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Zaputuo-ü gets Real Heroes award

Yash Chopra, film producer, presenting the “Real Heroes” award to Zaputuo-ü Angami while Nita Ambani, president, Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, looks on in Mumbai on March 5. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Mar. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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KODH president Mrs Zaputuo-ü Angami was one among the 24 people conferred with “Real Heroes” by CNN-IBN news channel and Reliance Industries Limited. She is the lone awardee from the east India. Zaputuo-ü runs Kohima Orphanage, a home for destitute children in Kohima. For the past 30 years, children orphaned by militancy or abandoned by poor parents have found a loving home in the orphanage. Kohima Orphanage founded by Zaputuo-ü still stands as a symbol of love and strength for children without a home or parents. At present, the orphanage is housing 80 children from different parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Zaputou has, in true sense, set an example worthy of emulation by the society, stated a release. All the 24 were honoured at the ‘Real Heroes’- an annual celebration that felicitates and recognizes the triumph of the human spirit, in Mumbai with a trophy and also cash prize on March 5. Speaking on the initiative, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN18 Network said, “Real Heroes is a movement that acknowledges and felicitates those selfless individuals who are working quietly, away from the arc light. Through the awareness created by this initiative, IBN18 Network hopes to bring forth more such good souls to contribute extensively in making our society a better place to live.” Nita Ambani, president, Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, added, “Real Heroes in an initiative to honour the ordinary Indians who have shown extraordinary courage and determination to make a difference in other people’s life. We are proud to be associated with such a noble cause. We hope this initiative will encourage many more people to come forward and work for the welfare of the society”. The CNN-IBN editorial team, through its extensive reporter network in the country, has identified 24 ‘Real Heroes’ from across India (six from each zone) North, South, East and West India whose work can be classified under one of the following eight categories: Women’s Welfare, Social Welfare, Healthcare, Education & Children, Environment, Rural Development, Youth and Sports. Recognizing and acknowledging the contribution of these individuals, pioneers from various fields of the society were present at the award giving ceremony. The guests of honour were Mukesh Ambani, Aamir Khan, Yash Chopra and Krish Srikkanth who gave away the trophies along with Nita Ambani, the driving force behind this path breaking initiative. Other eminent personalities from different walks of life such as Madhur Bhandarkar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra from Bollywood, corporate Deepak Parekh, Adi Godrej and KV Kamath; Dhanraj Pillai from sports, Prahlad Kakkar, Alyque Padamsee and Prasoon Joshi from the advertising world, eminent scientist Dr R A Mashelkar among many others also attended the programme.

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