Boosted by the title win at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Sunday, Parupalli Kashyap rose three places to be ranked No.12 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday congratulated geological scientist KS Valdia and lyricist Prasoon Joshi on being conferred with the Padma Shri, saying they had done the state proud by bagging the honour.
One of the most revered writers in Bollywood, Salim Khan of the famous Salim-Javed duo was recently named in the coveted list of Padma Shri awards this year. However, reports now suggest that the veteran screenplay writer has refused to accept it.
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.
Senior scientist Vasant R Gowarikar, who was a former space agency chief and scientific advisor to the the prime minister in 1991-1993, passed away at a hospital here Friday following a brief illness. He was 82.
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.