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Named
Yash Chopra, for the Dadasaheb Phalke award, 2001. Bombay’s romance merchant has had a 51-year run paved with hits like Waqt, Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie to Trishul, Silsila, Lamhe and DTPH.

 

Banned
All Strikes By Lawyers. The Supreme Court ruling says, in case of a strike, lawyers must compensate their clients.

Departed
Ivan Illich, radical ecology theorist of the ’70s and alternate philosopher, at 76. Deschooling Society is among his landmark tracts.

 

Shakila Bano Bhopali, qawwali singer, known for a unique style, at 60.

Announced
A human embryo stem cell project, by the Stanford University, the first US institution to enter a research area linked to the cloning controversy.

Selected
H.P. Dikshit, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, to chair the board of governors of the Consortium of Open-Distance Learning, SAARC.

 

Lieutenant General Shantanu Chaudhary, as the next vice-chief of army staff. Now the GOC of Army Training Command, Shimla, he takes over from N.C. Vij on December 31.

Superseded
The world’s fastest supercomputer in the US, by Earth Simulator in Japan. Capable of doing 35.6 trillion calculations per second, it is meant to be a predictor of volcanic activity and typhoons.

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