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Mumbai: Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed died here on Sunday morning following a brief illness, a family member said. He was 70.

Ahmed breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital where he was admitted recently. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

A former Congress leader and Maharashtra minister, Ahmed was sworn-in as the governor of the north-eastern state of Manipur on May 16 this year. Prior to that he was governor of Jharkhand since September 2011.

As a Congressman, he was elected to Maharashtra legislative assembly five times from his native Nagpada constituency in south Mumbai and later served as a minister in two governments, handling various portfolios.

His funeral shall be held in Mumbai on Monday morning at 11 AM at the Rehmadabad Cemetery in Byculla, said his son Syed Zeeshan Ahmed, a prominent state Congress leader.

Expressing grief over Syed Ahmed’s demise, Maharashtra Governor CV Rao, described Ahmed as “a gentle, soft spoken and studious person”.

“Dr. Ahmed had sincere urge to address the problems of the common man. He was a writer and poet too. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Rao said in a message.

Senior leaders of the Maharashtra and Mumbai Congress also condoled Syed Ahmed’s death.

(IANS)

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92

Ex-US First Lady Barbara Bush dead

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FILE - Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Florida, March 18, 2005. VOA

Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a former First Lady who elevated the cause of literacy, has died at the age of 92, media reports said.

“A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Barbara Bush is survived by her husband former President George H.W. Bush; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren.

Former first lady Barbara Bush
First lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. VOA

On Sunday, her husband’s office issued a statement saying that after consulting the family and her doctors, Barbara Bush had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care”, reports The New York Times.

The Bushes had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history.

Only the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President (Abigail Adams was the first), Barbara Bush was seen as a plainspoken public figure who was instantly recognisable with her signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings, reports CNN.

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She became a major political figure as her husband rose to become first a Vice President (January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989) and then the 41st US President (January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993).

He left office in 1993 after losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton.

After they left the White House, she was a potent spokeswoman for two of her sons — George W. and Jeb — as they campaigned for office.

The mother of six children — one of whom, a daughter, Robin, died as a child from leukemia — Barbara Bush raised her fast-growing family in the 1950s and ’60s amid the post-war boom of Texas and the whirl of politics that consumed her husband.

Barbara Pierce was born on June 8, 1925, in New York and raised in the upscale town of Rye, CNN reported.

Barbara Bush along with her husband
President-elect George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush, wave to the crowd at a victory celebration rally, Nov. 8, 1988, Houston, Texas. VOA

She attended a prestigious boarding school in South Carolina, where she met her future husband at a school dance when she was only 16 and he was a year older.

A year and a half and countless love letters later, the two were engaged just before George H. W. Bush enlisted in the Navy and went off to fight in the World War II.

Barbara Bush adopted literacy as a cause, raising awareness and eventually launching the non-profit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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After George H.W. Bush’s presidency, he and Barbara raised more than $1 billion for literacy and cancer charities.

A writer, her books include an autobiography and one about post-White House life. Her children’s book about their dog, Millie, and her puppies written during her White House years was a bestseller.

In 2001, when George W. Bush took office, Barbara Bush became the only woman in American history to live to see her husband and son elected president.  IANS

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