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Awards Current Affairs May 4th Week 2016
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1) Indian-American Rishi Nair wins 28th annual National Geographic Bee Competition.

  • Indian American student Rishi Nair won the prestigious National Geographic Bee competition 2016.
  • He also won a trip to Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park.
  • This is the fifth consecutive year of National Geographic Bee championship in which an Indian-American has won the prestigious national tournament.

First Place:

Rishi Nair. He received a 50000 US dollars college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. He is a sixth grader from Florida.

Second Place:

Saketh Jonnalagadda. He received a 25000 US dollars college scholarship. He is Eighth-grader from Massachusetts.

Third place:

Kapil Nathan. He received a 10000 US dollars college scholarship. He is a sixth-grader from Alabama.

2) Telangana govt enters Limca Book of Records.

  • The Telangana government has entered the Limca Book of Records for conducting the most intensive household survey by a state.
  • In August 2014, four lakh government employees covered over 1.09 crore households between 7 am and 8 pm in one day.
  • The survey was ordered after Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao assumed office.

3) Arunachal tiger reserve bags biodiversity award.

  • Arunachal Pradesh`s Pakke Tiger Reserve of East Kameng district has received the `India Biodiversity Award 2016` in one of its four categories.
  • The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve was awarded with the prize under the category, "conservation of threatened species". This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Biodiversity Authority and United Nations Development programme.
  • The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme has been a major step towards conservation of four hornbill species that are found in the adjoining areas of Pakke Tiger Reserve.
  • Under this programme, urban citizens contribute money to protect hornbill nests around Pakke Tiger Reserve. This programme is the collaboration of Ghora-Aabhe Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and the Forest Department.

4) Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar wins Asian Book Award.

  • A 31 year old Indian woman author, Aditi Krishnakumar has won the `Scholastic Asian Book Award` for her 32,000-word manuscript rooted in "love of Indian history".
  • It was second time lucky for Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar. She has won the Singapore dollar 10,000 award for her manuscript "Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus" after being narrowly beaten to the biennial prize in 2014.
  • The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia.
  • Aditi beat four other writers, including home-grown writer and historical researcher Stephanie Ho, who came in second runner-up, for the prize.

5) Indian-American scientist Arnab De wins Springer Theses Award.

  • Indian-American scientist Arnab De has received the prestigious Springer Theses Award. He was nominated by New York’s Columbia University for his PhD thesis.
  • He was selected for the award for his outstanding research on developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor A20.
  • Arnab De also has developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes. For this he was awarded `Young Investigator Award` at the American Peptide Symposium.

About Springer Theses Award:
The Springer Theses Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding PhD research at international level.
Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research.
The winners get a cash prize of 500 euros and their research work is highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

6) President Pranab Mukherjee presents Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2016.

  • The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The award was conferred upon 15 teachers from Punjab for their rare contribution in the field of education.
  • The awardees were facilitated with 1 lakh rupees cash, certificate of excellence, a Robe of Honour and a medal.
  • The initiative was mainly taken to promote the quality teaching in the schools besides encouraging the hundred percent attendances of girl students in the government schools.
  • The Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar was instituted by Mohinder Singh Syngle Education & Research Society. It was instituted in honour of its founder Malti Mohinder Singh Syngle, eminent educationist and social worker.


7) CEAT Cricket Awards 2016 conferred.

  • CEAT Cricket Awards 2016 were conferred on the players in a function of 20th edition of CEAT awards at Mumbai.
  • The CEAT awards honors the best of the cricketers based on their performances in international cricketing in all formats - Test, ODI and T20 - as rated by the CEAT Cricket ratings (CCR) over a period of 12 months from 1st May to 30th April.

List of the award winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dilip Vengsarkar
International Cricketer of the Year: Joe Root
International Batsman of the Year: Joe Root
International Bowler of the Year: Ravichandran Ashwin
Test Cricketer of the Year: Kane Williamson
ODI Cricketer of the Year: Martin Guptill
T20 Player of the Year: Virat Kohli
Indian Cricketer of the Year: Rohit Sharma
Domestic Cricketer of the Year: Shreyas Iyer
Young Player of the Year: Rishabh Pant
Special Award: Ajinkya Rahane

8) A.R. Rahman conferred with Japan`s Fukuoka prize 2016.

  • Renowned Indian music composer A.R. Rahman was awarded with the Japan`s Fukuoka prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.
  • He will receive the award alongside Philippines’ historian Ameth R Ocampo and Pakistan`s Yasmeen Lari.
  • For the year 2015, noted Indian Historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category.

About Fukuoka prize:

  1. The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation to honour the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.


There are three prize categories:

  1. Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts & Culture Prize.
  2. Previous winners of Fukuoka Prize from India include sitar player Ravi Shankar, dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, historian Romila Thapar, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and historian Ramachandra Guha.