International Women’s Day: Here are 8 women India should be proud of

first_imgIt indeed is a great news especially on the occasion of International Women’s Day that India is finally going to have women fighter pilots.Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh are the three officers who will create history by becoming the first Indian women fighter pilots in June this year.The trio is currently undergoing flying training at the IAF academy near Hyderabad and will join the fighter stream in the near future. But they are not the only one who have given the country a reason to feel proud. Here are 8 women India should be proud of!India’s first woman polo team ownerAfter being India’s first shoe designer, 42-year-old Rina Shah became the first woman in the country to own a polo team. Mutli-talented Rina is an athlete, a bharatnatyam dancer, kathak dancer and a shoe designer. She entered the polo circuit at the age of 38. She started learning how to ride a horse at the age of 38 and it took her a year to be comfortable at it. The sports enthusiast took a trip to Argentina for basic training in polo then. Photo: DNA She understood the nuances of the game in Jaipur and went to UK for further training. Rina had no qualms about entering a male-dominated arena and even shut her 12-year-old store to pursue her dream of travelling the world and playing polo.   Anjali Bhagwat Born in 1969, Anjali started shooting at the age of 21 and within only 7 days of training she won a silver medal at the National Championship of 1988. advertisementShe is the only Indian to win the ISSF Champion’s Trophy in Air Rifle Men and Women mixed event at Munich in 2002. Anjali became the World Number One in 10m Air Rifle in 2002 and also brought World Cup to the country.The shooting star has represented India in three consecutive Olympics, and was a finalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a first for any Indian women shooter. She became the first Indian woman shooter to get a gold and silver medal in the Sports 3P and Air Rifle events respectively.Anjali was awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel-Ratna in 2003 and Arjuna Award in 2000.Priyanka Jeet Toshi, the lone Indian female professional MMA fighter 23-year-old Priyanka Jeet Toshi is the first Indian fighter to have signed a contract with the overseas One FC. She is India’s only female professional MMA fighter. Priyanka started by competing in kickboxing competitions and had never imagined that she would be a professional fighter someday. Source: Facebook/Priyanka Jeet Toshi”While I was in kickboxing, I had never heard of MMA,” recalled Priyanka. While Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest rising sports in the world today, she feels that female fighters face a lot of obstacles in making a career in this sport.Hetal Dave, India’s first professional woman sumo wrestler27-year-old Hetal Dave was a management student but her journey to the wrestling ring is of a lot of hardwork and dedication. Despite standing at number five on the world charts, Hetal still have issues finding sponsors. She holds the top-most rank for professional sumo wrestling, Yokozuna and initially began practicing judo and it was her coach Cawas Billimoria who introduced her to sumo-wrestling. Source: womensblogHetal participated in her very first sumo-wrestling match in 2008. Since then there is no looking back and she has participated in Estonia, Taiwan and Poland representing India in global sumo competitions in two World Championships, one World Games and at the Asian Championships, where she ranks fifth in the women’s middleweight category at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.When four young women pilots tackled terrorismAmid the tension over ten terrorists sneaking into Gujarat, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) undertook aerial surveillance of the sensitive Indo-Pak maritime boundary.And an all-women crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot and an observer was sent for the aerial surveillance. ICG is the first among the four services under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to take such a lead. The consisted of Deputy Commandant Poonam Saini, as the lead pilot, Assistant Commandant Avantika Suryawanshi as the co-pilot and Assistant Commandant Nidhi Shukla as the observer. “Our training is basically an effort at blurring the lines. We operate not with women but men too and to reduce this identity is the effort. We would like to be known as officers, not women officers,” said  Nidhi Shukla in an interview to Mail Today.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Greg McElroy proved to be the difference maker for the Jets, throwing the go-ahead touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. I could spend the remainder of this column ripping the Cardinals offense. I could talk about how they only mustered five first downs and 137 yards of total offense. I could crack lame jokes about how they were 0-for-15 on third down conversions, or how according to ESPN Stats & Info, rookie Ryan Lindley was just the second quarterback since the merger to throw for less than 75 yards with at least 30 pass attempts. Lindley was 10-of-31 for 72 yards and an interception. I could also point the spotlight on a ground attack that mustered 81 yards — 40 of which came on run by safety Rashad Johnson on a fake point — against the league’s 30th ranked rushing defense. But we’re past the point of pointing fingers aren’t we?What’s needed are solutions, and unfortunately the only solution I can offer this season is to get Kevin Kolb back on the field as soon as he’s healthy enough to go. Sorry John Skelton fans, Ken Whisenhunt made it crystal clear after the game that Skelton wasn’t an option today and doesn’t appear to be one going forward. Top Stories As if an eight-game skid following a 4-0 start isn’t infuriating enough, how about a championship-caliber defense being wasted on this alleged offense the Arizona Cardinals are force feeding their fans on a weekly basis? Two weeks ago, the Cardinals defense forced six turnovers only to fall short in Atlanta. On Sunday against the Jets, Ray Horton’s unit came up with four more takeaways, including three interceptions (to go along with three sacks) against a hapless and ultimately benched Mark Sanchez. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 16 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “You always do what you think gives you the best chance,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s what we did.”Ouch. Kolb is the only quarterback on this roster that gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. They’re 4-2 in games in which he’s played this season, and at this point I don’t think anyone in that locker room would disagree with starting him.Aside from avoiding a 12-game losing streak to finish the season, the Cardinals also need Kolb back to see if he’s their guy going forward into next season. I have maintained all along that the Cardinals would have been fighting for a playoff spot if Kolb had managed to stay healthy. Based on how he started the season, I believe the losses to the Vikings, Falcons, Rams and Jets would have gone the other direction. That’s obviously a huge “but.”Kolb has had trouble staying on the field the last two seasons, which must also be taken into consideration. These next four weeks should be an audition for every offensive player not named Larry Fitzgerald, and every coach not named Ray Horton. The quote of the season came from Fitzgerald following the 7-6 loss Sunday. “You gotta laugh to keep from crying,” the All-Pro wideout said.There may be several grown men crying about a month from now. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more