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Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away

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The former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84. He had tested positive for the coronavirus disease before undergoing successful surgery to remove a brain clot. He was born in the village of Mirati in Birbhum district of West Bengal. 

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About Pranab Mukherjee:

  • Pranab Mukherjee, fondly known as ‘Pranab Da’. He was the president between 2012 and 2017. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2019. 
  • He was the fifth president to receive this Bharat Ratna award.
  • He held the important foreign, defence, commerce and finance portfolios as a Union minister across various Congress-led governments in the past. Before becoming finance minister for the first time as part of Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet in 1982, Mukherjee had served as a deputy minister for finance in 1973-74.
  • Mukherjee also served on the board of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank.
  • He was also appointed the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission in 1991 during the time of P V Narasimha Rao’s government at the Centre and held that position for five years.

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