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World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US – Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

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Angela Merkel’s Beer Shower (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

She attends hundreds of events each year, but there’s a good chance German Chancellor Angela Merkel will remember this year’s Ash Wednesday meal.

As Merkel settled in at her table, the waiter behind her lost his balance and poured five beers down the Chancellor’s neck.

21-year-old waiter Martin D. told the German Bild newspaper that a colleague was supposed to serve the German leader, but the woman was so nervous that she asked Martin to do it for her, The Telegraphreports. “I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late,” he said. “I shouted “Shit!” really loudly,” he added. The waiter’s visceral reaction is visible in the video above. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran: Cameron, Merkel And Sarkozy Demand Regime Ends Nuclear Ambitions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 23, 2012

David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have issued a statement amid EU oil sanctions imposed against Iran today.

The move comes after Britain joined the United States and France in sending a flotilla of warships through the sensitive Strait of Hormuz as tensions escalate of over the regime’s controversial nuclear programme.

The statement said: “Today, the EU agreed an unprecedented package of sanctions on Iran, including a full ban on Iranian oil exports.

“Our message is clear. We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership has failed to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region.

“We call on Iran’s leadership immediately to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities and abide fully by its international obligations. The door is open to Iran to engage in serious and meaningful negotiations about its nuclear programme. Until Iran comes to the table, we will be united behind strong measures to undermine the regime’s ability to fund its nuclear programme, and to demonstrate the cost of a path that threatens the peace and security of us all.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Eurozone Crisis: Merkel And Sarkozy Call For New Treaty To Save Euro

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2011

France and Germany have declared they want a new European treaty, either with the entire EU or just the eurozone to solve the financial crisis.

Following crisis talks in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that eurozone states should face sanctions for running up large deficits.

The pair called for the 27 countries of the EU to move towards greater fiscal integration to ensure the current financial crisis is not repeated. If that was not possible, just the 17 states that have adopted the euro should move forward, they said.

“Whatever has happened must never happen again, and it’s for this reason we want a new treaty,” said Sarkozy. “This is what Germany and France want.”

Sarkozy said that the two countries were “in full and total agreement that eurobonds are no solution to the crisis at all”.

“We are going through a very difficult situation,” said Merkel. “We should recover the trust in the market and our trust in the eurozone. And during the next Thursday and Friday summit we should recover this trust and consolidate our commitments.”

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Benetton Unhate Campaign: World Leaders ‘Kiss’ In New Clothing Adverts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2011

President Obama snogging Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez? Unlikely.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu smooching with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas? Never.

President Sarkozy cuddling up to German chancellor Angela Merkel… Actually, that one we could see. Somewhat disturbingly.

These images and more are all part of a new advertising campaign by clothing brand Benetton, who in an attempt to spark sales conversation have released six highly controversial images of world leaders engaging in some very close diplomatic discussions.

The ‘Unhate’ campaign is intended to promote a new way of looking at hatred, the brand says.

“It means not hating,” Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group SpA, told the Wall Street Journal. “In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES]

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A Chinese Peace Prize Names This Year’s Winner. Ummm, Vladimir Putin?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2011

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks while chairing a meeting with activists of the All-Russian People's Front in Moscow on October 26, 2011. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AFP / Getty Images)

Guess who is this year’s messenger of peace? Why it’s Vladimir Putin. In September, an obscure Chinese cultural organization revealed the finalists for the second annual Confucius Peace Prize, an award that suddenly popped out of nowhere last year after imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. The first Confucius Peace Prize, which was ridiculed as a clumsy attempt to divert attention from the fact that the world’s most famous peace prize had just gone to a jailed Chinese dissident, went to Lien Chan, a veteran Taiwan politician. Taiwan’s former Vice President didn’t even know he had won, and in a very curious ceremony a couple days later, a confused-looking little girl picked up the award in his stead.

But it was only after this year’s finalists were announced that the Confucius Peace Prize got really wacky. First the Chinese Ministry of Culture said that, ahem, it had nothing to do with the award, even though the organizers—including a poet named Qiao Damo, who nominated himself as one of the 2010 finalists—implied it did. The ministry went on to disband the cultural organization that was sponsoring the prize. Some people assumed that meant the wannabe Nobel would quietly fade away.

Cue up another group of Chinese academics, including one of the former judges of the original prize, who said that they were setting up the Confucian World Peace Prize—with Ministry of Culture approval. Yes, that would be the same prize name, with the addition of the word “world.” The Confucian World Peace Prize would hold its award ceremony on December 9, its organizers said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whither the European (Dis)Union?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 14, 2011

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Is significantly greater integration the surest way to prevent both the euro and even the entire European Union from

A droplet of water falls from a tap in front of the euro sculpture at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Nov.11, 2011. (Photo: Michael Probst / AP)

blowing apart? Or is EU federation–and the basic powers national governments now wield being weakened in the process–exactly the kind of radical fusion certain to send countries jealous of their sovereignty fleeing for the exits? As euro zone members now consider drastic, big-bang solutions to overcoming their currency’s crisis, leaders of all 27 EU member states find themselves grappling with the question of whether more or less Europe is necessary to safeguard the bloc’s future.

The spread of the single currency’s existential crisis–which began as a debt problem initially believed to imperil only a few small nations before expanding to shake Europe’s biggest economies to their foundations–mirrors the rising pressure posed by a similarly essential dilemma over the wider European Union project, and evoking similar denial from leaders. While most officials agree that deep and dramatic measures must be undertaken to finally contain the debt-driven euro emergency, their concord evaporates over the different options for action—especially centralization of budget and debt rules, and giving real intervention power to the European Central Bank. Central to that disagreement are clashing views over just how bound together EU members should be—a long-standing confrontation between Euroenthusiasts and Euroskeptics that has resurged in crisis anew. As such, moves to save the euro will probably shape the direction—or even future—of the entire EU as it seek a collective horizon to look toward.

News reports Nov. 10 stated France and Germany were consulting partners on potentially radical harmonization measures between euro zone members—or at least those capable of and willing to accept far stricter budgetary and fiscal rules that greater convergence would involve. If true, it suggests the euro zone’s two biggest economies are contemplating tossing unsustainably indebted currency partners out of what would become a smaller, tighter euro ship. German Chancellor Angela Merkel denied those reports, insisting scission of the euro 17 wasn’t an option. Yet her comments elsewhere indicated the status quo could not endure, either. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forbes Most Powerful People List: Women Take Only 6 Out Of 70 Spots

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 4, 2011

   

Yesterday, Forbes released its list of the world’s 70 Most Powerful People. You would think that such a list would be filled with fascinating people of both sexes. But Forbes could only think of six women to fill the ranks.

While many have commented on the fact that President Barack Obama took the top spot, Forbes‘ decision to honor just six women — that’s 8% of the world’s “70 who matter” — caught us off guard.

This stands in stark contrast to the Time 100 list for 2011, which includes 34 women (34% of the list for those keeping count).

In a separate list, Forbes ranks the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The vast majority of these women didn’t make the Most Powerful People list.

According to Forbes, the ranking takes into account four factors — the number of people a person has power over, the financial resources a person controls, the number of spheres of influence the person has, and how actively the person wields his or her power.

Are these criteria rigidly objective, or did other female leaders deserve to make Forbes‘ list?

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Eurozone Crisis: European Markets Rally As Eurozone Plan Boosts Confidence

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 27, 2011

 
We have to be happy for the agreement, but needs to be careful for the implementa­tion and effectiven­ess:

Europe’s main stock indices fought back strongly on Thursday as markets gave a vote of confidence to eurozone leaders’ “grand plan”.

At close, the FTSE 100 was up 2.98%, the German DAX up 5.35% and the French CAC40 up 6.28%.

The latter two indices have been dragged down by continuing fears over the solvency of the continent’s banking sector, and banks led the recovery as dual measures to cut Greece’s debt by 50% and to pump more than €100bn into recapitalisations buoyed confidence.

The STOXX Europe 600 Banking Index – a composite of bank stocks in Europe – was up 8.92%.

The euro hit a seven-week high of 1.41 against the dollar, with traders forced to unwind bets taken against a deal being reached.

Many traders had been squaring off positions ahead of the summit on Wednesday night, with most having little faith in a comprehensive package, but few willing to go long into such a critical meeting. The plan, while still short on detail, beat their limited expectations.

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Eurozone Debt Crisis: European Leaders Reach Agreement Over Greek Debt

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 27, 2011

 
One step (agreement­) to sort out the Euro debt crisis appeared, however; another and more important step (implement­ation of the agreement) to be faced:

European leaders have reached a three-pronged agreement to resolve the eurozone debt crisis, including a deal that will halve Greek debt.

World stocks and the euro rose to their highest levels in nearly two months after the announcement of the deal on Thursday morning.

Banks were major gainers as European stock markets rose to hit three month highs on Thursday. The Dow Jones Stoxx Banks index, which aggregates the performance of European banks, was up nearly 5% in early trade. The German Dax and French CAC40 rose by 3.8% and 3.6% respectively.

Athens will also receive another bailout of around €100bn, scheduled to be released in early 2012, while the overall bailout fund will be increased to €1tn (£872bn).

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Eurozone Crisis: European Leaders Produce Broad Statement After Summit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2011


Everybody under pressure and the source of the pressure nobody else
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Vladimir Putin: A Candidate for China’s Version of the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 19, 2011

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Last year, a day before the imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a regional conference of his United Russia party in Cherepovets, Russia, September 5, 2011. (Photo: Alexei Nikolsky / RIA / Reuters)

Norway, a group of Chinese scholars with ties to the Chinese Culture Ministry announced the victor in the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize. According to the 100,000-yuan (around $16,130 at today’s exchange rate) award’s curious announcement, the Chinese award was created because “China is a symbol of peace…it owns the absolute power to uphold peace…Norway is only a small country with scarce land area and population…it must be in the minority…concerning the conception of freedom and democracy.” Subtle the Confucius Prize was not.

Last year’s winner, Taiwan’s former Vice President Lien Chan, who bettered relations between mainland China and his home island, failed to show up at the Beijing award ceremony. In fact, he had no idea he had won until the press contacted him the day before. To avoid embarrassment, the prize was handed to a solemn little girl who was officially dubbed an “angel of peace.” China-watchers might have been excused for thinking this crude attempt to promote an alternative peace prize would quietly wither. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forbes Most Powerful Women: Top 10 World Figures (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011


Specially this year is the year of female
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Eurozone Running Of Time As Economists Run Out Of Metaphors

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011


Result of interest conflict and problems in each country.
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Sarkozy And Merkel Call For A ‘True European Economic Government’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2011


What does that “True” mean?
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