Current Affairs – August 2016

SR Nathan: former longest-serving Singapore President of Indian-origin passes away

The Indian-origin former Singapore President S.R. Nathan passed away days after suffering a stroke. He was 92.

He was the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. He was closely associated with the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

About S.R Nathan

  • Born as Sellapan Ramanathan on 3 July 1924 in the family of Indian Tamil descent in Straits Settlements of Singapore.
  • He had served as President of Singapore for two terms from 1999 to 2011. He was elected unopposed as President for first time in August 1999.
  • He officially stepped down in August 2011 after announcing that he would not seek a third term.
  • After stepping down he had worked as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and at Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences.
  • Prior to becoming President, he held key positions in the Singapore Civil Service and also in security, intelligence and foreign affairs.
  • In 1988, he was appointed as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and later Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1996.
  • Awards and honours: Government of India had conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) upon him in 2012 in recognition of his contribution in building closer links between India and Singapore.

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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.

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