Current Affairs January 2019 - Awards


1 - Mandhana Won ICC women’s Cricketer of the Year Award

Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana, the opener batsman of India, won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award. Mandhana has outstandingly performed in ODI series against England and helped India win the ODI series. Besides, she has also helped her team to win ODI series against Sri Lanka and South Africa this year.

With 669 runs in 12 matches, the 22-year-old Mandhana finished as the highest scorer in ODIs in 2018. She scored seven half-centuries and one hundred in this year. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine announced as the runner-up for the ODI Player of the Year.

2 - India born, Dr. Rattan Lal Honored Japan Prize - 2019

Dr. Rattan Lal

India born, Dr. Rattan Lal, who is a distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. has been honored with Japan Prize 2019. He has been given this award for his work in identifying technological options adapted to various ecosystems through his intensive basic and applied research on processes and factors of soil degradation.

The soil degradation, that he found, is caused by inappropriate biological production. Therefore, Dr. Rattan was recommended for his commendable agricultural practices, which reduce risks of soil degradation.

3 - Kohli Became First player to Win All Three Top ICC Awards in Single Year

Virat Kohli

Indian Cricket Team Captain, Virat Kohli, has become the first player in the world who has won all the top three ICC Awards of 2018. Mr. Kohli has made several records in the year 2018-19.

Kohli won Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year, and the ICC Men’s ODI Player of the year for his outstanding performance in 2018.

4 - BJP MP Anurag Thakur Honored with Sansad Ratna Award

Anurag Thakur

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and member of parliament (MP) Anurag Thakur became the first BJP leader to honored with the Sansad Ratna Award. The award is given to him on January 19, 2019 for his distinguished performance as a parliamentarian.

The Sansad Ratna Award was set up on the suggestion of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 2010. Dr. Kalam himself launched the first edition of the award in May 2010.

5 - Bharat Ratna CNR Rao Chosen for Sheikh Saud International Prize

Sheikh Saud

Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna recipient, CNR Rao has been nominated by the Centre for Advanced Materials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first Sheikh Saud International Prize, 2019. He has been chosen for this award for his work namely Materials Research.

The award will be presented to Rao during the International Workshop on Advanced Materials, which will be held in Ras Al Khaima, UAE on February 25, 2019.

6 - Indian Athlete Vinesh Phogat Nominated for Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year

Athlete Vinesh Phogat

Indian female wrestler Vinesh Phogat has been nominated for the prestigious award ‘Laureus World Comeback’ Award on January 18, 2019 in Monaco, France.

She is nominated for this award for her comeback and winning the Asian Games Gold medal. She suffered an injury during the quarterfinal of 50 kg freestyle wrestling event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

7 - WHO Goodwill Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa Received Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018

World Health Organization

Goodwill ambassador of World Health Organization (WHO), Yohei Sasakawa, has been honored with the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018. He has been given this award on January 17, 2019. The award is given for his work of Leprosy Elimination.

This award is presented to him in recognition of his work towards the eradication of the disease in India as well as across the world.

8 - PM Narendra Modi Honored with Philip Kotler Presidential Award

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, has become the first recipient of the prestigious ‘Philip Kotler presidential award.’ He received the award on January 14, 2019 in New Delhi.

As per a report from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)- “The award focuses on the triple (‘P’) bottom-line of ‘People, Profit and Planet.’ From now onwards, this will be offered annually to the distinguished leader of a nation".

9 - ‘Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta Received Lifetime Achievement Award

Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta

At the 3rd Cinemar Samabartan ceremony, which was held in Kolkata, filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019. West Bengal Film Journalists’ Association (WBFJA) conferred this award to veteran filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta for his unforgettable contribution to Bengali cinema.

In addition to this, he has already been honored with other prominent awards such as lifetime achievement award at the Spain International Film Festival, Golden Athena Award at the Athens International Film Festival, etc.

10 - Namita Gokhale Won Sushila Devi Literature Award

Namita Gokhale

Noted author Namita Gokhale won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel "Things to Leave Behind" in the Best Book of Fiction category. She received the award at Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF) on January 12, 2019.

Ms. Gokhale is the author of sixteen books in which nine books are work of fiction such as ‘Paro’, ‘Lost in Time’, ‘Priya’, ‘The Puffin Mahabharata’ etc.

11 - Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli Received Honorary Membership of Sydney Cricket Ground

Ravi Shastri and Kohli

Virat Kohli, the present captain of Indian cricket team, and former cricketer and coach of Indian cricket team Ravi Shashtri have been given honorary membership of Sydney Cricket Ground.

In the world’s cricket history, only iconic international players like Sachin Tendulkar of India and Brain Lara of West Indies have been given honorary membership of Sydney Cricket Ground(SCG) but now two more Indian cricketers have been honored.

On January 11, 2019, Indian cricket team’s Captain and skipper Virat Kohli along with coach Ravi Shastri received the honorary membership of SCG.

12 - 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year Award Given to Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah, the player of Liverpool, has been honored with the Confederation of African Football Player of the Year Award 2018. The Premier League's player of the year, Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season and secured 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award for the second time.

He also won BBC African Football Player of the year award second time in row.

13 - Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society Honored Farooq Sheikh & Asha Parekh

Farooq Sheikh and Asha Parekh

Veterans Asha Parekh and Late Farooq Sheikh were honored by the Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society to commemorate the 52nd death anniversary of the renowned filmmaker, Bimal Roy on January 8, 2019.

The organization, Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society was established 22 years ago in memory of the late filmmaker ‘Bimal Roy’. Its main aim is to reward unpraised heroes of the Indian film industry.

14 - Andhra Pradesh’s Department of Water Resources Received Award for Polavaram Project

Water Resources

Department of Water Resources (WR) was honored with the highly prestigious ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) Award’ for 2019 on January 4. The award is given for its planning, implementation and monitoring of the Polavaram project located on the Godavari River for the category of water resources.

This award is presented to them for the completion of about 55.12 percent of this multi river valley project. As of now, it is one of the largest projects of the country. While executing this project, the department also faced several challenges in the excavation and concrete work for spill channel, spillway and the construction of the earth-cum-rock-filled (ECRF), etc.

15 - 15-year Old Wahengbam Lamnganba Singh Selected for National Bravery Award

National Bravery Award

Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) has selected Wahengbam Lamnganba, a 15 years old boy for National Bravery Award. Wahengbam is a native of Bishnupur district in Manipur. He has been selected for this award for saving his two and half years old cousin from drowning in a pond on May 16, 2018.

Lamnganba will soon receive award and memento with other kids from honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

16 - Prof. Manoj Das Received Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award

Prof. Manoj Das

On the occasion of the 53rd foundation day ceremony of Berhampur university, Odisha; Notable English and Odia writer, Prof. Manoj Das was awarded with ‘Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award.’ The Lifetime Achievement is given to him for his distinguished contribution in the field of Literature.

He has also been awarded with other eminent awards such as Saraswati Samman in the year 2000 and the fourth highest Civilian Award, Padma Shri in 2001 for his great contribution in the field of Literature and Education.

17 - IIT Professor Jayanta Kumar Ghosh Honored with Life Time Achievement Award

Jayanta Kumar Ghosh

IIT professor Jayanta Kumar Ghosh has been honored with Life time achievement award namely ‘National Geospatial Award for excellence’ on January 1, 2019. The award is given for his work in the field of Geo-Spatial Science by The Indian Society for Remote Sensing.

The award comprises a citation, a medal and Rs 1 lakh. Ghosh is a professor of Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. According to Ghosh, the award is an acknowledgement of his scientific contribution.

18 - National Nritya Shiromani Award 2019 Given to Anindita

Nritya Shiromani

Anindita Neogy Anaam is a US based Kathak dancer, recently honored by the award ‘National Nritya Shiromani.’ She has been honored for promoting and encouraging different dance forms all over the world.

The award was given to her in Cuttack on the occasion of 10th Cuttack Mahostsav (festival) on January 2, 2019. Anindita also showed her talent as a Kathak dancer in the opening ceremony of this annual festival.

Besides, Anindita has also been honored with other national awards such as Jayadev Rashtriya Puraskar and Bidagdha Nartaki Samman for her great contribution in upbringing Indian Art in India as well as across the world.

19 - Three Indian-origin Women Scientists Awarded by The Australian Government

Three Indian-origin Women Scientists

Three Indian-origin women scientists – Devika Kamath, Onisha Patel and Asha Rao have been awarded by the Australian Government.

These three woman scientists had gone Australia to pursue the research of search of better opportunities. In due course of time, Australian Government recognized them through Superstar of STEM initiative and made to the list of 60 superstars of STEM list announced by the Australian Government. Besides, the Australian Government is also planning to provide them training to engage them as mentor for female students.