06 Oct Current Affairs for Upcoming CDS 2 2016 Paper World of AWARDS
With the recent trend followed in the UPSC Pre paper we are lining up the same set of current affairs notes for the CDS/NDA Aspirants
WORLD OF AWARDS
G.D Birla Award
IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal has been awarded the twenty-fifth GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 2015. He has been bestowed with this award for his significant contributions have been in the area of Mechanics.
About Sanjay Mittal:-
He is Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
He was instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur. He also heads the National Wind Tunnel Facility.
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 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.
About GD Birla Award :-
It is an annual scientific award bestowed upon Indian scientist below the age of 50, living and working in India for their outstanding scientific research, mostly during past 5 years.
The award is given Indian scientist in any branch of science and technology including medical science, basic as well as applied.
It was established 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation in the honour of philanthropist Ghanshyam Das Birla.
The award carries cash prize of 2.5 lakh rupees and a citation. The selection of the award is made by a board comprising eminent scientists.
PEN Pinter Prize
Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood was chosen for the prestigious 2016 Pen Pinter Prize. She will formerly receive the award at a public event scheduled to be held on 13 October 2016 at the British Library.
About Margaret Atwood :-
She is best known for her work as a novelist and her famous novels are The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride and The Year of the Flood etc.
She has published fifteen books of poetry and many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales.
She also has published short stories different magazines and also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.
She is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents.
She is the Co-Founder and a Director of Syngrafii Inc. a company that she started in 2004 to develop, produce and distribute the LongPen technology.
She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada; a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.
Awards and Honours: She is a winner of the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and Arthur C. Clarke Award. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times and had won it once. In 2001, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
About PEN Pinter Prize :-
The PEN Pinter Prize is an annual literary award given to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit.
The award is bestowed writer who has showed a fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.
It was launched in 2009 by English PEN in honour of the late Nobel Literature Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
The award is one of the many PEN literary awards sponsored by PEN International affiliates. The 2015 PEN Pinter Prize was awarded to British poet and journalist James Fenton.
International DUBLIN Literary Award
Indian American author Akhil Sharma won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.” His novel was shortlisted out of an initial 160 nominations by a panel of judges of award that included novelists Ian Sansom, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Carlo Gebler. Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took him 13 years to write. The novel traces the journey of a family that emigrates from New Delhi to New York, where one brother is left severely brain-damaged after a tragedy strikes.
About Akhil Sharma:-
Sharma was born in New Delhi. Later he had immigrated to US along with his family in 1979.
His first novel was An Obedient Father published in 2000. It has won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award in 2001.
His stories also have been published in The New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly. These stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and also in O. Henry Prize Collections.
Awards and honours: In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists. His second novel Family Life had won the prestigious 2015 Folio Prize.
About International Dublin Literary Award:-
The International Dublin Literary Award is an annual international literary award awarded for a novel written in English or translated into English.
The aim of the award is to promote excellence in world literature. It is solely sponsored by the Ireland’s capital city Dublin.
The award is richest literary prizes in the world and carries monetary prize of 100,000 euros. If the winning book is a translation then prize is divided between the writer and the translator.
IIFA AWARDS 2016
The 2016 IIFA Awards, officially known as the 17th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honoring the best Hindi films of 2015, took place on 25 June 2016. The official ceremony took place on 25 June 2016 in IFEMA, Madrid, Spain. The nominations were announced on 26 May 2016.
Best Film :- Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Director :- Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Best Actor In A Leading Role :- Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
Best Actress In A Leading Role :- Deepika Padukone – Piku
Best Actor In A Supporting Role :- Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do
Best Actress In A Supporting Role :- Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani
Best Performance In A Comic Role :- Deepak Dobriyal – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Best Performance In A Negative Role :- Darshan Kumar – NH10
Best Story :- Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku
IIFA Award for Woman of the Year :- Priyanka Chopra
Best Male Playback Singer :- Papon for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
Best Female Playback Singer :- Monali Thakur for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
Best Cinematography :- Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani
Best Screenplay :- Kabir Khan & Parveez Shaikh – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Background Score :- Sanchit Balhara – Bajirao Mastani
Social activist Urmila Chanam was awarded the Voices of Our Future Award by social networking platform World Pulse connecting women from 190 countries across the world to amplify women’s voices and speed up change.
Chanam has worked in the field of menstrual hygiene and also raised awareness through breaking the Silence, a campaign which has won her awards such as UNFPA National Laadli Award in 2015 for the Best Social media Campaign in India.
The other two recipients are Sadaf Kashif from Pakistan and Carolyn Seaman from Nigeria who were honoured for creating awareness on child marriage and women empowerment.
Hockey Champions Trophy 2016
The 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy was the 36th edition of the Hockey Champions Trophy for men. It was held between 10 and 17 June 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Australia defeated India to win their 14th title after a penalty shoot-out.
Best Player :- Tobias Hauke (GER)
Best junior player :- Harmanpreet Singh (IND)
Best goalkeeper :- George Pinner (GER)
Top scorer :- Marco Miltkau (GER)
Australian Open :-
Men’s Singles :- Novak Djokovic
Women’s Singles :- Angelique Kerber
Men’s Doubles :- Jamie Murray, Bruno Soares
Women’s Doubles :- Martina Hingis, Sania Mirza
Mixed Doubles :- Elena Vesnina, Bruno Soares