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PERSONS IN NEWS - November 2021

Nov 2021

May 25, 2022

Veteran Communist Leader Shivaji Patnaik Passes Away

  • Veteran Communist leader and three-time Member of Parliament Shivaji Patnaik passed away. He was 93. Shivaji Patnaik is lauded as the founder of CPI (Marxist) in Odisha. Born on August 10, 1930, the veteran leader had joined the state student's movement at the age of 17 when he was studying in Ravenshaw College. Patnaik had a crucial role in the formation of CPI(M) when the Communist party faced division in 1964. He remained the party secretary from 1971 to 1990. He was also elected to the Central Committee of the party.
  • The departed leader was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1977. Subsequently, on two occasions, 1989 and 1991, he entered the Lower House of Parliament after winning the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat.

May 19, 2022

Laungewala Battle Braveheart Col Dharamvir No More

  • Colonel Dharamvir, who had played a key role in the iconic Battle of Laungewala fought in the deserts of Rajasthan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, passed away in Gurugram. As a 22-year-old Lieutenant deployed with 23 Punjab in the Jaisalmer sector, he was the first to report about Pakistani incursion to his company commander, Major (later Brigadier) Kulip Singh Chandpuri. Fought between December 4 and 7, the Battle of Laungewala was immortalised by Bollywood blockbuster "Border" in 1997, and Col Dharamvir's role was played by Akshay Khanna.
  • The battalion's A company, comprising over 120 soldiers, fought a decisive battle against heavy odds, holding on to their positions and repulsing multiple attacks by a Pakistani brigade-sized force and inflicting heavy infantry and armour casualties. According to excerpts, in the morning of December 4, Dharamvir, along with other soldiers, was on a foot patrol along the international border when he heard the sound of Pakistani tanks. From an observation point, he spotted a full brigade of Pakistani tanks ahead.

May 17, 2022

Surgeon Couple from Gujarat Becomes India's First Doctor Couple to Scale Mt. Everest

  • A surgeon couple from Gujarat scripted history by becoming the first Indian doctor couple to climb Mount Everest. Dr. Hemant Lalitchandra Leuva and his wife Dr. Surbhiben Hemant Leuva stood atop the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit, becoming the first Indian doctor couple to climb the world's highest peak.
  • Hemant is a professor of surgery at NHL Municipal Medical College and his wife works as chief medical officer with Gujarat Vidyapith. The couple, serving at different health facilities in Ahmedabad, made it to the top of Mt Everest with the message of saving the environment.

Veteran Architect JK Lall Dies

  • Veteran architect and INTACH Patna convener JK Lall, who was spearheading the legal fight to save the historic Patna Collectorate from demolition, died of a heart attack. He was 86.
  • Lall died on the day the Supreme Court gave its final word in the case related to the proposed demolition of the Dutch-era Patna Collectorate by the Bihar Government, bringing to an end a nearly three-year-old litigation. INTACH lost the legal battle.
  • The Bihar government in early 2016 had planned a new collectorate complex by dismantling the old structures, triggering protests from various quarters.

May 16, 2022

Former Australia Cricketer Andrew Symonds Dies In Car Accident

  • Former Australia cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds died in a car crash. The 46-year-old was the sole passenger in the crash just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland. 
    • Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat from 26 Tests for his country but was perhaps more well known for his exploits in white-ball cricket. He featured in 198 ODIs — scoring six centuries and 30 half-centuries — while also contributing 133 wickets with his more than handy off-spin and medium pace.
    • It was at the 2003 World Cup where Symonds burst onto the stage with perhaps his greatest innings as he torched Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament and helped Australia remain unbeaten and defeat India in a one-sided final. The swashbuckling right-hander was also part of the victorious World Cup side at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as Australia claimed their fourth 50-over World Cup title. Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.

Eminent Sanskrit And Hindi Scholar, Padma Shri Dr Rama Kant Shukla Passes Away

  • Padma Shri Dr Rama Kant Shukla, a profound Sanskrit and Hindi Scholar, passed away in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh(UP). He was born in Khurja city in Bulandshahr district, UP. Dr Rama Kant Shukla is the founder and general secretary of Devavani Parishad in Delhi, and the founding chairman and editor of "Arvacinasamskrtam", a quarterly journal in Sanskrit. He was conferred the titles of Sanskrit Rashtrakavi, Kaviratna, and Kavi Siromani by literary and Sanskrit organizations.
    • The Government of India(GoI) honoured him with Padma Shri in 2013 for literature and education. In 2009, He was honoured with the President's Award under the Sanskrit category. He has also received the Sahitya Academy Award in 2018 under Sanskrit Category for poetry "Mama Janani".
    • He was also honoured with the UP Government's State Award; Sanskrit Rashtrakavi; Kalidas Samman; Delhi Sanskrit Academy's Akhil Bharatiya Maulika Sanskrit Rachana Puraskara, the Sanskrit Samaradhaka Puraskara, and others.

May 15, 2022

UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, passed away

  • UAE President and ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away. Sheikh Khalifa served as the President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004. 
    • The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced 40 days of mourning for the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Flags will be flown at half-mast and ministries, departments, federal and local institutions will suspend work.
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