15 from Maharashtra get Padma honours

Mumbai: Fifteen eminent personalities from Maharashtra were named for this year's prestigious Padma awards by the central government on Monday.

They include one Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, posthumously conferred on industrialist and

Reliance Industries group founder, late Dhirubhai Ambani.

The third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan was conferred to five people, renowned architect Hafeez

Contractor, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, playback singer Udit Narayan Jha, academician N.S. Ramanuja Tatacharya

and spiritualist Swami Tejomayananda.

Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award was conferred on legal luminary Ujjwal Nikam, noted for successfully

guiding the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings case, the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case and other major criminal cases,

and industrialists Dilip Sanghvi and Keki Hormusji Gharda.

Scientist Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav, farmer Subash Palekar, advertising doyen Piyush Pandey, Bollywood director

Madhur Bhandarkar and popular actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra were the other Padma Shri awardees.

The awards shall be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremonial function to be held at Rashtrapati

Bhavan later this year.

This year, the president approved Padma awards to 112 people -- 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma


Of these, 19 awardees are women and 10 people are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs (include one

posthumous) and four posthumous awardees.

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