Indian Newsmakers for the year 2021, 2021 famous Indian names

Indian news makers, 2021 prominent indians

Prominent Indian Newsmakers, famous Indians who made it to news headlines in year 2021


Superstar of Kannada movie industry, Puneeth Rajkumar passed away due to a fatal cardiac arrest. He was also a playback singer, television presenter , producer and philanthropist.



Actor Rajinikanth was conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 67th National Film Awards ceremony. It is the highest honour in film industry awarded by Indian government.



Anshu Malik becomes first Indian woman to win a silver medal in Wrestling World Championships. Before this India had only won Bronze in this women's event.



Pramod Bhagat won the Men's Singles SL3 event badminton gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. He is the first in the world to do so as badminton made its debut at the games this year.



Avani Lekhara created history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics. She won the Gold medal in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.



Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the men's javelin throw with a best effort of 87.58m in Tokyo Olympics. He became the first Indian athlete to win a Gold in Olympics.



Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 57kg final wrestling in 2021 Tokyo Olympics.



Lovlina Borgohain won the bronze medal in 2021 Tokyo Olympics in women's welterweight (64-69kg) boxing.



PV Sindhu won the bronze medal for Badminton in Tokyo Olympic games. With this win she becomes the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic medals.



Mirabai Chanu became India's first medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics. She won the silver in the women's 49kg weight lifting event.



American tennis prodigy of Indian origin, Samir Banerjee became the Wimbledon Jr. champion. Samir considers himself part Indian because his father is from Assam and mother from Andhra Pradesh.



Legendary actor of Indian cinema Dilip Kumar passed away at age 98. Known as 'Tragedy King' for his soul stirring roles, he holds a guinness record for maximum awards by an actor.



Sanjeet Kumar won the gold medal in 91kg final Asian Elite Boxing Championships held in Dubai. He beat Vassiliy Levit, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist of Kazakhstan.



Indian high jumper Tejaswin Shankar won the gold medal at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Manhattan, United States.



Soumya Santosh, from Kerala, working as a caregiver nurse was killed in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon during the on going war between Israel and Palestine.



Veteran Tamil actor and environmentalist Vivek passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. Vivek was known for his comic roles with a message to society.



Legendary actor Rajinikanth is honoured with India's highest film honour; Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema.


Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia takes the gold in the world wrestling championship held in Rome. With the win, Bajrang gained the world No. 1 ranking in the 65kg category.



Dr Swati Mohan was in news for successfully landing NASA's Perseverance Rover on Mars. She is the Operations Lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.



Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, became the first spinner in over 100 years of Test cricket to create a record of bowling out a batsman off the very first ball of an innings.



Bhavya Lal, Indian-American appointed as NASA’s acting chief of staff. She will handle the day-to-day operations at headquarters and will work on shaping the strategic direction of the space agency.



The all ladies crew of Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani Manhas created history by flying over North Pole from San Francisco to Bengaluru in a direct non-stop flight.



Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India which produces Oxford COVID-19 vaccine was in the news for his announcement of vaccinations to healthcare workers, elderly people and to general public.


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