India is brimming with sunshine and talent this summer. The month of May has brought us some of the most intriguing stories that have pushed individuals and the nation to be better and to be more than yesterday. We have collected some of the key stories from the last month that’ll make you proud. From high-speed trains and roads that’ll cut your travel time by more than half to individuals who have made us proud, India is rising in all spheres.
Here is a list of ‘India Rising’ stories that capture the best of May:
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1. 15-year-old girl from Chandigarh who was left blinded after an acid attack has beaten the odds to score 95.20 percent in the CBSE Class 10 exam
Kafi’s life turned upside down when three strangers flung acid over her when she was three years old. The unfortunate incident has left her blind but the strong-willed girl has not let any of her shortcomings affect her studies or ambitions. She appeared for CBSE 10th Boards as a student of the Institute of Blind in Chandigarh and secured 95.2 percent marks.
Heartfelt congratulations to Kafi, a beacon of resilience and determination! A proud moment for all acid attack survivors as she tops her school in CBSE 10th result 2023 with an impressive 95.20%. Her journey from Budhana, Hisar to Chandigarh’s Institute of Blind is a testimony… pic.twitter.com/ALOcV7toRa
— Alok Dixit (@alteralok) May 13, 2023
2. Trees to be Planted for each IPL dot ball in the playoffs
The onscreen viewers of the first qualifier match of the IPL 2023 between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans saw that at every dot ball, a tree icon appeared. The commentators explained that 500 saplings would be planted for every dot ball in the IPL playoffs. The BCCI in association with the Tata Group have pledged to plant a total of 1,16,500 saplings at the end of the IPL playoffs.
— BISWAJIT NAYAK🇮🇳 (@nnbiswajeet) May 27, 2023
3. A 100-kilometer-long* road has been constructed on the Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway in a record time of 100 hours, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
In one of the most historic achievements of our times, a 100-kilometer-long road has been constructed on Ghaziabad – Aligarh Expressway in just 100 hours as per Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. This feat was achieved using bituminous concrete and green innovative solutions.
Proud moment for the entire nation!
The Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway has made history by achieving a remarkable feat: the laying of Bituminous Concrete over a distance of 100 lane kilometers in an unprecedented time of 100 hours. This accomplishment highlights the dedication and… pic.twitter.com/YMZrttGELE
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) May 19, 2023
4. You can now travel between Mumbai and Goa in 7 Hours from June!
Vande Bharata Express will beat Tejas Express to become the fastest train on the busy Mumbai to Goa route. The trail run on the route has been successful and it is expected that the train will commence running from June onwards. It will cover the 765 km distance between Mumbai and Madgaon in just 7 hours.
— Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) May 17, 2023
5. Guidelines to protect children working in the entertainment industry issued
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has come up with guidelines to protect the emotional and physical well-being of children working in the entertainment industry. The guidelines have made it compulsory for the child artist to be registered with a magistrate, and compensated with one day leave in a week. The other provisions of these guidelines include no overtime, no disruption of studies, timely payment, and work in the presence of a parent or legal guardian. It noted that the children are most prone to exploitation and often the working conditions are not safe.
Exploiting children in the name of entertainment will no longer be forgiven. Deep respects to @NCPCR_ for this much-needed guideline to propel us towards Vishwaguru.
The way we treat our children will determine how destiny treats us. pic.twitter.com/0ZW2OsCWRD
— Gems of Bollywood बॉलीवुड के रत्न (@GemsOfBollywood) May 19, 2023
6. India’s Longest Sea Bridge
Mumbai Trans Harbour Sea Link is the longest sea bridge in India. It has 6 lanes and is 21.8 Km long out of which stretches 16.5 km above the sea and connects Sewari in South Mumbai to Chirle on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai. The sea bridge is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2026. It would be a huge relief for the commuters as they would be able to drive at a speed of over 100 Km per hour and would travel time from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai in just 15 minutes.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 24, 2023
7. Proposed Varanasi-Kolkata greenfield expressway.
The Varanasi Kolkata expressway is a six-lane expressway currently under construction. It is 610 km long and will connect Kolkata to Varanasi via Bihar and Jharkhand. It will only take 6 – 7 hours to commute to these cities. Once complete it will allow people to travel from Delhi to Kolkata and vice versa in just 17 hours, as Delhi is already connected to Varanasi via Yamuna Expressway, Lucknow- Agra Expressway, and Purvanchal Expressway. It takes almost 10 hours to reach Varanasi from Delhi via these Expressways.
Varanasi-Kolkata Expressway: Delhi to Kolkata in about 17 hours; Farmers to get better road connectivity
Watch the video to know more. pic.twitter.com/tp2ElkafVb
— DD News (@DDNewslive) May 18, 2023
8. Cycling 16 km to school, Assam girl secures 4th position in Class 10 exam
16-year-old Sinam Jaiphabi Chanu stood 4th out of 4Lakh children who sat for class 10th CBSE boards exam in Assam. She used to cycle 16 km every day on broken and muddy roads, to reach her school. Even hot and sunny weather or non-stop rains did not deter her from cycling to school. This girl’s story is an inspiration for all the girls everywhere. She did not let any obstacle come in the way of her education.
Proud moment for Sonai as Sinam Jaiphabi Chanu of Holy across School, Kabuganj, secured 4th rank in HSLC examination 2023. My heartiest congratulations to Sinam, her parents and teachers.#HSLCresult2023 pic.twitter.com/5zPEAK0WDv
— Karim Uddin Barbhuiya (@KUBarbhuiya) May 22, 2023
9. Prathamesh Jawkar shocks world No.1 to win maiden archery World Cup gold
When the 19 years old Maharashtrian, Prathamesh Jawkar made it to the Archery World Cup in Shanghai nobody knew him! But, he proved his mettle by winning the gold medal to become the world champion in his maiden World Cup. The teenager defeated the world no.1 Mike Schloesser in a neck-to-neck competition by one point. Other players who performed exceedingly well in the game were Jyothi Vennam-Ojas Deotale who topped in the mixed game and Avneet Kaur won bronze in the Individual Women’s compound.
#ArcheryWorldCup Stage 2:
India🇮🇳 finishes second in the medal tally behind Korea with 2 Gold🥇and 1 Bronze🥉medal in the compound section at Shanghai.
India bags all three medals in the compound section, with Prathamesh Jawkar winning the individual Gold and Avneet Kaur… pic.twitter.com/3NKkIBZPVI
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 21, 2023
10. Niranjan Kaur has been giving free tuition classes to underprivileged children since Class 8. She has secured third rank in Class 12 CBSE exams
Niranjan Kaur has secured third position in humanities across Ludhiana. She has been teaching underprivileged children around her neighborhood since class eight and has so far educated 25 students. She managed to do so by finishing her homework in school and studying early morning and giving free tuitions in the evening.
11. Internet Lauds Mumbai Cop For Covering Slippery Road In Mumbai With Sand To Prevent Accidents
An appreciation post by a Twitter user about a Mumbai cop is doing the rounds on the internet. The user had posted about the policeman’s kind gesture of spraying sand on the slippery road to prevent bike accidents. He informed that when the policeman noticed that the bikes were slipping on the road after rain he immediately got into action. The post has received more than 68,900 views so far.
Today at Bhandup Pumping signal many bikes were slipping due to rain, 1 traffic officer called fire brigade but didn’t wait he himself covering road with dust to make sure safety of commuters. Salute to the man. 👏 @MumbaiPolice pic.twitter.com/DOfgPxkb0y
— Vaibhav Parmar (@ParmarVaibhav7) May 2, 2023
12. Wheelchair-Bound For Five Years After An Accident, Kerala Woman Beats Multiple Challenges To Clear Civil Service
Twenty-five years old Sherin Shahana from Wayanad Kerala has beaten all odds to clear the Civil Services examinations in one go. She was bedridden for two years after she fell from her terrace in 2017. Despite her family’s financial struggle she did not let go of her dream and took constructive steps to reach this far.
Congratulations to two physically challenged students, Kajal Raju from Kasargode (L, in sari) & Sherin Shahana of Wayanad (R, in wheelchair), both part of HyderAli Shihab Thangal Academy, Perinthalmanna, under the KREA project of @najibkantapuram MLA, who made it to the civil… pic.twitter.com/wtxFyITBR1
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 23, 2023
13. Inspired By A Constable Who Became ACP, This Delhi Cop Cleared Civil Services Exam In 8th Attempt
Head Constable Ram Bhajan Kumar of Delhi Police who served for more than 10 years, cleared the Civil Services exam in the 8th attempt. Despite 7 failed attempts, he did not give up. He wanted to serve people from a bigger platform but the real inspiration that got him going was Firoz Alam, another constable of the Delhi police who cleared it in 2019.
#DelhiPolice head constable #RamBhajanKumar, serving in the cyber cell police station, has achieved a remarkable feat by securing the 667th rank in the highly competitive Union Public Service Commission (#UPSC) examination of 2022.#UPSC2022 #UPSCResults #UPSCResult2022 pic.twitter.com/63Yr3XLnKj
— IANS (@ians_india) May 24, 2023
14. At six years and five months, Arishka Laddha has achieved a remarkable feat as she has become the youngest to scale the Mount Everest Base Camp
Six years and five months old Arishka Laddha from Pune has created a world record to become the youngest mountain climber to climb the base camp of Mount Everest at 17,500 feet. She set out on this journey with her mother and took 15 days to reach the base camp braving harsh cold weather that ranged from minus three to minus seventeen degrees. And, now, she hopes to climb Mount Everest someday.
Record-breaking achievement by 6-year-old #ArishkaLaddha as she conquers Mt. Everest Base Camp in just 15 days, braving the extreme altitude in 7-8 layers of clothing. A true inspiration for young adventurers everywhere! 🏔️🎯#PositiveNews #Mountaineering #Inspirational pic.twitter.com/PtIySjbvWT
— Ministry of Steel (@SteelMinIndia) May 9, 2023
15. 15-yr-old girl Maleesha Kharwa from Dharavi Slums becomes the face of Forest Essentials – a luxury beauty brand
Maleesha Kharwa who hails from Dharavi Slums in Mumbai is now the face of the brand’s new campaign, ‘The Yuvati Collection.’The Teen model was discovered when she was 10 years old by Robert Hoffmann. The commoner who made it big is also known as, ‘The Slum Princess.’ She is famous on Instagram with over 300 K followers. She has even appeared in a short film called, ‘Live Your Fairytale.’
Image Source: Forest Essentials (Facebook)
In fact, these stories from the last month of individual achievements and development on the national front are only testimony to the fact that India is rising and the world will follow the lead.