By Hindustan Times
A high-level committee today met to shortlist the names for Padma awards amid indication that yesteryear superstar late Rajesh Khanna may be conferred the country's second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan. Apart from Khanna, who passed away on July 18, renowned filmmaker of Sholay fame Ramesh Sippy is likely to be given Padma Shri on the eve of Republic Day next month, official sources said.
The committee, which includes Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pulok Chatterjee, Union Home Secretary R K Singh, actor Ratna Pathak Shah, scientist Anil Kakodkar, shortlisted the names of next year's Padma awardees at the meeting.
The names of awardees will be declared on January 25, 2013 after the approval of Prime Minister Manmohan