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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Popular Malayalam film actress Kalpana passed away.

Popular Malayalam film actress Kalpana Ranjani, known as Kalpana is no more. She passed away in Hyderabad on Monday(25.1.2016). She was sister of versatile actress Urvashi. Kalpana was 51-year-old. She is survived by son Kumar Sreemayi, sisters Urvashi, Kalaranjini, brothers Kamal Roy, Prince Nair. Kalpana had bagged the National Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 2012 Malayalam movie “Thanichalla Njan”. She had acted in over 300 films and was popular face cutting across regional language films.

Renowned classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away.

Noted danseuse and Padma Bhushan awardee Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away on Thursday (21.1.2016). She was 97. Mrinalini Sarabhai was the wife of renowned Indian scientist and the father of India’s space programme Vikram Sarabhai. Born into the renowned Swaminadhan family of Chennai with roots in Kerala, Sarabhai, an exponent of classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kathakali, was awarded Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree, apart from various other awards for her contribution to the field of dance. 
She is survived by son Kartikeya Sarabhai, founder of Centre of Environment Education (CEE), and daughter Mallika Sarabhai, who is an activist and classical dancer.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Nobel Prize 2015

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

Takaaki Kajita
Born: 1959, Higashimatsuyama, Japan
Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
Prize motivation: “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”

Arthur B. McDonald
Born: 1943, Sydney, Canada
Affiliation at the time of the award: Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
Prize motivation: “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015

Tomas Lindahl
Born: 1938, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliation at the time of the award: Francis Crick Institute, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Prize motivation: “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”

Paul Modrich
Born: 1946
Affiliation at the time of the award: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Durham, NC, USA, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA
Prize motivation: “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”

Aziz Sancar
Born: 1946, Savur, Turkey
Affiliation at the time of the award: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Prize motivation: “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”

The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2015
William C. Campbell
Satoshi Ōmura
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was divided, one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” and the other half to Youyou Tu “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria”.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
Svetlana Alexievich
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2015

National Dialogue Quartet
The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”.
The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2015

Angus Deaton
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was awarded to Angus Deaton “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare”..
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Former Indian President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was passed away

‘Missile Man’: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was passed away. He was 83.
On 27 July 2015, Kalam travelled to Shillong to deliver a lecture on “Creating a Livable Planet Earth.” at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. At around 6:35 p.m. IST, only five minutes into his lecture, he collapsed. He was rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital in a critical condition; upon arrival, he lacked a pulse or any other signs of life.  Despite being placed in the intensive care unit, Kalam was confirmed dead of a sudden cardiac arrest at 7:45 p.m

Born-Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
15 October 1931
Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Died-27 July 2015 (aged 83)
Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Alma mater-St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli
Madras Institute of Technology
Author-Aerospace scientist

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was elected President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress. After serving a term of five years, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in Rameswaram in the State of Tamil Nadu. His father’s name was Jainulabudeen, a boat owner, and his mother Ashiamma, a housewife. His father owned a ferry that took Hindu pilgrims back and forth between Rameswaram and the now-extinct Dhanushkodi. Kalam was the youngest of four brothers and one sister in his family. He came from a poor background and started working at an early age to supplement his family’s income. After completing school, Kalam distributed newspapers to contribute to his father’s income. In his school years he had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn and spend hours on his studies, especially mathematics. After completing his education at the Ramanathapuram Schwartz Matriculation School, Kalam went on to attend Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, then affiliated with the University of Madras, from where he graduated in physics in 1954. Towards the end of the course, he was not enthusiastic about the subject and would later regret the four years he studied it. He moved to Madras in 1955 to study aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology. While Kalam was working on a senior class project, the Dean was dissatisfied with his lack of progress and threatened to revoke his scholarship unless the project was finished within the next three days. Kalam met the deadline, impressing the Dean, who later said to him, “I was putting you under stress and asking you to meet a difficult deadline”. He narrowly missed achieving his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, as he placed ninth in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the IAF                  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mala Aravindan Passed away

Malayalam film industry's popular comedian Mala Aravindan passed away, who acted in more than 400 films in the last 37 years. He was best known for his work as a comedian and character artist in Malayalam films. He was 76.
Born to Ayyappan and Ponnamma, Aravindan began his career as a tabla artist. He started playing tabla as a background artist and was associated with most of the famous professional theatres of the time. He started acting in minor roles in various plays and then made his movie debut with the 1968 movie Sindhooram directed by Balakrishnan. Since then he has been an integral part of the film industry in the state, working in popular films such as "Meesha Madhavan", "Tharavu", "Patalam", and "Thadavara". He has entertained the Malayali movie goers for about four decades with more than 500 movies in his repertoire. Mala Aravindan worked with three generations of Malayalam actors, from Prem Nazir, Jayan, Soman, Mammootty, Mohanlal to Dileep and now the younger actors.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Common Man creator RK Laxman passed away

The Common Man creator RK Laxman passed away. He was 93. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.

He was born in Mysore. His father was a headmaster and Laxman was the youngest of six sons. His older brother is the famous novelist R K Narayan.
Born: October 24, 1921, Mysore
Died: January 26, 2015, Pune
Spouse: Kamala Laxman, Kumari Kamala
Awards: Padma Vibhushan

Laxman was engrossed by the illustrations in magazines such as The Strand Magazine, Punch, Bystander, Wide World and Tit-Bits, even before he could read. Soon he was drawing on his own, on the floors, walls and doors of his house and doodling caricatures of his teachers at school. Praised by a teacher for his drawing of a peepal leaf, he began to think of himself as an artist in the making.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Indian Catholics Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia canonised by Pope in Vatican

Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were canonized by Pope Francis on 23-11-2014 at St Peter’s Square in Vatican. 
Chavara had been a visionary priest and social reformer whose contributions spread across education, media and social justice. 
Born-February 10, 1805
Kainakary, Kuttanad, Kingdom of Travancore
Died-January 3, 1871 (aged 65)
Koonammavu, Kingdom of Cochin
Honored in-Catholic Church
Beatified-8 February 1986, Kottayam by Pope John Paul II
Canonized-23 November 2014, Rome by Pope Francis
Major shrine-St. Joseph’s Syro-Malabar Dayra Church, Mannanam, Kottayam[1]
Feast-3 January (Syro-Malabar)

Attributes-Syrian Catholic saint and social reformer
He had started the first school for weaker sections and ensured every church erected a school nearby. The priest, who fought for appointing Kerala priests as bishops instead of foreign missionaries, had founded the first Catholic religious congregation for men and women in the country. Towards the fag end of his life, Chavara had been appointed as the first vicar-general of the Syro-Malabar Church, taking it from the shadow of the Latin Catholic Church in Kerala.
Euphrasia had been a member of the congregation Carmelites of Mother Carmel (CMC), founded by Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Known as ‘praying mother’, she had fully dedicated her life to prayer. 
Born-October 17, 1877
Kattoor, Thrissur District, Kerala, India Flag of India.svg
Died-August 29, 1952
Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Honored in-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Beatified-December 3, 2006, Ollur, Thrissur by Mar Varkey Vithayathil
Canonized-23 November 2014, Rome by Pope Francis
Major shrine-St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Church, Ollur
Feast-August 29 (Syro-Malabar)

Attributes-Syrian Catholic saint
Kuriakose Chavara, popularly called Chavara Achan, and Euphrasia, who is known as Evuprasiamma. Both of them were born in the 19th century and went on to become the solace for tens of thousands of believers. Chavara Achan was born about 70 years before Evuprasiamma and died in 1871 at the age of 65. Evuprasiamma died in 1952.
The first saint from the state was Sister Alphonsa, fondly called Alphonsamma, who was also the first saint of Indian origin.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education" 

Kailash Satyarthi 

He is an Indian child right activist and a global frontrunner against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries.

  • Born-11 January 1954 (age 60)
  • Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Nationality-Indian
  • Education-Electrical engineering
  • Alma mater-Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, Vidisha
  • Occupation-Activist
  • Known for-Activism for children's rights and children's education
  • Religion-Hinduism[5]
  • Awards -The Aachener International Peace Prize, Germany (1994)
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995)
  • Alfonso Comin International Award (2008)
  • Medal of the Italian Senate (2007)
  • Defenders of Democracy Award (2009)
  • Nobel Peace Prize (2014)

 It is largely because of Satyarthi's work and activism that the International Labour Organization adopted Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour, which is now a principal guideline for governments around the world.

Malala Yousafzai 

She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient.

  • Born-12 July 1997 (age 17)
  • Mingora, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan
  • Residence-Birmingham, England
  • Nationality-Pakistani
  • Occupation-Blogger and activist for rights to education and for women
  • Known for-Female education activism
  • Religion-Islam
  • Relatives-Toorpekai Yousafzai (mother), Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)
  • Awards
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sakharov Prize
  • Simone de Beauvoir Prize
  • Honorary Canadian citizenship
  • National Youth Peace Prize

She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".
Isamu Akasaki
Born: 1929, Chiran, Japan
Affiliation at the time of the award: Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Hiroshi Amano
Born: 1960, Hamamatsu, Japan
Affiliation at the time of the award: Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Shuji Nakamura
Born: 1954, Ikata, Japan
Affiliation at the time of the award: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half to John O´Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. Read more

John O'Keefe
Born: 1939, New York, NY, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: University College, London, United Kingdom
May-Britt Moser
Born: 1963, Fosnavåg, Norway
Affiliation at the time of the award: Centre for Neural Computation, Trondheim, Norway

Edvard I. Moser
Born: 1962, Ålesund, Norway
Affiliation at the time of the award: Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Trondheim, Norway

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

India creates history: Mangalyaan successfully enters Mars Orbit at first attempt

India created history on 24.9.2014 (Wednesday), becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt.
Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am, but it was only 12 minutes later —because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km -- that scientists at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness. Read more