R-Day Parade: Gorkha Brigade wins best marching contingent award Press Trust of India

  • The CRPF won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
  • In the category of tableaux representing Union ministries and departments, the best tableau award went jointly to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was given a special award for its tableau showcasing the non-violent struggle by Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The tableau was crafted with natural flowers
  • Among the states, Tripura's Republic Day tableau depicting Gandhian way of fuelling rural economy won the first prize followed by Jammu and Kashmir's tableau showcasing the state's composite culture and ethnic diversity.
  • Among performances by schoolchildren, the Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri, Delhi was awarded the top prize.

∗Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awards 4th annual Carnot Prize to Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal.

  • He will receive as part of the 2018 Carnot Prize; will be donated to the International Solar Alliance to institute the Diwakar Award.
  • The 2018 Carnot Prize is recognition of India’s efforts towards eliminating energy poverty with sustainable energy solutions.
  • The rural electrification drive helped in achieving ‘24x7 Affordable, Environment Friendly Power for all’, as India eliminated decades of darkness in more than 19,000 villages on 28th April, 2018.
  • The Carnot Prize recognises India’s “solid footing to reach a 40% renewable mix by 2030” (Kleinman Center for Energy Policy).

∗Tamil Nadu bags Swasth Bharat Yatra award for ‘best performance.

  • Among all the states that participated in the Swasth Bharat Yatra organised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Swastha Bharat Yatra award was received by State Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar from Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.
  • In Tamil Nadu, Madurai and Sivakasi were also recognized as the ‘Best Performing Cities.

Refugee wins the Australia’s richest literary Award 2019.

  • Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.

  • Behrouz Boochani was awarded for his work “No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison”.

  • The astonishing fact is that Boochani wrote the work on his phone and sent it to Omid Tofighian bit-by-bit in text

  • Omid Tofighian is the book’s translator who worked with Boochani over five years to bring the stories to life.

  • Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature, is not allowed into Australia.

∗Health Minister confers 'Award of Appreciation' to Rajiv Nath of AIMED for his contribution to global healthcare.
  • Rajiv Nath was honored for his valuable, remarkable and outstanding achievements in the field of healthcare & community services for affordable Medtech access & patients safety initiatives.

  • Rajiv Nath is also the Jt. Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd.

  • Rajiv Nath has also been appointed as the Member on Board of National Medical Devices Promotion Council by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to boost the Indian Medical Devices Sector and lead India to an export-driven market in the Medical Devices sector.

∗India bags the Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’ at New York Times Travel Show 2019.
  • The largest travel show in North America, held from 25th – 27th January in New York, USA.

  • Shri Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism receives the Award of Excellence.

  • The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India participated as the ‘Presenting Partner’ in the New York Times Travel Show (NYTTS 2019) with a view to scale up its tourism promotional efforts in the US, enhance India’s visibility and to increase its share of US Outbound travel market.

Manipur filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma to return Padma Shri in protest against Citizenship Bill.

  • The 83-year-old filmmaker made the decision less than a week after families of around 855 martyrs of the antiforeigners Assam Agitation of 1979-85 returned the citation that the Sarbananda Sonowal government had given them in 2016.

  • The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, allegedly because of religious persecution.

  • Mr. Sharma had bagged several national awards for iconic films such as ‘Imagi Ningthem’ (My Precious Son, 1981), ‘Ishanou’, and ‘Sangai – The Dancing Deer’ in more than 40 years of experimenting with the medium.

  • He is credited with having revolutionised cinema in Manipur during the 1970s.

Uniphore Software Systems Secures Prestigious Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019.

  • Samith Ramachandran, Vice president & Head of Products, Uniphore Software Systems receives the Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019 from Ameya Abhyankar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, and Government of Goa.

  • Aegis Graham Bell Award 2019 announced Uniphore as winner in “Innovation in Data Science” category for their innovation ''auMina'' Uniphore’s strong IP building and products’ focus in the field of AI and Data Science has earned its due recognition.

  • auMina, our flagship product is enabled with real-time analytics, customer intent detection and agent alerts and it provides the best-in-class conversational AI solutions for enterprises.

NFDC to be felicitated by MSME ministry for promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs

  • The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has been named a winner under the 'miniratna' category by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

  • The NFDC, incorporated in the year 1975, was formed by the government with the primary objective of planning and promoting an organised, efficient and integrated development of the Indian film industry.

  • The primary activities of NFDC are Film Production – 100% finance for debutant directors & Co-Production with Foreign & Indian Film Makers, Promoting Indian Films at various International Film Festivals and markets in India and abroad, NFDC’s Film Bazaar has now become one of the leading platforms for promoting & showcasing Indian cinema to the world.

  • NFDC is now positioned as a 360-degree integrated media service provider for the creation and dissemination of advertising communication across various electronic platforms.

∗President presents 2017 Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards to 42.
  • The awards for 2017 to 42 artists from the fields of music, dance, theatre, traditional/ folk/ tribal music/ dance/ theatre and puppetry The award carries with it Rs 100,000, a 'tamrapatra' and an 'angavastram' In the field of music include Lalith J. Rao (Hindustani vocal), Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha (Hindustani vocal).

  • In the field of dance include Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), Shobha Koser (Kathak).

  • Abhiram Bhadakamkar (playwriting), Sunil Shanbagh (direction), Bapi Bose (direction) were awarded for theatre.

  • Anwar Khan Manganiyar (Rajasthan), Ramchandra Majhi (Bihar), Parvathy Baul (Baul, West Bengal) were awarded for folk music.

  • Vijay Verma and Sandhya Purecha were awarded for their overall contribution/scholarship in the performing arts

∗SBI UK chief awarded 'Freedom of the City of London'.
  • The State Bank of India’s UK head Sanjiv Chadha has been honored with the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award in recognition of his contribution to promoting the bilateral relations.

  • Sanjiv Chadha was nominated for the honour by Lord Mayor of London Peter Estlin and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny.

  • Sanjiv Chadha took up the position at the helm of the 98-year-old London office of the State Bank of India in 2014.

  • He was instrumental in expanding the bank’s presence across the UK, and in boosting wider bilateral ties in financial services.

  • Sanjiv Chadha was an excellent voice leading the Indian banking community and overseeing significant investment into the City.

  • P.S. Krishnan is to receive K. Veeramani Awardfor Social Justice 2018.

  • Dravidar Kazhagam leader Veeramani will felicitate the awards at a function in New Delhi.

  • Krishnasamy Veeramani was born on December 2, 1933 in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.

  • He is referred to as K.V is the President of the Dravidar Kazhagam, a Social Revolutionary Movement centered in Tamil Nadu.

  • He is the Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University.

  • Periyar International Inc., (USA) gives an annual award for outstanding contributions to Social Justice, which is named his honor. Mr. V.P. Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award.

  • K. Veeramani is an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International

92-Year-Old Bengal Priest Father Franois Laborde Gets France's Highest Civilian Honour

  • He was conferred the Legion d'Honneur, the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for speciallyabled children.

  • He was entitled by the French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler.

  • He is the third person from the state to have been awarded the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

  • While Satyajit Ray was awarded in 1987, his favorite actor got the honour last year.

Sena medals to 92 army men, including Lance Naik Wani

  • Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Northern Command presented 76 medals for Gallantry as well as 7 medals for distinguished service awards to officers, 8 medals for vishist sena.

  • Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani was presented Bar to Sena Medal along with officers and jawans, who were presented 76 sena medals for gallantry besides 15 sena medals and Vishisht sena medals for distinguished services impressive investiture ceremony at Udhampur Wani is a recipient of Ashok Chakra, the nation’s highest peacetime award.

  • The brave soldier laid down his life while combating terrorists at Batagund village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian in November 2018.

  • Lance Naik Wani was conferred with Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry) which was received by his wife on his behalf.

Deepa Mehta to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

  • Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy - 'Fire', 'Earth' and 'Water'.

  • The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions.

  • The director has previously received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2012 and she was also named to the Order of Ontario and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013.

  • She was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2016.

  • Mehta is currently working on Netflix series Leila.

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