Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hassan Sardar

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Hassan Sardar     Hassan Sardar

Karachi, Pakistan: Hassan Sardar is a former field hockey player and captain from Pakistan

Hassan Sardar born October 22, 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan is a former field hockey player and captain from Pakistan, who won the golden medal with the Men’s National Hockey Team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

A Karachi native, Sardar graduated from Habib Public School. Arguably the best centre forward Pakistan has ever produced, he started his international career in the early 1980s and played his first World Hockey Cup in 1982 held in Mumbai, India. Graceful and deadly he played in arguably the best forward line Pakistan ever had along with Shanaz Sheikh, Samiullah, Hanif Khan and Kalimullah. Sardar was declared Man of the tournament for scoring 11 world cup goals and Pakistan took the gold.

In the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, he helped crush India with a hat-trick as Pakistan triumphed 7-1. He was instrumental in leading Pakistan to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He later managed the Pakistani Hockey Team. Currently he is the Chief Selector of Pakistan hockey team.

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J. K. Rowling

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J. K. Rowling J. K. Rowling

Yate, United Kingdom: is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, OBE FRSL born 31 July 1965 pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history and been the basis for a series of films which is the second highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until Rowling finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in 1997. There were six sequels, the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in 2007. Since then, Rowling has written four books for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy and—under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction novels The Cuckoo’s Calling , The Silkworm and Career of Evil .

Rowling has lived a “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. She is the United Kingdom’s best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238m. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million, ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom. Forbes ranked Rowling as the 48th most powerful celebrity of 2007 and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, Rowling was named the “Most Influential Woman in Britain” by leading magazine editors. She has supported charities including Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Lumos formerly the Children’s High Level Group.

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Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison     Larry Ellison

 New York : is an American internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist.

Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison born August 17, 1944 is an American internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He serves as executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, having previously been chief executive from its founding until September 2014. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes as the third-wealthiest man in America and as the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune of $56.2 billion.

Ellison was born in New York City but grew up in Chicago. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and the University of Chicago without graduating before moving to California in 1966. While working at Ampex in the early 1970s, he became influenced by Edgar F. Codd’s research on relational database design, which led in 1977 to the formation of what became Oracle. Oracle became a successful database vendor to mid- and low-range systems, competing with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server, which led to Ellison being listed by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world.

Ellison has donated up to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge. In addition to his work at Oracle, Ellison has had success in yachting, through Oracle Team USA, and is a licensed aircraft pilot who owns two military jets.

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Savitri Jindal

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Savitri Jindal       Savitri Jindal

Tinsukia:  is a Non-Executive Chairperson, Jindal Steel & Power Limited.

Savitri Devi Jindal is a Non-Executive Chairperson, Jindal Steel & Power Limited. She was born to a family in Tinsukia, Assam in 1950. Savitri Jindal grew up living the lifestyle of a traditional Indian woman. In 1970 she married O.P. Jindal, who had founded the Jindal Group, a steel and power conglomerate

Savitri Jindal was a Minister in Haryana Government and member of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha  from Hisar constituency. She lost the seat in recently held elections in Haryana assembly. She became the chairperson after her husband, O. P. Jindal, died in a helicopter crash in 2005. She is a member of the political party.

Savitri Jindal is the richest woman in Asia, worth over $14.4 billion she also is the world’s 56th richest person. The steel baroness, however, enjoys talking about her children and continuing her husband’s public work. She is the world’s 4th richest mother.

As of September 2014, Savitri Jindal and her family was listed by Forbes as the world’s 155th “richest”, with a net worth of US$6.4 billion. They ranked as the twelfth richest in India.

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Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai      Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan: S.St is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Malala Yousafzai S.St born 12 July 1997 is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Her family runs a chain of schools in the region. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.

On the afternoon of October 9, 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai’s forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world.” United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015; it helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill.

The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured Yousafzai as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and the recipient of the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In July that year, she spoke at the headquarters of the United Nations to call for worldwide access to education, and in October the Government of Canada announced its intention that its parliament confer Honorary Canadian citizenship upon Yousafzai.[8] In February 2014, she was nominated for the World Children’s Prize in Sweden. Even though she was fighting for women’s rights as well as children’s rights, she did not describe herself as feminist when asked on Forbes Under 30 Summit in 2014. In 2015, however, Yousafzai told Emma Watson she decided to call herself a feminist after hearing Watson’s speech at the UN launching the HeForShe campaign.In May 2014, Yousafzai was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of King’s College in Halifax. Later in 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Aged 17 at the time, Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.She was the subject of Oscar-shortlisted 2015 documentary He Named Me Malala.

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Kareena Kapoor Khan

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Kareena Kapoor Khan     Kareena Kapoor Khan

Mumbai: is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films.

Kareena Kapoor born 21 September 1980 by her married name Kareena Kapoor Khan, is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor. Noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genres from romantic comedies to crime dramas  Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, and is one of Bollywood’s most popular and highest-paid actresses.

After making her acting debut in the 2000 war film Refugee, Kapoor established herself in Hindi cinema with roles in the historical drama Aśoka, and the blockbuster melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… both 2001. This initial success was followed by a series of commercial failures and repetitive roles, which garnered her negative reviews. The year 2004 marked a turning point for Kapoor when she played against type in the role of a sex worker in the drama Chameli. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for her portrayal of a riot victim in the 2004 drama Dev and a character based on William Shakespeare’s heroine Desdemona in the 2006 crime film Omkara. She went on to receive Filmfare Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the 2007 romantic comedy Jab We Met and the 2010 drama We Are Family, respectively. Kapoor achieved further success by featuring as the female lead in four of India’s top-grossing productions—the 2009 comedy-drama 3 Idiots, the 2010 comedy Golmaal 3, the 2011 romantic drama Bodyguard, and the 2011 science fiction Ra.One—and received praise for her roles in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan and the 2012 drama Heroine.

Married to actor Saif Ali Khan, Kapoor’s off-screen life is the subject of widespread coverage in India. She has a reputation for being outspoken and assertive, and is recognised for her contributions to the film industry through her fashion style and film roles. In addition to film acting, Kapoor is a stage performer and has contributed as a co-author to three books: an autobiographical memoir and two nutrition guides. She has also launched her own clothing line in association with the retail chain Globus.

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Anil Agarwal

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Anil Agarwal     Anil Agarwal

Patna:  Vedanta ResourcesSterlite Industries

Anil Agarwal is the founder and Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc. which he controls through Volcan Investments, a holding vehicle with a 61.7% stake in the business.

 Anil Agarwal

Born       24 January 1954 (age 61)

Patna, Bihar, India

Residence            London, England

Ethnicity                Marwari

Citizenship           India Indian

Occupation          Chairman of Vedanta Resources

Known for            the Vedanta Foundation

Net worth             Increase $3.50 billion (2014)[1]

Religion Hinduism

Spouse(s)             Kiran Agarwal

Children                2 – Agnivesh (son) and Priya (daughter)

Website www.vedantaresources.com

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Gayatri Devi

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Gayatri Devi      Gayatri Devi

Jaipur:  the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh

Gayatri Devi born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar; 23 May 1919 − 29 July 2009 was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh. Following her husband’s signature for the Jaipur State to become part of the Union of India and her step-son’s accession to the throne in 1970, she was later known as ‘Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur.

Ethnically born in a Koch Rajbongshi Hindu family, her father was Maharaja Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, and her mother was Maratha Princess Indira Raje of Baroda, the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

Following India’s independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood.

She died on 29 July 2009 in Jaipur, at the age of 90. She was suffering from paralytic ileus and lung infection.

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Kalpana Chawla

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Kalpana Chawla   Kalpana Chawla

Punjab: Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space.

Kalpana Chawla March 17, 1962– February 1, 2003 was an Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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Pratibha Patil

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Pratibha Patil      Pratibha Patil

Nadgaon: Pratibha Devisingh Patil is an Indian politician

Pratibha Devisingh Patil born 19 December 1934 is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012. A member of the Indian National Congress, Patil is the only woman to hold the office.She previously served as the Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.

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