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Died: noted writer and former chairman, Karnataka State Urdu Academy, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Shakeel, passed away on August 1 in his hometown Mysuru. He was 87. A linguist, Dr. Shakeel headed the department of Linguistics of the Aligarh Muslim University for several years. Author of nearly a dozen books in English as well as Urdu, Dr. Shakeel was connected with several literary, cultural and social organistions in Mysuru.

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