Tuesday December 12, 2017

Morning Ragas at Tihar Jail pay tribute to Girija Devi

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New Delhi: Morning ragas at Tihar Jail on Friday paid tribute to eminent classical singer Girija Devi.

Morning Ragas is an initiative to rehabilitate inmates of Asia’s largest prison complex. It was celebrating its third edition.

It began with a rendition by Sunanda Sharma, the seniormost disciple of Girija Devi.

The inmates joined her in the chorus.

“We face a lot in life but the moment we start working towards success that is the moment when life comes into play”, Sunanda said after her performance.

(IANS)

 

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Tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj dies at 72 in Varanasi

One of the frontline tabla players in the world, Pt Lacchu Maharaj's funeral will take place on Friday.

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Pt. Lacchu Maharaj passes away at 72 in Varanasi. Image Source: Indian Express
  • His family members said that he was being treated at a private nursing home where he passed away at 1 a.m
  • Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films
  • Thumri exponent Girija Devi, who also lives in Varanasi, condoled the death of the maestro and said such artists are not born every day

Tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj passed away in Varanasi on Thursday, July 28. He was 72.

His family members said that he was being treated at a private nursing home where he passed away at 1 a.m.

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One of the frontline tabla players in the world, Pt Lacchu Maharaj’s funeral will take place on Friday.

Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: www.khaskhabar.com
Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: www.khaskhabar.com

Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films.

He had married French woman Teena and she, along with their only daughter, is in Switzerland.

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Thumri exponent Girija Devi, who also lives in Varanasi, condoled the death of the maestro and said such artists are not born every day.

Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav mourned on death of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: Reuters
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav mourned on death of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: Reuters

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also mourned the passing away of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. (IANS)

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Delhi HC told: 51 women undertrial prisoners released on bail

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) that 51 women out of 152 women under trial prisoners, who have been languishing in Tihar jail for more than six months or completed half of their sentences in lesser offences, have been released on bail.

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Filing an affidavit before a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, the DLSA said that in Jail No.6 at Tihar, there were 105 women under trial prisoners who were facing charges other than murder, rape, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). There were 47 women undertrial prisoners who have completed half of the period of their sentences in lesser offences in case of multiple offences, the affidavit said.

Undertrial Review Committees have already been constituted in all districts of Delhi in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directions in April 2015, the affidavit said. Out of 47 women undertrial prisoners, 11 have been granted bail by trial courts. “Out of 105 undertrial prisoners lodged in Jail No.6, a total of 40 undertrial prisoners have been granted bail,” said the affidavit filed by member secretary Dharmesh Sharma of DLSA. The DLSA response came on a bunch of PILs over the plight of 152 women undertrial prisoners not involved in heinous crimes but languishing in Tihar for over six months due to tardy disposal of cases.

(IANS)

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Delhi serial rapist-killer sent to judicial custody

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New Delhi: A court here on Thursday sent serial killer and rapist Ravinder Kumar to Tihar Jail till August 5, declining the police plea for four days custody.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav remanded Kumar in 14 days judicial custody after he was presented before him, observing the accused was in police custody from last seven days and investigation in the particular case has been completed.

“Investigating officer is directed to inform the concerned police station about the cases, in which, the accused has made disclosure statements and thereafter it would be the job of the investigating officer of the concerned police station to seek custody of the accused, if required,” the court said while denying police plea for custody.

The accused told the court that he feared for his life in jail, upon which the judge told him to inform the jail superintendent.

Meanwhile, one man tried to assault Kumar as he was being taken to the lock up from the court room, but police stopped him midway.

Kumar, who hails from Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh but lives in Delhi, has admitted to raping and murdering more than 30 children in and around the city. He said he used to lure children with candies.

Police has sought four days custody on the grounds that on Wednesday the accused has made disclosure statement about 16 more similar crimes, in respect of the area adjoining police station Begamapura. Police added the accused had disclosed his involvement in another similar crime in Bahadurgarh which had to be identified.

(IANS)