Kalpana and 11 others awarded PB Samman
Late Kalpana Chawla, the Indian American astronaut who died aboard Columbia space Shuttle, is among 12 recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.india Updated: Jan 08, 2004 23:19 IST
Late Kalpana Chawla, the Indian American astronaut who died along with six other crewmembers aboard Columbia space Shuttle in February 2003, is among the twelve recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, 2004, the Govt announced today.
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will present the award to her husband Jean Pieere Harison besides eleven others at the second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas which begins on January 9.
The other recipients of the award include Justice Ahmed Moosa Ebrahim of Zimbabwe, Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, Prof Dipak C Jain, USA, Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, Fiji, Dr Marian Chisti, Kuwait, Lord Meghnad Desai, UK, Narinder Singh Kapany, US, Shashi Tharoor, US and Sukhi Turner, New Zealand.
The award, instituted by Govt of India last year, is annually given to eminent Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) for their meritorious contribution in different walks of life.
The nominations for the award are invited from countries where there are sizeable number of NRIs and PIOs. This year there were more than 100 nominations for the award.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
The three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas jamboree, which begins Friday, will be attended by more than 1,500 NRIs and PIOs from 16 countries. Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana who will be the chief guest, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Deputy Prime Minister, Mauritius, Dr Basdeo Pandey, former Prime Minister Trinidad & Tobago and Satveer Chaudhary, State Senator, US are some of the prominent ones among them.
The gala function meant to tap the ever-growing Indian diaspora, despite being hugely participated by 2,000 Indians last year, had come under flake for its mismanagement. This year, it seems to have lost not only some of its sheen but is also witnessing a lesser participation.
Noble laureate VS Naipaul, who created ripples with his statements last year, will be conspicuous by his absence this year. He is learnt to have withdrawn his name at the last moment.