Awards Current Affairs 2017

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish Human rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme Human Rights prize. As per Stockholm-based Olof Palme Memorial Fund, Xu has worked consistently for a democratisation of Chinese society, while condemning any form of violence as a political method

About Xu Youyu

He was born in 1947. By profession he is a Philosophy Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Science.

He is among the key signatories of a 2008, Charter 08 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in communist China.

He was detained by Chinese authorities in May 2014 in a crackdown on dissent ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Olof Palme Prize

The Olof Palme Prize is an annual prize granted by the Swedish labour movement. Prize includes monetary sum of $ 75,000.

It commemorates the memory of the Nordic country’s Social Democratic Prime Minister- Olof Palme, who was an outspoken international human rights advocate, who was assassinated in the Swedish capital in 1986.

Since 1987 the award has been awarded to human rights defenders around the world. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan were also given this award.

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Playback singer Asha Bhosle awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF

Legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for her contribution to Indian cinema.

Acclaimed Egyptian actor Nour El Sherif also received the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 for his work in more than 40 films in a career that spanned almost five decades.

Asha Bhosle’s contribution to Indian Cinema

She is renowned for her versatility as a singer in various forms like folk songs, Indian classical music, pop songs, ghazals and bhajans etc. As an octogenarian singer she has recorded more than 12,000 songs and holds Guinness Book of World Records for it.

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) – DIFF is an annual film festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Each year DIFF provides platform and presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond. It was started in year 2004. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.