Golfer Brooke Henderson has been named the Canadian Press female athlete of the year after winning the Bobbie Rosenfield Award.The 21-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont. has won the award in three of the last four years. She picked up 30 of 54 votes (55.6 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and editors from across the country.Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond and short-track speedskater Kim Boutin were tied for second with 10 votes apiece.Henderson became the first Canadian to win the CP Women’s Open since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973. She won twice on the LPGA Tour last season and finished ninth in the world rankings.

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first_imgKolkata: The 80th birth anniversary of RD Burman, one of the finest composer India has ever produced, was observed with great enthusiasm in Kolkata.The statue of RD Burman on Southern Avenue was garlanded in the morning by musicians. The programme was organised by Amit Kumar Fan Club. The statue is situated on the boulevard opposite Nazrul Mancha which is located close to South End Park where RD popularly known as Pancham was born to a musical family. His father was music composer and singer SD Burman and mother lyricist and singer Meera Dev Barma. India Post released a special cover to mark the occasion. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn the evening, Centre Stage organised Aati Rahengi Baharen, a musical programme featuring Javed Ali, Akriti Kakkar, Sudesh Bhosle and Sailaja among others at Nazrul Mancha. Shyam Sarkar and Cozmik Harmony hosted another musical programme titled Pyar Dewani Hota Hai featuring Jolly Mukherjee, Kishore Sodha, Franco Vaz and Sujoy Bhowmick among others at Deshpriya Park. In both the programmes, the vocalists presented some of the popular songs of RD Burman. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersFrom 1960 to 1990 RD had composed musical songs for 331 films. RD, Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar became an immortal trio in Indian cinema with Pancham composing songs for 32 films. He had composed songs for 40 films where the hero was Rajesh Khanna. RD took lessons in sarod from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and tabla from Samta Prasad. He was a brilliant harmonica and mouth-organ player and often took part in the orchestra of Salil Chowdhury whom he considered to be his musical guru. In the famous song Hai Apna Dil Tu Aawara composed by SD Barman and sung by Hemant Kumar in the feature film Solva Saal, the mouth organ was played by RD. He was the musical assistant in many popular films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaddi, Kaggaz Ke Phool, Bandini, Teen Devian among others. In some of the all-time great music composed by him for feature films, which included Teesri Manzil, Pyar ka mausam, Yaadon ki baarat, Parichay, Andhi, Kati Patang, Aap ki Kasam and Sholay. RD was very close to poet and lyricist Gulzar and their friendship lasted till the untimely demise of RD Burman.last_img

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 26 IAS officers, including Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar. Late on Tuesday, Arvind Kumar was transferred to the Transport Department and Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi was given additional charge of the Home Department. Awasthi is now the Additional Chief Secretary of Information, Religious Works, Home, Intelligence, Visa, Passport, Jail Administration and Reforms and Vigilance Department. He also continues to hold the post of Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and Uttar Pradesh State Highways Authority (UPSHA) . Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, he has been relieved from the posts of Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Department and the Managing Director (MD) of Uttar Pradesh Tourism. Navneet Sehgal, who is the Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Department, has been given the additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion. Deepak Trivedi is the new Chairman of Board of Revenue, and he succeeds Praveer Kumar who retires on July 31. Sudhir Bobde has been made the new Labour Commissioner. Jitendra Kumar who is the Principal Secretary (General Administration) has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Tourism Department and MD of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.last_img

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