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AWARDS AND HONOURS - November 2020

Nov 2020

Mar 23, 2021

'Chhichhore' Bags the National Film Award

  • Late Sushant Singh Rajput's film 'Chhichhore' bagged the National Film Award for best Hindi film at the 67th National Film Awards.
  • Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut was named best actress for her roles in 'Manikarnika' and 'Panga'.
  • Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush shared the best actor honour for their roles in 'Bhonsle' and 'Asuran', respectively.
  • Director Priyadarshan's Malayalam film "Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham" was declared the best feature film and Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan was named best director for Hindi film "Bahattar Hoorain" by the National Film Award jury, headed by filmmaker N Chandra, who said they judged the movies "not as gods but as parents".

Sheikh Mujibur ur Rehman Conferred Gandhi Peace Prize for 2020

  • The prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 has been awarded to Sheikh Mujibur ur Rehman, considered the father of the nation in Bangladesh.
  • According to a statement from the ministry of culture, the award, instituted in 1995, was conferred on the former Bangladesh leader after a jury committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its decision earlier in March 2021. The award carries a cash prize of Rs1 crore and a citation, besides a plaque.
  • The announcement comes ahead of Modi's visit to Dhaka to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.

Mar 15, 2021

Sahitya Akademi Award 2020

  • In the "Poetry Category" the award was bestowed upon Harish Meenakshi (Gujarati), RS Bhaskar (Konkani), Anamika (Hindi), Irungbam Deven (Manipuri), Nikhileshwar (Telugu) and Rupchand Hansda (Santali). In the "Novel Category" Imaiyam (Tamil), Nanda Khare (Marathi), Mahesh Chandra Sharma Gautam (Sanskrit), and Sri Hussain-ul-Haque have been named as winner. While, Apurba Kumar Saikia (Assamese), Hiday Koul Bharti (Kashmiri), Dharanidhar Owari (Bodo), Gurdev Singh Rupana (Punjab) and Kamakant Jha (Maithili) have won the award for short stories.
  • These books were selected following the recommendations made by a jury of three members of the concerned languages. They made their final decision in accordance with the procedure which was set down for this purpose. Under it, the Executive Board declared the Awards based on unanimous selections made by jurors or selection made in accordance with the majority vote.
  • The National Academy of Letters has announced the names for the "Sahitya Akademi Award 2020. The names were announced during the opening of the annual "Festival of Letters" event.
  • The award will be bestowed upon the politician-writer M. Veerappa Moily, poet Arundhathi Subramaniam along with other 20 writers. Subramaniam have won the award for her poetry collection called "When God is a Traveller" in English. Veerappa Moily has been named for his epic poetry called "Sri Bahubali Ahimsa Digvijayam" in Kannada language. The list comprises seven books of poetry, five short stories, four novels, two plays, and one memoir and one epic poetry in 20 Indian languages. The awards for Nepali, Malayalam, Odia and Rajasthani Languages will be announced later.


Grammy Awards 2021

  • Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.
  • Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner on the song.
  • The Best Music Video award is given to the artist, video director and video producer.
  • Burna Boy, real name Damini Ogulu, a nominee for a second consecutive year, won with his Twice As Tall album.
  • The 63rd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles. Traditionally billed as "music's biggest night", this year's ceremony was different because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • There was no audience, and performers were separated onto five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

Mar 13, 2021

Deepika Padukone Joins WEF List of Young Global Leader

  • Actress Deepika Padukone and several Indian citizens and India-origin persons joined the list of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) compiled by the World Economic Forum.
  • Announcing its 2021 class of YGLs, the WEF said that these are the world's most promising 112 tomorrow's leaders under the age of 40 and are involved in activities ranging from advocating for public healthcare to campaigning for inclusivity in medical research.
  • They join a group of Nobel Prize recipients, Pulitzer winners, heads of state and chief executive officers committed to improving the state of the world, said the Geneva-based organisation that describes itself as an international organisation for public-private cooperation.
  • The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable future while meeting increasingly complex and interrelated challenges.

Mar 10, 2021

Michelle Obama to be Inducted into US National Women's Hall of Fame

  • Former US first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame along with eight other women including former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, soccer icon Mia Hamm and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who died last year.
  • The National Women's Hall of Fame named the members of its Class of 2021 set to be inducted on October 2.
  • Others in the list include author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, Rebecca Halstead, who had a near three-decade career in the military, poet Joy Harjo, artist Judy Chicago and activist Emily Howland, who died in 1929 and had taught formerly enslaved people how to read and write in refugee settlements where she worked during the American Civil War.

Amitabh Bachchan to be Honoured with 2021 FIAF Award

  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be conferred upon with the prestigious 2021 FIAF Award by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the worldwide organisation of film archives and museums from across the world, at a virtual showcase scheduled to take place on March 19.
  • The 78-year-old Bollywood icon's name was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition, and study of India's film heritage.
  • Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who have been previous recipients, will give the award to Amitabh Bachchan.

Mar 09, 2021

Niger's Issoufou Wins African Leadership Prize

  • Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has been announced the 2020 winner of the $5m (£3.6m) Ibrahim Prize for African leadership.
  • Mr. Issoufou has served two five-year terms as president from 2011 to 2020. He is set to be succeeded by former Interior Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, who won the presidential election last month.
  • The prize committee praised the Nigerien president's leadership after inheriting one of the world's poorest economies.
  • Mr. Issoufou is the sixth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize.
  • Previous winners of the prize include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (2017), President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007).

Koneru Humpy Wins the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2020

  • Koneru Humpy, the reigning world chess champion in the rapid format, won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award 2020. Once the youngest ever chess Grandmaster at the age of 15, Humpy bagged the award after receiving the highest number of votes from the fans.
  • A 40-member jury had nominated Humpy, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker and hockey skipper Rani Rampal for this year's honour, last month.
  • BBC Director General, Tim Davie hosted the virtual awards ceremony and announced the winner. This year's Lifetime Achievement award went to the veteran athlete, Anju Bobby George, the only Indian athlete to have won a world championship medal in long jump in 2003.
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