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Putin Named Most Powerful Person in World by Forbes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2013



Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot.

Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic maneuvring during the international crisis over Syria, and the fate of fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden who was given asylum in Russia.

“Putin has solidified his control over Russia (“dictator” is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage,” Forbes said.

The top spot has been given to Obama every year since Forbes began compiling the ranking in 2009, except in 2010 when Hu Jintao, the former Chinese leader, was deemed the most influential. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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How Nepal Can Have An “Invincible” Military – OpEd

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

By Deepak Prakash Baskota and Dr. David R. Leffler

Although social scientists argue that research shows that our world is becoming a safer and more peaceful place, dangerous hotspots still exist. Over the years Iranian leaders such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. Besides perennial tensions in the Middle East, North Korean Deputy Commander Li Gum-chol recently threatened, “We will turn Seoul into a sea of flames by our strong and cruel artillery firepower, which cannot be compared to our artillery shelling on Yeonpyeong Island. We are training hard, concentrating on revenge to shock [South Korean President] Lee Myung-bak’s traitorous group and the military warmongers in South Korea.”

Such fiery rhetoric is not an encouraging indicator of enduring friendship, security and lasting world peace. If nuclear war were to break out between nations and/or terrorists were to acquire nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, global tensions and engagement could rapidly escalate, creating a grave situation even for leaders in Nepal. This is why worried leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea on March 26 – 27. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nuclear Summit: Barack Obama Tells Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev More Flexibility After Election

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

SEOUL, March 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was caught on camera on Monday assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he will have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election.

Obama, during talks in Seoul, urged Moscow to give him “space” until after the November ballot, and Medvedev said he would relay the message to incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The unusually frank exchange came as Obama and Medvedev huddled together on the eve of a global nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital, unaware their words were being picked up by microphones as reporters were led into the room.

U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield have bedeviled relations between Washington and Moscow despite Obama’s “reset” in ties between the two former Cold War foes. Obama’s Republican opponents have accused him of being too open to concessions to Russia on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barack Obama Urges North Korea ‘To Have The Courage To Pursue Peace’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012

I think this is the time to be student first rather than to be a teacher. Everybody wants to be a teacher and nobody interested to be a student. This is the main problem:

SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama warned North Korea and Iran on Monday that their options are few, and their friends fewer, as those nations refuse to back down from actions the world sees as menacing.

“By now it should be clear,” Obama said, addressing North Korea from the South Korean capital only about 30 miles away. “Your provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not achieved the security you seek, they have undermined it. Instead of the dignity you desire, you are more isolated.”

As he spoke, his South Korean hosts warned they might shoot down parts of a North Korean rocket if they fell over South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit. The summit of more than 50 nations opened with a dinner Monday.

In remarks earlier Monday at Seoul’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Obama directly challenged North Korea’s leaders “to have the courage to pursue peace.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Russian spy agency: Global crisis demands new tactics

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2012

Tupolev Tu-95 in flight

Tupolev Tu-95 in flight

Russian military intelligence is adjusting its work methods in response to the worsening international situation, Igor Sergun, the head of GRU – the country’s largest espionage agency – has told President Dmitry Medvedev.

“Changes in the world situation have required adjustments to be made to intelligence mechanisms and their implementation,” Sergun said on Thursday, as he presented his report to the head of state.

Currently, the main focus of Russian military intelligence is on “the so-called hot spots where terrorist and extremist groups are acting, regions with crisis situations, and also the sources and possible routes of illegal proliferation of nuclear materials and the components of weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

Sergun underlined that the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) is “practically the only special service in the world”which integrates all existing types and directions of intelligence into its structure.

GRU successfully fulfills its tasks thanks to the professionalism of secret service agents “combined with the usage of the most up-to-date achievements of information, telecommunication and space technologies and innovations,” explained Sergun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia: Nuclear Submarine Fire Extinguished

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011


MOSCOW — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel’s nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.

Military prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether safety regulations were breached. President Dmitry Medvedev summoned top Cabinet officials to report on the situation and demanded punishment for anyone found responsible.

The fire broke out Thursday at an Arctic shipyard outside the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk where the submarine Yekaterinburg was in dry-dock. The blaze, which shot orange flames high into the air through the night, was put out Friday afternoon and firefighters continued to spray the vessel with water to cool it down, Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Russian state television earlier showed the rubber-coated hull of the submarine still smoldering, with firefighters gathering around it and some standing on top to douse it with water. Most modern submarines’ outer hulls are covered with rubber to make them less noisy and more difficult for an enemy to detect.

Seven members of the submarine crew were hospitalized after inhaling poisonous carbon monoxide fumes from the fire, Shoigu said.

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Architect of Russia’s Political System Under Putin Is Reassigned

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011


MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Tuesday announced the reassignment of Vladislav Y. Surkov, the architect of the highly centralized political system that has come under waves of protest from middle-class Muscovites over the last month.

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Vladislav Y. Surkov created tools that helped Vladimir V. Putin consolidate authority.

Mr. Surkov, a former advertising prodigy, coined the term “sovereign democracy” to describe his system, which preserved the electoral process but hollowed out institutions capable of challenging the Kremlin’s power. He created an array of political tools — the youth movement Nashi, the United Russia party and the overwhelming force of fully controlled television — that helped Vladimir V. Putin consolidate his authority during his first two presidential terms.

The last several months have exposed many of those tools as outdated, and Mr. Surkov had become a lightning rod for a rising generation of Russians raised on the Internet, who are calling for an end to the manipulations.

Aleksei L. Kudrin, a former finance minister, called Mr. Surkov’s transfer a “serious bid to renew the political system,” and said it had been agreed upon by both President Dmitri A. Medvedev and Mr. Putin, the prime minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia to support India’s bid for permanent UNSC seat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Rodionov)

Russia will back India’s bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) if a decision to expand the body is made, President Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The Russian leader said that Moscow considers India “a strong, and real” candidate for joining the body as a permanent member.

The statement was made Medvedev’s joint conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their talks in the Russian capital.

“India is a privileged partner for us,” Medvedev pointed out. He stressed that “all UN countries should agree and reform the Security Council according to a jointly approved scenario.”

“There is no need for India to doubt Russia’s support,” Medvedev assured Singh, as cited by Interfax.

Currently, there are five permanent members with veto power in the UNSC – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. Ten other members of the body are elected once every two years.

An expansion of the council – which was established back in 1946, shortly after WWII – has been discussed for years now. Many agree that it is time to reform the UNSC, since the world has changed a lot and so have the challenges that the international community faces. Several countries are now seeking permanent seats on the council, including the so-called G4 group, comprised of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Billionaire Prokhorov to run for Russian president

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2011

Mikhail Prokhorov, recently ousted from the leadership of the right-wing party Right Cause, has said he will run for the Russian presidency in March.

“I have made a decision. I am taking part in the presidential elections,” Prokhorov told a news conference in Moscow on Monday.

When reporters asked the businessman if he had discussed his decision with the Presidential administration, Prokhorov said he had not. He also said he had met with neither President Dmitry Medvedev nor Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to discuss the move.

Despite this, Prokhorov said he was confident the authorities would apply pressure to him or his business. . “We have a proverb in Russia that no one is guaranteed safe from misery or prison, but I am not afraid. I am not doing anything illegal, I am marching with an open visor and I am not afraid,” Prokhorov said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia: Presidential Candidates Square Up With Rival Beauties (Pictures)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011


Russian presidential candidates Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have recruited some unusual political allies for their rival campaigns.

At a recent meeting with bloggers at the Kremlin, Medvedev appeared flanked by a bevvy of teenage female supporters – all dressed as cheerleaders.

Not to be outdone, Putin recruited the help of some equally nubile politicos in the shape of bikini-clad car washers for a recent re-election rally.

Both candidates have received criticism for their use of attractive young ladies in their campaigns.

In a recent online advert for Putin’s United Russia party, a young woman was shown dragging a boy into a polling booth, sparking controversy amongst opposition politicians.

However, the furore is unlikely to derail Putin’s return to the presidency. The former KGB operative, who stepped down in 2008, is widely expected to win next year’s vote.

Check out our gallery of Kremlin crumpet, saucy Soviets and Bolshevik bunnies… “Putin” it about.

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CrossTalk: Putin the Powerful and Medvedev Interview

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 27, 2011

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Putin officially named as candidate for 2012 presidential vote

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 27, 2011

At a pompous event at Moscow’s Luzhniki Arena on Sunday, the pro-Kremlin United Russia party officially named its leader Vladimir Putin, Russia’s powerful prime minister, as its candidate for the March 2012 presidential elections.

All 614 delegates from United Russia and Putin’s All-Russia People’s Front movement who took part in the vote during a party congress at Luzhniki unanimously backed Putin’s candidacy.

Some 11,000 Putin supporters gathered at the congress, held a week before December 4 parliamentary elections, to witness the official start of what is likely to become their leader’s triumphant return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister.

A storm of standing ovation welcomed the announcement of the vote result as Putin made his way to the dais to thank his supporters.

“My all life, without exaggeration, was devoted to serving our Fatherland,” he said in his speech, broadcast live by Russian state television channels.

“Our motto is ‘Never look back!’ Thank you… We will win together,” he added as President Dmitry Medvedev joined him on stage.

Tricolor national flags and dark-blue banners with a picture of a white bear, United Russia’s symbol, waved over Luzhniki Arena’s crowded grandstands as the prime minister’s supporters chanted “Putin” and “Russia” in an outburst of patriotic sentiment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Putin’s Presidency bid stirs discontent

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 27, 2011

Liberal minister says he will quit if Medvedev becomes PM after announcement that caught many off guard

  in Moscow

The fallout from Vladimir Putin‘s announcement that he plans to return to the Kremlin is being felt throughout Russia, with a key liberal official indicating that he plans to quit the government.

The finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, a darling of the west because of his commitment to the free market and fiscal conservatism, said he would refuse to serve under Dmitry Medvedev, who is due to replace Putin as prime minister. His departure would deal a severe blow to liberal elements inside the ruling regime.

“I do not see myself in a new government,” Kudrin said during a visit to Washington. “The point is not that nobody has offered me the job; I think that the disagreements I have [with Medvedev] will not allow me to join this government.”

The reformist minister said disputes about spending were to blame and it was unclear why he blamed Medvedev when Putin has the final say over the country’s economic path.

Although Putin’s return to the presidency was widely expected, the announcement, at a congress of the ruling United Russia party on Saturday, caught many off guard – even Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said in an interview: “We were totally unprepared for what was announced. It was their bilateral decision – and then they didn’t alert anyone about it.”

Others expressed dismay. “There is no reason for happiness,” tweeted Arkady Dvorkovich, another liberal politician and economic adviser to Medvedev, as the congress came to a close on Saturday.

The prospect of two more terms for Putin exacerbating creeping social and economic stagnation prompted comparisons with the long rule of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Around 300 people went on a protest against the decision in central Moscow.

Putin’s announcement that he planned to run for president in March’s vote confirmed the widely held view that he is Russia’s foremost ruler. In recent years, he has fashioned himself as a “national leader”, and was referred to as such several times at the party congress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dmitry Medvedev, Russia President, Wants More Arctic Exploration

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2011

MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia must invest more in the Arctic amid tough competition from other nations for the region’s mineral riches.

Medvedev said in televised remarks to workers in the fareastern city of Khabarovsk that Russia will take the necessary security steps and other moves to protect its interests in the polar region.

“We simply must continue our research of the Arctic Ocean and the Arctic in general, because if we fail to do that other countries will take control,” Medvedev said. “It’s our shores, and it’s our sea.”

“We will defend our interests in the region, naturally including security issues,” he added.

Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic, believed to hold up to a quarter of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas.

With shrinking polar ice opening up new opportunities for exploration, Russia, Canada and Denmark have said they would file claims with the United Nations that an undersea 1,240-mile (2,000-kilometer) mountain range that crosses the polar region called the Lomonosov Ridge is an extension of their respective territories.

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