Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chandra Kochhar: From trainee to ICICI CEO

Trainee to CEO: Kochhar’s story : Success like her’s is the staple of dreams that school children dream, but Chanda Kochhar is one that would have hardly had the time for such fantasies. A diligent student, Kochhar was busy collecting gold medals in management studies and cost accountancy when others were wiling away time — all of which she channelised to get to the top post of India’s largest private sector bank ICICI Bank.

Kochhar spent her college years playing badminton and polishing her elocution skills. Soon after completing her masters in management studies (finance) and cost accountancy, this Jodhpur girl joined the erstwhile industrial finance company ICICI in 1984 as a management trainee.

In 1993, when the ICICI decided to enter commercial banking business, Kochhar was deputed to ICICI Bank as a part of the core team to set up the operations. She was instrumental in setting up, as well as scaling up, the retail business for ICICI. In 2000, by when Kochhar had already started rising from the ranks to become a key player in the top management, ICICI Bank formally entered retail banking business and within five years became the largest private sector financer in the country.

Kochhar played a key role in shaping the retail finance industry in the country, where funds were hard to come by for individual borrowers. Under her leadership, the bank won the best retail bank award for four years, thrice in a row (2003, ‘04 and ‘05), from The Asian Banker. She has been steadily climbing up the lists of most influential people brought out by domestic and global publications. Fortune magazine ranked her as 2007’s 33rd most powerful woman in business — compared with 47th place in 2005.

From a management trainee to the post of the ICICI Bank's chief executive officer, it has been a winning journey for Chanda Kochhar. Work is passion for Kochhar who believes that there is no substitute to hard work. Chanda Kochhar will be ICICI Bank's new chief executive officer and managing director with effect from May 1, 2009 for a period of five years.

The 47-year old Chanda Kochhar is currently joint managing director of ICICI Bank. Kochhar heads the corporate centre of the Bank, is the chief financial Officer (CFO) and is also the official spokesperson for ICICI Bank. Chanda Kochhar recently ranked 25th in Fortune International Power 50 list, thanked the ICICI Board for its confidence in her.

Kochhar said "I would like to thank the board for the confidence they have reposed in me, and Kamath for his inspiring leadership. I am committed to working with our team and with all our stakeholders to leverage the ICICI group's strengths and capitalize on the opportunities before us. We look forward to Kamath's continued mentoring and guidance in the years ahead."


Barack Obama........president of U.S.A!! ....."A common man who become Very special"

President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce the last of his Cabinet picks at a press conference Friday afternoon (December 19th, 2008). Illinois Republican, Rep. Ray LaHood, is said to be nominated as the nation's next transportation secretary and California Democrat, Rep. Hilda Solis, will be tapped as his labor secretary. Obama will also name former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative, and entrepreneur Karen Mills to head the Small Business Administration.Friday's press conference comes a few hours before Obama heads to Hawaii to vacation with his family.

Biography: Barack Hussein Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. He grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British. Although reared among Muslims, Obama, Sr., became an atheist at some point.

Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he signed up for service in World War II and marched across Europe in Patton’s army. Dunham’s mother went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the G. I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved to Hawaii. Meantime, Barack’s father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya pursue his dreams in Hawaii. At the time of his birth, Obama’s parents were students at the East–West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Obama’s parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced. Obama’s father went to Harvard to pursue Ph. D. studies and then returned to Kenya.

His mother married Lolo Soetoro, another East–West Center student from Indonesia. In 1967, the family moved to Jakarta, where Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro–Ng was born. Obama attended schools in Jakarta, where classes were taught in the Indonesian language. Four years later when Barack (commonly known throughout his early years as "Barry") was ten, he returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and later his mother (who died of ovarian cancer in 1995). He was enrolled in the fifth grade at the esteemed Punahou Academy, graduating with honors in 1979. He was only one of three black students at the school. This is where Obama first became conscious of racism and what it meant to be an African–American. In his memoir, Obama described how he struggled to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. He saw his biological father (who died in a 1982 car accident) only once (in 1971) after his parents divorced. And he admitted using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years.

After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science. After working at Business International Corporation (a company that provided international business information to corporate clients) and NYPIRG, Obama moved to Chicago in 1985. There, he worked as a community organizer with low-income residents in Chicago’s Roseland community and the Altgeld Gardens public housing development on the city’s South Side. It was during this time that Obama, who said he "was not raised in a religious household," joined the Trinity United Church of Christ. He also visited relatives in Kenya, which included an emotional visit to the graves of his father and paternal grandfather.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In February 1990, he was elected the first African–American editor of the Harvard Law Review. Obama graduated magna cum laude in 1991. After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School. And he helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Obama published an autobiography in 1995 Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. And he won a Grammy for the audio version of the book. Obama’s advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate as a Democrat. He was elected in 1996 from the south side neighborhood of Hyde Park.

During these years, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans in drafting legislation on ethics, expanded health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor. He also created a state earned-income tax credit for the working poor. And after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

In 2000, Obama made an unsuccessful Democratic primary run for the U. S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent candidate Bobby Rush.Following the 9/11 attacks, Obama was an early opponent of President George W. Bush’s push to war with Iraq. Obama was still a state senator when he spoke against a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq during a rally at Chicago’s Federal Plaza in October 2002. "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars," he said. "What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne."

"He's a bad guy," Obama said, referring to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. "The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him. But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history."

"I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U. S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences," Obama continued. "I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda."

The war with Iraq began in 2003 and Obama decided to run for the U.S. Senate open seat vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald. In the 2004 Democratic primary, he won 52 percent of the vote, defeating multimillionaire businessman Blair Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes. That summer, he was invited to deliver the keynote speech in support of John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Obama emphasized the importance of unity, and made veiled jabs at the Bush administration and the diversionary use of wedge issues.

"We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states," he said. "We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."

After the convention, Obama returned to his U.S. Senate bid in Illinois. His opponent in the general election was suppose to be Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, a wealthy former investment banker. However, Ryan withdrew from the race in June 2004, following public disclosure of unsubstantiated sexual allegations by Ryan's ex wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

In August 2004, diplomat and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who was also an African American, accepted the Republican nomination to replace Ryan. In three televised debates, Obama and Keyes expressed opposing views on stem cell research, abortion, gun control, school vouchers and tax cuts. In the November 004 general election, Obama received 70% of the vote to Keyes's 27%, the largest electoral victory in Illinois history. Obama became only the third African American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

Sworn into office January 4, 2005, Obama partnered with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana on a bill that expanded efforts to destroy weapons of mass struction in Eastern Europe and Russia. Then with Republican Sen. Tom Corburn of Oklahoma, he created a website that tracks all federal spending. Obama was also the first to raise the threat of avian flu on the Senate floor, spoke out for victims of Hurricane Katrina, pushed for alternative energy development and hampioned improved veterans´ benefits. He also worked with Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to eliminate gifts of travel on corporate jets by lobbyists to members of Congress.

His second book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, was published in October 2006. In February 2007, Obama made headlines when he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. He was locked in a tight battle with former first lady and current U.S. Senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton until he became the presumptive nominee on June 3, 2008.

Obama met his wife, Michelle, in 1988 when he was a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin. They were married in October 1992 and live in Kenwood on Chicago's South Side with their daughters, Malia (born 1998) and Sasha (born 2001).


Abhinav Bindra: New Arjun of india

Achievements: Made a junior world record score of 597/600 in 2001 Munich World Cup and won bronze; gold in 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games; became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold; Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001.

Abhinav Bindra is the brightest star among a new breed of talented Indian shooters. Born on September 28, 1983, Bindra is quite often criticized for not delivering on the promise he showed as a child prodigy.

Coming from an affluent family and with the luxury of an indoor range in his backyard, Bindra proved to an early bird and, at 15, was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Bindra shot into limelight by winning a bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup with a new junior world record score of 597/600.

In the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, competing in his pet Air rifle event, Bindra won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event. During a purple patch, Bindra won six gold medals at various international meets in the European Circuit in 2001. He was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2001.

In the 2004 Athens Olympics, despite breaking the Olympic record Bindra failed to win a medal. But on July 24, 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold in Zagreb. Dr. Karni Singh's silver in 1962 was the previous best by an Indian in a World Championship meet.

Abhinav Bindra Biography

Name : Abhinav Bindra
Date of birth : September 28, 1982
Place of birth : Dehra Dun, India
Residence : Chandigarh, India
Profession : Sportsman (Shooter)
Height : 5' 8''

August 11 2008 - won the men's 10m air rifle gold in Beijing Olympic.

Punjab State Gov. has given him $236,000.

Cricket board will hand over $59,000 to Bindra as part of its campaign to back other sports.

Indian newspapers carried banner headlines hailing his win.

The Times of India dubbed him "India's Goldfinger".

He is the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.

He won six medals at various international meets in 2001.

In the 10 m Air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold in the Pairs event and the Bronze in the Singles event. Abhinav missed the 2006 Asian Games at Doha because of a back injuiry.


Mahi.......... He achive the pick through hard work

I am giving you a short story about Mahi now today who is more familiar as a MS Dhoni. I believe that life doesn’t go same way. No one can live with happy all time or struggle life should carry a happy day for you. If you work hard then surely you will enjoy your future. Today we see a most popular and wealthier Mahi (MS Dhoni) but his life was not same in his childhood. Mahi was a boy of a poor family. He is the youngest son of Pan Singh and Devaki Dev. His family moved from Uttaranchal. Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in Mecon. Pan Singh’s salary was not enough to afford a big family.

You will be astonished to hear that star cricketer in national team MS Dhoni didn’t think he will be a cricketer. Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi. He started his sports career in football as a goalkeeper. Being not playing cricket little boy Dhoni impressed his coach with his wicket-keeping skill and became a regular at the commando cricket club. Then we can see a different Dhoni. Day by day MS Dhoni was getting more chance and go up.

After joining India team he got more popularity as a MS Dhoni. His joining in Indian national team was not so easy. MS Dhoni was picked from Bihar U 19 cricket team where he scored 84 helped to score total 357. Before MS Dhoni’s joining in India team, Indian former captain Rahul Dravid had to keep wicket as they don’t have to lack of batsman and wicket keeping.

MS Dhoni debut in Indian national team against Bangladesh on Dec 23, 2004. And still he is playing in India team. Now, he is acting the role of captain in his own team. Under his captaincy first time India got trophy in Twenty20 world cup 2007 in South Africa. He also got assignment as a captain of India team in their home series against Australia. But he failed. However, Dhoni believes he has many things to give his team as a captain and wicket-keeper cum batsman.
It is impossible to say what will happen in future. May be he will pass his life with happiness or go throw with criticism. I am not sure what will happen as future is unknown and uncertain.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni started his first class career in the year 1999-2000. His one day international debut came after playing five years of first class Cricket on the 23rd of December 2004 against Bangladesh. The venue of the match was in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Unfortunately, he was run out on the first ball he faced. It wasnt a great debut for him where batting is concerned.

Luck wasnt on his side in the first four matches he played. Where as on the fifth match which was played against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam, Dhoni came to the
crease one down and managed to score 148 runs from just 123 balls. He hit 15 boundaries and four sixes. He got his first man of the match award that day. Not only a good wicketkeeper but Dhoni proved himself to be a first class batsman too. He is one of the few finest wicketkeeper batsman India has seen after a very long time.

On the 31st of October, Dhoni broke the record of highest runs scored by a wicket keeper by securing 183 runs against Srilanka which was played at Jaipur. Adam Gilchrist was the former record holder with 172 runs. Before he started playing cricket, he was a football goalkeeper. Its said he drinks around four litres of milk everyday but he denied it by saying that has been exaggerated a bit.

He said he loves milk and drinks around a litre on a daily basis. On the 2nd of December 2005, Dhoni made his Test cricket debut against Srilanka which was played in Chennai, India.

Full Name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, BiharMajor

Teams: India, Jharkhand

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding Position: Wicketkeeper

His hobbies and interests include: Hearing music, ghazals and songs by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar Loves to ride bikes Enjoys playing computer games and badminton . Not interested in: English songs Working out at gyms Special Qualities: Thinks positive Highly confident about himself Is aggressive on the field

His Idol: Adam Gilchrist

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