President Ramnath Kovind confers Padma Awards


New Delhi: President Ramnath Kovind presented the Padma Awards in a special program held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today to 56 of the 112 personalities selected for the honour.

Actor Kader Khan (posthumous) was honoured with Padma Shri, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Kuldip Nayar (posthumous) were honoured with Padma Bhushan today.

Noted theatre personality from Maharashtra Babasaheb Purandare alias Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (Padma Vibhushan), Bihar leader Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Padma Bhushan), former CEO of multinational techno giant Cisco Systems John Chambers, renowned dancer and filmmaker Prabhu Deva (Padma Shri) were also honoured.

Among other dignitaries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the event.

The Padma awards were announced on the eve of Republic Day and the remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16.

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