Governor unfurls national flag, takes the salute at R-Day fete
A total of 19 departments took part in the pageantry of floatsStudents belonging to four schools and three colleges presented cultural programmes
CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala unfurled the national flag and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi presented the gallantry awards as part of the 58th Republic Day celebrations here on Friday.
Mr. Barnala took the salute at the ceremonial march past followed by flypast by aircraft. Two Indian Coast Guard helicopters showered petals on the function venue.
Contingents from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Ex-Servicemen, Central Reserve Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Railway Protection Force, Chennai City Police, Mounted Police, Tamil Nadu Commando Force, Tamil Nadu Fire Service, Home Guard, NCC and Bharat Scout took part in the march past.
Mr. Karunanidhi distributed Anna Medal for Gallantry-2007 to D. Kannan of Manaseri village in Sivaganga district and posthumously to R. Narendran of Okkiyam Thuraipakkam in Kancheepuram district; Jeevan Raksha Padak Award to M. Maria Leo Shajan of Kalkulam taluk in Kanyakumari district; Ameer Communal Harmony Award posthumously to Vincent Abubacker; Gandhi Adigal Police Medal to R. Murugesan (Assistant Commissioner, Prohibition Enforcement Wing, Tiruchi); A. Saraswathi (Sub-Inspector, K.V.Kuppam, Vellore district; and A. Paulraj (Head Constable, Prohibition Wing, Tiruchi).
Students belonging to four schools and three colleges and artists from the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, and Information and Public Relations Department presented cultural programmes.
A total of 19 departments, including Agriculture, Cooptex, Cooperation, Environment, I&PR, Tourism, Police, Rural Development, Corporation for Development of Women, Industries, Horticulture, Adi Dravidar Welfare, Postal, TNEB, and Fisheries, took part in the pageantry of floats highlighting various schemes being implemented by the Government.
While the float of the Rural Development Department won the first prize, Information and Public Relations Department's float bagged the second prize. The third prize was awarded to Industries, Health and Family Welfare and Horticulture Departments.
Among the schools in Chennai, which participated in the carnival, Children Garden Girls' Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, was adjudged the best. The second and third prizes went to Corporation Girls' HSS, Nungambakkam, and S.B.O.A Matriculation HSS, Anna Nagar. In the colleges category, Quaide Milleth Government College for Women bagged the first prize and M.O.P.Vaishnav College for Women (autonomous) the second prize. Ministers, legislators, officials and diplomats of various countries attended.
The Governor hosted tea for dignitaries in the evening and distributed prizes to the winners.