Current Affairs May 2017 - Deaths


News 1 - Sufi legend Begum Yaman passed away

Begum Yaman

Popular Sufi singer Begum Yaman K. Khan passed away at the age of 52 years. She was the granddaughter of Ustad Inayat Khan and daughter of Ustad Vilayat Khan of the Imdadkhani (named after her great-grandfather Imdad Khan) or Etawah Gharana.

Begum Yaman was the recipient of ‘Hasrat Amir Khusrao Award’ by Urdu Press Club International. She also received an award for her excellence and contribution to semi-classical and Sufiana kalam by Balkan-Ji-Bari International.

News 2 - NCP leader A T Pawar passed away

A T Pawar

Senior NCP leader and former Maharashtra minister Arjun Tulshiram Pawar passed away at the age of 80 years due to prolonged illness.

He was the minister of state for tribal welfare in the Congress-NCP government led by Vilasrao Deshmukh in 1999.

Mr Pawar was elected to the state assembly from Kalwan constituency in Nashik eight times in a row, until he lost the seat in the 2014 Assembly elections.

News 3 - Veteran sitar player Ustad Raees Khan passed away

Ustad Raees Khan

Legendary Pakistani sitar maestro Ustad Raees Khan passed away at the age of 77. He was born in Indore in Madhya Pradesh in 1939 and moved to Pakistan in 1968.

He breathed his last in Karachi. He was praised with Presidential award and Sitara-e- Imtiaz in 2005 and 2017, respectively.

Some of his best composed songs were "Jab Tera Hukam Mila Tarkay Mohaabat Kar Di", "Ab Kay Saal Poonam Main", "Neend Ankhoun Se Uri" "Mojoun Sahil Se Milo", "Main Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka" and many more.

News 4 - Puducherry politician S Ramaswamy passed away


84-year-old Puducherry’s former Chief Minister S Ramassamy died at the age of 80 years. He served as Chief Minister from 1974 to 1978. He performed duties of Home Minister in the DMK-CPI union from 1969 to 1973.

Mr Ramaswami lost elections in his Karaikal (South) Constituency in 1980 by Savarirajan of Congress party. Ramassamy joined Congress party in 1992.

In 1985 elections, S Ramassamy fought elections as an Independent candidate and in 1990 poll for AIADMK.

News 5 - Veteran actress Reema Lagoo passed away

Reema Lagoo

Veteran film and theatre actor Reema Lagoo passed away in Mumbai at the age of 59 years.

The senior actress started her career as a Marathi stage artist in 1970s. Over the course of her career, she played the mother’s role opposite some of the biggest stars in the industry.

Her popular films include Aashiqui, Qayamat se Qyamat Tak, Kal Ho Na Ho, maine Pyaar Kiya, Vaastav, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, etc. She was acclaimed for her acting in Rui Ka Bojh (1997). She has won four Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

News 6 - Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away

Anil Madhav Dave

60-year-old Union environment minster Anil Madhav Dave passed away due to illness. Rajya Sabha member Anil Madhav Dave was given duties of environment, forest and climate change in 2016. Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan is given additional duty of the environment ministry.

Mr Dave became Rajya Sabha member in 2009 and member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change in 2010. He was also member of consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

News 7 - Actor Roger Moore passed away

Roger Moore

Famous James Bond actor Roger Moore died at the age of 89. He played role of a spy in James Bond 007 seven feature films between 1973 and 1985.

Some other movies and best of his work were Live and Let Die, ‘A View to a Kill’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

Moore was also known for his performance in TV series The Persuaders and The Saint. Actor Roger Moore was appointed as a goodwill ambassador to Unicef in 1991.

News 8 - Real-life Hero Mathunny Mathews who inspired 'Airlift' died

Mathunny Mathews

Mathunny Mathews, who was known for his brave act of safe evacuation of Indians during the Iraqi invasion in 1990, passed away in Kuwait at the age of 81. Mathunny Mathews was known to be the inspiration of Akshay Kumar's character in Bollywood film 'Airlift', a movie based on true incident.

He was praised by Kerala Chief Minister for his help to thousands of Indians to flee the gulf nation, during 1990 Gulf war. Over 1.50 lakh standard Indians were brought back safely by the government.

News 9 - Former DGP of Punjab KPS Gill passed away at 82

KPS Gill

Former Punjab Police chief, KPS Gill, who tackled militancy in the state, died of cardiac arrest at Gangaram hospital in Delhi at the age of 82.

He played a key role in ending terrorism in Punjab. Gill joined the Indian Police Service in 1958 and retired in1995. KPS Gill, known as a Supercop, had played a key role in ending the terrorism in Punjab.

In May 1988, he conducted the Operation Black Thunder-II with precision and transparency, without evoking public protest. The Punjab Story and “Punjab, the Knights and Falsehood” were the popular books authored by him.