PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 MAY

May 1

BCCI recommends Cheteshwar Pujara, Harmanpreet Kaur for Arjuna award.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been recommended by the BCCI for the Arjuna award to be presented in August 2017. The Indian cricket board has also nominated women’s cricket team member Harmanpreet Kaur.
In the recently concluded Test season, Pujara scored 1,316 runs, the highest ever aggregate of runs by an Indian in a single Test season.
Kaur, who represents Sydney Thunder in the Women'sBig Bash League, was a significant part of India's AsiaCup victory.

Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration.
Former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for this year's Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to strengthening of bilateral ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries.
The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest category of decorations among the Orders of the Rising Sun, is conferred in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals.
The former minister for law and justice in the government of ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh will attend the presentation ceremony to receive the decoration.

May 2

Hockey India recommends Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Hockey India (HI) recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, country's highest sporting honour.
Sardar made his India debut in the junior team during Poland tour in 2003-04.
In 2006, he graduated to the senior side making debut against Pakistan. Known for his high fitness levels not only in India but worldwide, Sardar was included in the 18-men FIH All Star team in 2010 and 2011.
He was the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He has also received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.
Other players S.V. Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and Deepika have been recommended for the Arjuna Award while R.P. Singh and Sumrai Tete have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award.

May 3

Priyanka Chopra to attend UNICEF gala in South Africa.
Actress Priyanka Chopra will attend a UNICEF's gala fundraising event to highlight the challenges faced by children affected by violence this week.
The May 6, inaugural event plans to bring together some of the biggest names from across the globe to leverage their support to enhance care and protection of children affected due to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Priyanka, 34, served as a UNICEF national Ambassador in India for nearly ten years and was recently appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


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