Thumri Queen, Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passes away at 88
On 24th October 2017, famous classical singer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi died of cardiac arrest, at BM Birla Heart Research Centre, in Kolkata.
Death of Girija Devi:
i. Girija Devi was 88 years old. She was admitted to BM Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata with cardiovascular ailments.
ii.She died at 8.45 pm on 24th October 2017 due to cardiac arrest. She is survived by a daughter.
iii .Girija Devi was a legendary singer of the Benaras gharana. She was considered as the queen of Thumri and fondly called Appa ji. Thumri is a form of semi-classical Indian music.
iv. She had received Padma Shri award in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. She was born in a village near Varanasi on 8th May, 1929.
About Girija Devi:
♦ Occupation – Indian classical singer
♦ Awards – Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award etc.
Cross-Country Woman Biker Sana Iqbal Dies in Car Crash
On 24th October 2017, cross-country woman bike rider Sana Iqbal died in a car accident in Hyderabad.
Death of Sana Iqbal:
i. Sana Iqbal met with a car accident while driving with her husband Abdul Nadeem in Hyderabad. She had severe head injuries and was declared dead while undergoing treatment at a nearby private hospital.
ii. She fought against suicide and depression by spreading awareness through her bike rides. In November 2015, she took a solo bike ride from Goa through the length and breadth of India. She covered 38,000 km by bike during her solo mission.
iii. She was pursuing a Masters in Psychology and was also counselling people with depression. Sana also delivered talks on depression at various colleges.
About Sana Iqbal:
♦ Age – 30
♦ Activities – Indian cross-country biker, Counselor
Books & Authors
Rajasthan CM launches Rajiv Mehrishi’s ‘India 2017 Yearbook’
On 23rd October 2017, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched an e-book titled ‘India 2017 Yearbook’.
India 2017 Yearbook:
i. ‘India 2017 Yearbook’ was compiled by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and former Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
ii. Rajiv Mehrishi said that, the e-book includes lot of information on important dignitaries, state policy, public schemes and important data about demographics, trade, economy and many other topics.
iii. He said that, additional articles were contributed by a leading group of intellectuals, academics and civil servants.
About Rajiv Mehrishi:
♦ Current position – Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) and Chairman of United Nations Board of Auditors
♦ Previous Position – IAS officer
First International Day of Diplomats celebrated in Brasilia
On 24th October 2017, the first International Day of Diplomats was celebrated in Brasilia.
First International Day of Diplomats:
i. Diplomats of Bangladesh, Brazil, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey participated in the First International Day of Diplomats celebration in Brasilia.
ii. The idea of celebrating International Day of Diplomats is to recognise the hard work and sacrifices of diplomats and their families. This idea has gained wide support from the international community, including diplomats of various countries.
iii. Abhay K an Indian poet and diplomat coordinated the event in Brasilia. Rodrigo Alexandre de Carvalho, the head of the Central Asia Division of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry and diplomats from various countries spoke on the occasion.
♦ Federal capital of Brazil
♦ 4th most populous city of Brazil