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1. Indian-origin cancer researcher Harpal Singh Kumar knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1. An Indian-origin cancer research expert Harpal Singh Kumar on 31 December 2015 received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his influential work on prevention and treatment of cancer.Singh’s name appeared in the annual New Year’s Honours list that includes several other Indian-origin individuals.
2. On the other hand, Samir Desai, founder-CEO of Funding Circle, received a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work in the field of financial inclusion. Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd, Raminder Singh Ranger, was awarded a CBE for services to business and community cohesion.
2. BCCI Annual Awards 2014-15
1. The BCCI Awards are a set of annual cricket awards given by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). These award in various categories recognise and honour the best Indian international and domestic cricketers of the past year. The awards were first given in 2006–07.
2. Recipients of 2014-15 BCCI Awards are-
C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Syed Mujtaba Hussain Kirmani.
Polly Umrigar Award: Virat Kohli.
Lala Amarnath Award for Best all-rounder in Ranji Trophy: Jalaj Saxena (Madhya Pradesh).
Lala Amarnath Award for Best all-rounder in Domestic Limited-Overs Competitions: Deepak Hooda (Baroda).
Madhavrao Scindia Award Highest Scorer in Ranji Trophy: Robin Uthappa (Karnataka).
Madhavrao Scindia Award Highest Wicket-Taker in Ranji Trophy: R Vinaykumar (Karnataka).
Madhavrao Scindia Award Highest Wicket-Taker in Ranji Trophy: Shardul Thakur (Mumbai).
A. Chidambaram Trophy Best Under-23 Cricketer: Almas Shaukat (Uttar Pradesh).
A. Chidambaram Trophy Best Under-19 Cricketer: Anmolpreet Singh (Punjab).
A. Chidambaram Trophy Best Under-16 Cricketer: Shubman Gill (Punjab).
A. Chidambaram Trophy Best Woman Cricketer (Sr): Mithali Raj (Indian Railways).
A. Chidambaram Trophy Best Woman Cricketer (Jr): Devika Vaidya (Maharashtra).
Best Umpire In Domestic Cricket: O Nandan Best Overall Performance: Karnataka State Cricket Association.
3. Film-maker Shyam Benegal to head panel on Censor Board revamp
1. To put an end to recent controversies surrounding the Censor Board, the Centre has set up a Committee headed by noted film-maker Shyam Benegal to work out a revamp plan and submit its report within two months.
2. Noting that film certification has to ensure that in doing so (giving certification), “artistic creativity and freedom do not get stifled/curtailed and the people tasked with the work of certification understand these nuances,” the committee is expected to provide a “holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework
3. To put an end to recent controversies surrounding the Censor Board, the Centre has set up a Committee headed by noted film-maker Shyam Benegal to work out a revamp plan and submit its report within two months.
4. Noting that film certification has to ensure that in doing so (giving certification), “artistic creativity and freedom do not get stifled/curtailed and the people tasked with the work of certification understand these nuances,” the committee is expected to provide a “holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework.
5. The other members of the Committee are Hindi film director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey, film critic Bhawana Somaaya, Nina Lath Gupta of National Film Development Corporation and Joint Secretary (Films).Among other things, the committee would be expected to take note of the “best practices in various parts of the world, especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression.”
It has been tasked with recommending broad guidelines/procedures under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act/Rules for the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the Screening Committee.
The committee will also look into the staffing pattern of Central Board of Film Certification, known as the Censor Board, and recommend a framework to provide efficient/transparent user-friendly services.
The Censor Board, at present headed by Hindi film-maker Pahlaj Nihalani, has been entangled in a series of controversies and has faced flak even from some board members, apart from some leading members of the film fraternity for “censoring creativity”. The latest to face the Board’s scissors was the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’, which invited a lot of ridicule in the social media.
4. Atul Sobti assumes charge as BHEL CMD
1. Atul Sobti today assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of power equipment maker BHEL.
2. On his appointment as Chairman & Managing Director of BHEL, Atul Sobti, 56, has assumed charge as CMD of India’s largest maharatna public sector engineering and manufacturing enterprise
5. World Bank extends $50-mn loan for ‘Nai Manzil’ project
1. The World Bank has extended a $50-million loan for the ‘Nai Manzil Education and Skills Training for Minorities’ project.
2. This project is expected to help young people from minority communities complete their education and gain from market-driven training programmes with the aim of improving their employment outcome.The total project size is $100 million, out of which $50 million will be available as International Development Association (IDA) credit, and the balance funding from the Union Budget.
3. The Nai Manzil Scheme is designed as an integrated education and training programme that provides youth from minority communities skills that are needed for different tasks in a rapidly changing world.
4. The project will reach out to disadvantaged youth from minority communities and support their enrolment in open schooling, as well as provide hands-on vocational training. It will also provide post-placement support to assist them in finding sustainable employment.