Tamil Nadu

Presentation of bravery awards mark Republic Day

The Republic Day in Tamil Nadu was marked by unfurling of the national flag by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala and presentation of bravery awards by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Mr Barnala unfurled the tricolour at the Marina Beach and took the salute of the three armed forces and other security agencies.

Anna Medal for Gallantry was presented posthumously to M. Suganthai of Nagapattinam district. Selvi Suganthai, a school teacher, saved 12 children when a van carrying 21 children into a roadside pond near Kethiripulam village in Vedaranyam Taluk. Before rescuing other children she was drowned in the pond. Her father Mariappan received the award on her behalf.

Another person who received the gallantry award is S. Kannan, a technical assistant working with the 108 emergency ambulance services. He jumped into the Vaigai reservoir to save a girl child thrown away by its mother. The gallantry awards included a gold medal, Rs 25,000 cash and a citation.

Kottai Ameer Communal Harmony award was given to Dindigul based K.A.Mohideen, who was instrumental in ensuring peaceful Vinayaka procession that went through a Muslim locality. He had also constructed temples for Lord Ayyappan and Kaliamman in the local area, besides constructing a Church. The award included a gold medal, Rs 25,000 cash and a citation.

Four officials were given Gandhi Adigal Police medals for commendable work towards curbing illicit liquor.

The award ceremony was followed by carnival of school and college students and traditional cultural programmes. Floats displaying achievements of various government departments also participated.

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