AWARDS - 2018 DECEMBER

December 1

Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi To Be Stripped Of Freedom Of Paris Award.
The city of Paris will strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary freedom of the Paris award over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
She has already been stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship and her Amnesty International's "Ambassador of Conscience Award".
She would be the first person to lose the freedom of Paris award.

Abhinav Bindra Conferred With Shooting’s Highest Honour By ISSF.
India’s Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been conferred the sport’s highest honour for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Athletes Committee.
He was a member of the ISSF Athletes Committee from 2010 to 2014 and chairman from 2014 to 2018.
Bindra, who remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, has been bestowed with the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest award. Bindra was succeeded in the post by the legendary American shooter Kimberly Rhode.
International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF):
Headquarters: Munich, Germany
President: Olegario Vázquez Raña
Founded: 1907

December 2

Four Indian-origin women among Forbes list of top female US tech moguls
Four Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls, a list that includes tech heavyweights IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron.
Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco, Komal Mangtani, senior director at app-based cab aggregator Uber, Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge are in the list.
Forbes: Country - United States, Editor in chief - Steve Forbes
Founder - B.C. Forbes and Walter Drey

December 3

Swachhta Pakhwada of Ministry in Civil Aviation, Government of India:  Pawan Hans Ltd, Airports Authority of India and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi awarded the 3 best performing organizations
Swachhta Pakhwada was observed by Ministry of Civil Aviation to highlight the importance of cleanliness to all the employees by citing the example of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation presented the award to 3 best performing organizations which are Pawan Hans Ltd, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA).

'Outstanding Case Writer' award presented to ICFAI Business School
The Highly prestigious “Outstanding Case Writer’ award” was presented to ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India)  Business School by Mr. Richard McCracken, Director of the an UK- Based independent home of the case method “The Case Centre” at the inaugural Case Collection Managers Meet held in Park Hyatt, Hyderabad.
The award was for case “Breaking the Code of Silence” and Dr. J. Mahender, the Vice-Chancellor of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education collected the award on behalf of faculty members of ICFAI Business School.

December 4

Delhi Minister Imran Hussain Gets PETA 'Hero to Animals' Award
Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest and Elections Imran Hussain was awarded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-India for banning the Chinese Manjha, or the glass-coated kite strings, across Delhi.
The award, named 'Hero to Animals,' was also given to three other individuals and companies that have pushed animal rights forward. Other winners of Hero to Animals Award 2018
Purvi Doshi received a Compassionate Designer Award.
Corkiza received an Innovative Fashion Award.
Nutriva received an Innovation in Food Award.

Luka Modric Wins Ballon d’Or 2018
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won Ballon d’Or 2018 in Paris. In the process, he broke the decade-long duopoly over the award held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Luka Modric was awarded the FIFA’s World Cup 2018 MVP (Most Valuable Player), UEFA’s Player of the Year 2018, Best FIFA Footballer of the Year and the number one player by International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee from Bangladesh and Tencent (Private sector enterprise) from China to receive UNESCO/ Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Individual Category award winner, Vashkar Bhattacharjee from Bangladesh is a leading advocate who collaborated with Local, National as well as international organization to produce learning resources dedicated to persons with disabilities and to train teachers to use the accessible reading materials.
Organization Category award winner, Tencent from China is an Internet based technologies and cultural organization recognized for its outstanding contribution towards employment of person with disabilities using inclusive digital technologies.
This year’s theme for the International day of Persons with disability focuses on empowerment of persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality which is a part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development that pledges to “leave no one behind”.
UNESCO: HQ - Paris, France, Director General - Audrey Azoulay

December 5

Kohli honoured by Bradman Museum ahead of India - Australia Test
The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has received a special honour as a signed jersey that he donated after scoring his hundred in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15 has been placed next to Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait at the Bradman Museum.
Indian cricketers like the legendary Kapil Dev and Tendulkar have a memento celebrating their achievements placed at the iconic museum.
The Museum is also known as 'The Home of Cricket Memories'.

December 6

Sahitya Academy Awards 2018 Announced: Complete List of Winners
Seven books of poetry, six novels, six short stories, three of literary criticism and two of essays have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2018.
Poetry:

Winner
Language
Sananta Tanti
Assamese
Paresh Narendra Kamat
Konkani
Dr. Rama Kant Shukla
Malayalam
Dr. Mohanjit
Sanskrit
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Vyas
Punjabi
Khiman U Mulani
Rajasthani

Short Stories:

Winner
Language
Sanjib Chattopadhyay
Bengali
Mushtaq Ahmed Mushtaq
Kashmiri
Prof Bina Thakur
Maithili

Novel:

Winner
Language
Inderjeet Kesar
Dogri
Anees Salim
English
Chitra Mudgal
Hindi
Shyam Besra
Santali
S. Ramakrishnan
Tamil
Rahman Abbas
Urdu

Short-story writer, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, bagged the Award for his collection of short stories “AAKH’’.
The awards will be presented at a roadshow function to be held on 29th January 2019 at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters to the organized by Sahitya Akademi.
Yogendra Nath Sharma was awarded the Bhasha Salman for the North zone; G Venkatasubbiah for South zone; Gagendra Nath Das for the Eastern zone; and Shailaja Bapat for the Western zone.

December 7

IIT-Mandi professor Dr. Rajanish Giri, wins Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award
Dr. Rajanish Giri,an assistant professor from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi (IIT-Mandi),has been awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2018 for his proposed innovative idea on Zika virus Capsid Folding and inhibitor discovery.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology selected Dr. Giri for the award.
Along with the award he received a research grant, for three years, to delve more insight into the biophysical research on Zika Capsid protein system.

Forbes List 2018 released by Forbes India
There are 2 lists that has been released. They are
Forbes India rich list 2018 consisting of 100 richest Indians and
Forbes India 2018 Celebrity 100.
About the 100 richest Indians List:
Mukesh Ambani topped the chart with a net worth of $47.3 billion.
He is followed by Azim Premji (Wipro) and Lakshmi Mittal (Arcelor Mittal) ranking 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Hinduja Brothers of Ashok Leyland and Pallonji Mistry of Shapoorji Pallonji Group closed off the top 5 ranks
About the Celebrity 100 List:
The list is topped by actor Salman Khan with net worth of Rs. 253.25 crore.
He is followed by Virat Kohli (the highest paid sportsperson with net worth of Rs. 228.09 crore) and Akshay Kumar in the 2nd and 3rd ranks.
Deepika Padukone, the only female actor in the top 10, ranked 4th with net worth of Rs. 112.8 crores and is followed by MS Dhoni in the 5th rank.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are the only Sportspersons who made it to the top 10 list.
PV Sidhu ranked as the highest paid female sportsperson with net worth of Rs. 36.5 crore at the 20th position.
A total of 18 female celebrities made it to the top 100 of the Forbes’ list, which is a drop from the 21 reported last year

December 8

iPhone artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award
Glasgow based artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, UK.
Prodger won this award for her 33-minute film called ‘BRIDGIT’, that explores queer identity, which was shot in an iPhone.
She would receive $31,785 or £25,000 as a prize.
The Award was instituted in 1984 by a group named Patrons of Art.

Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018
Rattan Lal has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management
The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.
He has been listed among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one per cent of all researchers in agriculture.
The first World Soil Day Award on December 05 2018 was given to “Practical Action”, Bangladesh for organizing the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017.
The new FAO - established award is funded by Thailand.

December 9

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy conferred Skoch Award for National Significance for installation of 73 GW of renewable energy in New Delhi
The award was received by Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable Energy Shri Anand Kumar.
This provided one billion units of electricity in the country with 21 per cent of total installed capacity in the span of a year.
India ranks 4 in the world in wind energy capacity and 5th in solar & total renewable energy capacity installed in the world.
Skoch Awards: Instituted in 2003.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE):
Minister of State (I/C): Shri. Raj Kumar Singh
Secretary: Shri. Anand Kumar.

December 10

Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2018 released by Sanctuary Wildlife Foundation
Lifetime Service Award - Vandana Shiva - Bio-piracy Activist, food-sustainability advocate and changemaker
Young Naturalist Award - Maitreya Sukumar
Green Teacher Award - Nikita Pimple
Wildlife Service Awards:
Rohit Choudhury - Determined campaigner, environment activist.
Imran Siddiqui - Tiger conservationist and scientist, firebrand environmentalist
Iho Mitapo - Grassroots conservationist, eco-entrepreneur, young leader
Govardhan Meena - Tiger Defender, conflict manager and changemaker
Puja Mitra - Marine conservationist, animal welfare activist and administrator.

IIT Kharagpur (KGP) won DSCI Excellence Award 2018, given by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), for its contributions in Cyber Security education.
It was awarded for its focused curricula and research work in cryptography, hardware security, cyber security, network security which have helped spread awareness among the student.
Some of the notable ventures of the department of computer science and engineering at IIT Kharagpur are:
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-funded projects on developing lightweight protocols for authenticating IoT nodes
IC reverse engineering and trojan detection and
The DST-funded ‘Swarnajayanti‘ project on secure authentication protocol for smart grids.

Sundaram Finance MD TT Srinivasaraghavan awarded lifetime achievement award by PTI chairman
Sundaram Finance Managing Director TT Srinivasaraghavan was presented the lifetime achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai.
The award was presented by publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, and the Press Trust of India, Chairman, N Ravi.
He was awarded for his leadership qualities that made Sundaram Finance as one of India’s most trusted non-banking finance companies.
Over the last 13 years, he has been organising mikeless kutcheries for children aged below 15 years which got him an entry into the Limca Book of Records for the longest open air kutcheri in the country.

December 11

DMK MP Kanimozhi gets the best Woman Parliamentarian Award
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament (MP), Kanimozhi will be awarded as “Best Woman Parliamentarian – Rajya Sabha” by the Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at Dr. Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi.
A 10-member board of Jury of eminent personalities headed by Murali Manohar Joshi selected Kanimozhi for the award presented by Lokmat Group of Newspaper.
She has been awarded for her outstanding Contribution in Parliament and Strengthening Democratic Values and Principles for Several Decades.

Prathamesh Maulingkar, hailing from Goa, India, became the first Asian/ Indian Mr Supranational 2018
Prathamesh Maulingkar from Goa, dubbed as Mr. India, became the first Asian/ Indian to win 2018 Mister Supernational title after defeating 37 candidates in the 3rd edition of the competition held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.
He was followed by Mr. Poland at 2nd position and Mr. Brazil at 3rd position.
Mr. Brazil was also crowned with Mr Popularity sash.
Poland: Capital – Warsaw , Currency - Polish zloty.

The 2-day inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards concluded at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre, Singapore.
Best entertainment Host/ Presenter - Salman Khan  for Bigg Boss season 11
Best direction (fiction) - Anurag Kashyap for Netflix’s original series Sacred Games
Best Editing - Aarti Bajaj for Sacred Games for Netflix
Best comedy program - Queens Of Comedy for TLC India
Best Telenovela or soap opera series - PORUS for Sony Entertainment
Best 2D animated program or series - Lamput by Cartoon Network India
Best Current Affairs Program or Series - The Last Drop for National Geographic
Best non-scripted entertainment - The Remix for Amazon Prime Video
Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme - The World’s Most Famous Tiger
Additionally, Singapore’s Mediacorp and CNN won a tally of 5 awards each.

December 12

Manipur government confers boxer Mary Kom with ''Meethoileima'' Title
Manipur Government honored AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medalist MC Mary Kom with the title ''Meethoileima'' in Imphal, Manipur.
On the occasion, State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over a cheque of ten lakh rupees to her.
The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.
Manipur: KeibulLamjao National Park, Loktak Lake.

Golden State Warriors Named Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year
NBA champion Golden State Warriors have been named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The team will be honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in Los Angeles.
Winners of 2018 Sports Illustrated Award:
John Cena - Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
Rachael Denhollander - Inspiration of the Year
Aaron Donald - Performer of the Year
Alvin Kamara - Breakout of the Year
Leah Hayes - SportsKid of the Year.

Slain Journalist Khashoggi named Time Magazine’s ''Person of the Year''
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October 2018 at his country’s Istanbul consulate, has been named Time magazine’s ''Person of the Year'' alongside several other journalists.
The magazine has also honouredPhilippine journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and KyawSoeOo

December 13

Odisha boySitu Malik to receive National Bravery Award from PM
Situ Malik (15), a minor boy from Kendrapara district of Odisha has been selected for the National Bravery Award for saving his paternal uncle from a crocodile attack.
He will be awarded from Prime Minister NarendraModi on January 23, 2019.

ITTF Star Awards 2018 released by International Table Tennis Federation in Korea
ManikaBatra became the first ever Indian Table Tennis player to be awarded the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award.
Massimo Costantinifrom Italywon Table Tennis Star Coach award.
Ding Ning from China won Female Table Tennis Star award
Fan Zhendong from China won Male Table Tennis Star award

Naomi Osaka's Coach Sascha Bajin Becomes 1st Ever WTA Coach Of The Year
SaschaBajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, has become the first-ever recipient of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.
Petra Kvitora won her 6th consecutive sportsmanship award
Bethani Mattek - Sands won the Peachy Kellmeyer player service award.
WTA: HQ - St. Petersburg, US Chairman - Steve Simon, President - Micky Lawler

December 14

UN honours Indian startup ‘HelpUsGreen’ which recycles floral waste from temples to clean Ganga
The United Nations (UN) has honoured an Uttar Pradesh based startup company 'Help Us Green', which works to clean up the mighty river Ganga by recycling thousands of tonnes of floral waste to produce natural incense, organic fertilizers and biodegradable packaging material through its ‘flowercycling’ technology.
Help Us Green is one of 15 ground-breaking projects from around the world that has won this year’s UN Climate Action Award at a special ceremony at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland.

8 Parliamentarians honoured with Lokmat Parliamentary Award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu honoured 8 winners of the Lokmat Parliamentary Awards at Lokmat National Conclave 2018 held at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, Janpath in New Delhi.
They will be awarded for their contribution in strengthening parliamentary democracy.
4 Women MPs from both Houses will be awarded for their contribution.
Lifetime achievement award: Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar
Best Parliamentarian Award: Opposition Leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad BJP MP Nishikant Dubey
Best debut woman parliamentarian (Lok Sabha): Actor & Politician Hema Malini
Best debut woman parliamentarian (Rajya Sabha): Chhaya Verma
Best woman parliamentarian (Lok Sabha): MP Rama Devi
Best woman parliamentarian (Rajya Sabha): DMK leader Kanimozhi

Delhi Police enters into Limca Book of Records for training over two lakh women and girls
Delhi Police has entered the Limca Book of Records for training 2,08,125 women and girls in 989 self-defence programme in 2017.
The Delhi Police will receive the award in February next year.
The Delhi Police have set a target to train around 3.5 lakh women in 2019.

December 15

Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award
Noted English author Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with 54th Jnanpith Award for 2018,an award for outstanding contribution to literature.
The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray.
Ghosh, one of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, is known for a series of novels such as "Shadow Lines", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide", and Ibis Trilogy - "Sea of Poppies", and  "River of Smoke". 
Amitav Ghosh has become the first English author to be honoured with the award.
Krishna Sobti was awarded the 53rd Jnanpith award in Hindi Language.

Tata Steel bags Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ for the year 2016-17
Tata Steel Limited had been declared as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance year 2016-17 making it the fourth consecutive year for Tata Steel being honoured with this coveted award.
Tata Steel has been recognized as the best integrated steel plant 13 times, since the inception of this award in 1992-93.
Ministry of Steel: HQ - New Delhi , Union Minister - Chaudhary Birender Singh
Minister of State - Vishnu Deo Sai
Tata Steel: HQ – Mumbai, Chairman - Natarajan Chandrasekaran
CMD - T.V. Narendran

Jharkhand gets “Krishi Karman” award in rice category
The Union Ministry of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category.
The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
As a gesture of appreciation to the farmers of the state for achieving the milestone, two progressive farmers, i.e. one male and one female, would also be given ''Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award''
Each of the farmers would receive a cash award of Rs 2 lakh along with citation.
Jharkhand: CM - Raghubar Das , Governor - Draupadi Murmu
National Parks (NP) and Wildlife Sanctuaries (WLS): Betla NP, Dalma WLS, Gautam Buddha WLS, Hazaribagh WLS, Koderma WLS, Lawalong WLS, Mahauadanr WLS, Palamau WLS, Palkot WLS, Parasnath WLS, Topchanchi WLS, Udhwa Lake WLS, Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.

Winners of 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) 2018 awards announced
The winners of the IFFK 2018 awards are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award - Filmmaker Majid Majidi (Iran).
Suvarna Chakoram for Best Film - The Dark Room.
Rajata Chakoram for Best Director - Lijo Jose Pellissery for Ee.Maa.Yove
Special Jury Mention for Film - The Silence (Los Silencios) by Beatriz Seigner

December 16

Punjab - origin girl Shree Saini from USA crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018
Indian - American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at a pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. 
Sakshi Sinha from Australia and Anusha Sareen from the United Kingdom were respectively declared first and second runner-ups in the 27th annual global pageant for people of Indian origin.
India's Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, who hails from Haryana, was crowned Mrs. India Worldwide 2018.

NITI Aayog Organises 3rd Edition of Women Transforming India Awards
The NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) organised the 3rd Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launched the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).
The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu presided over as the chief guest of the event where he launched the WEP Portal 2.0 and conferred WTI Awards 2018. This year’s theme is “Women and Entrepreneurship”.
NITI Aayog: Formed - 1 January 2015 Chairman - PM, Vice-Chairman - Rajiv Kumar, CEO - Amitabh Kant

Philippines' Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018
Philippines' Catriona Gray has been crowned Miss Universe 2018, becoming the fourth woman from the country to win the title.
Tamaryn Green from South Africa was named the first runner-up while Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez stood third at the pageant which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 24-year-old Gray was born in Australia and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
India was represented by 22-year-old Nehal Chudasama.

December 17

Hyde Park Founder Ashok Amritraj Receives French Honor
Hyde Park Entertainment founder and longtime producer Ashok Amritraj was awarded French Knight of the National Order of Merit in a ceremony in Mumbai.
The medal, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, is bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide.
The former CEO of National Geographic Films and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador was lauded for his contribution to the world of cinema and Indo-French film industry.

Star Screen Awards 2018: Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt won the 'Best Actors' title; Rajkumar Rao won the popular choice award. 
Star Screen Awards 2018 were announced recently in Mumbai.
The hosts of the night were Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal.
The complete list of winners of Star Screen Awards 2018
Best Actor - Ranveer Singh – Padmaavat
Best Actress - Alia Bhatt – Raazi
Best Director - Sriram Raghavan – Andhadhun
Best Popular Actor (Male) - Rajkummar Rao
Best Actor (Critics) - Gajraj Rao - Badhaai Ho
Best Actress (Critics) - Neena Gupta - Badhaai Ho
Best Film - Stree
Best Film (Critics) – Mulk
Lifetime Achievement Award - Shabana Azmi
Best Real Star Award on social media - Katrina Kaif
Best Female Singer - Harshdeep Kaur - Dilbaro, Raazi

December 18

Popular singers Shaan and Arijit Singh were given ‘Sangeet Mahasamman’ award by West Bengal Government in Kolkata
Legendary singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay gave away the awards.
Leading Bengali singers like Rupankar Bagchi, Raghab Chattopadhyay, Manomoy Bhattacharya, Saikat Mitra, Pratik Chowdhury and music director Debojyoti Mishra were also given the ‘Sangeet Mahasamman’ awards.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the eight-day Bangla Sangeet Mela (Bengal Music Festival) and Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav (Folk Culture Festival)
The government has given cards to two lakh folk artistes or ‘Lok Prasar Shilpi’, and each of them are given Rs 1,000 as monthly allowance.
West Bengal: Chief Minister - Mamata Banerjee, Governor - Keshari Nath Tripathi
National Park: Buxa NP, Neora Valley NP, Singalila NP and Sundarbans NP

Indian Film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made it To Oscars shortlist
'Period. End of Sentence' has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. 
This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham.
India’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, Village Rockstars is out of the Oscar race.

December 19

Textiles Minister Gives Away Handicrafts Export Awards
Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, presented awards to handicrafts exporters for their outstanding performance in exports for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 at a function at India Expo Centre & Martin Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.
Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta and Development Commissioner [Handicrafts], Shantmanu, were also present on the occasion.
The awards for outstanding performance of handicrafts exports were given under different categories to 136 exporters. 70 awards were given for the year 2015-16 and 66 awards were distributed for the year 2016-17 during the ceremony.

Sonam Kapoor named PETA India's 2018 Person of the Year
Actress Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018.
Sonam has been feted as she sings in praise of vegan eating and because she keeps animal skins out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson, apart from taking other action for the welfare of animals.

December 20

Pakistan activist Asma Jahangir honoured with UN Human rights award for 2018
United Nations Human Rights Prize for 2018,was posthumously awarded to Pakistan’s iconic human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir
The award and a plaque were handed over to Munizae Jahangir, a journalist and human rights activist herself, by the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa.
Asma Jahangir was one of the four winners of the award which was announced by the United Nations in October and is given once in every five years since 1968.
The three others who received the awards were: Ms. Rebeca Gyumi (Tanzania), Ms. Joenia Wapichana (Brazil) and Front Line Defenders (Irish organization).
The award was given at the event organised to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marked annually on December 10.
United Nations: HQ - New York , Secretary General - António Guterres
United Nations Human Rights Council: HQ - Geneva, Switzerland, High Commissioner - Michelle Bachelet

December 21

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award for the year 2018.
The award was given to Mamta Banerjee recognising her contribution in the overall development of West Bengal as West Bengal emerged as the best-performing state in the field of Governance
West Bengal has won 31 Skoch Awards this year for its performance in different fields and for executing unique projects.
According to Skoch Group, Mamata Banerjee was chosen for the prestigious award keeping in mind the West Bengal’s performance in governance, culture, finance, urban and rural development.
West Bengal has also won the top Skoch Award for creating the maximum number of man-days and for the maximum amount spent in paying people for their labour under the 100 days’ work scheme.
The state of West Bengal has also won the IPPAI Award for rural electrification in the state.
The state has also been conferred with five consecutive Krishi Karman awards in the field of Agriculture
Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu was also awarded by the Skoch Group with ‘SKOCH Sprinter of the Year’ Award and Commerce, Industry and civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu as the 'Steady Reformer'.

December 22

40 Workers Selected for Prime Minister Shram Awards for the Year 2017
The Prime Minister’s Shram Awards are given in recognition of the workers’ distinguished performances, innovative abilities, outstanding contribution in the field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind.
The awards are given every year in 4 categories namely- Shram Ratna Award, Shram Bhushan Award, Shram Vir/ Shram Veerangana and Shram Shree/ Shram Devi Awards.
This year none of the workers were conferred the prestigious Shram Ratna Award.
Three workers including one female were chosen for this year’s Shram Bhushan Awards which carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and a ‘Sanad’.
Twelve awardees were selected for Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana Awards carrying a cash award of Rs. 60,000/- and a ‘Sanad’.
Total number of Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awardees was twenty five including two female. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 40,000/- and a ‘Sanad’.

C.R.I Pumps wins the Prestigious National Energy Conservation (NEC) Award 2018 from the Government of India for the 4th time
C.R.I. pumps, one of the leading manufacturer of energy efficient pumps won the National Energy Conservation Award 2018 in the pumps category for the fourth time.
C.R.I. Group joint Managing Director, Mr. G. Selvaraj receives the award.
C.R.I. is the highest contributor in the country for the projects of EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) to replace the old inefficient pumps with new 5 star rated smart pumps.

December 23

Indian Railways Bags 17 Awards at the 'National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) 2018' held in New Delhi.
The awards are given by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power to various institutions for adopting energy efficiency measures.
Under transport category, Indian Railways obtained 10 awards for the subsector railway station. Vidisha railway station in Madhya Pradesh won the first prize.
Under building category, Indian Railways got three awards for subsector Railway hospitals. Railway hospitals of Izzatnagar division won the first prize.
Under institution category, Indian Railways bagged four awards for subsector state PWD, CPWD and PHED. Passenger reservation system complex building of Secunderabad division won the first prize.

December 24

South Indian Education Society award for Manmohan Singh
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh received South Indian Education Society (SIES) Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence Award as part of the Kanchi Mahaswami Festival.
He was awarded for his contribution to the field of public leadership.
Professor Dr. Manjul Bhargava, Niti Aayog member Dr. VK Saraswat and Swami Chidanand Saraswati were awarded for their work in the fields of community leadership, science and technology and social thinkers, respectively.
Japan-based philosopher and teacher of Hindu philosophy, Dr Sengaku Mayeda, was conferred the award in-absentia in the international category.

PM Modi Announces New Award For National Integration
PM Narendra Modi announced the institution of Sardar Patel Award for National Integration, which would be given for outstanding efforts to further national integration.
The award will be a fitting tribute to Patel who devoted his life towards unifying India.

December 25

Lewis Hamilton awarded Drivers’ Driver of the Year after claiming the 5th World Drivers’ Championship.
After this Lewis Hamilton became the 3rd man in history to secure the 5th world title.
This was a part of vote given by the F1 management for the first time among 17 of the 20 drivers participating in the event.
He was followed by Max Verstappen (2nd), Fernando Alonso (3rd), Sebastian Vettel (4th) and Daniel Ricciardo (5th).

December 26

Rafi award Conferred to Laxmikant And Usha Timothy
The Mohammed Rafi Award has been bestowed upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy.
Kudalkar, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. 

DIPP Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge Awards Presented
As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized a Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge. 
The 1st Prize money for the Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge was Rs. 2 lakh. 
The awards were given away by Secretary DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek in New Delhi.
Sector - Air - 1st Prize - Maclec technical project laboratory pvt. Ltd, Delhi.
Sector - Sanitation - 1st Prize - Altersoft Innovations India Private Limited, Kerala (Cochin).
Sector - Waste - 1st Prize - Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange Private Limited, Telangana
Sector - Water- 1st Prize - REVY Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd, Gujarat.

December 27

Aadi Sai Vijaykaran,first Indian to win the ''Top Debater in the World'' title
13 years old class 8 student from KC High School in Chennai, Aadi Sai Vijaykaran became the first Indian to win the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Yale University, USA.
The theme for the cup was ‘An Entangled World: diplomacy, human relationships, the science of memory, and literature, art and music’.
The Tournament of Champions of World Scholar’s Cup is a competition for young debaters from around the world in which only 2000 participants out of 40,000 qualified for the final of “The tournament of Champions”.

Sitarist Manju Mehta conferred 'Tansen Samman 2018' by Madhya Pradesh government
The Madhya Pradesh government honoured noted sitar player Manju Mehta with the 2018 Tansen Samman, at the Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior.
She received the award from Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar,for her contribution to the field of music.
The award consisted of a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.
The Raja Mansingh Tomar Honour was given to the Sankat Mochan Pratishthan in Varanasi for 2017 and the Natrang Pratishthan in New Delhi for 2018.

December 28

Madhya Pradesh’s Divya Patidar Joshi crowned Mrs. India 2018 title in New Delhi
Divya Patidar Joshi from Madhya Pradesh was crowned with the Mrs. India 2018 title at the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale held in New Delhi.
She defeated 24 promising contestants and won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title.
With this win, in the year 2019, she would be representing India for Mrs. Universe title.
Madhya Pradesh: Capital – Bhopal, CM – Kamal Nath, Governor - Anandiben Patel
National Parks - Kanha NP, Bandhavgarh NP, Panna NP, MAdhav NP

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu confers 'Champions of Change' award to Manipur CM
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was conferred the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi.
He was recognised for his leadership role in transforming the governance in the north-eastern state.
At a programme to identify the progress made in 115 ‘aspirational’ districts, Manipur was chosen for its all-round development on various parameters in all its ‘aspirational’ districts.
In the event, the Vice President gave away 47 such awards. Other such awardees are:
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti,
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Sudarshan and
Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey
Chamba SP Monika Bhutunguru was conferred the award for her immense contribution, exemplary work and bringing a significant change in the district.
The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishna and former Supreme Court judge Sudha Mishra.

Croatian Footballer Luka Modric Named Balkan Athlete of the Year in BTA Poll
Croatian football player Luka Modric was named Balkan Athlete of the Year 2018 in the 46th edition of the poll of the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).
With his he became the 2nd footballer to clinch the award after ex-Bulgaria
footballer Hristo Stoichkov in 1994.
The top three players are:
Luka Modric, Croatia (football) 75 points
Novak Djokovic, Serbia (tennis) 72 pts
Simona Halep, Romania (tennis) 65 pts

December 29

7 minutes long “Finding Beauty in Garbage”, film directed by IRS officer in Dibrugarh, Assam received the Best Short documentary film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival at Phnom Penh in Cambodia
“Finding Beauty in Garbage”, film directed by IRS officer in Dibrugarh, Assam has also been selected for special screening for 2018 Short and Sweet Film festival Utah, USA, Ooty Film Festival and Bengal International Film festival.
The film was produced, directed and scripted by Satyamam Dutta who is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer.
Cambodia: Capital - Phnom Penh, Currency - Cambodian riel, PM - Hun Sen

December 30

Telangana’s MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre entered Guinness Book of World Records; also received ‘High Range Book of World Records’ recognition
Telangana’s MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre entered Guinness Book of World Records for organising the largest men’s Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day.
This is the first Guinness World Records achievement for the state government in the field of medicine.
The hospital also received recognition from ‘High Range Book of World Records’.
Thus these made MNJ Institute the first and only government hospital in the state of Telangana to get 2 world records.

Chamba SP Monika Bhutunguru conferred ‘Champion of Change’ award
Acording to Himachal Pradesh police, the Chamba superintendent of police was conferred the 'Champion of Change' award by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi for her exemplary administrative work.
The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishna and former Supreme Court judge Sudha Mishra.
The event was attended by eminent jurists, politicians, social leaders.

December 31

Indian - American teenager Mahum Siddiqi wins Cornell University hackathon
A 17-year old Indian - American teenager, Mahum Siddiqi has won the inaugural “Digital Transformation Hackathon” at Cornell University, New York (USA) for designing a device which can detect the actual level of pain of a patient during a diagnosis.
The Device uses the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to help doctors determine the patient’s pain level effectively and efficiently.
Mahum Siddiqi, a class 12 student at Vestal High School is the only non-graduate student competing at the hackathon.

Keonjhar Police honours 10 Ashok Chakra recipients with postage stamps
The Keonjhar Police, Odisha, in collaboration with India Post has issued 10 postage stamps, each featuring the Ashok Chakra Awardees from Police Department (State Police and Central police) across the country, under the “My Stamp” scheme.
The stamps which are of Rs 5.00 denomination have the background picture of Sun Temple, Konark and recognizes the acts of valour by khaki-clad personnel.
“Ashok Chakra”, which is India’s highest peacetime gallantry medal with 84 awardees till date is equivalent to “Param-Veer Chakra“.
Most of the “Ashok Chakra” medallists are defence personnel and few civilian. Out of this, only 10 are police personnel.
The 10 police personnel named in postage stamp: Randhir Prasad Verma, Kamlesh Kumari Yadav, Pramod Kumar Satapathy, R.P. Diengdoh, Mohan Chand Sharma, K Prasad Babu, Tukaram Omble, Vijay Salaskar, Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte.
Odisha: CM - Naveen Patnaik , Governor - Ganeshi Lal

India's Smriti Mandhana named ICC women's cricketer of the year
Smriti Mandhana was crowned women's cricketer of the year by the sport's world governing body, capping off a prolific run-scoring season for the opener.
The 22-year-old, who has also been named as the ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year, achieved the feat by giving some exceptional performances throughout the year.
Smriti Mandhana has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
International Cricket Council:
Chairperson: Shashank Manohar
Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hyderabad ranked best capital city in solid waste disposal
Swachh Surveksahan 2018 award for Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management was conferred to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
It also ranked 27th in the list of 4041 cities in the Swachh Surveksahan Rankings.
This edition of the survey was conducted by a third-party agency, Karvy Group appointed by MoHUA.
‘Swachh Survekshan’, a survey conducted to rank the cities on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters – was launched by the Ministry of Housing Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in January 2016, with the intention of enthusing cities with a spirit of healthy competition towards the concept of ‘Swachhata’.
About Telangana:
CM: K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
National parks: Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Mrugavani National Park, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park
Wildlife sanctuaries: Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Chincholi wildlife sanctuary photo point


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