Vazhapadi K. Ramamurthy, 62, former Union minister and tncc chief, who began with the Dravidar Kazhagam in 1959. He also briefly left the Congress to form his own TRC.
Richard Harris, Irish actor, at 72. Will be remembered as King Arthur in Camelot, played Prof Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Annadashankar Ray, Bengali writer, at 99. A Padma Bhushan and an important post-Tagore figure, Ray is well known for his limericks.
The polygraph or Lie detector test, in the US, after it was found inaccurate, vague.
Indian cricket players’ Association, to represent players’ interests before the BCCI and ICC.
Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, as the first Left president of Brazil. The shoeshine boy and metal worker turned unionist won 61% votes to oust the Right.
Mark waugh, ace batsman and younger of the Waugh twins, from international cricket, on exclusion from Australia’s Ashes team.
Mukhtiar Mai, victim of infamous punitive gangrape in rural Pakistan, a human rights prize.