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‘Spy Princess’ Noor Inayat Khan honored by UK

imageUK honored and remembered the sacrifice of Ms Noor Inayat Khan by unveiling a bronze bust of hers at the central London Gordon Square Gardens near the house where she lived. It is said to be the first such memorial in Britain dedicated to a Muslim and the first in honour of an Asian woman.

About “Noor Inayat Khan”:

  • Noor Inayat Khan (January 2, 1914 – 13 September 13, 1944)
  • imageNoor Inayat Khan (also known as "Nora Baker" and "Madeleine"), she was of Indian Sufi origin.
  • Born in Moscow to an Indian father, Hazrat Inayat Khan and an American mother, Ora Ray Baker. Her father was great-grandson of Tipu Sultan. Thus, Noor was a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the e 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore who had refused to submit to British rule and was killed in battle in 1799.
  • British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War.
  • She became the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France to aid the French Resistance to the Nazis.
  • She was eventually betrayed, captured and killed in Dachau Concentration Camp by the Gestapo at the age of 30.
  • Gestapo = The secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods.
  • Her last word was “Liberte
  • Posthumously awarded the George Cross for her work in France and for revealing nothing of use to her interrogators despite being tortured by the Gestapo for 10 months.

* Noor’s biography: “Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan” by Shrabani Basu

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Rashmi Kumari wins World Carrom Championship

Rashmi Kumari is an International Carrom Champion from Bihar, India. She won the World Carrom Championship held at Colombo, Srilanka.

  • imageRashmi won the Carrom Championship for the second time in her career.
  • Rashmi won the world Carrom Championship earlier in 2000.
  • She won the National Championship in January 2012 when she was in her eighth month of pregnancy.
  • Rashmi is a Human Resources Executive with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation in Delhi.

* The current men’s world champion is a Sri Lankan, Nishantha Fernando.