Awards Current Affairs 2017

Devendra Fadnavis, AS Kiran Kumar and John Ralston Marr selected for SIES- National Eminence Award

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar , UK-based scholar John Ralston Marr and Hari Katha exponent Kamala Murthy have been selected for SIES-Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award. They will be presented awards in different categories. 

Key Facts
  • ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar will be presented award for Science & Technology category.
  • Mahrashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be presented award for Public Leadership.
  • Hari Katha exponent Kamala Murthy presented in with this award in Social Thinkers, Philosophers and Pravachana Karthas category.
  • John Marr will be felicitated for his work in the International category. He is a scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu. He has been teaching Carnatic music theory for 30 years in England.

About SIES-Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award

  • The awards were instituted by South Indian Education Society (SIES) in 1998 in memory of the late Seer of Kanchi Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati who passed away at the age of 100 in 1994.
  • It is presented in four different categories viz. Science & Technology category, Public Leadership, Social Thinkers, Philosophers and Pravachana Karthas category and the International category.
  • Each award carries a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh, a citation, a shawl and an ornamental lamp.
  • Some of previous recipients are Shankar Dayal Sharma, A P J Abdul Kalam, R Chidambaram, Jayant Narlikar, Anil Kakodkar, Somnath Chatterjee, M S Subbulakshmi, Verghese Kurien, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (31) from Portugal has won the prestigious 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award.

He has earned this title of world’s best football player for fourth time. Earlier he had won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

In this year’s competition, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (Argentina) finished second and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (France) third in the vote.

About FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

  • FIFA Ballon d’Or Award is annual football association award given by FIFA to the male player who has performed the best in previous calendar year.
  • It was instituted in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged.
  • It is awarded to male player, based upon highest votes secured by him from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around world.

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