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"I still can't believe it is true...": Usha Uthup on being awarded Padma Bhushan

NEWS HOME » ENTERTAINMENT "I still can't believe it is true...": Usha Uthup on being awarded Padma Bhushan SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend Print this Page COMMENT Kolkata (West Bengal) | January 27, 2024 12:23:21 AM IST Veteran singer Usha Uthup cannot contain her happiness as she has been honoured with Padma Bhushan. Speaking to ANI, the 'Hari Om Hari' hitmaker said, "I got to know about it yesterday...it was a fantastic feeling, I still can't believe it is true. I'm grateful to God, I'm grateful to the govt and our country. I have been singing for the last 54 years and it feels so good when we get recognised...I want to thank my family, friends, musicians, technicians and the media..." In a career spanning over five decades, Usha Uthup has enthralled audiences with several hit songs such as 'Ramba Ho Ho', 'Hari Om Hari', 'Koi Yahan Aha', 'One Two Cha Cha Cha' and 'Darling' among others. Her unique and powerful voice has helped her create a niche for herself in the music industry. Usha has also acted in a few films. The Padma Awards were announced on the eve of 75th Republic Day. The awards recognise exceptional contributions in various fields. Actor, politician Mithun Chakraborty and Pyarelal Sharma of music duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, have also been awarded Padma Bhushan.


"No alliance in Bengal" says Mamata Banerjee, big dent to INDIA bloc hopes

"I had no discussions with the Congress party. I have always said that in Bengal, we will fight alone. I am not concerned about what will be done in the country but we are a secular party and in Bengal, we will alone will defeat BJP." the TMC supremo said. I gave many proposals but they rejected them from the beginning. From then, we have decided to fight the elections in Bengal alone The Bengal Chief Minister also claimed she had not been informed of Rahul Gandhi's Nyay Yatra passing through Bengal, contrary to claims by the Congress that they had invited INDIA bloc parties to join the Yatra. "They did not even bother to inform me that they will be coming to West Bengal as a matter of courtesy even though I am a part of the INDIA bloc. So there is no with relation with me as far as Bengal is concerned" Mamata Banerjee said "We will decide on what to do at the all-India level. We are a secular party. We will do whatever we can to defeat the BJP. The alliance does not comprise any one party. We have said that they should fight in some states and the regional parties should be left to fight alone in the other states. They should not interfere" she added. The breakdown in Trinamool and the Congress came after state unit chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdury continued his attack on the Bengal Chief Minister. In a news conference on Tuesday Adhir Chowdhury claimed that in the 2011 elections, Mamata Banerjee came to power with the mercy of Congress. "This time, the elections will not be fought at the mercy of Mamata Banerjee. The Congress defeated the BJP and TMC in the two seats that Mamata Banerjee is leaving. The Congress party knows how to contest the elections. Mamta Banerjee is an opportunist; she came to power in 2011, with the mercy of Congress," the Congress MP said. Rahul Gandhi who is in Assam as part of his Nyay Yatra tried to quell the damage been done by the state unit chief's repeated attacks by insisting that he had a good relationship with the TMC supremo.


India has regained its inner strength...," West Bengal Governor on 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony

After the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ram Temple in Ayodhya, West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose said that it is a "very proud" and "momentous moment" adding that India has regained its inner strength "The Ram Temple's 'pran pratishtha' was done by India's Prime Minister for and on behalf of millions. It is a very proud and momentous moment for us. Lord Ram represents the best that is there in the Indian ethos. Lord Ram is there to spread peace and prosperity...This is an auspicious day when India has regained its inner strength," West Bengal Governor told ANI on Monday. After the country witnessed the grand 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's temple on Monday, the city was adorned with 'Ram Jyotis', creating a mesmerising atmosphere symbolising the divine presence of the Lord. Earlier today, the 'Pran Pratishtha' was concluded with great zeal and gusto, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing the ceremony, led by a group of priests. The temple echoed with jubilant chants of 'Jai Shree Ram'.

The Ram Lalla idol was unveiled at the Pran Pratishtha ceremony after the hour-long rituals in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the ceremony. The Prime Minister walked inside the temple premises with a silver 'chattar' (umbrella) placed on a red folded dupatta. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present inside the sanctorum during the rituals. Devotees and guests chanted 'Jai Sri Ram' as the ceremony was held.


BJP appoints eight incharges in West Bengal ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar on Saturday appointed Lok Sabha incharge for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies. As per a BJP circular, Majumdar has appointed Agun Roy as in-charge of Alipurduar. Partha Majumdar as Joint Incharge for Maldaha Uttar, Pritam Dutta as Joint Incharge for Diamond Harbour, and Shyamal Bose as Incharge Howrah. Meanwhile, Malay Singha and Ajit Singha Sardar have been appointed Jhargram Incharge and Joint Incharge, respectively. Sukhamay Satpati and Arijit Das have been appointed incharge and joint incharge for Bishnupur, respectively. In December last year, West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar announced the appointment of Lok Sabha incharges for 42 constituencies.


Mamata govt has turned 'Shiksha' into 'Ashiksha': Dharmendra Pradhan attacks TMC

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday, attacked the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bengal government over the alleged scams in state recruitments. Talking to reporters here in Kolkata, Pradhan said, "In Mamata Banerjee government, 'Shiksha' (education) has been turned into 'Ashiksha' (lack of education). They (TMC) see education as 'tolabazi' and cut money." "Scams happened during the state recruitments, and even in mid-day meal scheme. The people have seen all this," he added. Notably, former West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee are facing a probe into the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam. Last year, the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) filed a prosecution complaint against eight accused including Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee in the Teachers' Recruitment Scam in West Bengal before the PMLA Special Court, Kolkata.


Teachers scam: CBI recovers cash, gold documents from residence of jailed WBSSC official

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said that its team probing the multi-crore teachers recruitment scam in West Bengal have recovered a huge amount of cash and incriminating documents from the residence of the West Bengal School Service Commission's former screening committee chief and advisor, S.P. Sinha. Sinha, perceived to be one of the key conspirators in the multi- crore teachers recruitment irregularity scam, is currently in judicial custody since he was arrested by the CBI sleuths last year in connection with the scam. Though the CBI statement issued on Wednesday did not name anyone, agency sources confirmed Sinha name. As per the CBI statement, it recovered cash amounting to Rs 50 lakh, 1.4 kg gold, details of property and a list of 1,500 candidates for teachers' recruitment.

Sinha's role in the scam was first highlighted in the enquiry report by a Calcutta High Court appointed committee headed by Justice Ranjit Kumar Bag (retired). In that report, which was placed at the High Court, even before CBI started its enquiry in the matter, the said committee identified Sinha as the mastermind in the multi-crore scam.


"Law and Order in very bad condition in West Bengal": Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury after Purulia incident

Lashing out at the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal over the Purulia incident, where a group of Sadhus was allegedly thrashed by a mob, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said that the law and order in the state is in a very bad condition. The Congress West Bengal chief said that till Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party is in power, the condition will remain the same. "Law and Order is in a very bad condition in West Bengal. Till TMC is there in power in the state, the condition will remain same," Chowdhury said. This came days after a video went viral that showed a group of seers being purportedly stripped and assaulted by a mob in the Purulia district. Earlier in the day, Purulia Superintendent of Police (SP), Avijit Banerjee said that 12 people have been arrested in this connection and a case has been registered. "A case has been initiated on the complaint by the Sadhus. 12 people have been arrested so far and an investigation is underway. We have taken some people into police custody for further investigation," the SP said. Banerjee said that the police provided the Sadhus with all possible help and their vehicle was repaired. "When police received the information, they rushed to the spot. The Police provided the Sadhus with all possible assistance. The vandalised vehicle was repaired," he said. Narrating the incident, the SP said the whole incident took place owing to a misunderstanding with three girls as they failed to failure to understand their language.


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