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Kolkata:  Accusing him of “indiscipline” and expressing apprehension that he may indulge in acts of “administrative and financial impropriety”, the ministry of statistics and programme implementation has removed Bimal Roy as director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).

Conferred with the Padma Shri award this year, Roy’s term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July. He has been replaced by director-designate Sanghmitra Bandyopadhyay who was scheduled to take charge on August 1.

“There is justified and a reasonable apprehension that the present director Dr B. Roy may indulge in propagation of indiscipline and mischief, including acts of administrative and financial impropriety in the interregnum up to July 31, 2015 (before the new director Prof S. Bandyopadhayay takes charge on August 1, 2015),” read the order by the ministry dated June 10.

Signed by Deputy Director General S. Hazra, the order also said Roy will “stand divested of all administrative, financial and other powers and duties of Director, ISI with effect from afternoon on June 10, 2015”.

“A number of general and specific matters of financial and administrative irregularities which show the direct or supervisory responsibilities for acts of omission or commission on the part of Roy are available in the ministry in various files on different subjects,” said the order.

With a Ph.D. in combinatorics and optimization from the University of Waterloo, Roy was appointed as the ISI director in August 2010.

Despite repeated attempts, IANS could not contact Roy for his version on the devleopments as the calls went unanswered.

 

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Moment of Pride and Celebration: Singer Kailash Kher to be named for the Padma Shri

A patriot at heart, Kailash Kher feels artists must project India in the right way

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New Delhi, Jan 25, 2017: Singer Kailash Kher, who shot to fame with the 2003 hit number “Allah ke bande”, was thrilled to be named for the Padma Shri — India’s fourth highest civilian award — on Wednesday. He says it’s a moment of pride and celebration.

He has received the recognition for his contribution to music in the country.

“By the grace of God, I got this honour. It’s a moment for pride and celebration. It’s because of a lot of prayers and hard work along with blessing from my parents and gurus, and love from fans,” Kailash told IANS.

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How does he plan to celebrate?

“I am really caught up with work. Let me figure it out. I am just coming to my sense. I was in the studio recording a jingle for a digital campaign when I was informed about this honour,” he said.

The singer, who hails from Meerut, gave up education decades ago to pursue his dream to be a singer. Known for adding a sufi touch to songs, Kailash has even crooned tracks like “Teri deewani”, “Ya rabba” and “Yun hi chala chal”.

Kailash is also a producer. He had worked on a mythological TV series “Baba Kedarnath”, backed by the Uttarakhand government.

A patriot at heart, he feels artistes must project India in the right way.

In an interview with IANS, he had said: “There are filmmakers like Shyam Benegal who continue to explore the real Indian art. Even Ashutosh Gowariker makes films about India like ‘Swades’ or ‘Lagaan’. They are some of the filmmakers who present India in a good light; otherwise people tend to make money by showing poverty of India and helplessness of India mostly in the name of creativity.

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“This gives the impression that India is a poor country. Irrespective of the strength of the script, I will never show India like that. I will show that India can save the world, which is infected by depression and loneliness.”

Earlier this year, he launched and mentored two indie bands SurFira and Indie Routes.

“Since I’ve reached that level where I can do something for others too, I thought of promoting new talent? something that hasn’t been done in the past by other musicians,” he said. (IANS)

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Bimal Roy’s son Joy Roy wants Biopic on late Father

Bimal Roy started working with a salary of Rs.15 per month.

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Mumbai, October 26, 2016 : Bimal Roy’s son Joy Roy says a biopic on the late director would be an interesting idea.

During a session on Bimal Roy at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Tuesday, Joy said a biopic on the legendary director, who made socially relevant films, including the path-breaking movie “Do Bigha Zamin” (1953), would be interesting.

“I had made a documentary on him, but a biopic would be an interesting idea. It is worth exploring. Maybe, I won’t make it. But we can send the idea to somebody else. He (Bimal Roy) had an interesting life,” Joy said.

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“The way he started…having to leave Bangladesh penniless and then how he rose as a filmmaker. His first job was Rs 15 a month and he had to walk in order to save bus fare. His life was inspiring,” he added.

Bimal Roy, who passed away on January 8, 1966, made several masterpieces like “Parineeta”, “Devdas”, “Madhumati”, “Sujata” and “Bandini”.

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The National Award-winning director was also honoured with the Prix Internationale at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1954 for “Do Bigha Zamin”. (IANS).

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Obituary to Mohammad Shahid, India’s Hockey legend

The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.

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Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: Twitter
  • The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.
  • He was part of the Vasudevan Baskaran-led Indian team that clinched the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
  • Paying tributes to one of the best known hockey stars of the country, PM Narendra Modi said the government tried its best to save Shahid.

India’s hockey legend Mohammad Shahid was one of the greatest players of all time, was known for his excellent dribbling skills.

The 56-year-old, who was battling kidney and liver problems, breathed his last on Wednesday at a Gurgaon hospital.

Mohammad Shahid in his bed at Medanta Medicity Hospital. Image Source: www.mid-day.com
Mohammad Shahid in his bed at Medanta Medicity Hospital. Image Source: www.mid-day.com

He was part of the Vasudevan Baskaran-led Indian team that clinched the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

The legend was battling for life after a bout of jaundice, after that dengue made his condition worse.

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Shahid, who was born in Varanasi, made his first appearance for India in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France.

Hockey historian K Arumugam quoted The Indian Express, “India won all but one match to Pakistan during 1984 and 1985. The only time they lost was the Asia Cup final in Dhaka where five Indian players were suspended”.

Shahid made his first senior team appearance the same year in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur under Baskaran, after his inclusion in the team following his impressive performance in the Aga Khan Cup. His skills and love for the game was noticed by his seniors and coaches.

It was said that on the hockey field, if he was one of the most feared one, off it he was the most humble and down to earth person.

Zafar Iqbal. Image Source: Getty Images
Zafar Iqbal. Image Source: Getty Images

During his playing days, besides his dribbling skills, Shahid was also known for his running ability and push which was as fast as a hard hit.

His attacking partnership on the field with Zafar Iqbal was known to one and all.

He was awarded the ‘Best Forward player’ at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi.

Hockey India tweet on Mohammad Shahid's Death. Image Source: Twitter
Hockey India tweet on Mohammad Shahid’s Death. Image Source: Twitter

He was a member of the team that won the gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian Games. He was able to make place in the Asian All-Star team in 1986 through his practice and skills. He also captained the Indian national team during the 1985-86 season.

He was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 1980-1981 and Padma Shri in 1986.

Later on, he became a sports officer with the Indian Railways in Varanasi.

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He had been admitted to SSL Hospital at Banaras Hindu University with severe stomach pain on June 29. As his condition did not improve, he was airlifted from Varanasi and admitted to the Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon earlier this month.

He is survived by his wife Parveen Shahid and twins Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.

Paying tributes to one of the best known hockey stars of the country, PM Narendra Modi said the government tried its best to save Shahid.

PM Modi on demise of Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: www.tagthebird.com
PM Modi on demise of Mohammad Shahid. Image Source: www.tagthebird.com

“In the untimely and unfortunate demise of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a talented sportsman who played with immense passion & vigour,” Modi tweeted.

“We tried our level best to save Mohammed Shahid but sadly, neither our help nor prayers were enough to save him. Tributes to him. RIP,” the Prime Minister added.

Hockey India also tweeted saying, “Hockey India grieves the untimely loss of India Hockey Legend Mohammed Shahid, who passed away today, 20 July 2016.” (IANS)

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