Dhirubhai Ambani, Rajinikanth, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar among Padma awardees this year
The list comprises of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees
Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries, Superstar Rajinikanth, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, actor Anupan Kher, former CAG Vinod Rai and Robert Blackwill, former US Ambassador to India are among the 112 persons chosen for the Padma awards for 2016.
Dhirubhai Ambani, Rajinikanth, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramoji Rao, the media baron from South would receive Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award. The list comprises of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees. Around 19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, non-resident Indians (NRIs), persons of Indian origin (PIOs) (include one posthumous) and four Posthumous awardees.
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)'s former Governor Jagmohan, DRDO's former chief VK Aatre, cancer specialist and chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta, Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi, classical vocalist Girija Devi and Indian-American economist Avinash Dixit have also been named for Padma Vibhushan for this year's Republic Day celebrations.
Sports star Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal, industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava, architect Hafeez Contractor, Bennett, Coleman & Co's chairperson Indu Jain, spiritual leaders late Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Tejomayananda are among the 19 eminent people chosen for Padma Bhushan.
About 841 personnel have been awarded police medals on the occasion of the Republic Day this year. President’s Police Medals for Gallantry (PPMG) have been awarded to three, Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) to 121, President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to 89 and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 628 personnel.
The President also approved conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards – 2015 on 50 persons, which includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to three, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to nine and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 38 persons. Nine awards are posthumous.
Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of humane nature in saving the life of a person.
Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Ajay Devgn on Monday welcomed the reported government decision to honour them with a Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri respectively. Megastar Rajinikanth's daughter shared her joy on the award of a Padma Vibhushan for her father.
"Proud daughter!!! Appa is now Padma Vibhushan Shri Rajinikanth," Soundarya, one of Rajinikanth's two daughters, tweeted.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted: "Happy, humbled and honoured to share that I have been awarded the Padma Bhushan. Greatest news of my life, JaiHind."
Actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn, who is in Bulgaria to shoot his directorial "Shivaay", said: "I feel deeply humbled yet elated to receive such an honour from my own country. This announcement today makes it special for me when I'm filming abroad for my new film 'Shivaay'.
"I'd like to acknowledge that Padma samman puts an extra responsibility on me, and I promise to serve my country for as long as I can."
His wife and actress Kajol, who won the Padma Shri in 2011, tweeted: "Another Padma Shri in the family. Congrats to my other half with lots of love and pride."
Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who was the prosecution counsel in the Mumbai terror attack case and actor Priyanka Chopra are selected for the Padma Shri awards.
Here is the list of Padma awardees for 2016...