DEATHS - 2017 November

November 3

Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Daughter Dina Wadia passes away
Dina Wadia, daughter of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah died at the age of 98. Her petition to regain control of her childhood home is still pending for a final hearing before a division bench of the Bombay High Court.
The seafront bungalow on Malabar Hill built by Jinnah was at the centre of a prolonged battle between Wadia and the Indian government.
The palatial 'Jinnah House', originally known as South Court, was witness to meetings of the Muslim League and a crucial meeting between Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Jinnah before partition.

November 5

Veteran Malayalam Actor Vettoor Purushan passed way
Veteran Malayalam actor Vettoor Purushan, who had essayed roles in 70 odd films, passed away. He was 70.
'Athbhutha Dweep', 'Sooryavanam', 'Itha Innu Muthal' were among the films in which he had donned various characters.

November 9

Karin Dor, actress who played Bond assassin, dies at 79
Karin Dor, a titian-haired German actress who played an assassin sent by James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld to kill the British agent in 1967’s “You Only Live Twice,” died. She was 79.
He gave her starring roles in several films that displayed her sensual appeal, none more than a series of westerns co-starring the former Tarzan actor Lex Barker and based on stories by Karl May.

Padma Shri awardee author Manu Sharma passes away
Noted author and Padma Shri awardee Manu Sharma died.He was 89.
He was nominated as one of the navratna of the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency in 2014.
Sharma had donated his lifetime savings of Rs 20 lakh for the renovation of a ghat in Varanasi to carry out a cleanliness campaign.
He was also the recipient of the prestigious Yash Bharti Award of the Uttar Pradesh government.
Sharma has authored several hindi books including Krishna Ki Atmakatha.

November 10

Veteran journalist Virendra Sanghi passes away
Senior journalist Virendra Sanghi died at the age of 66.
Sanghi had worked for the Samachar Bharti and PTI-Bhasha for long period of time.

Former Test cricketer Milkha Singh passes away
Former India cricketer A G Milkha Singh passed away. He was 75.
Milkha Singh played four Test matches in the early 60s.

November 11

Kirti Nidhi Bista, Nepal's three-time PM, dead
Nepal's three-time Prime Minister Kirti Nidhi Bista passed away at the age of 90.
Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior politicians have expressed deep sorrow at the passing of the former Prime Minister.

November 12

Veteran cyclist Ashok Khale passes away
Veteran cyclist Ashok Khale, who was recently injured in an accident, died. He was 64.
Khale, won several medals for cycle-riding in state and national-level championships.

November 14

Former MP Abdul Mannan Hossain passed away
Former Murshidabad MP and senior Trinamool Congress leader Abdul Mannan Hossain died.He was 65.
He was a Congress leader and a two term MP of the party from 2004-2014. Earlier he was an MLA of Congress from 1987.

Veteran Hindustani vocalist Jagdish Mohan passes away
Noted Hindustani vocalist of Kirana Gharana Jagdish Mohan died. He was 87.
He hailed from Uttarakhands Haridwar and was born on March 4, 1930.
Mohan was awarded the title of Sangeet Sartaj by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh and was a regular performer at the All India Radio and Doordarshan.

November 15

Former SC Judge Justice V Khalid Passes Away
Former Supreme Court judge and eminent jurist Justice V Khalid passed away He was 95.
Justice Khalid served as the judge of the Supreme Court from June 25, 1984 till his retirement on June 30, 1987.
Before his elevation as judge of the Apex Court, he had served as Chief Justice of the Jammu& Kashmir High Court.
He also served as a judge of the Kerala High Court for five years.

Former SC Judge Justice V Khalid Passes Away
Jnanpith award recipient Kunwar Narain, whose distinctive humanist voice made him one of the most distinguished poets in post-independent Hindi literature, passed away.He was 90.
Born in Faizabad, Narain was a post-graduate in English literature like several other Hindi poets of the time. His first book of poems, Chakravyuh, came out in 1956 during the early, heady years of the Nayi Kavita (New Poetry) movement. He earned further notice after being featured in Teesra Saptak (1959), a seminal anthology edited by the renowned Agyeya.

November 18

British motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty dies after crashing in Macau Grand Prix
The British rider Daniel Hegarty has died after a horrific crash in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The 31-year-old, competing for Topgun Racing Honda, came off his bike at a sharp bend during the sixth lap and was flung into barriers, losing his helmet and sustaining fatal injuries.

Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkey’s 3-time Olympic gold weightlifter, dead at 50
Turkey’s legendary triple Olympic gold-medal winning weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, the diminutive “pocket Hercules,” has died aged 50.
Suleymanoglu’s exploits made him a national hero in Turkey, where he is regarded as one of the greatest sports personalities in the country’s history.

Justice Bhagwati Prasad passed away
Former chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court Bhagwati Prasad passed away.He was 68.
He was the chairperson of the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) and had been the judge in the Rajasthan and Gujarat high courts.

November 20

Former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away. He was 72.
Mr. Dasmunsi served as the president of the All India Football Federation for nearly two deacdes.He was the I&B Minister during Monmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government. It was during his term Fashion TV was briefly banned for showing "obscene" content.
Mr. Dasmunsi was the West Bengal State Congress president from 1970 to 1971.

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies aged 49
Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, a Wimbledon champion in 1998 and 16-time Grand Slam winner in doubles and mixed doubles, has died at the age of 49.
Novotna, who entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
In a career spanning 14 years on the professional circuit that included 24 WTA singles titles and 76 doubles titles, Novotna finally won her only singles Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 1998 after losing in the final in 1993 and 1997.

November 21

Singer-actor Della Reese passes away
Actress and gospel singer Della Reese, best known for her role in the “Touched By An Angel” television series, has died at the age of 86.
Detroit-born Reese was trained as a gospel singer, and first found fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s with pop and jazz hits like “Don’t You Know.”

November 22

Noted jurist Habibullah Basha passes away
Veteran lawyer Habibullah Basha, one of the finest jurists of the Madras Bar, passed away.
A philanthropist and founder-director of the Apollo Hospitals, 84-year old Basha died.
During his more than five-decade long career, Basha had held various law officers post such as the central government standing counsel and Tamil Nadu Advocate General and public prosecutor.

Sudip Datta Bhowmik, the noted journalist of Tripura shot dead
A senior journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik was shot dead. At the age of 49, was working for a vernacular daily Syandan Patrika and was also contributing to local television channel News Vanguard.

Assam’s legendary actor Biju Phukan passes away
Assam's prominent film actor Biju Phukan passed away.
Phukan, counted as one of the most prominent actors of Assam, acted in over 80 films including some Bengali films during 1970s to 1990s and had given several superhit films to the Assamese film industry.

November 23

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks passes away
Jon Hendricks, the American jazz singer who pioneered the evocative vocalese style, has died aged 96.

November 24

Rajasthani folk singer Mangi Bai Arya passes away
Rajasthani 'Maand' folk singer Mangi Bai Arya passed away. She was 88.
She has won several awards, including the Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademy Award. The Directorate Akashvani had graded Mangi Bai Arya as an 'A' grade artist.

November 25

Om Prakash Saraf, former MLA from J-K, passes away at 95
Om Prakash Saraf former MLA from Jammu Kashmir passed away at the age of 95. He has become the first person in Jammu Kashmir, who in his lifetime had decided to donate his body to the medical college. There was no cremation of his body. Instead, his body was handed over to the Government Medical College, Jammu.
He had been a member of the State Legislative Council in late 1970s. He was also a key founder of Janata Party in Jammu Kashmir.

Iranian Photographer Shahrokh Hatami dead at 89
Famed Iranian photo-journalist Shahrokh Hatami, who covered front-page events from the revolution in his homeland to the Beatles in their early days, has died aged 89.
Born in Tehran in 1928 and beginning life as a journalist for an Iranian newspaper, Hatami’s roving lens captured a huge variety of events as he let his camera tell the story from 1950.

November 28

Malayalam actor Thodupuzha Vasanthi passes away at 65
Veteran Malayalam film and theatre actor Thodupuzha Vasanthi died. She was 65.
Vasanthi, who made her debut with 1975 movie Ente Neelakasham, was better known for her roles in God Father, Alolam and Karyam Nissaram.

November 29

Former Kerala minister E Chandrasekharan Nair passes away
E Chandrasekharan Nair, who was a member of the first Kerala Assembly, died. He was 89.
Born on December 2, 1928, Nair entered active politics at a young age. He joined Students Congress at Annamalai University, then joined Indian Socialist Party (ISP) and subsequently the Communist Party in 1952.
He was the president of Kollam District Co-operative Bank for more than 29 years and had the rare opportunity of getting elected as the chairman of All India State Co-operative Bank Federation and the vice-president of National Co-operative Union and member of the Central Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance and member of Agriculture Credit Board of RBI.

Egyptian actress and singer shadia passed away
Shadia, an Egyptian actress and singer who captivated Arab audiences for decades, died. She was in her late 80s.
Shadia, who was known for her silky and playful voice, had roles in more than 100 films and recorded hundreds of singles in a career that began in the late 1940s. She belonged to an era in the Egyptian entertainment industry that critics and entertainers called the “beautiful” or “golden” age, a time that stretched from the 1940s to the ’70s, when some of Egypt’s most highly regarded movies were produced.

November 30

Malayalam actor and mimicry artist Abi passes away
Noted mimicry artist and actor Abi the age of 52-year.
Abi, who had won the first prize in MG University Youth Festival twice, was also known for his ability to mimic popular film actors, including Amitabh Bachchan.

Former India woman cricketer Sreerupa Mukherjee passes away
Former Indian women’s cricket team player and Coach Sreerupa Mukherjee passed away. She was 65 years old.
She was also a well-known sports commentator for Doordarshan and All India Radio through mid-1980’s and till late 90’s. Mukherjee was to leave for Solapur where her daughter Amrita, a national level tennis player was supposed to participate in the ITF tournament.

Freedom fighter Saraswati Tripathy passes away
Prominent Gandhian and freedom fighter Saraswati Tripathy passed away at the age of 89.
Saraswati Tripathy had met Mahatma Gandhi at Beraboi Ashram in Puri district and joined the freedom struggle.