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Singer KK dies at 53 after live performance in Kolkata

KOLKATA, May 31: Singer KK, who gave Indian music lovers many hits over the last three decades has died at 53. He gave a performance at Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday and later went to his hotel where he fell ill. He was brought to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Minister Arup Biswas said about KK's death, “Singer Anupam Roy called me up and said he is hearing something bad from the hospital. Then I contacted the hospital. They said he was brought dead. Then I rushed to the hospital.”

KK released his first album, Pal in 1999. The singer-composer, whose real name was Krishnakumar Kunnath then focussed more on Bollywood than on his independent music, giving hits such as Tadap Tadap (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, 1999), Dus Bahane (Dus, 2005), and Tune Maari Entriyaan (Gunday, 2014).

He was born in Delhi and was also known for his electric live shows. His Instagram page had been sharing updates from his concert in Kolkata as recently as eight hours ago.

Singer Harshdeep Kaur expressed shock at his death. “Just can’t believe that our beloved #KK is no more. This really can’t be true. The voice of love has gone. This is heartbreaking.” Actor Akshay Kumar wrote, “Extremely sad and shocked to know of the sad demise of KK. What a loss! Om Shanti.”

Filmmaker Srijit Mukerji wrote on Facebook, “In a state of total shock. Just met him last month for the first time and it seemed that we had known each other for years. The chatter wouldn't just stop. And I was so moved to see the love he had for Gulzar saab. He said he stepped into the film world with Chhor aaye hum and sang it to him as a tribute. Farewell, my newest friend. Will miss you. I wish we could have had more sessions on music and food and cinema.”

António Guterres reminds us of how far we have fallen away from Lord Buddha’s timeless teachings

By Deepak Arora

UNITED NATIONS, May 16: In a message the Day of Vesak, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said this year Vesak arrives at a moment of multiplying crises – from an unequal recovery from COVID-19 to the punishing effects of climate change, to conflicts, divisions and violence.

Each crisis reminds us of how far we have fallen away from Lord Buddha’s timeless teachings, he said.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in his briefing said Monday is also the International Day of Light, which celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, among other fields.

And finally, it is also the International Day of Living together in peace, which we need, which is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others.

IFUNA honors Ma Anand Sheela

By Deepak Arora

CHANDIGARH, May 1: Indian Federations of United Nations held an event with Ma Anand Sheela, Ex Spokesperson of the Osho Rajneesh movement. In this event Dr. Harcharan Singh Ranauta, Vice President of Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA), honored Ma Anand Sheela for her efforts, service and commitment towards helping senior citizens and people with degenerative illnesses as she is running special care homes for the above mentioned cause for the last 35 years in Switzerland.

During the meeting, Harcharan Singh Ranauta, also discussed the possibilities of setting up similar kind of special care homes in Chandigarh and Punjab under the mentorship and guidance of Ma Anand Sheela.

Dr. Harcharan Singh Ranauta also hosted one-on-one interaction session with Ma Anand Sheela in front of audience including renowned businessmen, political figures, administrative officers, doctors, lawyers and people from all walks of life.

After interaction there was a question answers session also in which audience raised questions regarding her past, how she handled her hard times, her present projects and her future endeavours. Ma Anand Sheela responded to all those questions in her well-known style and she said that she is visiting Chandigarh for the first time but she is overwhelmed with turn out of audience, fans and efforts did by Indian Federations of United Nations to make this event successful.

Furthermore, she said that she was keenly looking forward to visit Chandigarh again as soon as possible.

She concluded by saying that IFUNA and she will work as team in different projects for the betterment of society.

Audience and fans also came with posters, pictures and books written by Ma Anand Sheela which were autographed by Ma Anand Sheela.

While concluding the event, Dr. Harcharan Singh Ranauta stated that Indian Federations of United Nations will keep working for the cause of people. IFUNA is having number of projects in pipeline like a colossal plantation drive which is need of the hour in global warming. He said it would place under the chairmanship of Manvender Singh Ranauta.

IFUNA is also looking forward to setting up a United Nations University in the region.




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