Noted economist and founder-chairman of the Jaipur-based Institute of Development Studies M.V. Mathur dies at 89 in the US.
Vadakke Kootala Narayanankutty Nair, aka VKN, 74, Malayalam literature’s poison pen, is dead. An acidic wit was the signature element of his oeuvre.
BBC chairman Gavyn Davies quits, admitting errors in Andrew Gilligan’s report last year that the Blair regime had ‘sexed up’ the Iraq dossier, after the Lord Hutton probe cleared the PM.
Alexandra Ripley, who wrote Scarlett, the controversial sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War classic Gone With The Wind, dies at 71.
Lt Gen (retd) V.R. Raghavan is commissioner in the UN’s Hans Blix-led WMD Commission.