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Tamil writer producer Arunanchalam passed away

Veteran film producer, script and screenplay writer Panchu Arunachalam passed away on 9 August 2016 following brief illness. 
•    He was 75. 
•    He was survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
•    He introduced Ilayaraja as music director in his film Annakili and made more films starring Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.
•    He proved his mettle by penning super-hit songs including Manmagale Marumagale Vaa Vaa in Sharada and Pon Ezhil Poothathu Puthu Vaanil in Kalangarai Vilakkam and Poopola Poopala in Naanum Oru Penn. 
•    He also wrote dialogues for Sivaji starrer Avanthan Manithan.
•    He is popular for writing over 100 Tamil films, including hits like Murattu Kaalai, Sakalakala Vallavan and Apoorva Sagodhargal. 
•    He worked with Rajinikanth in 23 films, including Kazhugu, Pokkiri Raja and Paayum Puli among others.
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Arunachal Pradesh ex Chief Minister Kalikho pul passed away

Kalikho Pul, who briefly served as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, died on 9 August 2016 in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. He was 47.
Pul allegedly committed suicide. He was found hanged from the ceiling fan in his bedroom at the Chief Minister’s official residence. 
•    Kalikho Pul was the acting Chief Minister of the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh for a brief time.
•    He belonged to Kaman Mishmi ethnic group.
•    From 2003 until 2007, he served as the State Finance Minister in the ministry of Chief Minister Gegong Apang.
•    He broke away from Congress Party and became the acting Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 19 February 2016.
•    His government was supported by Bharatiya Janata Party, until it was dismissed by a court order in July 2016. 
•    Congress resumed power when the assembly was convened.
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Eminent Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora Passed away .

Eminent Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora passed away on 5 August 2016 following old age problems at Nagaon district, Assam. 
•    He was 92. 
•    He is survived by a son and two daughters-in-law.
•    Bora was a Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi winner.
•    Bora's literary works include Kathanibari Ghat, Bohubhuji Tribhuj, Rati Phula Phul, Barayatri, Chakravat, Tinir Tini Gol, Putala Ghaiz, and so on.
•    He was born at a tea estate of Sonitpur district. 
•    He was an MA in Assamese literature from Gauhati University
•    He had received the Sahitya Akademi award for his most popular work Edhani Mahir Hanhi in 2001.
•    He also received Padma Shri in 2011 and the Assam Valley Literary award in 1998.

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The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail passed away

The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail passed away in the United States. 
•    He was 70. 
•    Mr Zewail had won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry. 
•    He is the first Arab Scientist to win the Nobel Prize. 
•    Ahmed Zewail was Born on 26 February 1946 in Damanhur, Egypt. 
•    He is famously known as the father of femtochemistry and was Science Advisor to US President Barack Obama. 
•    He had received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) 
•    He had completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. 
•    He was appointed as faculty at the California Institute of Technology in 1976. 
•    He became a naturalized citizen of US in 1982. 
•    In 2013, he had joined the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board. 
•    He was prolific writer and had authored about 600 scientific articles and 16 books. 

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Hockey Legand Mohammed Shahid passed away

Mohammed Shahid, one of the greatest names in Indian hockey, died on 20 July 2016 due to severe liver condition and kidney failure. He was 56.

Shahid was the part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
•    Born on 14 April 2016 in Varanasi, Mohammed Shahid is considered one of India's best to have played hockey.
•    He made his first appearance for India in the junior team in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France.
•    He made his first appearance in the senior team in 1979 in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
•    He was known for his running ability, dribbling of the ball and push.
•    He was awarded the Best Forward Player at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi.
•    He was a member of the team that won the silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian Games.
•    He captained the Indian team during 1985–1986.
•    He was awarded Arjuna Award in 1980–1981.
•    He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1986.

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Noted music director Omi passes away

Noted music director Om Prakash Sonik, also known as Omi, part of the Sonik-Omi duo, died in Mumbai on 7 July 2016. He was 77. Sonik–Omi was an Indian composer working in duo consisting of Master Sonik (a blind music director) and his nephew Omi.
•    The duo was known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks. Some of their best-known works are Bhakti Mein Shakti, Dharma, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Sawan Bhadon, Aabroo, and Raftaar.
•    Born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), he along with his family had moved to India after Partition in 1947. The Sonik-Omi team gave music to over 100 Hindi films in the 1950-1980s period.
•    The duo were known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks. Some of their best-known works are Bhakti Mein Shakti, Dharma, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Sawan Bhadon, Aabroo, and Raftaar.
•    Some films where the duo acted as a composer includes 
•    Mahua 
•    Truck Driver
•    Mehfil, Beti
•    Dharti Ki God Mein
•    Dharma 
•    Chowki No. 11 
•    Omi continued composing after death of uncle Master Sonik in 1993. Omi’s last musical track was for film Biwi No.2 in 2000.

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Actress Noel Neill passed away

American actor Noel Neill, the first actor to play the role Lois Lane on the Adventures of Superman television series died on 3 July 2016. She was 95.
Lois Lane is a fictional character who is an award-winning journalist and the primary love interest of Superman.
•    Noel Neill was born in Minneapolis on 25 November 1920.
•    In her teens, she was a popular photographic model.
•    In the mid-40s, she appeared in a leading role in one of Monogram Pictures melodramas.
•    She played the role in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman(1950) with Kirk Alyn playing Superman/Clark Kent.
•    Over the decades, she appeared in various productions of the Superman franchise.
•    She often played the parent or other relative of one of the main characters, including the 1978 Superman feature film, the 1980s TV series Superboy, the 1990s primetime drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and the 2006 film Superman Returns.

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Nobel peace prize laureate Elie Wiesel passed away

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate passed away on 2 July 2016 in New York, U.S. He was 87.
•    In his first book, Night, Wiesel gave an account of his family being sent to the Nazi concentration camps.
•    Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor and political activist.
•    He wrote mostly in French and English.
•    He was the author of 57 books, including Night, in which he shared his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
•    He was also involved with Jewish causes and helped establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
•    He had been described as the most important Jew in America by the Los Angeles Times.
•    In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
•    Elie Wiesel was only 15 years old when he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with his family in 1944.
•    After they were sent to Auschwitz, his mother and his younger sister were killed.
•    Wiesel and his father were later deported to the concentration camp at Buchenwald.
•    After they were taken to Buchenwald, his father only survived for eight months, dying just a few weeks before the camp was liberated.
•    In his book Night, Wiesel recalled the shame he felt when he heard his father being beaten and was unable to help.
•    He was tattooed with inmate number A-7713 on his left arm.
•    The camp was liberated by the U.S. Third Army on 11 April 1945.

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Renowned Marathi literary scholar Dr. Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere passed away

Renowned Marathi writer Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere passed away on 1 July 2016 following prolonged illness. He was 86.
Dhere was known for his exhaustive research in folk literature and bhakti tradition of Maharashtra.
•    Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere was a Marathi writer from Maharashtra.
•    He was born in the town of Nigade in Pune district.
•    He obtained a Doctorate of Literature from Pune University.
•    He wrote over 100 scholarly books on Marathi folk literature and culture, Marathi literature, religious sects in Maharashtra, and lives of saint poets.
•    He also composed a few poems and musical plays.
•    He received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987 for his work Shri Vitthal: Ek MahaSamanvay.
•    His other important literary works are Dakshinecha Lokdev Khandoba, Marathi Loksanskrutiche Upasak, Gangajali and Musalman Marathi Santkavi among others.

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Renowned sculptor and painter KG Subramanyan passed away

Renowned painter and freedom fighter KG Subramanyan passed away on 29 June 2016 following a brief illness in Vadodra. He was 92.
•    Subramanyan was a versatile painter who blurred the lines between art and artisans by making his mark in pottery, design and terracotta art as well.
•    Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989. 
•    It was under the tutelege of Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij in Santiniketan between 1944 and 1948 that Subramanyan developed a penchant for art and social commentary through his works. 
•    Considered one of the pioneers of Modern Art, Subramanyan was also a freedom fighter and was imprisoned briefly during the Quit India Movement.
•    His paintings experimented with the idea of the Indian myth from which he borrowed a number of times. 
•    Subramanyan was also an art historian and his body of work forms a significant document of Indian art history. 
•    In 1955, he received a British Council Research Fellowship to the Slade School of Art at the University of London.
•    He was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

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