On the occasion of the Republi Day the government of India has announced the Padma awards. Veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao has been conferred with the second highest award Padma Vibhushan. He had earlier been honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Prof Koneru Ramakrishna Rao, chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and former vice chancellor of Andhra University has been conferred with Padma Shri award. The awards will be presented by President Prathiba Patil at a function to be held shortly.