Kuldip Nayar, the Astor for Press Freedom, at the Commonwealth Press Union Meet in Colombo.
Rajendra Raghuvanshi, eminent theatre personality formerly with IPTA, at 84.
French novelist and thinker Maurice Blanchot, 95. A hermit-like figure of fuzzy politics, he spanned inter-war nationalism and the radical dissent on Algeria and May ’68.
Fidel Castro & Yasser Arafat, among the world’s richest rulers, by Forbes, with assets estimated at $110 mn and $300 mn. They figure much below despots and monarchs, though.
MRF founder and Chief Mammen Mappilai, 80. A Padmashree, he was the son of K.C. Mammen Mappilai, former chief editor, Malayala Manorama.
Shiek Mohd Taha, one of the five founders of the militant group Hamas. The arrest signals a shift in Israel’s line on radical ideologues of the Intifada.
Bangalore’s M.S. Murthy, with the Iranian Academy of Art’s International Biennial Award, the first Indian artist to be thus awarded.
Studio Daniel Libeskind’s design to rebuild at the wtc site in NY.