West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government will continue to recognise the contributions of artistes, literati and sportspersons from the state who are often sidelined for coveted honours like the Padma Shri or Padma Bhushan.
Left red faced after late Chief Justice of India J S Verma`s family refused to accept Padma Bhushan conferred on him, Padma award committee will soon look into the possibility of honouring him with Padma Vibushan.
In an attempt to connect with the local populace, BJP vice president and nominee for the Darjeeling parliamentary seat SS Ahluwalia has said mountaineer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa deserves Bharat Ratna and the BJP will look into the matter if voted to power.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the number of people from South India figuring in the Padma awards list for 2013, southern playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki Friday refused to accept Padma Bhushan award announced for her on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
Jaspal Bhatti, the genial sardar who not just brought on a smile but also provoked introspection with his biting wit and satire, has been posthumously named Padma Bhushan honour on the eve of 64th Republic Day.