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We will Miss You: Roll Call of People who passed Away in 2016

A list of people who bade the world goodbye in 2016.

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Dec 17, 2016: 2016 was an unlucky year because we lost many gems. Many eminent personalities from the political arena, art and music field etc, passed away. They left back an impression, a void which would never be refilled by a replacement. Here is a list of talented and popular personalities who left our side in 2016:

  1. Parmeshwar Godrej

Parmeshwar Godrej was an Air hostess in Air India. She married Adi Godrej at the age of 21. She was also one of India’s premier socialites. She had launched an initiative for combating AIDS, called Heroes Project in 2004 wherein she also received international support. She died on October 10, 2016 in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.

  1. J. Jayalalithaa

Jayalalitha served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms ie. over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. She worked as an actress in movies, primarily in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies between 1961 and 1980. She has acted in over 140 movies. She died on 5 December 2016(2016-12-05) (aged 68) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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  1. Dileep Padgaonkar

He became the face of Indian intellectual journalism while handling the editorial team of The Times of India. He died on 25th November 2016.

  1. A.B. Bardhan

Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan was a freedom fighter, trade union leader and the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India. A.B. Bardhan passed away of a paralytic stroke in December 2015. He was admitted to the hospital where he died, aged 91, on 2 January 2016 at the Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in New Delhi.

  1. Nida Fazli

Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli was the full name of the veteran Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to literature. Fazli suffered a heart attack and breathed his last on 8 February, 2016.

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  1. Balamurli Krishna

An Indian Carnatic vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna was an encompassment of innumerable talents. Balamurli was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to arts. He breathed his last on 22 November 2016(2016-11-22) (aged 86) in Chennai.

  1. S.H. Raza

Sayed Haider Raza was a painter whose works comprised of abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy. He died on July 23, 2016(2016-07-23) (aged 94) in New Delhi, India though he spent quite some parts of his life in France.

  1. Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi was an Indian Bengali fiction writer and also a social activist.Devi was voice of the tribals and the dispossessed. Movies like Rudaali and Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa , are based on her novels. She died on July 28, 2016 in Kolkata.

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  1. Cho Ramaswamy

His real name was Srinivasa Iyer. He was was an eminent Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. An encompassment of so many talents and skills, Cho died due to cardiac arrest at 3:58 AM on 7 December 2016 at the age of 82, in Chennai.

  1. Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai was an eminent Indian classical dancer and choreographer. Sarabhai trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. She died on 20 January 2016.

We lost many gems in diverse fields in 2016. We can only hope that they know that the shoes that they have left behind cannot and will never be, filled by anyone else. May their souls rest in peace!

– by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

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Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)