Ramakrishnan, Zakaria, Sheldon Pollock in Padma List

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Ramakrishnan, Zakaria, Sheldon Pollock in Padma List
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Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, journalist Fareed Zakaria and hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal are among 13 foreigners, NRIs and people of Indian origin to be selected for this year's Padma awards.

Ramakrishnan, a structural biologist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, in the UK, is the only one from the category to be selected for the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan in Science and Engineering.

Ramakrishnan, who deciphered the complicated functions of ribosomes in human body, won the Nobel prize for chemistry.

Editor of Newsweek international and author of several best sellers, including The Future of Freedom and The Post American World, US-based Fareed Zakaria is the only journalist to be selected for Padma Bhushan this year.

Hotel Magnate Sant Singh Chatwal, known as close confidante of the Clintons and their fundraiser, will also get Padma Bhushan in the Public Affairs category.

US-based Chatwal, who is Chairman of the Indian-American Democrats group, said, "I will continue to work painstakingly to make sure that I serve my country in the best possible way to ensure that India and the US remain friends."

Professor Tan Chung, one of the proponents for promoting Sino-India relations, has also been selected for Padma Bhushan this year in Literature and Education category. Considered an authority on Chinese history and Sino-Indian relations, 81-year old Chung had taught at JNU and Delhi University for many years. More

Professor at Stanford University Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj, known for his outstanding contributions to the theory and practice in wireless communication, has also been selected for Padma Bhushan in Science and Engineering category.

Former Chief of FMCG-major Hindustan Lever Limited, 54-year old Manvinder Singh Banga is one of the recipients for this year's Padma Bhushan in Trade and Industry category.

German Indologist Professor Hermann Kulke who is a regular visiting faculty to various Indian universities and Sanskrit scholar at Columbia University Sheldon I Pollock have been selected for Padma Shree in the Literature and Education category.

Spaniard Rafael Iruzubieta Fernandez, Bahrain-based B Raveendran Pillai, US-based social worker Sudhir M Parikh, UAE-based Dr J R Gangaramani and US based scientist Ponisseril Somasundaran are other recipients of the Padma Shree awards.

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