General Awareness is a very significant section in almost every Bank/ Insurance/ SSC/ Railways and other Government Exams and staying up to date with the latest happenings around the world is indeed important. GK can be divided in two parts that is static and dynamic. In this e-book we will be covering the GK topic of major Awards and Honours distributed in the first 6 months 2021.
2. Notion Press authors Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind win International Business Book of the Year Award 2021
3. David Diop wins International Booker 2021 for ‘frightening’ At Night All Blood Is Black
4. Arunachal Pradesh’s Water Burial bags best film National Award on environment conservation at 67th National Films Awards 2021
5. Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga wins PEN Pinter prize 2021
6. Amul’s Sodhi conferred with Asia Pacific Productivity Champion award 2021
7. Karadi Path receives International Excellence Award from London Book Fair for its Educational Learning Resources
8. Larsen & Toubro Infotech Awarded Snowflake Global Innovation Partner of the Year
9. Rajasthan based ‘Familial Forestry’ wins UNCCD’s 2021 Land for Life Award
10. National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) wins recognition of India’s best
employers, among top 50 Great Place to Work
11. Photographer Thomas Vijayan receives the ‘Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021″
12. Cochin Airport Wins International Roll of Excellence Honour
13. India Smart Cities Awards 2020: UP best smart state, Surat, Indore best cities
14. French non-fiction author Emmanuel Carrere wins top Spanish award
2. Japan to confer Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays decoration to Bengaluru teacher Shyamala Ganesh Shyamala Ganesh.
3. Retired Justice Gita Mittal to be awarded Arline Pacht Global Vision Award by International Association of Women Judges
4. Anupam Kher wins best actor award at New York City International Film Festival
Anupam Kher won the Best Actor award for his performance in the short film Happy Birthday
at the New York City International Film Festival.
5. Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, win Laureus World Sports Awards
• Japan’s Naomi Osaka has been named Sportswoman of the Year
• Rafael Nadal the men’s winner. Nadal’s win was his fourth Laureus award.
• Tennis legend Billie Jean King received the Lifetime Achievement award.
• Briton Lewis Hamilton claimed the inaugural Athlete Advocate award.
• Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah won the Sporting Inspiration award.
6. Nagaland conservationist Nuklu Phom gets prestigious Whitley Awards 2021
7. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd conferred with ‘Green Urja Award’
8. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank receives ‘International Invincible Gold Medal’
9. Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Indian descent wins World Food Prize 2021
10. DNA sequencing pioneers from Cambridge win 1 million euro tech Nobel prize 2020
11. International Dublin Literary Award: Mexican author Valeria Luiselli wins for ‘Lost Children Archive’
12. Jane Goodall wins Templeton Prize for work at intersection of science and spirituality
13. Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd Wins the Star Export House Award by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
14. SpiceHealth wins Gold Stevie Award 2021
15. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Private Secretary VK Pandian to receive FIH President’s Award
16. Dr Nageshwar Reddy becomes first Indian to win Rudolf V Schindler award
17. Prof CNR Rao bags Eni International Award for renewable energy research
18. Amartya Sen to be honoured with Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award 2021
19. Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson wins 2020-21 Kia National Basketball Association Sixth Man Award
2. Rajinikanth to be honoured with 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award
3. Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan receives Kalinga Ratna award for 2021.
4. Professor Suman Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur faculty, to get 30th GD Birla Award for Scientific Research
5. Alfred Aho wins the 2020 ACM Turing Award
6. Devishankar Awasthi Award 2020 to Ashutosh Bhardwaj, a young Hindi critic
7. Ariel’s campaign is WARC’s most awarded work for media excellence in 2020
8. Guneet Monga to be conferred with the honour of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France
9. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince honours Indian business tycoon Yusuffali with top civilian award
10. Union Minister Of Education Presents AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020 On Women Empowerment
11. Puglya: Best foreign language feature at the Moscow International Film Festival 2021
12. Oscar-winning Italian film-maker Roberto Benigni to receive Venice Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award
13. Rumana Sinha Sehgal has been awarded the Nelson Mandela World Humanitarian Award 2021
14. Oscars 2021 Winners:
• Nomadland wins Best Picture,
• Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand take home Best Actor trophy
• Chlo Zhao won Best Director, making her the second woman ever, to win the award.
• Nomadland also won the Best Picture award, as well as Best Actress for Frances McDormand.
• Anthony Hopkins, in an upset, won the Best Actor award for The Father.
• Ann Roth became the oldest woman to win an Oscar. She won the Best Costume Design award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
• Oscars 2021 paid tribute to Irrfan Khan and Bhanu Athaiya in In Memoriam segment.
15. Krithi Karanth becomes first Indian woman to get ‘Wild Innovator Award’
2. Golden Globes 2021 Winners
• Nomadland won best director, best drama film; best Musical or comedy by Borat
• Best actor & actress (Drama)-Chadwick Boseman & Viola Davis;
• Soul won best score & best animated motion picture and
• Minari won best foreign language film etc.
• The Crown won 4 of its 6 nominations including Best TV series.
3. Hurun Global Rich List 2021: Mukesh Ambani 8th richest in world, Elon Musk at top
4. Three chosen for honorary award of Konkani Sahitya Academy
• Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy has chosen Aruna Subrao Ubhayakar of Kumta (literature),
• Puttur Panduranga Nayak (arts), &
• Lakshmi Krishna Siddi of Yellapura (folklore) for its honorary award
5. ‘Digambara Kavi’ Nikhileswar wins Sahitya Akademi Award Renowned writer Nikhileswar, & one among the six ‘Digambara Kavulu’ has been chosen for the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award-2020 for his anthology of poems Agniswaasa penned in 2017.
6. Gowsalya Shankar presented with International Woman of Courage 2021 Award
7. Amitabh Bachchan honoured with FIAF award; was presented by Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan virtually.
8. 67th National Film Awards announced for the year 2019;
• Malayalam war epic Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea won Best Feature Film.
• Best acting honours went to Manoj Bajapayee for Bhonsle,
• Dhanush for Tamil film Asuran &
• Kangana Ranaut for two of her films: Panga and Manikarnika.
• Vijay Sethupathi (Super Deluxe) & Pallavi Joshi (The Tashkent Files) won the supporting actor awards
• Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan was awarded for Bahattar Hoorain.Sikkim won the most film friendly state.
• Special Jury Award:Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (Tamil) and
• Best Hindi Film: Chhichhore.
9. Gandhi Peace Prize for the Year 2019 and 2020.
• (Late) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman (2019)
• 2020 – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
10. Hindi Writer Prof. Sharad Pagare to be conferred with Vyas Samman – 2020
11. Lakshadweep, district Budgam in J-K declared TB free
12. Rathbones Folio prize 2021: Carmen Maria Machado wins for her radical memoir
about same-sex abuse.
13. Mahinder Giri, range officer won the International Ranger Award
14. Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’ wins US book critics award for fiction
15. 66th Filmfare Awards for 2021;
• Thappad won seven trophies and Gulabo Sitabo won six awards.
• Best Film:Thappad;
• Best Director: Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior);
• Best Actor in a Leading Role(Male): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium);
• Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female):Taapsee Pannu (Thappad);
• Best Actor (Critics):Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo) and Tillotama Shome (Sir);
• Best Director(Critics):Prateek Vats(Eeb Allay Ooo!) etc.
• Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Irrfan Khan as well.
2. ‘Aatmanirbharta’ named Oxford Hindi word of 2020
3. Bengaluru International Airport Bags ACI World’s ‘Voice Of The Customer’ Award
4. Tamil drama ‘Koozhangal’ Wins Best Film Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam
5. Australia Zoo’s Robert Irwin wins People’s Choice Award in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020
6. SERB announces Women Excellence Award 2021 on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
7. Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conferred SKOCH Chief Minister of the
8. S Theodore Baskaran wins Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award 2020
9. WCCB receives Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020
10. Hyderabad gets recognition as 2020 Tree City of the World
11. Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021: Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar bag ‘Best Actor’ for Chhapaak, Laxmii respectively.
• The critics conferred the Best Actor title to the late Sushant Singh Rajput for his outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.
2. Suriname President, Curacao PM, NZ minister among 30 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees
3. Indian Railways bags 13 awards in 3 categories at ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’, organized by BEE
4. 2nd edition of Janaagraha City Governance Awards
• Odisha won Best State & Best Civic Agency;
• Gujarat,Best State Election Commission;
• Kerala Best State Finance Commission;Indore for its PPP Based Integrated Solid Waste Management won Best Municipality;
• Maharashtra won runners-up in 4 categories.
5. Italian cinematographer Mr. Vittorio Storaro to be honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the IFFI
6. SKOCH Challenger Award to Ministry of Panchayati Raj for Transparency in Governance
7. Veteran Actor and Director Biswajit Chatterjee has been conferred the Indian Personality of the Year Award, at 51st IFFI, Goa
8. Federal Bank’s Shyam Srinivasan is Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2019-20
9. Mahatma Award to recognize and honour Impact Leaders and Organizations for their CSR efforts, Sustainable Business Practices
10. Rajendra Kumar Bhandari selected for Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
11. Indian mathematician Nikhil Srivastava named joint winner of Michael and Sheila Held Prize
12. 32 Children Awarded Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar- 2021
13. Padma Awards 2021 announced; Shinzo Abe, SP Balasubrahmanyam awarded Padma Vibhushan
14. Bhanu Kapil’s ‘How To Wash A Heart’ wins TS Eliot poetry prize
15. IFFI 2021: Danish film ‘Into the Darkness’ wins Golden Peacock Award Mandarin drama “The Silent Forest”, bagged best actor male(Tzu-Chuan Liu) and best director(Chen-Nien Ko). ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award was awarded to Ameen Nayfeh’s 2020 Arabic film “200 Meters”. Poland’s Zofia Stafiej won Silver Peacock for best female actor.
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