Shashi Kapoor has been conferred with prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014
i. The award was bestowed upon him by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at a special function held in Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
ii. He is the 46th film personality to receive this honour and third member of his illustrious family after father Prithviraj Kapoor (1972- Posthumously) and elder brother Raj Kapoor (1987).
About Shashi Kapoor
- Born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata, West Bengal. Started acting in films as a child in late 1940s. Since then he has appeared in 160 movies altogether, 12 being in English and the rest in Hindi.
- His Bollywood debut as a lead actor was in the film Dharmputra (1961). His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948), Awaara (1951) and Sangram (1950). He is also best-known for his performances in Hindi films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Deewar’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. American and British films: The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970), Heat and Dust (1982), The Deceivers (1988), Side Streets (1998) etc.
- Apart from acting in movies, he also had worked as a film director, assistant director and film producer.
WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free
- WHO can declare a country Ebola free, if no new cases are reported over two incubation periods of virus i.e. 21 days.
- In case of Liberia, no new cases of Ebola were reported in past 42 days i.e. twice the number of days the virus requires to incubate. The last confirmed death in Liberia was reported on 27 March 2015.
- Deaflympics is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned event, at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level.
- The first event of was held in Paris in 1924. It is the first international sporting event for athletes with a disability.
- Previously, it was known as World Games for the Deaf and International Games for the Deaf.
- Organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, (French- Committee International des Sports des Sourds) since first event.
- Deaflympics are held every 4 years and often considered as the longest multi-sports event, excluding the Olympic.
- To qualify for the Deaflympics, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibel (dB). In order to maintain equality and same level in participation among athletes, hearing aids, cochlear implants are not allowed during the games.