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Former Governor Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai passes away

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
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He served as Governor of several States for a record period of 17 years- in Bihar (twice from 1979 to 1985 and 1993 to 1998), West Bengal (1998 to 1999) and Haryana (2004 to 2009).

Singapore’s longest serving president Sellapan Ramanathan died

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
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S R Nathan was of Indian-origin and the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. For his contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations with India, he was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2012 by the Indian Government.

 

Legendary journalist George E. Curry passes away

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
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Curry mainly reported on racism, poverty and national politics for newspapers. He most recently wrote a syndicated column that ran in more than 200 black-owned newspapers.

Noted Odia actor Gobind Tej passes away

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
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He started his acting career with the movie Kedar Gouri in 1954 and as a director, he directed first movie in 1979 titled Ramayana.

Former international umpire Subrata Banerjee dies

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
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He made his international debut in November 1983 in an ODI between India and West Indies in Baroda. His last international appearance came in May 1998 in a match between India and Kenya in Gwalior.

Former FIFA President Joao Havelange passes away

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The tenure of Joao Havelange as President of FIFAwas the second longest in its history, behind only that of Jules Rimet.

Prominent Malayalam script writer TA Rasaq passes away

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He won state film awards for best stories in 2002 and 2004 for the films Ayirathil Oruvan and Perumazhakkalam respectively. Rappakal, Bus Conductor , Vesham Nadodi, Gazal, Thalolam, Sneham Saphalayam, etc are other writings by Rasaq.

Renowned Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh passes away

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
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Gurdial Singh’s novels Marhi Da Deeva and Addh Chanani Raat have been translated into English as The Last Flicker and Night of the Half Moon respectively. After Amrita Pritam, he is the second Punjabi writer to receive the Jnanpith Award.

Eminent Tamil Lyricist Na Muthukumar passes away

Published on: 16-AUG-2016
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He had won two national awards for his lyrics for Anandha Yazhai Meetukirazh in Thanga Meenkazh and for Azhagae Azhagae in Saivam.

Spiritual guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj passes away

Published on: 16-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

BAPS regards Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the fifth spiritual successor of Swaminarayan, following Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj.

Yesteryear Tamil actress Jyothilakshmi passes away

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Some of her Telugu movies include Gandharva Kanya (1979), Sitaramulu' (1980) and the hugely-successful film Prem Nagar starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

Veteran writer-producer Panchu Arunachalam passes away

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He is popular for writing over 100 Tamil films, including hits like Murattu Kaalai, Sakalakala Vallavan and Apoorva Sagodhargal. While late filmmaker K. He worked with Rajinikanth in 23 films.

Yoga guru TKV Desikachar passes away

Published on: 09-AUG-2016
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He was known for transforming the way yoga was practised and turned it into both a wellness concept and a therapy.

Kalikho Pul, former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, dies

Published on: 09-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Pul allegedly committed suicide. He was found hanged from the ceiling fan in his bedroom at the Chief Minister’s official residence. However, the circumstances behind the death are still not clear.

Eminent Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora passes away

Published on: 08-AUG-2016
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Bora's literary works include Kathanibari Ghat, Bohubhuji Tribhuj, Rati Phula Phul, Barayatri, Chakravat, Tinir Tini Gol, Putala Ghaiz, and so on.

Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly died

Published on: 08-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Inducted into the Australia Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, he was crowned world champion in 1963 after winning the very first official championship in Manly.

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail passes away

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales approximately 10−15 seconds.

Indian-American Professor Emeritus Braj B Kachru passes away

Published on: 03-AUG-2016
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Born on 15 May 1931 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Braj Bihari Kachru initiated, shaped and defined the field of World Englishes. He authored the prize-winning The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions and Models of Non-Native Englishes.

Eminent writer, social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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In her 90-year-long life, Devi won the Sahitya Akademi award (1979), the Padma Shree (1986), the Jnanpith (1997), the Magsaysay award (1997) and the Deshikottam award in 1999.

James Alan McPherson, first black writer to win Pulitzer Prize in fiction, dies

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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In 1978, James Alan McPherson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his short story collection Elbow Room, becoming the first African-American to win the Pulitzer for fiction.

Veteran tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj dies

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Lacchu Maharaj has been described as one of the frontline tabla players in the world. Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films.

Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
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Due to his efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 became popular and were cultivated in over 8 to 10 million hectares

Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose passes away

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
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Arundhati Ghose is remembered for her services to the nation, including her role as head of the Indian delegation at the CTBT negotiations.

Modern Indian artist Syed Haider Raza dies

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Raza became one of India's priciest modern artist on 10 June 2010 when a seminal work, Saurashtra, was sold for 16.42 crore rupees at a Christie's auction.

Former French cyclist Dominique Arnaud passes away

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
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He rode in eleven editions of the Tour de France, which is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France. He won three stages in the Vuelta and a stage in the Midi Libr.

Oldest and last Babri litigant Hashim Ansari passes away

Published on: 21-JUL-2016
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Ansari, born in Ayodhya, was one of the seven main litigants from Muslim side in the 1949 Babri Masjid case regarding placing of Lord Rama idols in the premises.

Hockey legend Mohammed Shahid dies

Published on: 20-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Mohammed Shahid made his first appearance for India in the junior team in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France. He made his first appearance in the senior team in 1979 in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

Legendary singer Mubarak Begum passes away in Mumbai

Published on: 19-JUL-2016
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Her career as a playback singer began in 1949 with the Indian, Hindi-language film Aaiye for which she recorded Mohe Aane Lagi Angrayi, Aja Aja Balam.

India's Olympic Silver Medalist Joe Antic passed away

Published on: 14-JUL-2016
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Antic represented the country in the Rome Games where Pakistan won the final between the arch-foes 1-0 and was also a part of the hockey squad that finished runner-up, again to Pakistan, in the Asian Games at Jakarta.

Historian William H McNeill passed away

Published on: 14-JUL-2016
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McNeill’s most popular work is The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community. The book explored world history in terms of the effect of different old world civilizations on one another. The book had a major impact on historical theory.

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