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PSC Class 115: Keralites in Higher Positions

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1. Justice KG Balakrishnan is the first malayalee chief justice of Supreme Court. He is the 37th chief justice of Supreme Court.

2. Dr John Mattai is the first keralite to become cabinet member of central ministry. He handled the departments of Railway and Finance in first cabinet of Nehru.

3. VK Krishna Menon is the first keralite to become central cabinet minister in Defence department. The second keralite to become Defense Minister is AK Antony.

4. The second malayalee to handle the position of Railways in central cabinet is Panambilli Govinda Menon. CM Stephen is the malayalee to become cabinet minister in broadcasting department.

5. The malayalee to become central cabinet minister in Employment department is Raveendra Varma. The Malayalee to become Cabinet Minister in Central Civil Supplies department is AK Antony.

6. K Karunakaran is the malayalee to become cabinet minister in Central Industrial Department. Vayalar Ravi is the malayalee cabinet minister in foreign affairs.

7. CM Stephen is the first keralite to become approved opposition leader in Parliament. KR Narayanan is the keralite to become Rajyasabha chairman. AK Gopalan is the unofficial malayalee opposition leader of first lok sabha.

8. C Balakrishnan is the first malayalee to get Arjuna Award. The Award is for his brilliance in mountaineering (1965).

9. KC Eliamma is the first kerala woman to get Arjuna Award (for Volley Ball in 1975).

10. OM Nambiyar (1985) is the first keralite to get Dronacharya Award.

11. KM Beenamol (2002 - 03) is the first malayalee to get Rajiv Gandhi Khelratna Award. Anju Boby George is the second malayalee to get this award (2003 - 2004).

12. Thiruvalla Pappan and Kottayam Sali were the first keralites to get Gold Medal in Asian Games. (Both of them were Football team members who got Asiad gold in 1951). TC Yohanan is the malayalee to get gold for first time in the individual game of Asiad (1974, Tehran). AD Valsamma (1982) is the first malayalee woman to get gold medal in Asian Games (1982).

13. CK Lakshmanan (1924) is the first malayalee to participate in Olympics. Manual Fredricks is the only keralite to get Olympics Medal. He is also the Goal Keeper of the hockey team who got Bronze Medal in Munich in 1972.

14. Sardar KM Panicker is the first malayalee to be nominated in Rajya Sabha.

15. Tinu Yohanan is the first player from Kerala to play in Indian Cricket Team.

16. The first malayalee to become Supreme Court Chief Judge is Justice P Govinda Menon.

17. Dr KG Adiyodi is the first keralite to become a member of Union Public Service Commission. Dr VN Rajasekharan Pillai is the keralite to become chairman of University Grantz Commission (UGC).

18. Charles Dias is the first keralite to be nominated in Lok Sabha.

19. The first keralite to get selection in Indian Cricket Team to play in World Cup is S Sreesanth.

20. The first keralite to become a State Governor in India is VP Menon.


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