Benni Joseph Mavelil, a UK-based philanthropist has been selected for the VK Krishna Menon award in recognition of his outstanding professional and altruistic achievements, contributions and services to the community and wider multicultural society.
Mavelil is originally from Kerala and has been living and working in the UK for over a decade.
The V K Krishna Menon award is given to outstanding Indian patriots who have served in the Diaspora and also distinguished themselves in various fields including science, literature, business, politics, diplomacy and philanthropy.Bangladesh won 3-match ODI series against India
Bangladesh beat India 2-1 to record their first-ever ODI series victory over the neighbours in a three-match series.
Bangladesh had recorded successive ODI series whitewash against Zimbabwe (5-0) and Pakistan (3-0) and after their win against India, England great Geoffrey Boycott said they needed to win matches abroad, especially against top Test teams.
This series win helped Bangladesh to enter into the Champions Trophy.
The former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has been appointed as new president of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He succeeds Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal. Kamal resigned from the post of ICC President on 1 April 2015.
South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Indies will be the next three nations to supply the ICC president, followed by England for the 2019-20 term of office. The announcement came during the ICC’s annual conference week in Barbados, which also saw Serbia approved as an ICC affiliate member while Morocco and Turkey’s memberships were suspended and Brunei’s was removed.Sahitya Akademi announced Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2015
The Sahitya Akademi announced the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for 2015, in which five novelists, four writers of short stories, and three authors of poetries, among others, have been awarded for their contribution to children’s literature.
Instituted by the Sahitya Akademi, the award comprises Rs 50,000 and a casket containing an inscribed copper plaque and a citation.
Tiren Boro (Bodo), Sowmya Rajendran and Nivditha Subramaniam (English), Ramnath G Gawade (Konkani), Ramdeo Jha (Maithili) and Mukti Upadhyay ‘Baral’ (Nepali) have been awarded for their novels, the Akademi said in a statement.
Those who have been awarded for their short stories are Nayeem Kashmiri (Kashmiri), Thokchom Thouyangba Meitei (Manipuri), Krishna Kumar ‘Ashu’ (Rajasthani) and Janardhan Hegde (Sanskrit).
Tara Chand Kalandri (Dogri), Srikanta Saren (Santali) and Sella Ganapathi (Tamil) have been awarded for their poetry collections. Bano Sartaj (Urdu) has been honoured for her book on a one act play. Eli Ahmed (Assamese) and Kartik Ghose (Bengali), among others, have been honoured with the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2015 for their contribution to Children’s Literature.