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Vijay SHANKER in Ottawa
After a well-lived life of 70 years, Vijay Shanker passed away on March 25th, 2015. Vijay was deeply spiritual, a devout follower of Shri Satya Sai Baba and a committed member of the Satya Sai Center in Ottawa. With Baba's Grace he was an outstanding achiever all his life, whether as a student in India or an award-winning employee in the federal public service in Canada.

Above all he loved his family and is much ... Read More

Bombay S. Kamal passes away at 85
Thiruvananthapuram: Yesteryear singer-composer Bombay S Kamal, who scored music for many movies, passed away at a private hospital here.

The 85-year-old musician was suffering from respiratory ailments and passed away late last night, family sources said. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Though he was born in Mumbai, Kamal came to Kerala and settled in Kozhikode in the late 1950s following his acquaintance with well known Malayalam composer M S Baburaj.
Musician Bombay S Kamal ... Read More

Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta passes away at 73
Mehta was a distinguished Editor who successfully launched a number of successful publications such as the 'Sunday Observer', 'Indian Post', 'The Independent', 'The Pioneer (Delhi edition) and, finally, 'Outlook'.

Mehta was three years old when he migrated to India along with his family after partition. The family settled down in Lucknow where he did his schooling and got BA degree.

Leaving home with a BA third class degree, he experimented with a string of jobs, ... Read More

'Karthikeyan will be remembered as grassroots leader': PM Modi
Source : ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered his condolences to the family and well-wishers of Kerala Assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan on his demise,and said that he will be remembered as a grassroots leader.

"My condolences to the family and well-wishers of Kerala Assembly Speaker, Shri G.Karthikeyan on his demise. May his soul rest in peace," Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted.

"Shri G.Karthikeyan will be remembered as a grassroots leader who dedicated his life to serving ... Read More

Prof Ninan Koshy in Trivandrum
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prof Ninan Koshy, noted political thinker, foreign affairs expert, theologian and social analyst, died here Wednesday. He was 81. He passed away at a private hospital in the district where he was undergoing treatment for old age ailments.

He had contested as a LDF candidate in the Mavelikara Lok Sabha constituency in 1999 and came within a whisker of winning.

He was born on February 1 in 1934 at Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta. After taking his PG ... Read More

Bhagwan Das, Justice of Pakistan
J. Bashir
In the death of Bhagwan Das , We have lost an eminent and able Jurist. He served the country in different capacities, and prominent positions. He had a long and illustrious career in the Judiciary. He served as Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

He was an honest, decent and learned man. The other judges should emulate his example. He served the nation to the best of his abilities, and was lauded ... Read More

Mr. Mathai V. Avira, Brampton, Ontario, passed away.
Mr. Mathai V. Avira (82) passed away on Friday, the 27 Feb 2015 in Brampton, Ontario. He is predeceased by his wife Mrs. Rachel Mathew and survived by his four sons & families - Abraham Mathew (Shaji/Jothi, Brampton), Bobby Mathew (Bobby/Daisy, Brampton), Varughese Mathew (Byju/Debi, Ottawa) and Ninan Mathew (Babu/Sunita, India).

Mr. Avira had a distinguished career with the the Public Works Department, Kerala. He is from Kalapurackal Valiyedath family in Thiruvala and has ... Read More

Producer Daggubati Ramanaidu Dies in Hyderabad at 78
by: Gitanjali Roy
Mr Ramanaidu hold the Guinness World Record for producing the highest number of films - over 150 films in several languages

Producer Daggubati Ramanaidu died in a Hyderabad hospital this afternoon at the age of 78. He had been battling cancer.

His body will be placed in Ramanaidu Studios tomorrow morning for those who wish to say a final farewell. The last rites will be held at the studio tomorrow afternoon. ( ... Read More

RR Patil, Former Maharashtra Home Minister, Dies at 57
Mumbai, India: RR Patil, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has died at 57.

He was being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati hospital for cancer.

Mr Patil was among the longest serving home ministers of Maharashtra and was also one of the most powerful ministers in the Congress-led coalition that ruled the state till last year.
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RK Laxman, ‘Common Man’ cartoonist, dies aged 94
RK Laxman, the renowned Indian cartoonist whose sketches appeared on the front page of the Times of India for more than five decades, has died aged 94.

His cartoon strip satirised Indian life and politics through the eyes of the ‘Common Man’, a silent observer who Laxman said stood “for all Indians”.

Laxman suffered multiple organ failure after being admitted to hospital on 17 January, his doctors told the Press Trust of India news agency.

The Indian prime ... Read More

Saroj LAL in Ottawa
Peacefully at Laurier Manor on January 30, at the age of 72. Wife of Kishori and wonderful mother to Shirin (Arvind Bhatia) and Mohina (Sumit Madan). Grandmother to Sarika, Ameya, Arjun, and Kashyap. Sister to Subhash and Vijay. She loved and was loved by her large family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Saroj was born in India, where she spent the first 30 years of her life.

From the warmth of India, she ... Read More

Parminder BAJAJ in Ottawa
Passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the age of 67 years.

Loving husband of Dr. Parvesh Bajaj and father of Vikram ( Lauren ). Survived by his younger brother Jaspinder ( Ruby ). Son- in-Law of Mr Gurbachan and Mrs Mohinder Bedi. Deeply missed by the Bajaj and Bedi families.

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Mala Aravindan, a Comedian Par Excellence

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An actor who regaled Malayalees for over three decades, Mala Aravindan stood out on account of his unique style, body language and dialogue delivery.

Hilarious and boisterous, Mala, as he is popularly knownafter the small town in Thrissur district where he spent hischildhood, entered the silver screen after establishing himself as a stage actor and by dint of hard work became an essential ingredient of Malayalam cinema's comedy alongwith Kuthiravattam Pappu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Innocent ... Read More

R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man passes into history
Source : IANS

Mumbai: A story in the media goes that one day a few decades ago, The Times Of India (ToI) cartoonist and creator of The Common Man, R.K. Laxman, retired. The following day, the legend's cartoon was not to be found as readers rubbed their disbelieving eyes over their morning cuppa.

Sustained letters and calls to the ToI offices from the loyal and casual readers finally led to Laxman being dragged out of retirement and ... Read More

ZIEGLER, Dr. Edgar Jehuda in Ottawa
1920 - 2015

Peacefully at the Alta Vista Retirement Community January 20.

Survived by his beloved wife Elise Ziegler. Much loved father of Anette (late Gerard Legault), Marianne (late James Sheridan), Ulla (Tom Potter), Mark (Bonnie Ziegler), and Tina (Stefan Zaichkowski). "Morfar" will be missed by nine grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

After a distinguished career as a senior economist with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Immigration Canada, Dr. Ziegler became the first Chair ... Read More

J Birje Patil in Baroda
With a heavy heart I have to report that Professor J. Birje-Patil, the Founding President of Indian Association for Canadian Studies and former Professor and Head, Department of English and Dean, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda passed away on Sunday, 18th January 2015 at 83 in Baroda.

Called Birje by everyone who loved him, he was my guide since the time I came to Baroda in 1973 till he went to teach ... Read More

Surat Singh Batth in Ottawa
Surat Singh Batth February 11, 1922 - January 9, 2015 Peacefully, at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital at the age of 92.

Dr. Batth was predeceased by his wife Bakhshish Kaur. He lived a life devoted to his faith, family and community service and will be greatly missed by his daughter Dr. Sue Batth-Tait (Gary Tait) and grandchildren Jackson, Jasmine and James. After receiving his doctorate at Ohio State University, he had a long and successful ... Read More

Actor Ahuti Prasad in Hyderabad
Senior actor Ahuti Prasad is no more. He passed away on Sunday (January 4, 2015) morning. He was battling with cancer for long time and breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad.

He was survived by wife and two kids. His real name was Adusumilli Janardhan Vara Prasad but became popular as Ahuti Prasad as his character in the film Ahuthi (1988) was his major break.

Although he played negative roles mostly in ... Read More

K Balachandar's demise mourned
As a mark of respect to legendary film maker K Balachander, the shooting for Tamil films are cancelled today.

Also film related events including the press show of Kayal and Kappal have been cancelled by the respective production houses.

All leading stars including Rajinikanth, Vijay, Dhanush, Mani Ratnam, Ilayaraaja, Anirudh, Sarathkumar, Vivek, Karthi, Vairamuthu and many others have paid the last respect to the maverick film maker.

Balachander’s cremation will be happening around 3pm at Besant Nagar, Chennai. ... Read More

Tashi Tsering of Tibet
THIS was the way things were, and always had been. The great mountains reared their heads above Tashi Tsering’s childhood village; his stone house, with animals below and family above, stood among the rocks; his shaven-headed paternal aunts, Buddhist nuns, helped to churn the butter and to weave his thickly padded clothes. In autumn the lentils were crushed from their yellow pods; in summer the yaks trudged up to high pasture. Year-round, prayer-flags fluttered in ... Read More

Telugu Actor P.J. Sharma dead

HYDERABAD: Popular Telugu actor and dubbing artist P.J. Sharma breathed his last at his residence here Sunday. He was 70.

"He has been unwell for a while. He suffered a heart attack and passed away at his house," a family source told IANS.

Born in Vizianagaram, Sharma started his career as a character artiste and starred in over 150 films, mostly in Telugu and Kannada.

Some of his best films include "Athanu", "Ram Robert Rahim", "Collector Janaki" ... Read More

Nilanjan BANERJEE In Memoriam
BANERJEE, NilanjanNovember 26, 1978 - November 26, 2004. Beloved only child of Ranjan and Nipa Banerjee. Affectionately known as Nilly to many.

Sadly missed by his many friends at Dartmouth College, Concord Academy, Ashbury College and Cornell University, fraternity brothers at Bones Gate/Delta Tau Delta, Dartmouth Review, colleagues at Microsoft Inc., family and friends. He was a brilliant, talented young man and an avid athlete. Nilanjan achieved a balance of sophistication and genuine warmth.

He ... Read More

Vice President Ansari condoles passing away of Krishna Iyer
Source : ANI
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday condoled the passing away of eminent jurist and former Supreme Court judge VR Krishna Iyer, stating that he was a avowed champion of human rights and civil liberties.

"I am deeply saddened at the passing away of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer... While on the bench he came to be widely recognised through his judgements as an avowed champion of human rights and civil liberties. In his departure, ... Read More

Modi condoles actor Deven Verma's death
Source : IANS
New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday condoled the death of veteran actor and filmmaker Deven Verma, saying he was "admired by film lovers".

"Modi expressed grief on the passing away of noted actor Deven Verma. PM described him as a popular actor, admired by film lovers," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.

Known for memorable performances in films like "Angoor" and "Khatta Meetha", the comedian died in Pune early ... Read More

Former Arunachal CM Gamlin passes away
Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Jarbom Gamlin breathed his last at a hospital in Gurgaon last night.

Gamlin, 53, was suffering from liver thrombosis.

Gamlin was the chief minister of Arunanchal Pradesh from May 5, 2011 to October 31, 2011, following the death of then incumbent chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

Before becoming the chief minister, Gamlin had also served as Home Minister in the Gegong Apang-led government and Power Minister in the Dorjee Khandu-led government.
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Dr. Thomas Philipose: An inspiring teacher and a visionary leader
Our correspondent
Thomas Philipose of Washington, DC passed away on Nov 11 2014 at the age of 84.

Who was Thomas Philipose? What was his contribution to society in Kerala, India where he was professor at Mar Thoma College Thiruvalla in the early part of his life and to the US where he was a professor at University of Denver

Thomas who hails from Mavelikkara in Kerala was the son of a conservative lawyer and his ... Read More

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