01 February 2017 Current Affairs: E Ahamed, former Union Minister passed away in the early hours of 1 February 2017 after suffering from a heart attack. He was 78.
The veteran leader had collapsed yesterday during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the joint sitting of the Parliament, following which he was rushed to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital and was placed on artificial life support. He breathed his last at 2.15 am.
His body has been taken to his residence at 9 Trimurti Marg and in the afternoon, his remains will be flown to his hometown in Kannur, Kerala.
E Ahamed : He was born on 29 April 1938.He had graduated from Brennen College in Tellicherry in Kerala and had a law degree from the Government Law College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
He had served as the Minister of State for External Affairs under the Manmohan Singh government during the period 2004-14. He represented the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala.
He was also the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League.During his tenure in the Parliament, he had been associated with several parliamentary committees including External Affairs, Railways, Public Undertakings, Tourism, Science and Technology, Civil Aviation and Environment and Forests.He had also served as the Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee.
He had also represented India in the United Nations almost 10 times between 1991 and 2014.He had also written four books in Malayalam and English.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep condolences towards the late minister and stated that Ahamed had played a significant role in Kerala’s progress, in the empowerment of the Muslim community and in the deepening of ties between India and West Asia.