Poet Kailash Vajpeyi, the Vyas Samman, for verse-essay Prithvi Ka Krishnapaksh , inspired by the Mahabharat figure Parikshit. He edits the journal Poetry.
Air Marshal T.M. Asthana, as the first commander of the Strategic Command Forces, to manage our nuclear arsenal.
Rebekah Wade, as the first woman editor of the British tabloid The Sun .
The world’s largest buddha statue, in Kushinagar, east UP, the site of the Mahanirvana, by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a world body based in US.
A rare collection of 500 Beatles Tapes, lost 30 years ago. They contain rough cuts and alternative versions of their familiar hits.
Leopoldo Galtieri, 76, Argentina’s former military dictator (1976-83), who led his country into the 1982 Falklands war with the UK. He had been under house arrest since last July.
Singer Maurice Gibb, 53, in the US. He, with his two brothers, founded Bee Gees, riders of the ’70s disco sound.
Edward Rai, the oldest living member of the ics and husband of writer Nayantara Sahgal, at 87.