Aanchal Thakur, a 21-year-old skier from Manali, has brought India’s first-ever international medal in skiing.Thakur has bagged third position in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup, in Erzurum, Turkey, which is organised by Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). She won bronze in slalom race category.Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal.ï¿½??? Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well ï¿½???ï¿½???.PC- @alwyncreed #strangethingshappen #skiteamindia #onehimachal #himalayangirls pic.twitter.com/pjkSddCpi5- Aanchal Thakur (@alleaanchal) January 9, 2018Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also expressed their wishes on Twitter. Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 10, 2018Congrats Aanchal Thakur @alleaanchal for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey.India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing ï¿½??ï¿½Well done! @jairamthakurbjp pic.twitter.com/vhTReuJwyl- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 10, 2018Roshan Thakur, Aanchal’s father who works as the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India, told TOI Aanchal’s victory is a “breakthrough for the sport in India,”. “The entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” he said. “I hope Aanchal’s medal helps our cause (in getting financial support from the Centre).”Aanchal is said to have learned skiing from her father, and later was trained by Olympian Heera Lal.
By H S RaoLondon, Oct 27 (PTI) Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda paid tribute to Basaveshwara at an event here, saying the 12th century Kannada social reformer fought for eradication of caste discrimination which still prevails in India. The event on Friday was organised by the Basaveshwara Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in the UK that has erected a statue of Basaveshwara on the bank of river the Thames. Former mayor of the London borough of Lambeth and Chairman of the foundation Neeraj Patil welcomed the former prime minister along with MP Kupendra Reddy on behalf of the Indian-origin and Kannada communities. Members of the two important Kannada diaspora organisations – Kannadigaru UK & Sandalwood UK, joined Gowda on the occasion. “Basaveshwara fought for eradication of caste discrimination and social justice in Indian society and unfortunately India still remains divided along caste and religious lines and this must end, there is no place for discrimination in the modern world,” said the former premier.Gowda paid tribute to Basaveshwara for his contribution towards democracy and social justice in India. He said “I am extremely delighted to see the statue of an Indian philosopher in the backdrop of the British parliament overlooking the river Thames. This makes every Indian and Kannadiga proud”. The project was approved by the planning department of the London borough of Lambeth and subsequently by the British Cabinet minister for culture media and sports as per the Public Statues Act, 1854. The Basaveshwara statue and its vicinity is the intellectual property of the Basaveshwara Foundation.advertisementThe Basaveshwara statue erected at the Albert Embankment is not only the first statue to be unveiled by an Indian prime minister in the UK, but is also the first conceptual statue approved by the British Cabinet in the vicinity of Parliament. It is located at Albert Embankment in London opposite the British Parliament.The approval was given as a mark of respect to Basaveshwara for promoting democratic ideals, social justice and gender equality during the 12th century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unveiled the statue in 2015. PTI HSR KUNKUN