Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP from Bihar’s Samastipur Ram Chandra Paswan died on Sunday afternoon following a brief illness. He was 57.Ram Chandra Paswan, the younger brother of Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, passed away at 1.24 p.m. at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here.He was admitted to the hospital last week after suffering a heart attack.The body will be kept at his residence in New Delhi and on Monday, at the LJP office in Patna for paying last respects. He will be cremated in the Bihar capital on Monday evening.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.“With profound sadness, I am informing that my dearest and youngest brother Ram Chandra Paswan, MP Lok Sabha has passed away today at 1.24 p.m. in Dr Rammanohar Lohia Hospial, Delhi,” Ram Vilas Paswan said.Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan said the body will be kept at the late minister’s residence at 18, Rajindra Prasad road here after 5 p.m. for paying last respects.“The body will then be taken to Patna, where it will be kept at Lok Janshakti Party’s office there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paying the last respects. He will be cremated at 4 p.m. in Patna,” he said.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were among those who condoled his death.Ram Chandra Paswan was a four-time MP and was first elected in 1999.He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and then again for the third time in 2014.In May 2019, he was elected to the Lower House of Parliament from Samastipur in Bihar for the fourth time on a LJP ticket.“Sad to hear of the passing of Shri Ram Chandra Paswan, MP (LS) from Samastipur, Bihar. He remained committed to serving those at the grassroots and contributed much to the well being of the people of Bihar. Condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues,” President Kovind tweeted.The Vice-President said, “I express my condolences on the untimely demise of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother and Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji.”Mr. Modi said Ram Chandra Paswan worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden and spoke about rights of farmers and the youth.“Shri Ram Chandra Paswan Ji worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. At every forum he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” the PM tweeted.The Lok Sabha speaker too offered condolences to the bereaved family members. “I am sad to learn about the untimely demise of Lok Janshakti Party’s Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji. I pray to God to grant his soul a place in his feet,” he tweeted.“Anguished to learn about the passing of Shri Ram Chandra Paswan ji, MP from Samastipur, Bihar. He will always be remembered for his efforts to empower the poor and marginalised. My deepest condolences with the Paswan family and his supporters in this hour of grief,” Home Minister Amit Shah said.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the MPs residence and paid homage.
Ian Mcgeechan celebrates with physio Craig White after winning the third Lions test against South Africa (2009)Ian McGeechan weighed a puny 10½ st when he made his Headingley debut in 1964 and he was once mistaken for someone’s son when boarding the Yorkshire team bus. Yet is there a bigger giant of the game? writes deputy editor Alan Pearey.The Scottish Yorkshireman went on seven Lions tours, four of them as head coach, and produced the blueprint on which all tours of length should be based: one team, one goal, one hell of an experience. His tactical powers, as illustrated on his favourite Lions tour of 1997 when he nullified Henry Honiball, have always stood him above the rest. But his strength of will was also exceptional: he was a terrific cricketer and once, batting at eight, he defied a table-topping attack for 38 overs to earn a crucial draw for his team. Only four runs were scored in that time.The subject of his Carnegie College dissertation, the invincible 1967 New Zealand team, tells you that his analytical mind was ticking from a young age. But it took a picture of Jonathan Davies defending against a wall of All Blacks in 1988 to reinforce his principle of the ‘cone’ attack, which shaped his thinking for the next two decades. Northampton, Wasps, Scotland and the Lions were the main beneficiaries.He says the best advice he ever got came from a teacher at college. “After 20 years, make sure you’ve got 20 years’ experience, not one year’s experience that you’ve repeated 20 times.”Despite some repetition, McGeechan’s story is told with customary panache by Stephen Jones, and the fact Geech has so few unkind words to say – David Burcher, Will Carling, Laurie Mains and Brand Haskell may beg to differ – is a reflection of his forgiving nature. He will soon be back!RW RATING 5/5 Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. BUY IT AT: amazon.co.uk RRP: £18.99 PUBLISHER: Simon & SchusterGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email email@example.comThis article appeared in the December 2009 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipc LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS