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Journalist, author Rabisankar Bal dies

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Renowned journalist and Bengali author Rabisankar Bal died at a hospital on Tuesday following a brief illness, family sources said. He was 55.

Bal, a novelist and short story writer has penned over 15 novels, five short story collections, one volume each of poetry and literary essays over a period of 30 years.

According to sources, Bal was ailing for some time and was admitted to the railway run B.R. Singh Hospital on Monday.

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The 1962 born Bal received West Bengal government’s Sutapa Roychowdhury Memorial Prize for his novel “The Biography of Midnight”.

“Dozakhnama”, a much acclaimed novel, fetched him the state government’s Bankimchandra Smriti Puraskar.

Bal has also edited a Bengali translation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s writings.