38 days ago
Former Delhi Police commissioner Ved Marwah passed away on 5 June 2020. He was 87 years old. The former Governor of Mizoram, Manipur, and Jharkhand also served as the director-general of the National Security Guard (NSG), and as an adviser to governors in J&K and Bihar.
Ved Marwah served as the police commissioner of Delhi from 1985-88. He then served as the third director-general of NSG from 1988-90. Marwah served as the governor of Manipur from 1999- 2003, Mizoram from 2000-2001, and Jharkhand from 2003-2004. He was on the governing council of the Asian Academy Of Film And Television. He has authored a book titled "Uncivil Wars: Pathology of Terrorism in India".
49 days ago
The three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior passed away on 25 May due to ill health. He was 95-years old. He is regarded as one of the greatest sportspersons to have represented India.
Balbir Singh is one of the country's greatest athletes. He was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) across modern Olympic history. Balbir Singh captained India at the 1956 Olympic Games. He set the world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics. The record is still unbeaten.
He became the first hockey player to receive the Padma Shri in 1957. In 1977, his autobiography 'The Golden Hat Trick: My Hockey Days' was released. After his hockey career, he served as Secretary of the Punjab State Sports Council and Director of Sports in the Punjab Government. He retired from his duty in 1992.
71 days ago
Former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi (retd) passed away on 2 May. He was 62 years old. He died after suffering cardiac arrest at AIIMS in Delhi. He was tested positive for coronavirus on 2 April.
Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi:
Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi was born on 12 November 1957. He did his graduation in Economics (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce and studied law at Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. He began to practice law at Patna High Court. On 9 October 2006. he was elevated as an Additional Judge Patna High Court and he took oath as Permanent Judge of the High Court on 21 November 2007. On 7 July 2018, he was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court. On 27 March 2019, he took oath as a Judicial Member of Lokpal of India. He played a vital role in setting up the Institution of Lokpal of India with his innovative ideas and inputs.
75 days ago
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on 30 April. He died at the age of 67. He died due to ill health. The actor was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Rishi Kapoor entered the Indian cinema scene with his first film Mera Naam Joker. He played the role of a child artist in the movie. The actor received a National Award for his role in the movie Mera Naam Joker. In 1973, Rishi made his film debut as an adult, with Actor Bobby in Dimple Kapadia. With this film, Kapoor became an overnight star and the country's new hero.
Rishi's last Bollywood film was the 2018 film 102 Not Out alongside Amitabh Bachchan. He was last seen in the web series The Body on Netflix. He had also shot for a film in Delhi earlier in 2020.
76 days ago
One of Bollywood's most beloved stars Irrfan Khan passed away on 29 April 2020. He died at the age of 53. He died due to neuroendocrine tumour, a type of cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in March 2018. Khan went to the United Kingdom for treatment and had returned to India in 2019.
Irfaan Khan's last movie was 'Angrezi Medium.' His most famous films include the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay!, Maqbool (2004), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2014), Gunday (2014), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and Hindi Medium (2017).
76 days ago
The former Brighton and Liverpool striker Michael Robinson passed away on 28 April. He was 61-years-old. He was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2018.
Robinson helped Liverpool squad to win the league title, European Cup and League Cup with the Reds in 1983-84. He also played for Preston, Manchester City, Brighton, and Queens Park Rangers club. In the year 1989, he finished his career with La Liga club Osasuna, the Spanish football team. He had an award-winning broadcasting career in Spain Robinson has won 24 caps in total for the Republic of Ireland, scoring four goals.
85 days ago
BMW Group President and CEO Rudratej Singh passed away on 20 April due to cardiac arrest. He was 46 years old.
Rudratej Singh joined BMW Group in August 2019. He had more than 25 years of experience. Singh held multiple leadership positions both in the automotive and non-automotive industries. He was the Global President at Royal Enfield and before that he worked with Unilever in India and international markets for over 16 years.
95 days ago
Veteran leader and Congressmen Ramkrishna Dwivedi passed away on 10 April. He died at the age of 87 years old. He died due to prolonged illness.
Diwedi went to jail as a student during the Quit India Movement. Since 1989, he also headed UPCC's disciplinary committee for 15 years and stood with the party.
Pandit Ramkrishna Dwivedi is known as a land leader for the public and Congress workers. He served as the state Home Minister in Pandit Kamalapati Tripathi’s government in Uttar Pradesh. He was devoted to the Congress and fought for the Congress. He was instrumental in other Congress organizations including the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress. He was the favorite and most trusted confidant member of congress when Indira Gandhi served as the Prime Minister of India. He was expelled by the Congress party on charges of indiscipline.
104 days ago
French football club Olympique de Marseille's former President Pape Diouf passed away at the age of 68. He died due to complications from COVID-19 on 31 March.
Diouf served as the President of Ligue 1 club Marseille between 2005 and 2009. Prior to this, he worked as a journalist, covering the exploits of Marseille's football team among other sports. He then became a player and agent with Marseille.
As a world agent, Diouf represented some major names in the football world including Basile Boli, Didier Drogba, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Marcel Desailly, William Gallas, Samir Nasri. In January 2005, he was named Marseille's president.
106 days ago
Air Vice-Marshal (Retd.) Chandan Singh Rathore passed away on 29 March. He was 95-years old. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Chandan Singh Rathore.
Chandan Singh Rathore:
Rathore was at the forefront of air operations conducted for the liberation of Bangladesh, during the war with Pakistan. He was responsible for the planning and execution of the special helicopter operations to airlift two companies of troops of the Sylhet area.
On 7-8 December 1971, he flew 8 missions, deep into enemy territory to supervise the progress of the helicopter airlift and to guide and inspire his pilots who were facing heavy opposition. Rathore had distinguished himself as a young air warrior during the Sino-India 1962 war and the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
109 days ago
The chief of Brahmakumaris Sansthan, Rajyogini Dadi Janki, passed away at the age of 104 due to prolonged illness on 27 March. PM Narendra Modi expressed his grief over her demise.
Rajyogini Dadi Janki:
Rajyogini Dadi Janki was born on 1 January 1916 in Hyderabad which is located in Sindh province (now in Pakistan). She began her spiritual journey at the age of 21.
She moved to western countries to establish Indian philosophy, Raj Yoga and human values in the 1970s. She set up Seva Kendras in 140 countries across the world. The chief administrators at 8,000 of such centres are women. She served as the chief of Brahmakumaris Sansthan which is the world's largest spiritual organization run by women. Over 20 lakh people, including 46,000 women are associated with Brahamkumaris.
GoI appointed Janki as the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) because of her work in the field of maintaining cleanliness.
109 days ago
Renowned artist and architect Satish Gujral passed away on 26 March. He was 94-years old. He died due to illness. PM Narendra Modi condoled his demise.
Satish Gujral was an architect, painter, muralist, sculptor and graphic artist. He was admired for his creativity and determination with which he overcame many adversities. The alphabet mural on the outside wall of the Delhi High Court is one of his famous works. He is the one who designed the Belgian Embassy in Delhi are few of his famous work. In 1999, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour. He was conferred the NDTV Indian of the Year Award in the year 2014.
111 days ago
Albert Uderzo passed away on 24 March 2020. He died at the age of 92. He died due to a heart attack. He was the co-creator and illustrator behind the hugely popular of the Asterix comic books.
Albert Uderzo is a French comic book artist. He was born on 25 April 1927 in Fismes, France. He created the beloved Asterix comics in 1959 in collaboration with René Goscinny. The famous character was sold worldwide with more than 370m albums, 11 films, and an Asterix theme park. In 1985, he was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour. In 2005, he was inducted into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame, US and in 2007 he was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
113 days ago
Veteran Tamil director Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan passed away due to kidney failure on 22 March in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 74 years old.
Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan:
Viswanathan is popularly known as Visu in the Tamil film industry. Visu started his career working as an assistant under filmmaker K Balachander. In 1977, he directed his first movie Pattina Pravesam. He was known for his message-driven family dramas.
He directed many blockbusters like Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram, Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi, Ketti Melam, Vaai Sollil Veerandi, Penmani Aval Kanmani, Rajathandhiram, Dowry Kalyanam, Sakalakaala Sambandhi, among others. Also, he has acted in movies like Oomai Vizhigal, Veedu Manaivi Makkal, and Vanaja Girija, etc. Apart from acting, directing, and writing, he was known for hosting live-debates on television.
123 days ago
Veteran Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay passed away on 11 March at South Kolkata. He was 69 years old. He died due to prolonged ailments. He was known for his works in films such as Sansar Simante and Bhalobasa Bhalobasa. He had been suffering from carcinoma and was admitted to a hospital with blood sugar and hypertension.
Santu Mukhopadhyay was born in Kolkata in 1951. He became popular when he was in the early 20s with films like Sansar Simante and Raja by Tarun Majumder and Tapan Sinha, respectively. He became famous for films like Ganadevata and Byapika Biday. His other memorable works include Bhalobasa Bhalobasa, Hemanter Pakhi, Dadamoni and Baikunther Will.
127 days ago
Yanagundi Matha Manikeshwari passed away at Yanagundi of Kalaburagi district, Karnataka, on 8 March. She died due to prolonged illness. She was 87 years old. Matha Manikeshwari had millions of devotees in various states, including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
Sri Matha Manikeshwari:
Sri Matha Manikeshwari was born to Buggappa and Ashamma at Mallabad village, Kalaburagi district, Karnataka, on 27 July 1934. She was involved in spiritual life deeply and did not show any interest in married life. She started practising yoga and dhyana and said prayers to Sri Mallikarjun Swamy of Srisailam. She lived in a cave on top of the hillock at Yanagundi. She has established a total of 108 ashramas in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
137 days ago
Renowned Vedic Scholar Sudhakar Chaturvedi passed away in Bengaluru on 27 February. He was believed to be 122-years-old.
Sudhakar Chaturvedi was claimed to be born on 20 April 1897 in Kyatsandra near Tumkur as Sudhakar Krishna Rao. He moved to Bengaluru after his father became an inspector in the city with the education. The Gandhian was given the title Chaturvedi for his mastery and expertise over the four Vedas. He was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and the Arya Samaj movement. He wrote over 50 spiritual books in four languages. He spent his last few years in the teaching of Vedas to young enthusiasts.
139 days ago
Former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, passed away. He was 91-years-old. The funeral took place in an eastern suburb of Cairo on 26 February.
On 14 October 1981, he became Vice President of Egypt. In 1981, he was sworn in as the fourth president of Egypt. He succeeded Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated by Islamist militants during a military parade. He was seen as a steady hand and a reliable U.S. partner against Islamic extremism. In 1990-1991, he sent troops as part of the US-led coalition in the Gulf war and contributed to efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mubarak was removed after a popular revolution, "Arab Spring revolution", in 2011. Mubarak was jailed in 2012 for the deaths of protesters during the 18-day revolt and for corruption. He was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.
President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Prime Minister: Mostafa Madbouly
Currency: Egyptian pound (E£)
National language: Egyptian Arabic
142 days ago
Academic-turned-politician, Krishna Bose, passed away in West Bengal due to cardiac arrest. She was 89 years old. She served as a Member of Parliament elected from the Jadavpur constituency in West Bengal as an All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate.
Krishna Bose was the daughter-in-law of Subhash Chandra Bose's elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose. She taught at the City College in Kolkata. She was elected to the Lok Sabha thrice. She gave an immense contribution to Indian society and Bengali culture. she was a revered social reformer, renowned poet and a courageous educationalist. The former MP was married to Sisir Kumar Bose, nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose.
146 days ago
Former Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) President Dr. V L Dutt passed away on 18 February.
V L Dutt:
V L Dutt headed FICCI in 1991-92. He was the chairman of the India Vietnam Joint Business Council of FICCI. He graduated from the Business Institute of Management, London. He served as the chairman of The K C P Group of companies. He was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of letters by the Nagarjuna University. The award recognized his outstanding contribution in the area of rural development, medical care, education, and industry. He also served as the honorary consul general of the Republic of Turkey in Chennai.
146 days ago
Veteran Kannada actor Kishori Ballal passed away on 18 February 2020. She was 82 years old. She passed away due to age-related ailments in Bengaluru. She has acted in around 75 movies including her role in Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Swades".
Kishori Ballal was born in Dakshina Kannada district. She was married to Bharatanatyam dancer N. Sripathi Ballal. She made her debut in the 1960's with Ivalentha Hendathi. She acted in many movies across different languages such as Kahi, Hani Hani, Suryakanthi, Carry On Maratha and Quick Gun Murugun.
151 days ago
Former TERI chief RK Pachauri, 79, passed away on 13 February due to a prolonged battle against heart illness.
RK Pachauri played a pivotal role in growing the New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and making it a premier global organization in the sustainability space. He was the founder-director and former chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He became chief executive of TERI in 1981 and headed TERI for more than three decades.
IPCC got the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with former US vice-president A1 Gore under the leadership of Pachauri. The prize recognized IPCC's efforts to build and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change. He headed the body from 2002 to 2015. Pachauri resigned from Teri in 2015.
169 days ago
Famous Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant (Retd.), 41, died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California on 26 January 2020. Nine people died as the helicopter crashed in rough terrain. Kobe's daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said it could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site as it is difficult to access and that firefighters need to hike to the area.
The other victims of the helicopter crash included a longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa. California, John Altobelli, Altobelli's wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa.
171 days ago
Veteran film producer Vinay Sinha passed away on 24 January 2020. He directed famous films like Andaz Apna Apna and Rafoo Chakkar. The cause of death was unknown.
Vinay Kumar Sinha:
Vinay Kumar Sinha was the vice president of the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association. His movie Andaz Apna Apna received a classic status among the Hindi audiences. Vinay Sinha also produced films like Rafoo Chakkar and Chor Police and a few TV shows.
182 days ago
Odia Filmmaker Manmohan Mohapatra passed away on 13 January in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He died due to the prolonged illness. He was 69-years-old.
Mohapatra was born in 1951. He studied filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. He made his first short film 'Anti-Memoirs' in 1975. In 1976, his first film 'Sita Rati' won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia. Mohapatra directed a few Hindi films including Bits and Pieces. The veteran filmmaker directed documentaries namely Voices of Silence and Konark: The Sun Temple.
He had won eight consecutive National Awards for his films Sita Rati, Majhi Pahacha, Nisiddha Swapna, Klanta Aparanha, Niraba Jhada, Bhinna Samaya. His work Niraba Jhada won a National Award. Mohapatra received the Best Director Award for Odia film Bhija Matira Swarga recently.
185 days ago
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman passed away on 10 January 2020. He was 79 years old. He was the Arab world's longest-serving ruler. The cause of death has not been confirmed. His cousin and former culture and heritage minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said have been sworn in as his successor.
Sultan of Oman:
In Oman, the Sultan is the paramount decision-maker. He also holds the positions of Prime Minister, Supreme Commander of the armed forces, Minister of defence, Minister of foreign affairs, and Minister of finance.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said:
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said overthrew his father, Said bin Taimur, in a bloodless coup at the age of 29 and ruled Oman for five decades. He was a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England. He served in the British army. Being a charismatic and visionary leader he established a modern government and used oil money to develop the country.
185 days ago
The former parliamentarian Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo passed away on 10 January 2020. He died due to prolonged illness. He was 76 years old. In 2017, the Odisha government announced that it would bear all expenses of his treatment.
Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo:
Narayan Deo was born on 6 March 1943. He had represented the Berhampur parliamentary constituency for two terms as a Congress member. In 1998, he switched over to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in 2009.
188 days ago
One of India's best-known artists, Akbar Padamsee passed away in Coimbatore on 6 January 2020. He was 91 years old.
Akbar Padamsee was born in Mumbai in 1928. He earned a Diploma in Painting from Sir JJ School of Art. He was one of the pioneers of modern Indian art along with S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, and M.F. Husain. He was also part of the Progressive Artists' Group. He was renowned for his famous artworks like metascape, Syzygy, Portrait of Husain, Jeune femme aux Cheveux noirs, la tête inclinée, Metascape - III. He won many honours, including a gold medal from the Lalit Kala Akademi, and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
189 days ago
Former Western Army Commander Lieutenant general Prem Nath Hoon passed away on 6 January 2020. He was 90 years old. Lt Gen Hoon was admitted to Command Hospital, Chandimandir, Panchkula due to illness.
Lieutenant general Prem Nath Hoon:
Prem Nath was born in Abbottabad, pre-partition India on 4 October 1929. Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon started his career in the Indian Army and led Operation Meghdoot, the code-name for the Indian Armed Forces operation to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Kashmir region, precipitating the Siachen Conflict. The operation resulted in Indian troops gained control of the entire Siachen Glacier. He played a very important role in the war against Pakistan in 1984. He commanded the Western Army headquartered at Chandimandir during one of the biggest military exercises of the sub-continent, Operation Brasstacks, through parts of 1986 and 1987.
He authored a book called The Untold Truth wherein he had claimed that a coup d’etat had been planned by certain elements to topple the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's government in 1987. After retirement, he was associated with Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena. He held the post of the Director-General of Sena's ex-servicemen wing.
190 days ago
Former Karnataka Governor TN Chaturvedi passed away on 5 January 2020. He was 90 years old. He was appointed as the 14th Governor of Karnataka in 2002 by the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Triloki Nath Chaturvedi was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). After retirement from IAS, Chaturvedi held the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1984 to 1989.
In 1991, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. He became Governor of Karnataka on 21 August 2002. He served as the Governor of Karnataka from 2002-2007. He also served as the Governor of Kerala from 25 February 2004, following the death of Sikander Bakht, until June 2004, when he was replaced by a newly appointed governor. Chaturvedi was highly recognized for his role as Karnataka Governor.
209 days ago
Veteran actor Shriram Lagoo passed away on 17 December. Lagoo died of cardiac arrest in Pune. He was 92 years old.
Lagoo was born in 1927 in Satara, Maharashtra. He was trained as an ENT surgeon by profession. He played an important role in the growth of theatre movement in Maharashtra along with Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Arvind Deshpande.
Lagoo essayed memorable roles in Bollywood films like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Ek Din Achanak, Gharonda, and Laawaris. He played Gopal Krishna Gokhale in the movie Gandhi. He has also been a part of various TV shows. Gulmohar West, Karamati, Thhoda Sa Aasman, Waqt Ki Raftar, Lokmanya, Jugal Bandhi, and Uppanyas are some of his notable works on television.
210 days ago
The former Union minister and veteran BJP leader Ishwar Dayal Swami passed away on 15 December. He died due to a brief ailment. He was 90-years-old. He is survived by a son and 3 daughters.
Ishwar Dayal Swami:
Swami was a bureaucrat-turned- politician. He served as the Union minister of state for home affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999.
Ishwar Dayal Swami won his first Lok Sabha election in 1996. He was re-elected in 1999 and made Union Minister of State for Home in A.B. Vajpayee's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
215 days ago
Tara Sinha, the founder of ad agencies Clarion and Tara Sinha Associates, passed away on 11 December 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was 88 years old. She was the first woman to set up a national advertising agency in India.
Sinha completed the advertising diploma in the early 1950s from London. She joined DJ Keymer, Kolkata. In 1955, Sinha and others launched Clarion. She became its first director at 23.
Sinha had good client and agency experience having worked at Coca-Cola in the 1970s and early 1980s. Tara Sinha Associates was launched in 1985. Sinha was a fearless woman, who spoke her mind and never hesitated to take tough decisions. Her career acquired skills across the marketing, advertising, and research spectrum, working with some of the best brands in fast-moving consumer goods.
215 days ago
George Laurer, the US engineer who helped develop the barcode, has passed away at the age of 94.
Mr. Laurer has been recognized as the co-inventor of the Universal Product Code (UPC) or barcode. It is found on millions of products, services, and other items for identification. When he was working as an electrical engineer with IBM, he developed UPC or barcode. He developed a scanner that could digitally read codes. He used stripes to print the codes.
The first product that was scanned was a packet of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. It took place in June 1974 in Ohio.
227 days ago
American rock climber Brad Gobright passed away after falling off a mountain in Mexico. He was 31 years old. He fell on an almost sheer face known as El Sendero Luminoso on the El Toro Mountain in the El Portrero Chico, Monterrey. He fell about 300 metres (1,000ft). The area was marked as inaccessible by the civil defense office.
Brad was one of the world's most renowned rock climbers. He began climbing when he was 6 years old. He set a speed record of 2 hours 19 minutes and 44 seconds for The Nose on El Capitan in 2017 along with Jim Reynolds.
228 days ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone passed away. He was 101 years old. He is known for his friendship with the 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He was one of Japan's longest-reigning premiers.
Nakasone served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 1982 to 1987. His reign boosted Japan's global profile. He was on 27 May 1918 in Takasaki, northwest of Tokyo. He was graduated from Tokyo University. He entered the Home Ministry in 1941.
He broke the unwritten rule on limiting the annual defence budget to 1% of gross national product (GNP). Nakasone was the first Japanese premier to officially visit South Korea in 1983.
Nakasone pursued domestic reforms by privatizing Japan's state-run railway, tobacco, and telecommunications monopolies. He won a rare fifth year in office after leading his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in 1986 elections. In 2003, he was forced to retire when he was 85 along with other elder statesmen by then-prime minister Junichiro Koizumi along with the elderly politicians.
229 days ago
Former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar passed away at a military hospital in New Delhi on 27 November 2019. He was 79-years-old.
♦ Admiral Sushil Kumar was the 16th Chief of Naval Staff. He served as the Navy Chief from 1998 to 2001. He oversaw the Naval operations during the Kargil conflict of 1999. He was the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee when India planned Operation Parakram, in 2000-2001, in the wake of the terror attack on Parliament.
♦ He recently authored a book titled A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In the book, Sushil Kumar credited Mr. Vajpayee for turning a strategic tactical loss into a massive victory.
232 days ago
Former Madhya Pradesh and BJP leader Chief Minister Kailash Joshi died at a private hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 90. The last rites will be at his native Hatpipliya in Dewas district on Monday.Mr. Joshi served as the first
Janata Party Chief Minister of the State from 1977 to 1978. He represented the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency from 2004 to 2014. He served as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2000 to 2004. Besides, he served the Bagli Assembly seat from 1962 to 1998.
243 days ago
Famous mathematician Vashishth Narayan Singh passed away in Patna on 14 November 2019. He was 77 years old. He was suffering from mental illness schizophrenia for 40 years. He earned world recognition as he challenged Einstein's theory of relativity.
Vashishth Narayan Singh:
Vashishth Narayan Singh was born on 2 April 1942. He moved to America in 1965 after his talent was recognized by Professor John Kelly of the University of California. He worked as an associate professor at Washington University. He worked at NASA, where he surprised many people with his mathematical skills. In 1971, he returned to India and worked at IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, and ISI Kolkata.
246 days ago
Former Union Secretary PS Krishnan passed away in New Delhi on 10 December 2019. He was 86 years old. He was regarded as a champion of the oppressed and exploited sections of society.
PS Krishnan is an IAS officer of batch 1956. He served in Andhra Pradesh. He sought to take the government to the people, especially the Dalits, Adivasis, minorities, and other oppressed communities, and worked towards eliminating caste inequalities. In 1990, he served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare during the VP Singh government implemented the Mandal Commission Report, which sought to provide 27% reservations to socially and educationally backward classes.
He was an outstanding champion of the oppressed and exploited sections of Indian society. He held various positions, including Secretary to the Government of India. Later, during his post-retirement phase, he worked for the advancement and empowerment of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEdBC), including religious minorities among them.
246 days ago
Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, 86 years old, passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on 10 November 2019. He died due to cardiac arrest.
TN Seshan was a 1995 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. He served as the tenth Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) from 12 December 1990 to 11 December 1996. He reformed elections by largely ending its malpractices in India. He is known for enforcing the model code of conduct. He led the game-changing electoral reforms in the 1990s. He redefined the status and visibility of the Election Commission of India (ECI). He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1996 for his service to the government.
258 days ago
Former judge of the Supreme Court (SC), Justice N Venkatachala, has passed away at the age of 89.
Justice N Venkatachala:
Venkatachala was born in July 1930. Justice Nanje Gowda Venkatachala obtained his law degree from Mysore University. In November 1955, he enrolled as an advocate in the then High Court of Mysore (now Karnataka). He practiced civil, criminal and constitutional matters in Bangalore.
From 1963 to 1973, he served as a Legal Adviser to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Hebbal, Bangalore. From 1968 to 1973, he worked as a Government Pleader. From 1973 to 1977, he served as a High Court Government Advocate. In November 1977, he was appointed an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court and as a Permanent Judge in September 1978.
In 1990, he was part of a tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. In July 1992, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. In 1995, he retired from the post. After his retirement, he served as Lokayukta for the State of Karnataka.
259 days ago
Japanese academic and diplomat Sadako Ogata died at the age of 92. She was the first female to be appointed UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Ogata was born in Tokyo in 1927. She is the daughter of a Japanese diplomat father. She became the first woman, the first Japanese person, and the first academic to be installed as the (UNHCR) in 1991.
Ogata worked on some of the largest crises of the decade during her time in service from 1991 to 2000. She was faced with one of the biggest crises of the 1990s; millions of Kurdish refugees had fled to Iran after the Gulf Wars. She oversaw large-scale operations in areas including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and the Great Lakes region of Africa.
276 days ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of veteran Carnatic musician Shri Kadri Gopalnath. He excelled with exceptional diligence and talent, he made a valuable contribution to Carnatic music. His works were popular across continents. Pained by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and admirers.
Kadri Gopalnath, the first to introduce the Western instrument to Carnatic music passed away at a private hospital here early on Friday. A native of Mangaluru region, he had settled in Chennai.
A Padmashree awardee, Gopalnath, 69, is survived by his wife Sarojini, two sons, Manikanth Kadri who is a noted music director, and Guruprasad Kadri, who works in Kuwait, and a daughter Ambika Mohan.
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Padma Shri awardee and renowned kidney transplant surgeon Dr. Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi passed away on 2 October. He was 87-years old. He died due to age-related illnesses.
Trivedi was hailed as an expert in handling kidney transplant surgeries. He left his career in Canada and set up the Kidney Diseases and Research Center at Ahmedabad with an aim to serve the people of this country. He was the founder-director of the city-based Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center. He also established a dialysis centre network in district hospitals across Gujarat with the help of the state government. In 2015, he was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contribution to society as a nephrologist.
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The former French president President Jacques Chirac died on 26 September 2019. He has suffered memory loss, a form of Alzheimer’s disease.
Jacques Chirac was born on 29 November 1932. Chirac served as President for two terms, one as prime minister. He took France into the single European currency. Chirac was the head of state from 17 May 1995 to 16 May 2007. He was previously the PMr of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988. Also he was the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.
President: Emmanuel Macron
Prime Minister: Édouard Philippe
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR), CFP franc (XPF)
Official and national language: French
294 days ago
Former Indian Test opener Madhav Apte passed away at the age of 86 in Mumbai. He died due to the suffering of a cardiac arrest on 23 September.
Madhav Apte was born on 5 October 1932. The right-hand batsman played 7 Test matches for India from 1952 to 1953. He was the fourth-oldest living Indian Test cricketer, younger only to DK Gaekwad, CD Gopinath and Chandrakant Patankar. In 1989, he was elected to the office of the president of the Cricket Club of India. He served as the president of the Club's Legend's Club. He was also the chairman of his family's company, Apte Group.
295 days ago
Veteran actor and multi-faceted artiste S.K. Padmadevi passed away. She was part of the first Kannada talkie film Bhakta Dhruva (1934). She starred in Samsara Nouke. It is the first Kannada social film (1936). She was the recipient of R. Nagendra Rao award for lifetime achievement by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy in 2016.
Bhakta Dhruva is a 1934 Indian Kannada language Mythological devotional film directed by Parshwanath Altekar and produced by U. L. Narayana Rao.
Director: Parshwanath Yeshwant Altekar
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297 days ago
Former Rangers and Netherlands football player Fernando Ricksen passed away at the age of 43.
He earned 12 caps for the Netherlands between 2000 and 2003.
Around six years (2000-2006) with the club of Rangers Glasgow.
Scotland won 2 Scottish Premier League titles, 2 Scottish Cups and 3 Scottish League Cups.
Fernando Jacob Hubert Hendrika Ricksen a Dutch professional footballer played as a right-back and right midfielder.He joined Rangers for £3.75 million in 2000.
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Former Union minister and eminent lawyer Shri Ram Jethmalani passed away on 8 September at his official residence in New Delhi. He was 95 years old. He was suffering from prolonged illness.
Shri Ram Jethmalani:
Ram Jethmalani was born in Sikhapur of Sindh province on 14 September 1923. He finished his schooling at the age of 13 and secured an LLB degree at the age of 17. At the age of 18, he became a lawyer.
Ram Jethmalani fought several high-profile cases, including Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh in the Securities scam of 1992, the defence of Rajiv Gandhi's killer in Madras High Cout in 2001, Jessica Lall murder case, in the Supreme Court (SC), high courts and trial courts. One of the cases he will be remembered for is the KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra case in which he was the prosecutor.
Jethmalani was elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010. He was elected as a BJP MP in the 6th and 7th Lok Sabha. He served as Union law minister and urban development minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.