She broke the glass ceiling many a times, from being the first woman to enter any Class-I civil service to becoming the first IRS officer to be appointed a UPSC member and to being the only woman to have worked in the Central Narcotics Department.
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Padma awards on several eminent personalities including industrialist Adi Godrej, Olympic medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar, actor Nana Patekar and designer Ritu Kumar.
Late cartoonist Mario Miranda,
actors Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi, top mathematician M S
Raghunathan, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal and
industry leader B Muthuraman were among those conferred the
For most of their friends in the film industry, the Padma Shri for the prolific director Priyadarsan and the Padma Bhushan for illustrious actress Shabana Azmi, veteran actor Dharmendra and acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair have come a little late. But they are happy and content.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi is delighted to see her family on an award-winning spree. While she has been conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan, her step-children Zoya and Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is sweeping award functions.
India`s first woman photographer
Homai Vyarawalla, yesteryear
actor Shashi Kapoor and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia
were among those who were conferred the Padma awards on Friday.
The correspondence exchanged
between the PM and the President on Padma Awards should be made public, the CIC has
held rejecting the PMO`s claim that such information cannot be
given because of Constitutional provisions.
Nobel laureate of Indian origin
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, noted theatre personality Ebrahim
Alkazi were on Wednesday conferred Padma Vibhushan, the second
highest civilian award by President Pratibha Patil here today.
Against the backdrop of US-based
hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal getting a Padma Bhushan, Congress on Tuesday said these awards should be given to people who enhance its prestige and not to those with a "taint".
Seventeen doctors, including Ramakant Panda who performed heart surgery on PM Manmohan Singh last year, and Apollo Hospitals` founder Prathap C Reddy were Monday named for different categories of the Padma awards.