Will recognise those who miss out India`s top awards: Mamata Banerjee

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.

Innovation is born out of cultural excellence: Kalam

Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday said innovation comes from cultural excellence and when an individual or a nation contrives to fulfil the dream with calculated risks.

President confers Padma awards to 56 distinguished personalities

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday presented Padma awards to 56 distinguished personalities including actor Paresh Rawal, ace tennis player Leander Paes and author Ruskin Bond.

Panel to consider conferring Padma Vibhushan on Justice Verma

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.

Bharat Ratna for Tenzing if BJP voted to power, says Ahluwalia

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.

Author, journalist Khushwant Singh dies at 99, quiet cremation ceremony in Delhi

The man who set the benchmark for English writing in India, Khushwant Singh passed away today at the age of 99.

Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu gets Padma Bhushan

Vairamuthu Ramaswamy, who has penned over 2,000 Tamil songs, was named for the Padma Bhushan award on the eve of the 65th Republic Day.

Mashelkar, BKS Iyengar get Padma Vibhushan

Scientist RA Mashelkar, Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar were chosen for Padma Vibhushan, while actor Kamala Haasan, author Ruskin Bond and late former Chief Justice JS Verma were selected for Padma Bhushan.

Kamal Haasan gets Padma Bhushan

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, known for his work across all southern languages, was Saturday named for the Padma Bhushan award on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day.

Art is marginalized by science, says Padma Bhushan dancer

Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli, who is one of the leading Bharatnatyam dancers in India, stressed on the need to give arts and humanities equal importance in the country.

Gulzar appointed chancellor of Assam University

Lyricist-writer Gulzar has been appointed the new chancellor of Assam University.

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Awards 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards to 109 personalities on Friday.

Engineer arrested for cheating late Coal India chairman

48-year-old engineer, who was into share business, was arrested for cheating former Coal India Chairman G L Tandon, who died last year, of Rs five crore, police said on Saturday.

Singer S. Janaki refuses to accept Padma Bhushan

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.

The award is for entire Brahmos team: Pillai

BrahMos Aerospace CEO A Sivathanu Pillai, chosen for Padma Bhushan, Saturday dedicated the award for the entire BrahMos team.

Akshay Kumar hails Padma for Rajesh Khanna

Actor Akshay Kumar is delighted that his father-in-law, the late actor Rajesh Khanna, has been posthumously honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India`s third highest civilian honour.

Comedy`s famous sardar, Jaspal Bhatti gets Padma Bhushan

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.

Veteran southern producer D. Rama Naidu gets Padma Bhushan

Veteran southern producer D. Rama Naidu, known for making films like `Papa Kosam` and `Prem Nagar`, has been named for the Padma Bhushan award on the eve of the 64th Republic Day.

Late Rajesh Khanna gets Padma Bhushan

Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Indian cinema, has been posthomously named for the Padma Bhushan, the country`s third highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day.

Six foreign nationals get Padma awards

Six eminent foreign nationals, including scientists and philosophers, are among 108 personalities chosen for the coveted Padma awards this year.