Obituary - Current Affairs for February, 2017

Obituary Current Affairs for February, 2017

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▼ Mag the Mighty GoT actor Neil Fingleton dies   [02-28-17]

Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant, Mag the Mighty, in “Game of Thrones” has died at 36.

The Tall Persons Club says Mr. Fingleton, who was Britain’s tallest man, died on 25th Feb 2017.

British media reported the cause as heart failure.

Fingleton was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the U.K.’s tallest man.

Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness records website in 2006 that he has always been taller than everyone since he can remember.

In the “Games of Thrones,” Mag was a giant on the northern side of the great ice wall that was guarded by Lord Commander Jon Snow and the black-clad men of the Night’s Watch.

Neil Fingleton: Know More

  • Born: 18 December 1980, Durham, England, United Kingdom
  • Died: 25 February 2017
  • Height: 2.33 m
  • Weight: 168 kg
  • Movies: X-Men: First Class

▼ Former Union Minister P Shiva Shankar no more   [02-28-17]

Former Union Minister P Shiva Shankar passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana after prolonged illness. He was 88.

He also served as Governor of Sikkim and Kerala.

He started his political career elected from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency in 1979 on the Congress party ticket.

He had served Law Minister in the Indira Gandhi Cabinet in 1980. From 1985 to 1993, he represented the Congress as Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat.

He also had served as External Affairs and Human Resource Development Minister.

▼ Economist & Impossibility theorem proponent Kenneth Arrow dies   [02-23-17]

Kenneth J. Arrow, who died in California on 21st Feb 2017, at the age of 95, was an intellectual giant whose contributions to economics have underpinned and transformed much of the discipline.

Professor Arrow was associated with several universities and institutions but mostly with Stanford University, where he was an emeritus professor at the time of his death.

At the age of 51, he was the youngest person to win the Nobel Prize in economics. He won it jointly with John Hicks.

In 1951, while still a student at Columbia University, Professor Arrow wrote Social Choice and Individual Values, which contained what is known as Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem (ironically called the General Possibility Theorem by Arrow himself).

His contribution is considered the foundation of modern social choice theory, for which he is best known.

Arrow left his mark across much of economics, both in terms of his theoretical contributions and through his intellectual impact on others (five of his students won Nobel Prizes).

His contributions include a general equilibrium theory proof, which showed that a set of prices exists at which all markets are in simultaneous equilibrium.

He received a Nobel Prize for his work in this area.

Arrow also made profound contributions to information economics, finance and endogenous growth theory which models the level of technology as being affected by factors within an economy rather than being externally determined.

Arrow’s treatment of topics was highly mathematical yet had huge implications for the important questions of his time, including social welfare, insurance, finance, equality and health.

His interests extended beyond economics to include statistics, philosophy, the arts and wildlife.

What is Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem?

  • When voters rank three or more choices, there is no way to aggregate their choices for a society as a whole, in a logically consistent manner.
  • This theory holds that if done so, it cannot be attained without violating some basic principles, one of which is not having one person’s preferences overrule the others’.
  • This has often been interpreted as voting systems based on ranking one outcome against another as being logically flawed.
  • This is unless one individual has dictator-type rights in choosing societal preferences.

▼ Kaci Kullmann, chairwoman of Nobel Committee dies   [02-21-17]

Kaci Kullmann, the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the Peace Prize laureates, has died aged 65 after a long illness, the organisation said on 20th Feb 2017.

Kullmann was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and underwent treatment but her condition worsened, and she was forced to cancel several appearances last year.

She was a role model for many young women.

Norway’s Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg condoled her death.

About Kaci Kullmann

  • Kullmann became a member of the Norwegian Nobel committee in 2003, and was elected chair in 2015.
  • She was among the decision makers who honoured former U.S. vice president Al Gore (2007), former U.S. president Barack Obama (2009), Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (2010), and Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi (2003).
  • She was the leader of the Conservative Party between 1991-1994.

▼ Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dies   [02-21-17]

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly on 20th Feb 2017 after falling ill in his office at the mission, Russian officials said.

Churkin, 64, was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, where he died.

His cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Churkin had been Russia's envoy at the United Nations since 2006 and was considered Moscow's great champion at the UN

He had a reputation for an acute wit and sharp repartee, especially with his American and Western counterparts.

Russia's foreign ministry called Churkin an "outstanding" diplomat and expressed condolences to his friends and family.

His death, the day before his 65th birthday, stunned officials at the UN's headquarters.

Churkin was previously ambassador at large and earlier served as the foreign ministry spokesman. He had a doctorate in history and was a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

▼ Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away   [02-20-17]

Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Altamas Kabir passed away here on 19th Feb 2017; He was 68.

Suffering from kidney-related ailments, Justice Kabir was admitted to a private hospital in the city last week.

Nephew of the well-known Bengal writer and politician, Humayun Kabir, Altamas Kabir was known for his erudition and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Born on July 19, 1948 in Kolkata, Justice Kabir completed his LLB and MA from the University of Calcutta.

He started his legal career in 1973 when he enrolled as an advocate.

He was appointed a permanent judge in the Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990 and Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court on March 1, 2005.

Later that year, he was elevated to the Supreme Court on September 9

3 years later, he was appointed the 39th Chief Justice of India on September 29, 2012.

He retired on July 18, 2013 after a brief tenure of around nine months.

During his brief tenure as Chief Justice of India, Justice Kabir delivered several landmark judgments particularly on human rights and election laws.

As the Chief Justice, he was part of the Supreme Court Bench which heard the case of the two Italian marines in 2013.

In another noted judgement in December 2012 as the Chief Justice of India, Justice Kabir along with Justice H.L. Dattu directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to go ahead with its probe into the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav.

In May 2011, Justice Kabir with Justice Cyriac Joseph, quashed the disqualification of 11 BJP MLAs by the then Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah as it did not fulfil the criterion of natural justice and fair play.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

▼ "Lion of Vidarbha" Jambuwantrao Dhote no more   [02-20-17]

Eminent Vidarbha leader and former Nagpur MP Jambuwantrao Dhote passed away.

He was 78. Known as the Lion of Vidarbha for his support to statehood for the region, Dhote was also a legislator for two terms from Yavatmal district.

An ardent disciple of Subhash Chandra Bose, he started his political career with Forward Bloc and later moved to the Congress in the late 70s before joining the Shiv Sena.

He was first elected to the state assembly from Yavatmal in 1962.

His membership was suspended when he threw the paper weight at the assembly speaker over the issue of a separate Vidarbha.

He again won in 1967. Later he had contested the Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur in 1972 and won it by defeating Congress veteran Rikhab Chandra Sharma.

Dhote contested the 1980 Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur as a Congress candidate and won it by a handsome margin. He later left the Congress and floated Vidarbha Janata Congress.

Dhote was the son-in-law of veteran Congress leader and former deputy chief minister, the late Ramrao Adik. His wife, Vijaya was also a Congress legislator from Yavatmal.

The veteran politician joined hands with Indira Gandhi in 1978 and made an electoral adjustment with the Congress in 1978 state elections.

His Forward Bloc got 22 seats from Vidarbha and four of his supporters were nominated as ministers.

▼ Award winning pop, jazz legend Al Jarreau dies   [02-16-17]

Al Jarreau, Grammy-winning pop and jazz musician passed away on 12 February 2017 at the age of 76.

He was born into a musical household in Milwaukee on 12 March 1940.

His mother was a piano teacher and father, a minister and singer.

He completed his masters in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa and then moved to San Francisco in late 1960s.

He did not begin a full-time musical career until he was nearly 30.

In 1976, he released his debut album ‘We Got By’ that got him international recognition. He also won the Echo award for the album (the German equivalent of the Grammy’s).

He won his first Grammy award- Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1978 for his album, ‘Look to the Rainbow’.

His other major hits include ‘We’re in This Love Together’, ‘Breakin’ Away’ and the theme song of a popular TV show, ‘Moonlighting’.

He was also one of the musicians in the all-star lineup who sang ‘We Are the World’, in 1985 which financed famine relief in Africa.

Al Jarreau earned the nickname ‘Acrobat of Scat’ due to his innovative vocal styling.

He has released more than 20 albums and won a total of seven Grammy Awards.

▼ Noted manga artist Jiro Taniguchi is no more   [02-14-17]

Taniguchi, who was known for his elegant line drawings and intricately-constructed landscapes, died on 11th Feb 2017.

His art earned him an international following and some of his work was made into a television series.

His death was announced by Casterman, his publisher in France, where his work was particularly well known.

Taniguchi was widely praised for the gentle manner in which he approached subjects that were often unique for Japan's manga consumers.

His works such as The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods and The Magic Mountain, stood apart in a genre sometimes seen as rooted in extreme violence.

In The Walking Man, the protagonist of the story simply wanders around fascinated with aspects of everyday life.

Taniguchi explained, in an interview, why his art was painstakingly hand-drawn - "I do not use a computer because I do not know how, I don't have that skill," he said.

His detailed landscapes filled with cartoon characters drew comparisons in the West with European comic heroes such as Tintin.

Born in 1947 in the city of Tottori, Taniguchi had his first cartoon published in 1970.

Many years later his graphic art took off in France and in 2015 his work was featured at the annual Angouleme international comics festival.

▼ MRI pioneer & Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield passes away   [02-13-17]

A British Nobel Prize winner who pioneered body scanning technology that has revolutionised science and medicine has died at the age of 83.

In the 1970s, Professor Sir Peter Mansfield led a University of Nottingham team that turned magnetic resonance imaging into the powerful tool.

MRI scans use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to generate 3D images of the body’s internal organs without potentially harmful X-rays.

Peter Mansfield: Know More

  • Sir Peter Mansfield FRS, was an English physicist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • This was shared with Paul Lauterbur, for discoveries concerning Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • Born: 9 October 1933, Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
  • Died: 8 February 2017
  • Known for: Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Education: University of London, Queen Mary University of London
  • Awards: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Notable awards: Fellow of the Royal Society (1987), Knight Bachelor (1993), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2003)

▼ Freedom fighter Racharla Samrajyam is no more   [02-10-17]

Racharla Samrajyam, freedom fighter, died at her residence here on 3rd Feb 2017.

Samrajyam was born to Goparaju Venkata Subba Rao and Rajyalakshmi at Rajahmundry on April 26, 1919.

She was social reformer Gora’s younger sister.

Samrajyam was inspired by the Quit India Movement, when she was undergoing Hindi Pracharak training at Anantapur in 1942.

She quit the training programme and joined the Quit India Movement.

She was arrested at Bezawada (Vijayawada) and was sent to the Raya Vellore Jail for six months in 1944.

Motivated by G. Durga Bai, she underwent training in rural development activities for a year in 1945 in Kasturi Ba Smaraka Trust at Seva Gram through the Hindustan Naya Talmi Sangh.

This was under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.

She had worked in various capacities at the Kasturi Ba Gandhi Rashtriya Smaraka Trust’s Regional Office at Seethanagaram in East Godavari district, serving the trust for 34 years, from June 1946.

She received the ‘Tamra Patra’ from the Government of India in 1972.

Tamra Patra: Know More

  • Tamra Patra are the royal records of grants engraved on copper-plates.
  • Tamra-shasan or tamra-patra derive from tamra which means copper in Sanskrit and several other Indian languages.
  • Because copper does not rust or decay, they can survive virtually indefinitely.
  • Approximate dimensions of copper plate is 9?3/4 inch long × 3?1/4 inch high × 1/10 (to 1/16) inch thick.
  • The earliest known copper-plate, known as the Sohgaura copper-plate, is a Maurya record that mentions famine relief efforts.
  • It is one of the very few pre-Ashoka Brahmi inscriptions in India.
  • GoI also issues tamra patras to freedom fighters.

▼ Renowned Urdu novelist, playwright Bano Qudsia dies   [02-7-17]

Well known Pakistani Urdu novelist and playwright Bano Qudsia passed away in Lahore at age 88.

She was born in Nov 1928, in Ferozepur India. She migrated to Pakistan following the partition.

She started her career by writing short stories. Her most famous novel (for which she attained acclaim in the Indian subcontinent) was Raja Gidh (The Vulture King).

She has written prominent works like:

- Aadhi Baat,
- Aatish-i-zer-i-paa,
- Aik Din,
- Amer Bail,
- Asay Pasay,
- Chahar Chaman,
- Chhotaa Sheher Baray Log,
- Footpath ki Ghaas,
- Hasil Ghaat and
- Hawa Kay Naam.

Pakistan Government had awarded her with Sitara-i-Imtiaz (2003) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010).

All About Sitara-i-Imtiaz

  • Type: Award
  • Day: Announced on August 14 each year, Independence Day of Pakistan and awards actually given on March 23rd the next year (Pakistan Day)
  • First induction : 19 March 1957
  • Eligibility : Pakistani or Foreign citizen
  • Next (higher) : Hilal-i-Imtiaz

▼ Well known litterateur Pathani Patnaik passes away   [02-7-17]

Eminent educationist and litterateur Pathani Patnaik passed away in Cuttack, Odisha at age 89.

He had written over 50 books on different aspects of literature, including short stories and poems.

He is an ex principal of Christ College and had served as president of Odisha Sahitya Akademi.

He had received the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for his autobiography “Jeebanara Chalapatha”.

Utkal Sahitya Samaj, the oldest literary organisation of Odisha had felicitated Patnaik with its Lifetime Honorary membership in 2015.

▼ Ex CBI chief Joginder Singh passes away   [02-6-17]

Former CBI director Joginder Singh passed away after prolonged illness.

His cremation is scheduled to take place on February 4 at 1 pm at the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi.

An IPS officer, Singh was the CBI director between 1996 and 1997.

He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sunil Healthcare Ltd. since January, 2000 and also served as the Director of Pamwi Tissues Ltd.

He investigated the Bofors and Bihar fodder scams.

The 1961 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre was chosen to head the premier investigative agency when H D Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister.

Singh, who joined Police Service at the age of 20, rose to take charge of CBI on July 31, 1996 when it was probing a large number of sensitive cases including Bofors, fodder scam, securities scam, the JMM MPs bribery scandal, Rs 133 crore urea scam, telecom deals by the then Union minister Sukh Ram, among others.

A prolific writer, Singh, penned over 25 books on various subjects after retiring from the service.

In the interview, he fondly admitted to being a "South Indian by adoption" (he had chosen chose Mysore Academy (now Karnataka cadre) while joining Police service in the 1960s.)

▼ Eminent art and culture personality Asim Basu is no more    [02-3-17]

Eminent stage craft director, theatre personality, actor, director, artist, painter and writer Asim Basu passed away after a prolonged illness at Capital Hospital on Feb 1, 2017.

Basu was closely associated with the art and culture scene of Odisha for over five decades. He was 82.

Born in a small village in north Balasore, Basu had left home to learn paintings from Kolkata as his family members did not want him to make painting a career.

More famous for his beautiful and graphic stage craft direction, Basu has received the state Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998.

Besides, giving stage craft and art direction in more than 5 hundred plays and films, Basu directed over 2 hundred plays.

Suffering from acute lung infection, Basu was admitted in ICU of Capital hospital for the last few days.

Basu was chosen for Dharmapada Award for the year 2010, which he never received.

He had also directed two of the most popular plays 'Tata Niranjana' and 'Jane Raja Thile'.

▼ E. Ahamed, former Union Minister and IUML leader passes away   [02-1-17]

Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed has passed away early on 1st Feb 2017 after he suffered a cardiac arrest, a senior doctor has confirmed.

The 78-year-old Ahamed died at 2:15 am at RML hospital where he was admitted and put on artificial life support.

Ahamed's body will be taken to Kerala later today.

The MP from Kerala's Mallapuram suffered a cardiac arrest .

This was during the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament.

At around 2.15 PM, he was shifted to the RML trauma centre's ICU where he was put on ventilator and breathed his last.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were some of the visitors at the RML hospital.

E. Ahamed: Know More

  • Born: April 29, 1938
  • Birth place: Malappuram, Kerala, India
  • Died: 1 February 2017 (aged 78)
  • Location: Delhi, India
  • Political party: Indian Union Muslim League

Chronology of events
Veteran journalist Devdutt passed away. He was 88. He was Gandhian since his early days and was present at Birla House at the time of Gandhiji’s assassination.
Veteran journalist T V Parasuram, a former correspondent of the Press Trust of India, died in the US. The seasoned journalist, who won a Harvard Niemen Fellowship in journalism, served as the correspondent for The Indian Express for two decades till his retirement at age 58.
Popular Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma passed away in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He was 62. He was counted among the highest-selling Hindi writers in the country and was known for novels with unique titles like Dahej Mein Revolver.
Celebrated Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta passed away in Kolkata following protracted illness. She was 71. She had recorded a large number of evergreen romantic songs since 1966.
Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One False Move” and other low—budget movies and in the HBO series “Big Love,” has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.