सामयिक विषय: Awards & Honors

R Ashwin wins CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award 2016-17

CEAT International Cricketer of the Year Award

Question: Who was given the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year Award for year 2016-17?
(a) Shubham Gill
(b) Joe Root
(c) Steve Smith
(d) R. Ashwin
Ans :(d)
Related facts:-

  • On 24th May, 2017, Indian off-spinner R. Ashwin was awarded the ‘CEAT International Cricketer of the Year’ award.
  • This award was given on the basis of performance during 2016-17.
  • Notably, Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the last 12 months.
  • Young cricketer of the year award was given to Indian batsman Shubham Gill who performed brilliantly during the England-India U-19 ODI series.

Related Links:-
http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/ashwin-presented-ceat-international-cricketer-of-the-year-award/article18559864.ece
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/ravichandran-ashwin-wins-ceat-international-cricketer-of-the-year-award-117052400575_1.html
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/ravichandran-ashwin-wins-international-cricketer-of-the-year-award

WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award to J P Nadda

WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award to J P Nadda

Question: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda was recently conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award for …
(a) AIDS Control.
(b) global tobacco control.
(c) determining the prices of Generic Medicines.
(d) bringing change in the healthcare sector.
Ans:(b)

  • On June 8, 2017, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr. J P Nadda was conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award for global tobacco control.
  • The award was presented to him by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia.
  • It is notable that India has implemented large pack warnings with 85% pictorial health warnings on both the sides, conducted second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), strengthened & upscaled cessation facilities with the launch of the toll-free national tobacco Quitline among other initiatives.
  • India has also put a ban on smokeless tobacco products and has strengthened the implementation of the Tobacco Free film and television policy.
  • With around 27 crore users, tobacco consumption in India is second largest in the world.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165500

Two Indian peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

United Nations bravery award to two Indian Peace Keepers

Question: Two Indian peacekeepers awarded with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal posthumously by the United Nations are-
(a) Ravi Kumar and Arjun Thapa
(b) Brajesh Thapa and Ravi Kumar
(c) Kiran Kumar and Dinesh Pandey
(d) Vikas Kumar and Ravikumar
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On May 24, 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres awarded two Indian peacekeepers Brajesh Thapa and Ravi Kumar posthumously with the United Nations bravery award ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’.
  • 117 people, who were honored with this honor, included soldiers of the military and police forces associated with various UN peacekeeping operations in 2016.
  • Brajesh Thapa was martyred during the peace campaign during the deployment of the United Nations Permanent Mission located in Congo.
  • While Ravi Kumar was martyred while participating in an expedition during the deployment of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
  • It is worth mentioning that around 96,000 military and police forces of 124 countries, including India, are deployed in peacekeeping operations run by UN in various countries.
  • At present, approximately 7,600 military and police forces in India are involved in these operations.

Related Links:-
https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/hq718.doc.htm
http://airworldservice.org/english/archives/47003
http://idrw.org/2-indian-peacekeepers-killed-in-the-line-of-duty-to-be-honored-with-un-medal/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-indian-peacekeepers-to-be-honored-posthumously-with-un-medal-on-may-24-4666241/

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