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Kashmiri girl shortlisted for L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards

Kashmiri girl shortlisted for L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards

SRINAGAR —  A Kashmiri girl who shot to fame in Kashmir Valley for developing an Android application, has been shortlisted for L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2014.
The yearly awards are given to women for ‘remarkable’ achievements. Mehwish Mushtaq Hakaak, a resident of uptown Srinagar, was shortlisted in the ‘Online Influencer’ category.

This comes almost a year after Mehwish, an ambitious computer engineer and an Android application developer created history by being the first Kashmiri to have developed a ‘Kashmir centric’ Android application which she named ‘Dial Kashmir’.
‘Dial Kashmir’ contains contact details of many government and private departments and acts as a ‘mobile telephone directory’.
Mehvish, 23, has done her Bachelors from SSM College OF Engineering and Technology (BE Computer Science).  
A week back, announcing the awards, Femina group shortlisted Mehwish’s name in this year’s awards category.
The third edition of the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards will be held on March 27, 2014, in Mumbai, and it will salute women with extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional commitment to their careers and communities.
However, the group announced that the awards will be based on the number of highest votes that have been casted online in favor of the shortlisted candidates.
Mehwish has been shortlisted in the online category along with three other women including Meena Kandasamy, Swati Ramanathan and Priyanka Bose.
The voting lines are open and the votes can be casted by logging into the website of Femina India.
The awards were instituted in 2012 when Femina, India’s most read women’s magazine partnered with iconic beauty brand L’Oreal Paris.
Announcing the awards, Tanya Chaitanya, Editor, Femina, said, “The L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2014 are an indication that, however small the beginnings, if a woman and her work affect even a few people in a life-changing manner, then she deserves to be recognised and applauded. Extraordinary stories, exemplary courage and the larger vision--this year’s names are an inspiration to all of us. Join the movement!”
Other categories include Social Impact, Favorite Face of a Cause, Online Influencer, Science and Innovation, Films, Sports, Education, Business and Entrepreneurship, Business and Entrepreneurship, Music and Performing Arts, Design and Arts, Literary Contribution, Environment, Woman We Love, and Leadership.
Talking to Authint mail, Mehwish appealed the people of Jammu and Kashmir to cast votes in her favor, a move she believes can bring the laurels to the state. Mehwish is the first girl from Jammu and Kashmir to have made it to these awards.
“I am very thankful to almighty Allah, to have given me another chance to achieve one more feat in my career and this can only be possible when the people across the world cast votes in my favor,” she said.


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