▼ Well known agricultural scientist Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away [07-29-16]
Eminent agricultural scientist Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao referred to as the father of hybrid sorghum has passed away following a brief illness.
- 89-year-old NGP was known for theoretical and applied research in breeding and agronomy of numerous dryland crops.
- On the basis of the efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 have become popular and easily cultivable.
- His contributions in the field of dryland crops such as long staple desi cotton, pigeon pea, castor and novel cropping systems were acknowledged.
- With over 200 publications in domestic and global journals, he has also won the SS Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences.
- Rao held positions in FAO, ICAR and ICRISAT.
- He was a Vice Chancellor for the Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, Maharashtra.
▼ Eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away [07-29-16]
Well known author and social activist Mahasweta Devi whose writings focused on oppressed and marginalised sections of society succumbed to multiple organ failure at the age of 91.
- She was a Ramon Magsaysay award winner from Bengal.
- Awarded the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards for literary excellence, she helped tribals and rural people to organise themselves into groups to take up development activities in their areas.
- She was also the founder of several grassroots societies for tribal welfare.
- She was the wife of one of the most well known playwright and literary figures of Bengal, Bijon Bhattacharya.
- Filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak was her uncle and she worked among the poorest of the poor in the tribal areas of Southern WB and other parts of the nation.
▼ Arundhati Ghose, well known Indian former diplomat passes away [07-27-16]
Veteran former IFS officer Ms. Arundhati Ghose who was an eminent diplomat remembered for her service to the nation passed away on 25th July 2016.
- She was known for her role as the Indian delegation head for the CTBT negotiations at the conference on disarmament in Geneva in 1996.
▼ Marto Gracias, veteran football player passes away [07-26-16]
Former India football player Marto Gracias died on 24th July 2016 following a cardiac arrest. He is survived by a wife and a daughter.
- Gracias is a former striker who captained Maharashtra in the senior nationals and TATA Sports Club in major tournamenets.
- He suffered a heart attack at the age of 75 and passed away.
- Gracias is known for his hat trick in India’s 4-0 win against Hong Kong in the 1967 Merdeka Cup, held in Malaysia.
▼ Famous artist Syed Haider Raza passes away [07-25-16]
Raza passed away on 23rd July at the age of 94. His rich use of colour and inspiration from Indian philosophy and cosmology has won many accolades
- He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, the Padma Bhushan in 2007 and Padma Vibhushan in 2013.
- He was also conferred with the Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian honour in 2015.
- His work Saurashtra fetched INR 16.42 crore at a Christie auction.
▼ Hockey player Charles Huggins passes away [07-25-16]
Charles Huggins donned the jersey for TN and Railways in the national hockey championships in the 1960s and 1970s
- He passed away at the age of 74 and is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.
- Huggins represented ICF in the senior division league, first played for Madras in the nationals in 1960.
- Huggins joined ICF in 1962 and from 1964 to 1974 was the goalkeeper of the Indian Railways team in national championship.
▼ Former RS member and Congress leader FM Khan dies [07-22-16]
The former RS member and Congress leader Faiz Mohammed Khan popularly known as FM Khan has died on 21st July 2016.
- He is survived by a wife and 3 daughters.
- He entered politics in 1960s during the anti-Hindi agitation.
- He was a member of the Congress under Indira Gandhi.
- General Secretary of State Youth Congress before becoming a member of the Legislative Council in 1974.
- He was a two time RS MP elected in 1976 and 1982.
- He is also the former IOA Vice President.
▼ Indian hockey player Mohammad Shahid is no more [07-21-16]
Indian hockey legend Mohammad Shahid known for his skills on the field died due to multiple organ failure.
- After suffering a bout of jaundice and dengue, the 56 year old hockey great was in serious condition and had been airlifted from Varanasi.
- Shahid was considered one of the greatest hockey players of India and member of the Indian team that won the 1980 Moscow Olympics
- He was also part of the national team that won the silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and the bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986
▼ Hockey player Joseph Antic is no more [07-18-16]
Joseph Antic, a silver medallist in mens hockey for Rome Olympics for India passed away after the unveiling of the mens and women squad for the Rio Olympics.
- Joseph Anthony Antic was born in 1931 and was an Indian field hockey player from AP.
- The former hockey player was also among the coaches of the Indian team which won the world cup in 1973.
▼ William H. McNeil, award winning historian and author passes away [07-18-16]
Well known world historian and author from Canada, William H. McNeill has passed away in Torrington, Connecticut at age 98.
- His death was confirmed by the University of Chicago where he was professor emeritus.
- He was also the father of historian JR McNeill with whom he co-authored “The Human Web: A Bird’s Eye View of World History.”
- He was the son of theologist and educator John T. McNeill.
- Educated at the University of Chicago, he also taught there.
- McNeil was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2010
▼ Social media celeb Qandeel Baloch murdered [07-18-16]
Social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch became a victim of honour killing after being strangled to death by her brother in Multan, according to Pakistani media reports.
- Baloch was known as the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan and posted provocative selfies on FB.
- Her brother had threatened her for posting bold videos and statements on the social media site.
- Number of honour killings has been on the rise in Pakistan. IN 2015, 1096 women and 88 men were victims of honour crimes, according to Independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
- Many cases also go unreported, activists said.
- Those who kill for “honour” are never punished because an Islamic Shariah law allows families of the victim to forgive the killer and in most cases, this includes family.
▼ Senior RSS leader Prafulbhai Doshi passes away [07-15-16]
Veteran RSS leader Prafulbhai Doshi passed away after suffering a massive heart attack at a New Delhi hotel at the age of 77.
- In a series of tweets, PM Modi condoled the death and expressed his grief.
▼ Well known football coach Amal Datta passes away [07-11-16]
Veteran football coach of India, Amal Datta has passed away at the age of 87
- He was the first professional football coach of India.
- Datta retired voluntarily from Indian Railways to become a full time professional coach.
▼ Hizbul Mujahideen "poster boy" Burhan Wani shot dead by security forces [07-11-16]
Wani was shot dead by security forces along with two accomplices at Kokernag area.
- The son of a headmaster and a school dropout, he was allegedly involved in brainwashing several local boys to join terrorist groups.
- Burhan shot to fame with a series of videos and pictures on social media sites asking youths to become militants.
- He was a resident of Tral in the outskirts of Srinagar.
- He was considered the Poster Boy of the Hizbul Mujahideen group whom he joined at the age of 15 years.
- He introduced tech savvy terrorists who used social media to recruit youngsters.
▼ Noted Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away [07-11-16]
Well known Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi died from renal failure at the age of 92 in Karachi on July 8, 2016.
- His funeral prayer was followed by placing his body in the final resting place in a grave dug 21 years ago in Edhi village, a suburb in Karachi.
- Born in the city of Bantva in Gujarat, he migrated to Pakistan in 1947.
- In his autobiography “A Mirror To The Blind”, he indicated that social welfare was his vocation.
▼ Sydney Schanberg, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist dies [07-11-16]
Sydney Schanberg, a Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent who chronicled the Khmer Rouge’s brutal rise to power in Cambodia in the 1970s died on Saturday at the age of 82.
- The 1984 film The Killing Fields was inspired by him. The Roland Joffe directed movie captured Schanberg and friend Dith Pran’s captivity and survival under the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror
▼ Abbas Kiarostami, well known Iranian director dead [07-7-16]
Abbas Kiarostami, a critically acclaimed Iranian director died on July 4 2016 following prolonged illness in France.
- He died in Paris at the age of 76 and is survived by two sons.
- His film Taste of Cherry won the Palme d’Or in 1997.
- Kiarostami wrote as well as directed dozens of films over an illustrious career of more than 40 years
- In 1977, he made the first feature length film entitled Report that is about a tax collector making money through bribes.
- His Taste of Cherry won the Best Picture Award in 1997 at the Cannes Film Festival.
- He also won an award at the 2005 Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco from martin Scorsese.
▼ Noel Neill, first actor to play Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman TV series dies [07-6-16]
Noel Neill is an American actor who is the first to play the role of Lois Lane on the Adventure of Superman television series
- She passed away on 3rd July 2016 at the age of 95
- Lois Lane is a fictional character who is an award winning journalist and key female interest of Superman
- Noel Neill was born in November 1920a and she has also appeared in numerous productions of the Superman franchise.
▼ Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter passes away [07-5-16]
The director of the Vietnam war classic passed away on 2nd July, 2016 at the LA home at the age of 77.
- Cimino was known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award winning film The Deer Hunter.
- Other films he has directed include The Dogs of War, The Rose and Year of the Dragon.
- The creative director has also won 5 Academy awards for his movie The Deer Hunter
▼ Michel Rocard, former French PM dies [07-5-16]
Michel Rocard, the former Prime Minister of France passed away on July 2, 2016 in Paris France at the age of 85.
- Rocard servded as PM under Francois Mitterand from 1988 to 1991
- Born in Hauts-de Seine, the political leader was also chair of the French Socialists Students
- From the 1967 to 1974, he led the dissident Unified Sociality Party.
- In 1977, he was elected Mayor of the Conflan-Sainte-Honorine
- After Mitterrand’s re-election, he was elected as PM
▼ Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel passes away [07-4-16]
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel has passed away. The activist and writer who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the voice of millions of Holocaust victims has died at the age of 87.
- Romanian born Wiesel lived by the motto in his landmark Holocaust story “to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
- Peace Prize was awarded to the writer and activist in 1986
- He also received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1985
- Wiesel also attended the joint session of the US Congress in 2015 when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the dangers of Iran’s program
- Wiesel and his foundation were also victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme
▼ Marathi writer RC Dhere passes away [07-4-16]
Eminent Marathi writer RC Dhere known for his exhaustive research in Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra and folk literature. He passed away following prolonged illness at 86.
- Dhere, a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award in 1987 for his book “Sri Vitthal- A Mahasamanvayak.” (Lord Vitthal-A Leading Mahasamvayak)
- Tracing the roots of Maharashtra’s folk traditions and literature, he write on eminent saints who influenced Maharashtrian ethos
- Other notable works by the same author include:
- Dakshinecha Lokdev Khandoba
- History of Nath Sampraday
- Sri Venkateshawara
- Marathi is 9th in the list of most spoken languages in the world with the fourth highest number of native speakers in India
▼ Babu Harihar Singh, former CID ASI who interrogated Godse passes away [07-1-16]
Babu Harihar Singh dies on 30th June 2016 at the age of 98. He was the former ASI of CID Bihar who interrogated Nathuram Godse, who was the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
- Singh retired in 1977 with numerous accolades for a brilliant career
- He succumbed to prostrate cancer
▼ Future Shock author Alvin Toffler passed away [07-1-16]
Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post industrial age whose Future Shock and other books were linked to disruptions and transformations bought about by the rise of digital technology passed away at the age of 87.
- He was known as one of the top futurists in the United States
- "Future Shock", a term he first used in a 1965 magazine article, was how Toffler defined the growing feeling of anxiety brought on by the sense that life was changing at a bewildering and ever-accelerating pace.
- His book combined an understanding tone and page-turning urgency as he diagnosed contemporary trends and headlines, from war protests to the rising divorce rate, as symptoms of a historical cycle overturning every facet of life.