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Padma Awards 2016 announced: Rajnikanth, Anupam Kher, Saina, Sania, Dhirubhai Ambani among the awardees
Indian government today announced the names of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardees for the year 2016. Noted film actor Rajinikanth, star badminton player Saina Nehwal, tennis player Sania Mirza, former US Ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill, Indu Jain of Bennett, Coleman & Co will be honored with Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the country.
Others who will be awarded Padma Vibhushan include dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi, Girija Devi, media baron Ramoji Rao, former J&K governor  and also a minister in AB Vajpayee government Jagmohan, Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Dr Viswanathan Shanta, Prof. NS Ramanuja Tatacharya, Prof. D Nageshwar Reddy, Barjinder Singh Hamdard and Swami Tejomayananda.

The government has also decided to award Padma Vibhushan posthumously to Reliance Industries founder late Dhirubhai Ambani.

Noted Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, former CAG Vinod Rai, singer Udit Narayan, sculptor Ram Sutar and theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal will be awarded Padma Bhushan.

The government has decided to honor senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra with Padma Shri. this year.

Anupam Kher shared his joy of getting Padma Bhushan with his fans on Twitter.


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