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Indian First Ladies-Flying Officer Mohana Singh – IAF’s first batch of female fighter pilots

With a father presently serving in IAF and grandfather who was a flight gunner in the Aviation Research Centre, it came as no surprise that Mohana Singh, from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, joined the IAF and opted for the fighter stream. She joined IAF training in Jan 2015 and has since then flown the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II ac and Kiran ac before being commissioned into the fighter stream in June, 2016 as one of the first batch of three women officers who were selected for training as fighter pilots. Having completed one semester of training on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, she will be placed as the frontline fighter squadron of the IAF.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Flying Officer AvaniChaturvedi – IAF’s first batch of female fighter pilots

Her flying experience in the flying club of her college inspired her to join IAF. Flying Officer, AvaniChaturvedi hails from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. She joined IAF training in Jan 2015 and has since then flown the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II ac and Kiran ac before being commissioned into the fighter stream in June, 2016 as one of the first batch of three women officers who were selected for training as fighter pilots. She has successfully completed one semester of training on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer and will be placed as the frontline fighter squadron of the IAF shortly.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth- IAF’s first batch of female fighter pilots

Supported by parents, BhawanaKanth scripted IAF history by becoming a first female fighter pilot. She flew Pilatus PC-7 Mk II ac and Kiran ac before being commissioned into the fighter stream in June, 2016 as one of the first batch of three women officers who were selected for training as fighter pilots. Having completed one semester of training on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, she is currently in the final stages of the applied phase of training. She will be placed as the frontline fighter squadron of the IAF shortly.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-BhagyashreeThipsay – First woman to win International Grand Master- Chess

BhagyashreeThipsay won National Women’s Chess Championship five times (1985, 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1994) and the Asian Women’s Championship in 1991. She won Gold in Commonwealth Women Chess in 1999 and Silver in 1991,1994 and 2001. She has also won Gold in Asian Zonal Chess in 1993 and 1995. She has represented India in nine Chess Olympiads. She won the title of International Woman Master by FIDE in 1986. Ms.Thipsay is also a recipient of Padmashree and Arjun Award  in 1987 and Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in 1990.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

 

Indian First Ladies-Sunil Dabas – First woman kabaddi coach to win Dronacharya Award.

Sunil Dabas has been the coach of national female kabaddi team since 2005. Under her, the team has won seven gold medals in international championships. She was awarded the Dronacharya Award in 2012, and Padma Shri in 2014 by Government of India. In 2014, Government of Haryana felicitated her by Sports Women Achiever Award

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Heena Sidhu – First woman to win Gold in World Cup Shooting

Shooter Heena Sidhu has a terrific record of wins to her credit. Sidhu won gold in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships. Sidhu’s pairing with Jitu Rai at the ISSF World Cup final in New Delhi had won gold for India. She had won bronze in the women’s 10 air pistol event at the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships as well. Sidhu was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2014.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Surekha Yadav – First Indian Woman train driver of passenger train

Surekha, now 51, became India’s first female passenger train driver in 1988. The Indian Railways, a traditionally male-dominated industry, had finally opened its doors to women.The most defining moment of her career was Women’s Day on March 8, 2011, when she was named Asia’s first woman train driver to run the Deccan Queen from Pune to ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus railway station (CST), one of the most difficult rail routes. She won series of awards including JijauPuraskar (1998) Women achievers award (2001) Sahyadrihirkani award (2004) PrernaPuraskar (2005) Sarathi Award by Red Swasthik etc.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January, 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-KarnamMalleswari – First Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.

Karnam Malleswari is the first woman Olympic medallist in weightlifting representing India.She is famously known as the Iron Lady of India. Smt. Malleswari won the world title in the 54 kg division in 1994 and 1995 and placed third in 1993 and 1996. In 2000 Sydney Olympics, she lifted 110 kg in the ‘snatch’ and 130 kg in ‘clean and jerk’ for a total lift of 240 kg. She was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1995 and received Padma Shri Award in 1999. In a career span of almost a decade and half, Ms. Karnam Malleswari has bagged 41 Gold medals, 15 Silver medals, 8 Bronze medals, including 1 Olympic Bronze medal and 6 national records.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January, 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Radhika Menon -India’s first female Merchant Navy Captain

She is regarded as India’s first female master mariner. Captain Radhika Menon got her first command in the year 2012, when she assumed the post of radio officer with Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. She made India proud by winning the top international bravery award by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for ‘Exceptional Bravery at sea 2016’. Her display of great determination and courage in rescuing seven fishermen from the sinking boat Durgamma made her a household name back then

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January, 20, 2018 at New Delhi

Indian First Ladies-Nicole Faria – First Indian woman to win the Miss Earth title

Nicole Faria has her roots in Bangalore and has won the coveted title of Miss Earth in 2010. She is the first woman from India to win the title of Miss Earth. Nicole has featured on many magazine covers, like- Elle, Femina, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Jfw, HiBlitz, Man’s World magazine. She ruled the advertising industry and was the international brand ambassador for Frederique Constant, a Swiss watch brand and has also appeared on the Kingfisher calendar in 2014. She has made significant contribution in spreading awareness about the detrimental effect of pollution on RabindraSarovar Lakes.

She was honored with INDIAN WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD by the President of India on January, 20, 2018 at New Delhi