Archive | July, 2011

First Bihari Woman Who Scaled The Mount Everest

22 Jul

Nirupama first from Bihar to unfurl Tiranga on Mt Everest. Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey has become the first person from Bihar to climb the 8848 mt high Mount Everest. Ms Pandey performed the feat on May 25 this year.

A Bihar information department statement here today said Ms Pandey, a class-I, Gazetted Officer from Indian Air Force, presently posted to Air Force station, Rajokri, New Delhi under Headquarters, Western Air Command, New Delhi has achieved the distinction of becoming the first person from Bihar to unfurl the ‘Tiranga’ on the highest point of earth, Mount Everest.

In a telephonic talk, Ms Pandey said that she feels proud to be a Bihar resident who has scaled Everest.

Ms Pandey has made Bihar proud by not only becoming the first girl but also the first person from Bihar to reach the summit of Everest. With this remarkable achievement, Bihar has also joined the league of 14 other Indian states which has at least one Mount Everest summiteer to its credit.

Ms Pandey while climbing Mt Everest followed the South East Ridge route from Nepal which was used by Hillary and Tenzing in their first successful expedition to Mt Everest in 1953.

The team was flagged-in after the successful summit by Defence Minister A K Antony here on June 10.

Squadron Leader Pandey hails from Jamo-Jalalpur village of Siwan district of Bihar.

Born to Rajendra Pandey and Uma Pandey, the officer is married to Squadron Leader Prakash Jha, who is also a co-officer and also a qualified mountaineer.

The 30-year-young dynamic lady officer was part of first Indian Air Force all women officers expedition to Mount Everest which was flagged off by Air Marshal J N Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM Air Officer- in-Charge Administration here on April 13, this year.

Ms Pandey started her mountaineering career in 2007 by undergoing basic mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. The lady officer has several other mountaineering expeditions to her credit which includes Mt Stock Kangri (6121 mtrs) in Leh, Mt Kamet (7757 mtrs) and Mt Abhigamin (7357 mtrs) in Garhwal region and Mt Saser Kangri I (7672 mtrs) in Ladakh region.

The officer has completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya.

She attained graduate degree in commerce from Ness Wadia college, Pune and MBA from Wadia college Pune with specialisation in marketing.

Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey is a 2003 batch Indian Air Force officer who graduated from Air Force academy as Flying officer in Accounts stream. The officer is a national level athlete. The officer while undergoing training in Air force academy has won the best in outdoor training trophy and cross country champions trophy 2003 in women’s category.

The officer has also undergone basic parajumping course. For her exemplary service and devotion to the service, she has been commended by the Air officer commanding in chief, Headquarters Central Air Command.

Source Link: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2011/worldnews-16133.html

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Urgent Support for Strong Lokpal

1 Jul

The Government is breaking its promise to Anna Hazare and proposing a toothless “Joke-pal” bill. On Sunday, they’ll appeal to all the opposition parties to stand with them in defending the corrupt status quo. Let’s flood the parties with faxes in the next 72 hours calling on them to represent the people of India and support Jan-Lokpal not Joke-pal:

Please sign the petition on followink link (http://www.avaaz.org/en/jan_lokpal_vs_joke_pal/?cl=1134466529&v=9471)

The Congress party is breaking its promise to Anna Hazare to agree on a strong bill and proposing their own sarkari Joke-pal provisions which make the bill toothless. To get the Joke-pal passed, they’re appealing to all the other political parties to stand with them in defending India’s corrupt status quo — holding an all-party meeting this Sunday.The BJP and other parties have already spoken out strongly for parts of Jan Lokpal, now it’s time for them to put words into action and prove to us that they share our desire to end corruption.The parties all pay close attention to the faxes they receive from citizens — let’s flood them with faxes calling for Jan Lokpal, not the sarkari Joke-pal. Add your voice now by clicking the link below or editing in your own personal message — our tool will fax the message to the leaders of the BJP, CPI, CPI(M), SP, TMC, JD(U), and the rest of the political parties: (http://www.avaaz.org/en/jan_lokpal_vs_joke_pal/?cl=1134466529&v=9471)

Sunday is a crucial day for our Democracy — a special all party meeting — to set the terms of the historic Lokpal. For the government, the all party meeting is a chance to win allies for undercutting the Lokpal’s most vital anti-corruption tools. But for us, this is a major opportunity to get the opposition to endorse the people’s version!Corruption is a problem for virtually all the political parties, so there will be strong pressures in each of them to endorse the Joke-pal bill. But through massive citizen engagement we’ve forced the Congress party to at least include Jan Lokpal as an option — now through the same pressure we can press the opposition parties to choose it. Faxes are the best way to reach party leaders on this urgent timeline. Click below to use a simple online tool to edit your own message or to send a pre-drafted letter by fax to all 17 party leaders, and help build our numbers by forwarding this email to friends and family: http://www.avaaz.org/en/jan_lokpal_vs_joke_pal/?vl (http://www.avaaz.org/en/jan_lokpal_vs_joke_pal/?cl=1134466529&v=9471)

Across the country, a movement against corruption has exploded, driving a media storm of pressure. Politicians have and will try every trick in the book to wriggle out of their promise to us and to Hazare. But every time they do we can come back even stronger — showing that our will to fight corruption is stronger than their will to defend it.

SOURCES:
Manmohan Singh calls all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill on July 3
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-06-25/news/29703009_1_lokpal-bill-anna-hazare-monsoon-session

Treat both Lokpal drafts equally: Team Anna
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Treat-both-Lokpal-drafts-equally-Team-Anna/articleshow/9019704.cms

Government not presenting factual picture of civil society’s Lokpal Bill draft
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/government-not-presenting-factual-picture-of-civil-societys-lokpal-bill-draft-shanti-bhushan/articleshow/9019727.cms

BJP deplores UPA for “delaying” Lokpal Bill
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bjp-deplores-upa-for-delaying-lokpal-bill/162399-37-64.html

Lokpal: Anna reaches out to govt, Opposition
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/team-anna-reaches-out-to-govt-may-meet-sonia/163726-37-64.html