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Awards for the brave & talented

Shillong, Jan. 21: Three distinguished personalities an eminent folklorist, traditional music composer and teacher, a renowned social worker and the first woman from Meghalaya to conquer Mt Everest will be presented with the Meghalaya Day Awards, 2014.

Silbi Passah, an eminent folklorist, traditional music composer and teacher, will be bestowed the U Tirot Sing Award for art and literature while Skylance G. Momin, a retired IPS officer, who is now the leader of the nokma (village head) council in Garo hills, has been selected for the Pa Togan Sangma Award for social service.

Wansuk Myrthong of the 1st Meghalaya Police Battalion, who became the first woman from the state to scale Mt Everest last year, will be bestowed the U Kiang Nangbah Award for sports. These awards were announced today during the Meghalaya Day celebrations here. The awards, comprising a citation and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each, are usually presented during the Republic Day celebrations.