Current Affairs May 2017 - Persons in NEWS


News 1 - Saqib Majeed won 2016 Wisden-MCC Cricket ‘Photograph of the Year’ Award

Saqib Majeed

Kashmir’s freelance photographer Saqib Majeed bagged title of 2016 Wisden-MCC Cricket ‘Photograph of the Year’. The picture he clicked was image of boys playing cricket at the Nishat garden in the outskirts of Srinagar.

With this award, he became the first Kashmiri and second Asian after Atul Kamble to be honoured with the prestigious award.

Wisden Cricketer Almanack is a book, every year published by MCC, which displays best sports pictures from across the globe.

News 2 - Emma Watson was honoured with first ever ‘Genderless Acting Award’

Emma Watson

27-year-old Hollywood actress Emma Watson created history by taking away first-ever Genderless Acting Award under Best Actor category for "Beauty and the Beast" at the recent MTV Movie and TV Awards.

She was honoured at a ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium. MTV introduced this award to create a genderless award for acting where acting need not to be separated into two different categories.

Emma Watson played character of a girl named Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" whose curiosity and passion for knowledge were grounds for her upliftment.

News 3 - Lion' actor Sunny Pawar named Rising Star at Asian Awards

Sunny Pawar

Oscar-nominated film Lion’s child artist ‘Sunny Pawar’ was honoured with Rising Star Award at the 7th Annual Asian Awards. Sunny Pawar is known for his acting in an Australian drama. He played the role of young Saroo Brierley in the film Lion. Sunny belongs to Mumbai, India.

The Asian Awards honour people who have achieved the excellence in their field such as Shah Rukh Khan, Bruce Lee, Zayn Malik, Jack Ma, Dr Amar Bose, David Tang, Freddie Mercury, Kunal Nayyar and Ahmed Kathrada.

News 4 - Amitabh Bachchan appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region

Amitabh Bachchan

World Health Organization has appointed legendary actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the hepatitis epidemic.

Though preventable, viral hepatitis kills 4,10,000 people in the Region every year, mostly people in their productive years. Mr Bachchan will lend his voice and support to public awareness programmes. Mr Bachchan had served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio in India.

News 5 - Nepalese woman created world record for scaling Everest 8 times


A 44-year-old Nepalese woman Lhakpa Sherpa created world record by scaling Mt Everest for the 8th time from the North Col (Tibetan side).

She broke her own record. Lhakpa scaled Mt Everest from Tibet side for the 7th time and first time from Nepal side in 2000. She aims to climb Mt Everest for 10 times.

Mt Everest is earth's highest mountain peak located in the in the Mahalangur Range, 8,848 metres above the sea level. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are known to complete the first confirmed ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.

News 6 - Pranay Varada bagged 2017 National Geographic Bee Competition

Pranay Varada

A 14-year-old Texas’ Pranay Varada won the 29th annual National Geographic Bee contest held at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The winner was given $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The second runner up of the contest was 14-year-old Thomas Wright of Mequon, Wisconsin, who received $25,000 prize money.

Around 54 state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2017 National Geographic Bee contest.

News 7 - India’s Anshu Jamsenpa becomes first woman to conquer Mt Everest twice within 5 days

Anshu Jamsenpa

India’s Anshu Jamsenpa has become first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five days. Anshu Jamsenpa along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa scaled the peak. Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer stood atop of world’s highest mountain on May 16.

Jamsenpa set the world record becoming the first woman climber to make double ascent in five days-time, she is also the first Indian woman to scale Mt Everest for the fifth time.