President Pranab Mukherjee Current Affairs - 2019
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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.
|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.
|8.||Vishwa Mohan Bhatt||Art-Music||Rajasthan|
|9.||Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|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.
|16.||Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair||Art-Dance||Kerala|
|20.||T K Murthy||Art-Music||Tamil Nadu|
|21.||Laishram Birendrakumar Singh||Art-Music||Manipur|
|22.||Krishna Ram Chaudhary||Art-Music||Uttar Pradesh|
|25.||Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao||Art-Sculpture||Telangana|
|28.||Parassala B Ponnammal||Art-Music||Kerala|
|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|
|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|
|76.||Vikasa Gowda||Sports-Discus Throw||Karnataka|
|78.||Mariyappan Thangavelu||Sports-Athletics||Tamil Nadu|
|80.||P R Shreejesh||Sports-Hockey||Kerala|
|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|
|87.||Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous)||Others-Archaeology||West Bengal|
|88.||Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous)||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|89.||Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner)||Social Work||Nepal|
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.