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.
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.
Dilip Tirkey, a former member of the Indian hockey team who is contesting from Sundergarh Lok Sabha constituency on a Biju Janata Dal ticket, has been barred from using the Padma Shri award as a title in his campaign, an official said Tuesday.
Named for the Padma Shri Saturday, Bollywood actress Vidya Balan found herself "running out of words" to describe her "gratitude". The National award winning talent, who is "overwhelmed", has dedicated the fourth highest civilian award to her family.
In a bid to pay a tribute to India`s first celebrity chef Tarla Dalal, who died here earlier this week following a cardiac arrest,a video-on-demand service has revived her popular cookery show `Cook it up with Tarla Dalal`.
Bollywood diva Sridevi, who lately made a comeback to acting after 16 years of domesticity with ‘English Vinglish’, says "acknowledgement" and "recognition from authoritative quarters are important to every artiste".