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Awards Current Affairs June 4th Week 2016
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Awards Current Affairs June 4th Week 2016

1) Freida to get International Icon Award at IIFA.

  • Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto will make her debut at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala in Madrid.
  • The US-based Indian actress will be honoured with International Icon award at the 17th edition of the gala.
  • IIFA - often known as Bollywood’s Oscars - is held every year to honour the best of Hindi cinema. A source from the IIFA team confirmed that Freida will be getting the honour.
  • The actress has starred in films including `SlumdogMillionnaire`, `Immortals` and `Rise of the Planet of the Apes`.
 
2) IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal awarded 2015 GD Birla Award.
  • IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal has bagged the prestigious G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2015.
  • He has been bestowed with this award for his significant contributions have been in the area of Mechanics.
  • Mittal was instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur and heads the National Wind Tunnel Facility.
About Sanjay Mittal:
  • He is Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
  • His most significant contribution has been in the area of Bluff Body Flows (flows past blunt bodies associated with large unsteady separation and leading to large fluid forces).
  • He received his PhD and worked as a Research Associate under Professor Tayfun E. Tezduyar.
  • He is among a very few researchers in India who have worked on and used Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for fluid flows.
  • He also has worked in the area of sports aerodynamics. His team was able to bring out the aerodynamic difference between a synthetic shuttle cock and duck-feather.
 
3) International Indian Film Academy IIFA Awards 2016 presented.
  • The 17th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2016 were presented in Madrid, Spain.
  • The awards were presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015.
List of 2016 IIFA Awards:
 
  • Best Film: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
  • Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Best Actor (Male): Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Best Actor (Female): Deepika Padukone (Piku)
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male): Anil Kapoor (Dil Dhadakne Do)
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female): Priyanka Chopra (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Best Actor in Negative Role: Darshan Kumar (NH10)
  • Best Performance in Comic Role: Deepak Dobriyal (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
  • Best Debut Actor (Male): Vicky Kaushal (Masaan)
  • Best Debut Actor (Female): Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
  • Best Story: Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku)
  • Best Playback Singer (Female): Monali Thakur for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
  • Best Playback Singer (Male): Papon for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
  • Special Award: Woman of the Year- Priyanka Chopra
  • Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)
  • Best Dialogue: Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku)
  • Best Choreography: Remo D`souza for Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)
  • Best Special Effects: Prasad Sutara (Bajirao Mastani)

 

4) Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai wins UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative.

  • An Indian social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai, has been named among 10 "champions and pioneers" by United Nation chief Ban Ki-moon under the world`s largest corporate sustainability initiative that calls on companies to align with universal principles of human rights, environment and anti-corruption.
  • Zubaida Bai is the founder of `AYZH`, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide, was named among the 10 `2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers`, an initiative launched by UN to search for "entrepreneurs" who can play a pivotal role.

Other nine 2016 Local SDG Pioneers are:

  • Kerry Adler: Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyPower Global, Canada
  • Farzana Chowdhury: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited, Bangladesh
  • Xiaohui Liang: Chief Researcher, Office for Social Responsibility of China National Textile & Apparel Council, China
  • Claus Stig Pedersen: Head of Corporate Sustainability of Novozymes, Denmark
  • Dina Sherif: Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder of Ahead of the Curve, Egypt
  • Sonia Consiglio Favaretto: Press and Sustainability Managing Director of BM&FBOVESPA S.A., Brazil
  • Patrick Ngowi: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Helvetic Group, Tanzania
  • Ulisses Sabará: President of Beraca, Brazil
  • Ulysses Smith: Attorney at Linklaters LLP, USA

 

5) Two Indians get Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016.

  • Two Indians, Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain, have won the 2016 Queen`s Young Leaders award in the United Kingdom which will be presented by the British monarch in Buckingham Palace.
  • Sawhney and Swain have won the prestigious award for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.
  • The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth and is given to youths who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

About Kartik Sawhney:

  • Kartik Sawhney was born blind.
  • He discovered that blind students were unable to pursue science after Grade 10. Therefore, he appealed and enrolled as India`s first Grade 11 blind science student.
  • He founded Project STEMAccess, which offers hands-on science workshops in India, as well as virtual training sessions.
  • He is acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all.

About Neha Swain:

  • Neha Swain is a youth facilitator and co-founder of NGO Rubaroo. The NGO provides an inclusive space for young people, irrespective of their socio-economic background, to develop their leadership skills through interactive workshops.
  • Her team provides workshops to schools in India free of charge and has so far worked with nearly 2000 young people in Hyderabad.

 

6) Beyonce wins four awards at BET Awards 2016.

  • Singer Beyoncé won four awards, including the `Best Female R&B/Pop Artist` award, at the BET Awards 2016, held in Los Angeles.
  • Rihanna and Drake won the Best Collaboration award for `Work`.
  • Meanwhile, actor Samuel L Jackson was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Established by the Black Entertainment Television network, the awards honour African Americans in various fields.
7) CAG Shashi Kant Sharma gets honorary professorship in China.
  • The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Shashi Kant Sharmahas been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU), China.
  • China’s Nanjing Audit University is the only university which is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Shashi Kant Sharmahas is a 1976 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Bihar cadre.
  • He had succeeded Vinod Rai as the CAG, supreme federal auditor of the country in May 2013 Prior to appointment as CAG he had served as secretary in the Union Ministry of Defence.
  • In July 2014 he had assumed office as Member of the United Nations Board of Auditor General (UNBAG) for a term of 6 years.
 
8) Viswanathan Anand honoured with `Honoris Causa` Doctor of Science degree.
  • Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was conferred the ``Honoris Causa`` Doctor of Science by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) during its 49th convocation ceremony in Kanpur.
  • The Anand was bestowed with the degree by NITI aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya in Kanpur.
 
9) AbhishekBachchan holds a Guinness world record.
  • Actor AbhishekBachchan holds the Guinness world record for most public appearances made by a film star in 12 hours for promoting the same film.
  • While promoting `Delhi 6` on February 22, 2009, Abhishek travelled to 7 cities including Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
  • He covered 1,800 km in 12 hours, travelling by car and private jet.
 
10) Amazon named world`s smartest company of 2016.
  • Jeff Bezos-led online retail giant Amazon has topped MIT`s annual list of the world`s smartest companies of 2016 for combining innovative technology with an effective business model.
  • Chinese web services company Baidu and the world’s largest DNA-sequencing company Illumina have been ranked second and third respectively.
  • The list also includes Tesla Motors, Alphabet, Facebook, SpaceX and Snapchat.
 
11) Two Indians get Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016.
  • Two Indians, Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain, have won the 2016 Queen`s Young Leaders award in the United Kingdom which has been presented by Queen Elizabeth at the British monarch in Buckingham Palace. The name of these awardees has been announced last year in December.
  • Sawhney and Swain have won the prestigious award for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.
  • The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth and is given to youths who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
 
12) Four Indian-Americans honoured with 2016 Great Immigrants Award in US.
  • Indian-origin Google CEO Sunder Pichai and three other Indian-Americans are among the 42 US nationals honoured with this year’s prestigious ``Great Immigrants: The Pride of America`` award.
  • The other three Indian-Americans are Hari Sreenivasan, anchor and senior correspondent, PBS NewsHour, Vikram Malhotra Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey & Company and Bharati Mukherjee National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author.
  • The annual award of the Carnegie Corporation would be presented to them at an event in New York.
  • For 2016, the Corporation named 42 honorees, which represent some 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and inspiring professional accomplishments. 

 

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