Obituary - Current Affairs for May,2017

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▼ Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave no more   [05-19-17]

Dave had not been keeping well for the last few months. He complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away.

Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan will now hold additional charge of the environment ministry.

He took charge as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), in New Delhi on July 6, 2016.

He hailed from Madhya Pradesh.

The minister was elected to the Rajya Sabha in August 2009.

At the time, he was appointed member, Committee on Water Resources. He was also on the consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

From March to June 2010, Dave was a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change.

Born in Barnagar in Madhya Pradesh, Dave was a Rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh (RSS) member since childhood.

His first major political assignment was as an adviser to then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti in 2004.

As environment minister, Dave had speeded up the approval of India’s first river-linking project Ken-Betwa falling in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) gave its conditional principle approval to the project that will submerge one-third of Panna tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh and will irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land in drought- prone Bundelkhand.

Dave took several policy initiatives, including delegating power to give environment clearance to building projects to the state governments and time-bound approval to projects.

He pushed approval for genetically modified Mustard which was stalled for the last two years. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) last week recommended to the government its commercial release.

▼ Veteran actress Reema Lagoo passes away   [05-19-17]

Veteran Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo passed away at the age of 59 after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest.

The senior actress started her career in Hindi and Marathi films in the late 1970s and early 80s.

She was best known for playing the on-screen mother to protagonists in hit films like 'Maine Pyar Kiya', 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'Hum Saath-Saath Hain'. Reema Lagoo also did notable work in television in popular shows like 'Tu Tu Main Main' and 'Shriman Shrimati'.

The actress was born on February 3 in 1958 and appeared in Marathi and Hindi films, theatres and television shows, serving the industry for nearly four decades.

She was married to Marathi actor Vivek Lagoo and the couple had a daughter Mrunmayee Lagoo.

However, the couple later parted their ways. Presently, Lagoo was working for the daily soap 'Namkaran,' where she was portraying the character Dayawanti Mehta.

Reema Lagoo was born Nayan Bhadbade.

She was the daughter of a well-known Marathi actress Mandakini Bhadbade and began acting herself after finishing school in Pune.

She took the name Reema Lagoo after her marriage - she and her husband later separated but Ms Lagoo retained the name.

Reema Lagoo's best-known roles were as mother to the stars.

Reema Lagoo: Know More

  • Born: 1958, Mumbai
  • Died: 18 May 2017, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai
  • Parents: Mandakini Bhadbhade
  • Key TV shows: Shrimaan Shrimati, Tu Tu Main Main
  • Children: Mrunmayee Lagoo

▼ Subrahmanyan Ramaswamy, former Puducherry CM, passes away   [05-17-17]

Former Puducherry Chief Minister Subrahmanyan Ramaswamy passed away on 15 May 2017 in Puducherry following a brief illness.

He was 80. He is survived by wife and three sons.

Ramaswamy began his political career in Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) during student days. He was Home Minister in the DMK-CPI coalition ministry from 1969 to 1973.

In 1973, he shifted his allegiance to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

He became Chief Minister of AIADMK in 1974 heading the AIADMK-CPI coalition ministry for a brief period.

He was also the Chief Minister in the AIADMK government in 1977, which lasted in office for a little over one year.

He successfully contested as Independent from Karaikal in 1985 and 1990. He joined Congress in 1992.

Puducherry: Know More

  • Area: 496 km²
  • Population: 1.244 million (2011)
  • Official state fauna symbol: Indian palm squirrel
  • Languages: Tamil language, Telugu language, Malayalam

▼ Noted sitar player Ustad Raees Khan is no more   [05-10-17]

India-born legendary sitar player Ustad Raees Khan passed away in Pakistan on May 6, 2017. He was 77.

He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He breathed his last in Karachi.

He is survived by his wife, renowned singer Bilqees Khanum, and four sons.

Ustad Raees was born in 1939 in Indore, India in a family of musicians.

He was from the Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music. His maternal grandfather Inayat Ali Khan was also considered one of the finest sitar players in the subcontinent.

He learned music from his uncle, Walayat Ali Khan and father Muhammad Khan.

Raees Khan gave his first performance at the age of 5 in Bombay’s Sunder Bhai Hall.

The performance was attended by the governor and `maharaja of India, who appreciated the his talent.

He then went to international venues to perform.

Ustad Raees has composed many famous songs: `Jab Tera Hukam Mila Tarkay Mohaabat Kar Di’ and `Ab Kay Saal Poonam Main, `Neend Ankhoun Se Uri’, `Mojoun Sahil Se Milo’, `Main Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka’, `Kabhi Kitaboun Main Phool Rakhna’ to name a few.

Khan was honoured with Presidential award and Sitara-eImtiaz in 2005 and 2017, respectively.

▼ First woman CJ of State HC in India dies   [05-8-17]

Justice Leila Seth who became the first woman Chief Justice of a State High Court has passed away at the age of 86.

She has also received the distinction of becoming the first woman to top the London Bar exam as well as the becoming the first female judge of the Delhi High Court.

Leila Seth is the mother of the noted author Vikram Seth.

Justice Leila Seth began her career in 1959 as an advocate in the Calcutta high court as well as in the Supreme Court.

Justice Seth had been on the panel of lawyers for the Bihar and the West Bengal government.

Justice Leila Seth was made as a permanent judge of the Delhi High Court in 1980. In 1991, she was made as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.

Justice Leila Seth had also served as member of the 15th Law Commission of India (1997 to 2000).

She was also member of the Justice JS Verma committee which was mandated to take a relook at the criminal laws after the December 16 gang rape incident.

The committee’s work resulted in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, that widened the definition of rape and made the punishment more stringent.

Justice Seth has also written a number of books, namely, an autobiography, titled ‘On Balance’, ‘We, the Children of India’ (2010), ‘Talking of Justice: People’s Rights in Modern India’ (2014).

▼ America's oldest Olympian swimmer, Adolph Kiefer dies   [05-8-17]

Adolph Kiefer, the 100-meter backstroke champion at the 1936 Berlin Games, died on May 5, 2017 at the age of 98.

He was America’s oldest living Olympic champion.

Kiefer broke 23 records in all, including every backstroke record.

Kiefer helped develop a curriculum for teaching sailors to swim during WW2, as well as the “victory backstroke,” which is credited with saving thousands of lives.

Adolph Kiefer, winner of the 1936 Olympic gold medal for the men’s 100m backstroke, raises his arms before a medal ceremony during the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2012.

Adolph and Joyce Kiefer built Kiefer Swim, a swimming equipment company that he is said to have joked sold “everything but the water.”

They developed the nylon swimsuit, and the first non-turbulent racing lane, which helped to level the playing field by making it harder for swimmers to “ride the wake” of a swimmer in another lane.

Kiefer became the first man to break the one-minute mark in the 100-yard backstroke while competing as a 16-year-old in the Illinois High School Championships of 1935.

He swam the distance in 59.8 seconds.

His 1936 Illinois state championship backstroke time of 58.5 seconds was the Illinois state high-school record until 1960. On April 6, 1940 Kiefer set another record, swimming the 100-yard backstroke in 57.9 seconds.

Kiefer broke twenty-three records after breaking the one-minute backstroke mark. Kiefer went on to set a world record for 100-meter backstroke of 1:04.8 on January 18, 1936, at Brennan Pools in Detroit, Michigan.

After establishing his learn-to-swim programs at Bainbridge, Kiefer established the company Adolph Kiefer & Associates, based out of Chicago. He would run the business until 2014.

In addition to creating the first nylon suits and non-turbulent lane lines, Kiefer also became the first to distribute Dura-Flex Diving Boards.

Dura-Flex is now the only competitive diving board used world-wide.

Over the years, Adolph Kiefer & Company became the official supplier to the USA Olympic Team and the Olympic Games.
Keifer was a Donor Swimming member of the inaugural class inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965.

In 2007, USA Swimming presented Kiefer with a gold medal from the 1936 Olympic Games, to replace the one that had been stolen shortly after he returned from Berlin 71 years ago.

The medal was specially cast from the original mold for the occasion by the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He was nominated for a US Medal of Freedom.

Born June 27, 1918, he was the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist in any sport and the only living gold medalist from the 1936 Olympic Games.