Monthly Current Affairs February 2016 “AWARDS AND HONOURS” key points to Remember.
1) Kanavu Variyam, a Tamil movie directed by a Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram, has gone on to win the prestigious Remi Award in the US.
2) US President Barack Obama to honour six Indian Americans, who have made to the list of 106 scientists and engineers, with the highest US government prize for young independent researchers
3) Ismail Mahomed, an Indian-origin art lover and playwright in South Africa has been conferred knighthood by the French government for his lifelong devotion to the promotion of arts.
4) Long-distance runner Lalita Babar was named as the Sports Person of the Year in the India Sports Awards 2015.
5) Chemical scientist and well-known researcher Goverdhan Mehta has been conferred with Germany’s prestigious Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) Award.
6) Tennis star Sania Mirza, Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli and top-seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes’ inaugural list of top “promising young leaders and game changers” under the age of 30 in Asia.
7) A bag of rice weighing 550 kilograms has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the heaviest bag of rice. The rice bag of India Gate Classic Basmati Rice brand has achieved the feat at the annual 4-day food and hospitality trade show being held from February 21-25.
8) GVK Biosciences has bagged the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards in the category of Best Environment Friendly Project for its ‘Go Green, Grow Green’ plantation drive.
9) Dr Avinash Chander, Former Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and ex-DRDO chief, has received the prestigious Astronautical Society of India’s Aryabhata Award
10) Father Agnel School in Greater Noida’s Sector Beta 2 pipped 500 schools from across the country to emerge as the ‘greenest school’
11) ‘The Revenant’ scooped the best film, best actor and best director awards at the 69th edition of the biggest film awards outside the U.S.
12) ‘Nagaland is changing, But…’, a film on conservation efforts by villagers has won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category at this year’s 6th National Science Film Festival in Mumbai.
13) A total of 15 cities from across the country were felicitated by the central government for their good work in different areas of sanitation
14) President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Infosys Prize 2015 on six winners in New Delhi
15) Taylor Swift has taken home the 2016 award for Album of The Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards for her 2014 album 1989.
16) Fashion designer Manish Arora has been conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), France’s highest civilian honour.
17) Renowned Indian lyricist Sameer Anjaan has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for writing lyrics to the most number of Bollywood songs.
18) Robin Chaurasiya, an Indian teacher who runs a non-profit school in Mumbai for girls from the city’s red light areas has been named in the top 10 short-list for a global prize for teachers.
19) The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.
20) Renowned Indologist Professor David Shulman has been awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for his breakthrough studies in fields like religion and philosophy
21) Bethesda’s Fallout 4 has won Game of the Year at the DICE Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars of gaming.
22) National Award-winning Malayalam film “Ottaal” has been named as the Best Film by children’s jury at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
23) Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone swept the Zee Cine Awards 2016, winning awards in as many as 10 categories including the Jury Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director and Best Actress (Viewers’ Choice).
24) KJ Joseph from Kerala has set a new world record for the maximum number of knuckle push-ups in a minute.
25) The new version of Next Generation e-Ticketing System (NGET) introduced by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been bestowed gold in national award for e-governance 2015-16 in “Innovative Use of ICT by Central Government PSUs” category.
26) Lionel Messi has been named La Liga’s Player of the Month for January
27) Bollywood actress Vidya Balan received the Pride of Kerala Award from the World Malayalee Council and Kairali TV
28) Two new Hindi writers Amlendu Tiwari and Om Nagar have been chosen for the 11th Navlekhan award of the Bharatiya Jnanpith, Tiwari for his novel ‘Parityakt’ and on Nagar for his non-fictional prose Nib Ke Cheere Se
29) Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra has been conferred with the Diploma of Honour and President’s Button by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as an acknowledgment to his “contribution as an athlete” to the sport.
30) At the inaugural ceremony of MIFF 2016, Fadnavis and Col. Rathore honoured the veteran wildlife film maker Naresh Bedi with the V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award.
31) Waheeda Rehman was honoured with a special award for her contribution to the film industry as curtains came down on Yashwant International Film Festival.
32) Nisid Hajari has won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book, “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.”
33) Nitish Kumar has been chosen for the K Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015 for his contribution towards social justice as Chief Minister.
34) The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has named American professor Morton M. Mower as the winner of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 in the field of medicine.
35) The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has named British researcher Sir Michael Gideon Marmot as the winner of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 in the field of public health.
36) Corporation Bank has won three awards in ‘Best Social Bank Excellence Award 2015’, instituted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
37) Indian filmmaker Kanu Behl’s Titli film has bagged the Best First Foreign Film Award conferred by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2016 (FSCC).
38) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been presented with the lifetime achievement award at NDTV Indian of the Year Awards.
39) The Manipuri movie Phum Shang has won the Golden Conch award for the best documentary film (up to 60 minutes) at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Animation and Short Films.
40) Kerala’s all-women taxi cab service ‘She-Taxi’, touted as the country’s first 24×7 taxi network by women for women, has bagged the prestigious Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014.
41) Geetu Mohandas won Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award 2016 on 30 January 2016 for her script of yet-to-be shot film Insha Allah.
42) Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi classical music award for 2015-2016.
43) Well-known actor Nana Patekar will get the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award, instituted by city-based ‘Kusumagraj Prathishthan’. The other awardees include dancer Kanak Rele, Chetana Sinha, Dr Shashi Kumar Chitre, Dr Balkrishna Joshi and endurance cyclists Hitendra and Mahendra Mahajan for their contribution in various fields.
44) Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer Singh chosen for 2016 Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
45) Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda was felicitatedby Melbourne based South Asian community members in Australia.
The 2016 Oscars Winners – Complete List
• Best picture – “Spotlight”
• Best actor – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
• Best actress – Brie Larson, “Room”
• Best supporting actor – Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
• Best supporting actress – Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
• Best director – “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
• Best original screenplay – “Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
• Best adapted screenplay – “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
• Best costume design – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
• Best production design – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” production design by Colin Gibson; set decoration by Lisa Thompson
• Best makeup and hairstyling – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
• Best cinematography – “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
• Best film editing – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
• Best sound editing – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
• Best sound mixing – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
• Best visual effects – “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
• Best animated short film – “Bear Story,” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
• Best animated feature film – “Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
• Best documentary, short subject – “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
• Best documentary feature – “Amy,” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
• Best live-action short film – “Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
• Best foreign-language film – “Son of Saul,” Hungary
• Best original song – “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” Music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
• Best original score – “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone