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7:53 am - Friday December 15, 2017

Manik Banerjee and Lt. Col. RS Jamwal received IMF Awards

Agencies, Kolkata

Veteran mountaineer and journalist Manik Banerjee and noted climber Lt Col R S Jamwal have been presented with “Nain Singh Kishen Singh Life Time Achievement Award“ and “IMF Gold Medal” respectively constituted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for the year 2017.

Mr Banerjee was presented with the Life Time Achievement award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades and invaluable contribution in promotion of mountaineering and allied adventure activities in various media besides his yeoman service in spreading the spirit of adventure activities among the under privileged.

Lt Col Jamwal was awarded the Gold Medal for his achievements in mountaineering and carrying out rescue work beside campaigning for environment awareness.

Veteran lady mountaineer Chandra Prabha Aitwal and Air Vice Marshall Ranjit Kumar gave away the awards in presence of IMF President Col (Retd) H S Chauhan and other leading mountaineers in the country during the Annual General Meeting of IMF in New Delhi on Saturday.

Apart from making first ascent of Kaburu Dome in Sikkim Himalaya and Jogin Two and first Indian ascent of Uja Tirche (both in Garhwal Himalaya) and participating in many major Himalayan expeditions including Mt. Everest, Nanda Devi, Tirsuli, Herdeol during nineteen seventees and eightees, Mr Banerjee is still continuing with the movement for spreading the spirit of adventure among the students and youths of the country.

Lt. Col Jamwal has the distinction of reaching the top of Mt. Everest thrice during 2013, 2016 and 2017 beside climbing many other peaks in Indian Himalaya.

He was also actively involved in rescuing many of the trapped climbers in and around Kumbu Ice Fall, the base camp for Everest Expedition from Nepal when earthquake struck that country during pre-monsoon period of 2015.

Earlier, during the annual general meeting of the IMF, the general body reelected Col H S Chauhan as its President for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19.

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