Current Affairs November 2017 - Awards


1 - K Satchidanandan nominated for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram

K Satchidanandan

Eminent Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan has been nominated for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2017 for his contributions to Malayalam literature and poetry.

The award is Kerala government's highest literary honour and carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation. It was instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. Satchidanandan has published several books of poetry, criticism, plays, travelogues and translations of poetry and plays.

2 - Awards for Best Urban Transport Practices announced

Best Urban Transport Practices

The Awards for the ‘Best Urban Transport Practices’ were announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on the concluding day of the three day Urban Mobility Conference -cum-Exhibition at Hyderabad.

H-TRIMS of Hyderabad, the Traffic Integrated Management initiative was chosen for the ‘Commendable Initiative Award’ under ‘Best Intelligent Transport Project’ category. Chittoor was chosen for the ‘Commendable Initiative Award’ for the city police’s initiative for improving road safety. Madhya Pradesh and Lucknow Metro project won Commendable Urban Mass Transit Initiative. Bhopal was honoured for Commendable Initiative for introducing Public Bicycle Sharing.

3 - Tamil Nadu’s Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple bagged UNESCO award

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Srirangam’s Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was honoured with UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for its rich cultural heritage. The temple was preferred over numerous conservation projects from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

As per conservation project, temple renovation took place under supervision of archaeology experts for over a year. Renovation involved removal of 60,000 tonnes of construction waste, restoring 1000 pillars and renovation of 236-feet-high Rajagopuram, 21 towers etc. Project unveiled the original fabric of the holy place, water bodies and landscape within the temple’s four inner areas.

4 - Jnanpith award 2017 honoured to writer Krishna Sobti


The 2017 Jnanpith award was given to famous author Krishna Sobti for her outstanding literature talent. She received prize money of eleven lakh rupees, a certificate and a memento. She has penned about partition, women empowerment, Indian society, changing human values etc.

Some of her well-known novels are Daar Se Bichhudi, Mitro Marjani, Zindaginama, Badalom ke Ghere, Ai Ladki, and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan, etc. Krishna won Sahitya Akademi award for her writing Zindaginama. She has been award winner of Shiroman awards, Maithli Sharan Gupt Samman, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship and Padma Bhushan.

5 - Actor Mohan Joshi awarded with Vishnudas Bhave award

Mohan Joshi

Indian film, television and theater actor Mohan Joshi was honoured with Vishnudas Bhave award, at a ceremony held on the eve of Marathi Rangbhumi Din. He received a trophy, a citation and a cash of Rs 25,000.

Mohan Joshi has worked in numerous Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannad and Bhojpuri movies. He has been recipient of 1999 National Film Awards.

Vishnudas Bhave award is given in the memory of theatre founder Vishnudas Bhave. Vishnudas Bhave made Marathi plays with music based on Karnataki base.

6 - National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017

National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship hosted the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. The National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) was instituted by MSDE in 2016 to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country.

Winners were given a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh (enterprises and individuals) and Rs. 10 lakhs (organizations/institutes) along with a certificate and trophy recognizing their efforts of being the change agents in India’s development.

7 - Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Shashaktikaran-2017 winners announced

Divyangjan Shashaktikaran

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment presented the Awards to the winners of ‘Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Shashaktikaran-2017’. The award for Best Short Film was given to Suyash Shinde for Azan, Abhay Punjabi for Achala, Amit Sonkar for Tum Main aur Hum Sab and B.D. Banshkar for I know Sign Language.

Narendra Joshi’s Sugamaya Bharat and Jyotsna Puthran’s Zebra Crossing bagged the first position in the categories of Documentary and T.V. Spot, respectively. Eminent personalities from the film and media were part of the jury scrutinizing the entries to draw out the best.

8 - South Asian Film Festival of Montreal honoured Indian Short Film ‘The School Bag’

The School Bag

South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM) honoured Indian Short Film ‘The School Bag’, directed by Dheeraj Jindal. ‘The School Bag’ is a story about relationship between a mother and a 7-year-old son based in Pakistan’s Peshawar, where a son wishes for new school bag on his birthday. The movie recreated the tragedy of December 2014 when terrorists mowed down hundreds of schoolchildren.

South Asian Film Festival of Montreal is presented by Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture, a not-for-profit organization promoting various art forms. The theme for SAFFM was based on freedom of speech and expression.

9 - UNHCR named to receive Mother Teresa Award 2017


The 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice will be honoured to ‘The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR), for its outstanding contribution in humanitarian aid to numerous people. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to help humans, protect lives and build a better future for refugees’ habitat, especially for homeless people.

The 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award is based on ‘Compassion beyond Borders’. The award ceremony and a Harmony International conference will be organized in December 2017. Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Anna Hazare has been recipients of this award.

10 - Actress Natalie Portman honoured with ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’

Jewish Nobel Prize

Veteran actor Natalie Portman was honoured with Israel’s 2018 Genesis Prize. It is also known as “the Jewish Nobel Prize”. It honours an inspirational personality every year with $1 million award. Natalie was honoured for her immense contribution towards social causes and her deep connection to Jewish and Israeli roots.

Actor Natalie Portman was born in Israel and later moved to the United States to pursue her acting career. She is known for some of her best roles played in movies such as “Black Swan” and “Tale of Love and Darkness”.

11 - President of India presented National Child Awards

National Child Awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Child Awards on Children’s Day. President honoured 16 children, out of which one child was given a gold medal and 15 children were given silver medals. The National Award for Child Welfare was conferred on three individuals and five institutions. The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was conferred on three individuals.

Children in the age group of 5-18 years received award. The child with the most outstanding achievement was honoured with a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and rest 15 children were honoured with Rs. 10,000.

12 - Vice President conferred National Awards for Excellence in Journalism

National Awards for Excellence

Vice President of India conferred National Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Eminent Journalists Shri Sam Rajappa and Shri Sarat Mishra were jointly awarded ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ for their outstanding contributions towards journalism. While Ms. Shalini Nair, The Indian Express, received the “Rural Journalism & Developmental Reporting? award, Shri K. Sujith and Ms. Chitrangada Choudhury, bagged awards for ‘Investigative Journalism’.

Photo Journalism awards were given to Shri C.K. Thanseer, Chandrika Daily, Shri Vijay Verma, Press Trust of India and Shri J. Suresh of Malayala Manorama. Shri Gireesh Kumar, Times of India, received the award for Best Newspapers Art.

13 - Girish Karnad conferred with Tata Literature Live lifetime achievement award

Girish Karnad

Actor-playwright Girish Karnad conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of theatre at the Tata Literature Live in Mumbai. Karnad, who has been writing plays, has had his works translated into various Indian languages and helmed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B V Karanth and Alyque Padamsee among others.

Tata Trusts' Big Little Book Awards', for author in Bengali Children's Literature, went to Nabaneeta Dev Sen. Book of the year 2017, non-fiction, went to 'Age of Anger: A History of the present' by Pankaj Mishra.

14 - Famous author Sergio Ramirez honoured with Spain's Cervantes Prize

Sergio Ramirez

Spain’s prestigious honour 2017 Cervantes Prize was given to Nicaraguan’s former politician and famous author Sergio Ramirez Mercado. Cervantes Prize is Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. Sergio Ramirez Mercado has penned many novels such as “Margarita, esta linda la mar”, Juan de Juanes, El Reino Animal etc. Sergio Ramirez Mercado was given 125,000-euro prize money.

Cervantes Prize is given in the memory of Miguel de Cervantes, author of novel “Don Quixote.” The Miguel de Cervantes Prize is given every year to honour the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer in the Spanish language.

15 - India’s ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh to get Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Manmohan Singh

Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2017 will be given to India’s former prime mister Manmohan Singh for his great leadership as prime minister between 2004 and 2014, which improved India’s image at global level. Manmohan Singh was the only third Indian prime minister who completed two full terms as the PM.

Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is the award instituted by Indira Gandhi Memorial trust in 1986. It honours awardees with Rs.25 lakh prize money and a citation.

16 - Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee honoured with IMF award

Manik Banerjee

Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee has been presented with the 'Nain Singh-Kishen Singh Life Time Achievement Award' by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades and invaluable contribution in promotion of mountaineering. Banerjee was a sports journalist.

Lt Col RS Jamwal was presented with the IMF Gold Medal award. He has the distinction of reaching the top of Mt. Everest thrice (in 2013, 2016 and 2017) besides climbing many other peaks in Indian Himalaya.

17 - IFFI nominated nine movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) nominated nine movies for 2017 International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Out of nine films, five are from India. All nine films are being screened at the ongoing IFFI in Panaji, Goa.

The ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award will be given to a film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal are Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off.

18 - President of India confers the third ICCR Distinguished Indologist award on Professor Hiroshi Marui

Ram Nath Kovind

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, conferred the third ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award on Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan.

Professor Marui has spent over 40 years working on Indian philosophy and Buddhist Studies. His many acclaimed publications and research papers are considered a final authority on several subjects the world over. As President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, he has made a significant contribution to Indology in Japan.

19 - Health Ministry won Bronze Medal at the India International Trade Fair 2017

India International Trade Fair

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been awarded the Bronze Medal for its creative and informative display at the 37th India International Trade Fair 2017 held at Pragati Maidan.

The Health Ministry pavilion highlighted programs and initiatives of the Health Ministry such as Mission Indradhnaush for expanding full immunization coverage, introduction of new vaccines, Pradhan Mantri Matritva Suraksha Yojana (PMSMA), Mother’s Absolute Affection (MAA) for encouraging breastfeeding, Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) for strengthening the tertiary health sector.

20 - ‘120 beats Per Minute’ film bagged the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2017

120 beats Per Minute

Morocco born French Director Robin Campillo’s drama film ‘ 120 BPM’ or ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa.

The film is set in France in the 1990s and deals about homosexuality and the AIDS epidemic. The film, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois and Adele Haenel, had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 4 million (Rs 40 lakhs) to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director, Trophy and the citation.

21 - IFFI 2017 awards announced

IFFI 2017 Awards

The International Film Festival of India 2017 was celebrated based on theme of ‘Connecting the World through Stories’. Shri Amitabh Bachchan actor was honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year 2017. Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award.

French movie ‘120 Beats per Minute’, directed by Robin Campillo bagged the award for Best Film in IFFI 2017. The Best Director award was given to Vivian Qu for the film ‘Angels Wear White’, who bagged the Silver Peacock Trophy. Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvata was awarded the Best Actress Award and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart won the Best Actor Award.