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WB CM remembers mountaineer Chhanda Gayen on birth anniversary

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Mamata today remembered mountaineer Chhanda Gayen, the first civilian woman from the state to summit Mt Everest, on her birth anniversary.

Describing the mountaineer as "brave", the chief minister said that her courage may become an inspiration for everybody.

"Fondly remembering the brave mountaineer Chhanda on In her memory, the Bengal Government has instituted the Bravery Award for successful mountaineers. May her courage inspire us all," wrote on her handle this morning.

Chhanda Gayen, who had scaled in 2013, went missing along with two sherpas in an avalanche while descending the western side of Mt Kanchenjunga, also known as Mt Yulan Kang, in in 2014.

She was declared missing/dead after rescuers failed to spot her and the three accompanying sherpas.

On her honour, the government introduced the 'Bravery Award' for women for their outstanding achievement in the field of adventure.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 13:35 IST