Current Affairs November 2016 - Deaths


News 1 - Former J&K Deputy CM Mangat Ram Sharma passed away

Mangat Ram Sharma

Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma passed away in Jammu after a prolonged illness at the age of 85 years.

He was Deputy Chief Minister in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led government and later served as Health Minister in 2008 in the government headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad. The six-time legislator also served as the speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

News 2 - Sri Lankan singer Pandit Amaradeva died

Pandit Amaradeva

Padam Shri awardee Sri Lankan singer and composer Pandit Amaradeva died due to ill health at age of 88 years. He was famous for his contribution in Sri Lankan folk music and upbringing of Sinhala music.

He received many awards like Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan President's Award of Kala Keerthi (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998).

In 2003, the French government awarded him the prestigious honor; Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

News 3 - Noted geophysicist Janardhan Negi passed away

Janardhan Negi

Noted geophysicist Janardhan G Negi passed away at the age of 81 years. He was a former Director-grade scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI).

He served as the Scientific Adviser to the Governments of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

He made outstanding contribution in understanding earthquakes, mass extinctions, especially dinosaurs and the movement of the Indian sub-continent plates. He won the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize among many accolades.

News 4 - Veteran Carnatic musician Balamuralikrishna passed away


Veteran Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna passed away at the age of 86 years. He enriched music not only with his voice but also by composing over 400 songs in various languages like Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil.

He also played other instruments like Mridangam, Viola and Kanjira.

He was conferred the Padmavibhushan, the second highest civilian honor in the country, in 1991. He had also played the role of ‘Narada Muni,’ in the Telugu movie ‘Bhakta Prahlada’.

News 5 - Popular Hindi & Bhojpuri writer Dr Viveki Rai passed away

Viveki Rai

Popular Hindi and Bhojpuri writer Dr Viveki Rai passed away in a hospital in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh at the age of 92 years.

His novel Sonamati is recognized as one of his best literary work. He wrote about fifty books of stories, essays and novels.

He was presented with the Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award in 2001 and the Yash Bharati Award in 2006 in recognition of his contributions to Hindi literature.

News 6 - ISRO’s Ex-Chief Prof MGK Menon passed away

MGK Menon

Acclaimed physicist and Ex-Chairman of ISRO, Prof MGK Menon, passed away at the age of 88 years. He also served as a minister of state for science and technology and education in the VP Singh government.

He was the director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He had done scientific work in cosmic rays as well as particle physics. He was also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London and received Padma awards, including Padma Vibhushan.

News 7 - Irish novelist William Trevor passed away

William Trevor

Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, William Trevor, passed away at the age of 88 years. Trevor published more than 30 novels and short story collections during his career.

He has won the Whitbread Prize in 1994 and has been shortlisted four times for the Man Booker Prize. In 2002, he received an honorary knighthood. He was also awarded an honorary CBE in 1977 for his services to literature.

News 8 - Cuban communist revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away

Fidel Castro

Cuban communist revolutionary and former President, Fidel Castro, passed away at the age of 90 years. He was the leader of the 1959 revolution in Cuba, which overthrew the USbacked dictator Fulgencio Batista. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

Castro was the longest serving non-royal leader of the 20th Century. Fidel Castro governed Cuba as its Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976. Castro also served the country as its President from 1976 to 2008.

News 9 - Noted Journalist Dilip Padgaonkar passed away

Dilip Padgaonkar

Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passed away at the age of 72 years. He was a former editor of the "The Times of India". He served as its editor for six years from 1988.

Padgaonkar began his career in journalism at the age of 24 years and joined Times of India as its Paris correspondent. He also served with the UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris from 1978 to 1986.

He also wrote a book titled ‘When Bombay Burned’, which was based on the 1992-93 Mumbai riots. He also wrote a book on Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini’s visit to India titled ‘Under her Spell’.

News 10 - Eminent Marathi author Anand Yadav passed away

Anand Yadav

Eminent Marathi author Anand Yadav passed away at his residence in Pune at the age of 80 years. He was the author of around 40 books, including essays, poems, criticism among others.

He was awarded the Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991 for his autobiography 'Zombi'. He also had to face a major controversy over his book Santsurya Tukaram, wrote on Sant Tukaram, a saint poet from 17th century.