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AWARDS AND HONOURS - May 2022

May 2022

Aug 27, 2022

17-Year-Old Pilot Mack Rutherford Sets Record for Solo Flight Around the World

  • A 17-year-old pilot, Mack Rutherford became the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a small aircraft after he landed in Bulgaria, where his journey kicked off five months ago.
  • Mack Rutherford, a Belgian-British dual national, landed on an airstrip west of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, to complete his task and claim two Guinness World Records.
  • Along with becoming the youngest person to fly around the world by himself, Rutherford is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight plane.

Aug 26, 2022

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wins UNESCO Peace Prize 2022

  • Former German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize 2022 for "her efforts to welcome refugees".
  • In the summer of 2015, as refugees were streaming into Europe, Merkel opened her country's borders and famously declared to Germans "Wir schaffen das", "We can do this." She eventually pulled back on her pro-immigration stance as support eroded among the public and within her own conservative party.
  • All the members of the jury were touched by her courageous decision in 2015 to welcome more than 1.2 million refugees, notably from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

Aug 25, 2022

Bangladeshi Fahmida Azim won the Pulitzer Prize 2022

  • Bangladesh-born Fahmida Azim working for the Insider online magazine of the US has been selected for the Pulitzer Prize 2022. She will be awarded under the category of Illustrated Reporting and Commentary.
  • She is among the four journalists including Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider being published from New York, selected for their work on the Chinese oppression of the Uyghurs. The work 'I escaped a Chinese internment Camp' has illustrations by Fahmida Azim.

 

Liberty Medal 2022 to be awarded to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

  •  The Liberty Medal 2022 will be awarded this fall to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The National Constitution Center has announced that Zelenskyy will be honoured in a ceremony in October for what it called "his heroic defence of liberty in the face of Russian tyranny."
  • President Zelenskyy has bravely led the Ukrainian people in their defence of freedom against Russian tyranny, and his courage has inspired people around the world to defend liberal democracy and the rule of law.

Aug 19, 2022

Putin Revives 'Mother Heroine' Title, Announces Reward of Rs. 13L for Bearing 10 Kids

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree, reviving the Soviet-era war of "Mother Heroine" title as the country battles a demographic crisis fuelled by plunging birth rates.
  • The Russian President Putin signed an order that said women who bear and raise 10 or more children will be bestowed with Russia's 'Mother Heroine' title as an 'honour'.
  • They will also receive a one-time payment of 1 million rubles (approx Rs. 13 lakh) after the 10th living child turns one. The mothers will 'qualify' for the 'award' even if any of their children die in battle, as the result of a terrorist act or in an emergency situation.
  • This decree was first introduced in 1944 by Soviet leader Josef Stalin in the wake of massive population losses during World War II. The title stopped being awarded after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 following the Cold War.

Aug 16, 2022

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards

  • The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is currently underway, and one of the prominent highlights from the festival is its awards night. The IFFM is held every year in Australia and celebrates the Indian cinematic spirit by showcasing a wide range of shows, films and series from the country.
  • The IFFM Awards were announced. The show was hosted by popular TV actor Rithvik Dhanjiani and some of the biggest winners of the night award event included Ranveer Singh-starrer sports drama 83, and the acclaimed Amazon Prime series Mumbai Diaries 26/11.
  • Some of the winners are Best Film: 83, Best Director: Shoojit Sircar (Sardar Udham) and Aparna Sen (The Rapist), Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (83), Best Actress: Shefali Shah (Jalsa), Best Series: Mumbai Diaries 26/11.
  • The 13th edition of IFFM began on August 12 and will conclude on August 30. The in-person event will be done by August 20, post which the festival will go on virtually for additional ten days.
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