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West Bengal government honours Legendary singer ‘Asha Bhosle’

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Kolkata, May 22: Veteran singer Asha Bhosle was conferred the Banga Bibhushan, the West Bengal Government’s highest award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

“I am elated that Asha Bhosle has accepted our invitation and has taken the pain to come here. We can never forget her contribution,” Banerjee said at the event.

Bengali matinee idol Prosenjit Chatterjee and Justice Shyamal Kumar Sen (retd) also received the Banga Bibhushan.

On Banerjee’s request, the veteran singer mesmerised everyone by rendering a Bengali song.

Banerjee said “one cannot forget Bhosle’s connection to the soil of Bengal” as she and her sister Lata Mangeshkar have sung many Bengali songs and it is a matter of pride for the Bengalis.

“We couldn’t invite Lata Mangeshkar, owing to her health but we extend our best regards to her through Ashaji,” said Banerjee.

This year, writer Samaresh Majumdar and footballer Subrata Bhattacharya also received the Banga Bibhushan.

Other recipients of the prestigious award included Girija Shankar Rai (writer), S.K. Bhowmik (researcher), Mohammed Habib (football player).

Singers Sriradha Bandopadhyay, Arundhati Homchoudhury and Partha Ghosh (elocutionist) received the Banga Bhushan award.

The Mamata Banerjee-led government instituted these awards in 2011 after it came to power.

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Writer, activist Sadia Dehlvi dead

Dehlvi was also the associate producer of the TV series “Not a Nice Man to Know” (1998) with late writer Khushwant Singh (who had penned a similarly titled anthology) interviewing women from various fields. She also acted in the TV series “Zindagi Kitni Khoobsoorat Hai” (2001).

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : Writer, columnist, filmmaker and activist Sadia Dehlvi, a prominent critic of radical interpretations of Islam who urged a holistic understanding of the religion and was also a vocal critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on the ground that it discriminated against Muslims, died here late Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. She had turned 63 on July 16.

Hailing from a family of writers and publishers — her grandfather Hafiz Yusuf founded the iconic Urdu film and literary monthly Shamaa in 1938 — Dehlvi was a columnist with The Hindustan Times and regularly contributed to several prominent Urdu, Hindi and English newspapers and magazines.

A follower of Nizamuddin Auliya and Khwaja Gharib Nawaz, she was the author of two seminal works “Sufism: The Heart of Islam” and “The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi”, besides innumerable articles on women, minorities, Islamic spirituality and Delhi’s heritage and culture.

She also scripted and co-produced the TV series “Amma and Family” that starred veteran actress Zohra Sehgal and also played one of the main roles in it.

Dehlvi was also the associate producer of the TV series “Not a Nice Man to Know” (1998) with late writer Khushwant Singh (who had penned a similarly titled anthology) interviewing women from various fields. She also acted in the TV series “Zindagi Kitni Khoobsoorat Hai” (2001).

Khushwant Singh, in fact, was a great admirer of Dehlvi’s work, and wrote in his anthology that he dedicated to her: “To Sadia Dehlvi, who gave me more affection and notoriety than I deserve.” His book, “Men and Women in my Life” features Dehlvi on the cover and includes an entire chapter on her.

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Riteish to birthday girl Genelia: Growing young with you is a blessing

Genelia replied: “To us, to our flaws,to our weaknesses, to our strengths, to our happiness…I need you to be me. Love you forever always.”

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Mumbai, Aug 5 : Genelia Deshmukh turned a year older on Wednesday, and husband Riteish Deshmukh took to Instagram in order to wish her on her special day.

“You are my bestest friend, my eternal laughter, my partner in crime, my happiness, my guide, my enthusiasm, my excitement, my light, my life, my everything. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Baiko – growing young with you is a blessing. @geneliad #HappyBirthdayGenelia,” he wrote.

Along with it, Riteish posted a picture in which he kisses Genelia on her forehead.

Genelia replied: “To us, to our flaws,to our weaknesses, to our strengths, to our happiness…I need you to be me. Love you forever always.”

Genelia and Riteish got married in February 2012. They have two sons, Rahyl and Riaan.

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BMC refuses to free Vinay Tiwari from quarantine despite Patna IG letter

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been assigned with heading the probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by Bihar DGP Pandey, was quarantined by the BMC soon after his arrival in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Mumbai, Aug 5 : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has refused to free Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from quarantine, despite a letter from the Patna Inspector General requesting them to free him. Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey took to Twitter on Wednesday to inform about the development.

DGP Pandey tweeted in Hindi from his verified Twitter account, which translates to: “The Patna IG had written a letter to the Chief of BMC opposing the quarantining of IPS Vinay Tiwari and requested that he be released, which has been rejected. BMC has sent a reply to the letter to Patna Police. Now our SP Vinay Tiwari will be locked inside for 14 days. This decision of BMC is unfortunate!”

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been assigned with heading the probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by Bihar DGP Pandey, was quarantined by the BMC soon after his arrival in Mumbai on Sunday.

Speaking to IANS earlier this week, Bihar DGP Pandey had expressed his displeasure over what he called was non-cooperation of Mumbai Police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. He had also claimed that IPS officer Vinay Tiwari was put under house arrest in Mumbai on the pretext of quarantine.

Speaking to IANS, Pandey had alleged that the Mumbai Police was “not cooperating” with Bihar Police in the probe into the alleged suicide case of the Bollywood actor and was “speaking the language of actress Rhea Chakraborty”, who has been blamed by the bereaved family for Sushant’s death.

“Mumbai Police is parroting Rhea Chakraborty’s stand. She is saying Bihar Police can’t investigate the case and the Mumbai Police is supporting her contention,” Pandey had told IANS on Tuesday.

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