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June 3rd week current affairs
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1) Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize.


  •  Eminent Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize 2015 in the Academic category.
  • Apart from him Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize category) and Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture category) were also chosen for this edition of award.
  • They have been selected for their outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.

About Ramchandra Guha:


  1.  He is historian and writer. His research interests include social, political, environmental and cricket history.
  2.  He also write as a columnist in various newspapers including The Telegraph and Hindustan Times and also pens for the magazines The Caravan and Outlook.
  3. His famous bibliography: Gandhi Before India (2013), Patriots and Partisans (2012), Makers of Modern India (2010), India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy (2007) etc.
  4. Awards: Padma Bhushan (2009), Sahitya Akademi award (2011) for India After Gandhi.

About Fukuoka Prize:


  1.  Established: in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation.
  2.  It is an annual prize that honours the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
  3.  Prize has three categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize.
  4.  The award ceremony is held in every year in September (which is also known as Asian Month in Fukuoka) along with the public forums by the prize winners.
  5.  Winners of 2014 are Mohammad Yunus, Romila Thapar, Ashis Nandy and Mo Yan.


2) Sanjay Subrahmanyam selected for Sangitha Kalanidhi award for the year 2015.


  •  Renowned carnatic vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam was selected for the Sangitha Kalanidhi award of the Madras Music Academy.
  •  With this award, Subrahmanyan joined the league of stalwarts like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M.L. Vasanthakumari and M. Balamuralikrishna, Musiri Subramania Iyer, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer and others who received the award before turning 50.
  •  Besides, during the meet the committee also decided to confer other awards like Sangita Kala Acharya and TTK Awards.
  •  Sangita Kala Acharya Award: G.N. Nagamani Srinath (vocalist), T.H. Subash Chandran (percussionist).
  •  TTK Award: Seshampatti Sivalingam (Nagaswaram artiste), Kamala Aswathama (Veena artiste).


3) Three Indians won inaugural Queen`s Young Leaders Award in UK.


  •  Ashwini Angadi, Devika Malik and Akshay Jadhao won the inaugural Queen`s Young Leaders Award in the UK for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.
  •  Ashwini Angadi was awarded for using her own experiences as a visually impaired student to lobby for more braille and audio books. She runs Belaku Academy in Bengaluru, offering education to disabled students from rural areas.
  •  Akshay Jadhao won for his efforts in launching education and skills courses in the rural farming region of Vidarbha, Maharashtra.
  •  While, Devika Malik was chosen for her Wheeling Happiness Foundation which promotes inclusion, raises funds for disabled people and promotes equality for those with disabilities.
  •  The award does not come with any cash incentive, but offers each of the winners a year-long mentoring opportunity through an online course.

About Queen`s Young Leaders Award:


  1.  Queen`s Young Leaders Award was set up by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth.
  2.  Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust presents this award to recognise young people from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in transforming the lives of others.

  3.  NUSI honoured with Best Welfare Organisation 2015 Award.
  4.  India’s oldest and largest shipping trade union, National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been honoured with the ‘Best Welfare Organisation of the Year – 2015’ award.
  5.  The award was presented to Abdulgani Y Serang , NUSI general secretary by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of International Maritime Organisation at a function held in London.