

Health Ministry wins Bronze Medal at the India International Trade Fair 2017
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been awarded the Bronze Medal for its creative and informative display at the 37th India International Trade Fair 2017 being held at Pragati Maidan.
The award was presented by Shri C R Chaudhary, Minister of State (Commerce and Industry) at a function organized to award the winners. Smt. Vandana Gurnani, Joint Secretary (RCH, IEC) at the Health Ministry received the award on behalf of the Ministry. Shri L C Goyal, CMD, ITPO and senior officers of the Ministry were also present at the function.

Egyptian Journalist Wins Nelson Mandela Innovation Award
An Egyptian rights campaigner has won the Nelson Mandela award for individual activism for 2017, a South African organization announced.
Khaled el-Balshy, a former board member of Egypt’s Journalists’ Union, will receive the Individual Activist award of the Nelson Mandela - Graca Machel Innovation Awards.

November 29

K.J. Yesudas to be honoured with Sangeetha Kalasarathy award
Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha will confer the Sangeetha Kalasarathy award on legendary singer K.J. Yesudas at the inauguration of the Sabha’s 117th year December Music Festival.

November 30

Yuvraj Singh awarded doctorate by Gwalior-based university
Yuvraj Singh has been awarded a doctorate degree in Philosophy Honoris Causa (Ph.D h.c.) by a university based in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. According to ANI, the institute awarded the Doctorate to Yuvraj for his extraordinary sporting prowess and as a catalyst of change with great integrity and humility.