REPUBLIC DAY HONOURS … Nation honours top performers to mark 71st Republic Day


NEW DELHI: Deceased Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, Olympian boxer Mary Kom and former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Gugnauth are among seven worthies who have been honoured with Padma Vibhushan on the eve of Republic Day, that falls on Saturday. Other Padma Vibhushan winners are Channulal Mishra, Art, Uttar Pradesh and Vishvesha Theertha Swamiji, spiritualist, Uduppi, Karnataka.
Padma Bhushan this year goes to deceased defence minister Manohar Parrikar, industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, Olympian badminton player P V Sindhu, former Nagaland chief minister SC Jamir, Jammu and Kashmir politician Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Mumtaz Ali, spiritualist, Kerala; Syed Muasseem, public affairs, Bangladesh; Ajoy Chakravorty, art, West Bengal; Manoj Das, literature, Puducherry; Balkrishna Doshi, architecture, Gujarat; Krishnammal Jagannathan, social work, Tamil Nadu; Anil Prakash Joshi, social work, Uttarakhand; Dr Tsering Landol, Medicine, Ladakh; Dr Neelakanda Ramakrishna, public affairs, Kerala; Madhava Menon (posthumous) Kerala; Manohar Gopalakrishna, public works, Goa; Prabhu Parrikar (posthumous) and Jagdish Sheth, literature, US;
Padma Shri has been awarded to as many as 118 individuals of high merit. The announcement comes a day before the 72st Republic Day.
The 36-year-old Mary Kom is a Rajya Sabha Member. She won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics while also being crowned as world champion six times in an illustrious career. Six sports persons have been named for Padma Shri. They are cricketer Zaheer Khan, Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal, former Indian men’s hockey player MP Ganesh, shooter Jitu Rai, former Indian women’s football team captain Oinam Bembem Devi and archer Tarundeep Rai. The 24-year-old Sindhu is a silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympic. –IHN-NN

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