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Veteran journalist AK Jha passes away

AK Jha

New Delhi : Veteran journalist Avadh Kumar Jha passed away on Friday at his son’s house in Oman of Saudi Arabia at the age of 95. Though he was a native of Bhagalpur, a district of Bihar, he spent most of his life in Patna. He was the last editor of India’s one of the old newspapers- Aryavart, daily which is, however, not in print and circulation now.

Describing AK Jha’s death as a major loss to the world of journalism, communications and literature, Dr Birbal Jha, chairman of Mithilalok Foundation working for socio-cultural and economic development expressed profound sorrow and extended his deepest condolences, joining the deceased’s family.

“AK Jha was not only a journalist but a great social worker, social thinker and prolific writer. He was contemporary of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and got an opportunity to work with him”, said noted author Dr Birbal Jha known as Mithila’s youngest living legend.

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“The editor AK Jha left behind himself a family of four sons working in different sectors including media. Awadh, who started as a correspondent for 35 rupees monthly, remained associated with journalism for 72 years continuously. In the meantime, he also wrote many books.”, added Dr Birbal.

His third son Sanjeev Shekhar Jha running a media house in Delhi said he would soon float a literary outfit- ‘Awadh Smriti’ with an aim of advancing the cause of literature, mass communication and journalism.

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