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62 Manipuri children receive National bravery award
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 14
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Published on 14 Feb. 2010 11:32 PM IST
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A total of 62 children of Manipur won the national bravery year in the four decades since 1962, said officials of State Council for Child Welfare on the felicitation function of the two children of the state who won National Bravery Awards for 2009 on Sunday. Km Maibam Prity Devi and Thoi Thoi Khumanthem were among the 21 children of the country who were conferred National Bravery Awards for 2009. Priti received the prestigious Geeta Chopra Award. Speaking on the occasion, chairman of the council said that since 1962, the State Council for Child Welfare has been recommending state children for the award and till date 62 children had been selected for the award. However, he expressed concern over the raise in trafficking of children from the state and appealed parents and guardians not to handover their wards to unregistered children homes without the consultation of the council. “Parents and guardians need to be aware of those luring them with good education. Luring parents and guardians of poor families with false promises are usually done in the name of religion by traffickers,” he observed. Eleven-year-old braveheart Maibam Prity Devi, in March 30, 2009, saved many precious lives when she threw away a grenade hurled by militants at her shop in Mayang Imphal Bazar in Imphal west. Recalling the incident, Priti said that it happened when she was near her mother dealing with customers. ‘Despite my mother’s warning, I picked up the grenade and threw it away thinking that if it exploded inside the shop, none will survive. The bomb exploded outside the shop. Myself and seven others nearby were wounded by splinters,” Priti told reporters at the gathering recalling the incident. He received the Geeta Chopra award and handed over by the President of India on the occasion of Republic Day celebration 2010. Eight-year-old Thoi Thoi Khumanthem, youngest of all awardees jumped into a pond to save a four-year-old boy from drowning even though she didn’t know how to swim in April 15, 2009. Thoi Thoi recalled and said “When I saw a pair of shoes floating in the water. I jumped into the pond and fished out the boy.’’ She herself swallowed some water and was given first-aid by her mother who is a doctor.

 
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