New Delhi, April 2: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be conferred with the Padma Bhushan today by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at an investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapathi Bhawan here.

Alongside Dhoni, billiards champion Pankaj Advani will also be conferred with the Padma Bhushan.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh  hosted a dinner and addressed them at an interactive session. He said that the country was proud of all the Padma Awardees as they had a major contribution in the nation’s progress.

Congratulating them, he said  that their self-less service was locally recognized till now but with these awards it received national recognition.

The first lot of 43 awardees of the Padma awards 2018 were honoured at a special function held on March 20.