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According to Pulse, a leading medical publication, three general practitioners of Indian origin are among Britain’s 50 best doctors who have helped shape health care. The three doctors who figure in the magazine’s annual list of 50 best GPs are Kamlesh Khunti, Chaand Nagpaul and Kailash Chand. Khunt Kamlesh Khunti has graduated from the University of Dundee in 1984, is a leading diabetes expert; Chaand Nagpaul, who topped Pulse’s 2010 list of up-and-coming GPs, has graduated from the University of London in 1985; and Kailash Chand has graduated from Punjabi University, Patiala, in 1974, spent 25 years as a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Sukanya Roy

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Sukanya Roy has won the crown at the prestigious Spelling Bee championships in Maryland, US. The 14-year-old is the fourth Indian-origin student in a row to bag top honours at the event, for correctly spelling the tongue twister ‘cymotrichous.’

Lakshmi Mittal

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Lakshmi Mittal has topped the Sunday Times ranking of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Britain for a seventh year. Mittal, the Indian-born chief executive officer of Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steel maker, topped the list even after the 60-year-old’s fortune declined by 22 per cent to £17.5 billion (S$35.5 billion). Usmanov, the billionaire shareholder of Russian iron-ore producer Metalloinvest, beat 44-year-old Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, to second place after adding £7.7 billion to his net worth. The other Indian name at the No.1 spot is - Anurag Dikshit , who tops the giving list by transferring a massive £172.4 million from his personal fortune to charitable foundation Kusuma Trust in India. The Duke of Westminster - who owns half the land in central London - is at fourth place. The Queen is somewhere around the 88th. There are also more women than usual, over 100 for the first time, including Chinese-born property entrepreneur Xiuli Hawken .

Tena Mena

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Tena Mena of Arunachal Pradesh has become the first woman from the state to successfully scale Mt Everest. She reached the summit along with her guide Tsering Dorje Sherpa. First Indian Woman to Climb Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal is the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest. She achieved this feat on 23rd May 1984. Bachendri Pal was part of the fourth expedition, named Everest 84. She was one of the members of the elite group of six Indian women and eleven men who were part of the group. Bachendri Pal was the only woman in the group to reach the summit.

Suzanne Al Houby

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Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian woman living in the UAE, has become the first Arab woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Al Houby spent 51 days scaling the mountain as part of a four-person team before reaching the 8,848m peak. She is one of around just 100 women to have conquered the world’s tallest mountain. The mother of two is no stranger to the record books. To date, Al Houby has scaled the highest mountains on five of the world’s seven continents. She became the first Arab woman to reach Everest base camp, some 6,065m up, in 2003. She was also the first Arab woman to scale Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe, and the first Palestinian woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and the Napali-Indian sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Both have since been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

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