1. New Statesmen says.” UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and industrialist Ratan Tata were among the world’s “50 most influential people” along with German chancellor Angel Merkel, who was ranked No 1. Magazine Described Gandhi as “Madam India” and Rattan TATA as “Metal Head”.
2. Voting Rights for women in Saudi Arabia by 2015 :: Saudi Arabia will allow women to stand for election and vote, the king announced on Sunday, in a significant policy shift in the conservative Islamic kingdom . In a five-minute speech, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud said women will also take part in the next session of the unelected, advisory Shura Council.
3. Business:: Non-banking finance company IFCI recently announced a tie-up with investment firm Sycamore Ventures to set up a $500 million infrastructure fund that will invest in the power sector, gas distribution, coal mines, roads, bridges, railways, ports, airports, warehouses and logistics businesses.
4. Puducherry-based leather bags and accessories maker Hidesign today said it will launch a new collection by Italian designer Alberto Ciaschini in the next two months to mark its entry into the luxury segment.
5. Groupon’s chief operating officer, Margo Georgiadi, is leaving to join Google Inc five months after joining the company.
6. Sports:: Sebastian Vettel demonstrated his vast supremacy on Sunday when he won the Singapore Grand Prix to move within a point of becoming the youngest double world champion in Formula One history.
7. India’s best woman archer Deepika Kumari, lost narrowly to Ming Cheng of China in the shoot-off to settle for a silver medal in the prestigious Archery World Cup final held in Istanbul on Sunday.
8. The subject of coach Jose Mourinho prompted passionate debate between members at Real Madrid’s general assembly on Sunday, with some saying his behaviour had damaged the club’s image.
9. The International Court of Arbitration passed an interim order saying that India can “continue with all works” related to the Kishenganga hydro-electric project in Jammu and Kashmir except any permanent work on the riverbed that may inhibit restoration of the river’s full flow.
10. First Haridyanath award goes to Lata Mangeshkar:: Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar will be honoured with the first `Hridaynath Award` for her lifetime contribution to the field of music.