February 24, 2020
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Albanian poet and novelist Ismail Kadare, 69, wins the first Man Booker International prize. An exile "from the Balkan fringe", his books include The Concert, Broken April, Elegy for Kosovo.

Ram Niwas Mirdha is the Sangeet Natak Akademi Chief. After the Prez "withdrew his pleasure", controversial danseuse Sonal Mansingh had to go.

Pemba Dorje Sherpa and Moni Mulepati become the first couple to exchange vows atop Mt Everest.


Indian-born American Anurag Kashyap, 13, wins the 78th Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. He spelt ‘appoggiatura’ right to take the title. Samir Sudhir Patel, 11, came in second.

Anne Bancroft, 73, actress and Oscar winner (The Miracle Worker, ’63) dies. Her career-defining role was that of Mrs Robinson in The Graduate.

M. Ando, 95, inventor of 2-minute favourite instant ramen noodles, steps down as Nissin Foods head.

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