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29 November 2017
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Skill India partners with Airbnb to Upskill Hospitality Entrepreneurs
A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC) with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company.

The MoU will provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India.
The signing of MoU is in line with the Government’s endeavor to promote entreprenuership under the Government’s Skill India Programme.
Three day India-Afghan Cultural Festival inaugurated in New Delhi
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and Minister of Culture and Information of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, His Excellency Prof. Moh. Rasool Bawari inaugurated the India-Afghan Cultural Festival in New Delhi.

The Festival has been jointly organized by the Government and Embassy of Afghanistan along with the Government of India and ICCR.
The three day festival includes cultural performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, cuisine and cultural shows from Afghanistan as well as India.
Kiran Rijiju inaugurates Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated 7th edition of three day ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

Member of Parliament, Shri Manoj Tiwari, Film maker and composer Shri Vishal Bhardwaj, singer and musician Shri Mohit Chauhan, Australian High Commissioner to India Mr Harinder Sidhu and Member Secretary, IGNCA, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi will also participate in the event tomorrow.
Kathakar is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of Ghummakkad Narain- the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under the aegis of UNESCO in 2010.
Kathakar is an attempt to not just preserve the art form but also create new audiences for the same.
6th International Tourism Mart being organized in Guwahati, Assam
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017.

The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on 5th December by His Excellency, Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam in the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister Assam and Shri K.J Alphons MoS (IC), Ministry of Tourism & MoS, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Union Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.
The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.
World's first 3D Sanskrit film screened at IFFI
World's first Sanskrit 3D film 'Anurakthi is among the main attraction in 3D category at the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Panaji in Goa.

Asokan PK-directed film throws light on the ancient theatrical tradition of Koodiyattam in Kerala.
The movie narrates the story of 'Vasudha', a Punjabi danseuse.
Manohar Parrikar launches farmer engagement app 'Jai Kisaan'
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has launched the Jai Kisaan App, a farmer engagement app packed with features and functions to fulfill the needs of the farmers community in India.

The Jai Kisan app is a one-stop solution on agricultural information and cultivation, covering crop nutrition, protection, seeds, and diagnostic services.
President of India inaugurates Hornbill Festival
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day celebrations of Nagaland on December 1, 2017 in Kisama.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Hornbill Festival is the perfect showcase of rich Naga culture and traditions, preserved over the years in the form of music, dance and food.
The Hornbill Festival at Kisama and the International Music Festival represent the diversity of Naga society.
Cabinet approves setting up of National Nutrition Mission
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi yesterday has approved setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.

The NNM, as an apex body, will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide the nutrition related interventions across the Ministries.
The programme through the targets will strive to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies.
India Awarded Certificate of Commendation for Its Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India has been awarded with the Certificate of Commendation for its exemplary enforcement action in its regional and global effort to combat illegal wildlife trade.

“The award was given to Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by the Secretary General of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at Geneva, Switzerland”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said in New Delhi.

MedTech Summit of Biodesign Programme Under Department of Biotechnogy
XIth Annual MedTech Summit was organised in New Delhi by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

This Program is implemented by Department of Biotechnology jointly at AIIMS and IIT Delhi in collaboration with International partners.
This event was attended by leaders of Government organisations, academia, medical device industry, start-ups, hospitals, design, business and engineering institutes from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.
HUA approves construction of over 1 lakh more houses for urban
The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has approved the construction of 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

There will be an investment of Rs 8,105 crore for construction of these houses. The Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,681 crore for their construction.
Under PMAY(U), the government targets to provide houses to all urban poor by 2022.
Bengal first state in India to setup green university
West Bengal Assembly passed the West Bengal Green University Bill 2017 for setting up an environmental studies university at Hooghly district.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee tabled the Bill and it was passed while opposition Left Front and Congress boycotted the debate.
Chatterjee said West Bengal is the first state to have a university dedicated to environmental studies.
Mega Northeast Exhibition cum Sale Bonanza' inaugurated
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh announced Rs. 90 crore for "Northeast Hill Area Development" beginning from Tamenglong district on a pilot basis, in the first phase, for a period of two years.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that he had made the commitment to introduce an exclusive hill area development programme during his visit to Imphal and the purpose behind this was to ensure equitable development of all the districts of the State, notwithstanding their diversities of topography, geographical conditions and other aspects.
Centre increases the agricultural education budget this year by 47.4 percent
The government of India has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is our main objective to attract youth including school children towards agricultural education.
The Agriculture Minister said that two years back Government of India decided to celebrate National Agricultural Education Day on December 3 because it is the birthday of our first Union Agriculture Minister and Former President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad.
India's Biggest Floating Solar Power Plant To Be Inaugurated In Kerala
Kerala Electricity Minister M.M. Mani will inaugurate the largest floating solar power plant in the country at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad on 4 December.

The floating solar power plant that floats on the surface of the water has a capacity of 500 kilowatts. This is the country's largest floating solar plant.
Constructed by Thiruvananthapuram-based Ad tech Systems, the plant will generate seven lakh units per year. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9.25 crore.
ICG conducts Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise called ‘Clean Sea 2017’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The objective of the exercise was to ascertain preparedness of the Indian Coast Guard, resource agencies and other stakeholders in responding to a major oil spill.
International Conference on AYUSH and Wellness inaugurated in New Delhi
The First Ever International Conference on AYUSH and Wellness ‘Arogya 2017’ was inaugurated by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi.

The three day exhibition cum conference is being held at Vigyan Bhawan from 4th to 7th December, 2017.
‘Arogya 2017’ has been jointly organized by Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Government of India including Pharmexcil in partnership with FICCI to showcase the strength and scientific valuation of traditional system of medicine.
Nearly 1500 delegates from India and 60 countries are participating in ‘Arogya 2017’.
6th International Tourism Mart to Begin in Guwahati
“6th International Tourism Mart” (ITM) will begin in Guwahati, Assam. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organizing this Mart from 5-7 December, 2017.

Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam will inaugurate the Mart in the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, KJ.Alphons,Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Chief Minister Assam, Union Tourism Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.
The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.
Maharashtra, Gujarat On High Alert due to Cyclone Ockhi
After crossing Lakshadweep , cyclone Ockhi has moved towards Maharashtra and Gujarat, reported IMD officials.

The cyclone originated near the coast of Sri Lanka and travelled hugging the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala towards Lakshadweep claiming 19 lives in Kerala in its wake.
It has now moved towards Maharashtra and Gujarat.
International Events
International conference on climate change begins in Nepal
Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has inaugurated an international conference in Hindu Kush to draw attention towards the adverse effects of global warming.

The four-day conference is attended by more than 300 experts from different countries of Asia including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar.
V K Saraswat, member of India's Neeti foundation is leading the Indian delegation in the conference.
First phase of Chabahar port inaugurated
The first phase of Chabahar port, located in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, was inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of representatives from India, Afghanistan and several other countries of the region.

The first phase of the Chabahar port project is known as the Shahid Beheshti port.
The port is likely to ramp up trade among India, Afghanistan and Iran.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 3 December
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3 every year.

It is an international day promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
2017 Theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
SCO summit held in Russia
The annual SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit was held in Russia’s Sochi.

It discussed issues related to the regional security scenario including the situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India in the summit.
World AIDS Day: 1 December
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day.
Theme for the year 2017 is ‘My Health, My Right’.
India re-elected to International Maritime Organisation Council
India was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under Category B at an assembly of the body at its headquarters in London.

Indian High Commissioner to the UK YK Sinha represented India at the assembly where India secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146 and ahead of Australia’s 143.
The other countries to make the cut included France (140), Canada (138), Spain (137), Brazil (131), Sweden (129), The Netherlands (124) and the UAE (115).
Banking, Finance

Asian Development Bank to provide $20 billion loan to India over five years
Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it will raise annual funding to India to up to $4 billion from existing $2.7 billion, from next year.

As part of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy 2018-22, annual sovereign funding will increase from $2 billion to $3 billion while private sector funding would be doubled to $1 billion.
India pledges $2.87m to strengthen public transport in Afghanistan
India has pledged to contribute about USD 2.87 million to Afghanistan in its latest financial assistance to the neighbouring country.

The assistance will be used to repair around 350 public buses in the country.
India has helped Afghanistan time and again in its reconstruction since the fall of the Taliban regime.
L&T bags EPC order for 400 mw power plant in Bangladesh
Industrial conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) said it has bagged an engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) order for a 400 megawatt (MW) gas-based power plant in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has awarded the contract for setting up Bibiyana South 400 mw combined cycle power plant project to a consortium of L&T and Samsung C&T Corp of South Korea.
Karnataka Bank ties up with BCG for transformation initiatives
Karnataka Bank Ltd has partnered with the Boston Consulting Group (India) Pvt Ltd for its transformation initiatives.

The transformation project -- ‘KBL Vikaas’ -- was launched in Mangaluru.
A press release said that the project is aimed at total transformation of the bank by re-positioning it as a ‘relevant and significant bank’ by focusing on technology and by keeping intact its core values and identity.
Arun Jaitley launches Paytm Payments Bank
A new Payments Bank 'Paytm Payments Bank' was formally launched at the hands of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Currently, India has four Payments Bank including Paytm Payments Bank. The other three operational ones are Airtel Payments Bank, India Post Payments Bank and Fino Payments Bank.
A payments bank is a differentiated bank. A customer can open a savings bank account in them and have deposits of upto Rs 1 lakh. These banks cannot however lend money to their customers.
Competition Commission slaps Rs 52-crore penalty on BCCI
The Competition Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 52.24 crore on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for anti-competitive practices with respect to IPL media rights.

Earlier in 2013 also, the watchdog had penalised the cricket board.
In its 44-page order, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said the penalty of Rs 52.24 crore comes to nearly 4.48 per cent of the average of the BCCI's relevant turnover during the last three financial years.
In February 2013, the watchdog had slapped a fine of Rs 52.24 crore on the BCCI.
USAID announces $1 mn for TB awareness in India
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $1 million to create awareness about Tuberculosis (TB) to help India in its fight against the disease.

India has the world’s highest incidence of TB, with 2.8 million cases annually, and accounts for more than a quarter of the global TB burden.
West Bengal to get World Bank subsidy to buy 130 electric buses
The West Bengal government has negotiated with the World Bank to avail subsidy to buy 130 electric buses for plying in Kolkata, Asansol and Durgapur.

The World Bank has agreed to provide a subsidy of Rs seven lakh per bus.
While 100 buses would ply in Kolkata, the remaining 30 have been earmarked for industrial towns of Durgapur and Asansol.
Corp Bank launches RuPay credit cards
Corporation Bank has launched its RuPay Select and RuPay Platinum credit cards.

Corporation Bank’s RuPay credit cards are accepted at all RuPay-enabled 1.5 million plus PoS terminals and 80,000 plus e-commerce merchants in India and all ICS Partner acceptance points (POS, e-commerce merchants) globally.
Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank, unveiled the cards in Mangaluru.
Fitch lowers 2017-18 growth projection to 6.7%
International ratings agency Fitch has lowered the country's GDP growth projection for 2017-18 to 6.7 per cent.

According to Fitch's December Global Economic Outlook (GEO), the global ratings agency reduced the growth forecast for the fiscal year to end-March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 per cent from 6.9 per cent.
Venezuela to Launch Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the launch of a sovereign cryptocurrency "petro" which could bypass the U.S.-led financial sanctions, according to a market commentator.

It is no surprise that digital currencies have become more popular as reports have been emerging that Venezuela's economic crisis is triggering increased use of Bitcoin due to its currency -- the bolivar -- plunging in value.
Mary Kom resigns as boxing’s National Observer
Five-time world champion M.C Mary Kom has resigned as the National Observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.

The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.
Ankushita wins the ‘Best Boxer’ title in World Youth Women’s Boxing
Ankushita Boro, a 17-year-old girl from Assam won The Best Boxer title in World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship held in Guwahati.

Ankushita Boro sealed the fifth gold with her bout against Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik in the 64kg final.
Nearly 200 players from over 30 countries took part in the championship which was held for the first time in India.
Mirabai Chanu wins India's first World Championships gold in 22 years
India won its first weightlifting World Championships gold medal since 1995 when Mirabai Chanu defeated the Thai favourite Thunya Sukcharoen in the women's 48kg.

India's last World Championships winner was Karnam Malleswari, who in 2000 became the country's first female Olympic medallist in any sport.
France wins davis cup for 10th time
Lucas Pouille ended a 16-year drought for France in the Davis Cup, winning the decisive match for the hosts to beat Belgium 3-2 in the final.

Pouille's lopsided 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win over Steve Darcis in the second reverse singles gave France its 10th Davis Cup title, after a run of three losses in finals.
Snehlata appointed first woman Lok Sabha Secretary General
Snehlata Shrivastava has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Lok Sabha, a notification issued by the secretariat of the lower house said.

She will be the first woman secretary general of the Lok Sabha and will assume charge on December 1.
Her tenure will end on November 30, 2018.
She will take over a day after current incumbent Anup Mishra relinquishes charge.
Rama Devi holds the distinction of the being the first woman secretary general of the Rajya Sabha.
Shaktikanta Das named India’s G20 Sherpa
The Ministry of Finance has appointed former economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das as India’s G20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Development Track of the grouping.

There are two tracks in G-20 — Finance Track and Development Track.
Finance Track is managed by the economic affairs secretary as India’s Deputy to G-20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa.
Pradeep Singh Kharola appointed as Air India CMD
Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.

Mr. Kharola, a Karnataka cadre officer, would replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD for a little over three months.
B.N. Sharma apointed Chairman of the National Anti-profiteering Authority
In an immediate follow up action of last week's Cabinet approval for creation of the posts of Chairman and Technical Members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST, the Government has issued orders appointing senior IAS officer Shri B.N. Sharma, as the first Chairman of this apex Authority in the rank of Secretary to Government of India.

Shri B.N. Sharma, an IAS officer of 1985 batch belonging to Rajasthan cadre, is currently posted as Additional Secretary in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
Shri B.N. Sharma has been closely associated with the formulation of GST and its implementation.
Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenyan president for second term
Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya following two disputed polls and waves of deadly protests.

The official results, published on 11 August, give Kenyatta 54.27 percent to Odinga's 44.74 percent.
A fresh election is held on 26 October after protest, with Kenyatta winning 98 percent of the vote as Odinga's call for a boycott is held.
S K Chourasia appointed as DGOF and Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board
Shri Sunil Kumar Chourasia, IOFS, has been appointed as the new Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) w.e.f. 1st December, 2017.

Previously, he was Member, OFB and was in charge of Material & Components division.
Graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Jabalpur and thereafter earning an M Tech from IIT Kanpur, Shri Chourasia joined Indian Ordnance Factories Service in 1981.
A. Surya Prakash reappointed chairman of Prasar Bharati
Former journalist and author A. Surya Prakash has been appointed as the chairman of the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for a second term.

Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.
Prakash, who has been at the helm of Prasar Bharati for three years since 2014, retired earlier in October.
Infosys appoints Salil S. Parekh as CEO and Managing Director
Infosys has appointed Capgemini executive Salil Parekh as Chief Executive Officer, putting an end to an executive search that lasted for nearly two months.

Parekh, who will take over on January 2, 2018 for a period of five years, was a member of the Group Executive Board at French firm Capgemini.
U B Pravin Rao, who had replaced Vishal Sikka as interim CEO and Managing Director, will step down from that role effective January 2, 2018 and will continue as Chief Operating Officer and a whole-time Director of the Company.
British singer Ellie is UN environment global goodwill ambassador
British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up the planet's air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.

Poor air quality, and pollution of all forms, is high on the agenda of the UN Environment Assembly, which Ellie will attend when it begins on December 4 in Nairobi.

The 23rd edition of the annual film awards show, Star Screen Awards, was held at Mumbai.

Best Film (Critics): Newton
Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)
Best Actress (Popular): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Actress (Critics): Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton)
Best Actor (Popular): Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Best Supporting Actor Female: Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Playback Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Raees and Jagga Jasoos)
Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Shubh Mangal Savdhaan)
Star Screen Awards 2018
Jenny Kim crowned Miss Supranational 2017
Miss Korea Jenny Kim bagged the title of Miss Supranational 2017 at the gala event held on December 1 in Poland's Spa Resort of Krynica- Zdroj.

Romania's Bianca Tirsin was announced as the second runner-up.
Kim left behind 64 contestants from different countries to bag the title.
She was crowned Miss Supranational 2017 by last year's winner Srinidhi Shetty.
‘Populism’ is Cambridge dictionary’s ‘word of the year’
The word “populism” has been announced as the Cambridge Dictionary 2017 Word of the Year.

The dictionary defines populism as “political ideas and activities that are intended to get the support of ordinary people by giving them what they want”.
SAIL-ASP awarded for indigenization, supply of import substitute steel plates
Alloy Steels Plant (ASP) of the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL)has received the "BEST PERFORMANCE VENDOR - 2017" award from Ordnance Factory, Medak (OF-M) for indigenization, development and supply of import substitute steel plates.

The steel plates in two categories, for which SAIL received the award, were supplied by Durgapur-based ASP, the special steels plant of SAIL.
The award was received by Shri AK Patra, DGM I/c (Research & Control Lab)/ SAIL-ASP, at the Ordnance Factory’s Vendors’ meet held in Medak.
Ministry of Water Resources pavilion bags Gold Medal in IITF – 2017
The pavilion of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation bagged gold medal in the in the Ministries/ Departments category for excellence in display in the just concluded India International Trade Fair- 2017 New Delhi.

Large number of visitors including students and youths visited the pavilion and showed keen interest in the exhibits. Several quiz competitions were organised for the visitors to make them aware about various water resources related issues including water conservation, drip irrigation, inter linking of rivers etc.
Indian Sports Honours: Srikanth, Sindhu Win Top Awards
Indian Sports Honours were given recently. Here is the complete list of the winners:

Sportsman of the year (Individual sport): Srikanth Kidambi
Sportsman of the year (Team sport) - Ravichandran Ashwin
Sportswoman of the year (Individual sport) - PV Sindhu
Sportswoman of the year (Team sport) - Mithali Raj
Team of the year (Men/Women) - Indian Women's Cricket Team
Coach of the year - Bisweshwar Nandi
Emerging Sportswoman of the year - Aditi Ashok
Emerging Sportsman of the year - Neeraj Chopra
Differently-abled Sportsman of the year - Devendra Jhajaria
Differently-abled Sportswoman of the year - Deepa Malik
120 Beats Per Minute wins the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2017
Morocco born French Director Robin Campillo’s drama film ‘ 120 BPM’ or ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on November 28.

Chinese director Vivian Qu won the Best Director Award for her 2017 film ‘Angels Wear White’.
The Best Actor (Male) Award goes to Nahuel Perez Biscaryat.
The Best Actor (Female) goes to Parvathy T K.
Mahesh Narayan also walks away with the Special Jury Award for his directorial debut ‘Take Off’.
Bolivian director Kiro Russo has won the Silver Peacock for the Best Feature Film of the Director.
Manouj Kadaamh’s Marathi film ‘Kshitij’ has won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
One of Canada’s most celebrated art house directors, Atom Egoyan was honoured with the IFFI 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Indian Film Personality of the Year Award was presented to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.
The 23rd edition of the annual film awards show, Star Screen Awards, was held at Mumbai.

Best Film (Critics): Newton
Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)
Best Actress (Popular): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Actress (Critics): Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton)
Best Actor (Popular): Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Best Supporting Actor Female: Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Playback Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Raees and Jagga Jasoos)
Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Shubh Mangal Savdhaan)
Star Screen Awards 2018
Gulzar pens debut novel in English on the Partition
Veteran lyricist Gulzar has come out with his debut novel in English which examines the status of refugees after the Partition.

“Two” was originally written in Urdu, Gulzar's medium of writing.
“Two” is written in Gulzar's inimitable and riveting style.
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79
Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monda after prolonged illness. He was 79.

Kapoor was well-known for his roles in films like 'Deewaar' (1975), 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' (1978), 'Junoon' (1978), 'Shaan' (1980), and 'Namak Halaal' (1982).
In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.
In 2015, he became the third in his family to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
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