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President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented Padma Awards to 43 persons including cricket legend M.S. Dhoni in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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According to a release, the Padma Bhushan - the third highest civillian honour - was presented to five people-- Dhoni, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin (posthumously), Indian artist Laxman Pai and folk singer Sharda Sinha while Padma Shri was awarded to 38 people.
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Cricketer MS Dhoni and billiards player Pankaj Advani during a Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 2, 2018. Both Advani and Dhoni have been conferred with Padma Bhushan. Credit: IANS
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Indian cricketer MS Dhoni during a Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was conferred with Padma Bhushan on April 2, 2018. Credit: IANS