Nani Ardeshir Palkhivala, 82, constitutional law pundit, herald of liberalisation and maidan orator. His public critiques of the Budget were a calendar event that rivalled the original.
Pallavur Appu Marar, maestro of the thayambaka, a percussion form of Kerala, at 74.
Ne Win, Burmese dictator (1962-88), at 91. He remained a shadowy force behind the slorc after relinquishing power but was put under house arrest in March 2002.
The Forest Commission. Ex-chief justice B.N. Kirpal and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhat are among its seven members.
V.N. Khare, 63, as the 33rd Chief Justice of India. He succeeds G.B. Pattanaik, cji of 41 days, and will have a relatively long, 16-month tenure.
India-born Raju Narisetti, as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, Europe. He began his career with The Economic Times.
By New Zealand, its own Supreme Court, with one expert in Maori law among five judges. The privy council, London, stays as the appellate court.
A patent to US firm ConAgra, for the method of producing atta with Chakki.