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Noted writer Tarannum Riyaz passes away in Delhi

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Srinagar: Dr Tarannum Riyaz, a noted Urdu fiction writer and wife of former Kashmir University Vice Chancellor, Riyaz Punjabi, passed away on Thursday.

News agencies quoted the family sources saying that Dr Tarannum died at a hospital in New Delhi at around 9.30 am today.

Born in Srinagar, Dr Tarannum was a Urdu fiction writer and critic and a former newscaster with the All India Radio.

She was awarded with the SAARC Literature Award in 2014. She has obtained her Master’s degree in Urdu and PhD in Education from the University of Kashmir.

She has written or edited nearly a dozen books in Urdu, which have been published/translated in several languages, including English and Hindi. She was a recipient of several national and international  awards for her literary works.

Dr Tarannum had tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted in a hospital at New Delhi. She had a severe Covid-19 infection and was put on ventilator for past couple of days.

Dr Tarannum had pursued her masters degree in Urdu and doctorate in Education from the KU.

Earlier in the first week of April, her husband and former VC of KU, Dr. Riyaz Punjabi died of Covid-19 in Delhi.

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