President’s Milad-Un-Nabi Greetings



President’s Milad-Un-Nabi Greetings

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the eve of Milad-un-Nabi, which is being observed tomorrow, has said: -


“On the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.

As we celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet, let us recall his life and ideals. May his teachings of universal love and compassion guide each one of us to live in fellowship, harmony and unity.

Let us resolve on this day to help the needy and work for the well-being of all”.


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VICE PRESIDENT GREETS CITIZENS ON MILAD-UN-NABI

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has extended his greetings and good wishes to all citizens on the auspicious occasion of Milad-Un-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad. In his message, he has said that on this hallowed occasion, let us commit ourselves to remain true to the timeless virtues of peace, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, as taught by the Holy Prophet.

Following is the text of Vice President’s Message :

“I extend my greetings and good wishes to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Milad-Un-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.

On this hallowed occasion, let us commit ourselves to remain true to the timeless virtues of peace, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, as taught by the Holy Prophet.”

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha and other dignitaries at the “Gyan Sangam”, function, in Pune on January 03, 2015.

PM's remarks at Gyan Sangam - the Bankers' Retreat in Pune


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon India`s banking sector to establish banks which rank among the top banks of the world.

He was speaking at Gyan Sangam - the Bankers` Retreat in Pune. He said it was perhaps the first time that banks had given tasks to the Prime Minister through a presentation. He said the Gyan Sangam reflected team spirit and a collective will to address issues. He described Gyan Sangam as a unique initiative.

He said the objective in this bankers` retreat was to find solutions to problems, and this was the first step towards catalyzing transformation. He said informal discussions helped achieve meeting of minds, which in turn enabled strategic goal setting.

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the banks in successfully implementing Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. He said this is going to have multiple effects. He said the Jan Dhan Yojana would help redefine goal setting among banks, due to enhanced confidence levels following the success of the programme.

The Prime Minister said 7 crore families had benefited from direct cash transfers of LPG subsidy in just three days since January 1st. He said this represented one-third of all families India. He said such achievements should boost confidence.

The Prime Minister said the banking sector of a country mirrors its economic rise. Japan and China had banks in the top ten banks of the world during their economic rise.

The Prime Minister said banks would be run professionally, and there would be no interference. But accountability was essential. He said the Government had no vested interest, and public sector banks can derive strength from this fact.

However, the Prime Minister said India is a democracy. He said he is against political interference, but supports political intervention, in the interest of the people. He said political intervention will enable the voice of the common man to reach such institutions.

The Prime Minister said this also highlighted the issue of poor financial literacy in the country. He said today even the common man needed financial literacy. He called upon banks to take the lead in encouraging competitions on financial literacy in schools, much like mock Parliament competitions.

The Prime Minister said banks should develop dedicated teams to fight cyber crime.

The Prime Minister said that with 81% of branches and 77% of deposits, the net profits should improve from current levels of 45%.

The Prime Minister called for developing common strengths among the 27 public sector banks. He suggested this could be done in areas such as software, and advertising. He gave the example of number portability in the telecom sector in this regard. He said this would improve the customer-centric focus of banks. The Prime Minister said public sector banks, as a team, should also be conscious of the direction in which the country is moving, and work towards simplifying procedures to facilitate the common man.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi attending the “Gyan Sangam”, a two-day retreat function of chiefs of financial institutions, in Pune on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha are also seen.


The Prime Minister also called upon banks to trust the common man.

The Prime Minister said the Swachhta Abhiyan has caught the imagination of the younger generation. He called upon each public sector bank to help develop 20,000 to 25,000 Swachhta entrepreneurs. He also asked banks to prioritize loans to students as this would be a very productive investment for the country. He said the country needs skill development for its youth in a big way, and banks need to take the lead in this.

The Prime Minister asked public sector banks to set goals for the 75th anniversary of independence in the country in 2022. He said he had resolved to provide housing for all by 2022, and banks had a huge opportunity here, as 11 crore houses were required.

The Prime Minister said banks should redefine parameters for success. For instance, let them prioritize loans to enterprises which will generate more employment, he said.

The Prime Minister called for an end to lazy banking, and asked banks to take on a proactive role in helping the common man.

The Prime Minister said that as part of Corporate Social Responsibility, banks should take up one sector each year to play a positive role.

Governor of Maharashtra Shri Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, MoS Finance Shri Jayant Sinha, RBI Governor Shri Raghuram Rajan, and Secretary Financial Services Shri Hasmukh Adhia were present on the occasion.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015.

PM's remarks at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Pudhari


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said that people were looking at media to provide "good news and truthful news." He said dialogue was necessary for a democracy to thrive. He was speaking at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari at Kolhapur.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.

The Prime Minister said the credibility that media enjoys today also enjoins upon them an immense responsibility. He praised Pudhari as one newspaper that had fulfiled this responsibility. The Prime Minister said criticism helps prevent mistakes, and helps truth to be brought out properly. He however said, today proper criticism does not happen, adding that allegations had replaced criticism. The Prime Minister said criticism required a thorough study, and had become a casualty of the fast-moving modern times. He said weakness of criticism, and an excess of allegations would weaken democracy. He said the need of the hour was healthy criticism, not allegations.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the books during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis are also seen.

The Prime Minister appreciated Pudhari Chairman Pratapsinh Jadhav for raising issues of Kolhapur in his speech. He said he had hoped that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would fulfil the expectations. He also expressed hope that Goddess Lakshmi would provide the strength and resources to fulfil all dreams of all Indians.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis are also seen.

Newspapers like Pudhari are an example of overcoming obstacles. He said they had persevered and won against all odds during the freedom struggle.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi being presented a memento during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Marathi newspaper Pudhari, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis are also seen.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the new premises of Pudhari, at Kolhapur by remote control. He unveiled a statue of the founder of Pudhari - Shri G.G. Jadhav by remote control. He also released two books - Marmabedh, and Sinhayan. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu and Chairman of Pudhari Shri Pratapsinh Jadhav were present on the occasion.

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The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015.

Text of PM Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the 102nd Indian Science Congress


मैं अपनी बात शुरू करने से पहले, सबसे पहले श्री वसंत गोवारिकर जो हमारे देश के गणमान्य वैज्ञानिक थे और आज ही हमारे बीच नहीं रहे। मैं इसी धरती की संतान और भारत को विज्ञान जगत में आगे बढ़ाने में जिन्होंने बहुत अहम भूमिका निभाई थी ऐसे श्रीमान वसंत गोवारिकर जो को हृदय अंतःकरण पूर्वक श्रृद्धांजलि देता हूं।



The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour to participate in the Indian Science Congress. I thank University of Mumbai for hosting this Congress.

I had the opportunity to participate in the Congress as Chief Minister of Gujarat. I am delighted to return here after ten years.

I greatly admire the rich history of this hundred-year old institution.

I feel humbled by the work that scientists do. And, I find science and technology an invaluable ally in governance and development.

Human civilization has advanced because of the basic human spirit of enquiry and quest for understanding our universe and world.

It is a search driven by the belief in what our Vedas described as, Satye Sarvam Pratisthanam – Everything is established in Truth.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries is also seen.


Science may be the product of human brain. But, it is also driven by the compassion of human heart – the desire to make human life better.

We have here with us Nobel Laureates, whose work in science has given new hope against dreaded diseases.

We also have one whose own understanding of social science gave the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity.

Science and technology has helped reduce poverty and advance prosperity; fight hunger and improve nutrition; conquer diseases, improve health and give a child a better chance to survive; connect us to our loved ones and the world; spread education and awareness; and, given us clean energy that can make our habitat more sustainable.

A nation`s progress and its human development are linked to science and technology. In more recent times, China`s emergence as the second biggest global economy is in parallel to its rise to the second place in science and technology activities.



The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.

Science and technology can also remove national barriers, unify the world and advance peace. It can bring nations, rich and poor, in a shared effort to address global challenges.

But, we also know that it can increase inequality, make wars more lethal and damage our environment. Sometimes, we learn about their consequences later, as we did on climate change; sometimes, these are the result of our own choices.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.

For example, information technology was meant to increase efficiency and productivity; sometimes, however, its various distractions can easily overpower us! How often do we sit in meetings and cannot resist the temptation to catch up on our messages!

So, when we speak of science and human development, we cannot divorce it from the questions of political decisions; social choices; and of equity, ethics and access.

Human development has been the larger purpose and the driving force of Indian scientific pursuits. And, science has helped shape modern India.

At the dawn of freedom, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru placed science and technology at the heart of national development. Our scientists launched pioneering research and built outstanding institutions with modest resources that continue to serve us well.

Since then, our scientists have placed us at the forefront of the world in many areas.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in a group photograph at inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.

Whenever the world shut its door on us, our scientists responded with the zeal of a national mission. When the world sought our collaboration, they reached out with the openness that is inherent in our society.

They have alleviated some of our most acute and pressing challenges of human development. They helped us overcome dependence on others for such basic needs as food. They have secured our borders; supported industrial progress; and, given our people a life of opportunities and dignity.

Our scientists put Mangalyaan in the Mars orbit in the first attempt - I must congratulate Radhakrishnan`s team - and their accurate prediction of Cyclone Hudhud saved thousands of lives; our nuclear scientists work for our energy security, and they have also placed India at the Asian forefront in cancer research and treatment.

Our achievements give us pride, but they do not blind us to the enormous challenges that we face in India.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in a group photograph at inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.


We are at yet another moment of expectation and excitement, as we were at the birth of independent India.

There is a mood of optimism for change in the country; the energy to pursue it; and, confidence to achieve it.

But, the dreams we all share for India will depend as much on science and technology as it will on policy and resources -

To make our agriculture more resilient and yield more; to develop appropriate and affordable technologies for rural areas;

To do more from every drop of water; and, explore the potential of marine resources

To preserve our biodiversity; and keep our environment clean

To improve healthcare and develop medicines and medical devices that is within the reach of poorest;

To make clean energy affordable and its use more efficient;

To use technology to realize our dream of housing and sanitation for all;

To find our own solutions to make our cities cleaner and more habitable

To turn waste into wealth and resources for sustainable infrastructure of the future;

To use internet to improve human development

To make India a leading manufacturing nation; and a hub for knowledge and technology-intensive industries.

To me, the arms of science, technology and innovation must reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Nobel Laureates at 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015.


This is an enterprise of national importance in which each of us – Government, Industry, National Laboratories, Universities and research institutions – have to work together.

Too often, a discussion on science and technology is reduced to a question of budgets. It is important; and I am confident that it will continue to grow.

But, our own achievements have shown that very often a need and vision and passion are more important than resource for success.

And, it is how we use resources that will determine how effective we are in making science and technology work for us.

Our development challenges will naturally shape our strategic priorities in science and technology.

Even as we focus on some key areas, we should not confine research and development to a few pre-determined paths.

And, it is as important to focus on basic research as on research and development and innovation.

We should also recognize that science is universal, but technology can be local.

If we incorporate traditional and local knowledge, systems and technologies, we may develop more appropriate, effective, affordable and sustainable solutions that contribute immensely to human development and progress.

As the major source of science and technology efforts in the country, Government must do its part.

When I speak of ease of doing business in India, I also want to pay equal attention to the ease of doing research and development in India.

Funding proposals must not take too long to clear; meeting application requirement should not become more complex than research; approval process should not become a deterrent for international conference; and, our scientific departments must have flexibility of funding decisions based on the uncertainties inherent in research activities.

We want our scientists and researchers to explore the mysteries of science, not of government procedures.

We want them to consider publications, not government approvals, to be the epitome of their success.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Nobel Laureates at 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao are also seen.


We must also have clear regulatory policies for research and development in areas like biotechnology, Nano-Science, agriculture and clinical research.

We should ensure that our strong intellectual property regime continues to work effectively and provides the right balance between private incentives and social good.

Further, not just scientific departments, but every other department in the Government should see how to apply science and technology and promote research to improve their work. Each should have an officer focusing on science and technology relating to its area of work; and, allocate a percentage of its budget for such activities. We have begun this experience with Space technology.

Investments in science and technology activities should also become part of the expenditure on corporate social responsibility – to be funded directly or through an autonomous fund.

We also need to foster a strong culture of collaboration between institutions and across disciplines to take advantage of developments, innovations and expertise in diverse areas. My impression is that this is far from the ideal in India

I will ask our ministries to make collaborations a critical requirement for their institutions and for supporting funding requests for research.

We have to place the university system at the cutting edge of the research and development activities in the country. Our investments in science and technology are far too concentrated in the agencies of the Central Government and must become more broad-based.

Our universities must be freed from the clutches of excessive regulation and cumbersome procedures. They must have a higher degree of academic freedom and autonomy; and, there should be as much emphasis on research as on teaching.

In turn, the universities must also subscribe to the highest academic and research standards and accountability. This includes thorough peer review.

We have to rapidly expand our higher education sector; yet, our existing institutions face shortage of faculty.

We have a large pool of outstanding scientists and engineers working in central institutions and agencies. I want them to spend some time each year, teaching and guiding Ph.D students at a university.

Our industry must also step up investments in science and technology in its own interest.

India`s own pharmaceutical industry has carved out a place for itself in the world, because it invests significantly in research.

Indeed, our long term global competitiveness will depend not on replicating what others have done, but through a process of sustained development and innovation.

There is a growing trend of international collaboration in research and development, not just among business enterprises, but equally among researchers and scholars at universities and laboratories. We should take full advantage of this.

For this reason, I have placed science and technology at the forefront of our diplomatic engagement. As I have travelled abroad, I have personally sought out scientists to explore collaborations in areas like clean energy, agriculture, biotechnology, medicine and healthcare.

We have built excellent partnerships with all leading nations to address the grand challenges of the world today. I have also offered our expertise to our neighbours and other developing countries.

I have often spoken of skill development for our youth.

Our future will be secure and our global leadership possible, if we also prepare the next generation of world class scientists, technologists and innovators.

School education in science and mathematics should become more creative and stimulating.

Let us also use Internet to bring the best of our scientists in direct contact with our children and our youth.

Digital connectivity should become as much a basic right as access to school.

I welcome the initiatives of Department of Science and Technology for involving thousands of children and youth in science and technology.

It is not surprising that our young minds are winning international competitions and 12 of them have minor comets named after them!

Our children should seek role model in scientists as much as in sportsmen. Their parents should feel as much pride in their children seeking a future in science as in business or civil service.

For this, we need to communicate the power and possibilities of science better.

Let us, for example, make science and technology the theme of Republic Day parade in the near future.

We need to celebrate our scientific achievements as much as we rejoice in our success in other areas.

We should give young participants and winners in science fairs maximum public recognition and sustained support of the government.

I would personally love to meet the best of our young scientists.

In conclusion, let me say for a safe, sustainable, prosperous future for India; or global leadership in a knowledge and technology intensive world, we need to put science, technology and innovation at the top of national priorities.

I am confident that we can do it.

We in India are the inheritors of a thriving tradition of Indian science and technology since ancient times. Mathematics and medicine; metallurgy and mining; calculus and textiles; architecture and astronomy - the contribution the Indian civilization to human knowledge and advancement has been rich and varied.

We can draw inspiration and confidence from our numerous successes over the past six decades in difficult circumstances; the strength of our many institutions; and, India`s rich talent in science, reflected in the five distinguished Indian scientists, whom we have just honoured.

Above all, we must restore the pride and prestige of science and scientists in our nation; revive the romance for science in society; rekindle the love for it in our children; and, encourage our scientists - to dream, imagine and explore.

You will have no better supporter than me. In turn, I seek your help in transforming India.

Thank you very much, wish you all the best.
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PM’s remarks at the 102nd Indian Science Congress
PM calls for efforts to ensure that science, technology and innovation reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person
PM: We must restore the pride and prestige of science and scientists in our nation


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has called for efforts to ensure that science, technology and innovation reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person. He said that for a prosperous future for India, we need to put science, technology and innovation at the top of national priorities. In his address to the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai today, the Prime Minister said more resilient agriculture, appropriate and affordable technologies for rural areas, improving healthcare, making clean technology affordable, and making India a leading manufacturing nation and a hub for knowledge and technology-intensive industries, were some of the key objectives before Indian scientists.

The Prime Minister said a nation`s progress and its human development are linked to science and technology. He added that China`s emergence as the second biggest global economy is in parallel to its rise to the second place in science and technology activities.

The Prime Minister said, that a discussion on science and human development, cannot be divorced from the questions of political decisions; social choices; and of equity, ethics and access. He said human development has been the larger purpose and the driving force of India`s scientific pursuits, and science has helped shape modern India.

The Prime Minister appreciated Indian scientists for rising to the occasion “whenever the world shut its door on us.” He said that when the world sought our collaboration, they reached out with the openness that is inherent in our society. He also lauded Indian scientists for putting Mangalyaan in the Mars orbit in the first attempt, and saving thousands of lives through their accurate prediction of Cyclone Hudhud.

The Prime Minister said that when he speaks of ease of doing business in India, he also wants to pay equal attention to the ease of doing research and development in India. He said funding proposals must not take too long to clear, and scientific departments must have flexibility of funding decisions based on the uncertainties inherent in research activities. He also called for clear regulatory policies for research and development in areas like biotechnology, nanoscience, agriculture and clinical research.

The Prime Minister said each government department should have an officer focusing on science and technology relating to its area of work; and, allocate a percentage of its budget for such activities. “We have to place the university system at the cutting edge of the research and development activities in the country,” he added. He said universities must be freed from the clutches of excessive regulation and cumbersome procedures.

The Prime Minister called upon Indian industry to step up investments in science and technology in its own interest. He said India`s own pharmaceutical industry has carved out a place for itself in the world, because it invests significantly in research.

He welcomed the initiatives of Department of Science and Technology for involving thousands of children and youth in science and technology.

The Prime Minister said India must “restore the pride and prestige of science and scientists in our nation; revive the romance for science in society; rekindle the love for it in our children; and, encourage our scientists - to dream, imagine and explore.”

The Prime Minister began his address by paying homage to eminent scientist Vasant Gowarikar, who passed away recently.

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