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December 2019 - Awards

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will present the Visitor’s awards, 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 December, 2019. They will be on issues such as the promotion of research, innovation and entrepreneurship, industry-academia linkages, filling up of vacancies, creating and utilising alumni-based endowment funds and completing infrastructure projects.

  • Gujarat police was honoured with the President's Colours award on 15 December 2019. Gujarat became the seventh state police force in India to be bestowed with the honour of the President’s Colours. It was presented by the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. He paid homage martyrs of Gujarat Police.

    President's Colours is also called NISHAAN. Now, the emblem will be worn by all the police officers of Gujarat on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform. The President's Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a police force in India. The honour recognizes the invaluable contribution of the police force to society. Earlier, it was awarded to states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam.

  • UT of J&K selected for national award. UT of Jammu and Kashmir has been selected for national award by Union Rural Development Ministry for best performance in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The award distribution ceremony will be held at Pusa, New Delhi on 19th Dec 2019. 147 Road and Bridge projects under PMGSY-II covering a length of 783.88 km were sanctioned for J&K and Ladakh.

  • Bangladesh National Film Awards 2017 & 2018 presented in Dhaka. The National Film Awards of Bangladesh for the years 2017 and 2018 were given away by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 8 December, 2019 in Dhaka. Four outstanding personalities of cinema in Bangladesh ATM Shamsuzzaman, Prabir Mitra, Alamgir and Sujata were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the film industry.

    Badrul Anam Saud was given the award for best director for the year 2017 for the film Gohin Baluchor. The best director award for 2018 was conferred on Mustafizur Rahman Manik for his film Jannat. In the lead role category for males, Shakib Khan and Arifin Shuvo jointly won the award for best actor for the year 2017 for their roles in Shotta and Dhaka Attack, respectively. In the female lead role category, Nusrat Imrose Tisha got the best actor award for her role in Haldaa.

    The best actor award for the year 2018 was given jointly to Ferdous and Symon Sadiq for their roles in Putro and Jannat respectively. Jaya Ahsan won best actor award for female for her role in Debi.

  • South Africa`s Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the 2019 Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico Sofia Aragon won third place. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi, the winner of the title, at the event held in Atlanta on 8 December.

    Zozibini Tunzi, 26-year-old, is from South Africa. She fights against gender-based violence. She devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty. She encourages women to love themselves the way they are. The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held on 8 December 2019 in Atlanta, the US. 90 finalists participated in the pageant contest.

  • Peter Handke received the Nobel Prize. Austrian novelist and screenplay writer Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on 10 December, 2019 amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. He received the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm. Representatives of seven countries including Albania and Turkey boycotted the awards ceremony in protest.

  • Gurgaon-based startup won ‘Space Oscar’ award. The Gurgaon-based startup Blue Sky Analytics has created an application called ‘Zuri’ that won the Copernicus Masters Award also called Space Oscars. It won it under the Social Entrepreneurship category. The application uses satellite data to provide improved monitoring, supply chain and pricing analysis as well as the allocation of crop waste to be used as raw materials in other industries.

  • The Awards for the first-ever VATAVARAN-2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment was presented in New Delhi. It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS).

    The awards were presented by Shri Ravi Agrawal, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC at the culmination of the four-day festival where all the shortlisted films were showcased. The Jury comprising Shri Ramesh Sippy, Shri Rahul Rawail, Ms. Manju Borah and Ms. Agnimitra Paul selected the final awardees for the competition.

  • Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor (NSA), was awarded the honorary doctorate at the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU) convocation ceremony held at Srinagar. Around 414 students and scholars were awarded. Among them, 45 students received gold medals for scoring excellent marks.
    • AjitDoval is the 5th National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. He assumed office on 30 May 2014.
    • In 2004-05, he served as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. He is considered as an important person in Indian revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
    • He has received Police Medal, President's Police Medal awards for his meritorious service. In 1988 he was awarded the Kirti Chakra.
    • He became the first police officer to receive the medal.

  • Lionel Messi was conferred the Ballon d'Or award. Lionel Messi was named the best player and was awarded the 2019 Ballon d'Or award in Paris. He created a world record by receiving the award for the sixth time. He broke the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the trophy five times. He Cristiano Ronaldo stands third in the men's rankings behind Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk.

    Lionel Messi won the award for the first in 2009. He then won the award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015. Megan Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player. She beat Lucy Bronze and Alex Morgan to claim the title. In July 2019, the United States to the World Cup title.

  • President Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards. The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel in New Delhi on 5 December 2019. The event will be held from 5-6 December 2019. 

    It should be noted that the nursing training institutions can consider developing short training programs for such care-givers too. World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

  • Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was declared as the ‘most famous teenager in the world’ by the United Nations in its 'decade in review' report released on December 23, 2019. The UN review stated that from a young age, Yousafzai was known for speaking out in favour of education for girls. She has also been extremely vocal about the atrocities committed by the Taliban on common people.

  • Priyanka Chopra has been awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award from UNICEF. Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is quite active not only in the entertainment and fashion world but also in social work. The award was announced in June 2019 and Priyanka was nominated for the award by the United Nations Children's Fund. Priyanka Chopra has been associated with UNICEF for the past 15 years as a Goodwill Ambassador. Now she has been awarded UNICEF's 'Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award' for her work. She was awarded this honor in the presence of many eminent personalities at the Snowflake Ball in New York.

  • 66th National Film Awards: The winners of the 66th National Film Award 2019 have been awarded by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. Dada Saheb Phalke Award has been given to Amitabh Bachchan. Ayushmann Khurrana for film 'Andhadhun' and Vicky Kaushal for 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' honored as Best Actors, South Actress KirtiSuresh for 'Mahanati' for Best Actress and Surekha Sikri awarded for 'Best Supporting Actress Award for ‘Badhaai Ho’ film.' There are a total of 31 awards are given in the film category and 23 awards are dedicated in the non-feature film category. National awards are announced every year for films in various Indian languages. There are several categories for nominations like Best Film, Best Direction, Best Production, Social Message, Best Singer, Best Song, and Best Lyricist among others.

    List of 66th National Film Awards Winners :
    • Best Hindi Film: Andhadhun
    • Best Popular Film: Badhaai Ho
    • Best social issue-based movie: 'Padman'
    • Best Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun) and Vicky Kaushal (Uri)
    • Best Actress - Kirti Suresh (Mahanati, Telugu)
    • Best Supporting Actor: Shivanand Kirkire (Chumbak)
    • Best Supporting Actress: Surekha Sikri (Badhai Ho)
    • Best Direction - Aditya Dhar (Uri: The Surgical Strike)
    • Best Debut Director - Sudhakar Reddy Yakanti, Film Naal (Marathi)
    • Best Male Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Padmavat)
    • Best Female Playback Singer: Bindu Malini
    • Best Song: Binte Dil (Padmavat)
    • Best Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Padmavat)
    • Best Background Music - Saswat Sachdeva (Uri)
    • Best Sound Design: Bishwadeep Deepak (Uri)
    • Best Film Critic: Blay Jani and Anant Vijay
    • Best Lyrics - Niticharami (Kannada film)
    • Most Film Friendly State: Uttarakhand
    • Best Special Effects: 'KGF' and 'Awe'
    • Best Choreographer: Kruti Mahesh Midya (Padmavat' (Ghoomar song)
    • Best Dialogue - Date (Bengali)
    • Special Mention Award - Great Hunter - Sagar Puranik
    • Best Narration Madhubani - The Station of Color
    • Best Voice- Deepak Agnihotri, Urvija Upadhyay
    • Best Music Film - Jyoti - Director - Kedar Divekar
    • Best Audiography Children of the Soil - Bishwadeep Chatterjee
    • Best Location Sounded Secret Life of Frogs - Ajay Bedi
    • Best Cinematography - The Secret Life of Frogs - Ajay Bedi and Vijay Bedi
    • Best Beat Direction - Ai Oath - Gautam Waje
    • Best Film on Family Value - Let's Live - Mangesh Hadavale
    • Best Shot-Fiction Film - Kasav - Aditya Subhash Jambhale
    • Social Justice Film- Why Me- Harish Shah
    • Social Justice Film- Solitude- Neeraj Singh
    • Best Investigative Film - Amoli - Jasmin Kaur and Avinash Roy
    • Best Sports Film - Swimming Through the Darkness - Supriyo Sen
    • Best Educational Film - Sarala Virala - Aregowda
    • Best Film on Social Issues - Tala Te Kunji - Shilpi Gulati
    • Best Environmental Film - The World's Most Famous Tiger - Subia Nalamuthu
    • Best Promotional Film - Rediscovering Jazam - Avishan Maurya and Kriti Gupta
    • Best Arts and Cultural Film - Bunkars: The Last of the Varanasi Weavers - Satyaprakash Upadhyay
    • Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director - Faluda - Sagnik Chatterjee
    • Best Non-Feature Film (Shared) - Sun Rise - Vibha Bakshi

  • Sahitya Akademi Awards 2019: On December 18, Sahitya Academy - India's National Academy of Letters, announced Sahitya Akademi Awards 2019. The Academy announced names of 25 writers including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor as winners for 2019 edition of the Sahitya Akademi Awards. According to the official press release, Seven books of poetry, four novels, six short stories, three non-fiction books and three essays have won the award this year.

    Writer and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was named among the winners for Sahitya Akademi Awards. He won the prestigious literature award for his novel 'An Era of Darkness' in the creative non-fiction category in English literature. The novel which was published in 2016 describes British rule in India. Tharoor was joined by Madhusoodanan Nair, who won the award for 'Achan Piranna Veedu' in the Malayalam poetry category. Another renowned name that was featured on the list of winners included Nand Kishore Acharya, who won the honour for his poetry collection ‘Chilte hue apneko’. 

       Sahitya Akademi Awards - Complete list :

Title & Genre
Author Name
Chanakya (Novel)
Joysree Goswami Mahanta
Ghumer Darja Thele (Essays)
Chinmoy Guha
Akhai Athumniphrai (Poetry)
Phukan Ch. Basumatary
Bandralta Darpan (Essays)
Om Sharma Jandriari
An Era of Darkness (Non-Fiction)
Shashi Tharoor
Mojma Revu Re (Essays)
Ratilal Borisagar
Chheelate Hue Apne Ko (Potery)
Nand Kishore Acharya
Kudi Esaru (Autobiography)
Akh Yaad Akh Qayamat (Short Stories)
Abdul AhadHajini
The Words (Potery)
Nilba A Khandekar
Jingik Oriaon Kariat (Poetry)
Kumar Manish Arvind
Achan Piranna Veedu (Poetry)
V Madhusoodanan Nair
EiAmadi Adungeigi Eethat (Novel)
L Birmangol Singh (Beryl Thanga)
Bhaswati (Short Stories)
Tarun Kanti Mishra
Antheen (Short Stories)
Kirpal Kazak
BareekBaat (Short Stories)
Ramswaroop Kisan
Prajnachakshusham (Poetry)
Penna Madhusudan
Sisirkali (Short Stories)
Kali Charan Hembram
Jeejal (Short Stories)
Ishwar Moorjani
Sool (Novel)
Cho Dharman
Septabhoomi (Novel)
Bandi Narayana Swamy
Sawaneh-E-Sir Syed: Ek Bazadeed (Biography)
Shafey Kidwai



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