THE D-DAY IS HERE From across the so­cial spec­trum, across the north­ern re­gion, and across fields, here is the list of achiev­ers un­der the age of 30 to be hon­oured at the Fourth An­nual HT Youth Forum to be held to­day. Some of them are clubbed as per their

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To­day is the day when we award achiev­ers at the fourth an­nual edi­tion of ‘HT Youth Forum: Top 30 Un­der 30’, an ini­tia­tive that cel­e­brates youth and ex­cel­lence. As we present to you the whole set for 2014 on th­ese pages, the di­ver­sity and va­ri­ety are ap­par­ent. From sportsper­sons with tan­gi­ble achieve­ments to so­cial work­ers whose work goes be­yond statis­tics, we also fea­ture young army­men who have emerged on top of their batch and are set to be mil­i­tary lead­ers of to­mor­row.

There are, of course, some familiar faces from the world of show­biz and glam­our, and they rub shoul­ders at the Forum with some quiet he­roes, like the cy­clist-painter who has not let phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity ac­tu­ally prove dis­abling in any man­ner. It is this eclec­tic mix of per­son­al­i­ties that de­fines the spirit of the Forum. There are also en­trepreneurs of var­ied hues — a young man from Chandi­garh who has dared to look be­yond the glob­alchain model; and a Kash­miri woman who has bro­ken through the so­cial con­straints and is now a shin­ing ex­am­ple for her state and be­yond.

In all th­ese sto­ries, you will also find rare de­ter­mi­na­tion to go be­yond the clichés and an un­matched zest for life. 1a LT VISHAL DAHIYA 21, Jharoth, Sonepat, gold medal­list from In­dian Mil­i­tary Academy: From a farmer fam­ily in Jharoth vil­lage of Sonepat, stud­ied at Moti­lal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Sonepat, and later got his BSc dur­ing train­ing at NDA. From a batch of 700 cadets, he got the gold medal dur­ing his com­mis­sion­ing from IMA, Dehradun. He is now posted at Jammu.

1b LT VIKAS KALKAL 22, Im­lota, Bhi­wani, sil­ver medal­list from In­dian Mil­i­tary Academy: Vikas Kalkal is the son of an army ma­jor, Te­jveer Singh, and had de­cided to join the ser­vices af­ter choos­ing to study in a mil­i­tary school at Ban­ga­lore from Class 6. He had stud­ied at his na­tive vil­lage’s school in Bhi­wani district be­fore that. Got into Na­tional De­fence Academy and got a BSc dur­ing the four-year train­ing at NDA, Khadak­wasla. From the IMA, he got the Pres­i­dent’s Sil­ver Medal. He also played un­der-17 cricket and hockey for Kar­nataka. He is now posted at Samba, near Jammu.

2a MANAN VOHRA 21, Chandi­garh, crick­eter: The ag­gres­sive opener was one of the two play­ers re­tained by Kings XI Pun­jab for the 2014 IPL sea­son. And he proved them right when he won a key Man of the Match award against Delhi Dare­dev­ils. A child prodigy, he hails from a sport­ing fam­ily, the grand­son of for­mer hockey player YP Vohra. Manan has opened the in­nings also for In­dia un­der-19, but was un­lucky to miss the U-19 World Cup due to in­jury. He made his first-class de­but in 2011-12 and scored his first-class high­est of 187 against Jhark­hand in Ranji Tro­phy a week be­fore he was re­tained by Kings XI. He has also rep­re­sented In­dia-A.

2b SAN­DEEP SHARMA 21, Pa­tiala, crick­eter: He started out as a bats­man. But a switch has so far worked for the medium pacer who is now known for his ac­cu­racy and eco­nom­i­cal spells. San­deep was bought back by IPL squad KXIP in the 2014 sea­son for ` 85 lakh. He rose to promi­nence in the IPL with his in­ci­sive bowl­ing earn­ing him three Man of the Match awards. His first brush with suc­cess came dur­ing the 2012 un­der-19 World Cup when he took four wick­ets in the fi­nal to pro­pel In­dia to the ti­tle. He made

his first-class de­but in 2011. Dur­ing the 2013-14 do­mes­tic sea­son, he was the high­est wick­et­taker for Pun­jab with 36 scalps.

3 QU­RAT-UL-AIN MA­SOODI 29, Sri­na­gar,

chair­per­son, Aash, NGO for or­phans: She left the lucrative world of en­gi­neer­ing to brighten the lives of des­ti­tute or­phans, whose num­ber is mul­ti­ply­ing fast in con­flict-hit Kash­mir. A chance visit to an or­phan­age and con­ver­sa­tion with kids there in 2010 changed the course of Ma­soodi’s life and she de­cided to be a full-time ac­tivist. She started vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion Aash (‘hope’) that car­ried out a sur­vey on men­tal health of or­phans and knocked at the doors of the state hu­man rights com­mis­sion to close down an or­phan­age ex­ploit­ing in­mates. She op­poses the idea of stereo­typ­i­cal or­phan­ages and pushes for com­mu­nity adop­tion. Daugh­ter of teach­ers, she vis­its or­phan­ages to know the in­mates’ re­quire­ments and ac­cord­ingly works with them. “Some or­phans are un­der­fed. There are girls who need spe­cial health fa­cil­i­ties and can­not speak freely. I talk to them to know their needs,” says Ma­soodi, who passed out of Sri­na­gar’s SSM Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing. She raises funds from friends and phi­lan­thropists and seeks psy­chi­a­trist friends’ help for the kids. “I fre­quently or­gan­ise paint­ing com­pe­ti­tions to know the men­tal state of th­ese chil­dren.”

4 MANREET KAUR 24, Hoshiarpur, ac­tor: Manreet’s real name is Simpy Singh and she comes from a doc­tors’ fam­ily. While her fa­ther is an eye sur­geon, her mother is a gy­nae­col­o­gist. She her­self wanted to be­come a jour­nal­ist, but life had other plans for her. While pur­su­ing her grad­u­a­tion from MCM DAV Col­lege in Chandi­garh, she joined the The­atre Army Group and was bit­ten by the act­ing bug. Af­ter fin­ish­ing her grad­u­a­tion, she got into an­chor­ing fol­low­ing which she got a call to ap­pear in a 2010 Hol­ly­wood movie, ‘West is West’, star­ring vet­eran ac­tor Om Puri. This was fol­lowed by a cou­ple of ad­ver­tis­ing as­sign­ments, a Marathi movie and Pun­jabi films, most re­cently ‘Yaaran da Katchup’. Her up­com­ing pro­jects in­clude ‘White Lies’, an in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion di­rected by Da­nis Tanovic, star­ring Em­raan Hashmi, and an Amee­sha Pa­tel pro­duc­tion ti­tled ‘Desi Magic’. 5 VARUN SHARMA 24, Ja­land­har, ac­tor: Mak­ing his de­but as the ir­re­press­ible 'Choocha' in Bol­ly­wood com­edy ‘Fukrey', Ja­land­har's Varun Sharma won many hearts and also got awards, An alum­nus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and Apee­jay School, Ja­land­har, he has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in me­dia, en­ter­tain­ment and film tech­nol­ogy from FTII, Chandi­garh

6 LOVEDEEP SINGH DHiingra 18, Ja­land­har,

AIPMT top­per: Lovedeep, now study­ing to be­come a doc­tor at AIIMS in Delhi, got the sec­ond rank in the All-In­dia Pre-Med­i­cal Test and thus topped Pun­jab. An alum­nus of MGN Public School in Ja­land­har, he was third in the med­i­cal stream in the district in Class 12. An as­pir­ing eye sur­geon from a fam­ily of doc­tors, Lovedeep also likes to do magic tricks and slove puz­zles

7 Dr RAVJOT GRE­WAL 27, Pa­tiala, PCS exam

top­per: A qual­i­fied den­tist Dr Ravjot Gre­wal has now en­tered the civil ser­vices in style - se­cur­ing the first rank in the Pun­jab Civil Ser­vices (PCS) ex­am­i­na­tion. Daugh­ter of colonel fa­ther and a teacher mother, she fin­ished first in her sec­ond at­tempt, af­ter get­ting a re­spectable 47th po­si­tion in her first at­tempt. She is posted as as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner, griev­ances, at Fatehgarh Sahib.

8 SA­JID ALI DHAR 29, Sringar, fash­ion

de­signer: Sa­jid had to fight the parochial un­der­stand­ing of fash­ion back home. Hail­ing from a fam­ily that has shawl busi­nesses, he did his bach­e­lors in fash­ion and busi­ness stud­ies, and fol­lowed it up masters in in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment from Kingston Univer­sity, Lon­don This March, he es­tab­lished him­slef when he show­cased his line of cloth­ing dur­ing the Lakme Fash­ion Week in Delhi, mak­ing him the first Kash­miri to do so. 9 SAHIL VEDOLIYAA 27 Moga, ancher-ac­tor: Sahil’s foray on the stage started with mimicry in col­lege. Want­ing to be in­de­pen­dent and earn a liv­ing on his own, he de­cided to give an­chor­ing a shot. With a friend who was al­ready an es­tab­lished name in the pro­fes­sion, Sahil de­cided to fol­low her en­cour­ag­ing words and got his big break host­ing live mu­sic show. He has also ap­peared in Pun­jabi films. 10 TANYA ABROL 28, Abo­har, ac­tor: She had burst into the lime­light with 'Chalk De In­dia’ in 2007. Tanya has ap­peared in sev­eral TV shows since; hosted awards cer­e­mony for Star Plus, and worked in the­atre. She has most re­cently ap­peared in Pun­jab Movie 'Love you Soniye’ and is cur­rently work­ing on a Bol­ly­wood film be­sides con­tin­u­ing with the­atre. A sportsper­son from the be­gin­ning, she is the daugh­ter of a farmer fa­ther, while her mother runs a beauty par­lour in Abo­har in Fazilka district.

11 FEROZ SINGH GARE 17, Chandi­garh,

golfer: The teenaged golf cham­pion is all geared up for a host of in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments that will keep him busy for the next cou­ple of months. The most prom­i­nent of th­ese will be the Asian Games to be will be held in In­cheonm South Korea, from Septem­ber 19 to Oc­to­ber 4. Prior to the Asian Games, Gare­wal will com­pete in three back-to-back in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, start­ing with Asian Ju­nior Team Cham­pi­onship to be held in Gun­san, South Korea. In 2013, Gare­wal was part of In­dian team and at­tained fifth po­si­tion in the Asian Ju­nior Golf Cham­pi­onship in South Korea.

12 MALAIKA GOEL 16, Lud­hina, shooter: Malaika got into the lime­light with a sil­ver in 10m air pis­tol event dur­ing the re­cently-held Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games. Such has been her en­deav­our to achieve ex­cel­lence that she has taken a break from reg­u­lar school­ing to con­cen­trate on shoot­ing. Home-schooled freed her for putting in nec­es­sary long hours at the shoot­ing range which is at Narang­wal, near Lud­hi­ana. Her fa­ther is a Pun­jab po­lice of­fi­cer. Malaika reaches the range at 6am for her three-hour prac­tice ses­sion and then in the even­ing she heads back to the range for an­other round.

13 VIKAS THAKUR 20, Hamirpur/Lud­hi­ana,

weightlifter: Vikas bagged sil­ver medal in the 85kg cat­e­gory of weightlift­ing at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow. The lifter is a ju­nior war­rant of­fi­cer in the In­dian Air Force. He and his fam­ily live in Lud­hi­ana in Pun­jab but hail from Hamirpur district of Hi­machal Pradesh. Son of rail­way man Brij Lal Thakur, Vikas got into weightlift­ing at the age of nine. He says the proud­est mo­ment for him so far has been when he re­turned from Glas­gow and his mother walked to him and hugged him as tears rolled down her cheeks.

14 VI­NESH PHOGAT 20, Bhi­wani, wrestler: Along with her cousins Geeta and Babita Phogat, she man­aged to break the glass ceil­ing for women in a con­ser­va­tive state like Haryana. Her gold medal at the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games in 48kg cat­e­gory has ce­mented her rep­u­ta­tion as the future of woman wrestling in the coun­try. She hails from Balali in Bhi­wani, Haryana, and is coached by Geeta’s fa­ther Mahavir Singh, a for­mer wrestler. She is cur­rently pre­par­ing for the World Cham­pi­onship and Asian Games.

15 JAG­WINDER SINGH 23, Pa­tran, Pa­tiala,

para-cy­clist, painter: For Jag­winder, be­ing phys­i­cally chal­lenged is cer­tainly not an in­sur­mount­able hur­dle. So much so, that it has not stopped him from be­com­ing a com­pet­i­tive cy­clist. Born with­out arms be­low his el­bow, Jag­winder learned to paint us­ing his feet, which earned him a na­tional award. He then learned to cy­cle and started tak­ing part in races. Cur­rently he is pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing na­tional cham­pi­onship.

16 SAR­GUN MEHTA 25, Chandi­garh, ac­tor: Sar­gun is known a model, co­me­dian, dancer, pre­sen­ter and tele­vi­sion ac­tor. Her best known shows are ‘Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dhar­mayudh’, ‘Phulwa’ and ‘12/24 Karol Bagh’. Cur­rently, she is play­ing the role of Ganga in ‘Ba­lika Vadhu’. Born in City Beau­ti­ful, she is the daugh­ter of busi­ness­man and wanted to be a biz hon­cho her­self. But act­ing hap­pened af­ter she got into dance and joined a col­lege in Delhi. She is mar­ried to fel­low ac­tor Ravi Dubey. She re­mains mod­est in her goals. Her pop­u­lar­ity, how­ever, is ris­ing by the day.

17 SAN­DEEP KAUR 24, Ma­toi, Sangrur: “If you want to un­der­stand the curse and pain of poverty and be­ing a Dalit, you have to spend years with us,” says San­deep Kaur, sit­ting with 10 other young women who are part of the Ekta Club, formed by San­deep in 2012 af­ter the Delhi gan­grape-mur­der. The club is work­ing to bring to­gether all 70 families of her com­mu­nity to fight dis­crim­i­na­tion that their fore­fa­thers suf­fered, and also to force the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide re­served pan­chayat land to Dalit families.

18 RANI RAM­PAL 19, Shah­bad Markanda,

Ku­ruk­shetra; hockey player: Daugh­ter of a cart-puller, Rani Ram­pal’s hard work paid off, as at the age of 15 she be­came the youngest player in the na­tional team in the 2010 World Cup. As Rani’s tal­ent be­came ev­i­dent, she went from suc­cess to suc­cess, and sup­ported her fam­ily with the cash awards too. As a for­ward, she has 116 caps till now and 64 in­ter­na­tional goals.

19a AR­PIN­DER SINGH 21, Am­rit­sar, ath­lete: The triple jumper cur­rently holds the na­tional record (17.17m) that he set in Lucknow. He was in the news af­ter his coach Sukhdev Singh Pannu was not al­lowed to ac­com­pany him to the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, where he won bronze. He had started out as a long jumper be­fore shift­ing to triple jump.

19b NAV­JEET KAUR DHILLON 19, Am­rit­sar,

ath­lete: Dis­cus thrower Nav­jeet be­came the coun­try’s sec­ond-ever ath­lete to win a medal in the ju­nior world cham­pi­onship. She won bronze at the IAAF Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship held in

20 KE­TAN KALRA 24, Chandi­garh,

en­tre­pre­neur: Ke­tan started his busi­ness, of a donut shop (‘Su­per Donuts’), while pur­su­ing his grad­u­a­tion in eco­nom­ics from Pan­jab Univer­sity. Rather than go­ing for a fran­chise of an al­readyestab­lished donut brand, he de­cided to cre­ate his own brand from scratch. He got the money for his first out­let from his fa­ther. Flag­ship in Sec­tor 8, he has an out­let in Sec­tor 35 too.


dancer, make-up artist: On Oc­to­ber 21, 2009, Shubhreet met with an accident and frac­tured her leg. A botched op­er­a­tion re­sulted in her los­ing her left leg and even­tu­ally get­ting a pros­thetic limb six months later. As she was fond of danc­ing since her child­hood, her mom did her best in mo­ti­vat­ing her. She was back on the dance floor in less than a year. Shubhreet be­came a celebrity and an in­spi­ra­tion for mil­lions when she ap­peared on TV re­al­ity show ‘In­dia’s Got Tal­ent’. She says she feels blessed to have a brother and a sis­ter as her best friends though she lost her fa­ther at the ten­der age of 13 She

and is also a make-up artist. Not one to pre­tend life is easy, through the love of her fam­ily and faith in God she has over­come ad­ver­si­ties that in­clude a mar­i­tal break-up that played out as head­lines re­cently. But she says that’s over, and her life is now filled with joy and pur­pose.

22 SHALINI AG­NI­HOTRI 25, Una, best IPS

trainee for the year: Daugh­ter of a bus con­duc­tor, Shalini, hail­ing from Amb area of Una district in Hi­machal, cleared the civil ser­vices exam against all odds. She went into the In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice (IPS), and was ad­judged the best all-round trainee of the 65th batch of IPS. She had se­cured 285th rank in the exam in 2011, and emerged on top of the batch of 148 at the end of their 46-week po­lice train­ing at the Na­tional Po­lice Academy at Hyderabad. She won the Prime Min­is­ter’s Ba­ton and the Home Min­istry’s Re­volver for be­ing the best trainee. Shalini, who is cur­rently posted at Shimla, has a BSc in agri­cul­ture. She also qual­i­fied the In­dian Coun­cil of Agri­cul­tural Re­search-Ju­nior Re­search Fel­low­ship exam dur­ing post grad­u­a­tion at

23 filmmaker: SID­DHARTH CHAUHAN 23, Rohru, Shimla,

An MBA from Hi­machal Pradesh Univer­sity, Chauhan made a short film, ‘Boys Don’t Wear Nail Pol­ish’, that won the Golden Halo Award at the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Ker­ala. The film is about a mother’s bat­tle against gen­der stereo­typ­ing, and has been screened at Delhi In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val 2013, Phoenix Film Fes­ti­val, Kolkata, and In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary and Short Film Fes­ti­val, VIBGYOR 2014. With no for­mal train­ing, Chauhan has made five short films till date. At the age of 19, he made his first experimental film, ‘Zunei’, about re­gres­sive hyp­no­sis, us­ing his sis­ter’s cam­era. He par­tic­i­pated in In­dian Film Fes­ti­val 2011 in Shimla with ‘Dreams’ that fea­tured lo­cal tal­ent. He also served as fes­ti­val direc­tor for the In­ter­na­tional Youth Film Fes­ti­val 2013 held in Shimla. Now, he is as­sist­ing in Bol­ly­wood movies and also plans to con­tinue mak­ing in­de­pen­dent films.

MANOJ KU­MAR 27, Kaithal, boxer:

Delhi 24a Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list, A 2010 he be­longs in the light to Kaithal wel­ter­weight district class. of Haryana His fa­ther and com­petes is re­tired army­man wars. Manoj who gives served credit dur­ing of his the suc­cess 1965 and to his 1971 own ded­i­ca­tion his elder brother and the Ra­jesh in­spi­ra­tion Ku­mar. that Ra­jesh he draws is a for­mer from boxer and used to train young box­ers in Kaithal. It was there that Manoj first learned the game. He has two bronze medals from Asian Cham­pi­onships held in 2007 and 2013. He also has a bronze medal from the Czech Grand Prix.

24b JAI BHAG­WAN 29, Hisar, boxer: Jai Bhag­wan, who got the job of a po­lice in­spec­tor due to his sport­ing achieve­ments, is cur­rently posted as a sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO) at Farid­abad. The 2010 CWG bronze medal­list and Lon­don Olympian boxer has been given the Ar­juna Award for 2014. In 2011, he was part of a re­al­ity game show ‘Zor Ka Jhatka: To­tal Wipe­out’ hosted by Shahrukh Khan. At the Lon­don Games, Jai Bhag­wan’s best fin­ish was pre-quar­ter­fi­nals where he lost to Kazakh fighter Gani Zhailauov. He is a two-time medal­list in the Asian Cham­pi­onships.

24c MAN­DEEP JAN­GRA 21, Khar­ian, Hisar;

boxer: He goes by the nick­name ‘Kar­toos’ (Bul­let). Men­tored by vet­eran boxer Akhil Ku­mar, Man­deep hails from Khar­ian in Hisar district of Haryana. He has a sil­ver medal each from the 2013 Asian Cham­pi­onships and the 2014 Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games. It was hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the boxer that forced Akhil to start his tute­lage. Man­deep likes to watch movies and lis­ten to “fast tracks” in both Hindi and English.

25 KUL­VIN­DER KAUR SIDHU 29, Bathinda,

ac­tor-an­chor: ‘Kul’ has grad­u­ated from a folk dancer in school to a prom­i­nent face in the in­die and art movie scene be­sides work­ing in Pol­ly­wood pro­jects. Her de­but was in 2011 in the na­tional award-win­ning ‘Anhe Ghore Da Daan’. She also starred in the short movie ‘Nooran’ (2014) that was pre­sented at the Cannes Film fes­ti­val. Other movies she’s worked in in­clude ‘Yaaran Naal Ba­ha­ran-2’, ‘Ajj de Ran­jhe’ and ‘Sutta Naag’.

26 HAR­GUN KAUR 18, Am­rit­sar, singer: This teenager from the holy city made the most of the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by TV re­al­ity show ‘In­dia’s Got Tal­ent’ and was the only singer in the fi­nals. But it was no fluke. Now a BA stu­dent at BBK DAV Col­lege in Am­rit­sar, Har­gun had started singing at the age of three, with Gur­bani. “Recit­ing kirtan def­i­nitely opens up one’s vo­cals, and also gives you knowl­edge of ra­gas,” she says. Her first per­for­mance was at the age of nine in New Delhi for a tal­ent hunt, and next she was in ‘Voice of Pun­jab’, where she made it to the grand fi­nale. She has done play­back for some plays and recorded shabads for a TV chan­nel.

27 AN­JUM BA­TRA 29, Abo­har, ac­tor: With a child­hood pas­sion for singing and act­ing, An­jum ded­i­cated eight years of his ed­u­ca­tion to the­atre and bhangra. He had moved to Chandi­garh and started learn­ing mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally and then joined the depart­ment of In­dian the­atre at Pun­jab Univer­sity. While re­hears­ing for a play, a cast­ing direc­tor no­ticed him and called him to au­di­tion for a char­ac­ter named Su­nil in ‘Dev D’. That proved to be the turn­ing point. He has since ap­peared in sev­eral films and ads, in­clud­ing the Bol­ly­wood com­edy ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khu­rana’.

28 SHA­HEENA AKHTAR 29, Sri­na­gar,

en­tre­pre­neur: Men have tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated Kash­mir’s world-fa­mous shawl busi­ness. Women have at best been weavers. But Sha­heena Akhtar, a res­i­dent of Sri­na­gar’s Now­shera area, the only lit­er­ate fam­ily mem­ber among six sib­lings, not only charted a path of suc­cess for her­self but her en­tire clan. Start­ing with one loom in 2004 and a loan, she won the state’s Best En­tre­pre­neur award last year and is the fe­male face of the Kani shawl trade. Daugh­ter of a labourer, she now has an­nual turnover of ` 80 lakh.

29 SAN­GRAM SINGH 29, Mad­ina, Ro­htak; ac­tor: Be­fore he be­came known as a model and ac­tor, San­gram Singh won many medals for In­dia in am­a­teur wrestling. From a farm­ers’ clan, he was born pre­ma­ture and suf­fered from arthri­tis in child­hood. But that he over­came. Be­long­ing to a fam­ily of agri­cul­tur­ists, he has an MA in his­tory from MDU, Ro­htak, and first shot to fame via TV re­al­ity show ‘Bigg Boss’. Since then, he has worked in many re­al­ity shows and se­ri­als on TV. Now he is shoot­ing for a movie.

30 HEENA SIDHU 25, Pa­tiala, shooter: She be­came In­dia’s first woman pis­tol shooter to rank world num­ber one. Af­ter her spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mances in the world cup this year she was ranked world num­ber one in 10m air pis­tol. A grad­u­ate in den­tistry, Heena took to shoot­ing only to get ad­mis­sion in a den­tal col­lege un­der sports quota. But she got the seat on merit and a pas­time be­came her pas­sion.

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