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PM Modi receives first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai on Sunday.

The award has been instituted in memory and honour of the legendary singer who passed away at the age of 92 years in Mumbai earlier this year.

PM Modi received the award in presence of Usha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, among others.

PM while receiving the award said, “Lata didi was like my elder sister. She was an embodiment of Ma Saraswati. Music teaches Rashtra bhakti. Her voice inspired patriotism-Ae mere Watan Ke logo.”

The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Charitable Trust had said in a statement that the award will be given every year to an individual “who has made path-breaking, spectacular and exemplary contributions to our nation, its people and our society.” (ANI)

World Athletics awards Anju Bobby George as Woman of the Year

Lausanne [Switzerland]: World Athletics has awarded sprinter Anju Bobby George as ‘Woman of the Year’ after her efforts in advancing the sport in India as well as inspiring more women to follow in her footsteps made her more than a worthy recipient of this year’s award.
George, the former international long jump star from India is still actively involved in the sport. In 2016 she opened a training academy for young girls, which has already helped to produce a world U20 medallist. A constant voice for gender equality in her role as Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation, Bobby George also mentors schoolgirls for future leadership positions within the sport, and hence she was awarded Woman of the Year.
Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway were named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021, a ceremony held virtually on Wednesday.
Thompson-Herah produced one of the finest sprint seasons in history this year, retaining her Olympic 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo and adding a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay. On top of her Olympic triple, she also clocked world-leading times of 10.54 and 21.53 over 100m and 200m respectively, moving to second on the world all-time lists and coming within touching distance of the long-standing world records.
“I just take it year by year,” said Thompson-Herah in an official release. “I went very close to the world record so you know, anything is possible. No spikes hanging up any time soon,”
The World Championships in Oregon is most definitely my next big target,” she added. “It is close to home, I hope friends and family can come out and watch. I hope I get some crowd as well. That couldn’t happen in Tokyo but hopefully, in Eugene, I can get my friends and family to come and cheer me on.”

Former US President Obama nominated for Grammy award for his audiobook memoir

Former US President, Barack Obama

Washington [US]: Former US President Barack Obama has been nominated for the Grammy award for his audio book “A promised Land in the category Best Spoken Word Album, the Recording Academy said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Best Spoken Word Album Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling: Aftermath, LeVar Burton, Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis, Don Cheadle, Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago, J. Ivy, 8:46, Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman, A Promised Land, Barack Obama,” the statement said. This is Obama’s third attempt to get the award after being previously nominated in the same category in 2006 and 2008.
Published in November 2020, “A Promised Land” is the first of a planned two-volume memoir book that presents the time of Obama in office and describes his early years up through the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

War hero Abhinandan Varthaman to receive Veer Chakra

New Delhi [India] : Indian Air Force ace pilot Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on Monday.
Varthaman was recently promoted to the rank of Group Captain. Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat on February 27 a day after the Balakot airstrike.
In the process, he flew over Pakistan occupied Kashmir and his MiG-21 was hit and he had to eject over the territory controlled by the enemy.
He was then taken into custody by the Pakistan Army. The Pakistan Army was forced to release him due to the extensive pressure exerted by the Indian side along with international intervention into the matter.
Abhinandan was part of the Srinagar-based 51 squadron and had flown to thwart an aerial attack launched by the Pakistanis on February 27, 2019.
India had launched an aerial strike on Pakistan’s terrorist facility in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area run by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on February 26.

Prakash Padukone to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from BWF

New Delhi [India]: India badminton great Prakash Padukone will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The BWF Council shortlisted the Indian legend based on the award commission’s recommendation. Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted his name for this award. The former World No. 1 and the first-ever Indian World Championships medallist, Padukone has contributed immensely to the game. In 2018, he was also honoured with the BAI’s Life Time Achievement Award.
For the Meritorious Service Award, BWF Council has nominated Devender Singh, President of Haryana Badminton Association, SA Shetty, Secretary-General of Maharashtra Badminton Association, Dr OD Sharma, Vice President of BAI and Chairperson of Tournament Committee and former BAI Vice President Manik Saha.
Alaknanda Ashok, who is the President of Uttarakhand Badminton Association, will receive the Women & Gender Equity Award. She has been associated with badminton administration for many years now.
“We are delighted to see BWF celebrating legendary Prakash Padukone’s contribution to the sport with this award. His contribution is massive in taking Indian badminton to where it is today. When it comes to developing the sport, a strong backbone of administrators, officials and corporate play key roles and it’s great to see they are also being recognised and praised for their support and contribution to the game. On behalf of BAI, I congratulate all the winners and hope with their continued support we will be able to take Indian badminton to greater heights,” BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania said.
Sunrise Sport (India) Pvt Ltd and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd will be awarded the Certificate of Commendation for their continuous support to badminton. Sunrise Sport, the title sponsor of BAI for the last four years, has been a supporter and key stakeholder in the growth of Indian badminton for more than two decades now. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd has also been the leading name when it comes to supporting the sport in the country and has also played a vital role in badminton’s development across the country.
The certificates and plaques will be given during the India Open 2021 to all the awardees.

Hema Malini, Prasoon Joshi To Receive ‘Indian Film Personality Of The Year’ Award

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini and renowned lyricist Prasoon Joshi will be felicitated with the “Indian film personality of the year” award at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

The names were announced by Union Minister Anurag Thakur on his Twitter handle on Thursday. “I’m delighted to announce the names of Ms @dreamgirlhema Actor, MP (Mathura,UP) & Mr @prasoonjoshi_, Lyricist & Chairperson,CBFC as the Indian Film Personality of the Year 2021. They shall be conferred this honour at 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa. @IFFIGoa,” the post read.

According to Thakur, Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi’s contribution “to the field of Indian cinema spread over decades and their body of work has enthralled audiences across generations.”

“They are Indian cinematic icons who are admired & respected the world over,” he said.

While speaking to ANI, Thakur also shared that Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to American filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo.

“52nd Film Festival of India will be organized by Goa from November 20 to November 28. The Indian personality of the Year will be awarded to Prasoon Joshi and Hema Malini. Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award will be given to international celebrities and it will be given to Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo. Both of them are big names. Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated and 75 creative minds in the country have been chosen who will be given masterclass and will be a part of this festival,” he said.

The award will be presented during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa later this month.

Transgender folk dancer Matha B Manjamma Jogati receives Padma Shri award

New Delhi [India]: Transgender folk dancer of Jogamma heritage Matha B Manjamma Jogati was honoured with the Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.
Jogati, is also the first transwoman President of Karnataka Janapada Academy. President Ram Nath Kovind presented Padma Awards at 2021 Civil Investiture Ceremony-I at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
This year’s list of Padma Awards includes seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri Awards, of which 29 awardees are women, 16 posthumous awardees, and one transgender awardee.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day.
The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.

Mouma Das awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award to Mouma Das here at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020.
Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.
Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award.
The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honours of India announced annually ahead of Republic Day. However, the award-giving ceremony was affected due to the Covis-19 pandmeic.
The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).
The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
One hundred and nineteen Padma Awards have been presented by President this year. The list comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 Posthumous awardees and one transgender awardee.

Former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan awarded Padma Bhushan posthumously

New Delhi [India] : Former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was awarded the Padma Bhushan posthumously on Tuesday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The award was received by his son Chirag Paswan. Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on October 8, 2020, from a heart ailment. Ram Vilas Paswan was Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the Narendra Modi government. He was also a minister in the previous NDA government. Paswan was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977 on a Janata Party ticket from Hajipur in Bihar.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday posthumously honoured former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.

At the event, a total of 119 persons were conferred with Padma awards 2020 which include seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri, in an event which was organised in Rashtrapati Bhavan here in the national capital today.
This year’s list of Padma Awards includes seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri Awards, of which 29 awardees are women, 16 posthumous awardees, and one transgender awardee.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan awarded Padma Bhushan

New Delhi [India] : Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was awarded the Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday.
Veteran politician Mahajan was the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 2014 to 2019. She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party and represented the Indore constituency of Madhya Pradesh from 1989 to 2019. Padma Bhushan is the country’s third-highest civilian award, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day.
The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of the highest order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
119 Padma Awards will be presented by President this year. The list comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 Posthumous awardees and one transgender awardee.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.

‘Seed Mother’ Rahibai Soma Popere honoured with Padma Shri award

New Delhi [India]: Rahibai Soma Popere, a tribal farmer, received the Padma Shri Award, in the field of agriculture, from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.
Popere, also known as the ‘seed mother’, is a farmer from Mahadeo Koli, a tribal community from the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. “President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt. Rahibai Soma Popere for Agriculture. Popularly known as ‘Seed Mother’, she is a tribal farmer from Mahadeo Koli, Tribal community from Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).
The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
A total of 119 persons were conferred with Padma awards 2020 which include seven Padma Vibhushan awardees, 10 Padma Bhushan awardees and 102 Padma Shri awardees. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 posthumous awardees and one transgender awardee.

Former External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj awarded Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi [India] : Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan award posthumously on Monday.
President Ram Nath Kovind is presenting the Padma Awards in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj received the award on her behalf. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar among others were also present on the occasion.
Sushma Swaraj served as a minister in all the governments headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and held various portfolios. She was External Affairs Minister in the previous BJP-led government and was the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi for a brief period in 1998.
She passed away at AIIMS on August 6, 2019, following a cardiac arrest. Thousands bid adieu to the late minister as she was laid to rest with full state honours.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
119 Padma Awards will be presented by President this year. The list comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women, 16 will be conferred with the honour posthumously and one is a transgender awardee.

Jayasurya: ‘I Want To Thank The Army Of People Behind My Award’

Jayasurya is basking in the glory of his big win at the 51st edition of the Kerala State Film Awards. The actor won the best actor award for his performance in ‘Vellam’. And Jayasurya has now taken to his social media handle to express his gratitude to the entire team of ‘Vellam’, who have been instrumental in helping him bring his best.

“An award mostly has one person’s name on it, but an award can never be won by just one person. I want to thank the army of people behind my award. Thank you jury.Thank you to the entire team behind Vellam, sunny, n Sufi and Sujatha. Thank you, to my cast and crew friends. This is for you my dears.

Thank you my Murali, Sunny and Rajeevan, 3 phenomenal characters, phenomenal souls. For all the calls and messages from my Film family, thank you. You all will always be an insipration for me. And ofcourse, each and everyone of you reading this, thank you for loving my films, thank you for loving me. I wish to continue entertaining you with more beautiful films. And finally, my family, my real pillars. Thank you my wife, my life @saritha jayasurya. @prajeshsen @ranjithsankar @actor_vijaybabu @sarithajayasurya @Roby @madhuneelakandan @anumoothedath @mranjith_ @muralikunnumpurath, jose kutty,” Jayasurya penned.


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‘Vellam, The Essential Drink’ helmed by Prajesh Sen revolved around Murali, a man with substance abuse. Although many Malayalam movies have been made around the topic of alcoholic people in the past, ‘Vellam’ delved deep into the emotional, mental, social, societal struggles such individuals deal with.

Meanwhile, this also marks Jayasurya’s second state award. The actor has previously won in 2018 for his performances in ‘Captain’, which was directed by Prajesh Sen and ‘Njan Marrykutty’ helmed by Ranjith Sankar.

Indian beaches get coveted ‘Blue Flag’

New Delhi [India]: Two more beaches in India have been awarded ‘Blue Flag’ certification, an international eco-level tag, taking the total number of such beaches in the country to 10, the Environment Ministry said on Tuesday.
The two beaches to receive the certification this year are Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry, the ministry said. Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) which accords the globally recognized eco-label – Blue Flag certification, has also given re-certification for eight nominated beaches Shivrajpur- Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha and Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, which were awarded the Blue Flag certificate last year.
These eight beaches got the Blue Flag certification on October 6 last year.
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav took to Twitter to express happiness and congratulated everyone stating that it is another milestone in India’s journey towards a Clean and Green India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
‘Happy to announce India now has 10 International Blue Flag beaches with the addition of Kovalam and Eden beaches this year and recertification for 8 beaches which got the tag in 2020. Another milestone in our journey towards a clean and green India led by PM @NarendraModi Ji,” Yadav tweeted.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its pursuit of “Sustainable Development” of the coastal regions of India embarked upon a highly acclaimed and flagship program Beach Environment and Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS) which is one of the initiatives under the ICZM approach that the MoEF&CC has undertaken for the sustainable development of coastal regions of India, with a prime objective to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources.
This was aimed at achieving the globally recognized and coveted International eco-label “Blue Flag”, accorded by the International Jury comprising of members from IUCN, UNWTO, UNEP and UNESCO. FEE Denmark conducts regular monitoring and audits for strict compliance with the 33 criteria at all times. A waving “Blue Flag” is an indication of 100 per cent compliance to these 33 stringent criteria and sound health of the beach.
The Ministry is further committed to develop and deliver 100 more beaches under its ICZM initiative in the ensuing 5 years of the Ministry’s vision agenda, the ministry said.

Mahima Nambiar Wins Award At Toronto Tamil International Film Festival

Mahima Nambiar’s ‘Magamuni’ has been winning a lot of accolades. It has not only made its way to international film festivals, but has also won awards in them. The actress, too, has been gaining a lot of recognition for her role in the film. Just a few weeks ago, she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the International Film festival MadridIIF2021. Now, another recognition has come her way. This time it is from the Toronto Tamil International Film Festival 2021. She has won the Special Jury Award: Outstanding Performance – Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Magamuni’. Meanwhile, its director, Santhakumar won the Jury Award for the Best Feature Film Director at the Toronto Tamil International Film Festival 2021.

The actress is thrilled and she took to her social media page to share her excitement. On social media, she also thanked the director of the film for believing in her. She wrote, “Thank you
@Santhakumar_Dir for believing in me and giving me confidence to dub for myself
‘Toronto Tamil International Film festival’ ,Canada. Special Jury Award for outstanding Performance for “Best Supporting Actress #magamuni (sic).” Several fans and well-wishers of the actress congratulated her on social media.

Now, the actress has a few upcoming Tamil projects, like ‘Ayngaran’ and ‘Oh My Dog’. In ‘Ayngaran’, the actress is playing the lead opposite GV Prakash.

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