India-Pakistan Current Affairs - 2020

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Nation bids adieu to Sarabjit Singh with state honors

The mortal body of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was consigned to flames in his village with full state honors amid mournful emotions.

Sarabjit Singh:

  • Indian citizen from Bhikhiwind, Punjab.
  • Inadvertently crossed the zero-line, bordering with Pakistan in 1990, in an inebriated state while working in his fields which run along the border.
    Arrested by the Pakistan Rangers and was charged by the Lahore police alleging his role Lahore bombings.
  • Tried in the Lahore HC and was sentenced to death in 1991.
  • His all mercy petitions were rejected but his death sentence was repeatedly postponed by the Government of Pakistan.
  • He succumbed to the serious injuries he received when he was brutally attacked by six fellow prison inmates.
  • Punjab (India) assembly declared him a National Martyr.

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Renowned singer Shamshad Begum passed away

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Famous playback singer of Hindi film industry Shamshad Begum (94) passed away.
Some of her popular Hindi songs to her name include Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar, Kajra Mohabbat Wala and Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re, Chod Babul Ka Ghar, Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar, Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana.She was among the most sought-after female playback singers of 40s.
She was conferred with the third-highest civilian honour of India, Padma Bhushan.

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