Wildlife Current Affairs

MP Tourism wins Lonely Planet’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award

The Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) won the Lonely Planet Group’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award.

The award was handed over to MPT at a function in Mumbai by actress Amy Jackson. On behalf of MPT Chairman, the award was received by his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vinod Kumar Amar.

Madhya Pradesh located in Central India has 25 wild life sanctuaries including 9 National Parks. Among them Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench are ideal habitat for tigers.

State Government has launched numerous programmes for the conservation of flora and fauna because of which Pench and Kanha were regarded as the most beautiful national parks in Asia. While Pench  and Bandhavgarh also are known all  over the world because of tiger reserves.

It should be noted that Lonely Planet is world’s largest travel guide book publisher owned by the American billionaire Brad Kelley’s NC2 Media since 2013.


Naresh Bedi awarded V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at MIFF

Veteran wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi has been conferred with the V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai.

He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to wildlife filmmaking and is credited with filming several rare wildlife moments.

Bedi’s film ‘Cherub of the Mist’ based on the life of two red pandas was the opening film of  this edition of MIFF.

About Naresh Bedi

  • Naresh Bedi is eldest of the Bedi Brothers who are counted amongst the foremost wildlife documentary makers.
  • He is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
  • He has made numerous environmental films which have been shown on Discovery Channel, National Geographic BBC and so on.
  • He has authored around 74 books on the subject of wildlife photography.
  • Awards and Honours: He is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award and the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards.
  • Government of India has awarded him with Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015.

About V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award has been instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who had headed the Films Division in the past.
  • The award carries a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.

MIFF: It is a biennial event (film festival) organized by the Films Division of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and supported by the Government of Maharashtra.