National Sports Awards 2018 announced; MirabaiChanu, ViratKohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

The National Sports Awards 2018 were announced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on September 20, 2018.

Cricket captain ViratKohliand world champion weightlifter MirabaiChanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India’s highest sporting honour.

This year, the Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators.

National Tourism Awards 2017: Ahmedabad, Mandu jointly win ‘Best Heritage City’ award

The National Tourism Awards 2016-17 were presented by Union Minister for Tourism (IC), K J Alphons on September 27, 2018, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, which is being celebrated globally with the theme Tourism & Digital Transformation.

The Tourism Minister also launched the ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ and the ‘Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification’ programme. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that tourism is the cornerstone of the Indian economy.

PM Modi, Cochin International Airport honoured with UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018

Prime Minister NarendraModi was on September 26, 2018 awarded with the prestigious UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018, the highest environmental honour of the United Nations.

The UN Environment jointly awarded PM NarendraModi and French President Emmanuel Macron in the Policy Leadership category for their efforts regarding the creation of the International Solar Alliance.

Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019

Village Rockstars, an Assamese language feature film by National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das, was on September 22, 2018 selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2019 Academy (Oscar) Awards.

The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman of the Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.Image result for Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019

Japanese billionaire YusakuMaezawa to be first private passenger on SpaceX’s Lunar BFR Mission

US private space firm SpaceX on September 17, 2018 signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch vehicle.

Japanese billionaire and founder of online fashion giant Zozo, YusakuMaezawa will be the first Moon tourist on SpaceX’s Lunar BFR Mission. Maezawa wants to take six to eight artists from around the world on the nearly week-long trip to the Moon.

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang passes away at 61

Image result for Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang passes away at 61Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang passed away on September 21, 2018 in a military hospital in Hanoi after a prolonged serious illness. He was 61.

Quang passed away despite utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors. The President lapsed into a deep coma hours after being admitted to the National Military Hospital on the afternoon of September 20.

Former RBI governor BimalJalan to head panel to select new Chief Economic Advisor

Image result for Former RBI governor BimalJalan to head panel to select new Chief Economic AdvisorThe Union Government has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor BimalJalan as the head of the panel that has been tasked with selecting India’s next chief economic advisor (CEA).

The other members of the panel include secretary of the department of personnel and training C Chandramouli and economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg.