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21 Andaman & Nicobar Islands Named After Gallantry Awardees

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On the occasion of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose’s 126th birth anniversary, which is also celebrated as Parakram Diwas, the 21 largest unnamed Andaman and Nicobar Islands were named after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the event which was organised to give recognition and honour to the war heroes. 

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The unnamed islands have been named after Major Somnath Sharma, Subedar and Honorary Captain Karam Singh, Second Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane, Naik Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, Capt GS Salaria, Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa, Subedar Joginder Singh, Major Shaitan Singh, Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid and Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore. 

The list also includes the likes of  Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Major Hoshiar Singh, Second Lt. Arun Khetrapal, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Naib Subedar Bana Singh, Captain Vikram Batra, Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, and Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav (Retd).

The Prime Minister’s Office stated that the largest Island will be named after the first Param Virk Chakra awardee, followed by the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so on. 

It also added that this is being looked at as a step to pay tributes to those who fought to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. 

“The central government has taken this initiative to honour the Param Vir Chakra awardees. Of the 21 islands, 16 are located in North and Middle Andaman district, and five in South Andaman,” an official said.

PM Modi said that the “islands named today after Param Vir Chakra awardees will be the site of inspiration for generations to come


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