Govt invites nominations for Padma awards 2016

The process of honouring eminent persons with Padma awards for 2016 has begun with the Home Ministry inviting nominations for various categories of the top civilian honours.

Politically influential people who lobby hard win Padma awards: Ramdev
Politically influential people who lobby hard win Padma awards: Ramdev

Months after responding to speculations and declining to be considered for Padma awards, yoga guru Ramdev on Saturday sparked a minor controversy by saying that a huge amount of canvassing goes behind the scenes of these national awards.

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Padma awards given only to "dishonest" people: Sharad Yadav

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.

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Bill and Melinda Gates thank India for Padma Bhushan

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.

Two doctors get Padma Bhushan, 16 Padma Shri

Two members of the medical fraternity were Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan, while 16 were selected for the Padma Shri.

Padma Bhushan for Satpal Singh, Padma Shri for Sardara Singh, Mithali Raj
Padma Bhushan for Satpal Singh, Padma Shri for Sardara Singh, Mithali Raj

 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.

Baba Ramdev refuses Padma award, writes to Home Minister

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev - who was reportedly named for India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, said on Saturday that he “won't accept the honour.”

Did not stake claim for Padma Bhushan award, says Vijender Singh
Did not stake claim for Padma Bhushan award, says Vijender Singh

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.

After Saina Nehwal, boxer Vijender Singh too wants Padma Bhushan recommendation
After Saina Nehwal, boxer Vijender Singh too wants Padma Bhushan recommendation

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Tuesday stated that he also wanted the Indian boxing Federation (IBF) to recommend his name for the Padma Bhushan award.

Saina Nehwal's case rests on special consideration
Saina Nehwal's case rests on special consideration

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 ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan award

Sports ministry on Monday decided to recommend the name of ace Indian shutter Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award.

Finally, Sports ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan
Finally, Sports ministry to recommend Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan

Sports ministry on Monday decided to recommend the name of ace Indian shutter Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award.

Padma Bhushan row: Examining possibility of recommending Saina Nehwal, says Sonowal
Padma Bhushan row: Examining possibility of recommending Saina Nehwal, says Sonowal

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.

Saina Nehwal disappointed by Padma Bhushan snub

Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has been left disappointed after the Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms.

Google Doodle celebrates RK Narayan's 108th birth anniversary
Google Doodle celebrates RK Narayan's 108th birth anniversary

Google on Friday dedicated a doodle to famous Indian writer RK Narayan, marking his 108th birthday.

BCCI recommends MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli for Padma awards

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.

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.