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PERSONS IN NEWS - December 2020

Dec 2020

May 16, 2021

Former CBI Officer K. Ragothaman Passes Away

  • Retired CBI officer K. Raghothaman, who was the chief investigation officer of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in the early 1990s, died. He was 76.
  • In his career spanning nearly four decades, between 1968 and 2006, the Rajiv Gandhi assassination probe alone took almost a decade. He was awarded the Police Medal in 1988 and President Medal in 1994.
  • Although he probed several high-profile cases across the country, it was a book he authored after retirement – "Conspiracy to Kill Rajiv Gandhi" – that stoked a huge controversy because of the claims he made against the then CBI director D. R. Karthikeyan and former IB chief M. K. Narayanan.

May 15, 2021

Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guard Chief Passes Away

  • Senior IPS officer Mohammed Jawed Akhtar who headed the directorate general of fire services, civil defence and home guard under the Home Ministry died. He was 59.
  • The 1986-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre was appointed as the director general (DG) of fire services, civil defence and home guard in August last year.
  • He was set to retire from service in July.
  • The central police organisation that works under the command of the Union home ministry is headquartered in the national capital.
  • Akhtar, before being appointed to the post, was serving as the Special DG with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Times Group's Indu Jain Passes Away

  • Times Group chairperson Indu Jain died due to Covid-related complications. She was 84.
  • Hailing her as a visionary, Times Now TV channel, part of the Times Group, described Jain as a lifelong spiritual seeker, pioneering philanthropist, distinguished patron of the arts, and passionate proponent of women's rights.
  • After becoming chairman of the Times Group in 1999 she evolved a distinctive leadership style, characterised by compassion and inclusiveness that helped propel the group to new heights.
  • She set up The Times Foundation in 2000, with sustainable development and transformational change as its key goals. One of India's most respected non-profits, it provides community services and runs the Times Relief Fund to offer assistance during cyclones, earthquakes, floods, epidemics and other crises.
  • She was the founder president of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), established in 1983 to promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence among women in India. From 1999, she also served as chairperson of Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, founded in 1944 by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, her father-in-law, to promote literature in Indian languages.

May 13, 2021

Former Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat HC Vijay Manohar Sahai Passes Away

  • Former acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Justice Vijay Manohar Sahai, died. He was 68.
  • Justice Sahai, who was a Judge in the Allahabad High Court, graduated in Law from the University of Allahabad in 1975 and got enrolled as an advocate in January 1976.
  • Justice Sahai, who was appointed Standing Counsel for the New India Assurance Co., Union Bank of India, and Allahabad Bank, was elevated as permanent Judge on February 5, 1999 and was later on transferred to Gujarat High Court.

Manisha Kapoor Joins Executive Committee of ICAS

  • Advertising industry watchdog Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) announced that its general secretary Manisha Kapoor has been appointed to the executive committee of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS).
  • She will be one of the four global vice-presidents on the executive committee. Set up by the European Advertising Standards Alliance in 2008, ICAS is a global platform of self-regulatory organizations (SROs).
  • Until April, ASCI served on the executive committee as a member for a two-year term. Now, Kapoor will play a leadership role on the committee till 2023.
  • In her role as part of the ICAS leadership team, she will promote advertising self-regulation as an optimal mechanism for consumer protection, strengthen ICAS as a global alliance and facilitate knowledge sharing among SROs to establish best practices and monitor global trends in the advertising ecosystem that impact self-regulation.

Eminent Assamese Writer Homen Borgohain Passes Away

  • Eminent writer, veteran journalist, Sahitya Akademi award winner, and former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Homen Borgohain passed away. He was 88.
  • Homen Borgohain was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in the Assamese language for his novel Pita Putra in 1978, but he returned his Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 in protest against the lack of tolerance being created in the Indian society.
  • His other notable literary works are Saudor Puteke Nao Meli Jay, Halodhiya Soraye Baudhan Khai, Astarag, Timir Tirtha, Matshyagandha, Subala, Nisongota, Aatmanuxandhan, Gadyar Sadhana, Progyar Sadhana, etc.
  • Borgohain edited several Assamese dailies and weekly newspapers including Nilachal, Nagorik, Amar Asom, Asom Bani, Xutradhar, Xatxori, Niyamiya Barta. The prominent journalist, novelist's death has been widely mourned across the state.

May 12, 2021

Actor and Director Norman Lloyd Passes Away

  • American actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career of more than 80 years included collaborations with legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, has died at the age of 106.
  • His last movie appearance as an actor was in the 2015 raunchy comedy "Trainwreck," starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow.

Kerala's First Revenue Minister Gouri Amma Passes Away

  • The first Revenue Minister of Kerala and JSS leader KR Gouri Amma passed away in Thiruvananthapuram where she was admitted due to age-related ailments. She was 102.
  • KR Gouri had recently stepped down from the state general secretary post of the Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi (JSS). She held the post since the formation of the party in 1994.
  • The party was formed after Gouri was expelled from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1994. She served as Revenue Minister in the first EMS Namboodiripad government and introduced the revolutionary Land Reforms Bill in 1957.
  • She also was a minister in the communist-led ministries in Kerala in 1957, 1967, 1980 and 1987. She became Agriculture Minister in the Congress-led government from 2001 to 2006.
  • She played a key role in drafting and presenting the Women's Commission Bill in 1987. One of the longest serving politicians in Kerala politics, Gouri entered politics at a young age.

May 11, 2021

Ravinder Pal, 1980 Moscow Olympics Hockey Great, Passes Away

  • Former Indian hockey player and member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics winning side Ravinderpal Singh passed away at a Lucknow hospital. He was 61.
  • A two time Olympian – he was also part of the 1984 LA Olympics – the Sitapur-born Singh was only 20 when he became an Olympic gold medallist at Moscow, the last Olympic medal for Indian hockey.
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