13 February 2019
Former Afghan mujahideen commander Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, who fought the Soviets and rose to become the country’s interim President after the collapse of the Afghan communist regime in 1992, has died at the age of 93. He passed away due to a long illness. His death comes three days before the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Mr. Mojaddedi served just two months as interim President under a power-sharing deal struck by mujahideen leaders. These factions later turned on each other. But he continued to play a prominent role in Afghan politics, particularly after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. In 2003, he served as chairman of the Loya Jirga, or Grand Assembly, that approved the Constitution for a post-Taliban era.
4 February 2019
Padma Shri R.B. Patil, 93-year-old, passed away in Hubballi. He established North Karnataka’s first comprehensive centre for cancer in 1977 from voluntary donations.
Dr.Patil completed his education in England and continued to see patients until recently before his health deteriorated. The mortal remains of the surgeon were kept at his nursing home in Vidyanagar, Hubballi, for people to pay tributes.
30 January 2019
George Mathew Fernandes, former Union Minister, passed away. He was an Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, freethinker, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar. He was a key member of the Janata Dal and the founder of the Samata Party. He held ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence.
27 January 2019
Eminent Hindi author and essayist Krishna Sobti passed away in Delhi.
She was 93. She was a recipient of many coveted awards like Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith awards and was also offered Padma Bhushan, which she had declined.
Some of her celebrated works include Daar Se Bichhudi, Mitro Marjani, Zindaginama, Dil-o-Danish, Badalom ke Ghere, Ai Ladki and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan.
21 January 2019
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s senior leader and MLA Jasvinder Singh Sandhu passed away after Suffering from Cancer at the age of 63 in Haryana.
He had been elected to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha from the Pehowa seat in 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2014.
3 January 2019
Ramakant Achrekar, who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, died at his residence in Mumbai. He was 86. Achrekar served as a cricket coach on the Mumbai maidans for more than four three decades until he was paralysed in the late 1990s.
In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country's highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010. He was honoured the Lifetime Achievement award by the Sports.
2 January 2019
Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna's "Daag" and has featured in over 300 films.
He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.
As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.
27 December 2018
Nishad was a four-time Lok Sabha member from Muzaffarpur constituency of Bihar, and served as a member of Rajya Sabha between 2004-2008.
His son Ajay Nishad is an elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha constituency itself and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
25 December 2018
She was a Padma Shri recipient in 1998 and was also known as “Asomiya Lata Mangeshkar.”
She was honored with The Axiom Srestho by The Telegraph, Silipi Bota (2010) and Aideu Handique Silpi Award (2012) among others.
24 December 2018
Born in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, Chudasama was awarded Padma Shri in 2005 in recognition of his work in the social sector.
He founded an NGO, Giants International, which has presence in several cities in India as well as abroad.
Nana Chudasama carried out social work through his NGOs such as I Love Mumbai, the National Kidney Foundation and the Forum Against Drugs and AIDS.
23 December 2018
Pandit Bhaduri was considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and bhajans.
The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio and television artiste.
Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md Sagiruddin Khan.
11 December 2018
Renowned historian and former vice-chancellor Jamia Millia of Islamia, Professor Mushirul Hasan, passed away at 71.
He was the former director of National Archives of India.
3 December 2018
George HW Bush became 41st president of the United States in 1989 after serving as vice-president under Ronald Reagan. His son, George W. Bush was also elected president and served two terms between 2001 and 2009.
George HW Bush presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.
26 November 2018
InterGlobe Aviation said its chairman Devadas Mallya Mangalore passed away in the morning of November 25, 2018. InterGlobe Aviation is the country’s largest airline IndiGo.
Mr.Devadas Mallya was also a non-executive independent director. He had served as the CMD of Bank of Baroda and Bank of Maharashtra.
24 November 2018
Baishnab Charan Parida, the former Biju Janata Dal Rajya Sabha member, passed away after a prolonged illness here on November 22. He was 77 years old. Parida is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. He was a prominent politician, writer, and promoter of Odia language. Parida was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 2010 and his term had ended in July 2016.
20 November 2018
Brigadier (retired) Kuldip Singh Chandpuri is known as the hero of the Longewala battle against Pakistan in 1971.
Brigadier Chandpuri had joined the Indian Army in 1962 and was commissioned to the 23rd Battalion of The Punjab Regiment.
For his bravery, valour and spirit, Brigadier Chandpuri was the recipient of many awards and honours. Prominent among these were the Maha Vir Chakra - for defending the Longewala Post, and the Vishisht Seva Medal.
19 November 2018
He is also known for portraying Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1982 film 'Gandhi'. A renowned theatre personality, Padamsee had also received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
He was Chairman of the London Institute of Corporate Training and also served as an adviser to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
12 November 2018
He held two portfolios in the NDA Government; of Parliamentary affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Kumar had represented the Bengaluru south parliamentary constituency six times since 1996.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Union cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the minister for civil aviation and was instrumental in the signing of the MoU for the Bengaluru international airport. Kumar was the youngest minister in the Vajpayee cabinet.
19 October 2018
N D Tiwari, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, passed away after a prolonged stint of hospitalisation in New Delhi.
Mr.Tiwari began his career with the erstwhile Praja Socialist Party (PSP) to then serve his entire career in the Congress was 93 at the time of his death. He served as the Minister of External Affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet between 1986 and 1987. He was thrice elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in varied stints between 1976 and 1977, 1984 and 1985, 1988 and 1989, and was for one term the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, between 2002 and 2007.
Mr.Tiwari was known for being a canny politician and a good administrator. He was credited with much of the manufacturing industry that made its way to Uttar Pradesh.
8 October 2018
Eminent Gandhian Natwar Thakkar passed away on 7th October 2018 due to his ill health. His efforts to spread Gandhian philosophy and peace had earned him the title 'Nagaland's Gandhi'. He was the founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram. He was honoured with the Padma Shri award.
Mr.Thakkar had been chosen as a member of a committee constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the year-long celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary across the country. He went Nagaland from Maharashtra in 1955 when the movement for secession from India under the legendary Naga leader A.Z. Angami was gaining momentum. His Gandhian mission was viewed as a front for espionage by New Delhi and he was often told, at gunpoint, to leave the Naga domain.
The Naga Hoho, the apex body of all tribes in Nagaland, mourned Mr.Thakkar’s death. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio conveyed his condolence and said that Mr.Thakkar made significant contributions towards the betterment of society.
26 September 2018
Jasdev Singh, the renowned Hindi commentator, passed away 26th September due to prolonged illness. He was 87 and is survived by a son and daughter. Jasdev grew up in Jaipur. He started his career with All India Radio’s (AIR) Jaipur station in 1959. He was impressed by the renowned Melville de Mello’s non-stop seven-hour English commentary during Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral. He decided to be a Hindi commentator.
His career spanned five decades. Jasdev covered nine Olympics, eight hockey World Cups and more than 45 Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations for All India Radio and Doordarshan. Jasdev received the Padma Shri in 1985 and the Olympic Order in 1988 for his contribution to the Olympic movement. He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2008 and was bestowed with the honour of Rajasthan Ratna in 2014.
21 September 2018
Before being appointed Vietnam's President in 2016, Quang served as the Public Security Minister.
He was also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Politburo, the party's top decision-making body.
Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh will take over as acting president until a new president is chosen by the communist party's Central Committee and voted on by the National Assembly.
18 September 2018
Anna Rajam Malhotra, first Indian woman IAS officer after Independence, died in Mumbai on 17th September. She was 91 years old. The officer worked under seven Chief Ministers and at the Central government. Rajaji had cited Ms.Malhotra as an example of progressive women.
The officer served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C.Rajagopalachari. She also served with Rajiv Gandhi, when as an MP in 1982. She also accompanied former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on an eight-nation tour and had served in the personnel section of the Union Home Ministry. During her tenure, the construction of India’s first computerised port Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) in Mumbai was completed.
17 September 2018
Satya Prakash Malaviya, the former Union Petroleum Minister, 84, passed away on 16th September at a private hospital in New Delhi. He was suffering from prostate cancer. Mr.Malaviya was the Petroleum Minister in the Chandra Shekhar government at the Centre. He also served as Environment Minister in Uttar Pradesh. Initially, he was with the Praja Socialist Party. Later he joined the Congress. He was jailed during the Emergency.
7 September 2018
The best novels include ‘Aarti ane Angara’ published in 1957, ‘Man Nahi Mane’ in 1962, ‘Rikta’ in 1968, ‘Vyaktamadhya’ in 1970, ‘Samaydvip’ in 1974 and ‘Urdhvamool’ in 1981.
He received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandraka in 1984 and Sahitya Academy award in 1988 for his novel ‘Assoryalok’.
23 August 2018
Gurudas Kamat who was an advocate by profession, was also served as Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology.
Kamat was a Member of Parliament for the Mumbai North-West constituency in 2009 and the Mumbai North East constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
23 August 2018
The veteran journalist had started his career with an Urdu newspaper.
Nayar was also an author, with 15 books to his name, and was appointed as High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom in 1990.
He was also nominated as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Rajya Sabha in 1997.
21 August 2018
He is one of the famous journalist to openly advocate for a Palestinian state.
After independence, he became a great publisher, member of parliament, author and activist.
19 August 2018
Kofi Annan, 80 years old, passed away due to illness. He is the first black African secretary-general of the United Nations.
He served two terms as secretary-general from January 1, 1997, to December 31, 2006. Kofi Annan and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
17 August 2018
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93 years old, passed away on 16th August due to his prolonged ill health. He was one of the greatest leaders of India. The veteran leader was Prime Minister thrice in 1996, 1998-1999 and 1999-2004.
He was born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior. He was one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh in 1951 and became its president in 1968. He was elected 10 times the Lok Sabha from four different States. He was twice the member of Rajya Sabha. He was also a poet and his poetry collections were compiled in his book Meri Ekyaavan Kavitayein (My 51 Poems).
16 August 2018
He became the governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2014 and has served on various other posts including the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.
Tandon was one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh which later became the BJP.
In his 65 years of political career, Tandon was six-time MLA and state BJP president of Punjab for two years.
Tandon has served as cabinet minister in 1977-79 and in 1997-2002 in the ministries headed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He was elected from Amritsar five times between 1960 and 1977, and was again elected from Rajpura in 1997.
16 August 2018
Former Indian Skipper Ajit Wadekar, 77 years old, passed away on 15th August. Due to his ill health, he was hospitalized since the month of July.
He played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974. He was the first Indian captain to achieve overseas wins while touring the West Indies and England in 1971. India won over five matches in the West Indies in the early 1970s and then defeated England over three. He has been awarded the Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972).
13 August 2018
Industrialist Anant Bajaj, the only son of Bajaj Electricals Chairman Shekhar Bajaj, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Bajaj started his career as a project coordinator in Bajaj Electricals back in 1999.
He was also responsible for setting up the ₹ 45 crore high mast manufacturing and galvanising plant at Ranjangaon, near Pune in Maharashtra.
13 August 2018
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, 85 years old, passed away on 11th August. He is a Trinidad-born Indian-origin author. His work reflected his personal journey from Trinidad to London and various stops in developing countries. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
He is known for his critical commentary on colonialism, religion and politics. During his career, Naipaul has written more than 30 books of fiction and non-fiction. A Bend in the River and A House for Mr.Biswas are his famous novels.
13 August 2018
He was born in Trinidad wrote more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001.
He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad and Tobago.
His notable works are
A House for Mr Biswas
In a Free State
A Bend in the River
The Enigma of Arrival
8 August 2018
DMK chief, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, passes away at 94. He was made Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time in 1969.
His five reigns as chief minister spanned from 1969-1971, 1971-1976, 1989-1991, 1996-2001 and 2006-2011.
He also became a popular screenwriter for Tamil films.
After independence, Periyar’s movement split into two. Karunanidhi followed Annadurai, establishing the Davidar Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 1949. He was the party’s first treasurer and was elected to the assembly in 1957.
7 August 2018
Senior Congress leader and long-time aide of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rajinder Kumar Dhawan passed away at the age of 81 years in Delhi.
Dhawan joined Indira Gandhi as a personal assistant in 1962 and worked with her until she breathed her last.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha twice, from April 1990 to April 1996, and July 2004 to July 2010.
He was appointed Minister of State (independent charge) Housing and Urban Development (1995-1996).
28 July 2018
Miyako, born on May 2, 1901, became the world’s oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima, a fellow Japanese national from the southern Kikai island, died at age 117.
Guinness World Records has confirmed that she was the world’s oldest person. Her replacement is yet to be announced by Guinness, but according to media reports, the new oldest person is Kane Tanaka, a 115-year-old woman who lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka, a city in southern Japan.
♦ The world’s oldest man, Masazo Nonaka, 113-year-old lives in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.
♦ Jeanne Louise Calment from France holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest person ever. Born in 1875, she was 122 when she died in 1997.
27 July 2018
Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away due to diabetic complications.
He was 67 years old.
He worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid-1990's.
He was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM.
He has covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet.
His last rites were performed at the Nigambodh Ghat.
22 July 2018
Ramchandra Singhdeo, former and first Finance Minister of Chhattisgarh, passed away in Raipur.
He was the Finance Minister in the cabinet of the then Chief Minister Ajit Jogi.
Chief minister: Raman Das,
Governor: Balramji Dass Tandon.
20 July 2018
Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj passed away in New Delhi due to a prolonged illness. He was 94.
His poetic works include Asawari, Lahar Pukare and Paran Geet.
He was Born in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh and he created a name for his lyrics for films like Prem Pujari, Tere Mere Sapne, Chanda Aur Bijli and Sharmili.
He won 3 Filmfare awards and penned some of the all-time hits like Likhe jo khat tujhe.
He was conferred with Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.
15 July 2018
Kalpesh Yagnik, the Group Editor of media house Dainik Bhaskar passed away at the age of 55 on 12th July 2018 in Indore. Yagnik suffered a heart attack while he was working in his office. Yagnik had joined the Dainik Bhaskar group in 1998, after working at the Free Press Journal.
Yagnik was born on June 21, 1963. He joined Dainik Bhaskar in 1998 before which he also worked at Free Press Journal. He was a B. Com graduate.
13 July 2018
Dada Vaswani who was chief of Sadhu Vaswani Mission, passes away at the age of 99 in Pune. He was also known for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights.
Vaswani was born on August 2, 1918 in Pakistan's Hyderabad city in a Sindhi family.
He studied MSc in Physics and also worked as a teacher at St Mira's College in Pune for some time.
3 July 2018
Rajmata of the Marwar principality and former MP, Krishna Kumari passed away aged 92 in Jodhpur.
Born in a royal family in Gujarat, she had married Jodhpur's then-ruler Hanwant Singh in 1943.
The Jodhpur city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a state which came to be known as Marwar.
24 June 2018
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, died at 68.
He is credited with coining the term ‘The Reagan Doctrine’, a reference to former US President Ronald Reagan’s support for those fighting communism.
22 June 2018
Peter Thomson won five British Open titles in the 1950s and 1960s and is the only player since the turn of the 20th century to win golf's oldest major championship three times in a row.
He passed away at home in Melbourne surrounded by family on 20 June.
19 June 2018
Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of "Rising Kashmir" newspaper, was shot dead In Srinagar.
He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir valley.
He was also part of the "Track II" or alternate channels dialogue process with Pakistan.
16 June 2018
80 year Old Veteran journalist and author Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana. His native is Khammam district.
In a career spanning over five-and-a-half decades, he worked for several Telugu and English dailies and news agencies including Andhra Jyothi, Udayam, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Himachal Times and Hindustan Samachar at Hyderabad and Delhi.
11 June 2018
Odisha's most popular lyricist, Narayan Prasad Singh was popularly known as 'Rasaraj' passed away at his residence in Bhubaneswar. Singh was 86.
Born on May 28th, 1933 at Koeli village, Singh earned his name in the world of Odia music.
He was the lyricist of several popular melodious songs in Odia cinema.
1 June 2018
Former Himachal Pradesh governor and Congress leader Urmila Singh died due to prolonged illness at a private hospital in Indore. She was 71.
Belonging to a family of freedom fighters, Singh was appointed as the governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2010.
Prior to that, she had served as the chairman of the National Scheduled Tribes Commission (NCTC).