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Nepalese Journalist Sumnima Udas who works for CNN International as Delhi-based Correspondent

Sumnima Udas is CNN International's Delhi-based correspondent. Udas is responsible for covering key political, economic, social, environmental and general interest stories from the country. Udas' recent assignments include reporting on President Barack Obama's historic visit to India as the first American President to be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day parade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States, the 2015 Sri Lankan elections as well as the Papal visit to the island nation. Udas covered the landmark 2014 Indian General Elections, the country's successful Mars mission and profiled Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi. She reported on the various high profile rape cases which have put a spotlight on women's rights in India including the brutal New Delhi gang rape of December 2012 and its aftermath. She fronted CNN's World's Untold Stories documentary, "'Nirbhaya,' The Fearless One" which recounted the young gang rape victim's courageous struggle for life, and highlighted her enduring legacy which left a lasting impact on India's social fabric. 

Amongst her reporting from the region, Udas traveled to Malaysia to report on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, interviewing the families of passengers and crew members on-board. She also reported from the Andamans on the search for the missing airplane. Udas investigated the barbaric kidney trafficking trade in Nepal for CNN's Freedom Project documentary, "Nepal's Organ Trail." She has also covered economic stories from the country including reports on the growth of e-commerce in India, how smart phones are helping transform life for India's rural communities, challenges facing entrepreneurs in the country, Prime Minister Modi's project to build 100 smart cities across India and trade talks between India and China. Udas has been recognized at various prestigious fora for her sensitive reporting on gender issues ranging from sexual violence to the plight of acid attack victims. This includes being awarded the "Journalist of the Year" at the inaugural Women's Empowerment (WE) Journalism Awards in 2014 and the award in the "Outstanding multimedia story about South Asia, or the worldwide South Asians diaspora" category at the South Asian Journalists Association Awards, 2014. 

Udas was part of the team that was awarded the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award in 2012 for reporting on slavery in Indian villages, as part of the CNN Freedom Project, the network's global initiative against human trafficking and modern day slavery. She also received the Asian Television Award as a producer on CNN Talk Asia, the monthly interview show that explores the personalities behind newsmakers. Some of Udas' other key stories include the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the widespread anti-corruption protests of 2011. Udas joined CNN as a news assistant in New York in 2001 and went on to pursue her postgraduate studies and freelance assignments. She returned to the network as a Hong Kong-based show producer in 2006 and was CNN's Delhi based producer from 2010 to 2012. Udas received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with honors in Broadcast Journalism and History of Art from Washington and Lee University, Virginia, USA. She went on to secure her Masters Degree from Oxford University's Modern History faculty. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and French and has lived in several countries including Pakistan, Italy, Switzerland, Myanmar, Russia, the United States and Jordan.

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