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PERSONS IN NEWS - August 2022

Aug 2022

Jan 21, 2023

Woman Becomes World's Oldest Living Person at 115

  • Guinness World Records (GWR) declared María Branyas Morera as the "world's oldest woman living and oldest person living" at the age of 115.
  • Morera is 115 years 321 days old, as of 19 January 2023. María Branyas Morera (USA/Spain) is now confirmed as the world's oldest woman living and oldest person living, following the death of 118-year-old Lucile Randon (France).
  • Morera was born in San Francisco, California, on 4 March 1907.

Jan 20, 2023

Jnanpith Awardee Nilmani Phookan Dies

  • Jnanpith awardee and eminent Assamese litterateur Nilmani Phookan died following prolonged old-age related problems. He was 90.
  • Phookan was among the foremost of the bright literary stars who have enriched Assamese literature.
  • Phookan received the Jnanpith award for the year 2021 for his overall contribution to the field of literature.
  • He is the third recipient of the Jnanpith award in Assam after Birendranath Bhattacharya and Mamoni (Indira) Raisom Goswami.
  • He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1981 for his book of poems 'Kobita', the Padma Shri in 1990 and the Sahitya Akademi fellowship in 2002.

Jan 18, 2023

World's Oldest Person, Lucile Randon, Passes Away

  • The world's oldest known person, French nun Lucile Randon, died aged 118 in the city of Toulon.
  • The sister was recognised as the oldest European, before the death of Japan's Kane Tanaka aged 119 in 2022.
  • Lucile Randon, also known as Sister Andre, was born in 1904 in the French town of Ales. A born survivor, she lived through the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 and two World Wars.

Jan 17, 2023

Mukarram Jah, Titular Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Passes Away

  • Mukarram Jah, the titular Nizam VIII, passed away in Istanbul, Turkey. He was 89.
  • The eighth Nizam was born in 1933 and moved to Turkey where he was residing till his death.
  • Mukarram Jah was born to Prince Azam Jah and Princess Durru Shehvar, the imperial princess of the Ottoman Empire, on October 6, 1933 in France.
  • He was coronated as Asaf Jah the Eighth on April 6, 1967, after the passing away of Mir Osman Ali Khan in February 1967.

Jan 16, 2023

Renowned Scientist, Former CSIR Director A. D. Damodaran Paases Away

  • Leading scientist and former director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) A. D. Damodaran died. He was 87.
  • He was associated with leading nuclear science and research institutes in the country. He had worked with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government of Kerala to give advice at various levels.

R'Bonney Gabriel Crowned 71st Miss Universe 2022

  • R'Bonney Gabriel from the USA was crowned Miss Universe 2022. At the grand finale of the 71st Miss Universe contest, which took place, Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu crowned the diva. In the 71st edition of the competition, Venezuela's Amanda Dudamel took the second place, followed by Dominican Republic's Andreina Martinez as the second runner-up. Over 80 women from all over the world competed for the coveted title of Miss Universe during the three-hour competition, which was held at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
  • Divita Rai of India reached the top 16, but she was unable to advance further.
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