Veteran actor and film producer Shashi Kapoor has been conferred with prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014. 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. 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).
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’.
Established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. The award is conferred annually by the Union Government to person for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees and a shawl.
World Health Organization (WHO), a U.N. health agency has declared Liberia Ebola-free. WHO has hailed Liberia’s Ebola eradication efforts as an enormous development in the long crisis and monumental achievement as the virus has killed more than 4,716 people in the country alone. Now, Liberia’s neighbous Guinea and Sierra Leone are only two countries fighting to stop Ebola outbreak since it began in December 2013. Criteria for declaring a nation 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. Impact of Ebola The current outbreak is the deadliest in history. It was initially centred on Guinea’s remote south-eastern region of Nzerekore in early 2014 and later had spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Liberia was worst hit among the western African nations in this outbreak. As per WHO, the number of deaths from the Ebola epidemic till date exceeds 11,000. In Sierra Leone 3,903 have died and 2,386 have died in Guinea.
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