Current Affairs Persons

  Former BJP Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Rajnath Singh ‘Surya’ passed away in Lucknow. He was 82 years old. Singh became a Rajya Sabha MP in November 1996 and retired in November 2002.
Source- Business Standard 

  Former Puducherry Chief Minister between 1996 and 2000, a senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader R V Janakiraman, who headed the coalition government of DMK and the Tamil Maanila Congress died after a brief age-related illness.
Source: The Press Trust of India

  Tamil writer, comedian and actor, Crazy Mohan,who was also an Kalaimamani awardee, was known for his witty one-liners passed away in Chennai. Crazy Mohan’s first film was K Balachander’s Poikkal Kudhirai for which he wrote the dialogues.
Source: The News Minute

  Noted actor, filmmaker and playwright Girish Karnad passed away. He was 81. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.
Source- The Quint

  Six-time Grammy-winning musician Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as Dr John, passed away aged 77. The singer-songwriter suffered from a heart attack. He started his career as a pianist in the 1950s and gained popularity following the release of his first album in 1968.
Source- The Reuters

  Lennart Johansson, who oversaw the introduction of the Champions League during a 17-year reign as president of European soccer’s governing body, has died. He was 89. Johansson led UEFA from 1990-2007 and was eventually beaten in a presidential election by former France great Michel Platini.
Source- The Guardian

 Veteran comedian, film and theatre actor Dinyar Contractor passed away aged 79. He had been suffering from various age-related illnesses. The actor had featured in several Bollywood films including ‘Baadshah’, and ‘Khiladi’ along with television shows like ‘Khichdi’ and ‘Hum Sab Ek Hain’, and was also awarded the Padma Shri in January 2019. 
Source- Hindustan Times 

 Actor-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta, who featured in films such as Jwar Bhata, Ganga and 36 Chowringhee Lane while straddling an equally successful playback career, died aged 84. Ruma was the first wife of actor-singer Kishore Kumar. She was suffering from age-related ailments.
Source- The Hindu

  Renowned filmmaker, film historian, researcher and educationist Vijaya Mulaypassed away at the age of 98 in New Delhi. In 1959, she founded the Delhi Film Societyand was later appointed a joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies. Vijaya made her directorial debut with The Tidal Bore. The film was entered into the Manheim Film Festival. She is most famously known for her 1974 film Ek Anek Aur Ekta,which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.
Source- The Quint

  Sammy Shore, an actor and stand-up comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store,passed away. He was 92. Shore co-founded The Comedy Store with screenwriter and actor Rudy de Luca in 1972.
Source- BBC News

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