Legendary classical musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan dies at 89

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January 17, 2021

Legendary Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passed away on Sunday afternoon at his residence today. He was 89. Khan's daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan said that the veteran breathed his last at 12.37 pm at his Bandra home.

"Today morning he was fine. We had a 24 hour nurse at home. During his massage he vomited and I ran immediately his eyes were shut and he was breathing slowly. I tried connecting to doctors and when they came he had already died," Namrata told PTI.

She said the family is in shock due to Khan's sudden demise as he was keeping well. The musician was going to turn 90 on March 3.

Khan had suffered a brain stroke in 2019 and left side of his body was paralysed. Namrata also shared the news of Khan's demise on her Facebook page.

"With a very heavy heart, I inform you all that my father,-in law the pillar of our family and a legend of our nation, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab has left for his heavenly abode few mins ago," she posted on the social media platform.

Khan's last rites will be performed at Santa Cruz Kabrastan later this evening.

Born on March 3, 1931in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, Khan was the eldest son in a family of four brothers and three sisters.

His father, Ustad Waris Hussain Khan was the son of celebrated musician Ustad Murred Baksh, while his mother, Sabri Begum, was the daughter of Ustad Inayat Husain Khan, credited as the founder of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of music.

Khan got his basic classical music training from his father and later studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by Padma Bhushan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018.

In 2003 he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes.

Soon after Khan's demise his collaborators from Indian music industry, including legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer AR Rahman took too social media to pay tributes to the maestro.

Mangeshkar said she was "deeply saddened" by the news of Khan's death.

"I got to know the news of passing away of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb. I am deeply saddened. He was not only a very good singer but also a very good human being," she said, adding, her niece had also learnt music from him.

Rahman remembered Khan as the "sweetest teacher".

"The sweetest teacher of all... May the Ghafoor-ur-Rahim give you a special place in the next world #UstadGhulamMustafa," he wrote.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said Khan's passing away has left him heartbroken.

"He was one of the most respected and versatile Vocalists of our country. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul Rest In Peace," he tweeted.

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March 2,2021

Fuel price hikes: Motor strike hits normal life in Kerala, public vehicles  keep off roads - cnbctv18.com

Kannur, Mar 2: Normal life was affected in Kerala during the initial hours of Tuesday as a dawn-to- dusk motor strike, called by a joint committee of various trade unions to protest the spiralling fuel price in the country, began.

State-run KSRTC buses did not operate while taxies, auto-rickshaws and private buses remained off the roads across the state since the agitation began by 6.00 am.

Commercial vehicles including trucks and lorries were also not plying to express solidarity with the stir, called by Samyuktha Samara Samithi, an umbrella organnisation of various trade unions.

Though the Committee requested allprivate vehicles to keep off the road, they made it clear that they won't block such vehicles.

While the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a pro-BJP union, kept away from the agitation,all other major trade unions including the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) vowed support to it.

All the exams scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed in the southern state.

The SSLC, plus two, VHSC exams also have been rescheduled to March 8, government sources said.

The APJ Abdul Kalam Technology University and Kerala, Kochi, Kannur and Mahatma Gandhi universities have also postponedall examinations scheduled in view of the 12-hour- long vehicle strike.

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February 20,2021

New Delhi, Feb 20: Petrol and diesel prices continued to soar to new highs as fuel rates were hiked for the 12th consecutive day on Saturday. 

While the petrol price was hiked by 39 paise in Delhi, the diesel price was increased by 37 paise. In the national capital, petrol now costs Rs 90.58 per litre, while diesel Rs 80.97 per litre. 

In Mumbai, the petrol price touched the Rs 97 per litre mark with a hike of 38 paise. The diesel is priced at Rs 87.06 per litre after an increase of 39 paise. 

Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, the petrol price was hiked by Rs 1.30 on Saturday. The petrol now costs Rs 93.67 per litre in Bengaluru, while diesel costs Rs Rs 85.84 after an increase of 10 paise. 

The relentless hike in prices has been criticised by the opposition parties, including Congress that has demanded an immediate cut in taxes to ease the burden on the common man.

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March 2,2021

Pune, Mar 2: A man has been arrested on Monday for allegedly killing a 30-year-old researcher at the National Chemical Laboratory in the Pashan area of Pune.

The Pune city police has arrested an interior designer for killing a research fellow working at National Chemical Laboratory in Pune. Raviraj Kshirsagar, the accused, was arrested from a hospital in city after he attempted to die by suicide at his residence after allegedly killing the deceased research scholar on February 27.

"Both accused and deceased met each other through dating application some time back. After knowing that the victim (in this case) was getting married, the accused killed him in a brutal way and tried to die by suicide as well," Pankaj Deshmukh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4), Pune told ANI.

"On February 27, we found body of a research scholar in Pashan area. During the investigation, we received information that a person who was in contact with the deceased attempted suicide. He later confessed the crime," he added.
The police official added that further investigation is underway.

Earlier on February 27, a 30-year-old research scholar Sudarshan Pandit was found dead in the Sus Khind area of Pune.

According to police, the victim was brutally murdered and his face was also hit with a stone in order to hide his identity. Morning walkers in the area found the body and informed police in the morning at around 8:30 am on February 27.

The deceased was a resident of the Jalna district of Maharashtra. The deceased was residing in the Sutarwadi area of Pune and was a research scholar at National Chemical Laboratory in the Pashan area.

According to the police, the victim was found brutally murdered by the culprit, his throat was also found slit and clothes were also found removed at the time when police recovered the body.

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