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Major Mitali Madhumita is the first woman officer to receive a gallantry award in the Army.
She was honoured along with 21 Army personnel for acts of bravery and distinguished service at the military station here during the South Western Command Investiture Ceremony.
Two Yudh Seva medals,
Nine Sena medals (Gallantry),
Two Sena medals (Distinguished) and
Eight Vishisht Seva medals
were presented by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command, Lieutenant General S. K. Singh.
Sepoy Jagtar Singh of the Punjab Regiment was awarded the Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously
Sepoy Purna Limboo was also awarded the Sena Medal (Gallantry) for displaying exemplary courage during a search operation in Kulgam.
The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) honoured Roda Mehta with this year’s AAAI Lifetime Achievement Award.
This Award is the highest honour given to an individual in India for his/her outstanding contribution to the Advertising Industry.
Roda Mehta is a pioneer in more ways than one. This Award is well-deserved recognition for the stellar leadership she provided our industry and our eco-system for over two decades, during which time she also nurtured a whole generation of professional talent
Hindustan Unilever (HUL) won the ‘Green Marketer’ award at the debut edition of Marquee Awards 2017.
The Special Award for ‘Conquering an impregnable fortress’ was won by Bira 91. Pro Kabaddi League was recognized as the brand that ‘Traversed unchartered waters’ and Paytm was recognized for ‘Riding on an emerging wave’.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter was awarded for ‘Breathing new life into a category’, Indian Accent was recognized for ‘Creating a Global Impact’ while Oppo was recognized for ‘Carving out a Niche’ for themselves in a highly competitive category.
The Hugo Award for Best Novel 2017 was given to Nora K. Jemisin, an American speculative fiction writer for her work “The Obelisk Gate”.
The award was presented at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki.
The awarded book was the second in the trilogy that started with “The Fifth Season”, which was New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and won Jemisin the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016.
Ada Palmer was awarded the Best New Writer, Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” was the Best Novella, “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon was the Best Novelette, and “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar the Best Short Story.
“The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, was awarded the Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form. It won over the best seller Game of Thrones, a series that had two books in the six-finalist shortlist.
Panchpatmalli bauxite mine of National Aluminium Company (NALCO) has been awarded for its initiative in areas like environment, safety and health.
The Navaratna PSU has bagged the Appreciation Award in large mines category at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Eastern Region Safety Health & Environment Excellence Awards 2016-17.
On behalf of NALCO, S Chaudhuri, General Manager (Mines) and Sanjaya Kumar Patnaik, AGM (Environment), received the award at the 11th Symposium on Safety and award ceremony organised by CII Eastern Region
Gemfield’s ‘Retail Jeweler India Award’ given to Malabar Gold & Diamonds.
MALABAR Gold & Diamonds, one of the Big 5 jewelry retailers received the ‘Retail Jeweler India Award’ for the special contributions to the gem and jewellery industry.
Malabar Gold & Diamonds has also awarded the best television campaign award for the current year.
Sravanth Malla Clinches Title of National Champion at 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee
Sravanth Malla correctly spelled the word “Chytridiales,” defined as an order of simple, aquatic fungi of the phylum Chytridiomycota, during the 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee finals to clinch the title of national champion and take home a cash prize of $3,000.
Dr. Debraj Shome awarded as Indian of the Year at India Leadership Conclave.
World Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Debraj Shome has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Indian of the Year’ award at the 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2017, held in Mumbai on 4th August 2017.
India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership awards which are also known as the ‘ILC Power Brand’ were instituted by the Network 7 media group in the year 2009 to felicitate individuals as well as organizations for their relentless hard work and unequalled contributions in six different categories.
Dr. Debraj Shome has been awarded with the ‘Indian of the Year’ for 2017, for reaching remarkable heights of success in facial plastic and cosmetic surgery and research.
Dr. Debraj Shome is the top facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon in India and his talent and hard work have been recognized by many other agencies and organizations over the years. Four distinct prestigious fellowships make him an illustrious figure in the field of facial plastic surgery.
ASSOCHAM confers best Skilling India award on National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER) to meet growing skilling needs of the country.
Assocham, which has instituted skilling India awards to recognize contributions by individuals and organizations in successfully integrating developmental initiatives, processes and operations to meet growing skilling needs of the country, has conferred the best skilling award on National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER).
NACER is an apex level organization for mentoring and monitoring RSETIs working under ministry of rural development.
NACER was awarded best NGO in skill development award for 2016-17 in recognition of its contribution in the field of skill development through RSETIs
Former India Hockey captain Sardar Singh and Paralympian javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia have been selected to be awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.
The awards selection committee has recommended both Jhajharia and Sardar to be considered for the award jointly.
With this, the 36-year old Jhajharia becomes the first Paralympian to be recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour. Jhajharia is also the first Indian to have won two Paralympic gold medals in the javelin throw event.
He is one of modern hockey’s finest defensive mid-fielders ever, leading India to two successive silver medal finishes in the Commonwealth Games. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012.
Indian-origin actor Dev Patel won Asia Society Game Changers Award for making a ‘transformative and positive’ difference for the future of Asia and the world.
The Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is among nine individuals to be honoured by a leading educational organisation for making a ‘transformative and positive’ difference for the future of Asia and the world.
London-born Patel, who became popular with his debut film Slumdog Millionaire, will be felicitated with the Asia Society 2017 Asia Game Changers Award at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations, New York, in November.
The Asia Game Changer lifetime achievement award will be given to Aga Khan, Founder of the Aga Khan Development Network for using philanthropy to lift millions of Asia’s most vulnerable.
Ravindra Jadeja becomes World’s No. 1 test all rounder player for first time.
Ravindra Jadeja was already the top ranked Test bowler in the ICC Test rankings but now he is also World No 1 in all rounders after eclipsing Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh in the latest rankings announced on Tuesday
R Ashwin has been removed from his second spot in ICC Test rankings for bowlers with Jimmy Anderson’s seven wickets propelling him to World No 2.
Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant honoured by UAE govt with the country’s prestigious Community Service Medal
An Indian businessman in the UAE, who has spent over USD 4 million to help free prisoners languishing in jails due to non-payment of debts, has been honoured with the country’s prestigious Community Service Medal.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE, Lt General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, honoured Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant with the Community Service Medal.
This is the first time any expatriate community member has been given this prestigious award.
Veteran actor and national award winner Sharada has been selected for this year’s Prem Nazir Award
Sharada had won three national awards with the first being for her performance in 1968 tragedy film ‘Thulabharam’. She also won the award for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu).
Prem Nazir won his only Kerala State Film Award in 1981; he won a Special Jury Award for the supporting role he played in the film Vida Parayum Munbe.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1983 by the President of India in recognition of distinguished services of a high order to the nation in his field (acting).
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been named the world’s most highly-paid author with earnings of £72.2m ($95m) this year
The Edinburgh-based writer beat Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes’ list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.
Her books have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and last year she made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
1. JK Rowling (Harry Potter) – $95m (£72,183,000)
2. James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club) – $87m (£66,316,000)
3. Jeff Kinney (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) – $21m (£16,000,000)
4. Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) – $20m (£15,250,000)
5. Stephen King (The Dark Tower) – $15m (£11,434,000).
National Geographic Photographer of The Year:Sergio Tapiro Velasco ( Mexico)
A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the prestigious title of 2017National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
Velasco will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as a $2500 prize. Velasco’s incredible photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries.
Tata Power, has been awarded for excellence in cost management in the ‘power distribution and transmission’ category at the 14th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2016.
The award by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) is in recognition of Tata Power’s continued efforts towards cost reduction and cost competitiveness.
It looks to propagate and emphasise on wider application of Cost Management tools and techniques and adoption of relevant Cost Management Strategies across various sectors for improving competitiveness of industry.
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has overtaken Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-shing to become Asia’s second-richest man.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Ambani’s wealth has seen a rise of $12.1 billion with the oil-to telecom conglomerate’s shares seeing a surge with investors rallying behind his decision to launch the cheapest 4G phone, according to a Bloomberg report.
Li Ka-shing is the richest man in Hong Kong with a business empire that ranges from telecommunications to retail and port
Japan has named former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar for its prestigious ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties
Mr. Kumar has been selected for the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, which is the highest category of decoration, in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals. Ratan Tata was also conferred the decoration in the past.
A Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa, who helped save Cambodia’s renowned Angkor Wat temple complex was among the winners of this year’s Magsaysay Awards
The Philippine Educational Theater Association was also honoured for 50 years of work in developing a national theatre, staging “protest” plays during the dictatorship of the late president.
Ferdinand Marcos Gethsie Shanmugam, 83, a Tamil psychological counsellor, also received the award for addressing emotional damage, particularly among women and children, who suffered from violence and disasters in her native Sri Lanka.
Seven Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue, with the retail giant Walmart topping the global rankings
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is ranked highest at 161st among Indian firms, while another state-run firm Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has moved out of the rankings for 2016. Private gems and jewellery major Rajesh Exports has made its debut at 423rd position.
Among the seven Indian companies, four are from the public sector while Reliance Industries (RIL) is the top-ranked among private sector firms, followed by Tata Motors and Rajesh Exports.
Among state-run majors, IOC is followed by banking behemoth State Bank of India, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.
The seven companies and their rankings are;
Tata Motors: 226th ,
Bharat Petroleum: 358th,
Hindustan Petroleum: 367th,
Oil and Natural Gas, Corporation: 426th.
The overall list was topped by Walmart with revenue of $482,130 million, followed by State Grid (revenue of $329,601 million) and China National Petroleum ($299,271 million) at the second and third place respectively.
Advani gets Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha
Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as a parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha.
JD-U leader Sharad Yadav also received the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Rajya Sabha representative from Vice President Hamid Ansari at a function organised by the Lokmat Media Group to honour distinguished Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members.
The other awardees from the Lok Sabha included;
1. Revolutionary Socialist Party MP N.K. Premachandran (Best Parliamentarian),
2. Congress leader Kumari Sushmita Dev (Best Woman Parliamentarian) and
3. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi (Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian).
Leading oil marketing company Indian Oil has bagged the WPC Excellence Award for its innovative and ground-breaking INDMAX technology at 22nd edition of the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.
Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil and SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D) received the award from Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar.
LPG as a clean and convenient cooking fuel, he added. Developed by Indian Oil’s R&D Centre, the INDMAX technology is highly suitable for heavy crude oil feeds contaminated with metals.
In addition to the WPC Excellence award for INDMAX technology, Indian Oil also won the top honours for the unsurpassed scale of implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) it had spearheaded for distribution of deposit-free LPG connections to below-poverty-line families.
The J&K Tourism Department has received the award in the category of ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination and Eco-Tourism Destination’ by Indian International Travel Mart
The J&K Tourism Department has received the award in the category of ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination and Eco-Tourism Destination’ at a 3-Day event organized by Indian International Travel Mart, Chennai Deputy Director Tourism (Publicity) Peerzada Zahoor who was representing the J&K State received the award.
During the Travel Mart, J&K stall which was beautifully decorated attracted huge visitors mostly locals and travel agents.
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