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Hindi author Sunita Jain conferred with  Vyas Samman award 2015

Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was conferred with the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015. She was presented with the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.

She was bestowed with this prestigious literary award for her poetry collection Kshama (published in 2008). Through her poetry collection, she portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli. Using very fine language in the poetry, she has managed to aptly convey the sentiment of forgiveness between Tulsidas and his wife.

About Sunita Jain

  • She is scholar, novelist, short-story writer and poet of English and Hindi literature. She had started her writing career at the age of 22.
  • So far she has over 100 books to her credit apart from short-stories, novels and poems in Hindi and English. She also has translated many Jain writings into English.
  • She had worked as the professor and the Head of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
  • Awards and Honours: The Vreeland Award (1969) and Marie Sandoz Prairie Schooner Fiction Award (1970 and 1971) and Padma Shri (2004).

About Vyas Samman award

  • The Vyas Samman award award was instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991.
  • It is awarded annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored and published in past 10 years by an Indian citizen
  • The award carries monetary award of 2.5 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.


National Sports Awards 2016

The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India.

These awards include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar .

2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
  • Recipients are: PV Sindhu (Badminton), Sakshi Malik (Wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai (Shooting).

2016 Dronacharya Award

  • It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
  • Recipients are: Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics),Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket),Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling).

2016 Arjuna Award

  • It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
  • Recipients are: Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics),Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing),Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey),Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis),Vinesh (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics) and Virender Singh (Wrestling).

2016 Dhyan Chand Award

  • It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.
  • Recipients are: Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing).

2015-16 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

  • It is bestowed upon overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.
  • Recipient: Punjabi University, Patiala.


Actor Kamal Haasan selected for France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres

Prominent film actor Kamal Haasan (61) has been selected by France for its prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres. It is also known as Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

He has been chosen for this prestigious award recognition of his high level artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements.

He will be the second Tamil actor to be chosen for this award after the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.

About Kamal Haasan

  • Born on 7 November 1954 in Paramakudi in then Madras State. His birth name is Parthasarathy.
  • He is film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, choreographer, lyricist, philanthropist and dancer.
  • He had made his film debut at age of four as a child artist in the film ‘Kalathur Kannamma’ (1959).
  • His breakthrough as a lead actor was in the film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), in which he played a rebellious youth in love with an older woman.
  • Awards and Honours: Till date, he has won four national awards, 19 Filmfare awards. He has been also honoured with Padmashree (1990) and Padmabhushan (2014).

About Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres

  • The award is part of French Government’s premier award “the Legion of Honour.” It is aimed at honouring artists and writers of world repute.
  • The other recipients of the Chevalier Order from India include actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Nandita Das.