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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Indira Gandhi among the 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century!

Time magazine, the world famous journal placed India’s former prime minister Smt. Indira Gandhi among the most powerful women of the world. Indira Gandhi and Albanian nun Mother Teresa, who made India her home, are among Time magazine's "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century."
The US news magazine's survey of "the women who have most influenced our world" is topped by Jane Addams, an outspoken advocate for women's causes. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The list includes US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the sixth place.
Indira Gandhi ranked ninth, figured on TIME cover when she was elected Prime Minister in 1966 with a line reading, "Troubled India in a Woman's Hands." "Those steady hands went on to steer India, not without controversy, for much of the next two decades through recession, famine, the detonation of the nation's first atomic bomb, a corruption scandal and a civil war in neighbouring Pakistan that, under her guidance, led to the creation of a new state, Bangladesh," the magazine said.
"By the time she was assassinated, in 1984, Gandhi was the world's longest-serving female prime minister, a distinction she holds to this day."
Mother Teresa is ranked 22nd in the list. Time said: "Her iconic white garb with its blue stripe trim is now equated with her ideals of service and charity among 'the poorest of the poor. Sometimes criticised for lacking adequate medical training, not addressing poverty on a grander scale, actively opposing birth control and abortion and even cosying up to dictators, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize nonetheless inspired countless volunteers to serve, and will wear her white habit all the way to Catholic sainthood,".
India has more things to cheer.
Know more about Indira Gandhi

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

'Vuvuzela' the top word of 2010!

The sound of vuvuzelas are still buzzing in our ears. Many criticized  the sound as too much irritating while many others supported it. Anyways vuvuzela and its peculiar  sound have become so popular in all parts of the world. Now ‘vuvuzela’ has bagged another fame.
" Spillcam" and " vuvuzela" are the top words of 2010, reflecting the global impact of the months-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the noisy South African horns at the World Cup soccer tournament. The Texas-based survey uses a math formula to track the frequency of words and phrases in the English-speaking world of more than 1.58 billion people. It declared that President Hu Jintao of China and Apple's new iPad were the two top names of the year on a list that also featured "Chilean Coal Miners", reflecting the worldwide fascination with televised rescue in October of 33 men trapped who were deep in a mine. 

"Anger and rage" among political voters from the United States to Greece was deemed the most popular phrase of 2010. "Obamania", one of the biggest phrases of the past two years, ranked in 10th place.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi  is a Burmese opposition politician and a former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. She was born on 19 June 1945.
In the 1990 general election, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament.  She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1990 until her release on 13 November 2010.
Aung San Suu Kyi was the recipient of the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the Government of Venezuela. Aung San Suu Kyi is the third child and only daughter of Aung San, considered to be the father of modern-day Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi Made Public Speech after Release

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on for freedom of speech in army-ruled Myanmar, urged thousands of supporters to stand up for their rights, and indicated she may urge the West to end sanctions.  Suu Kyi's first major speech since being freed from seven years of house arrest a day earlier left little doubt she would resume an influential political role in Myanmar, one of the world's most isolated and oppressive countries. 

"The basis of democratic freedom is freedom of speech," she said to roaring cheers from thousands of supporters crammed into a cordoned-off street in front of her party's headquarters. "You have to stand up for what is right," Suu Kyi added.
The 65-year-old Nobel peace laureate, who had lost none of her ability to rouse and mesmerise crowds, offered an olive branch to the military junta, saying she had no antagonism for those who kept her detained for 15 of the past 21 years. She said, "let's meet and talk." 

Diplomats expect Suu Kyi to work with the West to end sanctions she once supported but which are now seen by many as contributing to chronic economic problems in the country of 50 million people where a third of the population live in poverty. 
She spoke outside the headquarters of her 
National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Bogyoke Aung San Family (1947), Daw Khin Kyi (wife),
Aung San Oo (eldest son), Aung San Linn (second son)
 and Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi with her parents (another old photo)

 Aung San Suu kyi in front of her father’s picture

Pamela Loves Animals!!!

We all know Pamela Anderson, no doubt. Some might have forgotten her face, but none can forget her ‘assets’. That’s it, so worthy!
This former 'Baywatch' star, is now in India to participate in reality show 'Bigg Boss 4'. What is it in her India visit, you may ask! But the news is that she has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging to reject all leather products. Hey, she is in fond of animals now… don’t misunderstand, anyways… 
In the letter to PM, the 
Hollywood actress wrote, "I am calling on person in India and throughout the world to join me in rejecting all leather products in order to help put an end to animal suffering. I am asking every individual never to buy leather shoes, bags, jackets, belts or anything else made of animal skin." 
The 43-year-old star is an active member of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has taken up several causes for protecting animal rights. "Illegal slaughterhouses operate with impunity throughout the country and municipal slaughterhouses have failed to follow the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The government has also failed to set up any effective scheme whatsoever to address this crisis," Anderson said. 
"India's laws prohibit animals from being crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that their bones break, ban handlers from smearing chilli seeds into cows' eyes, yet all this continues to go on, involving countless animals every day," she added.
Ha! Good days to animals.