Nahida Manzoor- First Kashmiri Woman to summit Mount Everest

Nahida Manzoor- First Kashmiri Woman to summit Mount Everest

The road to success are challenging undoubtedly are challenging but the victory made it worthy of one. Nahida Manzoor made our state proud by becoming first Kashmiri Woman to successfully summit the World’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

She is a 23 year old residing in the Zeewan area on the outskirts.
Her father Manzoor Ahmad Pampori is a mutton seller and mother is a housewife. She has two more sisters. She was always passionate about mountains, since her childhood. Nahida along with her group had left from Everest Base camp for the summit and she made the successful summit of the peak.

Nahida Manzoor- First Kashmiri Woman to summit Mount Everest

Nahida completed her mountaineering courses from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which includes the Basic Mountaineering Course and the Advance Mountaineering Course. She also did a Special Mountaineering Course and a Method of Instructions course from the institute.
She collaborated with Transcend Adventures company for her maiden attempt to scale Mount Everest made the news about Nahida’s successful summit public.

“The Fourth summit of the day is Nahida Manzoor along with her Sherpa Guide Nima Kancha. Nahida hails from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The 26-year old lady has been passionate about the snow peaks and took to the mountains at a very young age,” Transcend Adventures posted on their official Facebook page.

Nahida Manzoor- First Kashmiri Woman to summit Mount Everest

She started crowdfunding for her summit and she got massive response from the sponsors, once this news was carried by TCI Max group and Greater Kashmir. TAs the news went viral Deputy Commissioner Srinagar also sponsored part of her expenses to promote sports persons from Jammu and Kashmir.

To support her many people came forward including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir. She tweeted “Kashmiris too have dreams & aspirations like everyone else. Somewhere between stereotyping & demonising them, human stories are lost. All of twenty three, Nahida Manzoor is the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest. More power to her & the youth of J&K.”

Nahida Manzoor- First Kashmiri Woman to summit Mount Everest

National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah who is National Conference leader and former chief minister also congratulated Nahida and two other Jammu and Kashmir police officers for summiting Everest.

“It’s a proud moment for our state and its people. I congratulate the trio who have successfully scaled the world’s highest peak. Moreover, the team also comprised of a girl. I congratulate her, and I believe that her achievement has the ability to transform a generation, as will do her male counterparts. They truly are an inspiration for others,” Omar said in a statement.

We hope just like Nahida Manzoor, youth of Kashmir will keep conquering their dreams and never ever give up on their goal. Till then we’ll keep bringing you inspirational stories like this.

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Dr. Ruveda Salam- First woman IPS officer from Kashmir

The State of Jammu and Kashmir is a land of immense talent. Every now and then, there is some or the other person who is setting an example not just for our Valley but also for the entire country. One such person is an IPS officer Dr Ruveda Salam. She is the first woman IPS officer from Kashmir. She cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams not just once but twice!

She is from Kupwara district of the Kashmir Valley. She comes from a place where most women of her age get married and start a family but this woman stood strong and pursued her dreams. When she was growing up, her father wanted her to become an IPS. So, it was him who motivated her and that’s what made her more determined about her goals.

Before this, she got into medical college. She completed her MBBS from Government Medical College in Srinagar. Instead of doing a post graduation in medicine, she chose to prepare for the UPSC. She cleared UPSC in the very first attempt in 2013 and got selected for Indian Police Service cadre.

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Now she has been working in Chennai as an ACP. “Being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. I am in a state where people respect the police. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration!” she says.

Ruveda used to give motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. She encourages the young girls in Jammu and Kashmir not to get confined around the walls. She had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad as well. The girls who attended the workshop were totally inspired from her.

Other than that, in her free time, she even writes poems. She likes Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. She jogs to be fit. She also likes to explore new places and speak to locals to know more about their culture.

Development will lead to peace in Jammu and Kashmir. “Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better,” said Ruveda.

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In 2018, the President of India facilitated 112 women achievers who have achieved a first in any field on 20th Jan 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Known as ‘First Ladies’, these women have been identified by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India. Dr. Ruveda Salam was one of the women who were on the list. She made the entire valley proud on her. She works for our valley in every possible way she can and make ensure that development and peace prevail in the state of J&K.

Son of BSF ex-head constable topped CBSE Class 12 in Jammu and Kashmir banner

Son of BSF ex-head constable topped CBSE Class 12 in Jammu and Kashmir

Result season of Class 12th and 10th is going on. Students are biting their nails and are curious about their results. Be it education, sports, extracurricular activities, the youth of our state has performed well in every department. We had so many achievements in the very starting month of January in the field of sports. And the wind is still the same, only this time the category has changed. Recently, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results of class 10th and 12th are out. People are going gaga over it. Students had performed tremendously well and our valley proud of them.

One such student who has become the topper of CBSE Class 12th result in Jammu and Kashmir is Vivek Mishra. He belongs to a humble rural background. He is the son of BSF ex- head constable. With a score of 97.80 percent by scoring 489 out of 500 marks he has made his family proud. He did his from BSF Senior Secondary School from humanities stream. In an interaction at his school, he dedicated his success to his parents and teachers. Moreover, he shared his tips and the success mantras with the students. He believes that doing the right things at the right time is all you need to be a winner.

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Even Inspector General of BSF Jammu Frontier, NS Jamwal congratulated Vivek and his parents for the success.

NS Jamwal said, “Students like Vivek are real gems and they inspire others to do better. It is a combined effort and hard work of students, parents and teachers together which has resulted in this exemplary achievement of the BSF School.”

Son of BSF ex-head constable topped CBSE Class 12 in Jammu and Kashmir banner

The principal of his school SK Shukla and BSF chief Rajni Kant Mishra also applauded him for the hard work he had done the entire year.

When asked for his further plan, he told he wants to graduate from Delhi University and then he will try for civil services exams.

Apart from him, seven students from JK Public School, Kunjwani, Jammu have also performed well. Anoushka Bhatnagar (Humanities) scored 96.4% marks, Khushboo Khajuria (Humanities) 96%, Riya Choudhary (Humanities) 95.8%, Aahwan Gupta (Commerce) 95.6%, Sanskriti Singh (Humanities) 95.4%, Aman Goswami (Non-medical) 95.2 % and Bhavini Sharma (Humanities) scored 95% marks.

SK Singh, the principal said,”This is a proud moment for the entire JKPS family. We at JK Public School are committed for the holistic development of our future leaders. Our alumni students are now representing J&K State in defence sector as army officers, film industry as actors, legal services as advocates, medical services as doctors, and in the research sector as scientists and engineers.”

Conquering in every field is what our Kashmiri youth is trying to do. A step at a time will take you to the road of success. And that’s the idea of New Age Kashmir!

Sangeeta Bahl to become the oldest woman to scale MtDenali

Sangeeta Bahl to become the oldest woman to scale MtDenali

“Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90…time is a concept that humans created.” ~ Yoko Ono

Age can never put any kind of limitation on our dreams. If you don’t mind, it won’t matter. And this is what Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl was inspired from. She is the first woman from the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the oldest woman to conquer the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (29,035 ft). She also broke the previous record of Prem Lata who had climbed the world’s highest peak back in 2011. And now she is all set become the oldest Indian woman to scale the highest mountain peak in North America’s Mount Denali.

Sangeeta Bahl to become the oldest woman to scale MtDenali

She was born in Jammu and was very ambitious since childhood. She was a former Miss India contestant in 1985 and was able to make it to the finals. She is also the founder and director of Impact Image Consultants which is based in Gurgaon. Previously, she has worked in the aviation industry. Also she has designed uniforms for few airlines. She got the idea of mountaineering from her husband who had successfully scaled the world’s highest peak in 2016.

Sangeeta’s journey started in 2017 but was not able to complete due to some health problems. Her husband kept her motivated all the time. Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa which 5,895m was the first mountain she climbed with her husband in 2011. Then the saga goes on. In 2014 she climbed Mt Vinson then Mt Aconcagua. When tried to scale Mt McKinley she got a knee injury. But still she was very determined to achieve what she wanted.

Sangeeta Bahl to become the oldest woman to scale MtDenali

When she applied for a mountaineering course at the Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering in Darjeeling, her application was rejected due to her age. She said “My application was rejected as I was above 40 years.” But she didn’t give up on her dreams. Her husband worked very hard to train her.

The highest mountains of each of the seven continents of the world makes seven summits. She had already climbed six summits and now all set to conquer the last one Mount Denali in North America. If she achieves this one successfully, which we hope she does, then again she will break the record of Premlata. She did her training in Leh. She said, “I have learnt how to navigate snow and ice crafting while being in Leh. I had a wonderful training in Leh.” Sangeeta has also turned vegan recently.
“My cause on this climb is veganism and stopping all cruelty to animals. I wish to spread my voice for the voiceless”, she added.

She is a big inspiration for all the people and taught us you are never too old to dream. We wish her the best of luck for the next mountain she is going to scale. Hope she makes our state and country proud, again!