March 1

Dipa Karmakar, 6 other Olympians from NE states felicitated by govt.
Just days before Manipur goes to polls, two Union ministers - Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh - felicitated five Olympians from the state, along with two others from Tripura and Mizoram, as part of the government’s outreach to sportspersons from North Eastern states.
The sports persons honoured at an event at the North Block here were presented with memento and a cash award of Rs. 2 lakh each.
Those felicitated included gymnast Dipa Karmakar from Tripura. The sportsperson were awarded Rs. 2 lakh each for their performance at the Rio Olympics last year.
From Manipur, Indian women hockey team captain P. Sushila Chanu, L. Bombayla Devi (archery), K. Chinglensan Singh and K. Kothajit Singh (men's hockey) and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) were awarded. Women’s hockey team member H. Lal Ruatfeli from Mizoram was also feted. Two others - boxer Shiva Thapa (Assam) and T. Anuradha Devi (hockey) could not make it to the function.

Harvard University gives Humanitarian award to Pop Singer Rihanna.
Singer Rihanna has been honoured with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. She received the award for her work in her native island of Barbados and the charities she has founded over the years.
The Grammy Award-winning pop star has been involved in several charities including building a centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in Barbados, where she is from.
Others previously honoured for the award include late physician-statistician Hans Rosling, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai.

Kohli nominated for Polly Umrigar award, Ashwin for Dilip Sardesai awardz.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who has been on a roll with the willow, was named for the prestigious Polly Umrigar award.
All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin will be presented the Dilip Sardesai award at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) annual awards.
Kohli, who first received the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15, will become the first Indian cricketer to be bestowed with the honour on three occasions.
Ashwin, who won the Dilip Sardesai award in 2011, will become the first Indian cricketer to receive the honour twice.
The Mumbai Cricket Association has been chosen as the State Association of the season.

March 2

JNU bags 'Visitor's Award' for best university amid controversies.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of controversies for over a year, has bagged the annual 'Visitor's Award' for the best varsity in the country.
JNU has been hogging limelight for all the wrong reasons since last February when three of its students were arrested on sedition charges in connection with an event on campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
The varsity administration and students have been at loggerheads.
JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar will receive the award including a citation and a trophy from President Pranab Mukherjee at an event at the Rasthrapati Bhavan on March.

INHS ASVINI Mumbai Receives Raksha Mantri's Trophy for Best Service Hospital in the AFMS.
INHS Asvini, located in Mumbai, has been chosen as the best Command Hospital of the Army by the Defence Ministry.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantris Trophy and citation to the Commandant of the facility, which comes under the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) category.
The Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune and Command Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur were jointly adjudged the second best Service Hospitals.
The function was also attended by the Army chief General Bipin Rawat and several senior officers from the three Services and the Ministry of Defence.
The Raksha Mantris Trophy was instituted in 1989 to create a healthy competition among the Command Hospitals of the Army and its equivalent hospitals in the Navy and Air Force, the statement added.

March 3

Sri Lanka wins ''Most Popular Tourism Destination Award''.
Sri Lanka won the "Most Popular Tourism Destination Award" at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China.
The island nation won the prestigious award for the second consecutive year which is a testament to its growing popularity among Chinese travel enthusiasts.
China has been Sri Lanka's second largest source market for tourism since 2014.
The volume of visitors to this event has been increasing annually and this has enabled Sri Lanka to gain greater exposure and visibility for its unique destination brand.

March 4

M.P. Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi award.
Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M.P. Veerendra Kumar was presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation.
Kumar was chosen for the prestigious award for his Malayalam travelogue 'Hymavathabhoovil', which dwells upon ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India".
The award was presented by Jnanpith laureate M.T. Vasudevan Nair at a function at the Tagore Centenary Hall.
The book also highlights environmental concerns over“fragile mountain ecosystem" and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems.
Kumar, who earlier won the Sahitya Akademi award for the same book, is also the Kerala state unit President of Janata Dal (United).
A prolific writer and an eminent entrepreneur, Kumar is Chairman and Managing Director of the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a Rajya Sabha MP.

Lalji Singh is SERB distinguished fellow award.
Former director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Lalji Singh has been selected for 'SERB Distinguished Fellow' award by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of Government of India.
The SERB has instituted 'Distinguished SERB Fellowship Award' to support research of eminent scientists active even after superannuation.
The award has been given in recognition of the former vice-chancellor, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), for his continued outstanding performance and also for mentorship to young researchers.
The award carries an amount of Rs. 60,000 per month and a research grant of Rs. 5 lakh a year for three years extendable by two years. Mr. Lalji Singh currently runs the 'Genome Foundation', a non-profit company established in May 2004 in Hyderabad. It is an effort to take authentic and affordable DNA technology and other genetic diagnostic services to the underprivileged and rural populations in the country to eradicate or control genetic disorders by using genetic screening, prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling.

March 5

Viola Davis Is Super Excited to Receive Harvard's Artist Of The Year 2017 Awards.
Fresh from her best supporting actress Oscar win for her role in ''Fences'', Viola Davis is at Harvard University to receive the 2017 Artist of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation.
Davis is attending the Cultural Rhythms Festival. She briefly came on stage before taking a seat to watch a series of cultural musical performances by students.
The 51-year-old Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner gave a speech to the students after she was awarded, and gave them a little advice.
In addition to the Oscar, Davis received the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of ''Fences'', an August Wilson play.
Davis also won a Tony Award for the 2010 Broadway revival of the play.
Previous winners of the Harvard award include Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek and Shakira.

March 6

Canara Bank bags medals at PR Council's communication conclave.
Public sector Canara Bank has won a number of medals in the Collateral Awards Category at the 11th Global Communication Conclave held in Bangaluru by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
The bank won a gold medal for a radio jingle and silver medals for Corporate Film and Brochure (CSR). It won bronze medals for its in-house magazine (regional language), corporate advertisement – print, table calendar - 2017 and Big Diary 2017.
Lalit Vaid, General Manager, and Dr. S.T. Ramachandra, Deputy General Manager, Canara Bank (head office), received the awards.

March 7

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wins best actress award for Sarbjit at international film festival.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's film Sarbjit has given her yet another reason to celebrate. The actor who played the character of Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur, has won the Best Actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA). Aishwarya was seen in a de-glam look in the film, which left the audience in shock.
Sarbjit The Film, directed by Omung Kumar, was the biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death.
He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later. The film showcased his journey inside the jail, and his sister’s unending fight to free him. The film was critically acclaimed but also received mixed reviews from the audience. However, Aishwarya as Dalbir and Randeep Hooda as Sarabjit won hearts of the audience across the nation.

Indian Institute of Science Makes it to Top 10 Best Small Universities in the World Ranking.
The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has entered into the top 10 global university rankings. The Times Higher Education (THE) revealed the 'Best Small Universities in the World 2017' in which IISc stood at number 8.
However, besides IISc, no other Indian University has managed to grab any position under the top 20 ranking. Last year, there were two institutions in the top 20 - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, and Savitribai Phule Pune University, which were ranked 14 and 18 respectively in the 2016 edition. Unfortunately, both could not retain their spots in this year’s world rankings 2017.

RSS chief mohan bhagwat conferring with honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree.
City-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) would be conferring honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat. The prestigious degree would be conferred on during university's eight convocation to be conducted at Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande hall.
It would be the first honorary degree to be bestowed by the university, ever since it started operations in the year 2000 from Nagpur.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis would be chief guest of the function where candidates passing out from April 10, 2015, to February 15, this year, would be conferred with degrees, including BVSc and AH, BTech, BFSc, MVSc and PhD.
Union road transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, and state minister of animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, Mahadeorao Jankar (also MAFSU pro-chancellor) would share the dais. Department of Agriculture research and Education (DARE) secretary Trilochan Mahapatra, who is also the director general of Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) would deliver the convocation address.

March 8

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin receive awards in glittering BCCI ceremony.
India captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were presented with the Polly Umrigar award and Dilip Sardesai awards respectively at the BCCI's annual ceremony in Bengaluru.
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin bag top honours at BCCI 2016-17 awards.
Kohli and the rest of his teammates made the most of the extra day after wrapping up the second Test match against Australia on the fourth day and joined in the celebrations at the awards ceremony.
Virat Kohli bagged the Polly Umrigar award for the third time while R. Ashwin was honoured with the Dilip Sardesai award for the second time in his career.

IIT-M solar inverter system wins award.
Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system.
The system, developed using micro grid technology, converts in-home power distribution from 230V Analog Current to 48V DC to directly power appliances and devices. The system is also equipped to tap rooftop solar power, making it the most energy efficient solution for homes and offices, according to a press release.
It was developed by Centre for Decentralised Power Systems at IIT-M. The system consists of DC solar generation, DC power-line, DC appliances and battery. Currently, the system has been deployed in 4,000 off-grid homes in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and is being deployed in around 7,200 homes in Assam. The inverter system has been installed in villages in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award is presented to the company/ institution voted by IEEE Spectrum editors as having developed the technology that has the potential to benefit mankind.

March 9

Konkani Writer Mahabaleshwar Sail Receives Saraswati Samman 2016.
Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.
The 74-year-old’s novel was shortlisted out of 22 books written in as many languages. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 15 lakh and a citation.
Mr. Sail is a bilingual writer who has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit. He has also written five short stories and a novel in Marathi.

March 10

Thailand contestant wins crowns transgender beauty queen.
Thailand's own Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was declared winner at the Miss International Queen event in Pattya City.
The 25-year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively.
The contest was held at the Tiffany's nightclub in the Thai seaside town of Pattaya.
The contest was originally scheduled for November but was postponed following the death of Thailand's king.
Contestants must have been born a male. They can be at any stage of their gender reassignment surgery.

March 11

BCCI to award WC-winning blind Indian team 1 crore.
"Acchhe din" seems to have begun for blind cricket in India. It's learnt that in a first of its kind gesture on its part, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will award Rs. 1 crore to the Indian cricket team which won the T20 blind cricket World Cup last month by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets in the final in Bangalore.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) in Mumbai. The four-member COA is headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, and includes famous cricket historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, managing director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and former Indian women's cricket captain Diana Edulji. The prize money will be given to Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), which will subsequently pass it onto its players.
Blind cricketers in India face a perennial struggle to continue playing the sport for financial reasons, and many players of the World Cup-winning team were forced by their employers to play in the tournament on a "leave without pay" basis. This move will be a shot in the arm for blind cricket in India.

March 12

Zee Cine Awards - 2017.
Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan have won Best Actor Female and Best Actor Male awards respectively at recently concluded Zee Cine Awards - 2017.
While Alia won for her stunning performance in Udta Punjab, Amitabh Bachchan won for his film Pink.
On the other hand, Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma won in Best Actor Male (Viewer’s Choice) and Best Actor Female (Viewer’s Choice) categories respectively.
Pink won the Best Film Award. Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal won Best Film award in Viewer’s Choice category.

List of zee cine awards
Best Film: Pink - Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Best Director: Ram Madhvani – Neerja
Best Actor Male: Amitabh Bachchan – Pink
Best Actor Female: Alia Bhatt – Udta Punjab
Best Supporting Actor Male: Rishi Kapoor – Kapoor and Sons
Best Supporting Actor Female: Shabana Azmi – Neerja

March 13

Indian-origin woman sues Scotland Yard over racism claims.
An Indian-origin female officer is among three policewomen suing Scotland Yard over racism and sexism claims.
Police constable Usha Evans, detective constable Nighat Hubbard - the Metropolitan Police's first Muslim policewoman to be awarded an honour by the Queen - and Hubbard's colleague Catherine Bell allege they had faced discrimination from white male officers.
A judge ruled last week that it would be "just and equitable" for Hubbard to bring the legal claim after the Met Police was trying to block her from making the employment tribunal claim.
In a preliminary judgment, among the allegations made by the three officers included white colleagues being allowed to work on more complex investigations, while the women were held back. The allegations date between 2013 and 2014.
An internal inquiry by Scotland Yard found the men had "no case to answer", but Hubbard described it as a "whitewash".

March 14

Marie Claire America magazine cover features Indian actress Priyanka Chopra.
After smearing multiple magazine covers with her gorgeousness last year, India's hottest export to the West, Priyanka Chopra, has graced the cover of yet another international magazine.
From primetime television talk shows to world's most coveted movie and fashion events, PeeCee has been pretty much everywhere in the past one year. And this time around, the Quantico star is on the cover of Marie Claire looking as stunning as ever.
Dressed in a red Gucci outfit with a dramatic harness for company, Priyanka stars on the cover which hails her as Hollywood's 'Most Bankable Badass'.
On the work front, Priyanka will appear as a baddie in Hollywood's big release, Baywatch that also stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron among others.

Central Bank won Official language policy award.
Central Bank of India has been awarded first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016.
Sudhir Pathak, Chief Manager, Central Bank of India, received the trophy and certificate from Kalyan Singh, Governor of Rajasthan, at the Official Language Conference of Central and Western Regions in Udaipur recently.

March 15

Two Indian authors on Wellcome Book Prize 2017 shortlist.
Two Indian-American authors Siddhartha Mukherjee and Paul Kalanithi have been shortlisted for the 30,000 pound Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates fiction and non-fiction works engaged with the topics of health and medicine.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is on the list of the annual prize for his study of genetics and mental health in his book 'The Gene'.
He is joined by fellow Indian-American author Paul Kalanithi, who could become the first posthumous winner of the prize for his life-affirming reflection on facing mortality 'When Breath Becomes Air'.
Kirty Topiwala, publisher at Wellcome Collection and Wellcome Book Prize Manager, With so many new books now being published in this area, the quality of this selection is necessarily high, and we are immensely proud of this year's superb shortlist.

Singapore's Changi Airport Named World’s Best Airport for 5th Consecutive Year.
Singapore's Changi Airport has been voted the World's Best Airport by air travellers at the 2017 World Airport Awards for the 5th consecutive year.
Mr. Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, received the Skytrax World's Best Airport Award from Mr. Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In all, this is the eighth time that Changi Airport has picked up this top international title at the World Airport Awards since it was introduced in 2000.
Changi Airport was also named the Best Airport in Asia and the Best Airport for Leisure Amenities which it has held since the award category was introduced in 2009.
World's Top 5 Airports
(1) Changi Airport Singapore
(2) Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
(3) Incheon International Airport
(4) Munich Airport
(5) Hong Kong International Airport