Current Affairs June 2017 - Deaths


1 - Eminent social activist Mehrunnisa Dalwai passed away

Mehrunnisa Dalwai

Eminent social activist Mehrunnisa Dalwai passed away at the age of 87 years. She was the wife of prominent Muslim activist and thinker late Hamid Dalwai. She worked for justice and equal rights for Muslim women.

Mehrunnisa Dalwai had lead a march to 'Mantralaya' in Mumbai seeking abolition of triple 'talaq'. After the death of her husband, she became the president of the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal and later founded Islamic Research Institute and Maharashtra Talaq Mukti Morcha.

2 - Adam West, popularly known as "TV’s Batman", passed away

Adam West

US actor Adam West, popular for his role in the 1960s TV series “Batman”, passed away at the age of 88 years. Apart from playing in the Batman TV series, he also played the lead character in the first Batman movie series, "Batman: The Movie (1966)".

West made his feature debut in 1959’s "The Young Philadelphians, " starring Paul Newman. West continued his work with television guest appearances, small movie roles and as a voice actor. He also wrote the book titled “Back to the Batcave".

3 - Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away

Helmut Kohl

Germany's former chancellor and architect of reunification in 1990 Helmut Kohl, died at the age of 87 years. He was known for bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In addition, he was responsible for the introduction of the Euro. He made two great achievements i.e. German reunification and European unity. Helmut Kohl was the longest-serving chancellor of the 20th Century.

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was born on 3 April 1930 in Ludwigshafen. In UK, he is known for his differences over the EU with the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

4 - The 17th Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati died

PN Bhagwati

The 17th Chief Justice of India, Justice Bhagwati passed away at the age of 95 years. He was known for introducing the concept of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) in the country.

He served as judge of the Gujarat high court for 13 years. He was appointed as the judge of the Supreme Court in July 1973. He remained on the highest judicial post between July 1985 and December 1986.

Post his retirement, he performed the Pilot Project of free Legal Aid and Advice in the state as the chairperson of the State Legal Aid Committee.

5 - Actor Sam Beazley passed away at the age of 101

Sam Beazley

British actor Sam Beazley passed away at the age of 101 years. He played various roles such as Professor Everard in Harry Potter, 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, "Don Bosco" and Johnny English (2003).

He has also performed in television shows like Pride and Prejudice (1995) as Vicar Longbourn, Midsommer Murders and Doctors. He started his career as a teenager in 1930s, in films like "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet".

Most recently, he was found acting in guest roles in Foyle’s War, Kingdom and Casualty, all in 2007.

6 - Greek’s Ex- Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis passed away


Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis passed away at the age of 98 years. He served as prime minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993.

He has also served as finance minister, in liberal governments in 1951-52 and 1963-65. He retired from parliament in January 2004 but remained honorary chairperson of the centre-right New Democracy party.

He was presented with the Abdi Ipekci Peace and Friendship Award in 1997 in Istanbul. He was also honoured with ’Companion of the Order of Australia’.

7 - Lupin Founder & Chairman Dr. Desh Bandhu Gupta passed away

Desh Bandhu Gupta

Mr. Desh Bandhu Gupta, Founder and Chairman of pharma major Lupin, passed away at the age of 79 years.

Mr. Gupta founded Lupin in 1968. Lupin rose to become the second-largest Indian generics pharmaceutical company by revenue in 2016. It is now the 4th and the 6th largest generics pharmaceutical company by market capitalization and sales globally, according to Bloomberg.

Lupin was the only Indian pharmaceutical company to have made an entry into Japan, which is one of the toughest pharmaceutical markets in the world.