New Delhi: Padma Awardees For 2008
Posted On: 26/01/2008 08:54 GMT
 
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NEW DELHI:Noted sociologist Prof. T. K. Oommen, well known eye specialist Dr Tony Fernandez and social worker Sr Sister Karuna Mary Braganza are among the 135 awardees selected for the national honours announced on the occasion of the Republic Day 2008.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, veteran singer Asha Bhosle, climate change crusader R.K. Pachauri, industrialists Ratan Tata and L.N. Mittal, and Sachin Tendulkar were among the 13 persons who have been named for this year's Padma Visbhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.

The other recipients of Padma Vibhushan included Everest hero Edmund Hillary, who has been conferred posthumously, world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, former chief justice A S Anand, former civil servant P.N. Dhar, Infosys chief N. R. Narayana Murthy and hotelier P.R.S. Oberoi.

The President of India has approved the names of the 135 persons for conferment of the Padma Awards-2008. The list has 13 Padma Vibhushan awardees, 35 Padma Bhushan and 71 Padmashee winners.

No Bharat Ratna was awarded this year, perhaps because of the political controversy surrounding it. The last recipient of the Bharat Ratna was Ustad Bismillah Khan in 2001.

Pdma Bhushan has been awarded for 35 persons. They are: Amarnath Sehgal (Posthumous), Ustad Asad Ali Khan, P Susheela, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and Prof. Sushil Kumar Saxena, Chandrshekhar Dasgupta, K Padmanabhiah and V Ramachandran.

Prof Brijinder Nath Goswamy, Prof Ji Xianlin (China), Prof Kaushik Basu (USA), Prof. (Smt.) Padma Desai (USA), Ravindra Kelekar, Dr (Smt.) Shayama Chona, Shri Lal Shukla, Dr Srinivasa SR Varadhan, Prof TK Oommen and Prof (Dr) Jagjit Singh Chopra.

Prof Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Mian Bashir Ahmed, Lord Meghnad Desai, Late Yuli Mikhailovitch Vorontsov (Posthumous), and Prof Asis Datta, Prof. Sukh.

India born astronaut Sunita Williams has been given Pdma Bhushan.

Vasant Gowarikar, DR Mehta, Dominique Lapierre (France), Dr (Ms.) Inderjit Kaur have been selected for social work. Suresh Kumar Neotia, Baba Neelkanth Kalyani, K. V. Kamath, Shiv Nadar and Vikram Pandit have been awarded for Trade and Industry.

The Padma Shri award list has 71 names. The list consists of: Gangadhar Pradhan, Mikhailovich Pechinkov (Russia), Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj, Hans Raj Hans, Dr.(Smt.) Helen Giri, Jatin Goswami, Jawahar Wattal, John Martin Nelson, Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty, Kekoo M. Gandhy, Madhuri Dixit, Mangala Prasad Mohanty, Manoj Night Shyamalan, Meenakshi Chitharanjan, Moozhikkulam Kochukuttan Chakyar, P.K. Narayanan Nambiar, Pratap Pawar (UK), Sabitri Heisnam, Sentila T. Yanger, Dr. Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram, Tom Alter and Prof. Yella Venkateswara Rao – all for Art.

Noted journalists Barkha Dutt (NDTV), Rajdeep Dilip Sardesai (CNN-IBN) and Vinod Dua (NDTV) have been given Padmashree.

Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Balasubramanian Sivanthi Adithan, Bholabhai Patel, Dr. (Smt.) Bina Agarwal, Prof. (Dr.) K.S. Nisar Ahmed, Dr. (Smt.) M. Leelavathy, Dr. Nirupam Bajpai, Dr. Srinivas Udgata, Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Shri Surjya Kanta Hazarika, Dr. Vellayani Arjunan and Mohammad Yousuf Taing have been given Padmashree for Literature and Education.

Other awardees are: Haji Kaleem Ullah Khan, Dr. A. Jayanta Kumar Singh, Prof. (Dr.) Arjunan Rajasekaran, Prof. (Dr.) C.U. Velmurugendran, Dr. Deepak Sehgal, Prof. (Dr.) Dinesh K. Bhargava, Dr. Indu Bhushan Sinha, Dr. Keiki R. Mehta, Dr. (Smt.) Malvika Sabharwal, Dr. Mohan Chandra Pant, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Jain, Dr. Raman Kapur, Dr. Randhir Sud, Dr. Shyam Narayan Arya, Prof. (Dr.) Surendra Singh Yadav, Dr. Tatyarao Pundlikrao Lahane, Dr. Tony Fernandez.medicine and Colette Mathur.

Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain, Dr. Joseph H. Hulse (Canada), Prof Kasturi Lal Chopra, Dr. Sant Singh Virmani (USA) for science and engineering and Kailash Chandra Agrawal, Sister Karuna Mary Braganza, Dr. (Smt.) Kshama Metre, Dr. Kutikuppala Surya Rao, Madan Mohan Sabharwal, Dr. (Ms.) Sheela Barthakur, V.R. Gowrishankar, Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Yousaf Ali Musaliamveettil Abdul Kader of UAE have been awarded the Padma Shri for social work.

Baichung Bhutia and Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty for sports and Dr. Amit Mitra for trade and industry.


Altaf Hussain

Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira

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