April 04, 2020
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Crossings

Crossings
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Died
Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi, 89, Urdu writer-critic and much-jailed icon of progressive literature in Pakistan. His story collection, Chopaal, is a classic.

Appointed
Jose Ramos Horta, 57, the Nobel Peace prize winner, is trouble-torn East Timor’s new PM. Over 1,50,000 have fled because of the violence.

Killed
Shamil Basayev, Russia’s enemy No. 1 in Chechnya. Among his terror exploits: Moscow theatre siege (129 killed), Beslan school massacre (331).

Died
Syd Barrett, 60, the original Pink Floyd psychedelic and "acid casualty" of the ’60s. Turned a recluse later. Shine on You... et al were in tribute.

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