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Ishrat Rasheed: First Kashmiri specially-abled International basketball player

Jahangeer Ganaie

(Asian News Hub) – A specially-abled lady from North Kashmir is inspiring hundreds of people as she has represented India at the international level in wheelchair basketball.

Ishrat Rasheed, 24, a resident of Bangdara village of North Kashmir’s Baramulla is the first specially-abled International basketball player of J&K.

While talking with news agency—KNO, Ishrat said that in the year 2016 she fell from the second floor of her house which resulted in grave injuries to spinal cord leaving her, paralyzed waist-below and wheelchair-bound.

“I was unable to accept this reality and nobody would have thought at that stage that I would ever be able to reach an international stage and represent India in wheelchair basketball,” she said.

“During the first six months, when I was bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound, I got very much depressed. However, one day my father took me to Medicare Society where disability was a normal thing,” Ishrat said. “I somehow understood that there were hundreds of people like me in the world and that changed my perception and I came out of my depression.”

At the Medicare Society, Ishrat saw some boys, whose movement was also confined to wheelchair, playing basketball there and this ignited confidence in her and she started practising with the boys.

After practising for 3 days, Ishrat was selected for the nationals for the first time during a camp at the Indoor stadium. She played her nationals in Tamil Nadu followed by Mohali.

She said that during the communication blockade after the abrogation of the special status of J&K, she was informed by local police and the army that she has to reach Chennai for the national coaching camp.

“It was entirely due to the joint efforts of captain Louis George of the Indian Navy, who was the coach of the Indian wheelchair Womens’ Basketball team, and Colonel Isenhower, a retired army officer in Kerala, who traced me in Baramulla,” she said.

Ishrat said with the help of the army, she reached Chennai after two days, just in time for her coaching camp.

“I attended the camp in Chennai from where I was selected to represent India for the Asia-Oceania wheelchair basketball championship, at Pattaya in Thailand,” she said.

Representing India at International level and becoming the first female specially-abled international basketball player from J&K changed everything for her.

“Whatever conditions one may be, it is best not to lose confidence in oneself, but go ahead positively, striving hard.” she said.

Ishrat said that she resumed her studies too after a gap of four years as well and dozens of specially-abled girls have started taking part in basketball after watching her.

“We must treat specially-abled persons very well and support them, that motivates them so that they must they won’t feel lonely,” she said.

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Labourer hit by stone while loading tipper at Zewan, dies

Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – A labourer died on Friday evening after he was hit by a stone while loading a tipper in Zewan area of Pampore.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a labourer identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Aripora Zewan was hit by a stone when he was loading a tipper at Stone Quarry Shal Guph Aripora area in Zewan, leaving him seriously wounded.

The injured labourer was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore wherefrom he was shifted to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment, they said.

However, they added that the injured laboured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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As schools partially re-open, students demand March session examination

Huzaiful Reyaz

(Asian News Hub) – As the educational institutions, including schools have partially re-opened for vaccinated students of higher classes, the students are urging authorities to conduct exams in March so that they can comfortably complete their syllabus.

Taking to Asian News Hub, students said that they are not prepared for exams which are likely to be held in last week of October, giving the reason that their studies had got affected by lockdown and that they haven’t completed the syllabus.

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A group of class 12 students told Asian News Hub that their syllabus is incomplete and it will take them at least 3-4 months to complete remaining part of their syllabus and to prepare for their board examination.

“While exams are knocking the door, we haven’t even completed half of the syllabus yet. Online classes didn’t clear the concept, they were of no use. Now as schools have reopened, goverment should allow us to attend physical classes for these months, and should held exams in March, so that our study goes unaffected,” said Falak, a student from Srinagar.

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Another student saying same said that it will take them atleast three months to complete the syllabus and goverment notification where they said they are holding exams in October has put them in depression.

“We haven’t been to school this year. The online classes are of no use compared to physical classes. Most part of our syllabus is incomplete, we aren’t prepared, we need time for preparation,” another student said.

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While we tried to contact the officials in Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, however we failed.

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Kulgam girl’s innovate lid opener for chemical bottles bags national award

(Asian News Hub) – A 19-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has earned a rare honour by winning national ‘Inspire-Manak’ award for inventing the lid opener for chemical bottles.

Mehvish Riyaz (19) a resident of Akhran village of Kulgam in South Kashmir, has received an award for innovation at the National Science Exhibition held recently.

A student of the local government school, Mehvish’s success has brought cheers to her school teachers while making her parents proud.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh conferred award to Mehvish in the award function of 8th NLEPC-2021 for INSPIRE-MANAK.

Mehvish and her father Riyaz Ahmad while speaking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) gave all credit to the school teachers for her success.

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“My daughter and two other children were studying in a private school. I shifted them to the government school because of its reputation,” Riyaz said.

“When you get ideas you do not know whether it is a hobby or an interest. I call it an interest because I like what I do. Since childhood, I was much aligned to all this stuff,” said Mehvish, adding that it was all possible because of her teachers and parents.

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Mahvish’s model on bottle opener for chemicals won her the ‘Inspire-Manak’ National award.

Mahvish’s invented lid opener for chemical bottles is useful and can solve problems of dealing with chemicals in a laboratory or in industry.

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Her model was presented to and judged by various scientific innovation organizations at the exhibition.

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