Salute Mumbai Awards given away

MUMBAI: IN Mumbai, the city centric channel, presented this year's Salute Mumbai Awards 2004 in association with Indian Oil Corporation and Thyrocare to acknowledge the contribution of extraordinary people at a function held at St. Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra.

The award felicitates and recognizes people across categories from varied fields such as Social Service, Sports, Architecture, and people as diverse as Actors, Taxi Drivers, Postmen, and Firefighters.
Jagannath Hegde sheriff Mumbai presenting award to Karan Dingreja in special recognition of his academic accomplishments

The list of winners this year is a long one including Nelson Wang of China Garden who has received the Best Entrepreneur award. Ashish Choudhary got recognition as an upcoming actor while Mandira Bedi collected it for promoting cricket among women. Gwen Athaide received an award in the area of fashion modelling, whereas Purvi Sompura got recognised for her accomplishments in architecture, informs an official release.

Others to receive the award are John Fernandez for commercial arts, Riddhi Harlalka for excellence in fashion designing, Karan Dingreja for his academic accomplishments, Haadin Bawa for lawn tennis, Prof Alka Gogate for her contribution in AIDS awareness. Childline India Foundation also got recognition for its services among street kids of Mumbai.

Rest of the awardees include, assistant commissioner G South Ramesh Pawar for his contributions in improving civic services, Shanti Avedna Ashram, for services in social welfare and care of the terminally ill, taxi driver Sheshram Yadav for the integrity and dedication shown in his duty, Hemant Parab for exemplary services in the fire services department, A S Rane for exemplary services in the postal department and Bombay Natural History Society for contribution in conservation of environment and natural life.

Minister of state for home Kripa Shankar Singh gave away the awards and the other guests of honour included the Sheriff of Mumbai Dr Jagannath Hegde, Thyrocare Technologies ltd chairman and MD Dr A. Veluani and Indian Oil Corporation ltd DGM aviation captain S Srinivasan.

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