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Jogabyasa Bhoi conquers Europe’s highest peak

Following is a PTI report:

New Delhi:  After scaling the Mount Everest, Jogabyasa Bhoi, a primary teacher from Kalahandi in Orissa, has successfully conquered the highest mountain peak in Europe — Mount Elbruse –, spreading the message of women’s empowerment in the process.

The 32-year-old Bhoi completed the expedition in Russia on May 7 along with nine others after one member of the 11-strong contingent beat a retreat due to illness.

This was Bhoi’s third continental summit without oxygen support. While at the peak, Bhoi took the opportunity to spread the message of women’s empowerment by holding out a banner which read “Nourish, Protect and Respect all women for a glorious & proud Nation.”

Besides, he also wished a belated Happy Birthday to Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who tuned 40 on April 24.

Bhoi had scaled the Everest in May, 2011.

May 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

Roshanara Parveen makes it to T-20 World Cup team

Following report is from the Telegraph:


Balangir, Aug. 21: For Roshanara Parveen, this Id has been special. When news of her selection for the Indian team for the forthcoming Twenty20 Women’s World Cup in Sri Lanka came in, the 20-year-old girl said she was “surprised but extremely happy”.

“It is every cricketer’s dream to play for the country some day. I have been working very hard to earn a place in the national side. I am grateful to the selectors for reposing faith in my abilities and I will do my best to live up to their expectations,” said Roshanara, visibly excited as she spoke about her feat.

A right arm off-spinner, Roshanara is the second woman cricketer from the state after Madhuri Mehta — also from Balangir — to represent India.

The local girl will be seen in action in the T-20 World Cup that starts from September 26.

Her proud parents, Kaifatullah Khan and Hosnara Begum, said their daughter had always taken great interest in sports, ever since she was an active little schoolgirl. She even wanted to enrol in a sports hostel, but her father did not agree.

Her chance came when an enthusiastic group of cricket lovers in the town formed a women’s cricket team in 2007.

“Roshanara jumped at the prospect of playing with them and we told her that we would support her in every possible manner. Her hard work and dedication has finally paid off. She has made us very proud and the fact that we got the news of her selection on Eid proves that Allah is looking out for her,” said Khan.

Roshanara credited her success to her coach Arun Nayak and the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) authorities. Nayak said: “I have been observing her for the past five years, ever since the women’s cricket team was formed here. I have always been optimistic that she would play for the country one day. She deserves to be in the team.”

With just a month to go for the big-ticket tournament now, she has started preparations to prove her mettle. “I will work on bringing some variation into my bowling. I won’t stick to just orthodox spin. Sri Lankan grounds are known to be spinner-friendly and I will try to use this to my advantage,” said the vivacious girl, who idolises Kiwi spinner and cricket poster boy Daniel Vettori.

August 22, 2012 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

Team Jogabyasa departed for Kathmandu

Following report is from the Sambad:

May 10, 2012 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Jogabyasa Bhoi: A mountaineer from western Orissa

Following is a report from the Pioneer:

April 13, 2011 at 5:14 am Leave a comment

A man’s journey from dabbas to doctorate: TOI Report

Following is a TOI report:

MUMBAI: Bijay Moharana was like any young man who came to Mumbai in the 90s hoping to get lucky. By the end of almost two decades, the city gave him more than what he asked for. On Saturday, Moharana (40) received a doctorate after spending a decade pursuing his PhD.

But just that is not his story. Moharana came to the city with a degree form the Utkal University. Enamored by the city and its huge urban sprawl, he would go around Mumbai all day for days on end, and slept on the CST station platform at night. A few months later, a slumdweller in Kalina offered him space in his house.

That’s when Moharana found the university campus. He ran out of money and started working as a dabbawalla. Meanwhile, he also enrolled for his masters in philosophy in 1996 at the University of Mumbai.

He also signed up as a courier boy and frequented The Times of India building as a delivery boy.

Signing up for a master’s course was just the route for a PhD. “My father wanted me to be a doctor. He told me that with confidence, passion and will power, I would achieve my goals,” he said.

Moharana who studied the relevance of yoga in modern times, now works for the Braj Gauri Trust and teaches yoga to cancer patients. “Yoga is all the more important in today’s stressful life,”

Moharana concluded in his thesis.

February 13, 2011 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

I Am Kalam by Nila Madhab Panda won the young jury award at the International Film Festival of India

Following report is from the Samaja:

Following is the promo of  “I am Kalam”:

December 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Suryakanti Naik rewrote destiny with her right leg

Following report is from

BALANGIR: Hers is a case of determination that can move mountains. Suryakanti Naik (21) of Gariamunda village under Birmaharajpur block in Sonepur district was born with deformed hands. As Sikshya Sahayak at her village primary school today she shoulders the responsibility of her entire

family. She always wanted to become a trained teacher and her willpower saw her through all obstacles of  life.

“Since childhood I was agile. My mother always knew that I would rewrite my destiny,” said Suryakanti. Her mother used to guide her when she began writing with her right leg.She wrote all her board exams using her leg and came out with flying colours in CET examination. Joint Secretary of Research Academy for Rural Enrichment (RARE) Ambuja Bihari Satpathy said Suryakanti is an example for other disabled. “She is a real source of inspiration,” added Satpathy.

December 4, 2010 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

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