February 15, 2020
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Crossings
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The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence bill is cleared. Now, even threats of physical, sexual, economic abuse means penal action. Meanwhile, victimhood continues for Imrana in eastern UP. Raped by her father-in-law, it is she who faces a fatwa to separate from her husband.

Jack Kilby, 81, inventor of the integrated circuit (IC) microchip and a Nobel winner, dies. He held over 60 patents, one for the hand-held calculator.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 48, is Iran’s new prez. An Iraq war veteran and ultra-conservative, the Teheran mayor’s win—shutting out moderate Hashemi Rafsanjani—is a blow to reformists.


Paul Winchell, 82, ventriloquist and inventor, dies. The voice of Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh films, he held over 30 patents, including one for an artificial heart, a flameless cigarette lighter etc.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 49, champion of black capitalism and mines minister, is SA deputy prez. She replaces graft charges-hit Jacob Zuma.

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