Cochin Port has bagged the Sagar Shreshtha Sammaan Award 2023.

  • The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways honoured the Cochin Port Authority (CPA) with the Sagar Shreshtha Sammaan for the best turnaround time in non-container category during 2022-23.
  • Minister for Ports and Shipping Sarbananda Sonowal presented the award to CPA Chairperson M. Beena in New Delhi.
  • The award is in recognition of the excellent performance of the Cochin Port in handling dry bulk and liquid bulk cargo vessels.

Musharraf Farooqi wins the inaugural Armory Square Prize for translation.

  • Author and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi has won the inaugural edition of the Armory Square Prize for South Asian Literature in Translation.
  • He translated Siddique Alam’s The Kettledrum and Other Stories from Urdu to English.
  • The book will be published by Open Letter Books in 2024.
  • The Armory Square Prize for translation was instituted by the American venture capitalist firm Armory Square.
  • Aim: To recognize literature from underrepresented traditions

Ladakh annual festival "Monlam Chenmo" begins in Leh.

  • Ladakh celebrated annual five-day-long Great Prayer Festival, Ladakh Monlam Chenmo, in Leh on May 11.
  • The event is being organized by the All Ladakh Gonpa Association.
  • Smonlam Chenmo is a major annual prayer of the Sangha Community of Ladakh gathered at one platform.
  • On the sidelines of the event, Ladakh MP, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal is organizing a special camp for Sangha Community, which is named Seva for Sangha, in collaboration with district administration Leh.

Alia Bhatt becomes 1st Indian global ambassador of Gucci.

  • Alia Bhatt has been appointed as Gucci’s global ambassador. With this feat, the actress has become the first Indian to be the face of the Italian luxury fashion house.
  • The luxury brand has bagged Alia Bhatt as its first Indian global ambassador and she will be making her first appearance as the brand's ambassador at the upcoming Gucci Cruise 2023 runway show in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Alia Bhatt is a British actress of Indian descent who predominantly works in Hindi films.
  • After making her acting debut as a child in the 1999 thriller Sangharsh, she played her first leading role in Karan Johar's teen film Student of the Year (2012).

Geeta Rao Gupta appointed as Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues.

  • An eminent astronomer, Prof Jayant V. Narlikar was awarded the first-ever Govind Swarup Lifetime Achievement Award by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI).
  • He was also a founder director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune.
  • The ASI instituted the award in 2022 to recognize eminent Indian astronomers for their contributions to the field of astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Prof Narlikar is known for his study of the Universe.

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