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Congress slams KCR on paddy procurement, Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Kisan Sangarsh Sabha’ on May 6


Telangana (Hyderabad) [India], April 17 (ANI): Hitting out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao over the paddy procurement row, former Congress MP Madhu Yashki on Saturday said that party leader Rahul Gandhi’s “Kisan Sangarsh Sabha” in Warangal will expose “nexus” between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Rahul Gandhi’s trip has been finalised. On May 6, he is visiting Warangal, we are going to have a Raithu Sagarshana Sabha. The farmers have been looted by CM K Chandrashekar Rao, he made false promises of Rs 1 lakh loan waiver and paddy procurement. He asked the farmer not to sow paddy during this season. After two months of protest now, he decided to procure paddy. BJP and TRS looting the Telangana farmers,” Yashki said.
Gandhi’s public rally is going to attend will expose the “TRS-BJP nexus” and particularly the “loot” by the Kalvakuntla family in Telangana, he added.

The Congress leader said that the party will highlight unemployment, corruption, and the education issues which CM never discussed.

Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Telangana on May 6 and 7 to participate in a ‘Kisan Sangarsh Sabha’ in Warangal. (ANI)


Rahul Gandhi to meet Telangana Congress leaders today, Assembly elections, Paddy procurement top agenda


New Delhi [India], April 4 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will meet party leaders of Telangana today in the evening and discuss the political situation prevailing along with brainstorming on the Assembly elections scheduled next year in the state, said the sources.

Discussion over the Paddy procurement issue will also be on the top agenda of the meeting.
The meeting with the senior leaders of the party will take place at Rahul Gandhi’s residence.

This is Rahul Gandhi’s second meeting with the Telangana party leaders in the last seven days. The meeting comes at a time when state Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is nourishing his national ambitions and calling on the parties to form a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Notably, in the last Assembly elections in 2018 in Telangana, Congress had an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, however, could not stop the return of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s KCR government.

Earlier last month, Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy dismissed possibilities of forging an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party and said the grand old party will form an alliance with any party but Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s as “he is not trustworthy”.

“Congress would not forge an alliance with KCR and his party TRS at any cost because he is not trustworthy. We have seen him in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. We can trust any other leader or party, but not KCR and TRS,” Reddy told ANI. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi to meet Telangana Congress leaders in Delhi 

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will meet senior party leaders from Telangana at his residence on Wednesday.

A discussion is likely to take place on the political situation in the state and also about digital membership in the state, said sources.
Telangana Congress leaders including state party chief Revanth Reddy, MPs Uttam Kumar Reddy, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy among others will be present. AICC in-charge of the Telangana Manickam Tagore will also attend the meeting.

With Congress making efforts for the success of its membership drive, the party’s Telangana unit is ahead of other southern states in enrolling new members, party sources said.

The membership drive began on November 1 and the emphasis seems to be on digital membership to make the party better prepared for electoral challenges.

The sources said around 40 lakh members had enrolled in Telangana, 34 lakh in Karnataka, 15 lakh in Maharashtra, 10 lakh in Gujarat, 10 lakh in Kerala, five lakh in Chhattisgarh, four lakh in Bihar, three lakh in Delhi and three lakh in Rajasthan.

The southern states appear to have an upper hand in terms of Congress membership drive. Party leaders are trying to boost the ‘digital membership’ drive in all states including the five where assembly polls were held in February-March.

Congress is keen that those who have taken membership via ‘paper’ are also part of the digital register. This, the party feels, will help in better preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The party’s membership drive is expected to be completed on March 31.

Sources said about 4.5 crore people have become members of Congress so far with options available for enrolling through paper and digitally. (ANI)

Telangana CM KCR to inaugurate Yadadri Temple today

Yadadri (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday will inaugurate the newly reconstructed Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.

The family members of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will be attending the ‘Maha Kumbha Samprokshana’ ceremony of the temple. The entire cabinet will be present on the occasion.
The architectural masterpiece has been constructed with 2,50,000 tonne black granite. The temple exhibits a fusion of both Dravidian and Kakatiyan styles of architecture.

Speaking to ANI, Geeta, Temple Executive Officer said, “After the formation of Telangana state, the government decided to reconstruct the Yadadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, under Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority (YTDA). The YTDA planned and reconstructed the temple and the work started in April 2016.”

“A makeshift arrangement was made for deity Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy in another temple in April 2016 and now on March 28, ‘Maha Kumbha Samprokshana’ will take place as a part of the reopening of the refurbished temple complex,” she added.

Anand Sai, the chief architect of the temple said, “The ground area of the temple has been increased from 11 acres to 17 acres. This is the biggest temple in the world that has been constructed completely with stone.”

The main attraction of the temple is ‘Prahlada Charithra’, the sculptural representation of the story of ‘Bhaktha Prahlada’ from birth to the killing of Hiranyakashyapa. The ‘Prahlada Charithra’ is constructed with gold.

It also has a sculptural representation of Lord Narasimha breaking out of a pillar to kill Hiranyakashyapa, followed by tearing apart the chest of the demon king.

The devotees can see the sculptures of Anjaneya Swamy, Narasimha Swamy and Yada Maharshi who had performed penance at this temple, and Sri Ramanujacharya can be seen on the walls, in addition to the sculptures of how Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy emerged as a Swayambhu in Yadagirigutta. There is also an ‘Addala Mandapa’, where every night Lord Lakshmi Narasimha would be put on a swing.

The seven ‘gopurams’ of the temple are unique because from the bottom to the top, they are made entirely of stone. The Maharaja Gopuram which lies on the western entrance is 83 feet tall and is made of 13,000 tonnes of black granite, which took over two years to be constructed.

There is a proper concrete shed built to park the ‘Ratham’, and there is also a ‘Golla Mandapa’ built outside the temple, apart from ‘Praakara mandapa’ and others.

A temple for Lord Shiva has also been constructed on the hillock.

The devotees can also see the ‘first Praakara’ around the temple as they head out of the main temple, where 58 Yalli pillars have been set together. These pillars are sculptures of Lord Narasimha with the face of a lion and the body of a horse supported by an elephant. Each of these pillars has been carved out of a single black granite stone.

The ‘garbhalaya’ door of the temple is 11 feet high, with a golden Nava Narasimha Swami design. It leads devotees to the sanctum santorum.

The temple has statues of the 12 Alwars representing the Kakatiyan style of architecture, which is installed around the Mukha Mandapa leading to the sanctum sanctorum, which is located 18 feet below the ground.

The temple is quite spacious as it can accommodate 10,000 devotees at a time. A waterbody has been filled where devotees can take a holy bath.

The reconstruction of the temple has been made at a cost of Rs 1,280 crore in the past five-and-a-half years. More than 2,000 sculptors and thousands of workers have been engaged in the reconstruction work, which is still under progress.

Elaborate arrangements have been made by the officials for the conduct of ‘Maha Kumbha Samprokshana’. The authorities are making the necessary arrangements to handle the large number of devotees who are expected to arrive on Monday.

The temple management has set up an automated and mechanized prasadam production unit atop the hill.

It is also learnt that the devotees visiting the temple in Yadadri can get unlimited laddu, pulihora and vada prasadam at the temple. (ANI)

Telangana: Section 144 imposed in Nizamabad, tension over installation of Shivaji statue

Nizamabad (Telangana) [India]: Tension prevailed in Bodhan Town in Nizamabad district over the installation of a Shivaji statue on Saturday night and section 144 has been imposed in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Nizamabad, K R Nagaraju stated, “There is a process that has to be followed and permission from the Collector has to be taken.”
Nagaraju added, “The Shivaji statue was brought in the night due to which a commotion was created. Various groups came out on roads saying that their sentiments have been hurt and started pelting stones.”

“In retaliation, we had to take refuge of lathi-charge and section 144 has been imposed,” he added.

Police constables have been hurt in the incident and cases will be registered against the accused in the matter. (ANI)


Ambedkar statue to be installed soon at NTR Gardens in Hyderabad


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India](ANI): Telangana Industry and Commerce Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday said that a 125-feet-tall statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar will be installed soon at the NTR Gardens in Hyderabad.

While inaugurating the 2BHK Dignity Housing Colony at Indira Nagar, Rao said, “This 2BHK housing site is going to be the best in the city. As on one side, there is IMAX theatre and on the other side a 125-foot statue of Ambedkar is going to come up soon.”
He also announced that a marriage hall would be constructed for the poor in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) land, located in Khairatabad ward.

“Though the State government can generate crores of revenue by auctioning the HMDA land parcel spread over one acre, a function hall will be built on the land to benefit the poor,” the Minister said.

Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Mayor G Vijaya Laxmi, Khairatabad MLA Danam Nagender, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar and others were present at the event. (ANI)

Telangana: BJP MP Arvind Dharmapuri alleges attack by TRS workers


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: BJP MP Arvind Dharmapuri on Wednesday alleged that he was attacked by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers in Telangana.

Dharampuri alleged that TRS workers obstructed his convoy and broke the glass of his car.
Addressing a press conference, Dharampuri stated, “I was scheduled to go Nandipet mandal to inaugurate a few works. On my way, I received prior information that around 500 TRS cadre with iron rods, stones, knives, sticks have been deployed to attack me on my way. Immediately, I informed police officials in the district. The police did not take any action.”

“I spoke to the commissioner of police as well. He too was avoiding me. I was amazed to see police behave indifferently towards BJP,” he alleged.

“My vehicle was stopped on the way, as expected. The TRS mob surrounded me and BJP karyakartas. TRS workers started pelting stones and have injured many BJP Karyakartas. This entire incident was a planned conspiracy by the Telangana Police and TRS goons which was hatched on Tuesday and there is no safety here,” he alleged.

The BJP leader said that he was scheduled to meet the farmers at Nandipet mandal.

“Just because I was going to the to meet the farmers, they chose to attack me,” he added. (ANI-Image Instagram)

TRS MLA’s son booked after 4 members of family die by suicide


Kothagudem (Telangana) [India]: TRS MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao’s son has been booked after four members of a family died by suicide.

One victim named Ramakrishna before dying by suicide alleged that by taking advantage of his helplessness, the TRS MLA’s son asked him to send his wife for a night to fulfil his sexual desires, said Sunil Dutt, SP Kothagudem.
Deceased Ramakrishna before dying by suicide said in a video, “A TRS leader Vanama Raghavender Rao, son of TRS MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao told me something that no husband would want to hear. He ordered me to bring my wife to Hyderabad leaving my kids behind if I wanted to solve my problems. He said otherwise your problems will continue and no one can help you. As soon as you bring your wife to Hyderabad your problems will get solved or else you’ll not get a single rupee from the assets you have got.”

According to Sunil Dutt, Superintendent of Police, Kothagudem, in a telephonic conversation stated that the victim and deceased named Ramakrishna in a video alleged that he was asked by MLA’s son to send his wife to him. Later, he brought petrol, poured on his family and lit them on fire and after that, he died by suicide.

Immediately, after receiving information a case has been registered Under sections 302, 306 & 307 IPC and the police took up investigation. He further added that TRS MLA’s son has been booked and eight teams have been deployed to arrest him. (ANI)

Telangana reports 1,052 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana reported 1,052 COVID-19 positive cases and two deaths on Tuesday.

The state reported 10 new Omicron cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases of the new variant of COVID-19 to 94, informed the Telangana government.
Out of the 94 cases of Omicron reported, 37 have recovered till now. The number of recoveries recorded on Tuesday stood at 240 taking the cumulative recoveries to 6,75,132.

The death toll due to COVID-19 stood at 4,033 while the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases stood at 6,84,023.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Telangana government announced that schools and educational institutions in the state will remain closed from January 8 to January 16.

This decision was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to review the pandemic situation in view of the COVID-19 cases rising sharply in Telangana.

The Chief Minister in the meeting had directed State Health Minister Harish Rao and medical officers to strengthen all types of infrastructure in government hospitals in the state and equip existing beds, oxygen beds, medicines and testing kits as required in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.

The Chief Minister also told people not to panic about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and urged them to be constantly vigilant and take self-control measures. He called on the people to remain vigilant at work and wear masks and abide by the COVID-19 rules issued by the government. (ANI)

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar arrested in Karimnagar


Karimnagar (Telangana) [India]:Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was arrested by Karimnagar police on Sunday evening during a protest, informed local police.

The arrest came after Kumar was taken into custody by police while he was holding a protest in Karimnagar demanding the resolution of teachers’ problems in the state.
“The arrest of Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay is highly condemnable and amounts to the murder of democracy. He was peacefully staging a protest following all COVID protocols in his office. Police forcibly entered his office & manhandled him,” said BJP National President JP Nadda.

“K Chandrashekhar Rao government has gone mad seeing BJP’s victory in recent bypolls and the support that our party is receiving in the state. We will take all legal and democratic recourse against the police action,” he added.

“Condemn the high handedness of Telangana State Police and the arrest of Bandi Sanjay Kumar ahead of Jagarana Deeksha,” tweeted V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs.

“I condemn the arrest of State President Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other BJP leaders to foil the Jagarana Deeksha in Karimnagar, which was undertaken to demand withdrawal of Government Order 317 on the employees’ transfer policy,” tweeted BJP leader N Ramchander Rao.”

“This Government Order is anti-employees & teachers in government service,” he added.

Six Naxals killed by security forces in encounter on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India], December 27 (ANI): At least six Naxals have been killed in an encounter that took place in the forest area of Kistaram PS limit in the border area of Telangana and Chhattisgarh on Monday.

“Around six Naxals have been killed in the encounter with security forces on the border area of Telangana and Chhattisgarh. It was a joint operation of Telangana, Chhatisgarh police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),” said Sunil Dutt, Superintendent of Police, Bhadradri Kothagudem.
“The operation is still continuing, we are monitoring the situation,” he said.

Further details are awaited.

Telangana Congress president accuses BJP, TRS governments of “robbing common people”

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]:Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and MP A Revanth Reddy on Saturday accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Governments of “robbing people by imposing various taxes.”

He alleged that BJP-TRS Governments have looted Rs 32 lakh crore from common people in the last eight years.
While addressing a massive public meeting at Chevella crossroads after completing a 10-km padayatra, Reddy said, “Congress president Sonia Gandhi had given a call for agitation against anti-people policies at the Centre and in Telangana to highlight the plight of common people due to rising inflation. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were also leading the agitation in different parts of the country. The padayatra was part of a nationwide “Jana Jagran Abhiyan” by the Congress party against the rising inflation.”

The TPCC Chief announced that two TRS MPTCs Kavali Sujatha and Sattaiah have joined the Congress party in protest.

“The BJP, TRS Governments have been robbing the people for the last eight years by imposing various taxes. They have looted nearly Rs 32 lakh crore from the common people in the form of various taxes. A litre of petrol used to cost Rs 60 in 2014 under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. But now its price has increased to Rs 108 per litre. The actual price of petrol should be Rs. 40-45 per litre. But people are being forced to pay Rs 108. Similarly, an LPG cylinder worth Rs. 400 is being sold for over Rs. 1,000,” said Reddy.

He said that under Congress rule, people used to buy a bag full of goods by carrying an amount in their fist. But now the situation has reversed. Under the BJP and TRS regime, people are carrying a bag full of money just to buy a handful of grains.

He further said that farmers have also suffered due to the increase in the prices of diesel which they use to operate their tractors. “The BJP and TRS Governments were not ready to purchase the produce of farmers. Many farmers died while waiting to dispose of their paddy in Telangana State,’ he added.

Reddy slammed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) for not reducing the VAT on the prices of petrol and diesel. He said that KCR tried to downplay the rising inflation while the fact remains that not only essential commodities, but even the liquor prices have increased multifold which is paid by the people in the form of Excise Duty and other taxes.

He announced that the Congress party would continue its agitation until the BJP, TRS Governments purchase every grain produced by the paddy farmers.

Earlier, Digvijay Singh said that the Congress party was fighting for the poor people by raising voices against the rising inflation. He said the prices of fuel and all essential commodities have increased manifold ever since BJP came to power. He alleged that the central Government was working only for the benefit of a few big industrialists while neglecting the welfare of common people. (ANI)

Telangana quite successful in attracting investment from US, Europe: KTR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: In the last seven and a half years, Telangana has been extremely successful in attracting lots of investments from the United States and Europe as well, said IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday.

KT Rama Rao addressed the industry leaders at the German Investors’ Summit held at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Walter J Lindner, German Ambassador to India, German counsel general Karin Still, Stefan Halusa, Cyient Founder and executive Chairman, executive chairman BVR Mohan Reddy and Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan participated in the Summit.
In the presence of Minister KT Rama Rao and Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India, Government Of Telangana and LiteAuto GmbH signed an MoU. According to the MoU, Liteauto GmbH will invest Rs. 1,500 crore in Telangana to establish an advanced design & manufacturing facility.

Telangana has $33 bilion investments in last 7 years.

Rama Rao, while talking to ANI, stated that as part of attracting more investment to Telangana, a number of sessions have been held with various nations. Last month, an interactive session was held with the French investors, followed by the German investors this month. He said that he was delighted to host ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany Walter J. Lindner. “More than 30 enterprises which have roots in Germany have joined us”, the Minister said.

“Delighted that we could explain to them the various facets of attractiveness when it comes to investing in Telangana including our single-window clearance model which promises all clearances in 15 days. Deemed approvals, self-certification, attractive package of physical incentives, but more importantly deeper engagement and partnership that Telangana offers”, he said.

KTR said, in the last seven and a half years, Telangana has been extremely successful in attracting lots of investments from the United States and Europe as well. Even in Covid pandemic times, the government of Telangana hopes to attract substantial investment. The make in India campaign which the Central government talks about is also very attractive to overseas investors.

“Post-Covid world, it’s very important from the organisational perspective to have different manufacturing locations as companies have started looking beyond China. Thus, India will be a very important destination for investment and I firmly believe that in India, there are few states that can compete on a global scale to attract these investments. Telangana certainly is on the top to compete- be it the availability of land, water, power or physical incentives or train, manpower or good connectivity to the rest of the world,” the Minister said.

Telangana also has a stable government and able leadership. In a way, Telangana tops all the charts and so, if you are looking at India, then Telangana will ensure the best of experience to you”, he added. (ANI)

43 students of medical college test COVID-19 positive in Telangana’s Karimnagar

Karimnagar(Telangana) [India]: At least 43 students of Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences in Bommakal village of Telangana’s Karimnagar has tested positive for COVID-19, said District Medical Health Officer on Sunday.

“43 students of the institute had been tested positive for COVID-19. The college is yet to update us with further details,” said DMHO.
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the Telangana stood at 3,787, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

The cumulative recoveries so far recorded are 6,69,157 in Telangana while the cumulative death toll so far stood at 3,999.

Chandrababu Naidu breaks down, vows to re-enter assembly after coming back to power

Amravati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu broke down on Friday while addressing a press conference, saying that the YS Jagan-led ruling party in the state has been doing revenge politics in the state since it came into power.

Covering his face with both his hands, Naidu was seen weeping inconsolably. He had earlier walked out of the assembly and vowed to re-enter the House only after he becomes the Chief Minister again. 

Naidu, 71, alleged that the ruling party members in the assembly made abusive comments about his wife during a debate on women empowerment on the second day of the winter session. 

The former AP CM likened the Assembly to ‘Kaurava Sabha’ and decided to boycott it till 2024 in protest against ‘ugly character assassinations’ by YSRCP ministers & MLAs,” the TDP in a statement. 

He said that he has never been humiliated and insulted in such a manner throught his decades of political experience. “The opposition leaders are being targeted,” he added. 

“This is a dharma poratam (just battle) against the atrocious rule of the YSRC. I will go to the people and seek their support. If people co-operate, I will strive to save the state,” the TDP chief said.

Earlier in the state Legislative Assembly, the Leader of the Opposition said in an emotion-filled tone that the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led party had been continuously casting a slur on him for the past two-and-a-half years.

“I have been bearing the insults for the sake of people, but remained calm. Today, they have targeted even my wife. I always lived with honour and for honour. I can take it no more,” Chandrababu said.

Though he continued to speak, Speaker Tammineni Seetaram cut the mike even as the ruling party members called Chandrababu’s remarks a “drama”.

The former Chief Minister vent his frustration following an acrimonious exchange of words between the two sides in the House during a short discussion on the farm sector. Later, he held an impromptu meeting with his party legislators in his chamber, where he reportedly broke down. Stunned TDP legislators consoled Chandrababu, after which they all came back into the House.

Chandrababu then announced his decision, but that did not go on record, even as he left in a huff. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who later came into the House, said the Opposition leader’s behavior and words were nothing but a drama.

“Chandrababu only seeks to derive political mileage out of everything. It is very unfortunate. His drama was visible to all eyes, though I was not inside the House at the time,” Jagan observed.

“Yes, Chandrababu Naidu’s condition, and that he is in frustration, is known not only to me, but also to everyone in the state. People of the state have openly rejected him. Even in his own Kuppam constituency, he, unimaginably, faced people’s rejection,” the Chief Minister remarked. He said the YSRC legislators did not speak anything about the (opposition leader’s) family members.

“It was Chandrababu himself who spoke about my family members (slain uncle, mother and sister) and there was no reference to his family from our side. The House records clearly prove that,” Jagan added.

But Chandrababu himself over-reacted and became emotional. “Not only that, he went on to take a vow. We all have seen that. But ultimately, God will be observing all this from above,” the Chief Minister said.

Centre ignoring people of Telangana for Padma awards, alleges CM KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday alleged that the BJP-led Centre has been ‘ignoring’ the people of Telangana for the Padma awards.

Addressing a press conference here today, Rao said, “Centre is not giving Padma awards to people of our state, they’re are ignoring us.”
A total of 119 persons were conferred with Padma awards 2020 by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital today.

The list of 119 Padma awardees comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri.

Former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj were posthumously honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.

Other dignitaries who were awarded Padma Vibhushan include boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth GCSK, classical singer Chhannulal Mishra and Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (posthumous).

Awardees for the Padma Bhushan include businessman Aanand Mahindra and badminton player PV Sindhu.

Padma Shree awardees include Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, singer Adnan Sami, filmmakers Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor and social activist Harekala Hajabba.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards are given to people for their outstanding work in various fields of society, mainly in the fields of art, literature, medicine, sports, education, social work, public work and business. (ANI)

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