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IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES -- INFO

IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES -- INFO
Elected/Appointed
Donald Trump
   America’s Electoral College on December 21, 2016 confirmed Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States. Six weeks after his upset victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed as expected past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official.
Praful Patel
   Praful Patel was on December 21, 2016 re-elected unopposed the President of All India Football Federation (AIFF) for a four-year term-his third successive.
Justice J S Khehar
   Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was on December 19, 2016 appointed the next Chief Justice of India with President Pranab Mukherjee signing his warrant of appointment. He will be the 44th CJI.
Lt General Bipin Rawat
   The government on December 17, 2016 appointed Lt General Bipin Rawat the next Army chief superseding two Lieutenant Generals. He replaced General Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31.
Air Marshal BS Dhanoa
   The government on December 17, 2016 appointed Air Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa the next IAF Chief. Dhanoa replaced Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on December 31.
Rajiv Jain
   Jharkhand cadre 1980-batch IPS officer and a J & K hand Rajiv Jain was on December 17, 2016 appointed the next Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He will serve as chief for the next two years.
Anil Dhasmana
   1981-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer Anil Kumar Dhasmana, an expert on Pakistan, was on December 17, 2016 appointed the next Chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). He will serve as chief for the next two years.
Pankaj Patel
   Zydus Cadila Healthcare Chairman and Managing Director Pankaj R Patel on December 17, 2016 took over as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for 2016-17 at the conclusion of the chamber’s 89th annual general meeting in New Delhi.
Amina Mohammed
   Income United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on December 15, 2016 appointed Nigeria’s Environment Minister Amina Mohammed his deputy secretary-general amid a push by more than  a third of the 193 UN member states for gender parity at the world body.
Bindeshwar Pathak
   Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, was on December 15, 2016 nominated as a Member of the Central Authority of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
V K Sharma
   The Government on December 14, 2016 appointed V K Sharma the Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) for five years. Managing Director at LIC, Sharma was already acting as Chairman since September 16 when the then chairman S K Roy was relieved of his duties.
VG Kannan
   VG Kannan on December 14, 2016 took over as Chief Executive of the Indian Banks Association (IBA). He succeeds MV Tanksale who demitted office as Chief Executive on August 9, 2016, after being at the helm for three years.
Indra Nooyi
    US President-elect Donald Trump on December 14, 2016 named Indian-American PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to Strategic and Policy Forum, a team that aims to assist him in implementing his economic agenda. Nooyi (61) is the only Indian-origin executive in the 19-member Forum.
Rick Perry
  US President-elect Donald Trump on December 14, 2016 picked former Texas Governor Rick Perry as the energy secretary. Perry, 66, was a former Republican presidential aspirant in 2008 and 2012.
Rx Tillerson
   Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO who has no formal foreign policy experience, was on December 13, 2016 chosen as the new US Secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump, amid bipartisan concerns about the veteran oliman’s close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Antonio Guterres
   Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres was on December 12, 2016 sworn in as the 9th UN Secretary General. Guterres, who will take over from current SG Banki-moon on Jan. 1, pledged to reach gender parity among senior leadership within his five-year term.
Bill English
   New Zealand’s ruling National Party on December 12, 2016 appointed Bill English the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of his predecessor John Key. Paula Bennett was sworn in as deputy prime minister.
Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar
   Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar was on December 12, 2016 appointed Chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as part of the first major reshuffle in the military’s top brass after new army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took over the reins recently.
John Kelly
   US President-elect Donald Trump on December 12, 2016 nominated retired general John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, the third ex-military man tapped for a top job in his presidential administration.
Priyanka Chopra
   Actress Priyanka Chopra was on December 12, 2016 appointed UNICEF’s newest global Goowill Ambassador at the United Nations in New York. The “Quantico” star was joined by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Ishmael Beah, Beckham, actors Orlando Bloom and Jackie Chan at a celebration to commemorate 70 years of the world body’s children’s agency.
Paolo Gentiloni
   Paolo Gentiloni was named on December 11, 2016 Italy’s new Prime Minister, following reformist leader Matteo Renzi’s resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat.
Savita Vaidhyanathan
   In a first, Savita Vaidhyanathan, and Indian-American woman, was on December 8, 2016 elected the new mayor of Californian city Cupertino, the worldwide headquarters of Apple. She has been a Cupertino resident for more than 20 years.
Nana Akufo-Addo
   Ghana’s main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo on December 9, 2016 won the Presidential election. Current President John Mahama conceded defeat. Akufo-Addo received 53.8% of the vote, with Mahama on 44.4%.
Hwang Kyo-ahn
   South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on December 9, 2016, became the country’s interim President, after Parliament voted to impeach the country’s first female President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.
Bernard Cazeneuve
  French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was on December 6, 2016 appointed the new Prime Minister, after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in the presidential election. Czeneuve will take control of the Socialist government until legislative elections in June 2017.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev
   Interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev on December 5, 2016 won the election to become the new president of Uzbekistan. Mirziyoyev, who secured 88.6 percent of the votes, would succeed late Islam Karimov.
O. Panneerselvam
   Following the demise of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, O. Paneerselvam was on December 5, 2016 sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Vidyasagar Rao. This was his third swearing-in as Chief Minister. All 31 members of the outgoing Ministry were sworn in along with him.
B S Bhullar
   Senior bureaucrat B S Bhullar was on December 5, 2016 appointed Chief of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The post has been lying vacant after M Sathiyavathy, first woman chief of the aviation regulator, was named as new Union Labour Secretary in July 2016.
Alexander Van der Bellen
   Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen on December 4, 2016 won Presidential election in Austria. Bellen got 53.6% of the votes, while his rival of the anti-immigration Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer received 46.4%t.
Adama Barrow
   The Gambia’s opposition candidate Adama Barrow on December 2, 2016 took 45.54 per cent of the vote in a stunning victory over the president of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh. Barrow won 263,515 votes, while Jammeh took 212,099 votes (36.66 per cent) and third party candidate Mama Kandeh 102,969 votes (17.80 per cent).
General James Mattis
   US President-elect Donald Trump on December 2, 2016 announced to nominate retired Marine General James Mattis, renowned for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, to be his Secretary of Defence.
Rakesh Asthana
   Central Bureau of Investigation’s Additional Director Rakesh Asthana was on December 2, 2016 named as the agency’s interim director replacing incumbent Anil Sinha whose tenure has ended.
Dr. Anil Kumar Jain
   Dr. Anil Kumar Jain on December 2, 2016 took oath of the office of National President of The Bharat Scouts and Guides in New Delhi. Bharat Scouts and Guides came into existence on November 7, 1950. The Girl Guides Association formally joined the organization a little later on August 15, 1951.
Praveen Mahajan
   Senior bureaucrat Praveen Mahajan on December 1, 2016 became the first woman President of the All India Tennis Association, replacing veteran administrator Anil Khanna who was forced to quit by the Sports Ministry. Mahajan was the first woman chief of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes.
Upendra Prasad Singh
   The government on December 1, 2016 appointed senior IAS officer Upendra Prasad Singh the Director General (DG) of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
Steven Mnuchin
   US president-elect Donald Trump on November 30, 2016 picked former banker and trusted campaign ally Steven Mnuchin as his Treasury Secretary. Mnuchin has decades of financial management experience including serving as Chief Information Officer at Goldman Sachs.
Wilbur Ross Jr
   US president-elect Donald Trump on November 30, 2016 selected Wilbur Ross Jr as his Commerce Secretary and Todd Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
Justice Manmohan Sarin
   Former Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin was on November 30, 2016 appointed Chairperson of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) which hears appeals against the decisions of censor board.
Jovenel Moise
   Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise, the candidate backed by former president Michel Martelly, on November 29, 2016 won the presidential vote in the first round. Moise came ahead of Jude Celestin, candidate of the opposition LAPEH.
Prince Vajiralongkorn
   Thailand’s Parliament on November 29, 2016 proclaimed Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as the new king of Thailand. The Crown Prince has become King Rama X, or the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty founded in 1782.
Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa
   Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was on November 26, 2016 appointed Pakistan’s new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif.
Gopal Jiwarajka
   Gopi Jiwarajka, CMD of Salora International Limited, on November 26, 2016 took over as the new President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Prior to becoming the President of PHD Chamber, Jiwarajka was its Senior Vice President.
Mariamma Koshy
   Mariamma Koshy on November 24, 2016 took charge of Hockey India (HI) as President with immediate effect, replacing Narinder Dhruv Batra who was recently elected the first ever non-European chief of the sport’s governing body FIH.
N V Srinivasan
   N V Srinivasan NVS and Associates Managing Partner, was on November 24, 2016 elected National President of Trade body Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for the period 2016-17.
Nikki Haley
   President-elect Donald Trump on November 23, 2016 picked South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be the US ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as her home state’s first female and first minority governor.
Yudhvir Singh Malik
   Yudhvir Singh Malik, the Special Secretary with NITI Aayog, was on November 23, 2016 appointed new Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Malik, an 83 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, had joined NITI Aayog as its Additional Secretary in September 2015.
Awards/Prizes
Bihari Puraskar 2015
   Noted writer and poet Bhagwati Lal Vyas was on December 22, 2016 awarded the 25th Bihari Puraskar-2015 by the KK Birla Foundation in Jaipur. The award was given to Vyas for his poetry collection ‘Katha Soon Aave Hai Sabad’.
Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016
   Eight books of poetry, seven of short stories, five novels, two books of criticism, one book each of essays and play on December 21, 2016. Won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi awards this year.
   Nasira Sharma has been selected for her Hindi novel “Paarijat”, while Jerry Pinto is in the list of winners for his English novel “Em and the Big Hoom”, Gita Upadhyay for her novel “Janmabhumi Mero Swadesh” in Nepali, Kannada novelist Boluwaru Mohammad Kunhi for “Swatantryada Ota” and Edwin JF D’souza for Konkani novel “Kale Bhangar”.
   The poets who feature in the list of winners are Jnan Pujari (Assamese), Anju (Bodo), Kamal Vora (Gujarati), Prabha Varma (Malayalam), Sitanath Acharya (Sanskrit), Gobinda Chandra Majhi (Santali), Nand Javeri (Sindhi) and Papini Svasankar (Telugu).
   Seven writers awarded for their short stories are Chhatrapal in Dongri language, Shyam Darihare (Maithili), Moirangthem Rajen (Manipuri), Asaram Lomate (Marathi), Paramamita Satpathy (Odia), Bulaki Sharma (Rajasthani) and Vannadhasan (Tamil).
   Aziz Hajini (Kashmiri) and Nizam Siddiqui (Urdu) have been recognized for their books criticism; Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri (Bengali) for his essays and Swarajbir (Punjabi) for his play are also among the winners.
Miss World 2016
   Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on December 18, 2016. Crowined by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, Del Valle became the second titleholder from the island after Wilnelia Merced won the title in 1975. Puerto Rico becomes the 17th country with multiple winners since Miss World started in 1951.
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2015
   Former PM Manmohan Singh on December 16, 2016 presented ‘Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015’ to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at a function in New Delhi.
Moortidevi Award 2016
   Eminent writer and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was on December 16, 2016 chosen for the prestigious Moortidevi award for 2016 for his Malayalam travelogue ‘Haimavatha Bhoomiyil’ which unravels ancient trails of Indian culture and literature.
Dayawati Modi Award 2016
   In a first, UAE-based artist Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum was on December 14, 2016 honoured with the prestigious ‘Dayawati Modi Award’ for her significant contributions for promoting the Gulf region’s art and culture. She became the first recipient of this coveted trophy in the entire Middle East.
Ballon d’Or 2016
   Cristiano Ronaldo on December 13, 2016 won his fourth Ballond d’Or for the title of best player in the world. It was the perfect ending to another fantastic year for the Portuguese Real Madrid star, who won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and then Led Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016.
Turner Prize 2016
   Helen Maten on December 6, 2016 sealed her position as one of the UK’s most exciting young artists after being named the winner of the 2016 Turner prize.
Children Peace Prize 2016
   Kehkashan Basu, a 16-year-old Indian schoolgirl based in UAE, on December 3, 2016 won this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize for her fight to save the planet. She was presented the award by Nobel Peace laureate Mohammad Yunus at a ceremony held in The Hague.
Miss Supranational 2016
   India’s Srinidhi Shetty on December 3, 2016 clinched the title of Miss Supranational 2016 at the beauty pageant held in the resort town of Krynica-Zdroj in Poland.
UNEP ‘Champions of the Earth’ Prizes 2016
- For Policy Leadership: Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
- For Science And Innovation: Leyla Acaroglu, founder of Disrupt Design, New York
- For Entrepreneurial Vision: Masen-the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
- For Inspiration And Action: Afroz Shah, Mumbai and Berta Caceres, Honduras
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Jose Sarukhan Kermez, Mexico
Distinguished Indologist Award 2016
   President Pranab Mukherjee on December 1, 2016 presented the second ICCR ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award to Prof. Yu Long Yu of China. The first ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award was presented to Prof. Heinrich Freiher Von Stietencron of Germany last year.
2016 Crossword Book Awards conferred
   Ruskin Bond on November 29, 2016 received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Raymond Crossword Book Awards in Mumbai. ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ by Amish Tripathi that won the Popular Fiction award while ‘Mrs Funnybones’ by Twinkle Khanna took the Popular Non-Fiction award. ‘Playing It My Way’ by Sachin Tendulkar (co-author Boria Majumdar) was given the award for Popular Biography while Radhakrishnan Pillai bagged the award in Popular Business and Management category for his book ‘Chanakya in You’.
International Press Freedom Award 2016
   Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam was on November 23, 2016 conferred with the International Press Freedom Award 2016 for her reporting from the Naxal-infested Bastar area.
World Sanskrit Awards 2015-2016
   Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and George Cardona, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, USA, were on November 21, 2016 presented with the World Sanskrit Award by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi.
   While Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand received the award for 2015, Prof. George Cardona, an American linguist and Indologist received the award for 2016.
News Makers
Christine Lagarde
   International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde was on December 19, 2016 convicted for negligence over a massive state payout to a tycoon in 2008 when she was French finance minister. Though convicted, Lagarde, who was France’s Finance Minister from 2007 to 2011, was not handed a sentence by the French court. The IMF chief is likely to appeal to the French court now.
Cyrus Mistry
   After a bitter eight-week boardroom battle against Ratan Tata’s “illegal coup”, ousted Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry on December 19, 2016 quit from the boards of six listed companies including Tata Motors and Indian Hotels and vowed to shift his fight to a “larger platform”. Mistry, who was unceremoniously removed as director from Tata Teleservices Board on December 14.
Tijan Bai
   Renowned Pandavani folk singer Tijan Bai was on December 16, 2016 conferred Bharatmuni Samman 2016 in Bhubaneswar. The award has been instituted by Bhubaneswar-based cultural Organisation Kalingayana Touryatrikam.
Shobhana Bhartia
   Chairperson and Editorial Director of Hindustan Times, Shobhana Bhartia was on December 14, 2016 conferred France’s top civilian honour – ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’.
Jayaben Desai
   Jayaben Desai, a Gujarat-born activist who led a campaign against low pay for women workers at a UK factory in the 1970s, made it the BBC’s most influential women of the past 70 years list on December 14, 2016.
Vivek Ramaswamy and Apoorva Mehta
   Two Indian-origin men Vivek Ramaswamy and Apporva Mehta were on December 13, 2016 figured in Forbes magazine’s second annual list of wealthiest entrepreneurs under the age of 40 which is topped by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Park Geun-hye
   South Korea’s Parliament on December 9, 2016 voted to impeach the country’s first female President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. The motion was passed in the National Assembly by 234 votes to 56 means. Some members of the President’s ruling Saenuri party voted in favour of the impeachment resolution brought in by the opposition in Parliament.
SP Tyagi
   In a sudden and first of its kind action, CBI on December 9, 2016 arrested former Air Force Chief S P Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev, and a lawyer in the sensational Rs 450 crore bribery case in the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters from UK-based AgustaWestland during the UPA-2 government.
Matteo Renzi
   Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally submitted his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on December 8, 2016 after a crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform. On December 4, Italians voted decisively against changes to the constitution put forward by Renzi, a vote that became a poll on the prime minister’s leadership. The 41-year-old Renzi was appointed to office in 2014.
TIME’s Person of the Year 2016
   US President-elect Donald Trump was on December 7, 2016 named by Time magazine as its ‘Person of the Year 2016’ for his stunning victory in the presidential polls. Trump, who has appeared on various covers of Time magazine, will now be on its cover as ‘Person of the Year’, with the sub-headline ‘President of the Divided States of America.’
John Key
   New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on December 5, 2016 announced his resignation. John Key had been in power since 2008, and leader of the ruling National Party since 2006. His resignation became effective on December 12, when his party meet to select a new leader.
Chitra Ramkrishna
   Chitra Ramkrishna on December 2, 2016 quit as Managing Director and CEO of the National Stock Exchange with immediate effect. Her tenure was scheduled to end in March 2018. Senior executive J. Ravichandran was given the interim charge till the NSE board.
Manoj Bajpayee
   Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee on November 24, 2016 won the best performance award by an actor at the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane. Nawazudding Siddiqui was awarded a special mention in the same category.
Antonio Costa
   Portugal PM Antonio Costa on November 24, 2016 accepted an invitation from PM Narendra Modi to be the Chief Guest at the 14th Pravasti Bharatiya Divas convention to be held from January 7 to 9, 2017 in Bengaluru.
Radhika Menon
   Radhika Menon, India’s first woman captain in the Merchant Navy, on November 21, 2016 became the first woman to be awarded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for her exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters in 2015.
Obituary
Auupam Mishra
   Environmentalist Anupam Mishra, whose seminal work on water conservation, “Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab”, fired the imagination of common people and ecology warriors alike and gave wings to India’s indigenous wisdom on the subject, passed away at AIIMS on December 19, 2016. He was 68.
Thomas Schelling
   Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling, who used game theory to explain nuclear strategy, passed away in Bethesda, Maryland on December 15, 2016. The former Harvard University and University of Maryland professor was 95. Schelling was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2005 along with Robert Aumann.
Hafdan T Mahler
   Former World Health Organisation Director General Halfdan T Mahler did in Compenhagen on Decemebr 14, 2016 at the age of 93. He headed the agency’s Tuberculosis Unit in Geneva, Swtizerland and served as its director-general from 1973 until 1988.
Bernard Fox
   Bernard Fox, best known for his roles on the ABC series “Bewitched” and James Cameron’s Oscar-winning picture “Titanic”, passed away at 89 in Van Nuys, California on December 14, 2016.
John Glenn
   John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and former US senator, died at the age of 95 in Ohio on December 8, 2016. Glenn is primarily famous for his 1962 ride in the Friendship 7 space capsule that circled the Earth, making him the first American to do so.
Cho Ramaswamy
   Political satirist and founder editor of ‘Thuglak’ magazine, Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy popularly known as Cho Ramaswamy passed away due in Chennai on December 7, 2016. He was 82 years old.
J. Jayalalithaa
   Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK President, J. Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for 75 days. She was 68.
   Jayalalithaa first came into prominence as a leading film actor in the mid-1960s. She appeared in 140 films from 1961 to 1980, primarily in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries. Among her frequent co-stars was M. G. Ramachandran, or MGR, a Tamil cultural icon who leveraged his immense popularity with the masses into a successful political career.
   In 1982, when MGR was chief minister, Jayalalithaa joined the AIADMK, the party MGR founded. After MGR’s death in 1987, Jayalalithaa proclaimed herself his political heir and, having fought off the faction headed by Janaki Ramachandran, MGR’s widow, emerged as the sole leader of the AIADMK. Following the 1989 election, she became Leader of the Opposition to the DMK government headed by Karunanidhi. In 1991 Jayalalithaa became chief minister, Tamil Nadu’s youngest, for the first time.
Syed Abdus Salam
  Former India footballer and Coach Syed Abdhus Salam, who was awarded Best Defender in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at the age of 77 in Hyderabad on December 3, 2016. He represented India under Badru Banerjee at the Melbourne Games where India finished fourth and was the last football team to have made the Olympics.
Bhai Mahavir
   Former Madhya Pradesh governor Bhai Mahavir passed away in Delhi on December 3, 2016. He was 94. Mahavir served as the Madhya Pradesh governor from April 1998 to May 2003. Mahavir had also served as the member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms.
Phulel Singh Sujlana
   Former international hockey umpire and veteran administrator, Phulel Singh Sujlana, passed away in Mumbai on December 2, 2016. Sujlana was the chairman of the erstwhile IHF (Indian Hockey Federation) Umpires Board from 1985 to 1993 and chairman of its Technical Committee in 1985.
Anad Yadav
   Noted Marathi author and Sahitya Akademi awardee Anand Yadav passed away in Pune on November 28, 2016 at the age of 80. Yadav’s autobiography ‘Zombi’ won him the Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991.
Fidel Castro
   Cuba’s historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died aged 90 in Havana on November 26, 2016. Castro defied the United States during a half-century of iron-fisted rule and survived the eclipse of global communism.
   One of the world’s longest-serving rulers and modern history’s most singular characters, Castro defied 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts.
Dileep Padgonkar
   Noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, who was a part of the three-member interlocutors group for Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, passed away in Pune on November 25, 2016. The 72-year-old Padgaonkar was a former editor of The Times of India. Padagonkar was appointed as one of the members of the three-member interlocutors group on Jammu and Kashmir, set up by the government after continuous unrest in the Valley in 2008.
M. Balamuralikrishna
   Legendary Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna passed away in Chennai on November 22, 2016 at the age of 86. The musician featured in the popular national integration song “Miley Sur Mera Tumhara” in the ‘80s in which he sang Tamil lyrics. A crowd-puller in Carnatic music concerts, he also starred in a number of films in Tamil and Telugu.
Ram Naresh Yadav
   Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav passed away in Lucknow on November 22, 2016. He was 90. Yadav served as Chief Minister of Janata Party Government in Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979. Though a UPA-II appointee, Yadav was the lone Governor who completed his full term after the BJP-lend NDA Government came to power at the Centre in May 2014. The Janata Party leader-turned-Congressman served as Madhya Pradesh Governor from August 26, 2011 to September 7, 2016.
M G K Menon
   Prof. M G K Menon, an acclaimed physicist, who had played a prominent role in the development of science and technology in the country over the last five decades, died in New Delhi on November 22, 2016. He was 88.
Viveki Rai
   Eminent Hindi and Bhojpuri writer Viveki Rai passed away Varanasi on November 22, 2016 at the age of 92. An author and a columnist for a Hindi daily, he had penned over 50 books during his lifetime. He was famous for his novel “Sonamati”. His other famous works include “Purush Puran”, “Lokridn”, “Shwet Patra”, “Samar Shesh Hai” and “Mangal Bhawan”.
Recent Books
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- ‘Six Four’ by Hideo Yokoyama
- ‘Black Water Lilies’ by Michel Bussi
- ‘The Man Behind The Wheel’ by Tim Bouquet (Industrialist Onkar Kanwar’s biography)
- ‘Ramakant Achrekar’ by Kunal Purandare
- ‘Standing on an Apple Box’ by Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush
- ‘Ayodhya Revisited’ by Kishore Kunal
- ‘Sing time’ by Zadie Smith
- ‘Feroze Gandhi – the Forgotten Gandhi’ by Bertil Falk
- ‘The Chaos Project’ by Nishant Kaushik
- ‘7 Storey’s by Kaizad Gustad
- ‘Great Reckoning’ by Louise Penny
- ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’ by Anuk Arudpragasam
- ‘A Time to Burnish’ by Radhika Nathan
- ‘Home’ by Harlan Coben
- ‘Things to Leave Behind’ by Namita Gokhale
- ‘Band, Baaja, Boys!’ by Rachna Singh
- ‘Invincible Arjuna’ by Debashis Chatterjee
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