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Runner-Up: Malala Yousafzai, the Fighter

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2012

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Ayesha Mir didn’t go to school on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the day after a security guard found a shrapnel-packed bomb under her family’s car. The 17-year-old Pakistani girl assumed, as did most people who learned about the bomb, that it was intended for her father, the television news presenter Hamid Mir, who often takes on the Taliban in his nightly news broadcasts. Traumatized by the near miss, Ayesha spent most of the day curled up in a corner of her couch, unsure whom to be angrier with: the would-be assassins or her father for putting himself in danger. She desperately wanted someone to help her make sense of things.

At around 10:30 p.m., she got her wish. Ayesha’s father had just come home from work, and he handed her his BlackBerry. “She wants to speak to you,” he said. The voice on the phone was weak and cracked, but it still carried the confidence that Ayesha and millions of other Pakistanis had come to know through several high-profile speeches and TV appearances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Person Of The Year 2012: Barack Obama (PHOTO, POLL, VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2012

obama_souza                                                                         Person of the Year: Barak Obama, Architect of the New America

Comment: We are aware about Obama’s contribution, however; TIME Person of the year should not be like US presidential election. TIME shadowed the other part of the world and underestimated other persons with their contribution in the world level. Why not to highlight other activists?

President Barack Obama has been named Time’s Person of the Year.

Managing editor Richard Stengel unveiled the magazine’s choice on Wednesday’s “Today.” He said it was remarkable that the president won two terms with over 50 percent of the popular vote as a Democrat. He also noted that Obama took office in an economic crisis, and credited him with creating a new political “alignment like Ronald Reagan did forty years ago.”

This is the second time that Time has chosen Obama. The magazine said it named him Person of the Year in 2008 for winning against the odds and becoming the first black president of the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Facebook at a Crossroads, Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Future Still Bright?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 19, 2012

He was TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010. Did we get it right?
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the celebration of ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on May 18, 2012 in Menlo Park, Calif.

Lev Grossman’s latest book is The Magician King

In November 2010, I checked into the Silicon Valley Four Seasons for two weeks to write TIME’s Person of the Year story on Mark Zuckerberg. They were a good two weeks, and not just because of the room service. I got a close-up look at Facebook at a fascinating moment in its history, when it was attempting to pivot from being a user-acquiring growth monster to being a mature platform on and around which other more established companies could rebuild themselves.

I wrote the piece. I made — as one does — a lot of generalizations and forward-looking statements. I stole a suitcase-full of those little moisturizing lotions. Then I checked out of the Four Seasons and went home.

Now, a year and a half later, with Facebook on the verge of its IPO, it seems like a good moment to revisit that story — to go back and see what’s changed, what I got right and what I got wrong.

(VIDEO: A Brief History of Facebook)

In some ways, not much has changed at all. Zuckerberg is living in a new and slightly fancier house. Facebook has kept on adding employees at the same rate — head count reportedly doubled to around 3,200 last year. He’s also kept on adding users at the same rate: in 2010 we projected that Facebook would hit a billion users in 2012. It’s right on track: it has 900 million, and it’ll probably cross the billion threshold in August. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Person Of The Year 2011: ‘The Protester’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 14, 2011

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“The protester” has been named Time’s Person of the Year.

The magazine unveiled the choice on Wednesday morning. Managing editor Richard Stengel also revealed the decision on the “Today” show. Stengel said that finalists included Kate Middleton, Admiral William McRaven and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Steve Jobs and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords did not make the short list because they appeared elsewhere in the magazine. “It’s not a lifetime achievement award,” Stengel said of the award. Read the rest of this entry »

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