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Top 20 global leaders with the longest names

In Politics, World on ஜனவரி 8, 2014 at 1:25 முப

Source & Thanks: World Political Heads and Foreign Premiers | News | The Guardian

State Head of state Name count
Madagascar Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana 44
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck 27
Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 27
Kuwait Sabah AlAhmad AlJaber AlSabah 26
Guinea Bissau Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo 26
Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo 26
Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow 24
United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 23
Andorra Joan Enric Vives Sicília 22
Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 22
State Head of government Name count
Qatar Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani 34
Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi 31
Kuwait Jaber AlMubarak AlHamad AlSabah 28
United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 26
Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson 26
Mauritania Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf 25
Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed 23
Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini 23
Tonga Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō 23
Chad Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet 21
Vanuatu Moana Carcasses Kalosil 21
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Top Indian Political Parties by Income: Donations to Elections

In India, Lists, Politics on ஓகஸ்ட் 13, 2012 at 9:07 பிப

1. Indian National Congress (INC) – Rs 1,660 crore

2. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – Rs 1,226 crore

3. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Rs 852 crore

4. Communist Party of India (Marxist) – CPI(M) – Rs 335 crore

5. Samajwadi Party – Rs 200 crore

6. National Congress Party (NCP) – Rs 140 crore

7. Communist Party of India (CPI) – ?

8. Janata Dal (United) – JD(U) – ?

9. All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) – ?

10. Janata Dal (Secular) – JD(S) – Rs 4.63 crore

Massachusetts state government: Top Scandals and Corruption

In Lists, Politics, USA on ஜூன் 23, 2009 at 1:14 பிப

Source: The Phoenix > Talking Politics > Massholes: “A timeline of modern-day state house corruption”

1770s and royal governor Thomas Hutchinson: Hutchinson was accused of enforcing the much-despised Stamp Act and Tea Act in part because his brother-in-law was stamp master, and two of his sons were designated tea consignees.

1964 House Speaker John F. Thompson indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. The allegations involved lobbyists for the small-loan industry who were seeking to prevent state regulation. More than two dozen people were charged. Thompson died before the case went to trial. Former Speaker Charles Gibbons, accused of perjury in the same case, eventually had the charges against him dropped.

1977 State Senators Joseph DiCarlo and Ron MacKenzie convicted of extortion and conspiracy, related to the McKee-Berger-Mansueto (MBM) company’s construction of the UMass-Boston campus. They each served a year in prison.

1980 The Ward Commission, established in the wake of the MBM scandal to examine the public-construction process, concludes in a multi-volume report that “corruption is a way of life in Massachusetts.”

1996 Speaker Charles Flaherty pleads guilty to tax-evasion charges, receiving two years probation and agreeing to pay $50,000 in penalties and fines. This came at the end of a three-year investigation alleging that Flaherty received contributions and favors — including free use of vacation homes — from lobbyists and businessmen currying his favor.

2005 Former Speaker Thomas Finneran indicted on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges, the result of allegations concerning his role in the 2001 redistricting process. Finneran pleaded guilty to obstruction in 2007, and served no jail time.

2008 State Senator Dianne Wilkerson arrested and charged with extortion in federal court, for allegedly receiving cash payments from businessmen in exchange for political assistance. Wilkerson is awaiting trial, as is Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, arrested in the same sting.

2009 Speaker Sal DiMasi indicted on charges that he accepted monetary payments from software company Cognos, in exchange for his assistance obtaining state contracts. DiMasi is free on bail awaiting trial.

The world’s biggest losers: ForeignPolicy.com

In Lists, Magazines, Politics, USA, World on மார்ச் 27, 2009 at 11:03 பிப

Thanks: Elliot Spitzer, Christopher Dodd, Tim Geithner, the Pope, Joseph Fritzl, and more | David Rothkopf

Here are thirteen choices from this month’s headlines ranked by just how little sympathy we should have for them:

13.) Edward Liddy

The only reason this guy is on the list is that his career is probably finished simply because most people will forever associate him with A.I.G. But while the company has already joined Enron, Long Term Capital Management, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Blue Horseshoe in Wall Street’s Hall of Infamy, Liddy himself is something like a hero, coming to work for a dollar a year as a public service in the most thankless job in the global business community.  (And what is Blue Horseshoe? Hint: “Blue Horseshoe loves Anacot Steel.”)

12.) Forbes Billionaires List

According to Forbes, the official magazine of Wall Street greed, the world’s billionaires managed to misplace $1.4 trillion in the past year, their ranks thinning from 1125 to 793. Their average net worth has fallen by almost a quarter to only $3 billion. Both Warren Buffet and Carlos Slim each lost $25 billion. One, Adolf Merckle, ended up killing himself. Former Wall Street titans like Hank Greenberg and Sandy Weill fell completely off the list as did Facebook wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg. But Zuckerberg is only 25 and still has $900 million left. So as far as sympathy goes this is pretty much a mixed bag. The reality is that these days even a few hundred million gets you pretty far so let’s not lose too much sleep over them. (The reason they are this low on the list is not because I feel sympathy for them… it’s because I feel considerably less for everyone else on the list.)

11.) Eliot Spitzer

Poor Eliot. If only he had kept it in his pants, this would have been his moment. One can hardly imagine what is making his life worse right now, the fact that the A.I.G. scandal and the collapse of Wall Street could have been his apotheosis, the moment the howling dogs of ambition in his breast might have finally gotten enough red meat of press exposure… or the fact that his wife Silda has stood by him and thus will have the moral high ground in his marriage until he dies. Admittedly, while Spitzer unzipped his own career, his worst violation did not come against the public but against his family.

10.) Gordon Brown

It’s hard to hate Gordon Brown. In fact, it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy. This is due in part to the fact that he is Britain’s first prime minister who is also part basset hound. Also, he had to follow Tony Blair who was quite telegenic and appealing, particularly in that phase of his career when he was being played by Michael Sheen. (Less so later when he was being played by one of George W. Bush’s hand-puppets.) Still, Gordon did accept the job of PM, did screw it up to a fare-thee-well and now is on the verge of blowing his last big moment on the public stage as he prepares to host a G20 Summit that is very likely to realize somewhere between zero and few of his grand ambitions for it.

9.) Bibi Netanyahu

The fact that a man President Clinton’s White House spokesman once called “one of the most obnoxious individuals you’re going to come into — just a liar and a cheat” has managed to bring himself to the verge of returning as Israel’s prime minister is something of an amazing feat. Although perhaps not so much if you are familiar with what people in Israel euphemistically call politics. But Netanyahu assured that he was lost before he even took office by teaming up with racist boor Avigdor Lieberman. Together the two may fight so hard to protect Israel that they irreversibly weaken it.

8.) A.I.G. Bonus Babies

The NY Times writes, “Residents who had been pillars of Connecticut towns are finding themselves the focus of populist rage.” But shouldn’t we have hated them already for even wanting to be pillars of Connecticut towns? I mean, these people actually chose to become insurance executives and live in John Cheever hell just to become wealthy? Didn’t they see The Ice Storm. Oh, the humanity! I hate them for their stale dreams more than I do the fact they squandered one of the great names of Wall Street while gaming both global financial markets and the American taxpayer.

7.) Ben Bernanke

In ancient societies, dark uncontrollable forces were placated by throwing virgins into volcanoes. In Washington, the ritual involves throwing officials under the bus. (The bus is implacable but near-sighted.  As it approaches one victim, it will be at least temporarily satisfied if that victim throws someone else in its path.) Edward Liddy was in front of the bus this week during Congressional hearings and at the last minute, threw Bernanke in its path by saying the Fed knew everything A.I.G. was doing re: bonuses. But later the bus claimed other more delicious victims and Bernanke escaped… then he announced the U.S. government was going to print a trillion dollars in monopoly money to stem the crisis. Inflation was a near certainty before… now it will be Bernanke’s inflation. No one will even remember he had anything to do with A.I.G. … and that won’t be a good thing.

6.) Tim Geithner

Sadly for Tim Geithner, he even looks like a sacrificial lamb. Earnest, brilliant, trying his best, he will never be able to escape the fact that he is one of the few who will get the blame for both the misguided Bush era bailouts and the false-starts of the Obama administration. Every time there is a mistake, the bus will head in his direction. Obama says he has confidence in Geithner. That is exactly what they said about Tom Daschle before they pulled the plug on him. Heck, Obama said he would no sooner disown Jeremiah Wright than his own grandmother shortly before he disowned him, as they say, with prejudice. Geithner might survive, but he has been wounded. The good news for the economy: sometimes they say people who have been through near death experiences actually develop psychic powers.

5.) Asif Ali Zardari

Zardari was known to be a bad guy long before he became Pakistan’s president. Many of the closest friends of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, could not stand him. Now, as it turns out, neither can most of the Pakistani people. Locked in a bitter struggle with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, Zardari showed his weakness by capitulating to demands to reinstate Pakistan’s former Chief Justice per Sharif’s demands. Now in a desperate attempt to reassert control of his own party he may be plotting the ouster of his Prime Minister according to Indian press reports. He’s on the ropes, his opposition is gaining strength, and meanwhile fraught, dangerous, complex Pakistan is hardly being governed at all.

4.) Chris Dodd

The Nutmeg State’s longest-serving senator got his job the old-fashioned way, he [effectively] inherited it from his father, Sen. Thomas Dodd. He is also now virtually certain to lose it the old-fashioned way, as a result of a combination of arrogance, corruption, lying, and misreading the mood of the times. From his questionable home-mortgage finances to the comedy of errors this week when he denied having anything to do with legislative provisions allowing the A.I.G. bonus then blamed it on his staff then blamed it on the Treasury, Dodd is serving himself up on a silver platter to his opponents. And none of that even addresses the issue that as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee he was at the center of a fat-donations-from-Wall Street-equals-zero-oversight-from-Congress culture that helped get the world into this mess in the first place.

3.) Bernie Madoff

What more can you say about Bernie? For a decade and a half he went to bed every night knowing that he was lying, cheating, faking trades, committing fraud, and putting his and countless other families at grievous risk. And yet he lived his life like a king, like the former chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers that he was, with yachts and mansions in the Hamptons and Mayfair. In fact, noted judge of character and bankruptcy-addict Donald Trump said “he was a pretty respected guy.” That says it all.

2.) The pope

To non-believers he may be just a creepy old ex-Hitler Youth member who wears funny clothes and has appalling values, but to Catholics he is so much more than that. For example, according to one Vatican insider quoted in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, “he’s out of touch with the real world” and his papacy is “a disaster.” Another is reported to have said he “is isolated and fails to adequately consult his advisors.” At least. His Africa trip pronouncement that condoms not only don’t help the fight against AIDS but that their distribution actually “aggravates the problems” is not just a PR nightmare for the Holy See; delivered on the continent where both AIDS is most rampant and the Church is growing fastest, it is a formula for massive death and suffering.

1.) Josef Fritzl

Back in the good old days, when Joseph Alois Ratzinger was a little boy, being an Austrian sadist was a surefire path to the top, it could lead anywhere, perhaps even to world domination. But today, Austrians are outraged that one of their own could have locked his daughter in the basement, made her his sex slave, and killed one of the seven children he had with her. Which is really bad. Austria has changed, you see. There is no tolerance for twisted brutality there anymore. Well, less. In fact, fewer than a third of Austrians voted for the hate-spewing, neo-fascist extreme right parties like the Freedom Party and the Alliance for the Future. And while cynics (Jews or Muslims) might point out that this was the same proportion of the population who voted for Austria’s leading party, the Social Democrats, their point is undercut by the fact that it was only a relatively few Austrians who honor Nazi heroes in public ceremonies on the anniversary of Kristalnacht or who have participated in nasty little rituals like the recent unfurling of a Nazi flag in Hitler’s hometown of Braunau. No, there is no place for a Fritzl in modern Austria and so he will be sent to a psychiatric prison for the rest of his life. But one must wonder, is the outrage because of his crimes, because they were against fellow Austrians or because he thought so small?

‘டாப்-10’ லஞ்சம் பெறும் துறைகள்

In India, Life, Lists, Politics, Technology on ஜனவரி 28, 2009 at 7:27 பிப

டிரான்ஸ்பேரன்ஸி இன்டர்நேஷனல் மற்றும் சென்டர் பார் மீடியா ஸ்டடீஸ் நிறுவனங்கள் இணைந்து இந்தியாவில் லஞ்சம் குறித்து மேற்கொண்ட ஆய்வுகளின் முடிவு:

  • ஓர் ஆண்டில் மட்டும் ரூ.883 கோடி லஞ்சம் கொடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
  • அரசுத்திட்டங்களை பயன்படுத்திக்கொள்ள மூன்றில் ஒருவர் லஞ்சம் கொடுக்க வேண்டியுள்ளது.

எந்த துறையில் லஞ்சம் அதிகம்: ஒரு ஆண்டில் கொடுக்கப்படும் லஞ்சம் (ரூ. கோடிகளில்).

  1. போலீஸ் 215,
  2. வீட்டுவசதி வாரியம் 157,
  3. பத்திரப்பதிவு 124,
  4. மின்சாரம் 105,
  5. மருத்துவம் 87,
  6. வங்கி 83,
  7. ரேஷன் 45,
  8. வனத்துறை 24,
  9. குடிநீர் 24,
  10. பள்ளிக்கூட கல்வி 12,
  11. கிராம வேலை வாய்ப்பு 7