The 76-year-old ambassador had a seizure Monday evening at the Ritz Hotel, where she had gone for her usual swim, U.S. Embassy spokesman Chris Snow said.
Harriman was undergoing tests today at the American Hospital in Neuilly, a western Paris suburb. “The initial diagnosis is that the ambassador suffered a cerebral hemorrhage,” Snow said at the hospital. “Her condition is serious.”
A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Harriman was in intensive care.
“Members of her family are here now,” Snow said, but declined to elaborate. U.S. sources said among those present was Harriman’s son, Winston Churchill, a British member of Parliament and the grandson of the late prime minister.
Harriman, who has not had a history of health problems, has been ambassador since spring 1993. She was preparing to leave her post by midyear.
President Clinton was told of Harriman’s ailment by National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, a friend of Harriman’s.
“The president and first lady were very concerned to hear about it,” press secretary Mike McCurry told reporters today. “She is in their thoughts and prayers.”
President Jacques Chirac “gave instructions that everything be done to put the best specialists at the disposal of the embassy,” his spokeswoman said.
A confidante of Clinton’s, Harriman won respect as someone with the high-level contacts to short-circuit Washington red tape in a crisis. She has mediated disputes over trade, Bosnia, NATO, the Middle East, Africa and CIA spying.
Her fluent French also won praise from her French hosts.
Foreign Minister Herve de Charette “had excellent personal relations with Mrs. Harriman,” spokesman Yves Doutriaux said today. “He passed on all his sympathy and his wishes for a quick recovery.”
There were some catty remarks when Clinton named Harriman ambassador, a position some derided as payback for her fund-raising.
Before she became ambassador, Harriman had been a longtime fundraiser for the Democratic Party. Her “Democrats for the ’80s” political action committee raised about $12 million during the Reagan and Bush administrations and up until Clinton was elected in 1992.
But there was no disputing that the French-speaking daughter of an English baron succeeded with the Paris political “court” of today. French officials were fully aware she had Clinton’s ear.
Harriman spent a lifetime as a socialite who developed political savvy. She was married to Winston Churchill’s son Randolph, “Sound of Music” producer Leland Hayward, and finally to New York governor and ex-ambassador Averell Harriman.
As Harriman’s wife and later his widow, she threw soirees in Washington and Paris that became legendary — focal points for politicians, the literati and the glitterati.
“I am a political animal. I do love politics. I’m interested in my country’s politics and other countries’ politics,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press in November.
Over the years Harriman has been the subject of unauthorized biographies that portray her as a social climber who married her way to the top. She has refused to comment on these books: “It’s a waste of their time and mine,” she said.
She also has been ensnared in a legal battle with Harriman’s children, who accused her of squandering the family fortune after he died in 1986. In 1995, she put up for auction millions of dollars in paintings by Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Matisse and others.
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The bomb squad had previously recovered explosives from the Mahad Industrial Police Station. According to him, three Alibag employees had entered Mahad to defuse the explosives. Kamble begins to destroy a stone in Mahad. This time there was a big explosion. Rakesh Doshi, Ramesh Kute and Ashirwad Lagde were injured in the blasts. Ashirwad Lagade’s health was critical. Police rushed him to Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai for treatment. He has been undergoing treatment there for the past two months.
The explosion was so intense that he sustained multiple injuries, including many small and large particles to his face, eyes, and abdomen. The cataracts and retina were torn due to the insertion of a large piece of leaf in the left eye. The right arm was broken. There were injuries to sensitive internal organs such as the intestines and liver.
His right ear also hurt and he had several wounds on the side of his abdomen. So Ashirwad had to undergo several surgeries. A team of expert consultants from Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai met and started the treatment, which has now received a positive response from Ashirwad. According to the information given by the doctor, 90% of her vision has returned. Other wounds are healing. The hospital administration estimates that it will take about a year for him to fully recover and return to work.
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– Dayanand Gawde, Police Inspector, Local Criminal Investigation Department
‘The intestinal ulcers have healed and now Ashirwad can eat regular meals and his digestion is also becoming normal. We are sure that they will be fully fit during the next year. We are monitoring his health.’
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Chiplun: A study group has been created to suggest measures for the release of water from the Kolkewadi dam in the taluka. The group includes nine people, including government officials. A meeting was held on December 15 last year under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on the flood situation in Chiplun and Mahad. During the monsoon, flooding in Chiplun city intensifies due to the inflow of water from the Kolkewadi dam, members of the Chiplun Rescue Committee said at the meeting. Therefore, after studying the facts in this regard, the retired Chief Engineer D. NORTH. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has ordered the establishment of a study group under the chairmanship of Modak. The group is headed by Deepak Modak, a retired chief engineer from the Department of Water Resources. Dr. Sharad Joshi, a social worker from Chiplun. Prakash Patankar and Sanjeev Anerao from Agro Turismo, Chiplun.
Executive Engineer of the Koyna Irrigation Department, Nitish Potdar, is the Secretary Member of the group and Executive Engineer of the Ratnagiri Irrigation Department, JM Patil, will be the Coordinating Secretary. Impact of discharge from Koyna Avajal in and around Chiplun town during Mahapura in July last year, as well as consolidation of discharge from Kolkewadi Dam during that period The group is expected to carry out a study on carrying capacity from the river. At the same time, it has been given the responsibility of suggesting standardized procedures for future discharge of water from the Kolkewadi Dam.
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The ‘Jagar Shetkaryancha-Akrosh Maharashtracha’ campaign launched by Rayat Kranti leader Sanghatana Sadabhau Khot on the issue of farmers has come to an end in Tembhurni in Solapur district, the NCP stronghold. Fadnavis was speaking at the time. Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council Praveen Darekar along with Madha MP Ranjit Singh Nimbalkar, Former Ministers Harshwardhan Patil, Subhash Deshmukh, Vijay Deshmukh, Gopichand Padalkar, Ram Satpute, Rajendra Raut, Rahul Kul, Samadhan Avtade, Dhairyashil Mohite-Patil were present on the occasion.
Fadnavis strongly criticized the NCP for bringing the water from the Ujani dam to Indapur and Baramati, overcoming opposition from Solapurkars. He said that it has already been decided to supply water from the Ujani dam to the Solapur district and from other drought-prone areas. However, efforts are being made to divert the water from the dam.
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