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Ricky Kej to perform for Narendra Modi at Johannesburg

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Johannesburg, July 8 

Grammy Award-winning Indian musician Ricky Kej is set to perform for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other state leaders and dignitaries of South Africa at ‘The Dome’ here on Friday.

The performance will be witnessed by a live audience of over 15,000 people and a television audience of 200 million across the globe.

Kej, who has flown down from India to Johannesburg especially for this performance, told IANS that he will be performing a song about Mahatma Gandhi from his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samsara”.

“I have flown (to South Africa) especially for this performance. I was invited by the Indian diaspora,” Kej said.

He would be performing with Grammy-winning South African flautist, producer and composer Wouter Kellerman, who also featured on “Winds of Samsara”.

“Our Grammy-winning album was a collaboration between him and me, so (we have) South Africa and India right there,” Kej said.

“We will also be playing the music video from the album. Mahatma Gandhi spent his formative years in South Africa, so I thought it would be perfect,” he added.

Last year, Kej was invited by Modi to personally congratulate him on his win at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Kej, who also composed a special version of the national anthem for the PM, said he felt great to receive recognition for his work from the country and from the head of government.

Modi arrived in South Africa on Thursday from Mozambique on the second leg of his four-nation African tour.

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya.

 

(IANS)

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J&K: 1 terrorist killed, 2 Army men injured in an encounter in Kupwara

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New Delhi, July 16: One terrorist has been killed and two 2 Army personnel were injured during an encounter in Safawali Gal in Kupwara along the Line of Control on Monday. One AK-47 rifle has been recovered from the terrorist. 

The encounter is currently underway.

Alert troops of the Army noticed suspicious movement in Safawali Gali and challenged the infiltrators.

“When challenged, the terrorists fired, triggering a gunfight. One terrorist has been killed in this operation which is still going on,” news agency IANS quoted the sources as saying.

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Over 4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 16: Over 1,87,300 pilgrims have so far performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra as another batch of 4,195 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Monday.

“A total of 4,195 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two batches of 2,455 and 1,740 for the Valley in escorted convoys. Of these, 2,455 Yatris are headed for Baltal while 1,740 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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Woman gang-raped,burnt alive in temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal

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Lucknow, July 15 : Ina shocking incident, a 35-year old woman and a mother of two was allegedly gang-raped by five men, then burnt alive in a temple in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh .The Beti Bachao, Beti Padao of Modi government and Ram Rajya of Yogi Adityanath government have been exposed when a brutal crime of this nature comes to light .

The incident took place late on July 13 when the 35-year-old victim was alone in her house with her daughter and the five persons barged into her house and allegedly raped her. police said.

According to her husband, the victim had sent a message to her cousin about the horrific incident.Before she could inform the police, the men again came to house  and dragged her to a temple  and set her ablaze. She called UP police’s Dial-100 emergency service but no one answered the call.

The audio clip of the last call the 35-year-old sent is being used as evidence in the case.

An FIR has been lodged in Rajpura police station  against five persons identified as Aram Singh, Mahaveer, Charan Singh, Gullu and Kumarpal , where the brutal crime took place.

The audio clip of the last call the 35-year-old sent is being used as evidence in the case.

 

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