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Little progress in Ambani's condition

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MUMBAI, June 27

THE Sankaracharya of Kanchi, Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, today visited Mr Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), at the Breach Candy Hospital here.

The Kanchi seer blessed the ailing businessman whose condition remained critical through the day. "Mr Dhirubhai Ambani's condition remains the same. All efforts are being made to monitor his progress,'' Dr Vernon D'Sa, Medical Director, Breach Candy Hospital, told newspersons this evening.

Meanwhile, the steady stream of high-profile visitors to meet Mr Ambani continued through the day. While the Lok Sabha Speaker and Shiv Sena leader, Mr Manohar Joshi, and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, called on him in the morning, Mr Buta Singh, former Union Minister, visited him in the afternoon. The State BJP chief, Mr Gopinath Munde, came to see him in the evening.

Among the visitors from corporate houses were Mr Janki Ballabh, Chairman, State Bank of India, Mr Harsh Goenka, Mrs Rajsri Birla and Mr Vinod Doshi, Chairman, Premier Automobiles Ltd.

Mr Anil Ambani, the indisposed tycoon's younger son and Managing Director of RIL, told newspersons in the morning that his father's condition continued to be critical.

"We have had extensive consultations with doctors. His medical condition unfortunately remains unchanged over the last 24 hours,'' Mr Ambani said. He ruled out any plans to invite international doctors. He thanked the media, investors and friends of the family for their wishes.

There was no news throughout the day on the "expert advice'' sought from abroad. A hospital official said there was no news about Mr Ambani's EEG reports sent abroad.

Shares of Reliance Industries closed at Rs 271.65 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Rs 4.55 higher than yesterday's close. Reliance Petroleum closed marginally higher at Rs 24.15 (Rs 23.75) on the BSE.

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