Zee News â€˜Ananya Samman 2013â€™ Honoured â€˜Real Heroes Of The Nationâ€™ New Delhi: In line with its five-year long tradition of acknowledging and recognizing the contribution of military and paramilitary forces, Zee News, part of Nations largest news Network Zee Media Corporation Ltd. felicitated the heroes of the nation with â€˜Ananya Samman 2013â€™. This year Zee News honoured the personnel from forces, who have done remarkable work for our society. Param Vir Chakra Awardees were also honoured. At a well attended function at Taj Palace (New Delhi) people from all walks of life, including politicians, bureaucrats etc. were present in large numbers. Prominent amongst were Shri. Salman Khurshid, Honâ€™ble Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, Shri. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Honâ€™ble Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri. Lal Krishna Advani Senior Leader of BJP, Shri. Ram Vilash Paswan, President, Lok Janshakti Party and Shri. Sharad Jadav, President of Janta Dal United. Ananya means exceptional and Zee News believes in honouring those men who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives defending the nation and also honouring their families who feel their loss every second of their lives. Conceptualized in 2008, following 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Zee News â€œAnanya Sammanâ€ recognizes and salutes the exemplary courage and valour shown by the real heroes of India in thwarting the attacks by foreign infiltrators and domestic threats. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Alok Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, Zee Media Corporation Ltd. said, â€œWe respect Indian Armed forces who relentlessly guard the Nation, be it on the borders or at the time of internal crises. Zee Media as a responsible Media House understands its duty and feels proud to honour their unconditional support and dedication. Today, we take this opportunity to commemorate the brave army and para â€“military forces that protect our motherlandâ€. Mr. Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor, Zee News said, â€œBeing the oldest and the most responsible news channel we have enormous duties towards the Nation. We understand our role and through Ananya Samman we honour and acknowledge the great work done by the â€˜Heroes of the Nationâ€™ and share their exemplary acts of courage with millions of viewers. Itâ€™s our way to give back to society.â€ The â€œAnanya Samman 2013â€ felicitation ceremony commenced with an introductory speech. After the speech, felicitation of the real heroes begun along with an AV on their acts of courage. The event also featured some patriotic songs by the artists and concluded with a Vote of Thanks. Before the final conclusion, Army Band presented the National Anthem.