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Creator of Chandigarh's world acclaimed Rock Garden dead
Creator of Chandigarh's famous Rock Garden, Nek Chand, died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here early Friday following cardiac arrest, his family members said. He will be cremated here on Saturday.
 
Chand was 90 years old and was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and cancer. He was hospitalised for the past few days.
 
The Chandigarh administration has declared a holiday in its offices on Friday as a mark of respect to the world-acclaimed architectural genius.
 
His body has been kept in the Rock Garden for the people to pay tribute, the family members said.
 
The master creator celebrated his 90th birthday last December.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Nek Chand.
 
"Nek Chand-ji will always be remembered for his artistic genius and fabulous creation that is cherished by many. May his soul rest in peace," Modi said in a tweet.
 
Nek Chand was the most exhibited Indian artist ever with his creations being part of leading cities like Paris, London, New York, Washington and Berlin, and numerous books in different languages being written about him. He had also been offered honorary citizenship in various countries.
 
He was a road inspector in a construction project in Chandigarh in the 1950s and 60s. At that time the city, popularly called "City Beautiful", was being designed by French architect Le Corbusier.
 
Nek Chand developed the art of creating figures from waste material discarded by people and secretly set up his laboratory in a forested area in north Chandigarh.
 
It was only in the mid-70s that Nek Chand's art was recognised and Chandigarh's 'Rock Garden' came into being. The Rock Garden was officially inaugurated in October 1976.
 
He was honoured with the Padma Shri award in 1984 but the Nek Chand Foundation believes his contribution to Indian art deserved a greater award.
 

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Bimal Roy removed as ISI director

Conferred with the Padma Shri award this year, Roy's term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July

 

Accusing him of "indiscipline" and expressing apprehension that he may indulge in acts of "administrative and financial impropriety", the ministry of statistics and programme implementation has removed Bimal Roy as director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
 
Conferred with the Padma Shri award this year, Roy's term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July. He has been replaced by director-designate Sanghmitra Bandyopadhyay who was scheduled to take charge on August 1.
 
"There is justified and a reasonable apprehension that the present director Dr B. Roy may indulge in propagation of indiscipline and mischief, including acts of administrative and financial impropriety in the interregnum up to July 31, 2015 (before the new director Prof S. Bandyopadhayay takes charge on August 1, 2015)," read the order by the ministry dated June 10.
 
Signed by Deputy Director General S. Hazra, the order also said Roy will "stand divested of all administrative, financial and other powers and duties of Director, ISI with effect from afternoon on June 10, 2015".
 
"A number of general and specific matters of financial and administrative irregularities which show the direct or supervisory responsibilities for acts of omission or commission on the part of Roy are available in the ministry in various files on different subjects," said the order.
 
With a Ph.D. in combinatorics and optimization from the University of Waterloo, Roy was appointed as the ISI director in August 2010.
 
Despite repeated attempts, IANS could not contact Roy for his version on the devleopments as the calls went unanswered.

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AAP government allows microbreweries in Delhi

Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers

 

The AAP government on Thursday allowed the setting up of microbreweries in the capital.
 
The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet here, Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia said.
 
Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers. 
 
Until now, beer drinkers would go to neighboring Gurgaon in Haryana to have freshly brewed beer.

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