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Jackie chan to receive honorary Oscar

The martial arts movie star is set to receive an honorary Oscar statuette at the Academy's 8th Annual Governors Awards to be held in November.
•    Chan Kong-sang, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. 
•    In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. 
•    Chan has been training in Kung fu and Wing Chun. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
•    Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
•    As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. 
•    An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. 
•    He is also a notable philanthropist.
•    In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth to be $350 million.
 

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G Satheesh Reddy wins first IEI-IEEE award

Senior DRDO scientist Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy was awarded the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence-2015. 
•    He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his significant national contributions towards missiles and
aerospace technologies. 
•    Reddy is a renowned aerospace and navigation scientist. Presently, he is serving as the Scientific Adviser to the
Defence Minister and DRDO’s DG.
•    He has pioneered many technological developments for Indian Missiles. He had led indigenous development of denied
sensor and avionics technologies related to Indian missile navigation. 
•    He also has made significant contributions towards successful flight testing of the country’s maiden
intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V mission. 
•    He is also credited with development of the Medium Range Surface-to-Air Weapon System (MRSAM) and the country’s
first guided bomb, among others. 
•    In 2015, he became first Indian to get the fellowship from Royal Institute of Navigation.
 

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Ajinkya Rahane ,Lalita and Shiva Thapa to get Arjun Award

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar  is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.
                 
Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has  decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/ coaches/organizations:
(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016
 1.    Ms. P.V. Sindhu    Badminton
2.    Ms. Dipa Karmakar    Gymnastics
3.    Shri Jitu Rai    Shooting
4.    Ms. Sakshi Malik    Wrestling
 

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2016
 
1    Shri Nagapuri Ramesh    Athletics
2    Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal    Boxing
3.    Shri Raj Kumar Sharma    Cricket
4.    Shri Bishweshwar Nandi    Gymnastics
5.    Shri S. Pradeep Kumar    Swimming (Lifetime)
6.    Shri Mahabir Singh    Wrestling (Lifetime)
 

(iii)        Arjuna Awards 2016
  

1.                       Shri Rajat Chauhan    Archery

 2.                       Ms. Lalita Babar    Athletics
3.                       Shri Sourav Kothari    Billiards & Snooker
4.                       Shri Shiva Thapa    Boxing
5.                       Shri Ajinkya Rahane    Cricket
6.                       Shri Subrata Paul    Football
7.                       Ms. Rani    Hockey
8.                       Shri Raghunath V.R.    Hockey
9.                       Shri Gurpreet Singh    Shooting
10.                   Ms. Apurvi Chandela    Shooting
11.                   Shri Soumyajit Ghosh    Table Tennis
12.                   Ms. Vinesh    Wrestling
13.                   Shri Amit Kumar    Wrestling
14.                   Shri Sandeep Singh Mann    Para-Athletics
15.                   Shri Virender Singh    Wrestling (Deaf)
 
(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2015
 
1    Ms. Satti Geetha    Athletics
2    Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung    Hockey
3    Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke    Rowing
  
(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016
 

1.    Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent    1.Hockey Citizen Group
2.Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club
3.Usha School of Athletics
4. STAIRS
2.    Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility    India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited
3.    Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures    Reserve Bank of India
4.    Sports for Development
 5.  Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society
 
 (vi) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16
 Punjabi University, Patiala
 
The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016. 
Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh.  Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.  Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and  certificate.
 

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PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai set to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik are set to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour, alongside gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. 
•    This is the first time the award will be conferred upon four athletes at a time.
•    While Sindhu created history by becoming the first woman athlete from India to win silver in badminton at the Rio Olympics, Sakshi bagged a bronze in women's 58kg wrestling.
•    Dipa Karmakar, India's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, missed bronze by 0.15 points, but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault earned her praise from all corners. 
•    Shooter Jitu Rai, the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, participated in the 10m and 50m air pistol events, finishing 8th and 12th respectively.
•    The Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. 
•    Apart from a medal and a citation, the Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.
 

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Hindi author Sunita Jain conferred with Vyas Samman award 2015

Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was on 17 August 2016 awarded with the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015 for her poetry collection Kshama. 
•    She received the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.
•    The award instituted by the K K Birla Foundation carries a cash prize of 2.50 lakh rupees. 
•    It is given annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen.
•    She writes in both English and Hindi and has over 100 books to her credit. 
•    She began to write at the age of 22 and has published short-stories, novels and poems in Hindi and English. 
•    Her works in English include A Girl of Her Age and two short-story anthologies A Woman is Dead and Eunuch of Time and Other Stories. 
•    She had also worked as the professor and the Head of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. 
•    Her book Kshama was published in 2008. 
•    She was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2004.
 

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IOC Chief given Olympic Movement's highest award

Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) Chief Narayana Ramachandran, was awarded the Olympic Order for outstanding services to the Olympic movement. 
•    Established in 1975, the Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement, awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the movement. 
•    Narayana Ramachandran is an Indian squash administrator who serves as current President of WSF (World Squash Federation). 
•    He was elected on 2008, succeeding Jahangir Khan.
•    He is also, since the 9th of February 2014, the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
•    He is the brother of the former Chairman of BCCI and ICC, N Srinivasan
•    The International Olympic Committee is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin, on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president. 
•    Today its membership consists of 100 active members, 32 honorary members, and 1 honour member
 

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First 'Arunachal Ratna' award for slain DSP

Arunachal Pradesh government conferred the first 'Arunachal Ratna' award to Deputy Superintendent of Police Bomto Kamdak posthumously, who lost his life during exchange of fire with criminals in East Kameng district.
•    The special award instituted on the occasion of Independence Day this year will carry a cash amount of Rs one lakh along with a gold medal and a roll of honour.
•    The DSP and a civilian were killed in a firefight between police and anti-socials near Chayangtajo in East Kameng district on. 
•    An ex-gratia payment of Rs 50 lakh would be given to the next of kin of Kamdak besides a suitable government job for his wife, he said.
•    Khandu also announced a state government policy for all the police personnel irrespective of ranks who sacrificed their lives while fighting terrorists, criminals or underground elements.
•    As per the policy, they would be awarded a payment of Rs 50 lakh and their kin would be given a suitable job in the government.
•    The state government also announced a state award to various personalities in their respective fields by awarding 10 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 10 commendation certificates.
 

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President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Services

On the occasion of Independence Day, 2016 the Hon’ble President of India has awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Police Medal for Meritorious Services to the following RPF/RPSF personnel- 
President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service :
•    Shri G.V.Sanjeeva Rayudu, Inspector/RPF/SCR
Police Medal for Meritorious Services:
•    Shri Ajoy Sadany, DIG-cum-Addl. CSC/NWR
•    Shri Vijay Kumar Khatarkar, DIG-cum-Addl. CSC/NER
•    Shri R.P.Tomar, ASC/NCR
•    Shri Farid Ahmed, Inspector/RPF/ER
•    Shri Vishwambhar Nath Dwivedi, Inspector/RPF/NCR
•    Shri Bonoda Bihari Samantara, SI(M)/10BN/RPSF
•    Shri R.Suresh, SI(M)/7 BN/ RPSF
•    Shri Satyanarayana Vadiyala, SI/RPF/SCR
•    Shri Madan Lal, SI/RPF/NWR
•    Shri Subhasis Gupta, ASI/RPF/ER
•    Shri Rajaram, ASI/RPF/NER 
•    Shri Balmik Prasad Patel, ASI/RPF/WCR
•    Shri Jayanta Kolay, Head Constable/RPF/ER
•    Shri Suresh Mahto, CT(SW)/6BN/RPSF

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President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey

Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey Administration/Air Traffic Controller is the Commanding Officer of an Indian Air Force Special Forces Unit since 06 May 2013.
•    On 02 Jan 2016, he was leading a Squad of IAF Special Forces for a search operation at Air Force Station, Pathankot. UAV Contact with four suspects was reported to him at about 0245 hrs inside MES Yard. Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey showed keen situational awareness in estimating that the terrorists were in close proximity to the residential area. He immediately deployed his forces to lay a cordon. While searching the area, his team came under intense hostile fire from the terrorists, in which one of his team members was grievously injured. Maintaining his composure, he effectively marshalled his troops, spreading them out in the area to contain the terrorists within a designated area.
•    Despite a gunshot wound on the right thigh, he led from the front and along with his buddies, continued to fight with four terrorists at extremely close range. He was able to contain them at the same spot for 25 minutes till arrival of reinforcements, thereby preventing them from entering residential area and creating a possible hostage situation. He was singularly responsible for wrenching the initiative from the terrorists, thwarting their plan and forcing them on the defensive. He evacuated his injured buddy and returned to action immediately. He continued to lead his troops till the conclusion of the operation on 07 Jan 16.
•    The steadfast leadership and raw courage displayed by the officer was inspirational. His decision to aggressively engage the terrorists at the outset and confine them to a specific area proved to be the game changer in the containing the terrorists to a very limited area.
•    For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)

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President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar

Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar (28211) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Sukhoi-30 MKI Squadron since 14 Jul 14 as Sqn Pilot.
•    On 06 Jan 16, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar was authorised to fly a valley flying sortie as No. 2. During the sortie, the pilot experienced multiple failures in quick succession while in the valley with difficult terrain all around. At first he experienced oil system failure after approximately 20 mins of flying. He took correct actions and set course towards base for a priority recovery. Subsequently he experienced "Fire on Left Hand (LH) Engine". The pilot immediately switched off the left engine and operated the fire extinguisher. This was followed by all four channels of the Fly By Wire (FBW) system failing accompanied with vicious oscillation due to autonomous movement of the rudder. This coupled with Fire on LH engine presented the pilot with an emergency of the most critical nature.
•    Despite experiencing multiple emergencies of dire nature, displaying exceptional courage, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar calmly assessed the situation and reacted in a controlled manner while remaining with the aircraft. His prompt and correct actions prevented a Category-I accident and saved the valuable aircraft. In having piloted the aircraft under such odds and executed correct emergency actions, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar displayed courage and presence of mind of a high order.
•    For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

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