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Awards Current Affairs July 3rd Week 2016
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1) Aziz Ansari becomes first Indian-American to bag Emmy nod.

  • Actor Aziz Ansari has become the first Indian-American actor to receive a nomination for the `Emmy Award`, an annual award to honour American television personalities.
  • The actor received the nomination in the `Lead actor in a comedy` category for his series `Master of None`.
  • Earlier, British actors of Indian descent Ben Kingsley and Naveen Andrews have received Emmy nominations.

2) Amazon Founder is the world`s 4th richest person.

  • Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder of, is currently the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of $63.9 billion.
  • Bezos, who launched Amazon on July 16 1995, ranks behind Bill Gates, Zara`s Amancio Ortega, and Warren Buffett.
  • He is also the founder of aerospace company Blue Origin and owner of Washington Post newspaper.

3) Six-year-old Bengaluru kid sets new record in Limbo Skating.

  • A six-year-old Bengaluru boy skated under 35 cars parked next to each other to set the Guinness World Record for farthest distance limbo-skating under cars.
  • The kid, Om Prakash Gowda, held his body parallel to the ground and skated under 35 cars in a row, covering a distance of 65 meters with his face just inches off the ground.
  • Gowda smashed the previous Guinness record of 48.21 metres made in 2012.

4) 14-year-old Chennai boy wins Google Community Impact Award for Asia.

  • Advay Ramesh, a Class 10 student from Chennai, won the prestigious Google Community Impact Award from Asia, a theme based award part of Google Science Fair 2016.
  • Google Community Impact Award received projects from over 107 countries.
  • The award recognises projects that make a difference in community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.
  • Advay’s project titled `FishErmen Lifeline Terminal (FELT)` won him $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American.
  • The project looks at how to enhance fishermen safety and productivity using GPS (Global Positioning Services).

5) Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian, Asian to clinch Mr World title.

  • Rohit Khandelwal became the first Indian to win the `Mr World` title at male beauty pageant held in Southport, England.
  • The 26-year-old actor from Hyderabad won a cash prize of $50,000 while beating 45 other contestants to win the title.
  • Khandelwal also competed for various subtitles at the pageant, including World Multimedia Award, World Talent, Mobstar People’s Choice Awards and many more.
  • Rohit became eligible for the competition by winning the `Mr India World` 2015 title.

6) Nigeria`s Akinyelure Wins Komla Dumor Award.

  • Nigerian journalist and presenter Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.
  • Didi Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent.
  • She had started her career in the financial sector before moving to journalism in 2011. She has covered several stories social entrepreneurs in Africa who are transforming the African business landscape.
  • The award was established in the honour Ghanaian journalist Komla Dumor. He was a presenter for BBC World News who had died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

7) Kerala Tourism strikes gold at PATA awards.

  • Kerala Tourism has struck gold at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards in recognition of its trend setting marketing initiatives, which have boosted the state`s profile as a must-visit destination.
  • Kerala Tourism won the awards in the Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and E-Newsletter categories respectively.
  • Earlier in 2015, Kerala Tourism had won PATA Gold in the Heritage and Culture category for its Muziris Heritage Project.

8) Indian students win 3 golds at International Physics Olympiad.

  • A TEAM of five students from India won three gold and two silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad held in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • The students have been felicitated at the HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • A total of 398 students from 84 countries had taken part in the Olympiad.

9) Goutam Ghose, Bappi Lahiri conferred Bengal`s `Mahanayak Award`.

  • Renowned Music Director and singer Bapi Lahiri was honoured with Mahanayak award by the West Bengal Government.
  • Besides, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Goutam Ghose and director-actor Kaushik Ganguly were also honoured with the award for best director.
  • The award has been conferred to them on the occasion of 36th death anniversary (24th July) of Uttam Kumar.
  • The awards were instituted in 2012 in the memory of Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar who is revered in this part of India as "Mahanayak (Great hero)".

10) Kanyakumari first woman violinist to get Sangita Kalanidhi award.

  • Renowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari from south India was selected for the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award.
  • She becomes first female violinist chosen in the history of this prestigious award.
  • Kanyakumari is native of Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh and has an experience of over 50 years as an accompanist, soloist and teacher.
  • Sangita Kalanidhi award/title is a prestigious award bestowed annually upon an expert of Carnatic Music by the Madras Music Academy.

11) Kalam`s statue unveiled in Rameswaram.

  • A life-size bronze statue of former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was unveiled at Peikarumbu on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
  • Naidu and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also laid the foundation stone for a national memorial for the ‘Missile man’ of India.
  • Kalam passed away on July 27 in 2015 after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM- Shillong in Meghalaya.