India’s Jayaram Jayalalitha still ‘critical’ after heart attack

One of India’s most popular and powerful politicians, J Jayalalitha, remains in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack on Sunday night, the hospital treating her said.

Thousands of people are standing vigil outside the hospital.

Ms Jayalalitha has been receiving treatment for months and was last seen in public in September.

The former film star has been Tamil Nadu chief minister four times and is revered by many in the state.

With the extreme devotion she inspires among her supporters, many of whom refer to her as “Amma” (mother), there are concerns that a serious deterioration in her condition could spark unrest.

Police have been put on alert across Tamil Nadu and outside her official residence.

News of her health over the last few months has been closely monitored and guarded, and in a sign of the sensitivity around the issue two people were arrested for spreading rumours about her health in October.

Car crazy


Frank Meguiar Jr., Barry’s grandfather, founded Meguiar’s Inc. in the garage of his Indiana home in 1901. In 1913, Frank moved the business to Southern California, where the family focused on making products for the professional market. Barry’s father, Malcolm Meguiar, and his two brothers carried on the family business in 1950. Barry’s involvement at Meguiar’s began in grade school and continued throughout college. where he served as the one-man accounting department generating $600,000 in annual gross sales.

After graduating college, Barry oversaw the company’s relations with GM, Ford and Chrysler and managed sales in the Eastern part of the United States.In 1969, Barry received approval to take Meguiar’s products into the consumer marketplace. Barry set out to create a new brand of Meguiar’s products that targeted car enthusiasts.[3] After four years, Meguiar’s Inc. launched its first consumer product, the Meguiar’s Liquid Cleaner Wax, at the 1973 APAA Show in Chicago.

Barry led a grassroots program to sell his products at car shows, which grew into the international marketing campaign that became the backbone of what made Meguiar’s a global bran