President of India presents Padma Awards



President of India presents Padma Awards

 The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards today (April 12, 2016) at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President of India, Prime Minister, Speaker Lok Sabha and Union Minister of Home Affairs.

Padma Vibhushan

1.Dr.Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre
2.Dr. Girija Devi
3.Sri. RajiniKanth
4.Sri Ramoji Rao
5.Dr.V.Shanta

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Dr. Girija Devi, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

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 The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Dr. V. Shanta, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Shri Ramoji Rao, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

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 The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Shri Rajinikanth, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

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Padma Bhushan
1. Sri Ravindra Chandra Bhargava
2. Sri Robert Dean Blackwill
3. Smt. Indu Jain
4. Sri Udit Narayan Jha
5. Sri Heisnam Kanhailal
6. Smt. Sania Mirza
7. Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
8. Swami Dayananda Saraswati
9. Sri Ram Vanji Sutan
10. Prof.N.S.Ramanuja Tatacharya
11. Swami Tejomayananda



The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri Udit Narayan Jha, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016. 
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Padma Sri

1. Sri Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah
2. Dr.S.L. Bhyrappa
3. Smt. Madeleine Herman de Blic
4. Dr. Kameswar Brahma
5. Smt. Mamta Chandrakar
6. Prof. Dipankar Chatterji
7. Ms.Priyanka Chopra
8. Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa
9. Sri Sushil Doshi
10. Dr.John Ebnezar
11. Prof. (Dr.) Daljeet Sing Gambhir
12. Dr. Keki Hormusji Gharda
13. Dr. Soma Ghosh
14. Sri Saeed Jaffrey (Posthumous)
15. Sri Jawahar Lal Kaul
16. Sri Salman Khan
17. Smt. Sunitha Krishnan
18. Dr. Satish Kumar
19. Prof. M. Venkateshkumar
20. Dr. Tapan Kumar Lahiri
21. Sri Jai Prakash Lakhiwal
22. Dr. (Mrs.) Anil Kumari Malhotra
23. Dr. Gopi Chand Mannam
24. Sri Bhalu Mondhe
25. Shri Arunachalam Muruganahntham
26. Dr.Ravindra Nagar
27. Dr. H. R. Nagendra
28. Sri Ujjwal Deorao Nikam
29. Sri Sudharak Kisan Olwe
30. Sri Simon Oraon
31. Smt Prathibha Prahlad
32. Sri S.S. Rajamouli
33. Dr.S.S. Sarkar
34. Dr.Sudhir Vadilal Shah
35. Prof. Ram Harsh Singh
36. Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha
37. Shri. Saurabh Srivastava
38. Shri Sribhas Chandra Supakar
39. Smt. (Prof.) Veena Tandon
40. Smt Zhang Hui Lan

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President’s Vaisakhi Greetings
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the eve of Vaisakhi has said: -

“On the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi, I extend greetings and good wishes to all fellow countrymen, especially sisters and brothers engaged in cultivation and farming.

May this joyous festival coinciding with the harvest season herald prosperity and happiness.

Let us pray that the bounty of nature continues to shower its blessings on our hard working farmers. Let us, on this special day, share happiness with one and all, especially, the poor and needy.” 

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President of Maldives calls on President Mukherjee
HE Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the President of Republic of Maldives called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (April 11, 2016).

Welcoming Mr. Gayoom to India, the President said India attaches high importance to its ‘neighbours first’ policy. Within that Maldives has a place of privilege. India also appreciates the ‘India first’ policy of Maldives.

The President said relations between India and Maldives have grown over the centuries substantially, building on the people to people relations that the two countries share. India is committed to its policy of supporting Maldives in every way including in building the capacity and infrastructure of Maldives. India as the largest democracy will continue to extend all support for the strengthening of democratic institutions in Maldives. The President said India and Maldives are natural partners in the Indian Ocean region.

Reciprocating the President’s sentiments, the Maldivian President said the Government of Maldives is firmly committed to its ‘India First’ Policy. India is the only foreign country he has visited more than once and this was his third visit in two years. He said the two countries are bound by strong civilizational and cultural links.

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Collaborate and pool resources to face and overcome competition, says President
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) Excellence Awards in New Delhi today (April 11, 2016) on the occasion of the 7th Public Sector Day.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said in a globally integrated economy, it is essential that our Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) collaborate and pool their resources to face and overcome competition. The financial, technical and manpower resources of our CPSEs need to be shared to enable better and more optimal solutions in increasingly customer driven markets. The exceptional human capital available with CPSEs should be harnessed to develop suitable strategies and interventions which lead to improvement in performance and expansion of operations both in domestic and global markets.

The President said CPSEs need to take immediate steps to identify and unlock the surplus land available with them as the same can be used in generating much needed public investments to boost the economy and increase employment opportunities. There is similar need for identifying and unlocking the free surplus reserves which are available with our CPSEs so that the same may be utilized for undertaking enhanced capital expenditure.

The President pointed out that as per available data, PSEs during 2014-15 registered a growth of 7% in Paid up Capital & Capital Employed; 10.5% in total investment and 20% in total market capitalization as compared to the previous year. On an average during the last 3 years from 2012-13 to 2014-15, operating PSEs could earn an overall net profit of Rs. 1,15,426 crore, generate Gross Turnover/ Revenue of Rs. 20,02,591 crore and pay dividend of Rs. 57,115 crore. The contribution of the PSEs in the nation’s economy has, thus, continued to be significant year after year.
The President complimented SCOPE for bringing out a comprehensive Compendium showcasing the CPSEs contributions towards Government’s initiatives such as “Make in India”, “Skill Building”, “Digital India” and “Swachch Bharat”. He also complimented the management and employees of CPSEs for their wholesome participation in Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan. In this context, he called upon CPSEs to consider taking up a common cause or issue aimed at upliftment of the country under their CSR action plan every year. He said this would allow CPSEs the flexibility to choose different common causes to be undertaken under CSR every year depending upon the broader thrust areas identified by Government. 

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President of India condoles loss of lives due to incident at Kollam’s Puttingal temple this morning
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives due to an incident at Kollam’s Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala today (April 10, 2016)

In a message toShri Justice P. Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala, the President has said “I am shocked and distressed to learn about the incident at Kollam’s Puttingal temple this morning, as a result of which a large number of persons have lost their lives and others are injured. I understand relief operations are currently underway.

I am sure the State Government and other agencies are providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as the best of medical attention to the injured.
Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. My prayers are with all the injured persons for their speedy recovery”. 

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Vice President greets people on Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi and Bahag Bihu

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has greeted the people on the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi and Bahag Bihu. He said that these festivals associated with the onset of harvest season reflect the rich agrarian traditions and composite culture of our country.

Following is the text of Vice President’s message:

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of ‘Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi and Bahag Bihu’.

Associated with the onset of harvest season these festivals reflect the rich agrarian traditions and composite culture of our country.

May these festivals bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our country.” 
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Vice President condoles the tragic loss of lives at Puttingal temple in Kerala

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic loss of lives at Puttingal temple at Paravaur in Kollam District, Kerala, here today. The Vice President has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. He wished speedy recovery to the injured.  

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