Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2019

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2019 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2019.

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G D Robert Govender conferred V K Krishna Menon award 2019

G D Robert Govender, an Indian–origin journalist in South Africa was honoured with V K Krishna Menon Award 2019 in United Kingdom for his contribution as pioneer of decolonised journalism. He became first person to be honoured with this award posthumously. The award was given by ‘V K Krishna Menon Institute’ on 123rd birth anniversary of renowned Indian diplomat and politician V K Krishna Menon.

About G D Robert Govender

He was born in South Africa in August 1930. During his career in journalism spanning nearly 60 years, he had developed international repute as campaigning journalist and author and was also first journalist to call for international boycott of whites-only sports teams of South Africa.

His books include ‘The Martyrdom of Patrice Lumumba’ which had exposed role of Western intelligence agencies in murder of Congolese independence leader.  He died in London, UK in 2016.

About V K Krishna Menon

He was India’s first High Commissioner to Britain (United Kingdom). He served as Defence Minister of India from April 1957 to October 1962. He holds the record for longest speech (8 hours) before UN Security Council (UNSC) while defending India’s sovereignty over Kashmir.

Nepal’s 18 year old girl sets Guinness World Records for Longest Dancing

An 18-year old girl from Nepal named Bandana set a Guinness World Records on ‘Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual’. She danced exclusively to Nepalese music continuously for 126 hours (over five days).

Old Record

  • She broke record set by India’s Kalamandalam Hemlatha, who danced continuously for 123 hours and 15 minutes in 2011.
  • He performed classical dance form Mohiniyattam and set record at age of 37.

About Guinness World Records

Since its inception from 1933 to 2000 it was known as ‘The Guinness Book of Records’, later it was renamed Guinness World Records. It is a reference book which lists record-breaking achievements. It is published annually.