February 29, 2020
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S.L. Shakdher, 83, former CEC and ex-secretary-general of the Lok Sabha, in Delhi. His Practice and Procedures of Parliament (with M.L. Kaul) is till date the Speaker’s ready reckoner.




Taking over
Nihal Ahmed, now with the JD(S), as mayor of Malegaon. Ahmed had last hit the headlines with his pro-Osama bin Laden rally that fanned riots in Maharashtra’s powerloom town last year.



Naked Chicken, by scientists of Hebrew University, Israel. The lo-cal, featherless bird, a marvel of genetic engineering, will be kosher for modish health freaks.

Strikes at AIIMS, by the Delhi High Court. Upholding people’s right to health, it nayed agitation within 500 m of the institute.

Stephen Jay Gould, 60, famed Harvard evolutionary biologist. The author of Wonderful Life, he earned renown for his radical Darwinism.



Dilip Tirkey, as hockey captain, only adivasi after Jaipal Singh to lead India’s team.



Air marshal A.R. Ghandhi, as chief of the strategic Bikaner-to-Ladakh western air command. His predecessor, V.K. Bhatia, was removed after he violated Pak air space.
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