Three girls from the Kashmir who shine in Taekwondo, china

The Kashmir valley region is famous for its picturesque natural beauty, this land is filled with natural beauty but it does not end here.

Kashmir is way above than nature and its beauty. Since Kashmir is our talk how can we forget to discuss about the recent achievement of Kashmir in China. Recently, three girls from Kashmir won millions of heart by giving a thunder shot performance in Macau open Taekwondo championship in china. After such a major win in China India is really celebrating and these girls have become a common name on every Kashmiri`s mouth.

What is Taekwondo?

A game which has now become a necessity for self-defence was originated in Korea. This game has a strong history and it’s one of the oldest form of Martial art. This game got its name by the way it is practiced. Tae is foot, Kwon means hand and Do means art which literally means the way of foot and fist.

Taekwondo started in Kashmir at a very low level and it took a lot of efforts to make the people aware about the benefits from this sport. But once it made its reach to people they started taking interest in it and girls were pushed forward to learn Taekwondo. Many Taekwondo training classes started in Kashmir to empower girls. This showed really good impact and brought laurels to the valley. We feel really proud in saying that this valley indeed is filled with many talented people which is taking our country to another level.

Gems of Taekwondo from Kashmir

Three girls from the valley shine in the Taekwondo in China and made the name of nation internationally. Hearts were filled with pride of those parents who saw their daughters making the nation proud. Well, definitely its time to shout out loud for these super talented girls.

Manar Mushtaq, Momina Manzoor and Mehsoon Fatima these are the three names that created sensation in Taekwondo, China. Well, age is just a number if we are talking about these girls. Manar Mushtaq is studying in class 4th and she is completely dedicated to make a future in this sport. A class 4th girl has done miracle and became so famous at a very small age. While at the same time Momina Manzoor is also an amazing kid, she is a student of Doon International School. She is also just in standard 7th and she is also a dedicated Taekwondo player. Mehsoon Fatima who hails from Leh is also a student of Doon International School and she is born player. She has a lot of interest in football, basketball and cricket also she has been into sports since her childhood. Manar Mushtaq and Mehsoon Fatima bagged silver in Taekwondo in china. While on the other hand Momina Manzoor also received award at this event. Coming from average background they showed the world that you need dedication and a lot of hard work to build and bring out the best person from you. It was not an easy task but they accepted the challenge and proved that nothing is impossible if your will power is strong. Parents of these girls are the real heroes who supported their child without letting a hurdle come into the ways of their daughter.

They fulfilled the dream of their daughters as if it was theirs. Today the whole country is inspired by these kids who did wonders and they surely going to create more wonders in future. We really wish them all the success!

Afsan Ashiq- The Journey Of Kashmiri Footballer from Attacker to Defender

Kashmir is not only rich in picturesque views and cultural heritage but also a hub of talented people. It fills me with immense pride when Kashmir is in news not for violence and blood shed but for its ample opportunities of development. Kashmiri’s fondness for sports is ever increasing and Football has our hearts. Today I am amazed to know about Ms. Afsan Ashiq who has made a name in Football, is now one big face from Kashmir. I would like to quote a beautiful line which summarises her story.

“Sometimes in the wind of change we find our true direction.”

Her picture while pelting stone at Army became viral. Under the destructive influence and as a misguided youth she was part of stone pelting. In the view of development, the trend for women’s football in Kashmir goes back to 2007 and Nadiya was the first female coach of women`s football club in Kashmir. This was the turning point for Afsan stood strong against all the odds and decided to do something valuable with her life. Her self-realization proved a path of success and better life.By changing her life, she became inspiration for others as well. The efforts of the state’s women team were also recognised by Home Minister Rajnath Singh who met them and paid attention to their demands The Government of Kashmir will be now taking initiatives to plan a better sports infrastructure.

From attacker to defender, it`s all about the journey and struggles of Afsan and how she made her way through everything. Afsan’s story is another example of homecoming. Hope more Kashmiri youth specially the misguided youth, follow suit. The joy of becoming a captain of J&K and getting into national women`s football team is empowering. We already were hearing a lot of news from last few days that how Kashmiri female football club is making a huge name and the efforts of players are worth appraisal. They are learning every possible technique of Football to excel in the field. Female Football club is the new trend setter. After cricket, football can be the next sport with which people have a better connection. As they say that in India cricket is a religion but football is a way of life. We appreciate Afsan that she chose her way of life so well that it led her to her success and she is motivating others from Kashmir to follow their passion without giving a second thought to it. This young Kashmiri talent proved that dreams and dedication are powerful combination. New Age Kashmir wished that she achieve all she deserve and desire for. All the success to this new champion of valley.

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Ladakh is one such place in India that leaves us awestruck, so do the people! Chewang Norphel is one such name that has created wonders in the beautiful land of Ladakh. He is also known as “Ice Man of India” because he has created more than 15 artificial glaciers in Ladakh.

He is an 81 years old civil engineer who is currently working for the welfare of Ladakh. Coming from a middle-class family, Norphel never compromised with his education and made it his priority. He was a student of Amar Singh College in Srinagar of science stream. Thereafter, he went to Lucknow for his further studies and completed his diploma in civil engineering in 1960 from Lucknow. After completing his diploma in 1960, he returned to Ladakh and joined the rural development department of Jammu & Kashmir in Ladakh. After working for 35 years in this department, in 1995 he took an early retirement due to health issues. During his service period he has constructed major dams, roads and schools in Zanskar, a small place in Ladakh.  Construction in Zanskar was a challenging task because of the lack of skilled labor, so, he also trained the native of Zanskar for help.
“It gave me a great pleasure. I was happy to see that a little support from my side had changed their lives,” Norphel said.

The Ice Man Of India - Chewang Norphel - Newagekashmir

He was a keen observer and a problem solver.
As, Ladakh faces very limited rainfall (about 50mm) in the whole year. So the local farmers suffered from shortage of water during the cropping season. As a native of Ladakh, it was painful for Norphel seeing the people of Ladakh struggling with the need of water.  In 1996, while working on a non-government project- leh Nutrition project, he came up
with the idea of building Artificial Glaciers for water conservation.  His idea was very new to the people of Ladakh and people were not convinced by this concept. People took his idea as a joke but he proved them wrong. Today, he is known as the “ice man” because he believed in his concept and created more than 15 artificial glaciers.

As they say, worked hard in silence and let success make the noise.
The Ice Man Of India - Chewang Norphel - Newagekashmir” The idea of Artificial glaciers came to Chewang Norphel’s mind, when he saw that water dripping from tap froze after coming in contact with the ground. Putting this idea, he conserved the water that melted from glaciers during winters through underground pipes. Those underground pipes are connected through steep valley which helped the water to flow. The pipes are kept in the form of fountains near villages, coming in contact with -20 degree air the water that comes from the pipe freezes and hence form the artificial glacier. While on the other hand he made canals and diverted the stream of water so that it could be supplied to all nearby villages. His hard work and engineering skills successfully gave birth to first artificial glacier.”

The Ice Man Of India - Chewang Norphel - Newagekashmir
The idea was to keep the glaciers very close to the village so that farmers could get the required amount of water during the sowing season. He initiated his project in Phutske village in Ladakh. The height of these glaciers were kept at low heights as compared to the natural glaciers so that the artificial ones could melt quickly. His largest artificial glacier is at Phutske village whose height is 1,000ft, 150 meters wide and 4ft in depth. This artificial glacier can supply water to the entire village. The cost of construction for this glacier was about INR 90,000.

The Ice Man Of India - Chewang Norphel - Newagekashmir
Chewang Norphel set an example for the people around the world, and proved that concrete ideas and determination to work for it, can simply change everything. He was also awarded by Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2015. He got a new identity and became an example for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. All we can say about him is that he found himself when he lost himself in the service of others.

Lonestar Kashmir F.C : For those who choose football over anything!

‘Lonestar’ means a single-star that outshines all the others, which is the official name given to the first professional Football Club in Kashmir.

“There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, BUT with hard work and teamwork there will be no limit!” This is perhaps the most perfect line of this article. Success has
nothing to do with talent, at the most it will set your foot on the door of opportunity, but the truth is that no matter how talented you are, your passion always pays off. And those who follow their passion shines brighter.

Football is a game of DARE, and the dare is not to lose! In face of odds, Kashmir holds a history when it comes to football. Let’s unfold the story of football in Kashmir. Football is one of the sports that
have grown exponentially in the beautiful valley of Kashmir in no time. The craze of this sport is rapidly increasing among youngsters!

The trend of playing football in Kashmir is from the era of Maharaja Hari Singh, but during that time it was limited to a very few people in Kashmir. Football is one sport that can never go out of trend. While every Indian state was preparing their football club, Kashmiri youth were also getting ready with their football boots to give a knockout challenge to other teams. Lone star football club finally made its debut in Kashmir. The youth and the children who were longing for this game in Kashmir finally got a platform. Lone star is associated with Jammu & Kashmir football association. In the year 2013, Lone star was registered with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after becoming prime
sponsors. It became the professional football club of Kashmir and was also registered under private company as per the licensing criteria of AIFF.

Kashmir lone football club fc - NewAgeKashmir

Lone star Kashmir is fast becoming the name on every youth’s lips. It plays a pivotal role at the dawn of a new era in football in Jammu and Kashmir. The club provides a shelter to the footballers of Kashmir and made them a part of its success. Finally, the longest dream of becoming professional footballers was coming true.

The office of lone star Kashmir FC, started from Barzulla, Srinagar. The club is the face of growing talents. The introduction of Lone Star in Kashmir changed the views of people of Kashmir. Parents who opposed their kids to opt for football as their career are now proud of their achievements. With an initiative to promote football in Kashmir, the football association gave some amount of money to each player. That was a way to generate employment in Kashmir through this sport. Those who wanted to follow their passion now started making themselves more capable to get selected into Lone star. The no. of players in this football club is 22 and are the best trained footballers from Kashmir,
foreign and other Indian states too. They all are from different backgrounds but that is not what matters, when you are dedicated enough to follow your heart and passion.
Kashmir lone football club fc - NewAgeKashmir

The football club has now made a name in the competitors list. This football club is accepting the daunting challenges thrown at them and is also giving fruitful results. The club has appointed some of the best MBBS Doctor, Physiotherapist, media manager, finance officer and marketing manager to its league. Now, the squad is all set to give tough challenges to other state teams at national level.
As far the secretariat is concerned Mr. Iftikhar A. Lone is the owner and the chairman of the club, Farman A Lone and Mr. Z.A. Thakur is the director, Mr. N.A. Khan .the former president is the Executive director of the club and Majid Yousuf is the secretary general manager of the
club. They are the main members of the secretariat. Mr. Hilal Rasool as the head coach has served a lot to this club. The under-19 team also gave remarkable results. The club has also qualified for the Santosh trophy.

So far continued efforts have been taken day-to-day to achieve such encouraging results. The baby steps taken are now getting converted into footprints leaving an impact on every footballer as well as spectator. With the help of Lone Star Kashmir Football Club, we would need just a football and a field to play the game and win laurels for the country.