maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away
Delhi: Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who
spearheaded the worldwide spread of Indian music and had a major
influence on Western musicians like The Beatles, died today in San
Diego at the age of 92.
whose health had been fragile for the past several years, underwent a
surgery on Thursday at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla,
California where he breathed his last.
music icon was admitted to the hospital last week when he complained
is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar,
husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today," his wife
and daughter, Sukanya and Anoushka Shankar, said in a joint statement.
recipient of Bharat Ratna in 1996, Shankar maintained residences in
both India and the United States.
is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Norah Jones; daughter
Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright; three grandchildren,
and four great-grandchildren.
you all know, his health has been fragile for the past several years
and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially
given him a new lease of life.
"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away," the joint statement said.
Korea launches long-range rocket
North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket today, in
defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics have
condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test.
Korea said the three-stage rocket, which Pyongyang insists was solely
aimed at placing a satellite in orbit, had achieved all its
launch of the second version of our Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite from
the Sohae Space Centre ... on December 12 was successful," the
Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
satellite has entered the orbit as planned," it said.
in South Korea and Japan confirmed that all three stages of the rocket
appeared to have separated as scheduled.
However, South Korean defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok cautioned that further analysis was required.
asteroid to fly by Earth today
Delhi: An asteroid, listed as a potentially hazardous object, will
pass in close proximity to the earth at noon today. The space rock,
however, poses no danger of impacting the earth.
asteroid "4179 Toutatis", will fly by earth at a distance of
69,31,175 km, N Sri Raghunandan Kumar Director and Secretary of
Planetary Society India said.
asteroid will come close to earth on December 12 at 12:10 PM. The
space rock, about 5.4 km in size, is moving at a speed of 11.9 km/sec,
A potentially hazardous object (PHO) is a near-earth asteroid or comet with an orbit such that it has the potential to make close approaches to the earth and is of a size large enough to cause significant regional damage in the event of an impact.
meet to end RS deadlock
Delhi: Even as the government has called an all-party meeting on
Wednesday to end the deadlock in the Rajya Sabha over FDI in
multi-brand retail, the opposition parties will hold an agitation at
Delhi's Jantar Mantar on the same.
Tuesday, Rajya Sabha witnessed intense protests by the Oposition
members that prompted the House chairman Hamid Ansari to admonish
disruptions were caused by Opposition members on two issues - some
wanted a discussion on whether WalMart lobbied in India to push the
FDI policy and others - mainly the Samajwadi Party - protested against
a possible discussion on a proposal that reserves promotions in
government jobs for tribals and Dalits.
agitated by the chaos, Ansari even suggested that Question Hour could
be dispensed with.