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Padma awards 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee announced the names of recipients of year 2017 Padma awards viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. He approved conferment of Padma Awards on 89 persons. The list includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Out of these selected 89 persons, 19 are women, 5 awardees are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs while 6 are posthumous awardees. This edition of list includes more than 15 unsung persons and alsopeople who rendered selfless service at the grassroots. Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards given in various disciplines- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

PADMA VIBHUSHAN: It is the second highest civilian award. It is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service.

Sl. No Name Field State
1.                   K J Yesudas Art-Music Kerala
2.                   Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Others-Spiritualism Tamil Nadu
3.                   Sharad Pawar Public Affairs Maharashtra
4.                   Murli Manohar Joshi Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh
5.                   Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao Science & Engineering Karnataka
6.                   Sunder Lal Patwa (Posthumous) Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
7.                   PA Sangma (Posthumous) Public Affairs Meghalaya

Padma Bhushan: It is the third highest civilian award. It is awarded for distinguished service of high order.

Sl. No. Name Field State
8.                   Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art-Music Rajasthan
9.                   Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
10.               Tehemton Udwadia Medicine Maharashtra
11.               Shri Ratna Sundar Maharaj Others-Spiritualism Gujarat
12.               Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Others-Yoga Bihar
13.               H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Foreigner) Literature & Education Thailand
14.               Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education –Journalism Tamil Nadu

 Padma Shri: It is the third highest civilian award. It is awarded for distinguished service of high order.

Sl. No Name Field State
15.               Basanti Bisht Art-Music Uttarakhand
16.               Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair Art-Dance Kerala
17.               Aruna Mohanty Art-Dance Odisha
18.               Bharathi Vishnuvardhan Art-Cinema Karnataka
19.               Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema Odisha
20.               T K Murthy Art-Music Tamil Nadu
21.               Laishram Birendrakumar Singh Art-Music Manipur
22.               Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music Uttar Pradesh
23.               Baoa Devi Art-Painting Bihar
24.               Tilak Gitai Art-Painting Rajasthan
25.               Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao Art-Sculpture Telangana
26.               Jitendra Haripal Art-Music Odisha
27.               Kailash Kher Art-Music Maharashtra
28.               Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music Kerala
29.               Sukri Bommagowda Art-Music Karnataka
30.               Mukund Nayak Art-Music Jharkhand
31.               Purushottam Upadhyay Art-Music Gujarat
32.               Anuradha Paudwal Art-Music Maharashtra
33.               Wareppa Naba Nil Art-Theatre Manipur
34.               Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service Telangana
35.               T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service Haryana
36.               Kanwal Sibal Civil Service Delhi
37.               Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla Literature & Education Sikkim
38.               Eli Ahmed Literature & Education Assam
39.               Narendra Kohli Literature & Education Delhi
40.               Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education  Karnataka
41.               Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri Literature & Education Kerala
42.               Kashi Nath Pandita Literature & Education Jammu & Kashmir
43.               Chamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education Delhi
44.               Harihar Kripalu Tripathi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
45.               Michel Danino Literature & Education Tamil Nadu
46.               Punam Suri Literature & Education Delhi
47.               VG Patel Literature & Education Gujarat
48.               V Koteswaramma Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh
49.               Balbir Dutt Literature & Education-Journalism Jharkhand
50.               Bhawana Somaaya Literature & Education-Journalism Maharashtra
51.               Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education-Journalism Gujarat
52.               Dr. Subroto Das Medicine Gujarat
53.               Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti Yadav Medicine Madhya Pradesh
54.               Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine Telangana
55.               Dr. Madan Madhav Godbole Medicine Uttar Pradesh
56.               Dr. Devendra Dayabhai Patel Medicine Gujarat
57.               Prof. Harkishan Singh Medicine Chandigarh
58.               Dr. Mukut Minz Medicine Chandigarh
59.               Arun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology Chhattisgarh
60.               Sanjeev Kapoor Others-Culinary Maharashtra
61.               Meenakshi Amma Others-Martial Art Kerala
62.               Genabhai Dargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture Gujarat
63.               Chandrakant Pithawa Science & Engineering Telangana
64.               Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering West Bengal
65.               Chintakindi Mallesham Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh
66.               Jitendra Nath Goswami Science & Engineering Assam
67.               Daripalli Ramaiah Social Work Telangana
68.               Girish Bhardwaj Social Work Karnataka
69.               Karimul Hak Social Work West Bengal
70.               Bipin Ganatra Social Work West Bengal
71.               Nivedita Raghunath Bhide Social work Tamil Nadu
72.               Appasaheb Dharmadhikari Social Work Maharashtra
73.               Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work Punjab
74.               Virat Kohli Sports-Cricket Delhi
75.               Shekar Naik Sports-Cricket Karnataka
76.               Vikasa Gowda Sports-Discus Throw Karnataka
77.               Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics Haryana
78.               Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports-Athletics Tamil Nadu
79.               Dipa Karmakar Sports-Gymnastics Tripura
80.               P R Shreejesh Sports-Hockey Kerala
81.               Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling Haryana
82.               Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu Trade & Industry Telangana
83.               Imrat Khan (NRI/PIO) Art-Music USA
84.               Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education USA
85.               H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education-Journalism USA
86.               Suniti Solomon


Medicine Tamil Nadu
87.               Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous) Others-Archaeology West Bengal
88.               Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra
89.               Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner) Social Work Nepal

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President gives assent to Payment of Wages (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to Payment of Wages (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, to enable industries to pay wages by cheque or credit into the bank accounts of workers.

The ordinance amends the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 to encourage cashless transactions. With this assent the ordinance becomes law as per article 123 of the Constitution.

Key Provisions of Ordinance
  • Allows industries to pay wages to workers earning up to Rs. 18,000 per month, without taking their explicit consent as required under present Act.
  • Empowers the Union and State governments to specify industries or establishments where wage payments can be made mandatory through banks.
  • However, it is not mandatory for employers to make wage payments through the banking system and they can still pay in cash.

The Union Government had decided to take the ordinance route because after demonetisation of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 banknotes in November 2016 had led to a cash crunch, and employers were finding it tough to pay workers in cash. The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced in Parliament was also not able get passed during winter session of the Parliament.

Article 123 of Constitution: It gives legislative power to President. He can issue ordinances when Parliament is not in session (i.e. recess) if there is urgent need to have a law on some urgent public matter. The promulgated ordinance has similar effect to an act of parliament. However, every ordinance must be laid and approved by both houses of the parliament within 6 weeks from the reassembling. If not placed and approved by both houses of the parliament after reassembling it lapses or becomes invalid.

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