Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia, at 6,960.8 metres, was Arunima’s 5th successful summit of the Mission 7 Summits. Arunima started climbing the mountain on December 12, 2015 and accomplished her mission on December 25. With this, Arunima has created a world record by becoming the first female amputee to climb 5 mountains of the world. Located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, Mount Aconcagua is also known as second Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. A former national volleyball and football player, Arunima had lost her left leg in a train accident in 2011 after she was pushed out of a running train by robbers.
UPSC topper Ira Singhal, the 31-yr old Delhi based woman, who has topped the civil services exam in 2015, and dominated the headlines on news channels and social media platforms. And why not? The woman has topped an exam that is believed to be the hardest exam in the country. Every year millions of IAS aspirants appear, and only a few manage to crack it. Ira’s tale of sheer grit and will power is an inspiring one.
What makes Ira’s achievement all the more applaudable is the fact that she did it despite a physical deformity that could break down the toughest of us. Due to this very reason, she was refused a post in the IAS department, despite having cleared the most coveted exam. Yes, she cleared the IAS exam in 2012, but the authorities cited her “inability to push, pull, and lift” as reason to refuse her a post.
Sania Mirza won as many as 10 WTA doubles titles in 2015, including the Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slams. Nine of those titles came with Swiss partner Martina Hingis, who joined hands with her in March and the two have been an unstoppable force in WTA circuit. The duo were named World Champions by the International Tennis Federation last year. Based on her spectacular performances the tennis star, Sania Mirza was conferred with country’s most prestigious and highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2015. Mirza became the second tennis player to receive the country’s most coveted sporting award after Leander Paes.
The charismatic badminton sensation Saina Nehwal had a phenomenal 2015 starting with the Syed Modi India Open Grand Prix title where she beat current World No 1 Carolina Marin. She then recorded her best finish at the All-England championships where she lost in the final to Marin. Her maiden title win at the India Open Super Series assured her of the World No. 1 rank in April, becoming the first Indian women to get the numero uno status in badminton. We hope for another fantastic year for Saina in 2016.
An amazing talent, Aditi Chauhan became the first Indian to play in the English Premier League after signing for the London club West Ham United as a goalkeeper. But just recently she outdid herself by becoming the first woman in the history of India to receive the Woman In Football Award at the Asian Football Awards held in London.
After completing MBA from Pune, Chhavi Rajawat has worked for various multi-nationals including Times of India, Carlson Group of Hotels, and Airtel, before she actually realised the need to bring about a change at the grass-root level to make real diffrence on the ground. She returned back to her village, Soda, in Rajashthan’s Tonk district to become India’s first woman Sarpanch with MBA degree. Since then, she has been working to bring better water, solar power, paved roads, toilets and a bank to her village.
Well done Dr. Ruveda Salam, it was a moment of pride for her family when she scripted history by becoming the first Muslim woman from the remote Farkin village in the border district of Kupwara to have cracked the prestigious IAS examination back in 2013. What started out as a dream that her father and she collectively shared from her growing up years soon became reality through Ruveda’s dedication, hard work and steely perseverance. After qualifying for the UPSC, she was then allotted the police services and joined the police academy in Hyderabad for training. However, after the completion of her training, the lone Muslim woman police officer was put in the Tamil Nadu cadre.
India’s ace archer and former World No. 1 recurve archer Deepika Kumari found a spot in the list of the top 5 archers of 2015. Her biggest achievement last season was clinching the silver medal at the Archery World Cup Final in Mexico City. It was her fourth silver medal from this event. Besides that, she was also a part of the silver medal-winning recurve team at the prestigious World Championships and also added the bronze in Antalya World Cup as well as the mixed team silver from the Wroclaw World Cup.
25-year-old NL Beno Zephine was a probationary worker at State Bank of India, but all changed when the External Affairs Ministry informed her that she had officially been inducted into the 69-year-old Indian Foreign Service. A postgraduate in English from Madras University, Beno is extremely excited about the various opportunities she will get to speak in public as a diplomat. Beno had cleared the civil services exam last year but clarifications about her posting had been pending.
This budding athelete from Tripura became the first Indian to participate in the finals of World Gymnastics Champioship and registered a score of 14.900 points in the women’s vault qualification in the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow followed by a women’s vault bronze model which she clinched at the Asian Championships 2015 held in Hiroshima, Japan. She received the prestigious Arjuna Award for her achievements.
Compiled by – Media Team