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Friday, 14-December-2018

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BALKRISHNA DOSHI - INDIAN ARCHITECT BAGS PRITZKER PRIZE

37 weeks ago
Architect Balkrishna Doshi has been named this year’s winner of architectures’ highest honour - the Pritzker Prize, becoming the first Indian to do so. Balkrishna is a nonagenarian architect and reputed urban planner. His designs include the IIM-Bangalore; Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad; cultural spaces in Ahmedabad such as Tagore Memorial Hall, the Institute of Indology, and Premabhai Hall; and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad), among many others. The architect also designed Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), which currently accommodates over 80,000 individual...
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YATHAARTH M - THE 11-YEAR-OLD ‘ANTHEMOLOGIST’

38 weeks ago
This young boy has in his memory National anthems of 215 countries and he can sing all of them. The interesting thing is out of these about 100 are not in English. 11-year-old Yathaarth M of Bengaluru has a special hobby, and he is hoping to create a record soon. He is only in sixth standard, but has memorised the National Anthems of 215 countries. The son of architects Shilpa and Spoorthy N M, Yathaarth got into this strange hobby after the following incident. His music teacher had taught him the tunes of national anthems of Japan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. When he asked the teacher to teach anthems of other nations, t...
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ROHIT DEY - COUNTRY’S BEST DRONE FLYER

38 weeks ago
Bengaluru youth Rohit Dey completed a seven-minute task of carrying ammunition to soldiers in a war zone in just 51 seconds. This lad is now the country’s best drone designer and operator. Dey is a first year BSc student at Christ University who has been developing and flying drones from a very young age, bagged the first place along with a cash prize of Rs 75,000/- at the ‘Technex 2018’ of IIT (BHU) Varanasi for designing and flying a quadcopter with the mission objective of supplying payloads containing ammunition, medical kits and food to soldiers at ground zero in a war zone. The participants ...
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MAHATMA GANDHI - AUCTIONED! MAHATMA GANDHI’S AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO

39 weeks ago
A signed vintage photo of Mahatma Gandhi, walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya, fetched $41,806 at an auction in the US. Signed in fountain pen, ‘MK Gandhi’, the rare photo was taken after the second session of India’s Round Table Conference in London in September 1931. The photo dates to a period when Gandhi, suffering from pain in his right thumb, opted to write with his left hand, a temporary inconvenience that lasted from Reverse of photo bears two Associated Press of Great Britain copyright stamps, as well as collector’s ink notations identifying Malaviya and the date. M...
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JUSTICE GITA MITTAL TO BE CONFERRED ‘NARI SHAKTI’ AWARD

39 weeks ago
Justice Mittal is one of the 30 individual awardees who have been selected for the Puraskar. “President Ram Nath Kovind will present awards at a special ceremony to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan on International Women’s Day on Thursday,” the press statement said. “To acknowledge women’s achievements, the government of India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of women empowerment. “This year, 30 individual awardees and nine institutional awardees are selected for these Puraskars. The Ministry of...
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AVANI CHATURVEDI - FIRST MIG-21 FEMALE PILOT OF INDIA

40 weeks ago
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo. Ms Chaturvedi on Monday flew a MiG-21 Bison, which has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world. This was her first training solo sortie and she flew it for 30 minutes in Gujarat’s Jamnagar airbase, an Indian Air Force official said. The fighter stream was opened for women in 2015 and Avani Chaturvedi, along with two other women - Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth - were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016. The three women have since then undergone strenuous training programme to fl...
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ARUNA REDDY - MASTER GYMNAST WINS WORLD CUP

40 weeks ago
The Gymnastics World Cup 2018 in Melbourne will go down in history as India got its first ever bronze medal in the women’s vault event.  The feat was achieved by Aruna Reddy, who finished after Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysslef and Australia’s Emily Whitehead, with a score of 13.649. A total of 16 countries were part of the World Cup series event this year. The vault, made famous throughout India by Dipa Karmakar, once again proved the launch pad for a woman gymnast from the country. This time, it was for this lesser-known training partner of the Tripura girl known for her fondness for the death-defying Prod...
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GULAM JEELANI - FIRST KASHMIRI IN AFPP FELLOWSHIP

41 weeks ago
In a first, a Kashmiri journalist has been chosen for a fellowship in the US funded by a foundation started by prominent Indian-American entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Frank Islam and his wife Debbie Driesman. Gulam Jeelani is a Delhi-based Kashmiri journalist who covers politics, development and socio-economic issues for a renowned media house. He has now become the first Kashmiri journalist to have been awarded the Alfred Friendly Press Partners programme (AFPP) fellowship that brings journalists from around the world to the US for a six month programme. The programme includes training at the Missouri School ...
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RAJ SHAH - THE BRIGHTEST IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

41 weeks ago
Raj Shah, the Deputy Press Secretary of President Donald Trump, addressed a media briefing at the White House, becoming the first Indian-American to do so. Shah, 32, was filling in the shoes of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who was away on a vacation. Ahead of his briefing, Sanders took to Twitter and described Shah as “one of the best and the brightest in the Trump administration”. Shah was asked questions about Trump’s thoughts concerning legal immigration as it affects Indian immigrants, and those applying for Green Cards through the normal route, as well as on lifting the ...
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Skydiving in nine-yards sari

42 weeks ago
35-year-old Pune adventurist Shital Rane-Mahajan has set a new record by becoming the first Indian to skydive sporting a colourful “Nav-wari sari”. This Padma Shri laureate, and mother of two sons, was able to skydive twice from an aircraft at a staggering height of around 13,000 ft above the world-famous tourist resort of Pattaya on February 12, with strong winds from the Gulf of Thailand lashing all through her descent. With the International Women’s Day coming up next month, Shital said she wanted to prove that Indian women can not only carry the sari graciously in their routine lives, but can also use it for high adventure like skydiving. Reco...
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Indian teen sets swimming record

42 weeks ago
India’s Rohan More has become the first Asian swimmer and the youngest ever to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand. The teenager from Pune completed the feat in eight hours and 37 minutes. Starting from the North Island in temperatures of around 19 degrees Celsius, More battled inclement weather and sudden drop in temperature to complete the task. With this feat, More became the ninth person in the world to complete the Ocean’s Seven marathon. The Ocean’s Seven consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, which includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Cat...
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DEEPANJALI DALMIA - ‘HEYDAY’ TO THE RESCUE OF WOMEN’S HYGIENE

43 weeks ago
Having grown up and studied in women’s only institutions like Carmel Convent School in New Delhi for 14 years and Barnard College in Columbia University, New York, Deepanjali Dalmia always had a feminist drive within her. If there was one thing she was clear about- she wanted to do everything in her power to empower other women. Probably the push that made her quit her well-paying job as a financial consultant at Ernst & Young (New York) in 2015 and venture into the personal hygiene sector to start her own company – Heyday – a complete end-to-end biodegradable and organic sanitary napkin to help wome...