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Wrestler Sakshi Malik grabs first medal for India at Rio Olympics

Sakshi Malik, 23 year old freestyle wrestler hailing from Rohtak won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by clinching the bronze in the 58 kilogram category.

Sakshi Malik grabs bronze in Rio Olympics 2016

•   She became the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal.

•   This is the first time a women is getting medal from India in wrestling event.

•   In the playoff bout, Sakshi defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by 8-5 points.

•   With this she becomes only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal. Weight-lifter Karnam Malleshwari was the first Indian to win an Olympic medal.

•   She had won a bronze medal in weight lifting event at the 2000 Sydney Games. Boxer MC Marykom and Badminton star Saina Nehwal also had won a bronze medal each in respectively at the 2012 London Games.

•   Olympic medals in Wrestling Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal was India’s fifth wrestling medal in overall at the Olympic Games till date.

•   KD Jadhav , Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt are the other wrestlers winning medal at Olympics earlier.

A bried about Sakshi Malik :

Born on September 3, 1992 in Rohtak district of Haryana.She had started her training in wrestling at an early age of 12 years under the support of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium. She has won bronze medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category, Gold medal at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60-kg). She also has won silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, bronze medal in 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha and bronze medal at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in 60-kg category.


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Oscar winning music composer AR Rahman was honoured with the Tamil Ratna Award by the New York based Tamil Sangam.

Noted music composer A.R. Rahman on 15 August 2016 was honoured with the Tamil Ratna Award.
•    The award was presented by New York based Tamil Sangam.
•    Rahman was bestowed with the honour after his concert at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) chamber.
•    A.R. Rahman's works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.
•    His body of work for film and stage has earned him the nickname of the Mozart of Madras.
•    In 2009, Time included him on its list of the world's most influential people.
•    The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of Tomorrow's World Music Icons in August 2011.
•    He has also won two Grammy Awards: Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
•    His work in 127 Hours won him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations (Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song) in 2011.

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Speaker, Lok Sabha Presents ‘National Tourism Awards for 2014-15’ to Various Segments of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

“National Tourism Awards for the year 2014-15” to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry were presented by the Speaker, Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan at a function organized by M/o Tourism here today. 
•    Shri Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism & Culture presided over the function. 
•    Tourism Ministers of many States, Central and State Government Officials, Members from the Travel and Hospitality Industries, including leading Hoteliers, Travel Agents and Tour Operators and Travel Media attended the function.
•    Ministry of Tourism is in consultation with Ministry of Railways for exclusive Tourist coaches for Tourists on select routes as well as for the development of 50 Railway stations as “Adarsh Railway Stations”
•    awards were given in various categories
•    Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 100 crore and above - First Prize - M/s SDU Travels Private Limited
•    Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 100 crore and above Second Prize - Le Passage Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd.
•    Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 100 crore and above Third Prize - SOTC Travel Services Pvt. Ltd.

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Shri Rajnath Singh Felicitates Prof. Namvar Singh at ‘First Cultural Dialogue Series’ of IGNCA

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has lauded the contribution of Professor Namvar Singh, noted writer and thinker of Hindi literature, calling him a Beacon who bust the myth of popularity by achieving the kind of fame usually reserved for celebrities, sports stars or politicians, as a litterateur. 
•    He was felicitating Professor Namvar Singh, who turned 90, at the “First Cultural Dialogue Series” organized by IGNCA under Ministry of Culture here today.
•    Addressing on the occasion, Minister of State )(I/C) for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that  Professor Namvar Singh has immensely contributed a lot in enriching the Indian culture. He appreciated the efforts of IGNCA for organizing such a valuable event.
•    The Special issue of ‘Bahuvachan’, a Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishvvidyalaya and a book entitled “Namvar Singh – Safar 90 Sal Ka” brought out by IGNCA were released in the programme. Many renowned dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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Bezwada Wilson, TM Krishna win Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016

Two Indians including social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician Thodur Madabusi (TM) Krishna on 26 July 2016 won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016.
•    Bezwada Wilson was recognized for asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity. 
•    He is the National Convener of the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA). 
•    TM Krishna was recognized for ensuring social inclusiveness in culture. He is a Carnatic music vocalist.
•    Conchita Carpio Morales (Philippines): She has been recognized for restoring faith in the rule of law.
•    Dompet Dhuafa (Indonesia): She has been recognized for expanding the transformative impact of zakat. 
•    Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Japan): The organisation has been recognized for building a world of genuine solidarity. 
•    Vientiane Rescue (Laos): The organisation has been recognized for volunteering to save lives at risk.
•    The Award was established in 1957 and is widely regarded as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
•    It was established in 1957 in the memory of Philippines’ 3rd President Ramon Magsaysay who had died in air disaster in March 1957. 
•    The awardees receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President Ramon Magsaysay, and a cash prize.
•    The Award honours those individuals whose lives are characterized by selfless service which impacts the lives of the greater many.

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Beyonce won BET Awards 2016

Beyonce and Drake were the big winners at the 2016 BET Awards.
•    Beyonce, who opened the show Sunday alongside Kendrick Lamar for a fiery performance of "Freedom," led all other artists taking home four awards out of five nominations including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year for "Formation" and the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award.
•    Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, accepted the awards on the singer's behalf as she left the awards show following her performance to start her upcoming international tour.
•    The night's other big winner was Drake, who won three awards out a of dominating nine nominations. The rapper was honored with trophies for Best Male Hip-Hop artist, Best Group with Future and Best Collaboration for this featured verse on Rihana’s hit single "Work."
•    Behind Beyonce and Drake was newcomer Bryson Tiller making a name for himself winning two awards that included Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist. Tiller also performed his hit "Don't" onstage.

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Kannada Movie Thithi has won two awards 19th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Kannada Movie Thithi in the third week of June 2016 won two awards - Best Film and Best Script Writers - under the Asia New Talent Awards Category at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival.
•    Earlier, in August 2015, the film premiered at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival and won the Golden Leopard honour in the Filmmakers of the Present category and the Swatch First Feature award.
•    The film also won numerous other awards at film festivals held in Mumbai, Palm Springs, Marrakech, etc. Some of the important among them are–
•    63rd National Film Awards: It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada.
•    2016 Karnataka State Film Awards: It bagged the awards, namely, First Best Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Dialogue award.
•    It was invited to the 45th edition of New Directors/New Films in New York, the USA.
Thithi is a drama film consisting of a cast of non-professional actors from villages in the Mandya district of Karnataka. It is a light-hearted story about three generations of men reacting to the death of their 101-year old patriarch.

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President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award

President Pranab Mukherjee on 14 June 2016 was accorded with Grand Cross National Order of the Republic of Cote D'Ivoirie in a simple ceremony at the President's Palace in Abidjan. It is the highest civilian award of Ivory Coast.
•    He received many honorary degrees but, it is the first such honour accorded to him by a country.
•    The President was honoured during his two days visit to the Country from 14 June to 15 June 2016.
•    It was the first visit of any Indian President to Ivory Coast. In fact, it is the first ever high level visit from India to Ivory Coast.
•    Both the countries signed headquarters agreement for re-establishment of Exim bank regional head quarters in the Ivory Coast.
•    The Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces highlighted the common concerns of both the countries to combat international terrorism and other key issues including disarmament, climate change and sustainable development.
•    The Head of the State reiterated the commitment of India towards the South-South Cooperation through developmental assistance and sharing resources for the development in Africa.
•    He appreciated the naming of an information technology park in Abidjan after Mahatma Gandhi calling him as a true son of India as well as Africa.
•    The President also promised that India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting Cote D'Ivoirie (Ivory Coast) in its economic development and growth and trade between the two nations is expected to touch 1 billion US dollars in few years.

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South Korea's Jan Kang won Man Booker International

The South Korean author Han Kang has been named the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel The Vegetarian, splitting the £50,000 prize with her translator, Deborah Smith.
•    The Vegetarian, published by Portobello Books, the UK independent publisher, is Ms Han’s first novel to be translated into English. 
•    It is the strange story of Yeong-hye, a Korean wife who, seeking a more “plant-like existence”, decides to become vegetarian — a rebellious decision that flouts the traditions of her family and country.
•    Ms Smith, 28, started to learn Korean only seven years ago, when she moved to Korea. 
•    It was Ms Smith who proposed the idea of translating The Vegetarian.
•    She also worked on Ms Han’s second novel to be translated into English, Human Acts. 
•    Ms Smith is also the founder of Tilted Axis Press, a non-profit publishing house that promotes the translation of literature from Africa and Asia.
•    Previous prize winners include László Krasznahorkai (2015), Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).
•    The prize is sponsored by Man Group, who also sponsor the annual Man Booker prize for English language fiction.

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Anjali Chandrashekhar comes 3rd in UN Poster for Peace contest

Anjali Chandrashekar, won the third prize at the United Nations Poster for Peace Contest. 
•    She received the award at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on May 3.
•    Two of Anjali’s works were selected — ‘Break Free’ and ‘Cutting a Peace Deal’. 
•    ‘Break Free’ shows white peace doves fly out of a cage shaped like a nuclear warhead, while the other poster was about affirmative action — the dove acts like scissors and cuts through the image of a warhead, towards peace.
•    Anajli, who studied at PSBB Senior Secondary School and went on to graduate from Pratt Institute in the U.S., is no stranger to using her talent for a cause — to raise funds and to create awareness. She’s been doing it since she was 10, and has participated in several U.N. campaigns in the past.
•    This campaign was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first General Assembly Resolution and to reaffirm the U.N.’s historic commitment to nuclear disarmament. At the U.N., she also met the President of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and actor Michael Douglas, long-standing U.N. Messenger of Peace.

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