- Mumbai-origin Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon, who migrated to Britain with little funds and went on to found several Indian food companies that made him known as Britain’s first ‘Curry King’, died.
- A member of the House of Lords, Noon was among those trapped in the Taj Hotel during the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, but was rescued. He was conferred royal honours for his contribution to business and Britain’s Asian community.
- Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz said: “Today we have lost a giant, not only of the British Asian community, but also of British entrepreneurship. A decent, honourable and generous man, who was dedicated to his family, but also to his country, the United Kingdom”.
- He added: “Rightly known as Britain’s first ‘Curry King’, he brought curry to the high street. There are thousands of people in Britain, in India and throughout the world who have benefited from his enterprise, jobs he created, and his big heart. The world of cricket will also miss one of its most devoted followers”.
- Noon often figured in Britain’s annual rich lists.
Archaeologist Misra passes away
- Virendra Nath Misra, one of the eminent archaeologists of post-Independent India and known as the ‘doyen of Indian prehistoric archaeology’, passed away.
- According to medical sources, Dr. Misra succumbed to complications that arose from an open-heart surgery he underwent six weeks ago.
- Misra was former director of Pune’s Deccan College, a focal point for his tryst with the city which spanned nearly six decades. He retired as Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology in 1995 and as the Director of Deccan College in 2000.
- Misra is best known for his extensive field studies and excavations in Central India and Rajasthan, where he made several significant contributions to the reconstruction of India’s prehistoric past.