Newsmakers will host the 9th edition of the ‘Newsmakers Achievers’ Awards 2018’ on May 1, 2018, at the Rangswar Auditorium, Yashwantrao Chavan centre, Nariman Point. The award event is being held to recognise the efforts of common men who have made some difference to the society through their hard work and determination. We have dedicated this year’s award to help the ‘Divyangs’ (handicapped) and offer assistance to the education of the sex workers’ daughters. Disabled persons have to face several problems in their day to day lives. Several government offices, school buildings, and private institutions remain inaccessible to them. There is a low representation of them in both the government and politics. Even teachers are not trained to assist disabled students. There have been several instances where disabled candidates have been denied jobs by employers.
Sex workers have to face discrimination, harassment and assault. They are denied access to health care and social security benefits. Sex workers’ children hail from an extremely vulnerable environment. This year, our organisation has taken initiative to support the education of sex workers’ daughters to make a difference in their lives.
B.J. Khatal Patil, B.L Gaur, and Bappi Lahiri will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. HH Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni will receive the Best Spiritual Leader Award. While Subhash Chandra Agrawal will be honoured with the Best RTI Activist Award, Dr. Avinash Supe will receive the Best Doctor Award, Suresh Nakhua will receive the Promising Young Politician Award and Sachin Sawant will be felicitated with the Best Political Spokesperson (Congress) Award. Sonal Sonkavde will be honoured with the Best Author Award.
Rajesh Badal and Abhay Mishraa will receive the Best Journalist Award. Neeru Sharma and Vibha Kaul Bhat will be honoured with the Best Entertainment Editor Award.
Dr. Soma Ghosh will be honoured with the Best Vocalist award. Aruna Raje Patil will be felicitated with the Best Director Award. Kailash Kher will receive the Best Singer (Male) Award. Neetu Chandra will be felicitated with the Best Actress Award and Rohit Roy will receive the Best Television Actor Award. Suhani Dhanki will be honoured with the Best Television Actress Award. Bharti Singh will receive Best Comedian (Female) Award and Rajeev Singh will be felicitated with Best Comedian (Male) Award. Bhagyashree Mote will be honoured with the Best Marathi Actress Award while Swwapnil Joshi will receive the Best Marathi Actor Award.
The Jury Awards will be given to Villo Bharucha (Ballet Dancer) and Best Film (Doctor Rakhmabai) by Dr. Swapna Patker.
Vaidehi Taman, the Group Editor of Newsmakers said, “Even though the government has taken some steps for the welfare of disabled persons, more initiatives should be taken for changing their lives.”
“We tried to set a trend by establishing a self-funded organisation with the assistance of working journalists. This is the only parallel media existing at the moment. Since most of the media organisation is owned by the corporate houses or politicians, there is too much interference in its functioning. Today media has lost its independence.”
Starting from a modest beginning, our organisation has overcome several hurdles to complete successful nine years. Within a short span of time, Newsmakers has become a force to reckon and has earned a name for itself in the media industry. We believe in empowering people and providing them an opportunity to report about the news and other issues affecting the common man. We are offering a medium from where they can speak and debate about the issues pertaining to national interest.
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