Current Affairs Persons

 Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon passed away. He was undergoing treatment since June 11 and passed away after a prolonged illness. During his treatment period, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was given the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh. Lalji Tandon has served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad for two terms and was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 2009. He was appointed Governor of Bihar in 2018, and then the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in 2019.

 Civil Rights pioneer John Lewis passed away. Lewis was also a long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lewis was a protege of Martin Luther King Jr. and kept the fight for civil rights and human rights until the end of his life. His last public appearance was in a protests for racial justice that swept the US and the world in June. John Lewis was the member of Congress from Atlanta. He first entered the Congress in 1986. He represented Georgia in Congress for nearly 35 years. President Barack Obama presented Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in year 2011, the highest civilian honor.

 Dutch Football legend Wim Suurbier passed away. He was a key member of the 1970s squad of Netherlands who played in two World Cup finals. He also achieved the rare feat of playing in consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals in year 1974 and 1978, that his country lost to West Germany and Argentina. He ended his national team career spanning 12 years with 60 caps. Wim Suurbier also played for club Ajax Amsterdam. He played 509 matches for the club and won three European championships from 1964 to 1977. He was described by the club as the “first modern back of the Netherlands” as well as the “king of Dutch football humour”.

 Hollywood Director Joel Schumacher passed away. The costume designer-turned-director was renowned for directing hit movies such as St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, Falling Down, including two Batman films. Joel Schumacher’s first movie was Batman Forever which starred Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman. He also directed the movie titled “The Phantom of the Opera” which received three Oscar nominations.

 Former Indian shooter and coach Pournima Zanane passed away due to cancer. She represented India at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships, Commonwealth Championships, amongst other tournaments. Pournima Zanane was a national record holder in 10m Air Rifle event.

 Veteran economist and the member of 10th Finance Commission, B.P.R. Vithal passes away. He was a former IAS officer of the 1950 batch. He also served as the Secretary, Finance and Planning, government of Andhra Pradesh, from 1972 to 1982. B.P.R. Vithal also worked at the International Monetary Fund as the fiscal adviser to the governments of Malawi and Sudan. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad.

 Legendary Filmmaker & the National Film Award winner Basu Chatterjee passed away. He was known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films like “Chhoti Si Baat” and “Rajnigandha”. He also directed two hit TV serials namely “Byomkesh Bakshi” and “Rajani”. Basu Chatterjee worked in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema and some of his best known works includes “Khatta Meetha”, “Us Paar”, “Chitchor”, “Baton Baton Mein” and “Piya Ka Ghar”. He received National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga in 1992.

 National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Famer Wes Unseld passed away. He was one of the greatest American professional basketball player. He led his franchise ‘Washington Wizards’ ( then Baltimore Bullets) to the NBA Championship in 1978. He played for Washington Wizards throughout his entire 13-season playing career and also worked for as a coach and general manager. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

  Former International Archer turned coach Jayantilal Nanoma passed away. He was an Asian Cup and Asian Grand Prix medallist in compound individual and team archery in 2010. He was also the recipient of prestigious Maharana Pratap State Sports Award and was presently serving as the District Sports Officer in Dungarpur. After becoming archery coach, Jayantilal Nanoma produced several national and international level archers from Rajasthan, and also worked as a coach of Indian team in various overseas competitions.

 Former Union Minister and three-time Congress MP from Ladakh, P Namgyal passes away. He has served as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Surface Transport and Chemicals and Petro chemicals. He was also an agriculturist, a social worker and served as the secretary general and vice president of the Pradesh Congress Committee in the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state. P Namgyal was the member of the then Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council from 1960-73 and then from 1974-80, and later served as the union deputy minister in the Central Government between 1988-89.


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