Padma Bhushan Current Affairs - 2019

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PM Modi releases commemorative coin

PM Modi is on an official visit to Thailand to attend the ASEAN, RCEP and East Asia Summits. He addressed the Indian diaspora in the country at the “Sawasdee PM Modi” event in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Highlights of his address

  • North East India to be the gateway to South East Asia as a part of India’s Act East Policy
  • India announced itself open-defecation free on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary
  • Around 8 crore homes have received free LPG connections in 3 years.
  • GoI is working to achieve the goal of house for every poor by 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of independence.
  • Princess Maha Chakri Srindhorn is an expert in Sanskrit language and has deep interest towards culture. India has shown its gratitude to her by bestowing the Padma Bhushan and Sanskrit Samman award to her.

Commemorative coin

Prior to his speech, the PM released a commemorative coin marking 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and also released the Thai translation of Tamil classic Tirukkural.

Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly: Anupam Kher’s Autobiography

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is coming out with his autobiography titled-‘Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly’ that is set to release on 5 August 2019. The book is expected to offer a kaleidoscopic peep into life and times of Kher as an actor and entertainer.

Key Highlights

Publishers: The book is being published by Penguin Random House.

The Book: It is expected to be an extraordinary, riveting and no-holds-barred saga in which the actor would make some behind-the-scenes revelations, and share anecdotes and rare nuggets from his life and the lessons it taught him.

About Anupam Kher

Achievements: The 64 year old actor is a winner of 2 National awards, 8 Filmfare awards and a BAFTA nomination. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shree (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awards.

In his career spanning number of successful films in Bollywood he even and went on to feature in several mainstream Hollywood films such as Silver Linings Playbook, Hotel Mumbai, The Big Sick and The Family Man.

He also has a best-selling book ‘The Best Thing about You Is You!’ in his kitty. The book has been translated in 6 languages and is in its 22nd reprint.