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Indian women on Fortune's list of powerful Asia-Pacific women
Report dated 22/09/2014 @ 1:01 PM
Eight Indian women have made it to Fortune magazine's list of the 25 most powerful women 'shaping the new world order' in the Asia Pacific region.
ICICI bank chief Chanda Kochhar who ranked highest among Indian women, is second across the region while SBI's Arundhati Bhattacharya ranks 4th, HPCL's Nishi Vasudeva ranks 5th and Axis Bank's Shikha Sharma ranks 10th.
Other Indians on the top 25 list include Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, National Stock Exchange CEO Chitra Ramkrishna, HSBC's Naina Lal Kidwai and TAFE chairman and CEO Mallika Srinivasan.
Meanwhile PepsiCo's NRI CEO Indra Nooyi is ranked third among the world's most powerful business women in Fortune's worldwide list.
Brothers first to win KBC highest Rs.70 million prize
Report dated 21/09/2014 @ 1:43 PM
Achin and Sartak Narula are now the first ever contestants to win the highest prize of Rs.7 crore in 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' the reality TV game show hosted by Bollywood mega star 71-year-old Amitabh Bachchan. The Narulas from Delhi won after answering all 14 questions correctly with the help of four lifelines.
Achin is a marketing manager and has been trying to compete in the show for 10 years but always fell short of being selected. Sartha is a student.
Bachchan who has hosted the show for 14 years was reportedly speechless when the brothers made it to the top prize. Gaurav Seth senior vice-resident marketing, Sony Entertainment Television called it a momentous occasion and congratulated the brothers.
Time names Alok Shetty architect 'leader of tomorrow'
Report dated 21/09/2014 @ 1:27 PM
Alok Shetty, 28, an architect has been named "young leader of tomorrow" by Time magazine for his pioneering work in designing affordable flood-proof houses for slum dwellers.
Shetty who works with Bangalore based nonprofit Parinaam Foundation is designing homes for slum dwellers whose makeshift houses flood during the heavy rains and become breeding grounds for diseases like malaria. He has been working in Bangalore's LRDE slum that is home to some 2000 people. He did a Master's in architecture at Columbia University, and has designed flood-proof houses costing just $300, out of discarded scaffolding, bamboo and wood. The houses are affordable and easy to set up as it takes just four hours to erect and dismantle them.
He is seeking government subsidies to lower the price further for those who cannot afford the units. He also plans to boost access to health care and education in remote communities.
Time said it has named 6 inspirational young persons in its first class of 'next generation leaders'. Others named include an Israeli, a Chinese, a British Nigerian and a Tunisian.
India’s first transgender news anchor
Report dated 20/09/2014 @ 2:04 PM
Padmini Prakash, 31, from Coimbatore, is a news anchor on the Lotus News Channel, becoming the first transgender television news anchor in India.
She has acted in a TV serial and has dealt with all sorts of pressure in the past during her days as a vocal social activist for transgender rights. She admits she initially found it daunting to anchor a live news show. She was also worried about focusing on diction and clarity, but her employers praise her, as do members of the transgender community and media veterans.
Padmini was a first year BCom student when she cut all ties with her family and dropped out because she could not take the stigma and pressure. She then became a Bharathanatyam instructor. She now lives with her partner in the suburbs of Coimbatore and has also participated in and won several transgender beauty contests.
Rose Venkatesan, the first transgender TV talk show host says Padmini is tough, determined and very capable of handling pressure.
Scam accused DG of Police commits suicide
Report dated 20/09/2014 @ 1:39 AM
Shankar Barua, the former director general of Assam Police who was being investigated by the CBI for his alleged role in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam has committed suicide by shooting himself with his licensed revolver at his home. He was 63.
The CBI had raided Barua's home in August, and examined his bank documents. They also raided the homes of former Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and singer/filmmaker Sadananda Gogoi who is currently in CBI custody. Family sources say Barua's health deteriorated thereafter.
Police say Barua was in a nursing home for a few days after he complained of uneasiness in the chest. He was then discharged, and he shot himself soon after reaching home.
His body was taken to the headquarters of the 4th Assam Police battalion where police paid their last respects. He leaves behind his ailing mother, wife and two sons.