KERALA

Padma award winners from Kerala

High honour: (from left) V. Ramachandran, Padma Bhushan award winner; M. Leelavathy and T.K. Oommen, Padma Shri; Air Marshal Y.R. Rane, Param Visishtha Seva Medal; and Hari Nath Mishra and P. Reghu, President’s police medal.

High honour: (from left) V. Ramachandran, Padma Bhushan award winner; M. Leelavathy and T.K. Oommen, Padma Shri; Air Marshal Y.R. Rane, Param Visishtha Seva Medal; and Hari Nath Mishra and P. Reghu, President’s police medal.  

Thiruvananthapuram: Prominent Keralites are among those who have won the Padma awards this year. They include Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief E. Sreedhar who won the Padma Vibhushan and T.K. Oommen (education) and V. Ramachandran (civil service) who won Padma Bhushan. Malayalam playback singer P. Susheela has also won the Padma Bhushan.

Keralites who have won Padma Shri are Moozhikkulam Kochukuttan Chakyar (art), P.K. Narayanan Nambiar (art), M. Leelavathy (literature), Manoj Night Shyamalan (art), Tony Fernandez (medicine), Yousaf Ali Musaliamveettil Abdul Kader (social work), and Vellayani Arjunan (education). — PTI



President’s police medal

Staff Reporter adds from Thiruvananthapuram:

The President has selected three Kerala police officials for the coveted President’s Police Medal for meritorious service on the occasion of Republic Day.

P. Suresh Babu, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau), has been selected for his integrity, dedication, investigative skills and professionalism in handling serious corruption cases. As Port Registration Officer (Thiruvananthapuram Airport), Mr. Suresh Babu detected more than 100 passport forgery cases and exposed the unholy nexus between lawbreakers in the travel trade and corrupt officials.

P. Reghu, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, was chosen for the award for crushing goonda elements during his long tenure in the law-and-order wing of the police. The selectors described Mr. Reghu as an officer untainted by corruption. They praised his investigative skills. Hari Nath Mishra, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, was chosen for the award for his prowess in investigating serious scams during his deputation as Superintendent of Police, Central Bureau of Investigation, Patna. Mr. Mishra was responsible for the successful investigation and prosecution of fodder scam, bitumen scam, muster roll scam, engineering scam, MSD scam and education scam cases during his tenure in the CBI. He was responsible for the arrest of M. D. Jalpuria, alias Mechani Chacha, wanted in the Mumbai serial bomb blasts, and later Rajesh Ranjan, alias Papu Yadav, in connection with the murder of a top political figure in Bihar.

Chief Minister’s medals

Some 157 police personnel have been selected for the Chief Minister’s police medals.

PVSM

Air Marshal Y.R. Rane, Air Officer Commander-in-Chief of Southern Air Command, has been awarded the Param Visishtha Seva Medal by the President on the occasion of Republic Day. The medal is being given in recognition of his most exceptional and distinguished service. This month, he was appointed the Honorary Air Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President.

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