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(PTI): In the world of fairy tale, princess Rapunzel may have used the
power of her long tresses to meet her prince charming, but today’s
powerful women seem to prefer keeping their hair short, mostly.
the latest list of 100 most powerful women in the world, compiled by US
business magazine Forbes, close to two- third of them have short hair,
including the Indian debutant Mayawati — Bahujan Samaj Party President
and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
those with short hair, Mayawati has company in names like German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Federal Deposit Insurance Corp’s head
Sheila Blair and PepsiCo’s Indian origin Chief Indra Nooyi — the three
most powerful in the world.
such famous personalities, who are short on hair but long on power
list, include American senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, US First Lady
Laura Bush and 82-year Queen Elizabeth II of UK.
addition, the likes of health insurance major WellPoint chief Angela
Braly and Cynthia Carroll of mining giant Anglo-American have also
opted for cropped-hair look.
the top-ten of the 100 most powerful list itself, as many as nine have
short hair, while as many as 75 of the total have their tresses falling
up to or above shoulders.
presence of such a large number of short-hair women on the list might
just be coincidental, as the measure of power has noting to do with
tresses for this list. The US magazine has measured “power” as a
composite of public profile, calculated using press mentions, and
with long hair in the Forbes list include Argentina President Cristina
Fernandez, Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon, Australian mining firm Hancock
Prospecting’s Chairman Georgina Rinehart, Rite Aid CEO May Sammons and
Casablanca Stock Exchange Director General Hynd Bouhia.
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, India’s Congress Party chief
Sonia Gandhi and Biocon CEO Kiran Mazumdar Shaw have hair touching to
hair-length could not be ascertained for a few like Harvard University
President Drew Gilpin Faust and Liberia President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, as either their pictures were not available or the
head was covered on their photographs on Forbes website.
people associate long hair with beauty, as shown by most film actresses
preferring such look, while many believe that some prefer to keep them
short just for the sake of convenience. As long hair requires more
maintenance, the women in corporate world and politics seem to prefer
per a German fairy tale, a prince was riding through a forest when he
heard long-haired Rapunzel singing from her tower room, where she was
kept captive by a witch. Finding no way to reach her, the price asked
Rapunzel to let her hair down from the window of her room, climbed up
on her tresses and asked her to marry him.
Tue, 09 Sep 2008
New Delhi, Sept 9 (ANI): Leaders of the Left, the Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other non-Congress and
non-BJP parties on Tuesday met President Pratibha Patil to demand
immediate convening of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
“As none of the nine assurances given by the Prime Minister on the
Indo-US nuclear deal has been met and crucial information has been
concealed, the Government is accountable and answerable to the people
on various counts,” the leaders charged in a memorandum submitted to
India Today Group Online
Left, BSP, TDP meet president, protest parliament session delay
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, September 9, 2008
A delegation of MPs from the Left parties, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
and the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday met President Pratibha
Patil to protest the government’s decision to postpone the second half
of the 14th session of parliament to October.
The next session of parliament is scheduled from Oct 17-Nov 21.
the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of sabotaging the
Constitution and the parliamentary democratic system, the delegation
submitted a memorandum to the president appealing for her immediate
intervention to prevent the subversion of the country’s constitutional
“We demand that the monsoon session of parliament be
immediately convened. The winter session must, as is the practice,
convene in the second half of November,” the parties said in the
“It (the decision) violates the basic principle of
governance established under our system. Central to India’s
constitutional structure is that the sovereignty rests solely with the
people,” they said.
“The absence of the parliament session negates the legislature’s right and executive obligations,” the memorandum added.
the president is the custodian of the Constitution, she has to defend
it, said Sitaram Yechury, leader of the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) in Rajya Sabha, after meeting Patil.
government is answerable to parliament and parliament is answerable to
the people. Had the monsoon session of the parliament been held on
time, it could have solved the burning issues of the people including
soaring inflation, Bihar floods, communal violence in Orissa and
troubles in Jammu and Kashmir,” Yechury said.
“If they (UPA)
have majority in the parliament, why are they running away from it,”
asked BSP’s Rajya Sabha leader Satish Chandra Mishra, who represented
his party in the delegation along with the party’s leader in Lok Sabha
“A minority government is oppressing the majority,” he charged.
leader Gurudas Das Gupta, who is the leader of the party in Lok Sabha,
alleged that the government was deliberately shortening the session.
Parliament should be in session for at least 100 days in a year, he said.
government is going with the agenda of the US. The US is taking
decision regarding when the parliament of India is to be convened,”
TDP’s leader in the Lok Sabha Yerran Naidu charged.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader Danish Ali was also a member of the delegation.
Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) A delegation of MPs from the Left parties, Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) and the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) Tuesday met
President Pratibha Patil to protest the government’s decision to
postpone the second half of the 14th session of parliament to October.
Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Thursday, Sep 11, 2008
UP drive to unearth explosive materials
view of the recent incidents in the State
Recovery details to be known today
Peace prevails in Azamgarh
LUCKNOW: A drive was conducted throughout Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday
to unearth explosives and unsolicited explosive material. The drive
conducted at the behest of the office of the Director-General Of Police
continued from 3 PM to 6 PM . The details of the recovery would be
known on Thursday.
The Additional Director-General of Police ( Law and Order) Brij Lal
told reporters that the drive was conducted in view of the recent
incidents in the State.
With the communal tensions reportedly increasing, the State
Government has geared up to tackle the situation and thwart the designs
of the anti-social elements to disrupt peace. This follows the stern
view taken by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, on the
incidents of violence and arson in Azamgarh town in Eastern U.P. on
Sunday, in which one person lost his life.
On the directives of the Chief Minister, DG Vikram Singh and
Principal Secretary (Home), Kunwar Fateh Bahadur visited Azamgarh on
Tuesday to take stock of the situation.
The officials said strict action would be taken against the
anti-social elements and nobody would be allowed to disturb the law and
order situation in the State.
While Azamgarh remained peaceful on Wednesday, a group clash
occurred near the Idgah in Bilariaganj in the district on Tuesday
night. Stone-pelting between the rival groups and firing were reported
from the scene of the incident. The ADG, Law and Order said timely
police intervention saved the situation from deteriorating. He said 11
persons each of the two warring groups were arrested by the police.
On Monday, violence had occurred in Kaptanganj, about 20 kilometres
from Azamgarh. Mr. Lal said five additional companies of Provincial
Armed Constabulary (PAC) in Azamgarh and the IG, Varanasi Zone, Praveen
Singh was camping in the city.
Incidents of stone throwing between two groups was also reported from Nawabganj town in Gonda district on Tuesday.U.P. police seek narco test on criminal
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police has sought permission to conduct
narco test on a notorious criminal who was arrested by the Special Task
Force from Guwahati in Assam.
Ajay Jadeja alias Janak Yadav had fled from police custody in
Gurgaon in May and was arrested recently. He was brought to Meerut on
transit remand on Tuesday, ADG law and order, Brij Lal said.
Permission would be sought from the court for conducting narco test
on Jadeja who is wanted in over 34 criminal cases, Mr. Brij Lal added.
Lucknow: Five persons were arrested with 1,150 grams heroin worth
over Rs.1 crore from two different places in the state, sources have
While three persons were arrested in Fatehgarh with 650 grams of
heroin, two others were arrested in Mirzapur with 500 grams of the
The police have also recovered three country-made pistols and 15 cartridges from their possession.