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August 01, 2012

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Aung San Suu Kyi Take Oath As Opposition Leader 

Aung San SuuKyi took oath of office to become an official member of Myanmar’s parliament on 2 May 2012. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate, pro democracy leader of Myanmar for the first time held public office since launching her struggle against autherisation rule nearly a quarter century ago.

Poll Panels Of SAARC Countries Established Forum  

SAARC Countries on 4 May 2012 adopted a charter for mutual cooperation and set up a forum that will enhance capabilities to conduct free and fair elections . In its charter the chief election commissioners of Afghanistan , Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives Nepal Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India confirmed their abiding faith in the objectives and principles of SAARC contained in the SAARC charter.

French Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande As First Socialist President  

Francois Hollande was elected France’s first socialist president nearly after two decades with 53.3% votes on 6 May 2012, While defeating Nicolas Sarkozy.The result will have major implications for Europe as it  struggle to emerge from a financial crisis and for France the Eurozone second largest economy and a nuclear armed permanent member of the UN Security Council.

All Nuclear Power Plants Stopped In Japan  

All Nuclear Power Plants  were Stopped In Japan on 6 May 2012 . Tomari was the last shutdown , which leaves Japan without nuclear power. Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off the last of their nations 50 nuclear reactor. Japan was without eclectricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades.

Vladimir Putin Sworn In As The President Of Russia

Vladimir Putin the former Russian Prime Minister and the president of the United Russia Party took the oath as the President of Russia on 7 May 2012. Putin had won  the Russian Presidential elections with 63.6% of the vote on 4 March.

Top 10 Female CEO’s & Influential Business Women of American Companies 

There are roughly 22 female presidents and prime ministers in the world and about a dozen women executives at the helm of Fortune 500 companies. Top 5 of them are

  1. Irene Rosenfeld - Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods

    • Industry: Food and Beverage
    • Annual Compensation: $19.3 million
  2. Carol M. Meyrowitz - President and CEO of The TJX Companies

    • Industry: Retail
    • Annual Compensation: $17.4 million
  3. Indra Nooyi - Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo (important for Us)

    • Industry: Food and Beverage
    • Annual Compensation: $16.2 million
  4. Ellen Kullman - Chairman and CEO of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

    • Industry: Chemical
    • Annual Compensation: $14.8 million
  5. Angela Braly - Chairman, President, and CEO of WellPoint

    • Industry: Healthcare
    • Annual Compensation: $13.5 million

Forbes Mother’s  Top 20 List

The list released by Forbes ahead of World Mother’s Day on 13 May 2012 the world’s 20 most powerful moms list which ranked most efficient persons list According to the magazine ” power moms must develop unique strategic to succeed in both boardrooms and playrooms. Fobes women analysed the annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women’s based on money controlled, decision making power and multiple measures of influence and teased out the moms who are at the top of their game are
  1. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of states
  2. Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian President
  3. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman
  4. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer Of Face book
  5. Melinda Gates, Co- founder, Bill and Melindan Gates Foundation
  6. Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson
  7. Michelle Obama, First lady U.S
  8. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director IMF
  9. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO Karft foods
  10. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor New York Times
  11. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health& Human services U.S

In the last 20th place is the General secretary of NLD Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Philippines President Names Two ‘Special Envoys’ to China 

Philippines President Benigno Aquino named two special envoys to China on 16 May 2012, amid a tence territorial dispute between the two countries over a shoal in the South China sea. During their six month assignment both were also tasked to actively persuade greater number of Chinese tourists to make the Philippines their main destination for leisure and relaxation trips.

China counters Japan’s Claims over Okinotoris Status  

China and Japan have exchanged a fresh round of claims and counter claims over a tiny but crucial out cropping in the Pacific Ocean, with Tokyo assuring that a UN Commission had endorsed its stand on the atoll being an Island while Beijing rejected it as baseless. The two countries, that have their own set of disputes in the South China sea, have also been sparring over the status of Okinotoris Atollion

Tomislav Nikolic Won Serbia’s Presidential Election 

The Serbian Progresive party leader Tomislav Nikolic Won Serbia’s Presidential Election on 20 May 2012. Nikolic beat his centrist, the incumbent Boris Tadic in closely contested election. Nikolic accounted for 50.21% of the total vote, against 46.77% for Tadic, with 40% of votes counted. Nikolic during his previous stints in power worked as a deputy prime minister under the former president Slobodon Miloscric.

China Developing Internet For Offensive Operations

China is improving its capacity for operations in cyberspace and developing capabilities to use internet for offensive operations. The Pentagon has said China is investing in not only capabilities to better defend their networks but also they are looking at ways to use cyber for offensive operations, China is engaging in  cyber activity focused on computer network exploitation.

IAEA Chief Meets Top Iran Nuclear Officials      

IAEA Chief  Yukiya Amano Met Top Iran’s  Nuclear chief and top negotiator on 21 May 2012 in a visit to Tehran closely watched for signs as to how wider talks between Iran and World power might unfurl. Iran’s national security supremo tasked with negotiating  nuclear issues and atomic energy head Abbasi Davani in an effort to press for greater co-operations between Iran and the UN Nuclear surveillance agency.

Bangladesh Announces Discovery Of Petroleum  

Energy starned Bangladesh has struck oil reserves in the country’s Northeastern region with an extractable reserve of at least 55 million barrels worth USD 5.5 million. Petrobangla is announcing with pleasure that Bangladesh had entered a new era through the discovery of a profitable oil reserves in Haripur and Kailashtila, state run Petrobangla’s chairman Hossain Monsur said.

China  is World’s Biggest Magnesium Producer  

China  has remained the World’s  Biggest  Producer of Magnesium since 1999,with last year’s out put accounting for over 85% of the world’s total.The country produced 660,000 tones of magnesium last year.The agencyreported on 26 May. It is estimated that the yearly magnesium output will reach 1.5million tonnes during the 2011-2015 period odf which 700,000 tones will be exported annually

Liberia’s former president, Taylor Gets 50 years in Jail for War Crimes

A U.N Backed war crimes court sentensed the former president of Liberia Charles Taylor ,to 50 years  in jail on 30 May 2012 for arming rebels in sierra leone in return for “Blood Diamonds” .

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