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Agatha K.


Agatha K. Sangma (born July 24, 1980) is a Member of Parliament of India (MP), and part of the
15th Lok Sabha. She represents the Tura constituency of Meghalaya state, and won the Indian
parliamentary elections as a candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Presently she is
youngest Minister of State in the current Cabinet.

Agatha Sangma was born in New Delhi to P. A. Sangma, a prominent Indian leader and
politician, and former speaker of the Lok Sabha, and Smt. Soradini K. Sangma. She was brought
up in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Her brother Conrad Sangma is the Leader of the Opposition
in Meghalaya.

She received her LLB degree from Pune University and later joined the bar in Delhi High Court.
She did her Masters in Environmental Management from Nottingham University, UK.

Agatha Sangma was first elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in a by-election in May 2008, after her
father P.A. Sangma resigned from the seat to join state politics. Later she was reelected to 15th
Lok Sabha where she is the youngest Indian MP. At age 29, she is the youngest minister in the
council of ministers of 15th Lok Sabha.

She is currently the minister of state for rural development. Agatha Sangma is a lawyer, an
environmentalist, an amateur photographer.

Saina Nehwal (born March 17, 1990) is an Indian Khel Ratna badminton player currently ranked
5 in the world by Badminton World Federation. Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the
singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton
Championships. Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a
Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open with a victory over higher-ranked
Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta.

Saina won her second career Super Series title by winning the Singapore Open title on June 20,
2010. She completed a hat-trick in the same year by winning the Indonesian Open on June 27,
2010. This win resulted in her rise to 3rd ranking and subsequently to No. 2. Later in the same
year she also won Hong Kong Super Series on December 12, 2010. After experiencing a poor
2011 season, Saina become the first Indian singles player to reach the summit stage of year-
ending Super Series Finals defeating two-time All England champion and World No. 5 Tine
Baun in the semi-finals.

Previously coached by S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, Saina is the reigning Indian
national junior champion and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari
since August 2008, with the former All England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand
being her mentor.
Saina was born in Dhindar, Hisar district, Haryana and completed first few years of her
schooling from Campus School. Her Father initially worked in CCS HAU and they then had
their residence in the University Campus. He later shifted to Hyderabad & so Saina spent her
growing years in Hyderabad, India. Her foray into the world of badminton was influenced by her
father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her
mother Usha Nehwal, both of whom were former badminton champions in Haryana. She is the
top ranked player (women) in Indian Badminton history.