Current Affairs September 2017 - Deaths


News 1 - TMC MP & former Central Minister Sultan Ahmed passed away

Sultan Ahmed

Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament and former Central Minister Sultan Ahmed passed away in Kolkata at the age of 64 years following a cardiac arrest.

Ahmed had served as the Union Minister of State for Tourism in the UPA regime. He was Member of Parliament from Uluberia constituency.

He was also elected to West Bengal Assembly twice.

News 2 - Pulitzer-Prize winning Poet John Ashbery passed away

John Ashbery

John Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, passed away at the age of 90 years. His 1975 collection, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," was the rare winner of the book world's unofficial Triple Crown: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize.

John received a National Humanities Medal in 2011. He was a teacher for many years, including at Brooklyn College, Harvard University and Bard College.

News 3 - Arunachal Pradesh Health Minister Jonde Kena, passed away

Jonde Kena

Arunachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena passed away at the age of 52 years.

Kena was first elected to the legislative assembly in 2004 and re-elected to the House in 2009 and 2014. He represented Likabali constituency.

Mr. Kena was elected as the deputy speaker during the Nabam Tuki government and served as a parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries.

News 4 - LGBT activist Edith Windsor passed away

Edith Windsor

The gay-rights activist, Edith Windsor, passed away at the age of 88 years. Her 2013 Supreme Court win paved the way for same sex marriage and led to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to a host of federal benefits.

Windsor earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics from New York University. She was hired by I.B.M. as a computer programmer in 1958.

Windsor is survived by her second wife Judith Kasen-Windsor.

News 5 - Eminent Jurist Pavani Parmeshwar Rao passed away

Pavani Parmeshwar Rao

Eminent jurist P.P. Rao passed away at the age of 84 years. He was a senior Supreme Court lawyer and was considered one of the foremost Constitutional law experts in the country.

He started his career teaching law in the University of Delhi. Mr Rao was enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Delhi in 1967.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan. He was named as a member of the selection committee for the Lokpal in 2014 by the UPA government.

News 6 - Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh passed away in New Delhi

Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passed away in New Delhi at the age of 98, following cardiac attack. He was the only officer of the Indian Air Force who was promoted to five-star rank as Marshal. He has served as Chief of the Air Staff from 1964 to 1969 and led the force in 1965 war. Indian Air Force named its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after Arjan Singh on his 97th birth anniversary, in 2016.

He served as the Ambassador to Switzerland and Vatican. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan as well.

News 7 - The Oldest Person in the world, Jamaica’s Violet Mosse-Brown died at 117

Jamaica’s Violet Mosse-Brown

Jamaica’s Violet Mosse-Brown died at the age of 117. She was honoured with the title ‘World’s oldest person’ in April 2017, when Italy's Emma Morano died. She was born on March 10, 1900.

After Violet Mosse-Brown’s death, Japan’s Nabi Tajima is oldest surviving person, born on Aug 4, 1900.

It was also recorded by Guiness World Book of Records that among the less than 10 persons in history who have reached age 117, Ms. Brown was probably among the two in best condition.

News 8 - ‘Father of Nephrology in India’ Dr KS Chugh passed away

KS Chugh

Dr. KS Chugh, the “father of Nephrology in India”, passed away at the age of 85 years due to blood cancer.

Dr. Chugh was emeritus professor and former head of department of nephrology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 2000. The International Society of Nephrology had included him amongst 50 legends in nephrology.

News 9 - Bollywood actor Shakila passed away


Bollywood actor Shakila passed away at the age of 82 years. She is remembered for her songs Baar Baar Dekho and Babuji Dheere Chalna among others.

Shakila was best known for her roles in ‘Aar Par’ and ‘CID’. She was last seen in 1963 film ‘Ustadon Ke Ustad’. She also starred with Shammi Kapoor in Shakti Samanta’s hit China Town.

She also featured opposite Raj Kapoor in the 1960 social drama Shriman Satyawadi.

News 10 - Legendary Raging Bull Boxer, Jake LaMotta, passed away

Jake LaMotta

Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta passed away at the age of 95 years. The legendary boxer was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film "Raging Bull". He held the middleweight championship from 1949 to 1951.

LaMotta was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. He best known for a brutal six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson. He held a record of 83 victories, 30 of them knockouts, against 19 defeats.

News 11 - Eminent Actor, Director & Writer Abdul Majid passed away

Abdul Majid

Eminent actor, director and writer Abdul Majid passed away in Guwahati at the age of 86 years.

In 1975, Mr. Majid had directed an award-winning movie Chameli Memsaab. Over the years, he acted in several movies, TV serials and Theatre. He was awarded the ‘Bishnu Prasad Rabha’ award by the Assam Government.

He was felicitated by the Assam Sahitya Sabha and the Sadin-Pratidin group had conferred ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award to the actor in 2015.

News 12 - Veteran Marathi Writer & Journalist Arun Sadhu passed away

Arun Sadhu

Veteran Marathi writer and journalist Arun Sadhu passed away in Mumbai at the age of 75 years. He is known for his work Mumbai Dinank, Kakasaheb Gadgil, Simhasan and many more novels in Hindi, English and Marathi, has also won the Sahitya Academy award.

Sadhu has written on rise of Shiv Sena, Vietnam War and Chinese revolution. He has also written several short stories. As a journalist, he has won several awards including Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre award.

News 13 - Former 'heaviest woman' Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty passed away

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, once believed to be the world's heaviest woman, passed away at the age of 37 years. She had lost more than 300kg (660lb) of her 500kg after a bariatric weight loss surgery done in India.

Ms Ahmed had a rare thyroid condition, which drastically affected her metabolism. She was being treated in Burjee Hospital at Abu Dhabi since May.

Ms. Ahmed weighed about 5kgs when she was born and started to put on weight by the age of 11.

News 14 - Congress veteran Makhan Lal Fotedar passed away

Makhan Lal Fotedar

Veteran Congress leader, Makhan Lal Fotedar, passed away at the age of 85 years. He was known as the Chanakya of Indian politics.

Mr. Fotedar was the political secretary to Indira Gandhi as well as Rajiv Gandhi. He was a former member of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly and represented the Pahalgam constituency from 1967 to 1977. He was a two-time Rajya Sabha member and a former union minister. He also was a member of the powerful Congress Working Committee (CW). Fotedar also authored a book called ‘The Chinar Leaves’.

News 15 - Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner passed away

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, passed away at the age of 91 years. He founded the sexually explicit men’s lifestyle magazine in 1953.

Hefner served in the US army in the Second World War. The first issue of the magazine sold more than 50,000 copies. The magazine featured nude images of famous women, as well as emerging models, actors and singers.

Currently, the magazine is published in more than 20 countries, with Playboy Enterprises claiming over $1bn in annual sales from its trademarked assets.