Current Affairs April 2018 - Awards


1 - Sreekumaran Thampi to be awarded with J.C. Daniel Award

Sreekumaran Thampi

`Lyricist and director Sreekumaran Thampi has been selected for the J.C. Daniel Award, the Kerala government’s highest honour for lifetime contribution to Malayalam cinema. The award comprises of ?5 lakh and a citation.

Mr Thampi is the 25th recipient of the state's highest film honour. He penned for nearly 80 films. Thampi has also directed 29 films. He also directed 13 TV serials. He is also the recipient of the Vallathol Award, a literary award as an acknowledgment to his contribution to Malayalam cinema.

2 - Actress Anushka Sharma honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

Anushka Sharma

Veteran actress Anushka Sharma was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for her outstanding work as an actress as well as a producer. The award will be given by an organisation called Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation, a Mumbai-based organisation.

Anushka Sharma was appreciated for her work as a producer for movie NH10. She has started Clean Slate Films production house in union with her brother Karnesh Sharma. Anushka Sharma has produced some other movies known as NH 10, Phillauri and Pari.

3 - 65th National Film Awards for 2017 announced

The 65th National Film Awards 2017 were announced.

The key award winners are:

Award Winner
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Vinod Khanna
Best Feature Film ‘Village Rockstars’
Best Popular Film ‘Baahubali - The Conclusion’
Nargis Dutt Award For Best Feature Film Dhappa(Marathi)
Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film Of A Director ‘Sinjar’(Jasari)
Special Jury Award Nagarkirtan (Feature film), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings And Monday(Non feature film)

4 - Pulitzer Prizes 2018 list unveiled

Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy announced 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

Category Winner
Fiction Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less”
Drama Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok
History The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
Biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Poetry Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Apart from above mentioned literary awards, prizes are awarded in 21 categories. The winner receives a certificate and a $15,000 cash award. The Pulitzer Prize is administered by Columbia University, New York.

5 - Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda gave away Kayakalp awards

Shri JP Nadda

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda gave away Kayakalp awards. The first prize of Rs2.5 Crore was given to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi under A category. In the group B category, the winner was NEIGRIHMS, Shillong with Rs1.50 Crore as prize money.

Kayakalp - Award to Public Health Facilities was instituted on 15th May 2015 as a National Initiative to give Awards to those public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control focuses on promoting cleanliness in public spaces.

6 - Madhya Pradesh conferred Most Film Friendly Award

Film Friendly Award

State of Madhya Pradesh was conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State. MP has created a well-structured web site, film friendly infrastructure, offering incentives, maintaining databases, undertaking marketing and promotional initiatives.

Uttarakhand was given a Special Mention Certificate to recognize the efforts made by it towards creating a film friendly environment. Acclaimed filmmaker Shri Ramesh Sippy chaired the jury.

7 - BCCL Chairman awarded with Lifetime Contribution to Media Award


Indu Jain has been awarded with the All India Management Association’s (AIMA’s) annual award for lifetime contribution to media. She is the Chairman of Bennett, Coleman & Co, India’s largest media house, which publishes newspapers and magazines, including The Times of India.

AIMA conferred the award on Jain for managing the Times Group, apart from establishing the Times Foundation, an institution working towards social causes. Jain has also been awarded with the Padma Bhushan in 2016.

8 - Union Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu presented CHEMEXCIL Export Awards

Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu gave away the CHEMEXCIL Export Awards and Certificates of Merit for the year 2016-17. EXCEL INDUSTRIES LTD and MEGHMANI ORGANICS LIMITED received Life Time Achievement Award.

Summary of Awards 2016-2017
Name of the Award No. of Awards

9 - India’s first Print Biennale Prize distributed

Print Biennale Prize

The awards of Print Biennale India 2018 was distributed Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. The winners of the biennale were Arup Kumar Kuity (Andhra Pradesh), Satya Narayana Gavara (Andhra Pradesh), Preya Bhagat (Uttar Pradesh), Purvi Parmar (Gujrat) and Sonal Varshneya (Uttar Pradesh).

Artists from 17 countries participated in the Biennale. A total number of 988 entries were received from across India, of which 127 had been chosen for the event.

10 - CSIR bagged National Intellectual Property (IP) Award 2018


The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was awarded the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award 2018 in the category “Top R&D Institution / Organization for Patents and Commercialization”.

CSIR has been ranked 9th in the world amongst the 1207 government institutions, with an overall global ranking of 75 in the world, covering 5250 institutions. The Indian Intellectual Property Office confers National Intellectual Property (IP) Award on outstanding innovators, organizations and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year.

11 - Jailed Egyptian photographer won UN press freedom prize

Egyptian Photographer

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been selected by an independent international jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

Shawkan, a photojournalist, has been in jail since 14 August 2013 when he was arrested while covering a demonstration at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo. Laureates of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Prize receive $25,000. The Prize will be awarded on 2 May on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

12 - Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 List

The key winners of Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 are:

Award Winner
Best actor (male) Shahid Kapoor
Best actor people's choice award Ranveer Singh
Entertainer of the year Kartik Aryan
Best actress (critics) Aditi Rao Hydari
Lifetime achievement award Simi Garewal
Pride of Indian cinema Sanjay Dutt
Best director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Outstanding performance - male Raj Kumar Rao, Rana Daggubati
Outstanding performance - female Tamannahh Bhatia, Kriti Sanon