Guwahati: Many distinguished personalities from various walks of life from the North East were awarded with prestigious Padma awards by President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. The oldest working journalist of India from Mizoram Lalbiakthanga Pachuau is being awarded by the President. President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Lalbiakthanga Pachuau for Literature and Education (Journalism). He is the oldest working journalist in India from Mizoram. At the age of 93, he has been editing a Mizo vernacular newspaper, 'Zoram Tlangau' in Aizawl since 1953
Assamese and Arunachali literature from Arunachal Pradesh Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi were awarded Padma Shri for Literature and Education. He is the founder president of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society which is engaged in a movement to spread the importance of literature amongst the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He is also the author of several remarkable Assamese novels.
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt Trinity Saioo for Agriculture. A school teacher by profession, she motivated farmers to grow Lakadong variety of Turmeric in West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.
President Ram Nath Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Kushal Konwar Sarma of Assam for veterinary Medicine. Dr Sarma is widely recognised as the "Elephant Man of Asia", and is known for his work in the field of wildlife healthcare, management and conservation.
Historian Prof Jogendra Nath Phukan is awarded Padma Shri by the President of India for Literature and Education. He is the founder president of the P.K. Buragohain Institute of Tai & Southeast Asian Studies at Guwahati. He is deeply involved in the study of history and culture of Assam.
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Oinam Bembem Devi of Manipur for Sports. She is the former captain of the Indian women's football team and is also known as "Durga of Indian football".
President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Dr S.C. Jamir for Public Affairs. A veteran political leader and Governor of many states, Dr Jamir is one of the founders of the state of Nagaland. Three times chief minister of Assam and veteran Congressman Tarun Gogoi is also awarded Padma Bhushan posthumously by the President of India.