It's that time of the year when the country honours children who overcame heavy odds to script extraordinary tales of valour.
A 13-year-old Kerala girl who saved two children from drowning and a 10-year-old Uttarakhand boy who fought off a leopard to save his sister's life are among the 23 bravehearts who will receive national bravery awards for 2010 on the eve of Republic day.
Jismi PM, 13, has been conferred with the prestigious Geeta Chopra award, while Priyanshu Joshi's, 10, courage has fetched him the Sanjay Chopra Award.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hand out the awards, two of which will be given posthumously.
Eight of the awardees are from the Northeast. As is customary, all of them will take part in the Republic Day parade.
Vishnudas K, 17, from Kerala, Moonis Khan, 15, from Madhya Pradesh and Ipi Basar, 16, have been given the Bapu Gaidhani awards for saving precious lives.
Vishnudas saved two children from drowning, Khan rescued an old man from getting run over by a train and Basar saved two persons from getting charred.
Other recipients are Kalpana Sonowal and Rekhamoni Sonowal (Assam), Rahul Kurrey and Parvati Amlesh (Chhattisgarh), Anoop M and Raj Narayanan (Kerala), Rohit Maruti Mulik (Maharashtra), Md Nurul Huda (Manipur), Freedy Nongsiej and Lovelystar K Sohphoh (Meghalaya), Lalmawizuali (Mizoram), Gurjeevan Singh (Punjab) Late Chhampa Kanwar and Shrawan Kumar (Rajasthan), Bibek Sharma (Sikkim), Uttam Kumar (Uttar Pradesh), late Shruti Lodhi (Uttarakhand) and Sunita Murmu (West Bengal).
The National Bravery Award Scheme is an initiative by the Indian Council for Child Welfare to give recognition to children who show exceptional courage and perform meritorious service to inspire others to emulate their example.
The children will get a medal, certificate and cash under the scheme, apart from financial assistance till they complete their schooling.
The government has also reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.