27 January 2017 Current Affairs: The Government of India on 25 January 2017 announced the Padma Awards 2017.
Padma Awards are conferred in three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
The Awards are given in various fields of activities, for example art, social work, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, public affairs, and so on.
In the list of awardees, eight eminent sports personalities of India received the Padma Shri Awards. These sports persons are:
Padma Shri Awards :
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Padma Shri is India’s fourth highest civilian award, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.
The awards are announced every year on Republic Day of the country.
Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity. However, some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India have also been honoured with the award. It was because of their contribution in various ways to India.
As of 2017, 2913 people have received the Padma Shri.