INVESTITURE CEREMONY- PADMA AWARDS:HE Shri Ram Nath Kovind,President of India, conferred 112 Padma Awards on Monday, the 11th of March and the investiture ceremony graced Rashtarpati Bhawan. The awards were announced on Republic Day.
Padma Vibhushan is one of the highest civilian awards conferred in recognition to the exceptional and distinguished services of the highest order, whereas, Padma Bhushan is conferred in recognition to the distinguished services of the highest order and Padma Shri is awarded in recognition to the distinguished services .These awards express national gratitude and recognition for exceptional services rendered in the field of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports and civil service, among others.
112 Padma awards include 4 Padma Vhibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri. The salient and conspicuous feature of this mega event is that there are 21 women awardees, 11 NRIs, 1 transgender and 3 posthumous recipients . Late Shri Kuldip Nayar, the renowned Journalist( posthumous), Shri John Chambers , The Industrialist and Shri Prabhu Deva, Actor- Dancer, are among the recipients .
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