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PERSONS IN NEWS - March 2020

Mar 2020

Mar 31, 2020

Alan Merrill, Songwriter Of 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll', Dies At 69

  •  Musician-songwriter Alan Merrill has passed away due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 69. The recording artiste died in New York Sunday, his daughter Laura Merrill confirmed the news on Facebook.
  • Alan Merrill was born in the Bronx in New York City and went on to become a member of the band The Arrows along with drummer Paul Varley and guitarist Jake Hooker, reported Deadline. As part of the music group, Alan Merrill wrote the hit number "I love rock 'n' roll", which released in 1975. The song would later become a chart topper for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 1982.

Veteran Japanese Comedian Ken Shimura Passes Away At 70 From Coronavirus

  •  Veteran Japanese comic Ken Shimura, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, has died at the age of 70. The actor was hospitalised in Tokyo on March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Shimura tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, 2020.
  • A household name in Japan since the 1970s, Shimura was the first prominent entertainment world figure in Japan to test positive for the virus.
  • The actor was set to star in his first feature film "God of Cinema", directed by Yoji Yamada.

Mar 28, 2020

Chief Of Brahma Kumaris Dadi Janki Passes Away At 104

  •  Rajyogini Dadi Janki, the chief administrator of Brahmakumari spiritual organisation passed away in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. She was 104.  She breathed her last at the Global Hospital where she was admited.
  • Dadi Janki was running the international spiritual institution spanning across 140 countries. Millions of people are associated with this orgnisation and she was the guardian of 46 thousand sisters of the body. The orgnisation, which teaches Rajyoga meditation and teaching, is operating 8,000 service centers spreading over 100 countries.

Padma Vibhushan Awardee Satish Gujral Passes Away At 94

  •  Artist and architect Satish Gujral, renowned for his versatility across different mediums, has died. He was 94. 
  • Gujral, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, was an architect, painter, muralist, sculptor and graphic artist.

Madonna Pays Tribute To Co-Star After Coronavirus Death

  •  Madonna has paid tribute to Mark Blum, a co-star in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan, after his death from coronavirus complications.
  • The US singer and actress remembered Blum, who played Gary Glass and died this week at the age of 69, as "funny, warm, loving and professional".

SP Founding Member Beni Prasad Verma Passes Away

  • Beni Prasad Verma, a founding member of the Samajwadi Party and former Union minister who was considered close to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, passed away. He was 80.
  • Verma was the telecom minister between 1996-1998 in then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's cabinet and was the steel minister in the Congress-led UPA government.

Mar 27, 2020

Veteran Actor Nimmi Passes Away At 88

  •  Nimmi, the doe-eyed star of 1950s and '60s Hindi movies such as "Aan", "Barsaat" and "Deedar", has died after prolonged illness. She was 88.
  • The actor, born as Nawab Banoo, came to be known by her screen name 'Nimmi', which was given to her by filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who first spotted her as a shy teen on the sets of his film "Andaz".
  • Raj Kapoor cast her as the second lead in "Barsaat" in 1949. The film had three popular songs — 'Barsaat me hamse mile tum', 'Hawa me udta jaye' and 'Meri Patli qamar hai' — picturised on her.

Mar 26, 2020

Satyajit Ray's Associate, Veteran Photographer Nemai Ghosh Dies At 86

  •  Veteran photographer Nemai Ghosh, who had a long association with filmmaker Satyajit Ray, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata on March 25, 2020 his family said. He was 86.
  • Nemai Ghosh had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past few years.
  • He was known for working with Satyajit Ray as a still photographer who captured the master craftsman in different moods at sets besides framing actors as they faced camera for over two decades. Nemai Ghosh made his debut with Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969) and was with Satyajit Ray till his last film Agantuk (1991).

Prince charles tests positive but 'remains in good health'

  •  The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced.
  • Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health", a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have the virus.
  • Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral.
  • Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on 12 March, but was "in good health".
  • The palace added that the Duke of Edinburgh was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen was now "following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare".

Acclaimed Playwright Terrence McNally Dies At 81 Of Complications From Coronavirus

  •  Terrence McNally, one of America's great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
  • McNally died Tuesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, according to representative Matt Polk. McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.

Freedom Fighter Nagorao Deshpande Dies At 90

  •  Nagorav Vitthalrao Deshpande died of prolonged illness in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district.
  • Deshpande (90) was severely ill for the past four months, the deceased's son Suresh Deshpande.
  • A native of Partur tehsil in Jalna, Deshpande took part in the Hyderabad freedom struggle in 1948, when he was in his teens.
  • He led the Satyagraha movement, organised under leadersip of late Swami Ramanand Teerth and Govindbhai Shroff in Marathwada.
  • Deshpande was the founder secretary of Marathwada Janta Vikas Parishad and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada Research Centre in Aurangabad.
  • He was conferred with the first 'Granth Mitra' award by the Maharashtra government in 1996.
  • Deshpande also worked in the field of adult education in rural areas here, Suresh Deshpande said.

2 IRS Officers Appointed CBDT Members

  •  Indian Revenue Service officers Satish Kumar Gupta and Krishan Mohan Prasad have been appointed new members in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, issued the order approving the appointment of the 1984-batch IRS officers of the Income Tax Department cadre.
  • While Gupta is currently posted as Principal Chief Commissioner (PCCIT) of I-T in Mumbai, Prasad is serving as the PCCIT of National e-assessment centre in Delhi.
  • The CBDT, which frames policy for the tax department, is headed by a chairman and has six other senior IRS officials as its member.

Mar 25, 2020

Manu Dibango: African Saxophone Legend Dies Of Covid-19

  •  The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus.
  • Dibango - best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa - is one of the first global stars to die from Covid-19.
  • The 86-year-old fused jazz and funk music with traditional sounds from his home country, Cameroon.
  • He collaborated with numerous artists over a long career, including US pianist Herbie Hancock and Nigeria's Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
  • The Cameroonian musician filed a lawsuit in 2009 saying Michael Jackson had stolen a hook from his song, Soul Makossa, for two tracks on the world's best-selling album, Thriller. Jackson settled the case out of court.

Albert Uderzo, A Creator Of French Hero Asterix, Dies At 92

  • Albert Uderzo, one of the two creators of the beloved comic book character Asterix, who captured the spirit of the Gauls of yore and grew a reputation worldwide, died. He was 92.
  • The French press quoted family members as saying that Uderzo died of a heart attack in the Paris suburb of Neuilly.
  • Asterix, portrayed as a short man with a droopy mustache always wearing a helmet with wings, was created in the early 1960s by Uderzo and Rene Goscinny. The character lived in a village in Gaul, present-day France, resisting Roman conquerors, along with his inseparable big-bellied friend, Obelix.
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