The Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday in a ceremony awarded a total of 18 Bravehearts children with National Bravery Award for their courage and active mind in a difficult situation. While, three of these awards were presented posthumously to fearless children.
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi was also present at the event. While honoring these brave children PM Modi congratulated all the award winners, their parents and schoolteachers.
PM Modi said that after such recognition, future expectations from the awardees become higher than usual. He wished them well in their future endeavors.
Know about these year’s awardees below:
1. Netravati M Chavan:
The 14-year-old Netravati from Karnataka’s Bagalkot district was trying to save two young boys from drowning and in this attempt, she lost her life. On behalf of Netravati, her father Mahantesh Chavan will receive the award from PM Modi.
2. Karanbeer Singh:
A Class 12 student Karanbeer Singh from Gaguwal village in Amritsar saved lives of at least 15 when their school bus fell into a drain. The 17-year-old was on the bus along with his sister and others. As the bus was sinking he helped other children come out of the bus. In the whole incident, 7 students lost their lives while 13 suffered from injury.
3. F Lalchhandama:
F Lalchhandama along with his friends had gone to Tlawng river after writing a test. When his friends mistakenly slipped into the river the brave 18-year-old boy jumped into the river only to save his friend. But, sadly no one could be saved.
4. Betshwajohn Lyngdoh Peinlang:
A 14-year-old boy from West Khasi Hills saved his three-year-old brother, Arbius Lyngdoh Peinlang. Betshwajohn’s father, Disidarius Myrthong mentioned that the two brothers were in the kitchen when a fire broke out. To save his brother Betshwajohn jumped into the flames.
5. Mamata Dalai:
A six-year-old Mamata Dalai along with her sister Asanti Dalai went to take bath in a pond in Kendrapara district of Odisha which is when a crocodile attacked Asanti. Mamata instead of running from there bravely hold down Asanti hand and set her free from the crocodile’s grip.
6. Sebastian Vincent:
Sebastian Vincent from Kerala’s Alleppey along with his friend Abhijith was riding a bicycle when his friend fell on the railway track. As the train was approaching fast Abhijith was not in a state to move so Sebastian courageously rescued him.
A 16-year-old Laxmi Yadav, 17-year-old Gujarat girl Samridhi Sushil Sharma, Zonuntluanga from Mizoram, 16-year-old Pankaj Semwal, Nazia from Agra, Mansha N, N Shangpon Konyak, Yoaknei, Chingai Wangsa, Nadaf Ejaj Abdul Rauf, Loukrakpam Rajeshwori Chanu and Pankaj Kumar Mahanta are the other recipients of the award.
The Bravery Awards were first announced in 1957 and till date, they have been given to 680 boys and 283 girls. The awards carry a medal, a certificate, and a cash prize.
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