Former Tour de France champ Marco ‘Pirate’ Pantani, 33, who made a comeback in ’03 after a drug row, is found dead in a hotel room in Italy.
The General Staff for the Glorification of the Martyrs of the Islamic World, an Iranian group, issues a new fatwa to kill British author Salman Rushdie.
A.K. Puri, 68, head honcho of the Lord Krishna Bank, is found murdered in Luanda, Angola.
Foreign secretaries of India and Pak Shashank and Riaz Khokar will meet in Delhi in May/June for talks on CBMs, J&K and other issues.
Author Vikram Seth is appointed a trustee to the British Museum by Prime Minister Tony Blair.