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PERSONS IN NEWS - May 2019

May 2019

Jun 20, 2021

Veteran Malayalam Poet-lyricist S Ramesan Nair Passes Away

  • S. Ramesan Nair, a prolific poet-lyricist who wrote songs for over 150 Malayalam films and dozens of devotional albums, passed away at a private hospital in Kochi at the age of 73.
  • Nair was a mainstay of Malayalam songwriting, especially in the 80s and 90s when he delivered hit numbers for composers like MG Radhakrishnan, Johnson, Ouseppachan, Berny Ignatius, Raveendran and Shyam. He made his way into Malayalam cinema in the year 1985 by writing songs for the film 'Pathaamudayam'.

Jun 19, 2021

Milkha Singh Passes Away

  • Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, popularly known as 'Flying Sikh', passed away in a local hospital in Chandigarh.
  • The legendary athlete was a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. His greatest performance remained the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics. He represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.

OnePlus Ropes in Jasprit Bumrah as Brand Ambassador

  • Premium smartphone brand OnePlus roped in cricketer Jasprit Bumrah as the brand ambassador for its wearables category.
  • The partnership with Bumrah reiterates the brand philosophy of 'Never Settle' and the company's pursuit towards perfection. For young India today, Bumrah represents a passion for a healthy, fit, and an active lifestyle while believing in constantly becoming better, a philosophy that truly resonates with what OnePlus stands for.
  • The OnePlus wearables category includes the OnePlus Watch and OnePlus Band.

Jun 18, 2021

Kenneth Kaunda: Zambia's First President Dies

  • Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's first President and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, died aged 97.
  • Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, suffering from pneumonia.
  • In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia's independence movement from Britain.
  • He became President following independence in 1964.
  • As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.
  • He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991.

Montek Ahluwalia Named Member of World Bank-IMF High-Level Advisory Group

  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and distinguished fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), was named as a member of a High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) formed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the face of the dual crisis posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.
  • The World Bank Group and IMF announced that the aim of the HLAG on sustainable and inclusive recovery and growth is to "help secure a strong recovery and set a path for green, resilient, and inclusive development over the coming decade".
  • The group will be jointly led by Mari Pangestu, Managing Director for Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank; Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund; and Lord Nicholas Stern of the London School of Economics.

MyGlamm Names Shraddha Kapoor as Brand Ambassador

  • D2C beauty and personal care brand, MyGlamm, has announced Shraddha Kapoor as its brand ambassador. With this, Kapoor is also investing in the company.
  • Founded in 2017 by Darpan Sanghvi and co-founded by Priyanka Gill, MyGlamm offers a range of over 600 cruelty-free products across makeup, skincare and personal care. MyGlamm embraces the philosophy of building a community with its users, engaging with them and eventually co-creating products with them. While it is digital-first, MyGlamm also has over 10,000 offline points of sales across 70 cities in India.

Jun 17, 2021

Jewellery Chain Ropes in Dutee Chand as Ambassador

  • Jewellery retail chain Senco Gold & Diamonds has signed the current national champion in the women's 100 metre event, Dutee Chand, as its new brand ambassador.
  • The national champion will promote Senco Gold & Diamonds' new light-weight jewellery range 'Everlite'. The 85-year-old brand, one of India's largest jewellery retail chains, is celebrating Pride Month.
  • The brand has unveiled a new range of Everlite jewellery named the 'Love is Love Collection' that offers a range of rings, ear-studs, chains and pendants in gold and diamond for daily wear as well as for occasions. Headquartered in Kolkata, Senco Gold & Diamonds has more than 100 stores across India and is the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India.

Jun 15, 2021

Biotechnology Company MyLab Appoints Akshay Kumar as Brand Ambassador

  • Bollywood superstar, Akshay Kumar has been appointed as the new brand ambassador of biotechnology company Mylab Discovery Solutions. This announcement comes days after the Pune-based firm launched the country's first COVID-19 self-test kit "CoviSelf".
  • The partnership with Akshay is aimed at creating awareness for Mylab's products and kits such as CoviSelf.
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