Next How are the three Padma Awards different from each other?The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three separate awards given by the Government of India to exceptional Indian citizens. Here is how they are different.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 15:23 IST The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three separate awards given by the Government of Indian for oublic service.The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three separate awards given by the Government of India which seek to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. The Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954, and is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.How are people nominated for the Padma Awards?The state governments, union territory administrations, central ministries and departments, the institutions of Excellence etc submit the recommendations for the Padma awards.These nominations are then considered by an Awards Committee who give their recommendations.The Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day on the basis of the information secured from the awards committee, and after the approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President.The Padma Awards Committee is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).Here is how the three Padma Awards are different from each other.Padma Vibhushan:It is the second highest civilian honour of India is given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the government servants.The highest award in India is the Bharat Ratna.Padma Bhushan:This award is given to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation.advertisementPadma Shri:It is given by distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the Government servants.Various fields of work for which Padma Awards are givenAs per the government website on Padma Awards, here is a list of the fields which are considered for Padma Awards:Art (includes Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.)Social work (includes social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.)Public Affairs (includes Law, Public Life, Politics etc.)Science & Engineering (includes Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.)Trade & Industry (includes Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.)Medicine (includes medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.)Literature & Education (includes Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.)Civil Service (includes distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants)Sports (includes popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.)Others (fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.)Who are eligible or not eligible for the Padma Awards?All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, except doctors and scientists, government servants including those working with PSUs, are not eligible for the Padma Awards.Read: From Manoj Bajpayee to Gautam Gambhir: Complete list of all 113 Padma awardeesRead: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsRead: 8 major awards given by the Government of IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Padma awardsFollow Padma ShreeFollow Padma BhusanFollow Padma Vibhushan
Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sri Lanka’s top leadership including President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday and the two sides agreed that terrorism is a “joint threat” that needs collective and focussed action, weeks after the island nation witnessed the worst jihadi attack. Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks in April. His visit is considered as a sign of India’s affirmation of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the attacks. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistExternal Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the two leaders discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. A banquet was hosted in honour of Prime Minister Modi by President Sirisena. Modi also received a special gift, a replica of the Samadhi Buddha Statue, from “special friend” Sirisena. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi’s entourage made a detour to St Anthony’s church – one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attacks – on their way from the airport to the Presidential Secretariat, where a red carpet welcome awaited. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceModi paid tributes to the victims of the deadly terror strikes at the church and said the “cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka”. “I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” said Modi. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war ended in 2009. The Islamic State has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. After paying tributes to the victims of the Easter attacks at the Catholic church, Modi arrived at the President’s House where he was accorded a ceremonial reception. President Sirisena held an umbrella to provide cover to himself and Prime Minister Modi from rain. Modi also planted a sapling of an evergreen Ashoka tree at the President’s House. Prime Minister Modi held “fruitful discussions” with his Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Assured India’s full support to further strengthen bilateral development partnership including through people-oriented projects in Sri Lanka,” Modi said after his meeting with Wickremesinghe. Modi also held an extensive meeting with the Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed the need for close collaboration between the two countries in the fields of counter-terrorism, security and economic development. A Tamil National Alliance delegation led by R Sampanthan also called on Prime Minister Modi and congratulated him on his electoral victory. Modi termed his visit to Colombo “immensely fruitful”. Modi arrived in Colombo from the Maldives where he held wide-ranging talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday.