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January 2020 - Awards



  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the ICCW National Bravery Awards 2019 to 10 girls and 12 boys. The 16-year-old Muhammed Muhsin, who drowned while saving three of his friends in the rough sea in April 2019, from Kozhikode in Kerala posthumously was also awarded and was chosen for the ICCW Abhimanyu Award.


  • The Iranian film ‘Castle of Dreams’ directed by Reza Mirakarimi won the Best Film Award in Asian Competition section of the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) which concluded on 19th January, 2020. The film also won the Best Director Award. Information Minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud gave away the award carrying prize money of Tk 1 lakh, a citation and crest in the closing ceremony held in Dhaka.
    1.) In the Asian Competition segment, Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage’s film ‘Children of the Sun’ won Special Jury Award.
    2.) Best Actress Award went to Arezoo Ariapoor, Ferestha Afshar and Hasiba Ebrahimi for their acting in Afghanistan-Iran-France joint venture film ‘Hava, Maryamk, Ayesha’ while the 3.) Best Actor Award went to Lousie Abuel for his acting in the film ‘Edward’.
    4.) In Bangladesh Panorama Section, ‘No Dorai’ directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu bagged the Best Film Award.
    5.) Indian film ‘Finally Love’ directed by AnjanDutt bagged Best Audience Award in Cinema of the World Category.


  • Deepika Padukone received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She was recognised for her efforts to create awareness about the importance of mental health.


  • Priya Prakash won the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award for 2019. She is the founder and CEO of India-based HealthSetGo. The award recognizes her school health program that aimed to provided 360-degree healthcare support to children. The award honours individuals aged between 18 to 30 who are bringing about a positive change in the world by solving some of its biggest global challenges.


  • The Home Ministry announced the winners of Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2020 on January 23, 2020. The award will be conferred to Uttarakhand’s Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre in the institution category and Kumar Munnan Singh in the individual category. The Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar is announced every year on January 23, on the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary. The award aims to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in India in the field of disaster management such as research in early warning, prevention, mitigation, preparedness, rescue, relief and rehabilitation process.


  • Sri Lankan government has thanked India for conferring Padma Shri award on two of their citizens, Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and late Prof. Indra Dassanayake. Dr. Vajira Chitrasena is considered a living legend of Sri Lankan dance at the age of 87. Late Professor Indra Dassanayake was one of the pioneers to introduce and promote Hindi language in educational institutions of Sri Lanka.


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on January 28, 2020 gave away Best Tableaux awards for Republic Day Parade, 2020 in New DelhiAssam's tableau which portrayed the unique craftsmanship and culture of the state has been chosen as the best tableau, followed by Odisha and Uttar Pradesh who were tied for the second position. Odisha's tableau depicted Lord Lingaraja's Rukuna Rath Yatra whereas the tableau of Uttar Pradesh showcased the state's cultural and religious heritage. 

    The tableaux of National Disaster Relief Force and Jal Shakti Mission were chosen as the best among the Ministries and Departments. Central Public Works Department got the Special Prize for their tableau which based on the theme - Kashmir se Kanyakumari.


  • Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev was awarded the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on January 27, 2020. He received the award jointly alongside conservation biologist Gretchen C Daily. Pavan Sukhdev was honoured with the 2020 Tyler Prize for his outstanding work in the sphere of the green economy. While receiving the award, Sukhdev stated that one does not have to be an environmentalist to care about protecting the environment. Sukhdev was the head and special adviser of UNEP’s 'Green Economy Initiative'. The initiative was a major project launched by the then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


  • The Government of India has announced first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ for several media houses. This award was conferred on January 7, 2020, to 30 media houses. The objective behind this award is to bring positivity and acknowledge the role of media in the outreach of Yoga in the world. 

    This award was instituted in June 2019 to mark the role of media in spreading the message among masses. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will confer the first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’.


  • 'They’ was chosen as the Word of the Decade by the linguists in the United States of America on January 4, 2020. The move aims to recognize the growing use of third-person plural pronouns in a singular form to refer to those who do not identify with either male or female gender. The singular pronoun ‘They’ was chosen as the word of the decade to recognize its growing use to refer to people whose gender identity is non-binary. ‘They’ was also adjudged as the world of the year in 2015. 

    The pronouns such as she/her were chosen as the word of the year by the American Dialect Society in a separate decision. The move aims to honour the increasing practice of introducing oneself by the set of pronouns one prefers to be called by. The ‘My’ pronouns were the most popular choice for Word of the Year 2019, again reflecting how the personal expression of gender identity has become an increasing part of common discussions.


  • Kanhaiya Kumar, Prashant Kishor, and Mahua Moitra have found a place in the Forbes' list of people to watch in the 2020s. Forbes India recently published this list that included the names of politicians, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and sportspersons. Prashant Kishor and Kanhaiya Kumar are the biggest names of the list. Kanhaiya ranked 12th in this list and Prashant is ranked 16th.


  • PM Narendra Modi distributed Krishi Karman Awards and Commendation Awards to states at a public meeting in Tumkur Karnataka on 2 Jan 2020. He also gave away Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Awards for Progressive Farmers. The event also witnessed the release of the 3rd instalment of PM Kisan (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) of Rs 2000 for the period December 2019-March 2020.


  • Swarna Jayanti Fellowships have been awarded to 14 Scientists associated with projects containing innovative research idea and with the potential of making an impact on R&D in the respective disciplines. The Swarna Jayanti Fellowships scheme was instituted by Government of India to commemorate India's fifteenth year of independence.


  • A Dubai-based Indian girl Sucheta Satish, who can sing in 120 languages, has won the 'Global Child Prodigy Awards 2020'. Sucheta Satish, known as the Dubai Indian High School's nightingale, won in the singing category. The Global Child Prodigy Award is a platform to celebrate children's talent and power in different categories. The award ceremony was in New Delhi on 3 Jan 2020.


  • BCCI Awards - Full List of Winners : 
    Kris Srikanth: Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
    Jasprit Bumrah: Polly Umrigar Award Best International Cricketer (Men).
    Anjum Chopra: BCCI Life Time Achievement Award For Women.
    Poonam Yadav: Best International Cricketer (Women).
    Dilip Joshi: BCCI Special Award.
    Mayank Agarwal: Best International Debut (Men).
    Jasprit Bumrah: Dilip Sardesai Award for Highest Wickets in Test Cricket- 2018-19.
    Cheteshwar Pujara: Dilip Sardesai Award for Highest Run Getter in Test Cricket- 2018-19.
    Shafali Verma: BCCI Best International Debut (Women).
    Jhulan Goswami: Highest Wickets in One Day Internationals (2018-19) Women.
    Shivam Dube: Lala Amarnath Award For the Best All-Rounder in the Ranji Trophy.
    Smriti Mandhana: Highest Run Getter in One Day Internationals -2018-19 (Women).
    Vidarbha Cricket Association: Best Performance in BCCI Domestic Tournaments (2018-19).
    Virendra Sharma: Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket (2018-19).
    Shafali Verma: Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy for Best Woman Cricketer (Junior Domestic) of 2018-19.



  • The 77th annual Golden Globes Awards were held on 5 Jan 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
    Best motion picture — Drama was won by '1917'.
    Best performance by an actress in a motion picture -- Drama was won by Renee Zellweger for "Judy".
    Best performance by an actor in a motion picture -- Drama was won by Joaquin Phoenix for "Joker".
    Best Director was won by Sam Mendes for '1917'.


  • ICC Awards 2019 - List if winners :
    Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy - Ben Stokes
    ODI Cricketer of the Year – Rohit Sharma
    Test Cricketer of the Year - Pat Cummins
    Spirit of Cricket Award - Virat Kohli
    Associate Cricketer of the Year - Kyle Coetzer
    ICC Men's Emerging Cricketer - Marnus Labuschagne
    T20I Performance of the Year - Deepak Chahar
    2019 Umpire of the Year - Richard Illingworth 

    ICC ODI Team of the Year 2019: Jonny Bairstow, Rohit Sharma, , Virat Kohli (c), Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ross Taylor, Ben Stokes, Mustafizur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah 

    ICC Test Team of the Year 2019: Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (c), Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon.


  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2020. 

    South Korean film Parasite is the first foreign-language film to win the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. 
    Renée Zellweger won the 'Best Actress' for Judy
    Joaquin Phoenix won 'Best Actor' for Joker. 

    In television awards, Crown won the SAG award for 'Best Ensemble in Drama Series'
    Jennifer Aniston won 'Best Actress' in drama series for her role in the Morning Show and 
    Peter Dinklage won 'Best Actor' for his role in the popular TV series, Game of Thrones.

    Game of Thrones took home two key awards- Best actor in a drama series and Best action. 
    Avengers: Endgame won SAG award for 'Best Action in a motion picture'. 


  • Sindhi writer Vasdev Mohi has conferred with 29th Saraswati Samman for his short stories collection 'Chequebook'. The short stories collection talks about the agonies and sufferings of marginalized sections of the society. SaraswatiSamman is given annually by the KK Birla Foundation. It carries a cash award of Rs.15 lakh rupees, a citation, and a plaque.


  • Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019 to be conferred on March 8. The awards will be conferred on the 8th of March on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The national award is given annually to individuals, groups, institutions in recognition of their exceptional work towards the women empowerment, especially for vulnerable and marginalized women.


  • India-born author Jasbinder Bilan has bagged a coveted UK children's book award for her debut novel 'Asha and the Spirit Bird'. The story set in the Himalayan territory of her Indian roots and inspired by the special childhood bond with her grandmother. Bilan will receive 5,000 pounds as the winner of the award.


  • Nitin Gadkari presents National Highway Excellence Awards 2019. During the event, Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highway, V.K. Singh said, infrastructure is important for the economy and it accelerates the economic activity in the country. Instituted in the year 2018, National Highway Excellence Awards aim to recognize the well-performing companies in the field of construction, operations, maintenance, toll collection and road safety on National Highways.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 22nd January. The Bal Puraskar is given by government every year to recognize exceptional achievements of children in various fields. These fields are innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, sports and bravery. 22 children who were selected for National Bravery Awards also received the awards from the President.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards - 2019 on 54 persons. This includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to seven, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to eight and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 39 persons. Five awards are posthumous. Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person. 

    The award is given in three categories - Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak. Persons of all walks of life are eligible for these awards. The award can also be conferred posthumously. The decoration of the award is presented to the awardee in due course by the Ministry, organizations or state government to which the awardee belongs.


  • The 62nd edition of the Grammys was held at Los Angeles on January 26. The Grammys are being hosted by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. The ceremony began with a heart-wrenching tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash just hours before celebs began arriving on the Grammy red carpet. 

    Grammy winners:
    Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
    Song of the Year: Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
    Best New Artist: Billie Eilish
    Best Pop Solo Performance: Truth Hurts – Lizzo
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Old Town Road – Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:  Look Now – Elvis Costello & The Imposters
    Best Pop Vocal Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go – Billie Eilish
    Best Rock Performance: This Land – Gary Clark Jr.
    Best Metal Performance: 7empest – Tool
    Best Rock Song: This Land – Gary Clark Jr., Songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
    Best Rock Album: Social Cues – Cage The Elephant
    Best Alternative Music Album: Father of the Bride – Vampire WeekendBest R&
    Best Performance: Come Home – Anderson .Paak & Andre 300
    Best Traditional R&B Performance: Jerome – LizzoBest R&
    Best Song: Say So – Pj Morton, Songwriter (Pj Morton Ft. Jojo)
    Best Urban Contemporary Album: Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
    Best R&B Album: Ventura – Anderson .Paak
    Best Rap Performance: Racks in the Middle – Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
    Best Rap/Sung Performance: Higher – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
    Best Rap Song: A Lot – Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White
    Best Rap Album: Igor – Tyler, the Creator
    Best Dance Recording: Got to Keep On – The Chemical Brothers
    Best Dance Electronic Album: No Geography – The Chemical Brothers
    Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Mettavolution – Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Best Country Solo Performance: Ride Me Back Home – Willie Nelso
    Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Speechless – Dan + Shay
    Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker
    Best Country Album: While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker
    Best New Age Album: Wings – Peter Kater
    Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Sozinho – Randy Brecker
    Best Jazz Vocal Album: 12 Little Spells – Esperanza Spalding
    Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Finding Gabriel – Brad Mehldau
    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Omni-american Book Club – Brian Lynch Big Band
    Best Latin Jazz Album: Antidote –  Chick Corea & the Spanish Heart Band
    Best Bluegrass Album: Tall Fiddler – Michael Cleveland
    Best Traditional Blues Album: Tall, Dark & Handsome – Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men
    Best Contemporary Blues Album: This Land – Gary Clark Jr.
    Best Reggae Album: Rapture –  Koffee
    Best World Music Album: Celia – Angelique Kidjo
    Best Spoken Word Album: Becoming – Michelle Obama
    Best Comedy Album: Sticks & Stones – Dave Chapelle
    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
    Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Chernobyl – Hildur Gudnadottir
    Best Music Video: Old Town Road (Official Movie) –  Lil Nas X featuring Billie Ray Cyrus
    Best Music Film: Homecoming, Beyonce


  • The government has announced 141 Padma Awards for this year on the occasion of 71st Republic Day. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhusan and 118 Padma Shri awards. 34 awardees are women and 18 foreigners. 12 persons are awarded posthumously. 




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