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PERSONS IN NEWS - August 2022

Aug 2022

Jan 03, 2023

Gujarat's First Woman Chief Secretary Manjula Subramaniam Passes Away

  • The first woman Chief Secretary of Gujarat, Manjula Subramaniam, passed away in Vadodara. She was 74.
  • A Gujarat-cadre officer of 1972-batch, Subramaiam was appointed as the first woman Chief Secretary of Gujarat in 2007. Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat then.
  • Subramaniam held the office of Chief Secretary between September 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008.
  • After retirement, Subramaniam was appointed as Chief Vigilance Commissioner of Gujarat. She held several offices after retirement and was also part of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation. She was also the director of Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL), from where Subramaniam resigned around a fortnight ago on health grounds.

Jan 02, 2023

Former Pope Benedict XVI Passes Away

  • Former Pope Benedict XVI died aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health.
  • He led the Catholic Church for fewer than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.
  • Benedict spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery within the walls of the Vatican where he passed away.
  • His successor Pope Francis will lead the funeral on 5 January.

Dec 31, 2022

Pele, Football Legend, Passes Away

  • Pele, the Brazil football legend and three-time World Cup winner, has died at the age of 82. He was widely considered to be football's first global superstar.
  • Pele had been treated for colon cancer, following surgery to remove a tumour in September 2021. He had been hospitalised since November with multiple ailments.
  • Pele made his international debut as a 17-year-old with a hat trick in the 1958 World Cup final. He later led the charge of arguably the greatest team the world has ever seen, Brazil's world-dominating side of 1970. Pele was a member of Brazil's golden generation. His teammates included Nilton Santos, Didi, Garrincha, and Jairzinho, all of whom were among the best players of the time.
  • Pele won three World Cups, in 1958, 1962, and 1970, though his participation in 1962 was limited due to an injury suffered in the first game that forced him to miss the rest of the tournament. The Brazil legend remains one of the team's all-time leading scorers with 77 goals. Neymar tied Pele's record during the latest World Cup.

Dec 30, 2022

Sanskrit Scholar, Sribhashyam Vijayasarathi Passes Away

  • Padma Shri awardee Sribhashyam Vijayasarathi, who is known for his poetry, passed away at the age of 86.
  • Vijayasarathi began composing poetry at the age of seven. Even though he studied in Urdu medium, he excelled in Sanskrit. He was also the founder of Sri Yagna Varaha Swamy Kshetram (temple complex). He has written 100 books in Sanskrit and Telugu.
  • Vijayasarathi introduced Seesam, a Telugu poetic form, in the Sanskrit language and he was the first man who introduced that epistolary form in Sanskrit. He was awarded the Padma Shri in the literature and education category in 2020.

Dec 28, 2022

Veteran Golfer, Kathy Whitworth Passes Away

  • Famous American golfer Kathy Whitworth, who won on the LPGA Tour for nearly a quarter-century, passed away. Whitworth, the first woman golfer to earn $1 million, was 83.
  • Throughout her career, Whitworth won 88 professional tournaments, including six major championships.
  • The Associated Press had named Whitworth the Female Athlete of the Year in 1965 and 1966 and she was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf halls of fame.
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