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CV Vishveshwara, pioneer in black hole research work, passes away

1 day ago
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His calculations gave a graphic form to the signals emitted by two merging black holes. This was the waveform detected in 2015 by the LIGO collaboration.

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, passes away

2 days ago
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Cernan set the foot on the moon as commander of Apollo 17, the final manned mission to the lunar surface. The mission reached the moon’s surface on 19 December 1972.

Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies

Jan 16, 2017
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Pinyin, the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, changed the way the language was taught. It was officially adopted by the Chinese Government in 1958, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1982, and the United Nations in 1986.

Surjit Singh Barnala, former Chief Minister of Punjab, dies

Jan 16, 2017
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Barnala has served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 29 September 1985 until 11 May 1987, a period of Sikh militant movement in Punjab.

Former MRF director KM Philip passes away

Jan 12, 2017
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In recognition of his services, the All India Rubber Industries Association instituted the KM Philip Medal & Award on his 90th birthday.

Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth dies

Jan 11, 2017
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She also covered the conflict in Vietnam where she scored a scoop that peace talks would shortly begin between Hanoi and Washington in 1968.

Roman Herzog, former President of Germany, passes away

Jan 11, 2017
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Herzog used the presidency to serve as a moral guardian for liberal and democratic values. He often talked about Germany’s moral responsibility for the crimes of its past.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies

Jan 9, 2017
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Rafsanjani served as president in the early 1990s when Tehran was accused of a executing a wave of assassinations in Europe that targeted regime opponents.

Eminent British economist Tony Atkinson died

Jan 6, 2017
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Through his extensive research, Tony Atkinson contributed in conceptualizing poverty eradication policies in India.

Veteran actor Om Puri died at 66

Jan 6, 2017
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The Padma Shri awardee actor was an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India and the National School of Drama.

Eminent historian Prof Gangmumei Kamei died

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Prof Gangmumei Kamei was a writer and historian whose area of specialisation was regional history of Northeast India and history of Manipur.

Renowned Sitar Player Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passes away

Jan 5, 2017
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Born in 1929 in Jawra, Madhya Pradesh, Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan belonged to the Beenkar Gharana of Indore.

Karnataka's Cooperation Minister H S Mahadev Prasad dies

Jan 4, 2017
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He was there in Chikkamagaluru to attend the silver jubilee celebrations of the Transport Cooperative Society at Koppa.

Renowned English art critic John Berger passes away

Jan 4, 2017
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Berger constantly and provocatively challenged traditional interpretations of art and society and the connections between the two. His book, Ways of Seeing, had a considerable effect on how visual art was appreciated.

K V Pusa, former NPCC President and Minister, passes away

Jan 3, 2017
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He had served in various departments and ministeries during his tenure including his role as Minister for Veterinary and Animal Husbandry during 1998-1999.

Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds passes away

Dec 30, 2016
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She was the mother of actress Carrie Fisher and her death came just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, who died on 27 December 2016.

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher passes away

Dec 28, 2016
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She was known for writing her own autobiography titled The Princess Diarist that narrates the ups and downs of her career.

Sunderlal Patwa, the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, died

Dec 28, 2016
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Patwa, an RSS ideologue, was instrumental in consolidating BJP base in Madhya Pradesh (undivided).

Astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed dark matter, passes away

Dec 28, 2016
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Rubin's results, which initially met with scepticism, were confirmed over the subsequent years. The attempts to explain the galaxy rotation problem led to the theory of dark matter.

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away

Dec 27, 2016
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Wickremanayake served as the Prime Minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in the year 2005. He earlier held the position of Prime Minister from August 2000 to December 2001, succeeding the then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

Dinanath Bhargava, man who designed National Emblem, passes away

Dec 27, 2016
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He sketched the National Emblem and extracted its motto 'Satyameva Jayate' from Mundaka Upanishad in 1948 after an extensive research.

Environmentalist Anupam Mishra passes away

Dec 20, 2016
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His seminal work on water conservation 'Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab' fired the imagination of common people and ecology warriors and gave wings to India's indigenous wisdom on this subject.

Henry Heimlich, inventor of Heimlich manoeuvre, dies

Dec 19, 2016
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Heimlich also invented the Micro Trach portable oxygen system for ambulatory patients. He was also the inventor of the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, which drains blood and air out of the chest cavity.

Legendary horse jockey Walter Swinburn passes away

Dec 14, 2016
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Swinburn was just 19 when he rode Shergar, a brilliant British-trained racehorse, to a memorable 10-length victory in the 1981 Derby at Epsom.

Astronaut John Glenn, the 1st American to Orbit Earth, dies at 95

Dec 9, 2016
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Glenn is best known for circling the earth in 1962 aboard the Friendship 7 space capsule.

Noted journalist Cho S Ramaswamy passes away

Dec 7, 2016
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He was also known to be very close to Late J Jayalalitha, CM of Tamil Nadu who died earlier this week, and also mentored her during her film career and continued to do the same even after she entered the politics.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa passes away

Dec 6, 2016
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She was put on heart assist device following the attack and her condition was stated to be critical by senior doctors at the Apollo hospital.

Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passes away

Nov 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

80-year-old Anand Yadav breathed his last at his residence in Pune. His autobiography 'Zombi' won him Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991.

Cuba's Fidel Castro dies aged 90

Nov 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Comrade Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista and established a communist state in Cuba, first in Western Hemisphere.

Veteran Journalist Dilip Padgaonkar passed away

Nov 25, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

He was brought into a private clinic in a critical condition on 18 November 2016, where he was put on ventilator support and dialysis. Though there was a team of doctors trying to revive him, his condition showed no improvement.

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