JANUARY 2018

The veteran playback singer who has been chosen to be awarded the Yash Chopra National Memorial Award 2017 – Asha Bhosle  

The member of NITI Aayog who has been awarded the prestigious IhsanDoğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (He is the first Indian to receive this global honour) – Dr. Vinod Paul  

The Chief Minister who has been conferred the 1st Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award for Probity in Politics and Public Life by the J & K Govt – Nitish Kumar 

The Asian-American actor who has become the first person of Indian origin to win a Golden Globe Award for the best actor in a television series – musical or comedy – Aziz Ansari  

Crystal Awards by World Economic Forum

Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis.  

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India 

63rd Filmfare Awards

Best Actor (Male): Irrfan Khan for Hindi MediumBest Actor (Female): Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu 

Best Film: Hindi Medium

Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly ki Barfi  

Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards

Dr. Najma Heptullah for 2013

Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav for 2014

Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for 2015

Shri Dinesh Trivedi for 2016

Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab for 2017 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

The veteran filmmaker who has been chosen for the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival 2018 – Shyam Benegal  

The Magahi language writer who has been awarded the Bhasha Samman by the Sahitya Akademi – Shesh Anand Madhukar

2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Held in – New Zealand

Held from – 13 January to 03 February 18

Winners – India (4th title)

Runners-up – Australia

Player of the series – Shubman Gill

CriSidEx

CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters, and measures MSE (Micro and Small Enterprises) business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative) to 200 (extremely positive).  

Developed by – CRISIL and SIDBI

Launched by – Shri Arun Jaitley, FM of India

First reading for October to December – 107

Winter Olympics 2018

Host City: PyeonChang (South Korea)

Motto: Passion Connected

Mascot: Soohorang, a white tiger

Nations participated: 92

Held from 09 Feb to 25 Feb 2018 

Next in 2022 at Beijing

MARCH 2018

The lyricist, director, producer, and screenwriter in Malayalam cinema who has been chosen to be awarded the JC Daniel (Lifetime Achievement) Award for his contribution to Malayalam cinema – Sreekumaran Thampi 

The Canadian mathematician who has been awarded the Abel Prize for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory – Robert Langlands 

The Indian architect who has become the first Indian to win Pritzker Prize for 2018 (often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Architecture) – Balkrishna Doshi 

The Indian film actor who has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Britain’s Asian Voice weekly newspaper at the annual Political and Public Life Awards in London –Shatrughan Sinha 

 

APRIL 2018

Gujarati poet and playwright who has been chosen to be conferred the 2017 Saraswati Samman by KK Birla Foundation – Sitanshu Yashaschandra  

The Egyptian press photographer who has been chosen for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2018 – Mahmoud Abu Zeid  

The veteran Bollywood actor (passed away on 27 Apr 17) who has been conferred the 49th Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously – Vinod Khanna 

Commonwealth Games 2018

Venue: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 

From 04 April to 15 April 2018 

Motto: Share the Dream

Mascot : Borobi (Blue Koala)

Venue of next Commonwealth Games: Birmingham (U.K.)

 

MAY 2018

The former actress who has been conferred BRICS Business Forum Leadership Award for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema – Sridevi 

The Polish writer who has been awarded the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her book Flights – Olga Tokarczuk 

The US based Kathak dancer who has been awarded the Sri Jaydev Rastriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018 at Jayadev International Dance Festival in Bhubaneshwar – Anindita Aanam 

The founder of Sulabh International who has been chosen for the Nikkei Asia Prize 2018 in culture and community category – Bindeshwar Pathak 

The Nobel laureate from Bangladesh who has been awarded the 11th Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Humanatarian Award 2018 – Muhammad Yunus  

The Jnanpith Award winning author who has been conferred the ONV Literary Prize for his contribution to Malayalam literature – MT Vasudevan Nair 

The veteran singer who has been awarded the PC Chandra Puraskar by PC Chandra Jewellers – Asha Bhosle  

Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation Awards 2018

Best Actor: Akshay Kumar

Best Actress: Bhumi Pednekar

Best Singer Male: Armaan Malik

Best Singer Female: Neeti Mohan

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rakesh Roshan

Saraswati Dadasaheb Phalke Best Actress Award (Lifetime): Farida Jalal

Most Versatile Actress: Manisha Koirala

Most entertaining film: Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety

Indian Premier League 2018

Held from : 7 April to 27 May 2018

Participants : 8 teams

Winners : Chennai Super Kings

Runners up : Sunrisers Hyderabad

Player of the series (Most Valuable Player) : Sunil Naraine (KKR)

JUNE 2018

The oldest centre of Yoga established by Shri Yogendra which has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga for the year 2018 in the Organisation category – Yoga Institute, Mumbai 

The founder of Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik who has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga for the year 2018 in the individual category – Shri Vishwas Mandalik 

World Food Prize 2018

1. Dr. Laurence Haddard

2. Dr. David Nabarr

19th IIFA Awards

Venue: Siam Niramit theatre in Bangkok (Thailand)

Best Film: Tumhari Sulu directed by Suresh Triveni

Best Director: Saket Chaudhary for Hindi Medium

Best Actor: Irrfan Khan for Hindi Medium

Best Actress: Sridevi for Mom

JULY 2018

The renowned vocalist who has been chosen for the 2018 Sangita Kalanidhi Award by the Music Academy, Madras – Aruna Sairam 

The book written by Michael Ondaatje which has won the Golden Man Booker Prize (Best of Man Booker Prizes) commemorating 50th anniversary of Man Booker Prize – The English Patient 

The well-known artist who has been awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution to visual arts – Anjolie Ela Menon 

Indian recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018

Dr. Bharat Vatwani: Psychiatrist and founder of Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in 1989. He works to unite mentally ill street people with their families. He has united 2000 people with their families so far. 

Sonam Wangchuk: Ladakhi engineer, innovator and education reformist. Founder of Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers used for storing winter water in form of conical shaped ice heap

FIFA World Cup 2018

Held from 14 Jun to 15 Jul 2018

Venue: Russia

Participating teams: 32

Matches played: 64

Mascot: Zabivaka (Match ball: Telstar 18

Official Song: Live it up (by Nicky Jam)

Winners: France (2nd time)

Runners-up: Croatia

Top scorer: Harry Kane (England)

Best Player: Luka Modric (Croatia)

Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

Best Young Player: Kylian Mbappe (France)

Fair Play Award: Spain

 

AUGUST 2018

Government has awarded Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired) of Indian Army. The award was given to Singh for his exceptionally meritorious service as Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) from August 2014 to December 2016. With this, he becomes second Indian to get this award, first being General Rajendrasinghji Jadeja in 1946.

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was conferred with 2018 Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award. He was presented award in New Delhi on occasion of 74th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

National Sadbhavana Award It is awarded every year on persons for outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Mumbai-based eminent neurosurgeon Dr B.K. Misra was named for prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award for year 2018 as Eminent Medical Person of the Year. It is highest medical honour of India and will be bestowed upon him by President Ram Nath Kovind in July 1 , 2019 on the occasion of National Doctors Day.

B C Roy Award

BC Roy Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India. It was instituted by Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. The award is bestowed annually six categories viz. statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, eminent medical person, medical man-cum-statesman, eminent person in philosophy, eminent person in arts and eminent person in Science.

Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019 (91st Academy Awards) under Foreign Language Film category. It was selected by 12-member jury of Film Federation of India (FII), led by Kannada producer-director SV Rajendra Singh Babu from 29 other films.

OCTOBER 2018

The Indian scientist who has been awarded the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired. – Roopam Sharma 

The Malayalam author who has been chosen to be awarded the first JCB Prize for Literature for his book Jasmine Days – Benyamin 

The Indian agricultural scientist who has been chosen for the first World Agriculture Prize instituted by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture – MS Swaminathan 

The US based Dalit writer who has been chosen for the 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for her book Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India – Sujatha Gidla 

The British writer who has been awarded the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman – Anna Burns

The veteran music composer who has been chosen for the 2018 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award – Khayyam

The Indian State which has won the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Future Policy Gold award for become the world’s first fully organic State – Sikkim 

The French author who has been awarded the alternative Nobel Prize for literature created to replace the Nobel Prize for literature which has not been awarded this year – Maryse Conde 

Champions of the Earth Award

Awarded by: United Nations

Winners

1. Lifetime Achievement Award: Joan Carling (Philippines).

2. Science and Innovation category: Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, for their revolutionary development of a popular, plant-based alternative to beef 

3. Policy Leadership category: Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Narendra Modi, PM of India for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance

4. Inspiration and Action for Transformation: Zhejiang’s Green Rural Revival Programme (China)

5. Entrepreneurial Vision: Cochin International Airport, the world’s first fully solar-powered airport

6. Young Champion of the Earth for Asia Pacific: Arpit Dhupar, Chakr Innovation

Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave awards to top Ranked State, District and State with maximum citizen participation based on the National Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 commissioned by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation at the concluding session of Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre. 

Top 3 States: 1) Haryana, 2) Gujarat 3) Maharashtra

Top 3 Districts: 1) Satara, Maharashtra 2) Rewari, Haryana 3) Pedapalli, Telangana

States with maximum citizen participation 1) Uttar Pradesh 2) Gujarat 3) Maharashtra

Districts with maximum citizens’ participation 1) Nashik, Maharashtra 2) Solapur, Maharashtra 3) Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 

NOBEL PRIZE 2018

Field Winners  Contribution
Medicine James P Allison
Tasuku Honjo
for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of
negative immune regulation
Chemistry Frances H Arnold
George P. Smith
Sir Gregory P. Winter
for directed evolution of enzymes
Physics Arthur Ashkin
Gerard Mourou
Donna Strickland
for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics
Peace Denis Mukwege
Nadia Murad
courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for
victims.
Economic
Sciences
1.William D. Nordhaus

2.Paul M. Romer 

William D. Nordhaus for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis

 Paul M. Romer for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis.

Literature No one has been awarded this year

NOVEMBER 2018

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