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June 26, 2009

Pop legend Michael Jackson passes away

Pop star Michael Jackson who influenced generations of music lovers, died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 50.

Jackson was in coma when a medical team arrived at his house but sources said that he was already dead. After attempts to resuscitate him failed, he was rushed to LA Hospital.

Soon the news of his death spread. The hospital authorities confirmed that the King of Pop had died. The news led to shock and belief across the United States and the rest of the world.

Jackson, a black, had revolutionised the world of pop music and his popularity cut across all groups. He was equally loved in Asia, Africa and Europe. Jacko had several controversies to his name during his long singing career.

Jackson, the son of a mill worker, was seventh among nine siblings. He suffered physical abuse at the hands of his father during childhood. He tasted success early in his career. Though it was rumoured that he bleached his skin, it was a medical condition that had changed his complexion.

He also faced allegations of child abuse. He had reportedly converted to Islam. After he became a Muslim, he had changed the spelling of his name to Mikaeel though not much was known about the popstar's conversion. One of the most successful entertainers of all times, Jackson's death has stunned the entertainment industry as well as his fans across the globe.

TIH Bureau

June 21, 2009

Pakistan win T20 World Cup cricket tournament

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final of the Twenty-20 World Cup on Sunday. The victory has led to celebrations across Pakistan, which is facing turmoil.

In the final that was played in London, the resurgent Pakistani team convincingly beat Sri Lanka. They won by eight wickets. Shahid Afridi played a superlative knock of 54 off 40 balls.

Afridi had also bowled magnificently throughout the tournament and also bowled well in the final. Earlier, batting first Sri Lanka had given Pakistan a target of 139 runs in 20 overs.

Kumar Sangakkara had hit unbeaten 64. Pakistan managed to win the game easily in the 19th over. It is noteworthy that Pakistan were not considered a strong squad ahead of the world cup.

India and South Africa were among the favourites. Defending champions India however failed to live up to expectations. MS Dhoni's men appeared tired and low on confidence in the second T20 world cup.

TIH Bureau

June 20, 2009

Maoist Menace: Ultra-leftist militancy bleeds India

While West Bengal tries hard to regain control over Lalgarh that has been declared free zone by Naxalites, the Maoist insurgency has emerged as the biggest threat to country.

The Marxist-ruled West Bengal faces an uphill task to cleanse the tribal-dominated region in West Midnapore district, of the Maoist ultras. But Lalgarh is just a symptom of the disease that afflicts vast parts of the country.

The latest Naxalite strike in Orissa in which nine policemen died in Koraput district had signalled that Maoist extremism is the toughest challenge for the security agencies.

The deaths due to leftist insurgency far outnumber those in other terrorist attacks. In less than a month, nearly 50 policemen have been killed by Naxals in five states of the country.

On June 13, Naxalites had blown up an anti-landmine vehicle that was carrying policemen in Jharkhand. Eight police personnel were killed while six others were injured.

Just two days ago the Maoists had set off a landmine blast in West Singhbhum district killing 11 policemen on the spot. Ten more policemen were wounded in the attack.

In Chhattisgarh, half-a-dozen citizens and policemen have been killed this month. The deadliest attack had come in Maharashtra where nearly 70 strong CPI (Maoist) cadre had killed 16 policemen including five women personnel in Gadchiroli.

TIH Bureau

June 17, 2009

VHP on warpath with Narendra Modi government

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has openly come out against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, accusing it of tapping the phone calls of the organisation leaders.

The VHP has charged the state government of tapping the telephonic conversations of Pravin Togadia, the international secretary of the Parishad, and other leaders of the RSS.

VHP leaders Dinesh Navadia and Utkarsh Patel have alleged that the Home department was indulging in tapping phones of top VHP and RSS leaders. "It is illegal and unjustifiable", said the duo in a statement today.

The VHP, a militant Hindu organisation, has sought an apology from the government for ordering the police to secretly record the phone conversations. Togadia is a die-hard opponent of Modi.

TIH Bureau

June 9, 2009

Theatre legend Habib Tanvir passes away

One of the leading lights of Indian theatre and a renowned playright, Habib Tanvir, breathed his last in a hospital in Bhopal on Monday.

Tanvir was ill and undergoing treatment in a hospital. He was 86. At the time of his death, he was accompanied by his daughter Nageen. Tanvir's wife Monika Mishra had died a few years back.

Habib Tanvir's demise is a huge loss to the world of theatre. He was extraordinary theatre director who used the talent of tribal and poor rural folk in his plays and in turn entranced generations of theatre-lovers.

Charandas Chor and Agra Bazaar are some of his most well-known plays. His understanding of Urdu poetry, Hindi and Chhattisgarhi dialects apart from his knowledge of music, added to the beauty of his plays that were liked by all sections of society.

He was born in Raipur in undivided India on September 1, 1923. He formed the Naya Theatre in 1959. He dedicated his life to stage and received many awards including the Padma Vibhushan. He was put on ventilator at the National Hospital in Bhopal, where he died on Monday.

TIH Bureau

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