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Hotelier Lalit Suri dies
Lalit Suri at the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta last year. A Telegraph file picture.

New Delhi, Oct. 10 (PTI): Prominent Rajya Sabha member and hotelier Lalit Suri died early this morning in London after a massive heart attack. His body will be flown to the capital tomorrow, where his last rites will be performed. He is survived by his wife Jyotsna and four children.

Born on April 15, 1947 in Rawalpindi, an automobile engineer by qualification Suri's tryst with the hospitality industry began when he took over the leadership of Bharat hotels as its chairman and managing director in 1987. Since then, there was no looking back in his journey to success. Bharat Hotels, operating under 'The Grand' banner, offers top-line hotels in New Delhi, Srinagar, Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Udaipur and Khajuraho. In Calcutta, the group took over The Great Eastern Hotel in November 2005.

Suri was elected as an independent Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh in January 2003. He was a member of several parliamentary committees and had also won a number of prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, Udyog Rattan Award, Rashtriya Samman (for being the highest tax payer), World Travel Market Global Award and National Tourism Award. He also owns Midday, an afternoon newspaper, published from New Delhi.

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