February 24, 2020
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Indian scientist Modadugu V. Gupta wins the $2,50,000 World Food Prize for his efforts in low-cost freshwater aquaculture in South and Southeast Asia. Over 1 million have benefited directly, and regional production is up 3-5 times.

Amal Allana is the new NSD chief. Daughter of theatre doyen Ebrahim Alkazi, her plays include Himmat Mai (Brecht’s Mother Courage), and TV serials Raj Se Swaraj Tak, Mullah Nasruddin.


A forgotten Aria by J.S. Bach from 1713 has been discovered in Germany. The piece is for a soprano with string or keyboard accompaniment.

British umpire David Shepherd, 65, retires. A portly relic of the old world, with his cries of "roast beef for lunch" and his hop for the Nelson, he ruled in 92 Tests and three Cup finals.

 

Arthur Dunkel, 72, author of the ‘Dunkel Draft’ which ushered in global free-trade treaties, the WTO and much heartburn for the Left in India, dies.
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