Noted Urdu writer Kiran Kashmiri dies in Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 26 (UNI) Noted Urdu writer Devraj Chopra, popularly known as "Kiran Kashmiri" died here today after a prolonged illness.

He was 73.

He is survived by two daughters -- Kumud (sculptor) and Seema (journalist) and two grandsons.

Chopra will be cremated at the Punjabi Bagh crematorium at 1030 hours tomorrow.

Chopra who retired as a Joint Director in All India Radio in 1992, was instrumental in launching the Urdu News Service of Doordarshan. Earlier he served as Information officer in PIB, Chief Public Relations Officer in Border Security Force,and Public Relations Officer in Army and Navy.

Chopra, who had written several books, including "Raat-ur-Zulf", had also been bringing out an Urdu Daily "Jeras-e-Carvan" for almost 10 years. He discontinued it on health grounds.

Expressing grief and sorrow over the demise of "Kiran kashmiri", Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz described him as a prolific writer, who contributed immensely towards the development of Urdu literature.

''The death of 'Kiran Kashmiri' is a great loss to the Urdu literary world and will be mourned not just in Jammu and Kashmir but outside also,'' he said.


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