Economy Mountaineer Bachendri Pal conferred with Padma Bhushan; Padma Shri for Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri Updated : January 26, 2019 10:50 AM IST The government announced names of the Padma awardees 2019 on the eve of the 70th Republic Day. The 64-year-old legendary mountaineer, who became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984, has been bestowed with the honour for "distinguished service of a high order". Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.