President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards to 47 prominent and inspiring personalities, including nine from sports. Among the sports stars to receive the honours are wrestler Bajrang Punia, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, football captain Sunil Chhetri.
Anna Hazare has been on a hunger strike since last Wednesday at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, demanding appointments of Lokpal and Lokayuktas and resolution of farmers' issue.
Actor Mohanlal, in an emotional post on his Facebook account, expressed his gratitude towards his fans and well-wishers for the love and blessings showered upon him in his 40 years of cinematic journey. This post was in the wake of him receiving the Padma Bhushan honour.