World’s Most Powerful People

Most Powerful People

Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1) has taken the top spot on Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of “The World’s Most Powerful People” , as he "continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage". President Barack Obama (No. 2) dropped from the number one spot, followed by General Secretary, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping (No. … [Read more...]

SBI Gets First Woman Chairperson

Arundhati Bhattacharya

The country's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) on October 7 got its first woman boss, Arundhati Bhattacharya after Pratip Chaudhuri's tenure as chief came to an end. Ms Bhattacharya had also become the first woman managing director of SBI in August. Prior to this appointment, Ms Bhattacharya was managing director and chief executive of SBI … [Read more...]

Thomas Bach Elected As IOC President

Thomas Beach

Mr Thomas Bach has been elected as the new President of the International Olympic Committee. The 59-year-old German lawyer and former fencing gold medallist replaces 71-year-old Jacques Rogge, who is standing down after 12 years in charge. He begins an eight-year term as president, with the possibility of a second, four-year, mandate. He will be the ninth … [Read more...]

Deepak Sandhu Becomes First Woman CIC

Deepak Sandhu

Deepak Sandhu has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner. She was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapti Bhavan on September 5. Sandhu,a 1971 batch Indian Information Service officer has replaced Satyanand Mishra. She earlier served as Media Advisor to the prime minister and was the Principal … [Read more...]

Obama Govt. Nominates Nisha Biswal For Key Post


US President Barack Obama has nominated an Indian-American Nisha Desai Biswal for the key post of Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. Ms Biswal is currently the Assistant Administrator for Asia at the US Agency for International Development. She will replace incumbent Robert Blake, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Nomination of Ms … [Read more...]

Rios Montt Genocide Trial Ends With Historic Verdict


A Guatemalan court on May 15 found former dictator and US Cold War ally, Efrain Rios Montt, guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 80 years in prison. His intelligence chief, Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, was found not guilty on all charges. The two had been accused of being responsible for the massacre of 1,771, the forced … [Read more...]

Tymoshenko Jailing Was Rights Abuse


Ukraine's jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was a politically motivated violation of her rights, Europe's human rights court ruled on April 30. An architect of Ukraine's 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution who was instantly recognizable by her crown of braids, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 after being … [Read more...]

Kris Gopalakrishnan Elected As New President Of CII


Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder and executive co-chairman of Infosys, has been elected as the president of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2013-14.He succeeds Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group. Chairman and Senior Managing Director of DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited (DSCL) Ajay S. Shriram has been chosen … [Read more...]

Congolese Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Surrenders


  Fugitive Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda walked into the US embassy in Kigali, Rwanda on March 18 and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he faces war crimes charges. With his surrender, Ntaganda ended a career that saw him fight as a rebel and government soldier on both sides of the Rwanda-Congo border during … [Read more...]

China Installs Li Keqiang As Its Premier


China has formally installed Li Keqiang as the country's premier, putting him in charge of the world's second largest economy via a ballot of its rubber-stamp parliament on March 15. Li, who replaces Wen Jiabao, has held the number two position in the Communist party since November. The National People's Congress – which officially selected Xi Jinping as … [Read more...]