Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced Padma Shri award for one individual from each ASEAN country, to bolster ties with the 10-member bloc. This can be seen as a move to promote India-ASEAN ties under New Delhi's Act East Policy.
The decision to confer the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, on one achiever from each ASEAN country came as the national capital hosted the landmark ASEAN India Commemorative Summit on Thursday.
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List of Padma awardees from ASEAN countries:
1. Malai Haji Abdullah Bin MalaiHaji Othman of Brunei for medicine
# Founder, Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER ) Brunei.
#Deputy President of Council Welfare of Person with Different Ability (CWPWDA)
#Developed Low-Cost Low-Tech AAC call I-Voice
#Medals awarded –P.I.K.B.P.J.P.P.J.K.P.K.L
2. Hun Many of Cambodia for public affairs
# Cambodia’s Youngest Parliamentarian (Representative of Cambodian’s People Party)
# President of Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia
# Among the 19 laureates of Gusi Peace Prize (2015) for Youth Leadership and Humanitarianism
# Led Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia
# Fourth child of Prime Minister Hun Sen (Longest serving PM 32 yrs)
3. I NyomanNuarta of Indonesia for Art
# Indonesian sculptor and one of the pioneers of the New Art Movement (1976)
# Known for works like Garuda WisnuKencana Statue-Devoted to Hindu god Vishnu (Badung, Bali), JalesvevaJayamahe (Surabaya) Monument, and Proclamation Indonesia (Jakarta) Monument.
4. BounlapKeokangna of Laos for Art
# Deputy Director-Vat Phou World Heritage Site (2007-2015)
# Helped in restoration of Shiva Temple of Bhadreshwara, known as Vat Phou along with ASI
# After retirement also he continues to be informally associated with ASI team restoration process.
5. DatukRamli Bin Ibraham of Malaysia for Art
# Classical Oddisi Dancer and trainer since 40 years
# SangeetNatakAkademi Award (2011)
# Performing Bharatnatyam in Chennai since 37 years.
# Established Sutra Dance Theatre at Malaysia.
# Runs an Odissi production called Ganjam-based on Tridhara which is a combination of Tribal, Folk and classical styles
6. Dr Thant Myint-U of Myanmar for public affairs
# Historian, Author
# Former advisor to Mayanmar President (TheinSein)
# Founder-Yangoon Heritage Trust, a non-governmental organization to conserve historic building in Yangoon
# Special Advisor-Mayanmargovernment at the MayanmarPeace Centre
# Author of the critically acclaimed 4 books including – "The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma” and "Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia”
# Fukuoka Prize (2015)
#Named by the Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the "100 Leading Global Thinkers” of 2013 and by Prospect Magazine as one of 50 "World Thinkers” of 2014
Career in UN
# Served in three UN peacekeeping operations
# Human Rights Officer in the UN Transitional Authority for Cambodia in Phnom Penh (1992-1993)
# Chief Spokesman- UN Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia, based in Sarajevo (1994)
# Political Advisor-Office of the UN’s Special Representatives for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996)
7. Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III of Philippines for Trade and Industry
# Chief Executive Officer and President of RFM Corp (publicly listed food and beverage company since 1980)
# Presidential Adviser to President Duterte – Appointed by the President as the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship (PCE) (2005 - 10 & 2016 - Present)
# Hailed by Forbes Asia as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy (2011) – mentored young underprivileged entrepreneurs and inclusive development
# Established Go Negosyo, an advocacy unit of (PCE) which aims to alleviate poverty by empowering entrepreneurs (2006 – Present)
8. Tommy Koh of Singapore for public affairs
# Ambassador – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
# Chairman, Governing Board, Centre for International Law
# Fr. Co-Chairman India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue, China-Singapore Forum, Japan-Singapore Symposium (For 10 years)
# President – Third UN Conference on the Law of Sea (Closely associated with the adoption of UNCLOS)
# UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to various countries
9. SomdetPhraAriyaWongsaKhottayan of Thailand
# The Supreme Patriarch of Thailand (Trained as Monk at the age of 10)
# Graduated from MahamakutBuddhistUni
# Monk from the DhammayuttikaNikaya
# Masters from BHU (History and Archaeology)
10. Nguyen Tien Thien of Vietnam
# Secretary General – National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha since 2005
# Demonstrated that Buddhism came to Vietnam directly from India rather than China
# Regularly takes large groups of Vietnamese Buddhist pilgrims to India and educates them about historical and civilisational linkages between the two countries
# Current Vice-Chairman, Vietnam-India Friendship Association
# Vice Rector, Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute and Vietnam Buddhist University, Hanoi.
In a first, the Republic Day parade today will be attended by 10 heads of state from ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations-- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.