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Obituary Events in 1998

13th Jan

Hindi film music director and dance master Shambu Sen, 62, dies in Mumbai of cereberal haemorrhage.

15th Jan

The freedom fighter, Gandhian and twice acting Prime Minister, Gulzari Lal Nanda, 100, passes away in Ahmedabad.

The CPI leader, Mr. Binda Prasad Kashyap, 73, dies in Nagpur.

12th Feb

Mr. S. Guhan, 64, former IAS officer, professor Emeritus, Madras Institute of Development Studies and authority on the Cauvery dispute, dies in Chennai.

Om Prakash, 78, Hindi film comedian, dies in Mumbai.

19th Mar

The Communist leader and Kerala's first Chief Minister, Mr. E.M.S. Namboodiripad, dies in Thiruvananthapuram at 88.

22nd Mar

Mr. R. Ratnam, industrialist and Chairman and Managing Director, Sundaram Industries Limited, dies in Chennai at 72.

4th Apr

Mrs. G. Sarala Devi, 62, CPI leader and general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, dies in Hyderabad.

7th Apr

A music director of yesteryear, S. V. Venkataraman, dies in Chennai aged 87. He has composed music for over 150 films in different languages.

15th Apr

Pol Pot, one of the most notorious names of the 20th century and leader of the genocidal Khmer Rouge, dies near Aulong Veng in northern Cambodia.

22nd Apr

The Rajya Sabha member and one of the pillars of the Jharkhand Regional Congress Committee, Mr. Gyan Ranjan, dies of cardiac arrest in Ranchi. He was 54.

6th May

The former Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Chatichai Choonhavan dies in a London hospital.

7th May

Mr. S. S. Mariswamy, former Rajya Sabha member, dies in Chennai.

9th May

Playback singer Talat Mehmood, 75, dies in Mumbai.

27th May

Mr. Minoo Masani, 92, co-founder of the Swatantra party, dies in Mumbai after a brief illness.

4th Jun

Writer, poet, critic and scholar, Bhagavatula Shankara Sastry, who took the pen name `Arudra', dies in Chennai at 73.

8th Jun

The Nigerian President, Mr. Sani Abacha, 54, dies in Abuja of a heart attack.

27th Jun

Mr. Nikhil Chakravartty, journalist and chairman of Prasar Bharati, dies in New Delhi at 84.

Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan, Gandhian, Congressman and former Sikkim Governor, dies at 86.

6th Jul

The detained Nigerian politician, Mr. Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 elections, dies in Abuja.

16th Jul

The Pakistani economist, Mr. Mahbub-ul-Haq, dies in New York. The U.N. annual Human Development Report is his brainchild.

2nd Aug

The Nagaland Industry Minister, Mr. T. Imtimenen Jamir, 62, dies in a private nursing home in Calcutta following a brief illness.

5th Aug

The former Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Keshab Chandra Gogoi, 76, dies in Dibrugarh.

6th Aug

Bulgaria's former communist dictator, Mr. Todor Zhikov, 86, dies in hospital in Sofia.

9th Aug

Premji, cine and stage actor, 90, dies in Thrissur.

10th Aug

Sri Bhuteshanandji Maharaj, 97, president of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, dies in Calcutta.

14th Aug

Classical vocalist Shamshad Begum, who enthralled radio listeners in the 30s and 40s, dies in Mumbai.

18th Aug

Supermodel and Hollywood actress Persis Khambatta, 50, dies in Mumbai after a heart attack.

3rd Sep

The Minister for Law in Assam, Mr. Surendra Nath Midhi, dies in Guwahati. He was 63. He was also the Veterinary Minister in the Asom Gana Parishad Ministry.

Bengali film and stage actor Arup Kumar, 68, dies in Calcutta.

6th Sep

Japanese film director, Akira Kurosawa, dies in Tokyo. He received the Honorary Oscar for lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.

7th Sep

The Congress(I) leader and former Governor of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Prof. K. M. Chandy, 77, dies in Kochi.

14th Sep

Mr. Yang Shangkun, 91, a general-turned-politican, and former Chinese President dies.

5th Oct

The photo journalist, Mr. Harry Miller, 75, dies in Chennai.

8th Oct

The agricultural economist and founder-member of the Congress Socialist Party, Prof. Mohanlal Dantwala, 88, dies.

9th Oct

The CPI(ML) (Liberation) founder-leader, Mr. Nagabushan Patnaik, 64, dies in Chennai.

14th Oct

The former Tripura Chief Minister and CPI(M) leader, Mr. Dasarath Deb, 82, dies in Agartala.

21st Oct

Hindi film actor Ajit alias Hamid Ali Khan, 76, dies in Hyderabad.

27th Oct

The former Governor of five northeastern States, Mr. L. P. Singh, ICS, dies in New Delhi. He was 86.

30th Oct

The All-India Forward Bloc leader, Mr. Ayyanan Ambalam, dies in a road mishap near Madurai.

7th Nov

Mr. Jiwan Singh Umrangal (84), Akali leader and former Punjabi Minister, dies in hospital in Beas.

11th Nov

Mr. V. M. Devaraj (78), DMK leader and former MLA dies after a brief illness. He represented Vellore in 1980, 1984 and 1989. He was a close associate of the DMK founder, C. N. Annadurai.

13th Nov

Ms. Pravabati Devi (88), freedom fighter and `Mother Teresa of Orissa, dies at the orphanage set up by her at Chharchanpali.

20th Nov

Film director Alan Pakula is killed in automobile accident in New York. He was the director of all-time hits such as All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice, The Sterile Cuckoo, Klite and Evil's own.

25th Nov

Prof. K. S. Hegde (75), former Vice-Chancellor of the Mysore University and educationist, dies in New Delhi. He was selected by the Government of India for overseas scholarship for P.G. studies and higher technical training abroad during the pre- independence era.

26th Nov

The Senior BJP leader and Gujarat Minister, Mr. Savjibhai Korat (45), dies in hospital due of brain haemorrhage.

30th Nov

Mr. Ghasiram Yadav (74), MP representing Alawar in Rajasthan and former MLA and Minister in the State, dies in Jaipur.

1st Dec

Mr. Dhian Singh (103), freedom fighter dies at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. He was a member of the Indian National Army and was jailed a number of times during the freedom movement.

Mr. P. Subramaniam Poti (75), former Chief Justice of Kerala and Gujarat High Court dies of a heart attack.

2nd Dec

Prof. S. Sampath (73), former Director of the IIT Chennai and Kanpur, dies. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute for Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam, during 1991-93. He was appointed member of the Union Public Service Commission in 1977.

3rd Dec

Mr. Maganbhai Kasundra (50), Gujarat Minister, dies following a heart attack at his residence in Gandhinagar.

11th Dec

Mr. Trilot Singh (80), Marxist leader and former member of the Rajasthan Assembly, dies. He was a member of the State CPI (M) Secretariat.

Kavi Pradeep (84), poet who received this year's Dadasaheb Phalke award, dies in Mumbai. He was a patriotic song writer and wrote several immortal Hindi film songs.

20th Dec

Dr. B. V. Raman (86), a reputed astrologer, dies in Bangalore following a cardiac arrest. He was the Editor of The Astrological Magazine.

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