President confers Padma Awards to Dignitaries

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New Delhi, March 30: President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious Padma awards to several dignitaries from various fields for their contribution to India. The awards were presented at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

While Veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and Swami Rambhadracharya received Padma Vibhushan award at the ceremony, the Padma Bhushan award was conferred to Dr. Swapan Dasgupta (Literature and Education), David Frawley (Foreigner-Others), Bill Gates ((Foreigner-Social Work), Melinda Gates ((Foreigner-Social Work), Needamangalam Gopalaswami (civil service), Saichiro Misumi (Foreigner-Others), Sudha Raghunathan (Art), Harish Narendra Salve (Public Affairs), Satpal (sports), Dr. Ashok Seth (Medicine), Rajat Sharma (Literature and Education) and Prof. Khadg Singh Valdiya (Science and Engineering).

The Padma Shri awardees are Dr. Manjula Anagani (Medicine), Kanyakumari Avasarala (Art), Prof. Huang Baosheng (others), Naresh Bedi (Art), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Art), Jean-Claude Carriere (Literature and Education), Gyan Chaturvedi (Literature and Education), Jaya Kumari Chikkala (Medicine), Prof. Ashok Gulati (Public Affairs), Dr. Randeep Guleria (Medicine), George L. Hart (others), Rahul Jain (Art), Prasoon Joshi (Art), Dr. Prafulla Kar (Art), Ushakiran Khan (Literature and Education), Prof. Alka Kriplani (medicine), Dr. Harsh Kumar (Medicine), N. Purushothama Mallaya (Literature & Education), Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan (Social Work), Tarak Janubhai Mehta (Art), Chewang Norphel (Others), Prof. Dr. Tejas Madhusudan Patel (Medicine), Dr. Raghu Rama Pillarisetti (Medicine), Bimla Poddar (Others), Dr. N. Prabhakar (Science and Engineering), Dr. Prahalada (Science and Engineering), Dr. Saumitra Rawat (Medicine), Dr. Annette Schmiedchen (Literature and Education), Brahmdev Sharma (Literature and Education), Pran Kumar Sharma (Art-Posthumous), P.V. Sindhu (Sports), Sardar Singh (sports), Arunima Sinha (Sports) and Prof. Nikhil Tandon (Medicine).

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