A three-time Grammy award winner, Pt Ravi Shankar last performed in California on 4th November along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar
Washington: Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who spearheaded the worldwide spread of Indian music and had a major influence on Western musicians like The Beatles, died on Wednesday in San Diego at the age of 92, reports PTI.
Shankar, whose health had been fragile for the past several years, underwent a surgery on Thursday at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California where he breathed his last.
The music icon was admitted to the hospital last week when he complained of breathlessness.
"It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today," his wife and daughter, Sukanya and Anoushka Shankar, said in a joint statement.
A recipient of Bharat Ratna in 1996, Shankar maintained residences in both India and the United States.
He is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Norah Jones; daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
"As you all know, his health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially given him a new lease of life.
"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away," the joint statement said.
"We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives.
His spirit and his legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music," they said in their joint statement.
A three-time Grammy award winner, Shankar last performed in California on 4th November along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar.
Shankar has also been nominated for the 2013 Grammys for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part-1" and was pitted against Anoushka in the same category.
Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said the cap on supply of subsidised LPG cylinders is likely to go up definitely from six to nine cylinders
New Delhi: The union government will raise the cap on supply of subsidised cooking gas (LPG) to nine cylinders per household in a year from current restriction of six, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Tuesday, reports PTI.
"I think it is likely to go up definitely from six (cylinders) to 9 (cylinders)," he told reporters.
The government had in September capped supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year. Any additional requirement is to be bought at market price of Rs 931 per 14.2-kg bottle.
Subsidised LPG costs Rs410.50 per cylinder at present.
Moily said the decision to raise the cap will be taken by the Cabinet "very shortly".
The original decision to cap supply at six cylinders was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on 13th September and the decision to raise it would also have to be taken by the Cabinet panel, he said.
"I think as early as possible," he added.
Moily said he has had two rounds of discussions with Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the impact of the decision to raise the cap.
The government will have to provide an additional Rs9,000 crore annually if the cap is raised.
"We are working on that," he said on ways to mitigate the additional subsidy requirement. "We are working on certain formula to neutralise it."
The High Court also said the authorities should try to strike a balance between implementation of norms and people's sentiments regarding cultural and religious festivals
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to consider framing noise regulations for residential and building construction activities, reports PTI.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice NM Jamdar was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations regarding strict implementation of noise pollution rules in silence zones across the city.
"We have personally noticed the decibel level is very high during such construction activities. The civic body should consider framing different noise regulations for construction activities," the bench said.
Senior counsel SU Kamdar, appearing for the BMC, told the court that presently there is only a time limit imposed on construction activities and the issue of framing of regulations will have to be placed before the Improvement Committee of the civic body.
The bench also said it was considering to set up a committee comprising officials from different government departments and the civic body to look into the issue of noise pollution and whether or not permission can be given to an organiser to hold cultural events and what conditions should be imposed.
Following numerous applications filed before the court seeking permissions to hold cultural and political rallies in silence zones after the civic body and police deny permission, the court suggested for a committee to be formed which will consider such applications.
The court also said the authorities should try to strike a balance between implementation of norms and people's sentiments regarding cultural and religious festivals.
After hearing the arguments of all parties involved, the court said it would pass an appropriate order later.