Vinod Mehta, editor of India's Outlook magazine, dies at 73

Updated 08 March 2015
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Vinod Mehta, editor of India's Outlook magazine, dies at 73

NEW DELHI: Vinod Mehta, founding editor of India's Outlook magazine and a fearless and irreverent commentator on Indian politics, died Sunday. He was 73.
Mehta died of multiple organ failure at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said hospital spokesman Amit Gupta.
In a career spanning four decades, Mehta launched several newspapers and magazines.
But he was best known for his trenchant editorial columns on politics and the shenanigans of Indian politicians.
Mehta was born in the city of Rawalpindi in 1942. He spent his childhood in Lucknow.
In 2011, he published his best-selling memoirs, "Lucknow Boy," followed a couple of years later by "Editor Unplugged."
Mehta was the founding editor of newspapers such as the Sunday Observer, the Indian Post, The Independent and the Delhi edition of The Pioneer.
In 1995, he founded Outlook, a weekly news and views magazine.
He was a popular commentator on television chat shows, well known for his fiercely independent views.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise."


Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

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Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

  • Nearly 100 people were charged in the kidnappings
  • 52 people were kidnapped in March of 2000, including two teachers who were beheaded by the extremist group

MANILA: A Philippine court has found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.
The Regional Trial Court branch 261 on Friday acquitted 20 other people who have languished in jail for several years while insisting they were innocent in the brazen March 2000 kidnappings of 52 people, mostly young students at two schools on Basilan island. Two kidnapped teachers were beheaded and a priest died while in the custody of the militants.
Nearly 100 people were charged in the kidnappings. An Associated Press investigation in 2014 indicated that dozens of people were detained without strong evidence.