The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The nomination process is open to the public. Even self-nomination can be made.
Padma Awards, which were instituted in the year 1954, is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997. All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, Government servants including those working with PSUs, except doctors and scientists, are not eligible for these Awards.
Padma Awards: 2018
This year the President of India has approved conferment of 85 Padma Awards including two duo cases (in the duo cases, the award is counted as one) as per list below.The list comprises 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri Awards. 14-of the awardees are women and the list also includes 16 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 3 Posthumous awardees.
Pankaj Advani, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Alexander Kadakin- Foreigner/Posthumous), R. Nagaswamy, Ved Prakash Nanda (Overseas Citizen of India), Laxman Pai, Arvind Parikh, Sharda Sinha.
Abhay and Rani Bang, Damodar Ganesh Bapat, Prafulla Govinda Baruah, Mohan Swaroop Bhatia, Sudhanshu Biswas, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi, Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner), Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi, Somdev Devvarman, Yeshi Dhoden, Arup Kumar Dutta, Doddarange Gowda, Arvind Gupta, Digamber Hansda, Ramli Bin Ibrahim (Foreigner), Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous), Piyong Temjen Jamir, Sitavva Joddat, Malti Joshi, Manoj Joshi, Rameshwarlal Kabra, Pran Kishore Kaul, Bounlap Keokangna (Foreigner), Vijay Kichlu, Tommy Koh (Foreigner), Lakshmikutty, Joyshree Goswami Mahanta, Narayan Das Maharaj, Pravakara Maharana, Hun Many (Foreigner), Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner), Zaverilal Mehta, Krishna Bihari Mishra, Sisir Purushottam Mishra, Subhasini Mistry, Tomio Mizokami (Foreigner), Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner), Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar, Thant Myint – U (Foreigner), V Nanammal, Sulagitti Narasamma, Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, I Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner), Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner), Gobaradhan Panika, Bhabani Charan Pattanaik, Murlikant Petkar, Habibullo Rajabov (Foreigner), M R Rajagopal, Sampat Ramteke (Posthumous), Chandra Sekhar Rath, S S Rathore, Amitava Roy, Sanduk Ruit (Foreigner), R. Sathyanarayana, Pankaj M Shah, Bhajju Shyam, Maharao Raghuveer Singh, Kidambi Srikanth, Ibrahim Sutar, Siddeshwara Swamiji, Lentina Ao Thakkar, Vikram Chandra Thakur, Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan - Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Thyagarajan, Nguyen Tien Thien, Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi, Rajagopalan Vasudevan, Manas Bihari Verma, Panatawane Gangadhar Vithobaji, Romulus Whitaker, Baba Yogendra, A Zakia.
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