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Former first lady Janaki Venkataraman dies

PTI  New Delhi, August 14, 2010
First Published: 02:19 IST(14/8/2010) | Last Updated: 02:23 IST(14/8/2010)

Janaki Venkataraman, who is the wife of former President R Venkataraman, passed away on Friday at a hospital in the national capital following brief illness.

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She was 89.

Janaki breathed her last at about 1630 hours at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi. She was admitted to the hospital on August 10 following a complaint of chest infection, family sources said.

Janaki is survived by three daughters - Padma Venkataraman, Vijaya Ramachandran and Lakshmi Venkataraman.

Her last rites will take place on Saturday.

President Pratibha Patil, who is on a three-day tour of Kerala, condoled her death.

In a letter to her daughter Padma, Patil said, "as a first lady of the country she has performed her role with utmost grace and dignity during the tenure of R Venkataraman."

R Venkataraman, the eight President of India, held the office of the first citizen of the country from July 25, 1987 to July 25, 1992. He died due to old-age related illness in January last year at the age of 98.


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