Sep 21, 2012

Yunus, the Guru of microcredit

Muhammad Yunus is the proud of Bangladesh. He is also personality of proud of South Asia and the whole of the world. He is mostly known as Dr. Yunus or Professor Yunus in Bangladesh, a South Asian country. Now, his name is echoed with Grameen Bank, a Bank built for poor, made for poor, maintained for poor and worked for poor by him & his initiative.

Mr. Yunus born on 28th June in 1940. He was mainly a university professor in Bangladesh. Though, he is now mostly known as a Bangladeshi banker. He is also known as an economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He previously was a professor of economics at Chittagong University in Bangladesh where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. He has become mentor for Grameen (Rural) Development in Bangladesh as well as in the world. Microcredit and microfinance are the loans given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.

In 2006, Yunus and Grameen received the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below". Yunus himself has received several other national and international honors.

In 2012, he was installed Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, serving in this capacity as the university's titular head. He is also a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.  He is the author of Banker to the Poor and two books on Social Business Models and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation. Grameen Intel is just one of hundreds of public and private partnerships now mediated through Youth & Yunus.

In early 2007 Yunus showed interest in launching a political party in Bangladesh named Nagorik Shakti (Citizen Power), but later discarded the plan. He is one of the founding members of Global Elders.

Yunus also serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation, a public charity created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UN.

In March 2011, after months of government attack, the Bangladesh government controversially and  fired Yunus from his position at Grameen Bank. The Bangladesh government took the decision even avoiding the people's mandate, criticism, opinion, and even influencing of much talked pro-government Supreme Court of country. The government also tried to show cause before the world and people of Bangladesh citing legal violations and an age limit on his position. Yunus and Grameen Bank are appealing the decision, claiming Yunus' removal was politically motivated.

Professor Yunus was chosen by Wharton School of Business for PBS documentary, as one of 'The 25 Most Influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years'. In 2006, Time magazine listed him under "60 years of Asian Heroes" as one of the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the 2nd topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States).

Younus in Brief: 
Born: 28 June 1940 (age 72) at Chittagong,  Bangladesh (A South Asian country).
Nationality: Bangladeshi
Institution: Chittagong University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Middle Tennessee State University Glasgow, Caledonian University
Field: Microcredit, Welfare economics, Ethics
Contributions: Grameen Bank, Microcredit, Microfinance, Social Business. 
Awards: Independence Day Award (1987), World Food Prize (1994), Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009), Congressional Gold Medal (2010).

Sep 19, 2012

Shahrukh Khan, all time world biggest movie star

Shahrukh Khan born on 2nd November 1965, often credited as Shah Rukh Khan and informally referred to as SRK, is one of the greatest Indian film actors. He was born to Muslim parents of Pathan descent in New Delhi, India.His father, Taj Mohammed Khan, was an Indian independence activist from Peshawar, British India.

According to Khan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan. His mother, Lateef Fatima, was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served in the Indian National Army. Khan's father came to New Delhi from Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar before the partition of India. 

Regarding his origins, he described himself on Twitter as "i am half hyderabadi (mom) half pathan (Dad) some kashmiri (grandmom)..." His father died from cancer when Khan was 15 years old, and his mother died in 1990 after prolonged illness. Khan was very attached to his parents as a child and describes their early deaths as a turning point in his life and as his biggest motivation for hard work. Khan explained his ideology in life was "... to make movies so damn bloody big...that my parents somewhere sit down on a star and from there also can look at their son and say 'I can see his movies from here better than I can see the Wall of China or anything. We see his movies covering the face of this earth'. Khan has an elder sister named Shehnaz.

Growing up in Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of Delhi, Khan attended St. Columba's School where he was accomplished in sports, drama, and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award given to the student who best represents the spirit of the school. Khan later attended the Hansraj College (1985–1988) and earned his Bachelors degree in Economics. When Hansraj College celebrated its 50th anniversary, it gave away 17 shields to its alumni who had excelled in their lives and professions. Khan was one of them. Though he pursued a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, he later opted out to pursue a career in Bollywood. He also attended the National School of Drama in Delhi.

After the death of his mother, Khan moved to Mumbai in 1991. He married Gauri Chibber, a Hindu, in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991. They have two children, son Aryan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Allah, he also values his wife's religion. At home, his children follow both religions, with the Qur'an being situated next to the Hindu deities.

Often referred to in the media as""Baadshah of Bollywood"", "King Khan" and "The King of Bollywood", Khan has acted in over 70 Hindi films in genres ranging from romantic dramas to action thrillers. His contributions to the film industry have garnered him numerous achievements including fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty nominations. 

His eight Filmfare Best Actor Award wins make him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category, tied only with Dilip Kumar. In 2005, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics, he started his career appearing in theatre and several television serials in the late 1980s and later made his Hindi film debut in 1992 with Deewana. Early in his career he was recognised for his unconventional choice in portraying negative roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994). 

He later rose to prominence by playing a series of romantic roles in the films Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995). Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The commercial success of these films garnered him the tag of "the King of Romance". Khan, subsequently, earned wide critical appreciation for his portrayal of a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and as the titular character in My Name Is Khan (2010). 

Eleven of the films he has acted in have accumulated gross earnings of over  1 billion, making him one of the most successful leading actors of Hindi cinema.

Khan is the co-founder of Dreamz Unlimited, a production company and occupies the position of CEO and co-chairman of the motion picture production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment and the animation studio Red Chillies VFX. He is also co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. 2007 marked his debut as a television presenter with the Star Plus gaming show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Khan is often labelled by the Media as "Brand SRK" due to his various brand endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. He is also a regular stage performer and award ceremonies’ host and has been involved in philanthropic endeavors related to Health care, relief funds and children’s education, for which he was honoured with the UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award in 2011.

Khan is considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions; in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him "the world's biggest movie star."

He has also been regularly featured in the listing of the most powerful names in Indian Cinema and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan has an estimated net worth of over 25 billion (US $540 million). He has been married to Indian film producer and interior designer, Gauri Khan since 1991, and together they have two children.

Khan studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John at Delhi's "Theatre Action Group" (TAG). Khan's first starring role was in Lekh Tandon's television series Dil Dariya, but due to production delays, the 1988 television series, Fauji was his television debut. He played the leading role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai in the critically acclaimed show, which earned him mass recognition.

He went on to appear in Aziz Mirza's Circus (1989) and played a minor role in the made-for-television English-language film, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones (1989). His appearance in these teleserials, led critics to compare his acting style with that of film actor Dilip Kumar. In 1990, Khan shifted base to Mumbai and received his first film offer with Hema Malini's directorial debut Dil Aashna Hai. However, due to production delays, his second film, Deewana (1992), opposite Rishi Kapoor and Divya Bharti released first. The film became a box office hit, and launched his career in Bollywood.Despite portraying a supporting character in the film, he won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award, the following year.

In 2011, Khan produced and starred in Anubhav Sinha's science fiction superhero film Ra.One, alongside Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor. The film, which follows the story of a London-based videogame designer who creates a villain that escapes the reel world into the real world, was billed as Bollywood's most expensive production. With an estimated budget of 125 crore (US$22.63 million), the film witnessed months of massive campaigning before its theatrical release. Upon release, Ra.One emerged as a box office success, with a gross of  2.4 billion. 

His second release of the year was Don 2, a sequel to the 2006 hit, Don. For the portrayal of the titular character, Khan experimented with a variety of looks, including long unkempt hair and a stubble. In order to prepare for his role, Khan exercised extensively and performed most of the stunts himself. The film was a major success in India and it went on to become the year's highest-grossing Bollywood production abroad with a worldwide gross of more than $ 2.1 billion. Additionally, Don 2 earned him another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony .

Sep 16, 2012

Forbidden City of Beijing now open

The Forbidden City is one of Beijing’s finest attractions. Previously home to emperors and tyrants for some 500 years, and now the humble hangout of legions of tourists sheltering beneath phosphorescent orange hats. 

It’s big enough, sprawling over 720,000 square meters, that you can find spots to enjoy on your own. The Forbidden City is great for wandering. It also hosts an extensive art collection under the charge of the Palace Museum. The collection of imperial artwork and artifacts like ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, spans the Ming and Qing dynasties.

To avoid the crowds, visit on weekdays as early in the day as possible. For a remarkable view of the Forbidden City and surrounding cityscape, climb to the top of the hill in the middle of Jingshan Park, just a few blocks north.

Both the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square across the street can be managed in half a day.

Great Wall, the greatest proud for China

Chinese Great Wall:
The world’s greatest example of human will and ingenuity (and irrationality). Stretching from China’s east coast to the deserts of western China, the Great Well was built some 2,200 years ago to resist marauding tribes from the north.

Most of the wall that one can see today was erected in the Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago.What to expect: Pick one section and expect to spend at least a day exploring it.

Badaling and Mutianyu, both restored sections, are stunning to look at, but can be overwhelmed with crowds. Instead, the Wall at the non-restored (or “wild”) sections, such as Huanghua or Jiankou, remains the way the sentries left it.

Visitors may well have entire sections to themselves.A driver for the day to most sections near Beijing costs about RMB 650 (US$100). Insider tips: For a unique experience, consider camping on the wall. Several outfits organize overnight stays, where travelers can either sleep in a watchtower or in tents at the edge of the wall.

For hard-core athletes, the Great Wall Marathon is staged every May near Tianjin. China Adventure Tours runs hikes ranging from one to 24 days (RMB 480-27,000 per person).

Mountain Biking Asia leads a five-day, 40-kilometer trek in Hebei province (from RMB 12,685 per person).

President Barack Obama looks more favorable

One week past the conventions, a flood of polls have been released in crucial battleground states in the race for the White House. And some of them paint a picture that looks more favorable to President Barack Obama than to Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The polls do have some things in common. They're all of the smaller pool of likely voters and all were conducted after the close of last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. And several suggest that Romney's electoral path to victory on November 6 is becoming more difficult.

The Romney campaign's pollster tells CNN his view of the race has not changed. "There's nothing in the post-DNC polling that's been released over the last few days to indicate that this is anything but an extremely tight race that Mitt is extremely well-positioned to win," says Neil Newhouse.

New polls released Thursday by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist show Obama with five-point, 49%-44% advantages in Florida and Virginia. The president's margins are within the sampling error.

Other new partisan polling in Florida released after the conventions indicates a much closer race in the Sunshine State.
In a third state, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey indicates the president leads 50%-43% in Ohio. A poll also out Thursday by American Research Group indicates a dead heat in the Buckeye State, with Obama at 48% and Romney at 47% among likely voters. And a partisan poll also has the race basically tied.
"The last three polls released in Ohio before the conventions also differed -- one with Obama ahead by six points, and another with him ahead by three, and a third, conducted by mail, that showed the race a tie. The average of those three polls showed 48% for Obama and 45% for Romney. The average of the two post-convention polls have the race at Obama 49% and Romney 45%. None have shown Romney with more support than Obama," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

While there is still plenty of time for Romney to gain ground, the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls indicate that there are not that many people left who have not made up their minds. Six percent of likely voters questioned in Ohio say were unsure, with only 5% in Florida and Virginia undecided.

Salman Khan, world famous actor

Salman Khan, full name Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan born on 27th December 1965, is an Indian film actor. He has starred in more than 80 Hindi films. Khan, who made his acting debut with a minor role in the drama Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), but achieved instant stardom with his first commercial success with the blockbuster Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), for which he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. 

He went onto star in some of the most successful Hindi films of those times, such as Saajan (1991), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Judwaa (1997), Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Biwi No.1 (1999) and Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), having appeared in the highest grossing film eight separate years during his career, a record that remains unbroken.

In 1999, Khan won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his extended appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), and since then has starred in several critical and commercial successes, including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Tere Naam (2003), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), No Entry (2005), Partner (2007), Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Ready (2011), Bodyguard (2011) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012), which has become the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of all-time.

Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Salma. His paternal grandfather was a Muslim from Afghanistan who immigrated to India and settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Khan's mother is reported to be a Maratha Hindu. His family celebrate Islamic and Hindu festivals such as Maha Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi.

In 2010 Khan stated that he is "half Muslim and half Hindu". His stepmother is Helen, a former actress, who has co-starred with him in a few films. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, and two sisters, Alvira and Arpita. Alvira is married to actor/director Atul Agnihotri. Khan finished his schooling through St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai, as did his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail. Earlier, he studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior for a few years along with younger brother Arbaaz.

In 2004, he was voted seventh-best-looking man in the world and the best looking man in India by People magazine, USA. Khan has been involved in several charities during his career.

On 11 October 2007, Khan accepted an offer from Madame Tussauds wax museum in London to have a wax replica made of himself. His life-size wax figure was installed there on 15 January 2008, making him the fourth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue in the museum.

Khan has thus established himself as one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema. Khan's first release of 2010 was Anil Sharma's commercially and critically unsuccessful film Veer. His next release, Dabangg, was produced by his brother Arbaaz Khan, and released on 10 September 2010. It made a record opening at the box office and Box Office India declared it an all-time blockbuster. For his performance in Dabangg, Khan received a Star Screen Award for Best Actor and a Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Male and was nominated for his sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actor. 

Anupama Chopra from NDTV wrote about his performance, "It's the role of a lifetime and Salman Khan bites into it like a starving man devours a feast. He inhabits it fully, strutting and swaggering and even, spoofing himself."

Khan's first release of 2011 was Ready which released on 3rd June. The film broke several box office records and is currently the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. He next appeared in Bodyguard. Upon release, the film became an all time blockbuster at the box office, with Khan's performance receiving favourable comments from critics and is currently the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.

For his Performance in Bodyguard, Khan received a Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Male and was nominated for his seventh Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Salman Khan's first release of 2012 was Ek Tha Tiger, which marks his first association with Yash Raj Films. After release the film had a record breaking box office opening. It collected 32.92 crores in the first day and thus became biggest opening in the history of Indian cinema and the biggest single day collection ever.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula arrested by US Police

 Nakoula Basseley Nakoula held by US securitymen

Nakoula held by US Police for film against Islam

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies escorted Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, to an awaiting car. The man declined to answer questions on his way out and wore a hat and a towel over his face. He kept his hands in the pocket of a winter coat, reports Los Angeles Times. 

Sheriff's officials could not be reached by The Times, but department spokesman Steve Whitmore told NBC4 that deputies assisting the federal probation department took Nakoula to the sheriff's substation in Cerritos for interviewing. Authorities waited until most media had left for the day. 

Reuters talked to Karen Redmond, spokeswoman for the administrative office of the US Courts in Washington, DC, by phone from Los Angeles. "The US probation office in the central district of California is reviewing the case," said Redmond. 

A source with knowledge of the case confirmed that the probation office was looking specifically into Nakoula's possible involvement in making the film for violations of the terms of his release. 

The crudely made 13-minute English-language video, which was filmed in California and circulated on the Internet under several titles including "Innocence of Muslims," portrays the Prophet Mohammad engaged in crude and offensive behaviour. 

The film sparked a violent protest at the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi in which the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed on Tuesday. 

Earlier Friday, sheriff's deputies had to escort attorneys through a scrum of news cameras into Nakoula's home. This time, authorities only had to avoid a lone photographer for The Times and a few other lingering reporters.

Nakoula has told the Associated Press he was a logistics manager on the "Innocence of Muslims" movie, not the director. He told a Coptic bishop Thursday that he had no role in it, the clergyman told The Times. Nakoula is believed to use the alias Sam Bacile, which was the name a caller who took credit for the film gave to the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal.

India to earn USD 5b per year from film industry by 2014

Film Industry plays an important role in Indian Economy. The Indian film industry is the largest in the world, with more than 1,000 films produced every year in more than 20 languages. 

The Indian film industry is projected to grow from US$3.2 billion in 2010 to US$5 billion by 2014 at a CAGR of 14.1%. Growth is expected to come from the expansion of multiplexes in smaller cities, investments by foreign studios in domestic and regional productions, the growing popularity of niche movies
and the emergence of digital and ancillary revenue streams.

With 3.3 billion tickets sold annually, India also has the highest number of theater admissions. The Indian film market derives almost 90% of its revenue from non-English language movies, largely dominated by Hindi films, followed by South Indian films and other regional films.

Latest key indicators of Indian Economy:

Indian GDP Amount: (US$b) 1,540
GDP growth (% change from 2009): 8.3%
GDP per capita : (US$) 3,400
Urbanization: 30%
Literacy rate: 74%
Population: (millions) 1,210
Median age: (years) 26.2
Working population between 15—64: (% of population) 64%
Advertising expenditure to GDP ratio: 0.40
TV households: (% of total households) 57%
Internet users: (% of total population) 7%
Broadband subscribers: (% of total population) 1%
Mobile subscribers: (% of total population) 62%