Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan to a prominent political family. At age 16 she left her homeland to study at Harvard's Radcliffe College. After completing her undergraduate degree atBenazir Bhutto Radcliffe she studied at England's Oxford University, where she was awarded a second degree in 1977.
Later that year she returned to Pakistan where her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been elected prime minister, but days after her arrival, the military seized power and her father was imprisoned. In 1979 he was hanged by the military government of General Zia Ul Haq.
Bhutto herself was also arrested many times over the following years, and was detained for three years before being permitted to leave the country in 1984. She settled in London, but along with her two brothers, she founded an underground organization to resist the military dictatorship. When her brother died in 1985, she returned to Pakistan for his burial, and was again arrested for participating in anti-government rallies.

She returned to London after her release, and martial law was lifted in Pakistan at the end of the year. Anti-Zia demonstrations resumed and Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in April 1986. The public response to her return was tumultuous, and she publicly called for the resignation of Zia Ul Haq, whose government had executed her father.

She was elected co-chairwoman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) along with her mother, and when free elections were finally held in 1988, she herself became Prime Minister. At 35, she was one of the youngest chief executives in the world, and theBenazir Bhutto first woman to serve as prime minister in an Islamic country.

Only two years into her first term, President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Bhutto from office. She initiated an anti-corruption campaign, and in 1993 was re-elected as Prime Minister. While in office, she brought electricity to the countryside and built schools all over the country. She made hunger, housing and health care her top priorities, and looked forward to continuing to modernize Pakistan.

At the same time, Bhutto faced constant opposition from the Islamic fundamentalist movement. Her brother Mir Murtaza, who had been estranged from Benazir since their father's death, returned from abroad and leveled charges of corruption at Benazir's husband, Asif Ali Zardari. Mir Murtaza died when his bodyguard became involved in a gunfight with police in Karachi. The Pakistani public was shocked by this turn of events and PPP supporters were divided over the charges against Zardari.

In 1996 President Leghari of Pakistan dismissed Benazir Bhutto from office, alleging mismanagement, and dissolved the National Assembly. A Bhutto re-election bid failed in 1997, and the next elected government, headed by the more conservative Nawaz Sharif, was overthrown by the military. Bhutto's husband was imprisoned, and once again, she was forced to leave her homeland. For nine years, she and her children lived in exile in London, where she continued to advocate the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. In the autumn of 2007, in the face of death threats from radical Islamists, and the hostility of the government, she returned to her native country.
Although she Benazir Bhuttowas greeted by enthusiastic crowds, within hours of her arrival, her motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber. She survived this first assassination attempt, although more than 100 bystanders died in the attack. With national elections scheduled for January 2008, her Pakistan People's Party was poised for a victory that would make Bhutto prime minister once again. Only a few weeks before the election, the extremists struck again. After a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, a gunman fired at her car, fatally wounding her. The assassin then detonated a bomb, killing himself and a number of bystanders. Bhutto was rushed to the hospital, but soon succumbed to her wounds. In the wake of her death, rioting erupted throughout the country. The loss of the country's most popular democratic leader has plunged Pakistan into turmoil, intensifying the dangerous instability of a nuclear-armed nation in a highly volatile region.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Travolta’s revolt!

Here’s another one to have just lost it with media. John TravoltaJohn Travolta is the latest one to feel the media is apparently stepping on his toes. The Face Off actor defended fellow actor and believer of Scientology, Tom Cruise, who was criticized for his comments in a talk show. Refusing to accept that being a celebrity denied one of his rights and privacy, John seconded Tom’s right to speak his mind, and did he speak his mind too! John has kept his bathroom and bedroom right off limits for the paparazzi! Now, how deprived are we going to be?!

Abhi is daddy’s boy!
The Abhishek Bachchan ideal son, that’s what Abhishek Bachchan is bent on proving! He totally adores his dad and almost always has a wistfully twinkling glint in his eyes every time he speaks of dad. Attributing perfection to Big B, he generously rates him a 100 on 100 for his overall personality! Extolling his father’s performances, some of which were scheduled to be screened at the renowned BAFTA awards, he’s hoping with all his heart to someday grow up to be like his dad. Wonder what happened to Jaya mama’s boy?

Believe it? Or not?
LooksAishwarya Rai like folks out in the West just can’t get enough of the blue eyed beauty. After Provoked and The Last Legion, Aishwarya Rai has been reportedly chosen for a popular television science fiction series in the United States. Titled Heroes, it’ll have Ash play the role of a character named ‘Shanti’, who possesses supernatural powers. Her contract is believed to last eight entire episodes, but the busy actress’ business manager kept up with denying any such plans, dismissing all of it as gossip. Oh well, only time will tell…

Sporty is a good sport!
Melanie Melanie Chisholm Chisholm popularly known as Mel C or ‘Sporty Spice’ of the British girl group of yesteryears, Spice Girls, has finally agreed to the reunion. Still wanting to keep intact the magic they created, Mel C earlier initially opposed the idea, but now she’s prepared herself for it. After the group witnessed weak sales and split, leaving each to pursue respective solo careers, Mel now feels that the group owed the world a last ‘thank you’ and ‘good bye’ and this ‘get-together’ was the ideal way to show that gratitude. Whatever your reasons Mel, we couldn’t be happier!
Bips has had enough
BipashaBipasha Basu Basu has had a lot on her mind since the past few days. She’s waiting for boyfriend John Abraham to return from his shoot in Hyderabad to settle matters once and for all. Rumours have it that their relationship has been sailing stormy waters lately, and the gossip mills working overtime weren’t helping. Meanwhile, media is happy to play matchmaker for Bips, linking her to a whole lot of potential suitors, right from Saif to Dino Morea. But for love’s sake, let’s hope this love story meets a happy ending...

No son for Aniston!
It seemsJennifer Aniston that Jennifer Aniston’s not ready to tie on an apron and get her manicured nails dirty in baby poo yet. Everyone was taken by surprise when OK! Magazine proclaimed that Jen was all set to adopt in the wake of Sheryl Crow’s union with her adopted son Wyatt. In fact, they even stated that the adoption process for a boy was ‘100 percent’ on track. However, sources close to the Hollywood star claims the statements aren’t true at all. Somebody’s loss, somebody’s gain, we believe...

Pamela – Forty and flirty!
Baywatch Pamela Anderson babe Pamela Anderson may be pushing forty and but she still knows how to party! PETA held an advance bash to celebrate her fortieth birthday which is to be on July 1 at a Florida hotspot. And boy, did she party?! To top it all, she stunned them all in her breathtaking red satin off -shoulder drape proving that 40 is the new 20! However, after making the shutterbugs happy with the ritual cake-cutting photo-ops, she went back to work on her upcoming film. Pam’s sure got her priorities in order this year!

Friday, December 07, 2007

The dragon flight!

The civil aviation reforms commenced in China long before India had even conceived that something like this was essentially Chinese Airhostessrequired. Right from inception, the Chinese objective was to engineer a complete separation of the general administration from the management of airlines. Post 2000, the primary focus shifted towards consolidation and creation of professionally managed companies. Subsequently, three of the largest Chinese airlines at present were formed – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Their fleets are almost comparable to the entire aviation industry of India. The Chinese industry, too, is registering losses, but it continues to grow, due to government vision and solid backing. It is this support which will take them ahead in the times to come.