2012 Padma awardees-1

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International artists, film directors, industrialists, social workers were part of the eclectic group that was awarded the first set of Padma awards by President Pratibha Patilon Thursday evening.

The country’s highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna–the Padma Vibhushan was given to three people. Renowned Assamese singer-composer Dr Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika was given the award posthumously along with former Uttar Pradesh governor and Intelligence Bureau chief T V Rajeswar and internationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon Dr K H Sancheti.

President Patil bestowed 55 awards on Thursday. All except two of the awardees were present. Padma Bhushan was given to artist Jatin Das, sculptor Anish Kapoor, director Mira Nair, former India ambassador Ronen Sen and cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty. Others who received the much-coveted award included Dr S H Advani, Prof S M Chitre, Khaled Choudhury, Buddhadev Das Gupta, Vidya Dehejia, Dr T V Gopalakrishnan, Sunil Janah, Prof S B Majumdar, Prof Arvind Panagariya and M V Subbiah.

Padma Shri was given to 36 people for distinguished service in public affairs, social work, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, education, sports and civil service. Among the awardees were Ajeet Bajaj, Dr Mukesh Batra, Priya Paul, Joy Michael, Motill Kemmu, Geeta Dharamrajan, Jhulan Goswami and Devendra Jhajhria.

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  1. Now this made me cry. No mayor had been so close with his people like Mayor Jess. Even when he beacme Secretary, He still remained the loving Mayor we all admired. His greatness is known nationwide, maybe worldwide but only the Naguef1os truly know why. Whe have been under his leadership for 20 years. and we got the best he had to offer, which in turn made us the best that we can be. YOU WILL FOREVER LIVE IN OUR HEARTS MAYOR JESS. It was good walking the same streets with you.When you were physically here, you never failed to guide us. Now that you are with the Ultimate, I know you can guide us better. I SALUTE YOU SIR!

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