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  • Keep the spirit Kashmiris are not less than anyone in any field”  

JAMMU:  Being a girl from troubled Kashmir Valley and a dreamer from her childhood when she was just seven years old and wished to create history as a footballer, became victim of favouritism, lack of discipline among players, insufficient practice opportunities and at the top, lack of support from the concerned authorise thus all her dreams were shattered. 

Though she never faced any problem or difficulty due to troubled situation in Kashmir Valley, yet she admitted that being a girl that too from Kashmir itself is a difficult to make people understand that there is nothing wrong to be in sports.  

Qudsiya Altaf while talking to Editor-in-Chief of JK Monitor, Ajmer Alam Wani, recalled that when she was just seven years used to climb Zabarwan Mountain, which was the first sports activity she went for.   

But sooner she got inspired by one of the most popular footballer of Kashmir Valley Ahmad Ishfaq whom she saw playing football at Polo Ground Srinagar before that she never saw football player in her city.  Her passion for sports didn't stop here only, alongside football, she continued to get inspired by her younger sister and keep practicing Skiing.


No doubt, the dreams were big, high and firm to create some history in the upcoming football events but she lamented facing difficulties, problems and absence of support. “The most difficult problem I faced which became a reason I stopped playing football that time when I was on my peak to full fill my dream was favouritism, lack of discipline among players, lack of practice and lack of support from the concern authorities”, Qudsiya said adding that her dream to be an international player got shattered due to discouragement. 

Qudsiya feel proud while saying that her family always supported her whether she was in football or Skiing. They were always by her side to encourage adding that thought she didn’t face any difficulty due to troubled situation in Kashmir Valley but admitted that the troubled situation has not only affected the grooming sports but the whole system in the valley. 

She didn’t have support from any NGO, except providing her temporary football ground and few equipments by Secretary Sports Council, Waheed ur Rehman Parra / JKFA after completion of certificate course and it was her younger sister who was a constant source of inspiration for her as she too is also a sports person and has faced lot of difficulties but never give up and the result of patience and hard work paid her. 

In her message to girls aspiring their career in sports, Qudsiya advised not to bother about what people around talks, “trust yourself and go for your dreams in a proper way so that your family will be the first to be proud on you, whatever you want to be in your life just work hard and full fill your dreams. Keep the spirit Kashmiris are not less than anyone in any field”.  

While concluding she said that if proper guidance will b given, sports can keep the person away from all the ill habits  like smoking , drinking etc  which are now a days on its peak.

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JAMMU: Seeking support from her home town, Sangeet Kour Sandhu, daughter of the soil, married at New Delhi has been chosen as one of the finalists for Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2017 Season 7. Addressing media here, Sangeet Kour Sandhu said, “I am born and brought in Jammu and very well connected to my roots. It's a proud moment for me that I have been chosen as a finalist for Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2017 Season 7. And I am here to request all the media and people of my state to support me in this journey of mine.”

Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide has been organizing this contest since last 7 years. It's is special platform as it doesn't only include participation from within India but targets all the Indian women across the globe. In past participation was from South Africa, Australia, USA, Thailand etc. This year the total registration number was 8000 and out of which 1500 were called for auditions. So final the count has come up to 60 ladies - 57 contestants from India and 3 from overseas ( London, Canada n UAE)

Elaborating her journey towards this international title Sangeet said that she is married for last 3 and a half years and I am blessed with an eight-months old baby girl. “Post my pregnancy I was suffering from Post pregnancy blue depression as I was home arrest for almost one long year. So I came across this pageant and my husband and family pushed me and encouraged me to go ahead with it. And now with all their support and love I not just handled depression but also reached such a huge platform,” added Sangeet.

On July 27th she will be traveling to Vietnam for grooming and folio shooting on Aug 5th is the finale. “I really want Jammu people,  my people to come forward and support me by liking , sharing and comment on my official page on Facebook , instagram  and twitter. My official FB page is - Sangeet Kour Sandhu - Finalist Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2017,” sought Sangeet.

Whether I win or lose , something that will always be there and that is the experience and learnings from this journey. My message to all the married women out there - don't let your dreams die. What if u r married or have kids . If you are determined than nothing can stop you . If I can go for  it with my 8 months old baby and when I started this journey at that time she was just 4 months old. She is even travelling to Vietnam with me if I can do this than all the women can do it. Message to the parents please support ur daughters n ur daughter in laws too.

Jammu please let me win Mrs popular sub title by liking my official page on Facebook instagram n twitter - my page details Sangeet kour Sandhu - finalist Haut Monde Mrs india Worldwide season 7.

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SRINAGAR: A young female social activist Ruheena Shahzad has been nominated as State President – Women Cell – J&K of Antarrashtriya Manavadhikar Sangh (International Human Rights Federation) on Friday. Ruheena Shahzad the social activist residing in a remote area of central Kashmir’s Kangan town has been very interesting in social work from a very young age. 

Antarrashtriya Manavadhikar Sangh is an expression of national and international tradition of tolerance in all cultures that form the basics of peace and progress. Citizens including her friends, relatives and neighbors took to Social Networking Site Facebook with congratulation messages all over. 

“Congratulations for excellence and flying higher in skies of performance from this remotest ecological zone of turmoil hit soil” posts a freelance Journalist. Another local resident Afshana Nazir of Kangan posted the Screenshot of the letter and wrote “I am feeling happy as well as secured now as state President of International Human Rights  Federation – Women Wing – is my next door neighbour”.  

Residents have thanked the organization and hailed their decision of nominating a Ruheena as State President – Women Cell – J&K of Antarrashtriya Manavadhikar Sangh (International Human Rights Federation).