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Remembering the legacy of India’s most beloved voice



Thousands have gathered to pay their respects to one of India’s most beloved singers in Mumbai

Lata Mangeshkar has recorded more songs than The Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined

If Bollywood is the soul of India, then Lata Mangeshkar was its beating heart

Her voice was the soundtrack to hundreds of Bollywood films, for more than half a century she recorded thousands of songs in over 36 languages.

Sadly, she passed away at the age of ninety two on Sunday.

Mangeshkar, who was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 8, died because of “multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalisation,” Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating the singer, announced on Sunday.

Tributes are pouring in following the news of the iconic singer’s passing

Mangeshkar has been cremated in Mumbai with full state honours.

She was known as India’s “Didi” or sister and millions feel her loss is personal as her songs were played at weddings, funerals and national events for over seven decades.

Prime Minister Modi and stars of the entertainment industry attended the funeral, where large crowds gathered to pay their respects.

She is highly regarded in India and so two days of national mourning will follow the funeral and the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

She was regarded as the nightingale of Bollywood for her role as a playback singer, recording the songs that actors would lip-sync on screen.

The Melody queen was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour in 2001 and She leaves a legacy as old as independent India itself.

Tributes continue to flood in, with PM Modi saying Mangeshkar’s death had left a “void in our nation that cannot be filled”.


Mr Happy Face crowned world’s ugliest dog



Mr Happy Face has a reason to smile, his crooked head and hairless body has received a crown

With a tuft of punk-style hair and a tongue sticking out, a dog named Mr Happy Face has been crowned the world’s ugliest pooch.

Organisers say the world-renowned event “celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique”

The 17-year-old pooch defeated nine competitors to take the top title

The champ was adopted as a rescue last year by a 41-year-old Arizona musician

She says Mr Happy face enjoys “sleeping, snoring, woofing in his sleep and making odd sounds when he is happy”.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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First look – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official portrait together



Today is a historic milestone for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they have viewed the first official joint portrait of themselves

On a visit to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, the portrait was unveiled to the future king and queen consort.

The portrait, painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, has gone on display at the University of Cambridge.

When William saw the work of art he immediately said ‘It’s quite big’

The artwork of Prince William and Catherine was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to the people of the county.

The artist said he wanted to portray the royal couple as “relaxed and approachable”

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