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National leaders paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi remembered the Congress leader who had served as India’s PM between 1984 and 1989. “Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary,” PM Modi wrote.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also offered his tribute to the late Prime Minister.

“I offer my tributes to former Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary today”, Singh wrote on Twitter.

Congress president and Rajiv’s widow Sonia Gandhi paid tributes to him at Veer Bhumi earlier in the day. She was accompanied by son Rahul, daughter Priyanka and former PM Manmohan Singh.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee also paid tributes to Rajiv at Veer Bhumi. Floral tributes were offered.

Rajiv was the son and political successor of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He was the sixth PM of India and when he first took office, he was the youngest Indian PM. He was assassinated by the LTTE on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during election campaign.

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Shyam Ramsay passes away at 67 in Mumbai

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Mumbai:  Shyam Ramsay, one of the seven Ramsay Brothers known for cult horror films such as ‘Puraani Haveli’ and ‘Tahkhana’, died in a hospital on Wednesday, his family said. He was 67. Shyam died of pneumonia at a city-based hospital.

Shyam Ramsay was considered the brain behind the group, he directed films such as ‘Darwaza’, ‘Purana Mandir’ and ‘Veerana’. He was also responsible for ‘The Zee horror show’, ‘Saturday Suspense’, ‘X Zone’ and ‘Nagin’.

The origins of the horror empire set up by the band of brothers can be traced back to a modest radio shop in Karachi in undivided India.

The shop’s proprietor, Fatehchand U Ramsinghani, had relocated to Mumbai after Partition and decided to get into the business of film production.

The Ramsay Brothers, for the longest time ruled the horror genre in Indian cinema with low-budget movies in the 1970s and 1980s. The films were widely popular for their unique mix of horror and erotica.

The last rites will be held at Vile Parle crematorium on Wednesday. Shyam Ramsay is survived by two daughters Sasha and Namrata.

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