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Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr No More

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  • During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honored in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House. He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen whose stories served as an example of the values of the Olympic Movement.
  • Balbir Singh is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a modern-day Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand was often referred to as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.
  • There is a depiction of a hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Kerētízein because it was played with a horn (kéras, in Ancient Greek) and a ball.
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Remembering the Nightingale of India

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Sarojini Naidu (née Chattopadhyay; 13 February 1879 – 2 March 1949) was an Indian political activist and poet. A proponent of civil rights, women’s emancipation, and anti-imperialistic ideas, she was an important figure in India’s struggle for independence from colonial rule. Naidu’s work as a poet earned her the sobriquet Nightingale of India.

Born in a Bengali family in Hyderabad, Naidu was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge. Following her time in England, where she worked as a suffragist, she was drawn to Indian National Congress’ movement for India’s independence from British rule. She became a part of the Indian nationalist movement and became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his idea of swaraj. She was appointed the President of the Indian National Congress in 1925 and later became the Governor of the United Provinces in 1947, becoming the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

Naidu’s poetry includes both children’s poems and others written on more serious themes including patriotism, romance, and tragedy. Published in 1912, “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad” remains one of her most popular poems. She was married to Govindarajulu Naidu, a general physician and had five children with him. She died of a cardiac arrest on 2 March 1949. More Info

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RIP Black Mamba – Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant No More

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  • NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash on 26 January 2020 on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
  • All 9 occupants, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna, perished in the accident.
  • The untimely passing of the legend, fondly called Black Mamba by his fans, has led to a huge outpouring of grief from across the world.
  • Current and former NBA players were devastated by the news and paid their respects during their games as well as at a personal level. Many teams playing the same day started their games with a 24-second shot clock violation to honour his jersey number (24).
  • Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and 3 daughters.
  • RIP LEGEND.
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Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. More Info

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Remembering India's First President

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Dr Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India, in office from 1950 to 1962. Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar. A supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, Prasad was imprisoned by British authorities during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931 and the Quit India movement of 1942. After the 1946 elections, Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government. Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and served as its provisional parliament. When India became a republic in 1950, Prasad was elected its first president by the Constituent Assembly. Following the general election of 1951, he was elected president by the electoral college of the first Parliament of India and its state legislatures. As president, Prasad established a tradition of non-partisanship and independence for the office-bearer, and retired from Congress party politics. Although a ceremonial head of state, Prasad encouraged the development of education in India and advised the Nehru government on several occasions. In 1957, Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only president to serve two full terms. More Info

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Remembering Our First Prime Minister Pandit Nehru

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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian independence activist, and subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence. He emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and served India as Prime Minister from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964. He has been described by the Amar Chitra Katha as the architect of India. He was also known as Pandit Nehru due to his roots with the Kashmiri Pandit community while Indian children knew him as Chacha Nehru. His birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. More Info