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Independence Day special: In the past year, these Indians have made the country proud

In the past year, India has grown in all respects to make its place in the world even more significant. This Independence Day, let us look at some of the personalities across sectors that helped the country shine.

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Hima Das | The 18-year-old ‘Golden girl’ from Assam, created history by becoming the first Indian to win a track gold at World Junior Athletics Championship 2018. Her time of 51.46 seconds in women’s 400 metre won her the gold medal in Tampere, Finland. (Image: Reuters)
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Hima Das | The 18-year-old ‘Golden girl’ from Assam, created history by becoming the first Indian to win a track gold at World Junior Athletics Championship 2018. Her time of 51.46 seconds in women’s 400 metre won her the gold medal in Tampere, Finland. (Image: Reuters)

Indian Women’s Hockey Team | The team won the 2017 Asia Cup hockey title by defeating China 5-4. With this victory, Indian eves qualified for the 2018 World Cup. (Image: Hockey India)
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Indian Women’s Hockey Team | The team won the 2017 Asia Cup hockey title by defeating China 5-4. With this victory, Indian eves qualified for the 2018 World Cup. (Image: Hockey India)

Manushi Chhillar | A medical student from Haryana’s Rohtak, Chhillar won the Miss World 2017 crown to become the sixth Indian woman to do so. She was named in Times’ Most Desirable Women of India 2017’. (Image: Reuters)
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Manushi Chhillar | A medical student from Haryana’s Rohtak, Chhillar won the Miss World 2017 crown to become the sixth Indian woman to do so. She was named in Times’ Most Desirable Women of India 2017’. (Image: Reuters)

Dipa Karmakar | Leading Indian gymnasts, Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win a gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. She is first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics. (Image: Reuters)
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Dipa Karmakar | Leading Indian gymnasts, Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win a gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. She is first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics. (Image: Reuters)

Dilip Asbe | The MD & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India, Asbe took the company’s BHIM app from strength to strength. According to recent data, India used UPI for 246.37 million transactions in June 2018, a 30% spike from May this year. (Moneycontrol)
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Dilip Asbe | The MD & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India, Asbe took the company’s BHIM app from strength to strength. According to recent data, India used UPI for 246.37 million transactions in June 2018, a 30% spike from May this year. (Moneycontrol)

Manu Kumar Jain | The only Indian on Chinese phone maker Xiaomi’s board, Jain is widely credited to be the man behind the brand’s overwhelming success in India. Jain holds 2.3 million shares allotted under the employee stock ownership plan. (Image: Reuters)
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Manu Kumar Jain | The only Indian on Chinese phone maker Xiaomi’s board, Jain is widely credited to be the man behind the brand’s overwhelming success in India. Jain holds 2.3 million shares allotted under the employee stock ownership plan. (Image: Reuters)

Vijay Shekhar Sharma | Founder of digital wallet company Paytm, Sharma is the youngest Indian billionaire, according to Forbes. He's the only Indian to be listed in the under-40 league. (Image: WikiMedia Commons)
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma | Founder of digital wallet company Paytm, Sharma is the youngest Indian billionaire, according to Forbes. He's the only Indian to be listed in the under-40 league. (Image: WikiMedia Commons)

Satyarup Sidhanta | A Bengaluru-based mountaineer, Sidhanta became the second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. Ojos del Salado is in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest active volcano in the world at 6,893 metres (22,615 ft). (Image: WikiMedia Commons)
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Satyarup Sidhanta | A Bengaluru-based mountaineer, Sidhanta became the second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. Ojos del Salado is in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest active volcano in the world at 6,893 metres (22,615 ft). (Image: WikiMedia Commons)

Indu Malhotra | A senior advocate, Malhotra was sworn in as a Judge of Supreme Court of India, making her the first ever woman judge to be elevated directly from the Bar. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. (Image: Reuters)
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Indu Malhotra | A senior advocate, Malhotra was sworn in as a Judge of Supreme Court of India, making her the first ever woman judge to be elevated directly from the Bar. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. (Image: Reuters)

Mukesh Ambani | The 61-year-old leader of Reliance Industries eclipsed Alibaba Group Holding founder Jack Ma to become Asia’s richest man. It’s the latest landmark for the businessman, who owns a 27-story home in Mumbai. (Image: Reuters)
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Mukesh Ambani | The 61-year-old leader of Reliance Industries eclipsed Alibaba Group Holding founder Jack Ma to become Asia’s richest man. It’s the latest landmark for the businessman, who owns a 27-story home in Mumbai. (Image: Reuters)

Mary Kom | The five-time World Champion, Kom won a gold medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Light Flyweight (48 kg) category. She defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judges’ decision. (Image: Reuters)
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Mary Kom | The five-time World Champion, Kom won a gold medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Light Flyweight (48 kg) category. She defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judges’ decision. (Image: Reuters)

PV Sindhu | One of India's best shuttlers, Sindhu won a silver medal at the World Championships 2018 of Badminton in the women’s singles category held at Nanjing, China. It makes Sindhu the only Indian woman to have four world championship podium finishes. (Image: Reuters)
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PV Sindhu | One of India's best shuttlers, Sindhu won a silver medal at the World Championships 2018 of Badminton in the women’s singles category held at Nanjing, China. It makes Sindhu the only Indian woman to have four world championship podium finishes. (Image: Reuters)

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu | She won a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, US. She lifted a new world record of 194kg – 85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk in the 48 kg weight category. (Image: PTI)
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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu | She won a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, US. She lifted a new world record of 194kg – 85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk in the 48 kg weight category. (Image: PTI)

First Published on Aug 14, 2018 07:31 pm
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