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Sunanda Pushkar – death was sudden and unnatural
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:41 PM

Sunanda Pushkar – death was sudden and unnatural Sunanda Pushkar, wife of human resource development minister Shashi Tharoor, died an 'unnatural, sudden death' with her body bearing injury marks, according to a doctor.

Later Tharoor was hospitalised after he complained of chest pains. He was discharged some hours later. His condition is stable and hypertension was the cause of the discomfort.

Pushkar, 52, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at The Leela Palace hotel in Delhi earlier this week. She was cremated on Jan 18.

Sources say Pushkar's death could be a case of drug overdose and spoke of a verbal spat between the couple while on a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi. A housekeeper in the hotel told police they also argued in the hotel lobby. Pushkar's death came barely a day after the public airing of tweets that hinted at an extra-marital relationship and alleged involvement of a woman Pakistani journalist.

Mani Shankar's office vandalised after 'tea-seller' jibe against Modi
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:39 PM

Mani Shankar's office vandalised after 'tea-seller' jibe against Modi Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar speaking at an AICC meet in Delhi said "I promise you in the 21st century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister... but if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him". The comment was a reference to Modi's childhood days when he sold tea.

A day after the jibe, the former Union Minister's office in his home town of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu was attacked by unidentified people who pelted stones damaging some windows, leading to the police adding security at the office.

Aiyar's comment also drew flak from various quarters including Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as well as a number of BJP workers and members who demonstrated and condemned the remarks.

Police said no one was injured in the incident and acting on a complaint from Aiyar's supporters, a case was registered.

18 killed in stampede as thousands mourn Dawoodi Bohra leader
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:34 PM

18 killed in stampede as thousands mourn Dawoodi Bohra leader Eighteen people were killed and 40 injured in a stampede when thousands gathered to pay homage to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mumbai, who died at the age of 102.

Most of the stampede deaths occurred due to suffocation as the lanes in the area were very narrow and could not contain the huge crowd who came from all parts of Mumbai and around the city. The injured have been admitted to hospital.

The body of the departed Syedna was placed in a flower-laden casket draped with the national flag on an open vehicle escorted by police, immediate family and community heads.

Syedna was conferred Honorary Doctorates for his efforts in social and educational development by institutions including the Al-Azhar University, Cairo; Aligarh University and University of Karachi. He is credited with transforming the Dawoodi Bohras into a vibrant community and was honoured with the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the governments of Jordan and Egypt.

He was buried in a mausoleum in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar area.

Suchitra Sen treasures privacy in death as in life
Report dated 18/01/2014 @ 1:24 PM

Suchitra Sen treasures privacy in death as in life Screen icon Suchetra Sen treasured her privacy even in death as she did in the last 35 years of her life, when she was hardly ever seen in public.

In keeping with her last wishes veteran actress Sen's body was concealed with a covering of white flowers in a black-tinted glass hearse, making it difficult for fans to catch a glimpse of her face, even as she was laid on the pyre hidden from onlookers, cameras and fans at the crematorium in south Kolkata.

After her 1978 movie 'Pronoy Pasha' with Soumitra Chatterjee flopped, Suchitra Sen disappeared from public view and allegedly even refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, to keep away from public appearances, the reason for which was never revealed.

Ms Sen's daughter actress Moon Moon Sen conducted the last rites in the presence of her daughters Riya and Raima, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bengali film industry stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Dev. The state government accorded a gun salute to honour the actress.

Sen starred in Bengali and Hindi films like Agnipariksha, Devdas, Saat Paake Bandha, Aandhi and Deeep Jele Jai.

Dawoodi Bohras mourn death of spiritual leader in Mumbai
Report dated 18/01/2014 @ 1:17 PM

Dawoodi Bohras mourn death of spiritual leader in Mumbai The Dawoodi Bohra community mourned the death of their spiritual head, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin who died at his residence in Mumbai following cardiac arrest. He was 102 and was to celebrate his birthday in February.

Burhanuddin who was the 52nd Dai of the community was greatly revered and will be succeeded by heir apparent Syedi Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin. The Dawoodi Bohra community will observe 10 days of mourning and as a mark of respect all shops and businesses run by community members will remain closed for three days.

The Dawoodi Bohra population exceeds one million with more than half living in Gujarat, and since the 1920s, Mumbai has been the permanent seat of the spiritual head and the central hub of administration for the organisation. With a blend of cultures including Yemeni, Egyptian, African and Indian, the community have their own language called 'Lisnu-d-Dawat which is written in the Perso-Arabic script and is derived from Urdu, Gujarati and Persian.

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