One Stop GK Guide – Current Affairs – Awards – Highlights 2017

Whether you are giving SNAP, XAT, TISSNET, or IIFT Entrance Exams, you must keep abreast of current affairs and happenings all over the world. GK or general knowledge is an indispensable part of all these exams. And for some careers, GK is the deciding factor.

If you are planning to give any of these exams, here we have compiled some of the most talked about or important happenings all over the world. Divided into 5 broad categories viz. politics & government, sports, top awards, business/commerce, and trivia + entertainment, these highlights will help you focus your preparation. They have been divided month wise, for easy reference.

Top Awards

January 2017

  • British-Indian Cambridge professor knighted by Queen Elizabeth
  • Patna received international accolades as India celebrates 350th Prakash Parv
  • Nobel Prize Series India Exhibition in Gandhinagar inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi
  • Barack Obama surprised Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Manish Tewari appointed as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Atlantic Ocean
  • Rudensky, Sakaguchi and Ramsdell win 2017 Crafoord Prize
  • 2016 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry is won by Jacob Polley
  • 25 children including 13 girls selected for National Bravery Awards
  • Priyanka Chopra won the People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress
  • Corporate Social Responsibility award in aviation sector won by Delhi Airport
  • Padma Awards 2017 announced by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs

February 2017

  • Anish Kapoor has been awarded the Genesis Prize of Israel

March 2017

  • Best University award 2017 goes to Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Humanitarian of the Year award 2017 awarded to singer Rihanna by Harvard University
  • PM Narendra Modi presents Swachh Shakti Awards 2017 to Women Sarpanch
  • Mohan Bhagwat awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree on 9th Mar 2017
  • Mahabaleshwar Sail the Konkani writer, was honoured with Saraswati Samman 2016
  • Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016 presented by President Pranab Mukherjee
  • Global teacher prize won by Canadian teacher
  • French Mathematician Yves Meyer won Abel Prize 2017
  • in the list given by Barron’s World’s Best CEO title bagged by HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri
  • 2016-17 Santosh Trophy won by West Bengal

April 2017

  • 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Dawit Isaak
  • 2016 ACM A M Turing Award won by Tim Berners-Lee
  • Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad” wins Pulitzer
  • President Pranab Mukherjee gives Padma awards to eminent personalities
  • Historian A V Narasimha Murthy honoured with Gururaja Bhat Award
  • Who won UNESCO Peace Prize – Italian mayor Giuseppina Nicolini
  • Name of first female MBBS doctor from Indore who was presented with Padma Shri – Bhakti Yadav
  • Kailash Satyarthi honoured with P C Chandra Puraskaar 2017
  • Newton won Best Film prize at the Hong Kong Film Festival
  • Ghantasala national award bagged by Vani Jairam
  • Dinanath Mangeshkar Award 2017 received by Aamir Khan
  • Legendary filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2016
  • Poet Sankha Ghosh awarded with Jnanpith Award by president
  • First Indian city to win Pierre L’Enfant Awards-2017 Bhubaneswar
  • INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2017 winners announced in the last week of April

May 2017

  • Padma Venkataraman bestowed with Avvaiyar award
  • First city in the world to get its own Microsoft Font Dubai
  • First north-eastern club to win 2016-17 I-League -Aizawl FC
  • 64th National Film Awards presented by President Pranab Mukherjee
  • Mark Twain Prize 2017 for American humour won by David Letterman
  • Biologist Purnima Devi Barman nominated for Whitley Awards
  • Indian-American student Pranay Varada wins National Geographic Bee Competition 2017
  • Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni wins Dan David Prize 2017
  • UK Humanitarian Award won by Jacqueline Fernandez
  • Intel International Science Award 2017 in the US won by India’s Prashant Ranganathan
  • Best Destination for Romance’ award given to Kerala’s Munnar
  • Global Icon Priyanka to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award
  • Satyabrata Rout honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar

June 2017

  • Anand Neelakantan, Haraprasad Das, Paramita Satpathy to be honoured with Kalinga Literary Awards
  • Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award for Literature won by Polish poet Adam Zagajewski
  • Exceptional Public Service Medal to Michael A’Hearn posthumously conferred by NASA
  • Bhupen Hazarika Award 2017 won by Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize 2017 on 14th June 2017
  • 144 awards to states and institutions conferred by Rural Development Ministry
  • Qatar Airways announced World’s Best Airline at 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Label Rheson from Sonam Kapoor’s fashion wins PETA Award 2017
  • Indian anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra has been chosen for Queen’s Young Leaders Award
  • United Nations Public Service Award won by Bengal’s Kanyashree initiative
  • Femina Miss India World 2017 won by Manushi Chhillar

July 2017

  • Indian of the Year Award bagged by writer Preeti  Shenoy
  • Telangana IPS Officer Mahesh Bhagwat conferred the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes Award 2017
  • Indian-Americans Shantanu Narayen and Vivek Murthy honoured with Great Immigrants Award on 4th July 2017
  • Golden Peacock Award for Eco-Innovation for the year 2017 won by IROAF
  • Raipur’s Swami Vivekananda Airport ranked first in Customer Satisfaction Index Survey
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha received by LK Advani

August 2017

  • Actor Dev Patel honoured with Asian Game Changer Award 2017 by The Asia Society
  • Rahul Doshi crowned as ‘Child Genius’ in the UK on 20th August 2017


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