January 25, 2020
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Crossings
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"She was an overnight phenomenon because of her wheatish beauty and rakish appeal as a woman who smoked and drank on screen."—An obit in The Times, London, on actress Parveen Babi, who was found dead in her Mumbai flat on January 22.

American TV star Johnny Carson, legendary former host of NBC’s Tonight Show, dies at 79. He quit top-rated shows in ’92 after a 30-year run.

Kerala’s DGP P.K. Hormese Tharakan is named the Research and Analysis Wing chief. A top RAW official, overlooked, quits in a huff.

The irrepressible chronicler of the all-seeing ‘common man’, newspaper cartoonist R.K. Laxman, 83, is awarded the Padma Vibhushan.


Zebulon Simentov, 45, becomes the Last Jew in Afghanistan after the death of his neighbour, the caretaker of Kabul’s only functioning synagogue.

Nominated for Oscar: Ashvin Kumar’s Little Terrorist in the Live Action Short Film category.

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