Doyen of J&K journalism, Ved Bhasin passes away

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JAMMU: Veteran journalist and Chairman of Kashmir Times group, Ved Bhasin passed away here after a prolonged illness. 

The 86-year-old journalist was suffering from degenerative brain disease for the last several months. He breathed his last at his residence in Gandhinagar belt of Jammu city last night. 

Popularly known as the ‘Grand Old Man’ of English journalism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhasin had written for a range of newspapers, journals and columns. 

He started his journalism career with Naya Samja, an Urdu weekly from 1952-54. Later, he founded the Daily Kashmir Times in 1955. He had also worked with news gathering agency UNI as its J&K bureau chief from 1963-1969. 

Bhasin was President of J&K Association of Journalists, Jammu Editors Conference, and Press Club of Jammu twice and served on various Press bodies including Press Advisory Committees (as Convener) for a number of years. 

He is survived by two daughters, Anuradha Bhasin and Anju Bhasin. Anuradha is also working as a journalist.

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