|Consider the following statements regarding Bharat Ratna as the Republic of India's highest ' civilian award, given for the highest degrees of national service.|
|1. The award was established by Rajendra Prasad (President of India) in 1954.|
|2. The award has been conferred, so far, to two non-Indians.|
|3. As per the new amended rules, the award can now be conferred to sportsperson.|
|Which of the statements given above are correct?|
A) 1 and 2
B) 2 and 3
C) 1 and 3
D) All of these
Correct Answer: D
Solution :[d] Bharat Ratna is the Republic of India's highest civilia" award, awarded for the highest degrees of national service. This service includes artistic, literary and scientific achievements, as well as recognition of public service of the highest order. In 2011, the Minister for Home Affairs and Prime Minister of India agreed to change the eligibility criteria to allow sportspersons receive the award. The order was established by Rajendra Prasad, President of India, on 2nd January, 1954. The original statutes of January, 1954 did not make allowance for posthumous awards, though this provision was added in the January, 1966 statute. While there was no formal provision that recipients of the Bharat Ratna should be Indian citizens, this seems to have been the general assumption. Of the 41 awards so far, there has been one award to a naturalised Indian citizen Mother Teresa (1980) and to two non-Indians, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1987) and Nelson Mandela (1990).
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