Announcing the award on the eve of Republic Day, the NDA Government also included the names of Kottayan K Venugopal  and Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan for the Padma Vibhushan.

Former CEC N Gopalaswami, constitutional expert Subhash C Kashyap, Microsoft chief Bill Gates and his wife Melinda will be conferred with Padma Bhushan awards.

Journalists Rajat Sharma, Swapan Dasgupta; lawyer Harish Salve; cardiologist Ashok Seth; filmmaker Jahnu Barua among 20 who get Padma Bhushan.

Religious leader late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, economist Bibek Debroy and lyricist Prasoon Joshi among others were chosen for Padma
Shri awards.

IT honco T V Mohandas Pai, badminton player P V Sindhu, woman cricketer Mithali Raj among 75 prominent personalities will be bestowed with Padma Shri award.

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