AWARDS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

N. Chandrababu Naidu selected for US India Business Council Award.
Andhar Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been selected for another prestigious award. The US India Business Council has selected the CM for award of 'Transformative Chief Minister' and Naidu would be receiving coveted award at second annual West Coast summit which to be held in California on May 8.
The CM has been requested to deliver his massage on the occasion and CM's office received the message towards award function. Several prominent personalities and industrialists would attend the meeting. However, The CM would also take part in the interactions after the award function.

April 2

Shah Rukh Khan to be honoured at San Francisco Film Festival.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan will be honoured with a tribute at the 60th San Francisco Film Festival, which will be held April. He will engage in a conversation with American filmmaker Brett Ratner.
Shah Rukh Khan's film 'My Name Is Khan' will also be screened at the festival on April 14.

L.V. Revanth wins Indian Idol 9 the reality show.
L.V. Revanth, the South Indian playback singer, has reached a major milestone - he has bagged the trophy of Indian Idol Season 9. He wants to prove those who mocked his Hindi wrong by learning the language and making a mark in Bollywood.
26-year-old Revanth, who has won prize money of Rs. 25 lakh and a contract with Universal Music.
Revanth, who's from Hyderabad and is already an established singer in the Telugu film industry, aka Tollywood, sang the song Manohari in Baahubali: The Beginning.
Revanth, whose original name is Lolla Venkata Revanth Kumar Sharma, is the second Telugu singer to win the Indian Idol title, the first one being Sreeram Chandra who bagged the title in the Season 5 of the Indian Idol.
Born on February 10, 1990 in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh state, Revanth had his education in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. He moved to Hyderabad to pursue his career in playback singing. He lost his father, just before he was born. He has an elder brother and he was brought up by his mother.

April 3

Dawit Issak awarded 2017 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press freedom Prize.
Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish Journalist, was chosen to receive the 2017 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano world Press Freedom prize.
Isaak was chosen for the prestigious award in recognition of his courage resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.
The journalist was arrested in a crackdown on the media that occurred in September 2001. His present location is unknown.
The prize will be awarded on 3rd may 2017, World Press Freedom Day, to be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Born on 28 october 1964 Dawik Isaak is a Swedish-Eritrean playwright, journalist and writer.

Malala Yousafzai get honorary Canadian citizenship.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai will visit Canada on April, to address the Canadian Parliament and officially receive the honorary Canadian citizenship bestowed upon her in 2014.
When Yousafzai was 15 years old, she was targeted by Taliban assassins for advocating the right of girls’ education. Since then she has become an international spokesperson for educations rights for women and children for which she was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Yousafzai's Canadian citizenship ceremony was cancelled in October 2014 because of an ongoing emergency in Ottawa where several shootings occurred on or near Parliament Hill.
Yousafzai is one of just six people to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The others are Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Aga Khan.

April 4

Inventor of World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award.
ACM, The Association for Computing Machinery, named Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, as the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Berners-Lee was cited for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the most influential computing innovations in history, the World Wide Web is the primary tool used by billions of people every day to communicate, access information, engage in commerce, and perform many other important activities.
The ACM Turing Award, often referred to as the ''Nobel Prize of Computing'', carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. ACM is marking ''50 Years of the Turing Award'' with special events this year. This celebration will culminate June 23-24, 2017 in San Francisco, CA with an ACM conference on the future of computing featuring 20 Turing laureates and other distinguished members of the computing field.June 24, 2017, at which Berners-Lee will formally receive the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award.

April 5

Virat Kohli named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016.
India cricket team skipper Virat Kolhi was named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, adding another feather to his already crowded cap.
Kohli scored 1215 Test runs at a brilliant average of 75.93 last year. His 10 ODI appearances fetched him 739 runs at 92.37, while he scored 641 T20 International runs at 106.83.
Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them have come close to the Team India captain's average.
The 28-year-old became the third Indian cricketer to win the award, which has been running since 2003 and covers all the three formats of the game in the preceding calendar year. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag earned the honour twice by Wisden, while legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar won it once.
Leading woman Cricketer in the World Ellyse Perry.
Cricketers of the year: misbah-ul-haq, younis kan, ben ducket, Toby Roland-jones, chris wokes.

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hema Malini bag NTR national film awards.
Andhra Pradesh government has announced NTR National Film Award to renowned singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam for the year 2012 and to Hindi Film actor and the yesteryear dream girl Hema Malini for the year 2013.
The NTR award carries a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh and a citation.
State government revived the presentation of four prestigious awards instituted in the name of eminent film personalities - NTR, B.N. Reddy, Nagireddy and Chakrapani (all national ) and Raghupathi Venkaiah Film award after a gap of five years.
Film director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao won the B.N. Reddy National Film Award for the year 2012. The other two awards - Nagireddy and Chakrapani National Film award went to film producer Daggupati Suresh and Raghupathi Venkaiah Film award to film director Kodi Rama Krishna for the year 2012.

April 7

64th National Film Awards announced.
The 64th National Film Awards 2016 were announced by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema and Most Film Friendly State Award. The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Shri Priyadarshan, an eminent Film filmmaker popularly known for his Malayalam movie Kanchivaram.
The National Film Awards would be presented by Hon'ble President of India on May 3rd, 2017.
Special Jury Award in the Feature category was given to Mohanlal for his mastery in dealing with characters of various shades with unparallel acting brilliance.
From this edition, a new category 'The Most Film Friendly state Awards' has been included. This inaugural award will be presented to 'State of Uttar Pradesh'. State of jhaarkand also got 'Special Mention' for state Govt’s overall efforts in fostering the growth of film industry.
Best Actor: Akshay Kumar (Rustom)
Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
Best Director: Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator)
Best Film on Social Issues: 'Pink'
Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi (Dashkriya)
Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
Best Debut Film of a Director: Deep Chaudari (Alifa)

Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar posthumously conferred Kirti Chakra.
Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, was posthumously conferred on Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar of Gorkha Rifles by President Pranab Mukherjee at the defence investiture ceremony.
The late Lance Havildar eliminated four terrorists during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir on June 16 last year.
Mr. Mukherjee also presented 13 Shaurya Chakras.

April 8

Malala Yousafzai to become youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is set to become the United Nations’ youngest-ever ''Messenger of Peace'', the international body's chief has announced.
Ms. Yousafzai (19) will be honoured by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a ceremony at the U.N. headquarters in New York. She will help promote girl's education around the world as part of her new role.
The ceremony will be followed by a conversation among Mr. Guterres, Ms. Yousafzai and other youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls education.
UN Messengers of Peace is widely recognised public figures, who help to raise worldwide awareness of the Organisation's ideals and activities.

April 9

Uttar Pradesh govt to build music village in Bismillah Khan's honour.
The Uttar Pradesh government has given its clearance to the project of building a music village in Varanasi in honour of legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan.
The village, to be named as 'Bismillah Khan Sangeet Gram', will have a museum centre, a training-cum-research centre among other things associated with musical 'gharanas'. The project was conceived by Khan's adopted daughter.

April 10

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik to compete in 10th Moscow sand art Championship 2017.
International sand artist from Sudarsan Pattnaik would be representing the country on the world stage at the upcoming 10th Moscow Sand Art Championship 2017.
Commencing from April, the week-long championship will be held at Kolomenskoye, Moscow in Russia where top sculptors from across the world would put on their creative best for the top honours.
Participating as a sole representative in the championship themed The World around US, Pattnaik will create a sand sculpture. Last year the sculptor who hails from Odisha had won gold for sculpting a structure of Mahatma Gandhi on World Peace.
Recently, Pattnaik made headlines for sculpting world's tallest sand castle that was placed in Guinness Book of World Record at Puri beach, where he also runs a sand art school. He was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. Pattnaik also runs a sand art school at Puri Beach in Odisha.

Atu Zumvu becomes first Nagaland cop to receive 'Shaurya Chakra' award.
Atu Zumvu, who is a Sub-Divisional Police Officer with the Nagaland Police received the prestigious Shaurya Chakra award at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Nagaland attained statehood in 1963 and since then this is the first time a police officer from the state has been honoured with this award.
He joined Nagaland Police in 1997 as he wanted to follow his father's footsteps, who passed away when he was 12. Atu's father remained a role model, as did his ideals of passion, determination and belief in real action as the premise for change.
Atu, originally from Dimapur, has consistently been recognised during his career, and it all began with being awarded the Governance Commendation Certificate in 2005. Two years later in 2007, he was promoted out of turn for recovering INR eight crore rupees from Delhi. Perhaps one of his landmark achievements is when in 2011, he became the first cop in Nagaland to solve a cybercrime.

April 11

President of India to present National Geoscience Awards 2016.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will confer the National Geoscience Awards - 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The National Geoscience Awards, previously known as the National Mineral Awards, was instituted by the Ministry of Mines in 1966, to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in fundamental, applied geosciences, mining and allied fields.
The National Geoscience Awards includes one Award for Excellence, one Young Scientist Award and nineteen individual and/or team awards in 16 fields of geosciences. This year, twenty seven geoscientists are receiving the National Geoscience Awards, as individuals or team, for meritorious contributions in eleven fields of geosciences.

Presidents Pranab Mukherjee Presents SCOPR Awards.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) Awards at the 8th Public Sector Day function asserting that Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) will do well in future and will also meet new challenges.
The President had been associated with SCOPE functions on many occasions. He also congratulated the awardees and wished them further success.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Anant G. Geete, Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises; Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Seema Bahuguna, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises and Ved Prakash, Chairman, SCOPE.

Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer prize for The Underground Railroad.
Literary blockbuster novel The Underground Railroad, which depicts the journey of a young woman escaping from slavery via a fantastical train system, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Author Colson Whitehead has collected multiple accolades for the bestselling book, including last year’s National Book Award. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is adapting the story into a limited series for Amazon.
The Pulitzer prizes, considered the most prestigious journalism and arts awards in the country, were announced at Columbia University in New York.

National Hindi Sevi Samman Awards announced.
Central Hindi Institute Director N.K. Pandey announced the names of 26 writers from different categories for the prestigious Hindi Sevi Samman Awards.
The awardees will receive Rs. 5 lakh each, a citation and a shawl from President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in May, Pandey told IANS.
The Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Award for Hindi journalism will be awarded to Rahul Dev and Baldev Bhai Sharma.
Professor S. Shesharatnam (Andhra Pradesh), M. Govind Rajan (Tamil Nadu), Harmahendra Singh Bedi (Punjab) and H. Subadani Devi (Manipur) have been selected from non-Hindi speaking states for their contribution to the Hindi language.
Foreign Hindi writers selected for the award are Professor Fujii Takeshi (Japan) and Professor Gabriela Nik Ilieva (New York) while the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) who get the awards are Pushpita Avasthi (Netherlands) and Padmesh Gupt (London).
The Union Human Resource Development Ministry instituted the Hindi Sevi Samman in 1989. More than a hundred Hindi writers have received the prestigious awards till now.

April 12

2017 Pulitzer Prize winners announced.
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced at Columbia University in New York, N.Y. Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride made the announcement, and the following are a few of the many standouts.
The most prestigious award in American journalism, Pulitzer Prizes, honoured the US presidential election and the attempts by the Russian government to assert its power, among other topics.
Out of the 21 prizes, The New York Times won three prizes, the most for any news organisation. Other winners included The Washington Post and ProPublica, among others.
The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2016 calendar year. Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced.
Public Service New York Daily News and ProPublica.
Breaking News Reporting Staff of East Bay Times, Oakland, CA.
Investigative Reporting Eric Eyre of Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, WV.
National Reporting David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post.
International Reporting The New York Times Staff.

Himachal bags Krishi Karman Award 2015-16.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for commendable increase in food grains production.
A communication in this regard was received by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
State Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania during last five years, the total food grains production has increased from 14.94 lakh tone to 16.34 lakh tone.
Besides, the department has done considerable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro irrigation, organic farming and soil health management. The award would carries a trophy, citation and cash prize.
The state was also conferred the Krishi Karman Award for 2011-12 for increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.

April 13

Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik receives Padma Shri awards.
Indian trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and wrestler Sakshi Malik received the coveted Padma Shri Award from President Pranab Mukherjee in the national capital.
Karmakar, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.
Sakshi, on the other hand, won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
With the win, Malik became the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal and fourth Indian woman athlete to clinch the coveted medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.
Earlier in the month of January, a list of 89 people was approved by the President for their exceptional work in various fields.
Meanwhile, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu were other notable winners of the prestigious award.

Abdulqadir Rashik wins top prize at UN challenge for open source tools.
An Indian software engineer Abdulqadir Rashik has won the top prize at a global challenge for an open-source tool that enables users to interactively view UN General Assembly resolutions and gain a deeper understanding of the voting patterns of member states.
Abdulqadir Rashik, also an entrepreneur, won the 'Unite Ideas UNGAViz Textual Analysis and Visualisation Challenge' for his 'Global Policy', an open-source tool that enables users to search and interactively view General Assembly resolutions to gain a deeper understanding of the voting patterns and decisions made by United Nations Member States.
Rashik's prototype will be made public and shared with United Nations bodies and member states. He will also receive recognition from the Department of State and the Office of Information and Communications Technology.
Rashik is a frequent contributor to Unite Ideas challenges and he previously won the top prize in the LinksSDGs challenge for his 'Links to Sustainable Cities', an interactive visualisation that identifies and maps the links between various Sustainable Development Goals.

Mahavir Phogat awarded FICCI's gender parity award.
Mahavir Singh Phogat, father of wrestler Geeta Phogat was awarded FICCI's gender parity award for his contribution in harnessing his daughters' talent. Founder of Apollo Hospitals Prathap C Reddy was also awarded the honour.
The event also witnessed the launch of the country's first gender parity index by FICCI's Ladies Organisation, to gauge women contribution in the corporate sector.

April 14

Hanchinal receives M.S. Swaminathan Award.
The sixth prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture was given to R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, government of India.
He received the award for his contributions and sustained support to the areas of crop improvement for hot and very hot dry environments, seed production technology and intellectual protection rights in plant varieties.
The award is instituted and given under the aegis of Retired ICAR Employees Association (RICAREA) in association with the Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL).
It was presented at a function by C. Parthasarathy, Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of Telangana, and M. Prabhakar Rao, the NSL CMD.

India-born engineer gets American Helicopter Society award.
An India-born aeronautics engineer from Australia has been honoured with the World's Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award to Arvind Sinha by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.
AHS is the world's premier professional institution dedicated to vertical flight technology and advancement. It selected Lt. Col. (retd) Dr. Arvind Sinha for his distinguished career in vertical flight technology.
Sinha, who received the award recently in the US, was also bestowed the title of AHS Honorary Fellow in May 2016.
He is currently the Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), at the Department of Defence, Australia.

Gurmehar Kaur given Punjabi Icon Award 2017.
Gurmehar Kaur may have pulled out of the Twitter battlefield after jingoistic right-wingers harangued her - even issuing rape and death threats - for her pro-peace messages, but the fighter in the 20-year-old Delhi student hasn't yet been silenced.
Ms. Kaur, whose 2016 video advocating peace between India and Pakistan went viral in this year, was in Mumbai to receive the Punjabi Icon Award 2017 from the Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board.


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