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India to observe International Women's Day with Nari Shakti Puraskars to outstanding women who made contribution to society
On the occasion of the International Women's Day (IWD), President Ram Nath Kovind is going to present Nari Shakti Puraskars for 2018 at a special ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, stated an official release. This year, 44 awardees have been selected for these awards.

President in his message for IWD stated, "On International Women's Day, I extend my warm greetings to all fellow citizens and particularly to the daughters of India who, through their success, have brought glory to the nation. We are proud of them."

"This day is dedicated to woman power. Keeping pace with the changing times, women have proved themselves in every sphere of life and have won laurels for their talent. I am confident that Indian society will continue progressing towards greater women's empowerment and the continuous emphasis on gender equity will usher in new opportunities for women and for society. I extend my best wishes to all on this happy day," he added.

Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a release said, "All the awardees are a face of change, reflecting the shift in the status of women in the country, from women development to women-led development. I congratulate all of them for their achievements."

The release added, "The Government of India believes that empowering women is empowering the nation. The Ministry of Women and Child Development reaffirms its commitment to empowering women by making them an integral part of the nation's developmental journey. The Ministry salutes the exceptional strength of Nari Shakti Puraskar awardees, who are role models for generations to follow."

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