Neelum Sharma, the face of Doordarshan in the 1990s, passed away on Saturday. DD News on its official Twitter handle broke the information about Neelum’s death. It said,’DDNews mourns the passing away of our dear colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with DD news, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ‘Badi Charcha’ to ‘Tejasvini’ her path breaking programmes won accolades including Nari Shakti Award. ‘DDNews stands with the family of Neelum Sharma in this hour of grief.’ A strong advocate of women empowerment, Neelum had been conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puruskar’ by President Ram Nath Kovind last year. Fans, across the nation, expressed shock and sorrow on the demise of Neelum who was in her 50s.