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May 4th week 2015 current affairs
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1) Oxford University award given to Indian-origin teacher.


  • An Indian-origin teacher has been honored by Oxford University for helping one of her students get into the world-famous varsity. Gurnimrat ‘Nimmy’ Sidhu, head of science at Oaks Park High School in north-east London, is among 12 teachers to win the ‘University of Oxford Inspirational Teacher Award’ set up to encourage more state-funded schools to connect with the university.
  • About Oxford university
  •  It is a collegiate research university.
  •  Located in Oxford, UK.
  •  It is the world’s second oldest university ever.
  •  Vice- chancellor is Andrew Hamilton.
  •  The university operates largest university press in the world.

2) Arsenal`s Alexis Sanchez wins fan award.

  • Arsenal dynamo Alexis Sanchez was announced as the `Professional Footballers` Association (PFA) Fan`s Player of the Year` after an excellent first season in English football.
  •  His performances saw him named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA`s Player of the Year award, which went to Chelsea`s Eden Hazard.

3) Indian-American kids sweep Spelling Bee contest.


  • Indian-American kids won the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee contest by winning the prestigious competition for the 8th year in a row.
  • Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were declared co-champions, a feat achieved by Indian Americans for the second consecutive year.
  •  In 2014, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were declared the joint winners.
  •  Vanya previously competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2010, 2012 (tied for 10th place), 2013 (tied for 5th place) and 2014 (tied for 13th place).

4) Anand Kumar, Founder of Super 30, honoured in Canada.


  • Super 30 founder and mathematician Anand Kumar was honoured by Legislature of British Columbia in Canada at Toronto University for his pioneering work in the field of education.
  • The Speaker Linda Reid honoured Kumar with a memento and also appreciated his endeavour at a proposal.
  •  The 42-year-old Kumar was honoured for his rare achievements for the students from India`s underprivileged sections.
  •  Kumar was invited by the British Columbia Government in recognition of his work through globally acclaimed Super 30, which has mentors 30 students mostly from the underprivileged sections of the society for IITs free of cost for the last 14 years.
  • About Super30
  •  Super30 established in 2002 by Anand Kumar in Patna, Bihar under the banner of Ramanujan School of Mathematics.
  •  It provides free residential mentoring to 30 selected students from underprivileged families to appear in the entrance exam of IIT-JEE.
  •  Super30 as an institution that has achieved international recognition for social awakening.
  •  In 2010, the Time Magazine selected Super30 in the list of the Best of Asia.

Uttarakhand’s Health Minister SS Negi conferred with `World No Tobacco Day Award 2015`.

  • Uttarakhand’s Medical, Health and Family Welfare Minister Surendra Singh Negi was conferred with the World No Tobacco Day Award 2015 by the World Health Organsiation (WHO).
  •  He was one of the six awardees from the WHO South-East Asia Region.
  •  The prestigious awards are presented to mark the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).