Obituary

  • Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar used in bullet-proof gear, smartphones, dies at 90 June 21, 2014

    Washington: Stephanie Kwolek, a US chemist who invented the Kevlar fibre used in body armour and other bullet-proof gear, has died, her former employer said Friday. She was 90. Kwolek, who worked for DuPont when she invented Kevlar, died in a hospice, media sources said, citing her friend and former co-worker...
  • Lok Sabha to be adjourned on opening day after paying homage to Munde June 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The sudden demise of Union Minister Gopinath Munde has forced changes in the schedule of the Parliament proceedings on Wednesday. The first sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha on Wednesday will be adjourned for the day after paying tributes to the leader who died in a road mishap...
  • Lok Sabha to be adjourned on opening day after tributes to Munde June 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The first sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha on Wednesday will be adjourned for the day after paying tributes to Union minister Gopinath Munde who died in a road mishap on Tuesday. Senior Congress MP Kamal Nath will be the Protem Speaker who will preside over the proceedings...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): End of a literary juggernaut March 20, 2014

    Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 99. ...
  • Khushwant Singh, the man whose obit was written 31 years ago March 20, 2014

    Journalist Dhiren Bhagat wrote this pre-obituary of Kushwant Singh 30 years ago. It was appeared in now defunct 'Sunday Observer'. Dhiren Bhagat died 24 years ago. This obituary appeared on February 13, 1983. I was saddened to read that Khushwant Singh passed away in his sleep last week. What a quiet...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): 'The Sardar in the lightbulb' switches off March 20, 2014

    One of India's most renowed authors, columnists and journalists Khushwant Singh died in his Sujan Singh Park home in New Delhi on March 20, 2014. He was 99. The 'Sardar in the lightbulb' logo for Khushwant Singh's widely-read column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was designed by one of...
  • Korean war veteran and grandfather of four wrote his own hilarious obituary made public after his death March 18, 2014

    An 80-year-old grandfather of four and a Korean war veteran wrote his own obituary that has his family and friends in splits after his death. The obit, shared on Imgur, had blank spaces for time and day of death but otherwise covered Walter Bruhl Jr's colourful life in crisp, witty...
  • Ray Dolby, inventor, audio pioneer, founder of Dolby Laboratories dies September 13, 2013

    Portland: Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukaemia this summer. Dolby...
  • Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of Russia's top search engine Yandex, dies July 29, 2013

    Moscow: Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 48. Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital, Yandex director general and fellow founder Arkady Volozh said. Volozh said in the company's blog that Segalovich was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He...
  • Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention July 27, 2013

    Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a high-profile presentation at a hacking conference. The New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday evening...
  • Pran: Those sharp yet benevolent eyes can't ever be forgotten July 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, was a difficult actor to mimic. He had a voice that could fill an entire theatre, something which very few actors such as Amitabh or Dharmendra could achieve, also his style of dialogue delivery made it difficult for voice-over artists to...
  • Kerala: Theatre veteran Venukuttan Nair is dead November 26, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Noted theatre personality and Malayalam film actor P K Venukuttan Nair died here on Monday following a brief illness, family sources said. Nair (81) was a revered figure in theatre circles in Kerala and a recipient of state government award for best drama director for four times. He is...
  • Kerala: CPM stalwart P Govinda Pillai is dead November 23, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPM leader P Govinda Pillai passed away in a hospital here after age-related health problems, his family said on Friday. He was 86. Pillai, popularly known as PG, had been admitted to hospital about a week ago. The soft spoken ideologue of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, died...
  • Yash Chopra (1932-2012): I think I've had enough October 21, 2012

    New Delhi: "I have never made romantic films. I have made films on human relations, and humans are complicated people," filmmaker Yash Chopra had said on his 80th birthday, ironically after a career spanning five decades of some of Hindi cinema's best remembered romance classics. He was the man who...
  • K Pankajakshan: A stalwart in Kerala politics August 29, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran RSP leader K Pankajakshan, who passed away on Tuesday, was a doyen of Kerala coalition politics. He was elected to the state Assembly five times and had been minister for various terms in five ministries. Highly respected in political and social circles, Pankajakshan had been instrumental in stabilising...
  • 'Itna sannata kyu hai bhai?' Goodbye, AK Hangal August 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Actor AK Hangal has passed away at the age of 95 years. He was admitted to Parekh Hospital in Santacruz in suburban Mumbai after suffering from a back injury. Born on February 1, 1917, AK Hangal was better known as Imam Chacha or Bipinlal Pandey, immortal characters he...
  • Achcha toh hum chalte hain: RIP, Rajesh Khanna July 18, 2012

    New Delhi: From the dizzying heights of fame to quiet shadows behind the arclights, Rajesh Khanna's life had a theatrical sweep, almost like one of his films. Bollywood's original superstar - simply the phenomenon to some - died in Mumbai Wednesday, leaving behind memories cast in celluloid of that famous...
  • Kerala: The promise that Mehdi Hassan could not keep June 14, 2012

    Kozhikode: He left with a promise that he would return to the city to sing again. And when the news broke amongst music lovers in the city of Mehdi Hassan’s demise on Wednesday, it was also confirmation that it was a promise he would not be able to keep. Hassan...
  • Ace music director Shrinivas Khale no more September 2, 2011

    Mumbai: Renowned Marathi music director Shrinivas Khale passed away at his residence in neighbouring Thane early today following brief illness. He was 85 and is survived by wife and three daughters. Sources said 'Khale Kaka' as he was fondly called was not keeping well for the last few days and breathed...
  • 'Jailhouse Rock' songwriter Leiber dead at 78 August 23, 2011

    Los Angeles: Jerry Leiber, who with longtime partner Mike Stoller wrote "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak" and other hit songs that came to define early rock 'n' roll, died on Monday. He was 78. He was surrounded by family when he died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,...
  • There'll never be another Shammi Kapoor: Chopra August 15, 2011

    Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, who attended late actor Shammi Kapoor's funeral on Monday, said there will never be anyone who can come even close to the 79-year-old actor. "I am so sad that I don't even feel like talking right now. He was a great actor. His style and his...
  • Shammiji told Jaya he's tired: Big B August 15, 2011

    New Delhi: His never-say-die attitude had begun to ebb, says megastar Amitabh Bachchan, whose wife Jaya had spoken to Shammi Kapoor a few days before he died. "He had got tired during the last two days. Never one to give up, he spoke, for the first time in a tone that...
  • I'll ensure my sons know Shammi Kapoor: Hrithik August 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, an ardent Shammi Kapoor fan, says he will introduce the magic of the late actor, who passed away on Sunday, to his two sons - Hrehaan, five, and Hridhaan, three. "Legends like Shammi Kapoor do not die...he lives, inside us, around us. A journey such...
  • SRK, Ranbir bid final adieu to Shammi Kapoor August 15, 2011

    Mumbai: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, who shared screen space with Shammi Kapoor in "Chamatkar" (1992), paid his homage to the late actor at his Malabar Hill home on Sunday evening. Shah Rukh, who came in a black BMW, did not stay inside the house for very long and also restrained...
  • Politicians mourn Shammi Kapoor's death August 15, 2011

    Mumbai: Maharashtra's political fraternity on Sunday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor. The 79-year-old actor was on dialysis for the last few days and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where he breathed his last at 5:15 a.m. Maharashtra Governor K....
  • Kapoor's death shocks Kannada film industry August 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Dancing King Shammi Kapoor's death early on Sunday morning has shocked many Kannada film personalities who were close to the flamboyant star who changed the course of film entertainment in his heyday. Director S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, who helmed three Hindi films featuring Shammi Kapoor, was the first to express his...
  • Family, friends pour in at Kapoor's residence August 14, 2011

    Mumbai: Nephew Randhir Kapoor, grandnieces Karisma and Kareena, co-star Amitabh Bachchan, director Imtiaz Ali and many more visited the Blue Heaven Society on Malabar Hill to pay tribute to Shammi Kapoor, who breathed his last on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital. He was 79. He will be cremated Monday...
  • Shammi Kapoor's leading ladies miss the star August 14, 2011

    Mumbai: Sharmila Tagore and Saira Banu who made their Bollywood debuts with Shammi Kapoor in "Kashmir Ki Kali" and "Junglee" respectively said they will miss the star who was "high spirited and so full of life". Sharmila Tagore, who made her foray into Hindi films with Shammi Kapoor in 1961 romantic...
  • Shammi was a fabulous singer: Mangeshkar January 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar has remembered Shammi Kapoor as a big star and good human being and revealed that the late actor was a fabulous singer. "I am very upset after hearing the demise of Shammiji. He was one of the biggest stars of Bollywood, but before that he...
  • B'wood mourns the death of Shammi Kapoor August 14, 2011

    Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan feels that with the demise of Shammi Kapoor Bollywood's flamboyance and joi de verve has been lost, while Riteish Deshmukh described the "Junglee" star as the most stylish actor ever. Mourning the death of the legend, actors young and old on Sunday expressed sadness over the era...