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Noor Mohammad, Economics Writer at The Wire, Passes Away

Over the last year, his pieces have systematically exposed the dark underbelly of India’s energy sector, earning him brickbats and defamation lawsuits by some of India’s biggest corporate houses.

New Delhi: Senior journalist Noor Mohammad Khan, who reported regularly on economics and business matters for The Wire in his capacity as a staff writer, passed away due to a cardiac arrest in New Delhi on Tuesday.

He was 52.

Noor, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, was a versatile and prolific writer on India’s economy, international trade, infrastructure and energy for over 25 years.

A graduate in economics from Gorakhpur University, his grasp over a range of current and historical issues made him an invaluable asset in the newsroom.

He worked as a researcher for over a decade before entering mainstream journalism by providing inputs for a weekly column in the Economic Times called “Import-Export Notes” by well-known trade expert Arun Goyal, which dealt with all matters relating to domestic and international trade.

Noor then worked as an assistant editor at the Financial Express from 2009 to 2015, where he wrote extensively on infrastructure and energy.

He began writing for The Wire in November 2017, first as a consulting writer and then as a staff correspondent, making a mark with his sharp and incisive analyses.

Over the last year, his pieces have systematically exposed the dark underbelly of India’s energy sector, earning him brickbats and defamation lawsuits by some of India’s biggest corporate houses.

One quality that marked him as distinct from many of his peers is that he only let his work speak for him. Noor Mohammad Khan was a man of very few words otherwise, a rare quality in an era of noisy journalism.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Noor Mohammad Khan was prolific but here is a list of 10 significant stories he filed

If Gujarat Power Plants Bailout Is Approved, Consumers and Lenders Will Pick up the Tab

Does It Make Economic Sense for IOC and Gail India to Invest in Adani’s LNG Terminals?

(This article is subject of a Rs 100 crore defamation case by the Adanis, in addition to a criminal defamation case)

Why a Multi-Agency Probe Is Needed to Get to the Bottom of India’s Over-Invoicing Scams

Leaving Electricity Out of GST Regime Costs Indians Nearly Rs 30,000 Crore a Year

Audit Businesses of Big 5 Under Govt Scanner for Alleged Regulatory Violations

Move Your Own Coal, Modi Government Will Tell Some Private Power Plants

As Centre Struggles With Oil Conundrum, Will Indebted ONGC Be the Sacrificial Lamb?

Red Flags Over Nirav Modi’s Firm Shines Spotlight on Rampant Import Over-Invoicing in Diamond Trade

In UP, Power Supply Contracts Are Unraveling With Help From the State Electricity Regulator

Over the Past Seven Years, Politically-Connected Sectors Have Tanked at Stock Market