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NATH, Veena of Ottawa

On Friday, April 24, 2015, the incomparable Veena Nath passed away surrounded by family and friends at The Ottawa Hospital at the age of 56. Those who knew her, loved her; and will now greatly miss her – particularly her husband Major Rajeev Nath and her daughter Ishani.

Through her brave battle with cancer, she never let anything hold her back from filling each day with as many memories as possible. She was "the glue" ... Read More

Telugu actor K Vijay dies in Nepal earthquake
Source : IANS
Hyderabad: A young Telugu film actor died in the Nepal earthquake. K Vijay, 25, was in Nepal along with the unit of Telugu movie etakaram.com for shooting.

Music director Kishan said in Hyderabad that he received information Monday that Vijay died when they were returning from shooting. The car in which they were travelling overturned.

Vijay, a character actor who was also the choreographer, died on the spot while three others with him were injured.

Vijay ... Read More

His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch passed away

This is the official letter form the locum tenens of the patriarchal sehe of the Assyrian Church of the East regarding the demise of the late His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch, who fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, March 26,2015.

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Former Nepal PM Surya Bahadur Thapa dead
Source : IANS
Gurgaon: Former Nepalese prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa died at Medanta - The Medicity hospital here late Wednesday night, a doctor said on Thursday. He was 87.

The five-time prime minister was suffering from cancer and was admitted to Medanta hospital on March 29.

"His stomach, liver, pancreas, oesophagus and intestines were affected," a doctor told IANS.

His family members arrived in the hospital on Thursday.

"Thapa was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He breathed his ... Read More

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

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
Leading industrialist Doraisamy Naidu passes away
Source : PTI
Coimbatore: R Doraisamy Naidu, one of the leading industrialists and philonthropists in the region, passed away here today after a prolonged illness.

He was 96 and leaves behind his son, D Lakshminarayanasamy, Joint Managing trustee of SNR Sons Charitable Trust and two daughers.

Naidu was founder chairman of Ramakrishna Mills and founder trustee of SNR Sons Charitable Trust and instrumental in building Sri Jagannatha Perumal Tenmple in Siddhapudur in the city, a Trust release said

The ... Read More

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