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Awards Current Affairs April 3rd Week 2016
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1) Panagarh airbase renamed after former IAF chief Arjan Singh.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has renamed its Panagarh airbase in Burdwan after its Marshal Arjan Singh, the first and also the only highest ranking living officer of the IAF on his 97th birthday to honour his lifelong services.
He was the first Indian Air Chief to be elevated to the Air Chief Marshal rank in 1966 in recognition of the IAF’s vital contribution in the 1965 war under his leadership.
He retired in August 1969, thereupon accepting Ambassadorship to Switzerland. He was Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi from December 1989 to December 1990.

2) PM’s awards for excellence in Public Administration on Civil Services Day function.

  • Modi to honour civil servants for implementing govt key projects.
  • The Prime Minister`s awards for excellence in public administration have been instituted to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the central and state governments.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will honour civil servants for excellence in implementing NDA government`s initiatives like `Clean India mission`.
  • The Prime Minister`s awards for excellence in public administration have been instituted to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the central and state governments for the welfare of common citizen. They are given away on civil services day.
  • A new category of excellence in implementing priority programmes which include `Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY)`, `Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)`, `Swachh Vidyalaya` and `Soil Health Card Scheme` has been added to the Prime Minister`s awards.
  • The inaugural session will be followed by eight panel discussions on the replication of initiatives that received awards from PM last year and four priority programmes. These sessions will be chaired by Union ministers and persons of eminence.
  • The civil services day function will be organised on April 20 and 21 by the Ministry. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be the chief guest at the inaugural function

3) President of India presents Hindi Sevi Samman Awards.

  • President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Hindi Sevi Samman Awards to 39 scholars in seven different categories for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • The awards were distributed at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
  • These awards were instituted by Central Hindi Institute, Agra in 1989. A number of 14 scholars receive this award in seven different categories every year for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature.
  • Those honoured included Ge Fuping, who was given George Grierson prize for his remarkable works done for the propagation of Hindi in foreign.
  • Ge has made commendable efforts for the promotion of Hindi language abroad. Besides him, Alka Dunputh (from Mauritius) and Shichiro Soma (from Japan) were also given the George Grierson award by the President.
  • These awards were instituted by Central Hindi Institute, Agra in 1989. 14 scholars receive this award in seven different categories every year for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature. Out of the 42 awardees for three years, three were not present during the function.

4) Indian diplomat Amitav Banerji honoured by Cyprus.

  • Amitav Banerji, an Indian diplomat in the UK has been conferred with one of the highest awards of Cyprus for his work in a number of senior roles within the Commonwealth Secretariat for over two decades.
  • Banerji, 63, was presented with his Commander of the Order of Merit.
  • If one was to take a poll amongst diplomats who have dealt with the Commonwealth in the last 25 years, in naming a single person from officials in the Secretariat that has made an impact in the Organisation.
  • Born in 1953, Banerji graduated from Georgetown University and went on to do his Masters from the Delhi School of Economics.
  • He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1975 and served in different capacities for 15 years, including postings to Pakistan, Spain and Malaysia.
  • Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off the coasts of Syria and Turkey.
  • Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union.

5) Time reveals 2016 list of world`s most influential people.

  • Time Magazine has released its 2016 edition of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’.
  • In its’ 2016 edition, six Indians have been named.
  • These are the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan, New Delhi-based environmentalist Sunita Narain, tennis player Sania Mirza, bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and Founders of the e-commerce website Flipkart Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal.
  • Others in the Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people are include Barack Obama (President of United States), Xi Jinping (President of the People’s Republic of China), Donald Trump (Ppresidential candidate of United States), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google), Tim Cook (Apple) etc.

6) Bapu`s granddaughter Tara Gandhi gets French honour.

  • Mahatma Gandhi`s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee has been decorated with one of France`s top honour
  • This honour comes in recognition of Bhattacharjee`s remarkable work for promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and development through her commitment to perpetuating the memory and legacy of her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.
  • On behalf of the French President Bhattacharjee, 82, was conferred the Officier de L`Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).

7) 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners.

  • Debut novel of Vietnamese American professor Viet Thanh Nguyen has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners for excellence in literature, journalism, music.
  • Associated Press has won two prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for coverage for an investigation of severe labour abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants.

Winners of Books, Drama and Music:

Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Drama: Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

History: Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles.

Biography: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.

Poetry: Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian.

Music: In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill.

Winners of journalism:

Public Service: Associated Press.

Breaking News Reporting: Los Angeles Times Staff.

Investigative Reporting: Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Explanatory Reporting: Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project.

Local Reporting: Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times.

National Reporting: The Washington Post Staff.

International Reporting: Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times.

Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker.

Commentary: Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe.

Criticism: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.

8) Radhika Apte becomes first Indian to win Best Actress at Tribeca.

  • Bollywood actress Radhika Apte has bagged the best actress in an international narrative feature honour at this Radhika Apteyear’s Tribeca Film Festival for her performance in anthology film `Madly`.
  • She won the award for her role in Clean Shaven a part Madly, directed by Anurag Kashyap.
  • Madly is a mixture of six short stories, directed by different directors. The movie also stars Satyadeep Misra.
  • Radhika Apte made her feature film debut in the 2005 Bollywood film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi.

About Tribeca Festival:

  1. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff.
  2. It was reportedly in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.
  3. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

9) Indian documentary wins bronze medal New York Festivals 2016.

  • Miditech’s Undercover Asia: Girls for Sale has won a bronze world medal at the New York Festivals World’s Best Film & TV Awards in the Social Issues category.
  • Undercover Asia: Girls for Sale about anti trafficking activist Rishi Kant’s search for two minor girls, who have been abducted.
  • Radhika Chandrasekhar, the director of the documentary.

About New York Festival:

  1. The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is a yearly gathering of artists, fans, and executives to celebrate independent small-screen productions. It was founded in 2005, and is held in venues in New York City.
  2. New York Festivals celebrates the World`s Best Creative Communications.