The Telangana government announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and a house plot to captain of Indian women’s cricket team Mithali Raj.
Congratulating Raj, who met him on Friday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao praised the team led by her for their scintillating performance in the just-concluded women’s World Cup, a release from the CM’s office said.
“You have played wonderfully at the World Cup. We thought you would sure to win in the final too. Unfortunately, we lost by a slender margin. But yet your team performed well and the whole nation watched your performance,” the release quoted him as saying.
“I also watched the match. You have played very well in this tournament. You have set a record by scoring the highest number of runs. You have exhibited a wonderful talent. You are the pride of Telangana and Hyderabad city,” he said.
According to the release, the 34-year-old cricketer will get a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and 600 sq yards of house plot.
Rao also felicitated Raj’s coach RSR Murthy and announced a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh to him, it said.
Raj’s parents and senior officials were present on the occasion.
The Indian women’s cricket team, led by Mithali Raj, was the runner-up in the World Cup. Raj became the highest run -getter during the tournament.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> Cricket> ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 / PTI / July 28th, 2017
Malavath Poorna was the youngest girl to climb Mt. Everest in 2014
Malavath Poorna has done it again! The daring student of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), currently studying in the newly established residential degree college at Ibrahimpatan, has now climbed the highest mountain in Europe Mt. Elbrus (Russia).
Along with 16-year-old Sri Vidya of social welfare residential school at Alair, she successfully scaled the mountain on Thursday. The duo began trekking on July 24 and reached the peak (5642 metres) at 7.30 a.m Moscow time on Thursday. “I have so far conquered three highest mountain peaks in the three continents of the world — Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa, and Mt. Elbrus in Europe. My aim is to conquer the top peaks in all seven continents,” said Ms. Poorna.
She became the youngest girl to climb the world’s tallest peak of Mt.Everest in 2014 and recently actor Rahul Bose made a critically acclaimed feature film on her exploits. Both her parents are agricultural labourers and although Ms. Poorna hails from a tribal hamlet in Nizamabad district, she is currently pursuing undergraduate course at the newly launched residential degree college.
Her partner Vidya hails from Nalgonda district and her parents too work as daily wage labourers to eke out a living. “It is difficult to describe how tough the climb was, but I resolved to achieve the impossible against odds,” she said. The duo’s biggest thrill upon reaching the top was to hoist the portrait of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao!
“The Chief Minister sanctioned 53 welfare residential degree colleges which no other State has done before. He has been supporting us in exploring new horizons. If not for these colleges, most of my mates would have been married off by now,” the girls pointed out. In fact, Ms. Poorna had hoisted the Telangana flag on Mt. Everest when she reached the peak then.
The joy of their mentor and TSWREIS secretary R.S. Praveen Kumar on the achievement of the young mountaineers was even more. “Our children may be poor, but they are never poor in energy, enthusiasm and determination,” he gushed and thanked the CM and Minister for SC Development G. Jagadish Reddy for supporting the welfare residential educational institutions which the other States too were trying to emulate.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 27th, 2017
Recognition of her outstanding contribution as a player
Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj has been officially given out-of-turn promotion from Chief Office Superintendent to Officer on Special Duty (Sports) by her employers Indian Railways, according to sources in the Indian Railways.
The 34-year-old star cricketer is working in the SCR and is expected to return home on Thursday after meeting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway Minister and others in Delhi on Thursday.
“This is in recognition of her outstanding contribution as a player as she also became the leading run-getter in ODIs in the recent World Cup and also for leading from the front to the final at Lord’s last Sunday,” the coach informed The Hindu.
In a separate message, Mithali’s father, Dorai Raj, thanked the SCR coach for all his support. “When wellwishers like you are around her, things will fall in place. She trusts and believes you,” he said in a message.
For his part, Murthy felt that the gifted cricketer truly deserves this promotion. “She has always been a wonderful cricketer and a perfect human being, very polite and respectful to anyone who interacted with her,” said Murthy who has been her guiding force so much that
Mithali made it a point right through the recent World Cup to share her experiences, feelings on what was happening out there on the tour with him.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Telangana / by V V Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – July 27th, 2017