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Padma Awards 2019: Here's the complete list of awardees - 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan, 94 Padma Shri

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday sent out a press release announcing the Padma awards for 2019. Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities, such as – art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards including one duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per the list below. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards.  21 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 11 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 3 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender person.


Teejan Bai – Art-Vocals-Folk – Chhattisgarh 

Ismail Omar Guelleh (Foreigner) – Public Affairs – Djibouti

Anilkumar Manibhai Naik – Trade & Industry-Infrastructure – Maharashtra 

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare – Art-Acting-Theatre – Maharashtra 


John Chambers (Foreigner) – Trade & Industry-Technology – USA

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa – Public Affairs – Punjab 

Pravin Gordhan (Foreigner) – Public Affairs – South Africa 

Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati – Trade & Industry-Food Processing – Delhi 

Darshan Lal Jain – Social Work – Haryana 

Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade – Medicine-Affordable Healthcare – Maharashtra 

Kariya Munda – Public Affairs – Jharkhand 

Budhaditya Mukherjee – Art-Music-Sitar – West Bengal 

Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair – Art-Acting-Film – Kerala 

S Nambi Narayan – Science & Engineering-Space – Kerala 

Kuldip Nayar (Posthumous) – Literature & Education (Journalism) – Delhi 

Bachendri Pal – Sports (Mountaineering) – Uttarakhand 

V K Shunglu – Civil Service – Delhi 

Hukumdev Narayan Yadav – Public Affairs – Bihar 


Rajeshwar Acharya – Art-Vocal-Hindustani – Uttar Pradesh

Bangaru Adigalar – Spiritualism – Tamil Nadu    

Illias Ali – Medicine-Surgery – Assam

Manoj Bajpayee – Art-Acting-Films – Maharashtra 

Uddhab Kumar Bharali – Science & Engineering-Grassroots Innovation – Assam  

Omesh Kumar Bharti – Medicine (Rabies) – Himachal Pradesh 

Pritam Bhartwan – Art-Vocals-Folk – Uttarakhand 

Jyoti Bhatt – Art-Painting – Gujarat 

Dilip Chakravarty – Archaeology – Delhi 

Mammen Chandy – Medicine (Hematology) – West Bengal 

Swapan Chaudhuri – Art-Music-Tabla – West Bengal 

Kanwal Singh Chauhan – Agriculture – Haryana 

Sunil Chhetri – Sports (Football) – Telangana 

Dinyar Contractor – Art-Acting-Theatre – Maharashtra 

Muktaben Pankajkumar Dagli – Social Work (Divyang Welfare) – Gujarat 

Babulal Dahiya – Agriculture – Madhya Pradesh 

Thanga Darlong – Art-Music-Flute – Tripura 

Prabhu Deva – Art-Dance – Karnataka  

Rajkumari Devi – Agriculture – Bihar

Bhagirathi Devi – Public Affairs – Bihar 

Baldev Singh Dhillon – Science and Engineering (Agriculture) – Punjab

Harika Dronavalli – Sports (Chess) – Andhra Pradesh 

Godawari Dutta – Art-Painting – Bihar 

Gautam Gambhir – Sports (Cricket) – Delhi 

Draupadi Ghimiray – Social Work (Divyang Welfare) – Sikkim

Rohini Godbole – Science and Engineering (Nuclear) – Karnataka 

Sandeep Guleria – Medicine (Surgery) – Delhi

Pratap Singh Hardia – Medicine (Ophthmology) – Madhya Pradesh

Bulu Imam – Social Work (Culture) – Jharkhand

Friederike Irina (Foreigner) – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – Germany

Joravarsinh Jadav – Art (Dance Folk) – Gujarat

S Jaishankar – Civil Service – Delhi

Narsingh Dev Jamwal – Literature and Education – Jammu & Kashmir

Fayaz Ahmad Jan – Art-Craft (Papier Mache) – Jammu and Kashmir

K G Jayan – Art-Music-Bhakti – Kerala

Subhash Kak (Foreigner) – Science and Engineering-Technology – USA

Sharath Kamal – Sports (Table Tennis) – Tamil Nadu

Rajani Kant – Social Work – Uttar Pradesh

Sudam Kate – Medicine (Sickle Cell) – Maharashtra

Waman Kendre – Art-Acting-Theatre – Maharashtra

Kader Khan (Posthumous-Foreigner) – Art-Acting-Films – Canada

Abdul Gafur Khatri – Art-Painting – Gujarat

Ravindra Kolhe (Duo)* – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – Maharashtra

Smita Kolhe (Duo)* – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – Maharashtra

Bombayla Devi Laishram – Sports (Archery) – Manipur

Kailash Madbaiya – Literature and Education – Madhya Pradesh

Ramesh Babaji Maharaj – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – Uttar Pradesh

Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya – Agriculture – Gujarat

Gita Mehta (Foreigner) – Literature and Education – USA

Shadab Mohammad – Medicine (Dentistry) – Uttar Pradesh

K K Muhammed – Archaeology – Kerala

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – Jharkhand

Daitari Naik – Social Work – Odisha

Shankar Mahadevan Narayan – Art-Vocals-Films – Maharashtra

Shantanu Narayen (Foreigner) – Trade and Industry (Technology) – USA

Nartaki Natraj – Art-Dance (Bharatnatyam) – Tamil Nadu

Tsering Norboo – Medicine-Surgery – Jammu & Kashmir

Anup Ranjan Pandey – Art-Music – Chhattisgarh

Jagdish Prasad Parikh – Agriculture – Rajasthan

Ganpatbhai Patel (Foreigner) – Literature and Education – USA

Bimal Patel – Architecture – Gujarat

Hukumchand Patidar – Agriculture – Rajasthan

Harvinder Singh Phoolka – Public Affairs – Punjab

Madurai Chinna Pillai – Social Work (Microfinance) – Tamil Nadu

Tao Porchon-Lynch (Foreigner) – Yoga – USA

Kamala Pujhari – Agriculture – Odisha

Bajrang Punia – Sports (Wrestling) – Haryana

Jagat Ram – Medicine (Ophthalmology) – Chandigarh

R V Ramani – Medicine (Ophthalmology) – Tamil Nadu

Devarapalli Prakash Rao – Social Work (Affordable Education)

Anup Sah – Art-Photography – Uttarakhand

Milena Salvini (Foreigner) – Art-Dance (Kathakali) – France

Nagindas Sanghavi – Literature & Education-Journalism – Maharashtra

Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry – Art-Lyrics – Telangana

Shabbir Sayyad – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – Maharashtra

Mahesh Sharma – Social Work (Tribal Welfare) – Madhya Pradesh

Mohammad Hanif Khan Shastri – Literature and Education – Delhi

Brijesh Kumar Shukla – Literature & Education – Uttar Pradesh

Narendra Singh – Animal Husbandry – Haryana

Prashanti Singh – Sports (Basketball) – Uttar Pradesh

Sultan Singh – Animal Husbandry – Haryana

Jyoti Kumar Sinha – Social Work (Affordable Education) – Bihar

Anandan Sivamani – Art-Music – Tamil Nadu

Sharada Srinivasan – Archaeology – Karnataka

Devendra Swarup (Posthumous) – Literature and Education-Journalism – Uttar Pradesh

Ajay Thakur – Sports-Kabaddi – Himachal Pradesh

Rajeev Tharanath – Art-Music-Sarod – Karnataka

Saalumarada Thimmakka – Social Work (Environment) – Karnataka

Jamuna Tudu – Social Work (Environment) – Jharkhand

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi – Agriculture – Uttar Pradesh

Ramaswami Venkataswami – Medicine (Surgery) – Tamil Nadu

Ram Saran Verma – Agriculture – Uttar Pradesh

Swami Vishudhananda – Spiritualism – Kerala

Hiralal Yadav – Art-Vocals-Folk – Uttar Pradesh

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli – Agriculture – Andhra Pradesh

'Period - End of sentence': Village celebrates victory of its daughters at Oscars

Katikheda village in western Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district on Monday saw joyous celebration as the short film, ‘Period – End of Sentence’, won an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards.
Two of their own -Suman and Sneha- went to America to receive the Oscars and villagers were proud of their superstars.

The film is based on the menstrual cycle and stigma attached to it. The girls’ determination and perseverance to overcome all obstacles have brought this day into their lives.

“We never thought in our wildest dreams that we will achieve something like this,” said Rakhi, one of the girls who works at the sanitary pads manufacturing unit called ‘sabala mahila udyog’ that has been featured in the film.

Another, Sushma said, “I am extremely happy with the achievement. However, we all faced unfathomable challenges during the course of this journey. The problem of power cuts made our work even more difficult. We had to work till late at night because of that. But our hard work has borne sweet fruits.”

Another girl Ruksana said that she will welcome her friends Sneha and Suman with garlands when they come back. “I am eagerly waiting for them to come back. The whole village is very happy. It was unbelievable when I heard it first. I will welcome them by garlands once they come back.”

Suman’s mother-in-law Virvati also expressed happiness over the achievement “I don’t know what an Oscar award is but I have learnt that my daughter-in-law has achieved something big.

Source: Times of India

Janhvi Kapoor to make her debut in the south with Tamil remake of 'Pink' starring Ajith?

The 2016 National award-winning film ‘Pink’ starring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was earlier confirmed being remade in Tamil. Superstar Ajith Kumar will reprise the role of

Amitabh Bachchan in the yet-to-be-titled film which will be directed by H Vinoth. Shraddha Srinath will be seen playing the role essayed by Taapsee Pannu in the original film. The film produced by Boney Kapoor will soon go on the floors and the makers are currently working on the final cast of the film.

According to the latest reports, late legendary actress Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who impressed everyone with her Bollywood debut ‘Dhadak’, will be seen in a cameo role in the Tamil remake of ‘Pink’. Reports suggest that the makers are trying to bring Janhvi in the film and are making the final changes to the script.

It was earlier reported that actress Vidya Balan would be making her Kollywood debut with this film. Vidya has been paired opposite Ajith in the remake. Director H Vinoth has incorporated certain changes to suit the Tamil market and Vidya character has also been accordingly written to it.
According to reports, the shooting of the film will begin in March and the film is slated to be released by Dussehra this year. Apparently, it was Sridevi’s wish that Ajith does a film in her husband’s production. Both the actors had worked together in the film ‘English Vinglish’.

Source: Times of India

Luka Chuppi Trailer Out

The much-awaited trailer of Laxman Utekar’s Luka Chuppi hit the Internet on Thursday afternoon and it is already trending on Twitter. The film’s cast is headlined by Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon and we must tell you that the pair looks absolutely adorable together. The two-and-a-half minute video gives us an insight into the fun-filled yet equally crazy love story of Guddu and Rashmi (played by Kartik and Kriti ), who decide to get into a live-in relationship. However, much to their dismay, they end up involving their families and in the words of the makers, they “experience live-in saparivaar.” Kartik Aaryan’s swag, as always, is off the charts and so is Kriti’s straight-face humour. Another highlight of the trailer are the epic one-liners by Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak.

Source: NDTV

Amazon Spends $27 Million on Mindy Kaling’s Late Night, Adam Driver’s The Report at Sundance 2019

Since the start of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival late last week, Amazon has already spent $27 million (about Rs. 191.98 crores) to acquire distribution rights for two movies that have been creating a buzz at the Park City, Utah-based event: Late Night, a comedy written, produced by, and starring Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project), which is about diversity in a late-night talk show writers’ room; and The Report, a political thriller about the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” aka torture post-9/11, starring Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).

Of that $27 million total, Amazon spent $13 million (about Rs. 92.43 crores) to pick up North American distribution rights for Late Night, and the other $14 million (about Rs. 99.54 crores) for global rights to The Report. Amazon hasn’t set a release date for Late Night, while The Report will reportedly be released during the autumn later this year, to target the traditional Hollywood awards season period. Amazon says that both movies will eventually arrive on its streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, though we wouldn’t hold out hope for catching them any time soon in India given the state of past efforts.

Unlike Netflix, Amazon first brings its movies into theatres, followed by a release on Prime Video. But its co-distribution support for most films — Late Night co-producer Film Nation will handle deals for outside North America, for instance — means there’s never a set schedule for Amazon-produced films to roll into countries such as India. Manchester by the Sea, Amazon’s Oscar-winning drama, was never released in Indian theatres and it took two years for it to arrive on streaming — not via Amazon, but on Netflix shockingly. Theatrical release for The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), wasn’t handled by Amazon in India, but by MVP Entertainment.

Source: Gadget 360

India tests new anti-radiation missile to take out enemy Radar:

India has tested a new indigenous air-launched missile called NGARM, which is designed to destroy a variety of surveillance and radar targets on the ground after being fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter.

This new-generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM), with a strike range of around 100-km, is the first indigenous air-to-ground missile to be developed by the DRDO, after the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile developed jointly with Russia.

“The missile was tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI on January 18 at the integrated test range at Balasore. The missile, with all systems functioning properly, hit the designated target with a high degree of accuracy in the Bay of Bengal. The NGARM can be launched from Sukhois from different altitudes and velocities,” said a source.

On Thursday, the DRDO-Navy combine also conducted another test of the advanced Barak long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system, jointly developed by DRDO with Israeli Aerospace Industries and Rafael, from destroyer INS Chennai on the high seas.

The supersonic Barak-8 missile system, whose interception range is 70-100 km, is in the process of being tested from Indian warships. Once fully operational, the LR-SAM will equip all frontline Indian warships as an all-weather “defence shield” against incoming enemy fighters, drones, helicopters, missiles and other munitions.

Source: Defence News

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Joins Politics:

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has finally taken the plunge into politics, just months ahead of the national election due by May. She may contest the Lok Sabha elections from her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, Raebareli, Congress sources have said.Often dubbed the “Brahmastra” or the mythical ultimate weapon of the Congress, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will debut as the party’s general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, which pitches her against the ruling BJP’s top two mascots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi – whose constituency Varanasi will be in her share – and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


47-year-old Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who reminds many of her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi, for both her charisma and the stunning likeness, is seen as a natural in politics but she has confined herself to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi – Amethi and Raebareli – till now. In national and state elections since 2004, the mother-of-two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.

Google to help track fund spent on political ads :

In a bid to promote “transparency” in online political advertisements ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Google is introducing an India-specific ad library, where people can get information on the amount of money spent on online ads featuring political content.It will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms.
It will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms. A breakup of the expenses will be provided in a weekly report available in the public domain, the statement further said. Google has conjointly assured the committee that it’d discovered a mechanism for sharing data on the value of the political advertisements.This would be of use to Returning Officers once it involves shrewd the election expenditure of individual candidates.

PUBG Adversely Affecting Students, Ban: Gujarat Government To Schools

The Gujarat government on Tuesday issued a circular asking district authorities to ensure a complete ban on online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG.

The circular said the ban was necessary as children were getting addicted to the game and it was “adversely affecting their studies”.“The NCPCR had sent a letter to all the states and recommended a ban on the game. All the states are required to implement it.The state primary education department’s circular was issued after a recommendation by the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said officials.



Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, no tsunami threat: USGS

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said it rattled buildings farther south in the capital city of Santiago but left only minor damage in its wake.The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT) about 15.6 km (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, the USGS said. The quake was 53 km (33 miles) below the surface, a relatively shallow tremor that shook homes and had some worried about a possible tsunami.

Source: India Today


Total lunar eclipse set to wow star gazers, clear skies willing

Astronomy buffs across the United States have been promised all the makings of a spectacular total lunar eclipse on Sunday except one – clear skies.Star gazers from Los Angeles to New York will keep their eyes on the sky for the eclipse, known as a super blood wolf moon, expected to appear at 11:41 pm EST.Although it is a total eclipse, the moon will never go completely dark but rather take on a coppery red glow – called a blood moon. It is also a full moon that is especially close to Earth, called a supermoon.And since it appears in January, when wolves howled in hunger outside villages, it has earned the name wolf moon, according to The Farmers Almanac.

Source: India Today

Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017.  (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump says media not giving him enough credit for progress with North Korea

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had “an incredible” meeting with North Korea’s nuclear envoy Kim Yong Chol and the two sides had made “a lot of progress” on denuclearisation. The White House announced after talks between Trump and Kim on Friday that the US president would hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late February, but would maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang.The conference is also being attended by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui. Washington has been keen to set up talks between Biegun and Choe but North Korea has resisted, apparently wanting to keep exchanges high-level.

Source: India Today


At Hindi Divas, Venkaiah Naidu says ‘English an illness left behind by British’

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that primary education should be taught in one’s mother tongue. Speaking on the occasion of Hindi Divas, Mr. Naidu said it was not possible to progress in India without the Hindi language. Mr. Naidu was the chief guest at the Hindi Divas function organised annually by the union Home Ministry. He said English was an “illness” left behind by the British. “When I was young, I participated in anti-Hindi protests. Later, I realised it was not possible to progress without Hindi. I came to Delhi, spoke in broken Hindi but was accepted by all,” he said.

Source – The Hindu

Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast on Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

Source – The Hindu

Volkswagen to end production of the Beetle next year

Volkswagen said on Thursday it would stop producing its Beetle compact car in 2019, ending a model that looked backward to the 1960s counterculture as the automaker prepares for a leap toward a future of mass-market electric cars.

The original VW Beetle, developed in the 1930s, made a journey from a product identified with Adolf Hitler to a symbol of Germany’s rebirth as a democratic, industrial powerhouse after World War Two. In the 1960s, the Beetle was a small-is-beautiful icon of the postwar baby boom generation. Volkswagen discontinued U.S. sales of the “bug” in 1979, but continued production for Mexico and Latin America.

Source – The Hindu

Koreas open 1st liaison office for better communication

The rival Koreas on Friday launched their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders’ summit in Pyongyang next week.The office’s opening at the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the latest in a series of reconciliatory steps the Koreas have taken this year. The office is the first of its kind since the Koreas were divided at the end of World War II in 1945.The Koreas so far have been using telephone and fax-like communication channels when they want to arrange talks and exchange messages. But those channels have been often suspended when tensions rose over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Source – The Hindu

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