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Encyclopedia > Devan Nair
C. V. Devan Nair
Devan Nair

In office
October 23, 1981 – March 28, 1985
Preceded by Benjamin Henry Sheares
Succeeded by Wee Kim Wee

Born August 5, 1923
Malacca
Died December 6, 2005 (aged 82)
Flag of Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Singaporean
Spouse Avadai Dhanam
Profession Labour unionist
Religion Hindu

Chengara Veetil Devan Nair, also known as C. V. Devan Nair (August 5, 1923December 6, 2005), was the third President of Singapore and was elected by Parliament on October 23, 1981. He served as President until 1985. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Benjamin Henry Sheares (August 12, 1907-May 12, 1981) was the second President of Singapore. ... Wee Kim Wee (Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; November 4, 1915–May 2, 2005) was the fourth President of Singapore, from 1985 to 1993. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... State motto: Bersatu Teguh State anthem: Melaka Maju Jaya Capital Malacca Ruling party Barisan Nasional  - Yang di-Pertua Negeri Mohd Khalil Yaakob  - Ketua Menteri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam History    - Malacca Sultanate 13th century   - Portuguese control 24 August 1511   - Dutch control 14 January 1641   - British control 17 March 1824   - Japanese occupation... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Location in the province of Ontario, Canada Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Incorporated June 9, 1846[1] Government  - Mayor Fred Eisenberger  - City Council Hamilton City Council  - Representatives 5 MPs and 5 MPPs Area [2]  - City 1,138. ... This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... This article is about the year. ...

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Youth

Nair was born in Malacca, Malaysia, but he and his family migrated to Singapore when he was 10 years old. When he was young, he received his education first at Rangoon Road Primary School and then at Victoria School where he passed his Senior Cambridge examination in 1940. State motto: Bersatu Teguh State anthem: Melaka Maju Jaya Capital Malacca Ruling party Barisan Nasional  - Yang di-Pertua Negeri Mohd Khalil Yaakob  - Ketua Menteri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam History    - Malacca Sultanate 13th century   - Portuguese control 24 August 1511   - Dutch control 14 January 1641   - British control 17 March 1824   - Japanese occupation... Victoria School is an autonomous government secondary school, ranked as one of Singapores premier education institutions. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Career

Initially, a member of the Communist Anti-British League, he joined Lee Kuan Yew's People's Action Party in 1954. He was the only PAP member to win in the Malaysian general election, 1964, winning the Bangsar constituency, near Kuala Lumpur. He stayed in Malaysia after the Separation, forming the Democratic Action Party, but returned to Singapore to lead the labor union movement and founded the National Trades Union Congress. He won the Anson seat in the Singapore Parliamentary Elections, (1979|1979 elections) and accepted the largely ceremonial office of President in 1981, resulting in a by-election of the Anson seat which was then won by opposition leader J.B. Jeyaretnam (this was seen as one of the major upsets of Singaporean politics). This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... Party logo with a symbol of red lightning that signifies action. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Malaysian general election of 1964 was an important step towards the eventual independence of Singapore from Malaysia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Motto: Maju dan makmur (Malay: Progress and Prosper) Location in Malaysia Coordinates: , Country State Establishment 1857 Granted city status 1974 Government  - Mayor (Datuk Bandar) Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan From 14 December 2006 Area  - City 243. ... The history of the Republic of Singapore began when Singapore gained its independence and became a republic following a secession from the Federation of Malaysia on 9 August 1965. ... Democratic Action Party (DAP) logo The Democratic Action Party (DAP, Parti Tindakan Demokratik in Malay) is Malaysias largest secular and Socialist opposition party. ... The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), also known as the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (SNTUC), is a national federation comprising trade unions of workers in the industrial, service and public sectors of Singapore. ... Jeyaretnam redirects here. ...


Resignation

On March 28, 1985, Nair resigned in unclear circumstances. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew stated in Parliament that Nair resigned to get treatment for alcoholism, a charge Nair hotly denied. According to Nair's counterclaim, he resigned under pressure when their political views came into conflict and Lee threatened to seek a motion in parliament to oust him as president. Nair also alleged that he was fed drugs to make him appear disoriented, and rumours were spread about his personal life in an attempt to discredit him. In 1999, an article about the case in the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail resulted in a libel suit by Lee. [1] The suit was thrown out of court after Nair's counterclaim. [2] is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... The Globe and Mail is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ...


Nair moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1995. Upon the death of his wife, Avadai Dhanam in April 18, 2005, it was noted that the then terminally-ill former president Wee Kim Wee had sent condolences just two weeks before his own death. He died in Canada at around noon SST on December 6, 2005. Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Location in the province of Ontario, Canada Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Incorporated June 9, 1846[1] Government  - Mayor Fred Eisenberger  - City Council Hamilton City Council  - Representatives 5 MPs and 5 MPPs Area [2]  - City 1,138. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wee Kim Wee (Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; November 4, 1915–May 2, 2005) was the fourth President of Singapore, from 1985 to 1993. ... Singapore observes a time zone eight hours ahead of UTC, (UTC+8), known as Singapore Standard Time or SGT. It is the same time zone as Australian Western Standard Time, Malaysian Standard Time, Chinese Standard Time and Hong Kong Time. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Family

Nair is survived by his 3 sons, daughter, and 5 grandchildren. His eldest son, Janadas Devan, is a senior editor with the Straits Times. His second son, Janamitra Devan, is a Senior Fellow at McKinsey & Co, and his third son, Janaprakash Devan is a private entrepreneur in Canada. His only daughter, Vijaya Kumari Devan continues to reside in Hamilton, Ontario. His granddaughters are Gitanjali Devan, a psychology graduate from the University of Maryland, Priyanjali Devan, currently attending Middlebury College, and Kiran Devan, a high school student in Minnesota. His grandsons are JanaAvinash Devan, currently attending the University of Washington, and Janashaan Heng-Devan, attending high school in Texas. The Straits Times is an English-language broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore, currently owned by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). ...


References

  • Former Singapore President Devan Nair dies
  • Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home (Robinson Chapel)
  • UPI - New York Times Archive (Published March 29, 1985)
Preceded by
Benjamin Henry Sheares
President of Singapore
1981-1985
Succeeded by
Wee Kim Wee


Benjamin Henry Sheares (August 12, 1907-May 12, 1981) was the second President of Singapore. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... Wee Kim Wee (Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; November 4, 1915–May 2, 2005) was the fourth President of Singapore, from 1985 to 1993. ...

Flag of the President of Singapore Presidents of Singapore

Yusof bin Ishak | Benjamin Henry Sheares | Chengara Veetil Devan Nair | Wee Kim Wee | Ong Teng Cheong | Sellapan Ramanathan Image File history File links President_of_Singapore_Flag. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... Encik Yusuf bin Ishak, first President of Singapore and Yang di-Pertuan Negara (head of state). ... Benjamin Henry Sheares (August 12, 1907-May 12, 1981) was the second President of Singapore. ... Wee Kim Wee (Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; November 4, 1915–May 2, 2005) was the fourth President of Singapore, from 1985 to 1993. ... Ong Teng Cheong (Chinese: 王鼎昌; Pinyin: Wáng Dǐngchāng) (January 22, 1936 - February 8, 2002) was the first elected President of Republic of Singapore. ... Sellapan Ramanathan (born July 3, 1924) is the sixth and current President of the Republic of Singapore. ...


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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: CV Devan Nair (270 words)
Devan Nair, (born 1923) was the third President of Singapore and was elected by Parliament on October 23, 1981.
Nair also alleged that he was fed drugs to make him appear disoriented, and rumors were spread about his personal life in an attempt to discredit.
Owing to personal problems, Nair stepped down in 1985 and was replaced by Wee Kim Wee, who served as President until 1993.
In Memory of C.V.Devan Nair (August 8, 1923-December 6, 2005) (542 words)
DAP and its veteran club wishes to invite all Malaysians to attend the C.V Devan Nair Memorial on Sunday, 25 June 2006 (3pm -5.30pm) at Wisma Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur (opposite the Selangor Chinese assembly Hall).
Dr Janamitra Devan and other family members of the late Devan Nair have also confirmed their attendance.
Nair once served the Malaysian people as the Member of Parliament for Bangsar from 1964 to 1969.
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