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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
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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
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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
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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
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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.

Legendary football coach Amal Dutta passes away

Published on: 11-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

As a coach, Amal Dutta had introduced new formations including the exciting diamond system the 1990s. In his long coaching career, he was associated with premier football clubs of India, and also became coach of India.

Eminent Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi died

Published on: 09-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Abdul Sattar Edhi was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation. He was known as Angel of Mercy, Pakistan’s ‘Father Teresa’ and was considered country’s most respected figure.

Noted music director Omi passes away

Published on: 08-JUL-2016
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The duo was known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks. Some of their best-known works are Bhakti Mein Shakti, Dharma, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Sawan Bhadon, Aabroo, and Raftaar.

Acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami dies

Published on: 06-JUL-2016
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Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry won the Best Picture Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. His other famous films are Close-Up (1990), 1987 film Where is the Friend's Home?, 2000 film The Wind Will Carry Us.

Noel Neill, first actor to play Lois Lane in Superman, dies

Published on: 05-JUL-2016
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Noel Neill played the role in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) with Kirk Alyn playing Superman/Clark Kent. She often played the parent or other relative of one of the main characters, including the 1978 Superman feature film and the 2006 film Superman Returns.

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Published on: 04-JUL-2016
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Under Francois Mitterrand's first presidency, Rocard served as the Minister of Territorial Development and Minister of Planning from 1981 to 1983 and Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.

Michael Cimino, director of film The Deer Hunter, died

Published on: 04-JUL-2016
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Cimino was best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter, which won five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture for Cimino.

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel dies

Published on: 04-JUL-2016
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Elie Wiesel was only 15 years old when he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with his family in 1944. In his book Night, Wiesel recalled the shame he felt when he heard his father being beaten and was unable to help.

Eminent Marathi literary scholar Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere dies

Published on: 02-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

R C Dhere wrote over 100 scholarly books on Marathi folk literature and culture, Marathi literature, religious sects in Maharashtra and lives of saint poets.  He won Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987 for his work Shri Vitthal: Ek MahaSamanvay.

Writer and futurist Alvin Toffler dies

Published on: 01-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Famous works of Alvin Toffler are The Third Wave, Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century, Future Shock, and Revolutionary Wealth.

Italian film actor Bud Spencer dies

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Born in Naples as Carlo Pedersoli, he adopted the stage name Bud Spencer- the first name inspired by a Budweiser beer and the last to honour his favourite star Spencer Tracy.

Renowned painter KG Subramanyan passes away

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
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Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989.

Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies

Published on: 29-JUN-2016
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Isak Chishi Swu's death has brought the focus back on the status of the Naga peace accord negotiations that are going on since the signing of a framework agreement in August 2015.

Xerxes Sapur Desai, founder of Titan, dies

Published on: 28-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Desai played a key role in introducing India to its first quartz watch in the late 80s when he set up Titan Co. Ltd (part of Tata Sons), after enduring years of resistance from state-owned HMT Watches.

Noted Malayalam theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker passes away

Published on: 27-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Panicker's notable works are Madhyamavyayogam, Kalidasa's Vikramorvasiyam, Shakuntalam, Karnabharam, Bhasa's Uru Bhangam, Swapnavasavadattam and Dootavakyam.

Pioneer of Indian quizzing Neil O'Brien died

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O'Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.

Amjad Sabri, a famed Pakistani Qawwal, shot dead in Karachi

Published on: 23-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He was the son of renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri of 'Bhar Do Jholi Meri' fame. The Sabri family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to sufi art and mystic poetry.

Noted Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah dies

Published on: 22-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Anjanna was famous for his song Ooru manadi ra, ee vada manadi ra  which was translated into multiple languages.

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