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PM honours 24 young bravehearts

delhi Updated: Jan 23, 2012 21:35 IST

Twenty-four young bravehearts were honoured with National Awards for Bravery by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for their acts of courage and meritorious deeds.

Singh gave away the Awards, five of them posthumously, at a function at his official residence attended by a large number of school children.

Adithya Gopal from Arunachal Pradesh, Kapil Negi from Uttarakhand, Saudhita Barman from West Bengal, Lovely Verma from Uttar Pradesh and C Lalduhawma from Mizoram were the posthumous awardees.

Nineteen other children, including eight girls received the awards from Singh at the function also attended by Gursharan Kaur, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and women and child development minister Krishna Tirath.

"I would like to congratulate all the children who have received the awards today. I am surprised to hear about your acts of bravery," Singh said.

The prime minister offered tributes to five bravehearts who gave their lives while helping others.

"The examples set by these children by their brave acts will continue to inspire others," he said.

Singh also assured all possible help to Om Prakash Yadav, who suffered burn injuries while rescuing his co-students when their school van caught fire in Uttar Pradesh in 2010.

Likewise, the prime minister also assured help to Sandesh Hegde, a deaf youngster, who saved the life of a girl who was drowning in a river in Siddapur taluk of Karnataka.

"Children are the future of our country. Hence, it is our foremost duty to ensure each child in the country is healthy, gets good schooling and childhood is full of joy," he said.

Students from the National Bal Bhawan -- Sai Likhita, Ramya, Suneeta and Shreshtha were among those who performed a cultural programme on the occasion.