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Maharashtra's first woman election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan dies of COVID-19

Several politicians including Supriya Sule and Anil Parab took to Twitter to pay tribute to Satyanarayan along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra's first woman election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan dies of COVID-19
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Maharashtra’s first woman chief election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan on Thursday succumbed to COVID-19. Satyanarayan, an author and poet, breathed her last at the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai. 

The 72-year-old IAS officer from 1972 batch was the first woman election commissioner of Maharashtra and was made the state election commissioner in 2009 after her stint as an additional chief secretary of Revenue department. Satyanarayan retired from her post in 2014. 

Several politicians including Supriya Sule and Anil Parab took to Twitter to pay tribute to Satyanarayan along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. 

Earlier, Ashok Khairnar - assistant municipal commissioner (H-East ward) of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), died of the coronavirus infection on Saturday. It was told that he could have been infected while on the field. 

Maharashtra has been one of the worst-hit states in India due to the coronavirus outbreak with 2,75,640 COVID-19 cases while the death toll has touched 10,928. In Mumbai, the number of coronavirus cases has increased to 96,474 and nearly 5,467 fatalities have been reported. 

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 7,975 fresh COVID-19 cases and 223 deaths. Meanwhile, India reported 32,695 fresh coronavirus cases taking the country’s tally to 9.68 lack. This is the biggest spike of COVID-19 cases till now. 

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose by 32,695 to 9,68,876 on Thursday, in what is the biggest one-day spike yet. Meanwhile, the death toll increased by 606 to 24,915.

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