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Social worker honoured.

Byline: ANIQA HAIDER

A VOLUNTEER social worker who has dedicated 32 years of his life to the Indian community in Bahrain, was presented a prestigious award last night.

Cheeyancheri Rajagopalan Nambiar was presented with the Pravasi Association of Angamaly and Nedumbassery (PAAN) award.

The 60-year-old Batelco engineer accepted the honour from Indian scholar Dr K N Panikkar, in a ceremony at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant, Adliya.

Mr Nambiar, said he was thrilled that his efforts were being recognised.

"I am honoured by the recognition and would like to dedicate this award to Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF)," he told the GDN.

"I am happy to be recognised for what I have done to help my community in Bahrain.

"I would like to thank all my supporters, including the ambassadors and all the volunteers."

Mr Nambiar currently holds four senior positions in the community: he is general-secretary of the ICRF; Indian Community Services co-ordinator following up legal aid, relief and welfare services for the community; World Malayalee Council (Middle East and Africa Region) general-secretary and Indian School advisory council chairman.

He has previously held the posts of Indian School general-secretary, Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) president, Kerala Social and Cultural Association president and Co-ordination Committee of Indian Associations (CCIA) general secretary.

The father-of-two from Kunhimangalam, in Kerala, was selected by an award committee that included CCIA chairman John Iype, Migrant Workers Protection Society action committee head Marietta Dias, Prathiba Socio-Cultural Association former president Zubair Kannur, BKS general secretary Madhu Madhavan, PAAN president Francis Kaitharath, former president Poulose Pallippadan and general secretary Johny Thekkineth.

PAAN was formed in May 2006 to strengthen bonds among the large expatriate community in Bahrain and take part in charity activities.

Dr Panikkar, who is chairman of the Kerala Council for Historical Research and vice-chairman of the Kerala State Higher Education Council, arrived in Bahrain last night to honour Mr Nambiar and will stay here for a week.

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