Awards Current Affairs 2018

Secondary Steel Sector Awards given for contribution to National Economy

Union Ministry of Steel recently for the first time gave away Secondary Steel sector awards to 26 mini steel companies in recognition of their contribution to the national economy. 12 companies were awarded Gold Certificates and 14 Silver Certificates for their performance during 2016-17. These awards were given in order to enhance global competitiveness of companies involved in secondary steel sector. It will also encourage secondary steel sector to strive for improving performance as well as quality of production.

Secondary Steel Sector

The secondary steel sector is critical and important segment of market spanning from construction, cold rolled products, machine tools, pipes, stainless steel, galvanized and color coated steel as well as exports. It contributes to more than half of the total steel production in the country. It plays important role along with integrated steel players in order to achieve steel production capacity of 300 million tonne by year 2030-31. At present India has 134 MT capacity.

Steel Sector in India

Steel is one of the core sectors of the Indian economy. India is 3rd largest steel producer in the world. Steel contributes to over 2% to India’s GDP and creates virtuous cycle of employment generation throughout the economy. The steel consumption of India has almost touched 70 kg per capita.

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Justice Mukul Mudgal to head Selection Committee to pick up Dronacharya and Dhyanchand Awardees

Justice Mukul Mudgal was named Chairman of 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees given as part of National Sports Awards ceremony. These awards will be presented at National Sports Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on September 25, 201.

Dhyanchand award is bestowed on sportspersons for their lifetime achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on consistent basis over period of four years.

Other members of selection committee are: former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Samresh Jung, Indian badminton ace Ashwini Ponnappa, former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Special Director General Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija, two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.

Background

National Sports Awards ceremony is held every year on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. But this year it will be organised on September 25, 2018. The change of schedule was done because of clash of dates with 2018 Asian Games, which concluded on September 2, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Justice Mukul Mudgal

Justice Mudgal is retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Previously he was appointed by Supreme Court to probe into 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, involving three players from Rajasthan Royals. Currently, he is deputy chairman of FIFA Governance Committee and Review Committee. Mukul Mudgal, is also popular name among cricketing circles, as he is regarded as pioneer behind reviving Test cricket in India. He also had devised new procedures on how to get crowds into cricket stadiums.

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