KERALA

SPB and Mary Kom among awardees

Singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Olympic boxer M.C. Mary Kom are among the winners of V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Awards for Excellence for the year 2018. The Awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh and a trophy.

The awards were instituted in 2010 to commemorate the founder of the Manappuram Group. They are presented every year to eminent personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of arts and literature; Civil Servant achieving excellence in public administration; public representative achieving excellence in good governance; business excellence leading to development of society at large, and ecology and environment conservation. A new category called ‘excellence in sports and games’ was added in 2018.

Other award winners are: Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson, SEBI MF advisory committee & former chairman, State Bank of India; and V.J. Kurian, managing director, Cochin International Airport Ltd.

Function on June 19

The awards will be presented at a function to be held on June 19 at the Lulu International Convention Centre, Thrissur. Former judge of the Supreme Court Cyriac Joseph will be the chief guest.

Ms. Bhattacharya will deliver the V.C. Padmanabhan memorial annual lecture on ‘Modernising the Legacy—My Experiences at SBI.