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CURRENT AFFAIRS - AWARDS & HONOURS Indian film 'Thithi' wins best film award at BRICS Film Festival | 07-Sep-2016 13:51

Indian film Thithi won the best film award at the BRICS Film Festival concluded in New Delhi last evening. Best Director Award went to Huo Jianqi of China. South Africa's Thabo Rametsi took home the best Actor award while Russian actor Yulia Peresild was given best actress award.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the festival Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu invited filmmakers of BRICS countries to shoot films in India. Mr Naidu expressed hope that creativity of film fraternity will touch new heights. The Minister said, as cinema has influence on minds of the people, it propagate the message against terrorism. He said, new age cinema should not only entertain people but also enlighten them on social issues.

AIR correspondent reports Chinese movie Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin, was the closing film of the festival. The film festival opened in New Delhi on 2nd of this month with the screening of a Malayalam movie, Veeram.

ShubhaMudgal to be awarded Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award | 05-Aug-2016 17:38

Singer Shubha Mudgal will be awarded the Rajiv GandhiNational Sadbhavana Award for her outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.

Shubha Mudgal is a well-known Indian singer of Hindustani classical music. The award will be presented to Mudgal at a special ceremony on August 20 at Jawahar Bhawan auditorium. The award carries a citation and cash award of Rs 10 lakh.

"The advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in its meeting held on July 30 decided that 23rd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award be given to Shubha Mudgal for her outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill," said a statement issued by Motilal Vora, Member Secretary, Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award Advisory Committee.
"The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is given on the occasion of the birthday of Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence," the statement added.

Former recipients of Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohd Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, among others.

Indian 1st woman to get bravery at sea award | 10-Jul-2016 17:57

Five years ago, Radhika Menon became the first woman to become captain of Indian Merchant Navy and this year, she has become the first woman in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from the International Maritime Organisation for saving the lives of seven fishermen, whose hopes of survival were all but over.

Caught in a storm and with its engine having failed, fishing boat 'Durgamma' had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh all the way to Gopalpur in Odisha when it was spotted by Menon's team in June last year. The fishermen's families had believed them to be lost at sea and were preparing for their last rites when they received calls about their miraculous rescue.

A native of Kodungallur in Kerala, Menon was at the helm of oil tanker 'Sampurna Swarajya' of Shipping Corporation of India. "I am humbled, honoured and grateful," Menon said in an email. "It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and, as a seafarer and master in command of my ship, I just did my duty."