Current Affairs India - 30-31 May 2016

1. President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2016 to 15 teachers for excellence in the field of academics this week. The award carries cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, a certificate of excellence, a Robe of Honour and a medal.

2. Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated a submarine assembly workshop in Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai this week which is the second one. The new assembly workshop can assemble five submarines in the workshop at the same time.

3. Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh won the India Biodiversity Award 2016 under the Conservation of Threatened Species category which was conferred on the Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme started by Pakke reserve. The biodiversity awards are given by the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development programme (UNDP).

4. Ashok Lavasa, 1980 batch IAS officer who was recently appointed as the Secretary, Expenditure in the Finance Ministry has been appointed as the Finance Secretary. He succeeds Ratan P. Watal who retired on 30th April.

5. Oscar winner famous Indian music composer A. R. Rahman has been awarded with the Japan's Fukuoka prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.Famous Indian Historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category for year 2015.

The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.

6. An Indian-American scientist Arnab De has been awarded with the Springer Theses Award for his research in developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumour-suppressor called A20. He also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes and received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium.

7. Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar won the Scholastic Asian Book Award for her 32,000-word manuscript 'Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus'. The manuscript is about the history of Indian civilization. Her manuscript was also shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award in 2014.

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. The award was founded to promote reading and literature, and champion literary works of Asians.

8. Bollywood Actor R Madhavan has been appointed as the goodwill ambassador of LEPRA India organization which fights against diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis. LEPRA India is a non-government organisation working in the fields of leprosy.