NEW DELHI, Mar 30 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Bharat Ratna and Padma Awards.
President Mukherjee presented the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards today at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
The prestigious Bharat Ratna Award was given to educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (Posthumous).
The Padma Vibhushan awardees were: L.K. Advani, Parkash Singh Badal and Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya.
The Padma Bhushan awardees were: Dr. Swapan Dasgupta, David Frawley, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Needamangalam Gopalaswami, Saichiro Misumi, Sudha Raghunathan, Harish Narendra Salve, Satpal, Dr. Ashok Seth, Rajat Sharma and Prof. Khadg Singh Valdiya.
The Padma Shri awards were given to Dr. Manjula Anagani, Kanyakumari Avasarala, Prof. Huang Baosheng, Naresh Bedi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Jean-Claude Carriere, Gyan Chaturvedi, Jaya Kumari Chikkala, Prof. Ashok Gulati, Dr. Randeep Guleria, George L. Hart, Rahul Jain, Prasoon Joshi, Dr. Prafulla Kar, Ushakiran Khan, Prof. Alka Kriplani, Dr. Harsh Kumar, N. Purushothama Mallaya, Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan, Tarak Janubhai Mehta, Chewang Norphel, Prof. Dr. Tejas Madhusudan Patel, Dr. Raghu Rama Pillarisetti, Bimla Poddar, Dr. N. Prabhakar, Dr. Prahalada, Dr. Saumitra Rawat, Dr. Annette Schmiedchen, Brahmdev Sharma 'Bhaiji', Pran Kumar Sharma (Posthumous), P.V. Sindhu, Sardar Singh, Arunima Sinha and Prof. (Dr.) Nikhil Tandon. ?ANI