12 April 2016 Current Affairs GK: President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Padma awards to the remaining 56 eminent personalities from various fields in a civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.The President presented five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards at the function.The name of the recipients, who were honored with Padma Vibhushan- Superstar Rajnikant, classical singer Dr Girija Devi, journalist Ramoji Rao. Singer Udit Narayan, and tennis player Sania Mirza have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan. Actor Priyanka Chopra, writer Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah, among others have been honoured with the Padmashree.Earlier in March, 56 eminent personalities were honoured with the Padma awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.The government had announced Padma awards, one of the highest civilian awards in the country, for 112 eminent persons on the eve of Republic Day.The Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954. These awards have been announced every year on Republic Day. The award is given in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.Padma Shri is awarded for ‘distinguished service’.Padma Bhushan for ‘distinguished service of a high order’.Padma Vibhushan for ‘exceptional and distinguished service'.The award seeks to recognize work of any distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements or service in all fields of activities, such as Art, Literature and Education, Sports, Medicine, Social Work, Science and Engineering, Public Affairs, Civil Service, Trade and Industry etc. All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. Toltal list of awards : Padma Vibhushan : Founder of Reliance Industries late Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani (posthumous),Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Jagmohan,Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,Indian-American economist Avinash Kamalakar Dixit,Renowned dancer Yamini Krishnamurti.Padma Bhushan : Actor Anupam Pushkarnath Kher,Badminton star Saina Nehwal,Former CAG Vinod Rai,Industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry,Architect Hafeez Sorab Contractor,Educationist and Journalist Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard,Scientist Alla Venkata Rama Rao,Gastroenterologist Duvvur Nageshwar Reddy.Padma Shri : The 43 awardees who will receive the honour today include:Actor Ajay Devgn,Filmmaker Madhur R Bhandarkar,Scientist Dr Mylswamy Annadurai,Archer Deepika Kumari,Celebrated chef Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi,Classical musician Pandit Tulsidas Borkar,Social worker Ajoy Kumar Dutta,Folk tale artist Bhikhudan Govindbhai Gadhvi ,Dr Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale,Film director Naresh Chander Lal,Ashok Malik,Mahesh Chand Mehta,Social worker Dr Sundar Aditya Menon ,Haldar Nag,Social worker PP Gopinathan Nair,Dr TV Narayana,Professor Predrag K Nikic,Subhash Palekar,Filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda,Advertising professional Piyush Pandey,Journalist Pushpesh Pant,Businessman Dilip Sanghvi,Folk dancer Gulabi Sapera,Dahyabhai Shastri,Onkar Nath Srivastava,Late Shri Prakash Chand Surana (Posthumous),Prahlad Chandra Tasa,Chandrasekar Shesadri Thoguluva,Professro (Dr) Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav,Dr Nayudamma Yarlagadda.