Former ministers Jaitley, Sushma, Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan
New Delhi: Eminent personalities, including former union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, Olympian boxer Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan on the Republic Day this year, officials said on Saturday.
Former Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, Olympian badminton player P V Sindhu, former Nagaland chief minister S C Jamir and Jammu and Kashmir politician Muzaffar Hussain Baig have been awarded with the Padma Bhushan, they said.
Jaitley, Swaraj, Fernandes and Parrikar have been given the award posthumously, the officials said.
Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes conferred with Padma Vibhushan award. (file pics) pic.twitter.com/OlEd2eXDs8— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2020
The Padma Vibhushan for this year has been awarded to a total of seven prominent personalities, while 16 have been given the Padma Bhushan, 118 have been given the Padma Shri on the 71st Republic Day this year, they said.
Padma Bhushan for Sindhu
Anand Mahindra (Trade and Industry) and PV Sindhu (Sports) conferred with Padma Bhushan award. (file pics) pic.twitter.com/DBip4MJiBt— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2020
World champion shuttler P V Sindhu will be bestowed with the Padma Bhushan among eight sportspersons named for the prestigious honours on Saturday.
The names were announced by the government on the eve of the Republic Day.
The 24-year-old Sindhu is a silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is also the only Indian world champion in badminton.
Sindhu has also won four other World Championships medals -- 2 silver and 2 bronze -- besides the gold she won last year.
The other six sportspersons were named for Padma Shri. They are cricketer Zaheer Khan, current Indian women's hockey captain Rani Rampal, former Indian men's hockey player M P Ganesh, shooter Jitu Rai, former Indian women's football team captain Oinam Bembem Devi and archer Tarundeep Rai.
Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut conferred Padma Shri
Filmmakers Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor and actor Kangana Ranaut have been awarded the Padma Shri, officials said on Saturday.
Kangana Ranaut, Ekta Kapoor, Adnan Sami and Karan Jahor have been conferred with Padma Shri award. (File pics) pic.twitter.com/aNR9CeOflM— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2020
Singers Suresh Wadkar and Adnan Sami, as well as veteran TV actor Sarita Joshi have also been conferred with the fourth highest civilian award of the country.