Vice-President to open Pazhassi Raja martyrdom day function

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Kozhikode, Dec 22 (UNI) Vice-President M Hamid Ansari will inaugurate the 202nd martyrdom day celebrations of Pazhassi Raja, who fought against the British, at a function here on December 26.

As part of the celebrations, Mr Ansari would give away the coveted Pazhassi Raja memorial award to several eminent personalities in divergent fields, Charitable Trust Chairman P P Pramod Kumar told reporters here today.

Those who have been selected for the award included former Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice V R Krishna Iyer, agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, industrialist P N C Menon and actors Suresh Gopi and Jagathi Srikumar.

The award carried a statuette and a citation, he said.

The trust would hold a national meet of Parliamentarians at Kappad beach, near here, next year and honour Non-Resident Keralites, who had contributed for the development of the State at another function in New Delhi. The dates would be announced later, he said.

The Trust urged the Centre to name the proposed Kannur airport after Pazhassi Raja.


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