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NEW DELHI - Ten individuals from Asean, including Singapore's Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, have been chosen to receive India's Padma Shri Award.
Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh has been chosen to receive India's Padma Shri Award, one of the country's highest civilian honours.ST PHOTO: KELVIN LIM
The Padma Awards are among the highest civilian honours given by India, and the awardees are named annually on the eve of Republic Day. A total of 85 Padma awards were announced on Thursday (Jan 25).
Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, is given for "distinguished service" in various fields.
The move to pick awardees from all 10 Asean members is aimed at promoting India's ties with the bloc, reported Press Trust of India.
"In an unprecedented and symbolic gesture of India ASEAN bonding and on occasion of silver jubilee of India ASEAN partnership and our Republic Day, PM Modi announced Padma Shri award for one individual from each ASEAN country," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Thursday.
The Padma Shri awardees are Professor Koh, Cambodia's youngest parliamentarian Hun Many and Myanmar historian Thant Myint-U for the field of public affairs.
Malai Haji Abdullah Malai Haji Othman, the founder of the Society for Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources of Brunei, was cited for his work in the field of medicine.