Dainik Bhaskar Group Chairman Ramesh Agrawal passes away after heart attack
Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, chairman of the country's leading publication house Dainik Bhaskar Group, died following a heart attack upon his arrival at Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday.
Ahmedabad: Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, chairman of the country's leading publication house Dainik Bhaskar Group, died following a heart attack upon his arrival at Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday. He was 73. According to employees of 'Divya Bhaskar', the group's daily newspaper published from Gujarat, Agrawal suffered a heart attack immediately after his arrival at the airport here. Though he was rushed to Apollo Hospital near the airport, he could not be saved, they said.
The hospital in a statement said Agrawal "suffered a massive cardiac arrest at the airport after alighting from the flight. He was immediately brought to the emergency department of Apollo Hospital at 11.25 AM." The doctors found no cardiac activity or rhythm when he was admitted, it said.
"In spite of more than half an hour of intensive efforts of the medical team, the heart could not be revived and he (Agrawal) was declared dead at 12.05 PM," the statement said. According to a senior employee of Bhaskar Group, Agrawal's mortal remains will be flown to Bhopal by an air ambulance this evening and the last rites will be performed there on Thursday.
On learning about the media baron's death, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel as well as senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela rushed to the hospital to pay their tributes to the departed soul. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed his condolences at the passing away of Agrawal. "The newspaper world is deeply pained because of the untimely death of Agrawal. He was very sensitive and known for his quick decision making," Chouhan said.
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said Agrawal was a "close friend". "The void created by his death cannot be filled easily," he said in a statement. Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra recalled Agrawal's contribution towards Hindi journalism. MP Congress president Arun Yadav and senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also expressed deep sorrow at the demise of the media personality.
Born on 30 November, 1944 at Jhansi, Agrawal came to Bhopal with his father late Dwarkaprasad Agrawal and laid the foundation of the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper in 1958. According to Dainik Bhaskar's website, under Agrawal's leadership, the group succeeded in publishing 62 editions from 14 states and is the world's fourth largest newspaper in terms of circulation. Besides the Hindi newspaper, the group also publishes Divya Bhaskar in Gujarati, English newspaper DNA, Marathi newspaper Divya Marathi, along with running FM Radio My FM and DB Digital, the website added.
Warner Bros to release The Suicide Squad on 5 August, The Conjuring 3 on 15 August in India: A round-up of film and TV announcements
Other announcements include Amol Palekar and Barun Sobti's ZEE5 original film 200, and child actor Alexa Swinton's casting in the Sex and the City revival.
As COVID numbers dip in parts of the country, Delhi and Mumbai have allowed theatres to open at 50 per cent capacity. Several states have also permitted cinemas to resume operations.
The IMD, meanwhile, said Gujarat is very likely to witness an "active wet spell" till July 27, with the likelihood of light to moderate rainfall at several places and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall.