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AWARDS AND HONOURS - October 2020

Oct 2020

Oct 30, 2020

Global Awards for Victor Banerjee

  • Actor Victor Banerjee won two global awards in two days for his role as a priest, Father O'Hara, in the 2019 film, Josef - Born in Grace. The first was for Best Actor at the India International Film Festival of Boston and the second, was best supporting actor, at the Ontario International Film Festival in October 2020.
  • Josef - Born in Grace has made waves since its release in 2019. It was in the race for contention at the Oscars earlier this year.
  • In September, it won Best Set Design at the Madrid International Film Festival; and it also won a second award at the Ontario International Film Festival this week, when Sudheer Palsane was declared Best Cinematographer.
  • Directed by Susant Misra, Josef - Born in Grace is an adaptation of a short story titled Joseph, written by well-known Odia author Umakanta Mahapatra.

Oct 29, 2020

Bangladeshi Boy Wins Special Prize in Global Art Competition

  • A six year old Bangladeshi boy Anzar Mustaeen Ali won a special prize of USD 1000 for his artwork in the global art competition organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). 
  • The ICCR had launched a global painting competition named 'United Against CORONA- Express through Art' which attracted 8000 artwork entries from around the world. 
  • The final jury evaluated and decided the winners from each category such as Indian and Foreign, Professional/Amateur/Children in four different sections: Contemporary Art; Folk and Tribal Art; Cartoons and Illustrations and Digital and New Age Art. The maximum number of entries for the global competition was received from Bangladesh.
  • High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami handed over the prize money of USD 1000 to Master Anzar Mustaeen Ali in a function held at the Chancery in Dhaka. Six other art works from Bangladesh were selected for showcasing at the digital art exhibition of ICCR.

Oct 28, 2020

Indian Outfit Wins UN Award for Efforts to Combat Climate Change amid Covid

  • An Indian organisation that leverages tourism and technology to help remote communities access solar energy has won a prestigious UN award for its efforts to combat climate change amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) is among the winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Award.
  • GHE is one of the world's first organisations using tourism and technology to bring solar energy to remote communities.
  • The recipients of the 2020 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards, bring focus to the best examples of what people across the globe are doing "to combat climate change in a year that has cast darkness upon so many."
  • GHE is one of the world's first outfit using tourism and technology to bring solar energy to remote communities as recognised by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Oct 27, 2020

Polish City Wroclaw Names Square after Harivansh Rai Bachchan

  • Amitabh Bachchan shared that Polish city Wroclaw has named a square after his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
  • It is a moment of pride for their family and the Indian community in Wroclaw. Earlier in July, students of the University of Wroclaw had paid tribute to the veteran Hindi poet by reciting his popular poem Madhushala.

Oct 26, 2020

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Prize

  • Alessandra Korap of the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon was awarded the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize for her work defending the rights, ancestral lands and culture of Indigenous people in Brazil.
  • The $30,000 award was presented to her by the former U.S. senator's daughter, Kerry Kennedy, in a virtual ceremony from Washington at which keynote speaker former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised her courage.
  • The award draws attention to the struggle of her tribe to stop the building of hydroelectric dams on the Tapajos River, where the Munduruku live, and gain recognition for their reservation lands.
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