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  • Who is Tahawwur Hussein Rana?
    Tahawwur Hussein Rana, who was found guilty of helping Pakistan-based terror group LeT by a US court, is a military doctor-turned businessman, who opened a visa facilitation office in Mumbai for the L...
  • Who is Ayman al-Zawahiri?
    The FBI lists him as a man of unknown height, weight or built, with 13 known aliases and a bounty of 25 million dollars on his head. This Sunday, June 19, Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri will celebrate his 60th birthday. His coronation as Osama bin Laden's successor and the new head of the deadly Al Qaeda brings focus on a man who is also known as The Doctor and the Teacher - telling epithets.
  • Who is KCR?
    It would make for a great trivia question. What was KCR before he became a politician and the face of the Telangana movement? The answer, unlikely as it seems, is: An immigration consultant. Because he used to send people to the gulf, he earned the sobriquet "Dubai Sekhar". Yes, K Chandrasekhar Rao was not a political prodigy, though he did dabble in student politics as a Congressman. But for all that, Rao has been a study in political survival.
  • Who is Dayanidhi Maran?
    He was the joint owner of a popular Chennai discotheque called HFO or Hell Freezes Over. That was before Dayanidhi Maran danced into national politics in 2004, the year when young India - most visibly represented by Rahul Gandhi - contested and won Lok Sabha seats in droves. It was the year of the babalogs and Maran was right there among the articulate, well-heeled, well-educated, young politicians armed with impressive degrees and impressive lineages.
  • Who is Dinesh Trivedi?
    Dinesh Trivedi, a trained pilot now in charge of the vast Indian railway network, is an articulate, suave and widely travelled politician who has, for long, been Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's point man in New Delhi.
  • Who is V Kishore Chandra Deo?
    Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo, inducted into the union cabinet, is a five-time Congress MP from Araku constituency in north coastal Andhra Pradesh with vast parliamentary experience.
  • Who is Jayanthi Natarajan?
    Jayanthi Natarajan, named the minister of state for environment and forests with independent charge, enters the union ministry after more than a decade.Ms Natarajan, 57, was the earlier minister of st...
  • Who is Milind Deora?
    He has a secular image; he is savvy and modern in his outlook; Milind Deora is a typical Mumbaikar who means business.Making his maiden foray as a minister, of course, thanks to his father Murli Deora...
  • Who is Jairam Ramesh?
    Jairam Ramesh, who made headlines as a crusading green minister, is set to bring in his intellectual heft and training as an engineer to his new job as India's rural development minister.
  • Who is Wendi Deng Murdoch?
    She sat a little to the right and behind her husband, Rupert Murdoch, 38 years her senior, her head tilted and deeply engrossed in the proceedings as he appeared before British lawmakers. Dressed demurely in a pink jacket, the tall Wendi Deng Murdoch - she is six feet tall, unusual for an Asian - was much a shadow till a man attacked Mr Murdoch with a shaving cream p
  • Karnataka: Who is Sadananda Gowda?
    The first thing you would notice about the man set to be Karnataka's new Chief Minister is his smile. If his predecessor BS Yeddyurappa had a stern and autocratic public image, Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda, in complete contrast, is seen as affable and soft.
  • Who is Timothy Cook?
    Timothy D. Cook has been named chief executive of Apple, succeeding Steven P. Jobs, who has been battling cancer
  • Who is Janardhana Reddy?
    He is the middle brother of the three Reddys - the billionaire barons whose influence and clout in Karnataka's Bellary is legend. Gali Janardhana Reddy's enterprise and ambition that is said to have propelled the trio, and their constant aide Sriramulu, to dizzying heights of wealth and power.
  • Who is Mulayam Singh Yadav?
    He is diminutive but a never say die fighter, having learnt his skills as a young wrestler. On Tuesday, Mulayam Singh Yadav, aged 72, proved why he cannot be vanquished in his home turf. As his Samajwadi Party triumphed in Uttar Pradesh against all odds, it was clear the man's favourite wrestling lock, the dhobhi patak, remains intact.
  • Who is Akhilesh Yadav?
    Who is Akhilesh Yadav? Uttar Pradesh was spoilt for choice. A crush of political celebrity from all over descended upon it in the last few months in an attempt to win it over. UP chose one of its own - Akhilesh Yadav, the quintessential local lad, who was born here and has learnt his politics on the dusty kuchcha roads of the UP heartland, is the new UP Chief Minister.

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