Padma awards are given only to the "dishonest" and those from the upper echelons of society, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said and asked socialist-minded people to spurn the honour, in remarks that could stoke a controversy.
Philanthropist couple Bill and Melinda Gates on Wednesday thanked the Indian government for naming them for Padma Bhushan, one of the country`s top civilian honours, saying they were excited to see the progress India was making.
Satpal Singh, the former wrestler and coach of double Olympics medallist Sushil Kumar, was the lone person in the field of sports selected for the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian award while five other sportspersons were also named for Padma Shri.
Rubbishing media reports that boxer Vijender Singh, akin to shuttler Saina Nehwal, had staked claim to the Padma Bhushan, the Olympic bronze medallist on Tuesday said he had only spoken to Boxing India (BI) officials seeking information about the award criteria.
The possibility of conferring Padma Bhushan to ace shuttler Saina Nehwal continues to remain uncertain notwithstanding the Sports Ministry's nomination as the last date for receiving such applications by the Home Ministry was September 15 last year.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan only yesterday but said that it will "examine the possibility of recommending" her name for the award on Monday.
At a time when Team India eam is struggling and trailing 2-1 in the five-match Test series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended the names of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and out-of-form Virat Kohli for Padma Bhushan and Padmashree, respectively.
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.
Indian tennis legend, Leander Paes on Saturday filed a petition at the Bandra family court seeking permanent custody of his eight-year-old daughter. The 40-year-old Olympic medallist alleged his live-in partner Rhea Pillai, that she may cause harm to their eight-year-old daughter and forcibly take her out of the country.