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Sept. 2012

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What's Hot:
Manmohan Singh, Narendra Modi, Neil Armstrong & Rupert Murdochia

Enrichment Enrichment


Personality is defined as the cumulative traits in human character. It is very surprising to note that even the best looking person can have an ugly personality. Now-a-days personality development is the principal topic in the classes of communication management. Youth of our society have great interest in knowing things about personality development because they carry the notion that key to their success lies in improving the aspects of personality.
Failure of personality results in frustration. When you fail to communicate about the positive sides of your personality, it results in frustration. Frustration is the natural outcome of the failure of your personality.
Personality consists of your clothing, behavior, etiquette and amicable communication with others. It is helpful in expressing your hidden talents. You may be gifted but if your personality is not animated, the outcome will be disappointing for all.

“A powerful personality attracts others like magnet. It creates a space for you in every one’s heart.”
Here are few tips that will help you improve your personality:

  • Your dressing sense – Make sure you wear clothes fitting with the occasions. Suitable clothing fitting with the demands of occasions draws interest of people in you. A well-dressed person is liked by all.

  • Be gentle and soft spoken - Your voice is the mirror of your personality. Apply gentleness in it and avoid saying rude things. Appreciate the good things in other people. Your smiling mien is the first step to success. Keep your balance when you speak. Always steer clear of controversy. Be very selective with your words. This will bring appreciation from others.
  • Appreciate and praise others - While you appreciate others, it shows your good nature. In case you find good qualities in others, praise the persons without getting jealous. Encourage and congratulate others when you find they have done something really good. Appreciation and praise are the natural ways to create your position in the lives of people you love.

  • Hide your pride and egotism - Be cautious in hiding your pride and ego while you interact with others. Such evil traits naturally become transparent, while you rise in self-actualization. Keep your inner consciousness for this alive.
  • Avoid expressing envy and bitter criticism - Envy is the extreme end of admiration. So better if you admire people without getting envious. When you are jealous and angry, you ultimately damage your personality. Control your envy with out letting it out in your nature.

  • Stay away from deceptiveness, lies and cheating - Deceptiveness and other immoralities are not qualities of diplomacy. These qualities rather harm you without boosting up the prospects of your life. In the long run, you get reviled and defamed.
  • Be positive in your thoughts - Thoughts are the real foundations of your personality. Keep the thoughts positive and nature cordial. There are qualified individuals who do not get acclaimed for their talents because of negative thoughts. Healthy mentality and positive thoughts make your personality successful.

  • Keep away anger and irritation - Anger and irritation are the natural barriers in your personality for success. Unless you control such things, these become ingrained in your nature. Anger and irritation spoil relationships with others.
  • Serve and help others if you can - For social recognition, serving and helping the people in need are also a major step towards making your personality popular. It shows your sense of undertaking important responsibilities for the sake of social causes. Helping the poor, down trodden and needy human beings create your favorable image in the society.
  • Be punctual - Punctuality is helpful for a successful personality. It makes you one extra-ordinary human-being among others. You get noticed due to your promptness
  • Be mindful about the worth of time - Be mindful of the fact that time is money. Wasting time in unnecessary activities devalue your personality to a greater extent. Learn to make use of every bit of time in your hand.

  • Be conscious about your self - Understand your own self. Stay away from dropping names about people you know and your contacts. Your talent and merits can only bring you recognition and make you popular.

  • Adopt the good qualities from others - Make your best efforts to learn from others. Listen patiently to the words of worthy people to discover the content of life-building-material in it. Such thing is useful in making your personality popular.

What's Hot What's Hot

Manmohan Singh, Narendra Modi,

Neil Armstrong & Rupert Murdoch

Manmohan Singh

He has accused CAG of providing 'flawed, misleading' report in the coal scam.

Dubbing CAG's computation of loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in coal block allocation as "flawed" and "misleading", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took the battle to the Opposition camp, blaming it for thwarting the Centre's effort to shift to competitive bidding.

Making a statement in both Houses of Parliament amid uproar created by BJP members, Singh refused to be on the back foot, declaring that he takes "full responsibility" for the decisions taken as he contended that the CAG's "observations" are "clearly disputable".

With BJP creating disruptions, he read out a few portions of his four-page statement before laying it in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha which were repeatedly adjourned because of uproar.

Conscious that the CAG reports are normally discussed in detail in the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament where the ministry concerned responds, Singh said he was departing from this established procedure "because of the nature of the allegations that are being made and because I was holding the charge of Coal Minister for a part of the time covered by the report."

Responding point-by-point to the CAG's observations, the Prime Minister said even if the government auditor's contention that benefits accrued to private companies were accepted, "their computations can be questioned on a number of technical points."

He asserted that aggregating the "purported gains" to private parties "merely on the basis of the average production costs and sale price of CIL (Coal India Limited) could be highly misleading."

As coal blocks were allocated to private companies only for captive purposes for specified end-uses, he said, it would not be appropriate to link the allocated blocks to the price of coal set by CIL.

The Prime Minister, whose resignation is being sought by the BJP, asserted that "any allegation of impropriety is without any basis and unsupported by facts".

Seeking to corner the Opposition over the issue, he said the policy of allocating coal blocks without competitive bidding existed since 1993 and previous governments also allocated "precisely in the manner that the CAG has criticised".

He also said major coal and ignite bearing states like West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Rajasthan "ruled by Opposition parties" were "strongly opposed" to a switch over to competitive bidding process.

Brief Intro

Manmohan Singh; born 26 September 1932 is the 13th and current Prime Minister of India. A renowned economist, he is the only Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term, and the first Sikh to hold the office.

He studied at Hindu College. He attended Panjab University, Chandigarh, then in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, studying Economics and got his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1952 and 1954, respectively, standing first throughout his academic career.

He went on to read for the Economics Tripos at Cambridge as a member of St John's College. He won the Wright's Prize for distinguished performance in 1955 and 1957.

He was also one of the few recipients of the Wrenbury scholarship. In 1962, Singh completed his studies from the University of Oxford where he was a member of Nuffield College. His doctoral thesis "India’s export performance, 1951–1960, export prospects and policy implications" was later the base for his book "India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth".

Singh married Gursharan Kaur in 1958. They have three daughters, Upinder Singh, Daman Singh and Amrit Singh.

In March 1983, Panjab University, Chandigarh awarded him Doctor of Letters and in 2009 created a Dr. Manmohan Singh chair in their economics department. In 1997, the University of Alberta awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Law degree.

The University of Oxford awarded him an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree in July 2005, and in October 2006, the University of Cambridge followed with the same honour. St. John's College further honoured him by naming a Ph.D Scholarship after him, the Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarship.

In 2008, he was awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Benaras Hindu University and later that year he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by University of Madras. In 2010, he was awarded honorary doctorate degree by King Saud University.

Narendra Modi

As Gujarat heads for another election later this year, there is only one obvious question on everyone’s mind — where does Narendra Modi stand?

He is still strong. But he is no longer invincible. He is formidable but not unstoppable. In a nutshell, this was the overall finding of a fortnight-long tour of political scientists who had clocked 3,000 km touching all parts of Gujarat, meeting all sections — farmers, youth, unemployed, daily wage earners, diamond workers, employees, advocates, academics, businessmen, doctors and activists.

As political watchers would know, the BJP’s Modi or Modi’s BJP is solidly supported by the OBCs, urban educated youth, urban women, big industry and conservative elements in the society that are apprehensive of Muslim assertion. Within the BJP and from among the opposition ranks, no other leader seems to match Modi in stature and from what we heard in the street, he has successfully positioned himself as a ‘no-nonsense’ administrator/leader focused on development. However, the adulation is no longer as pronounced as in the past and the rumblings are too evident to miss.

Rumblings against Modi: The question that arises is who is unhappy and why? Firstly, there is anger over atrocities against women, suicide of farmers, loss of business, jobless growth and poverty. Rural women are either indifferent or not decisive about their preference for Modi. Middle classes are divided in their opinion while the lower middle class and the poorer sections are unhappy over bad hospital services and privatisation of higher education, in particular. Small and tiny industry owners and those dependent on them for sustenance are nursing grievance that the government is pro-big industry even at the expense of agriculture. The agitation against Nirma by BJP legislator Kalsaria is a case in point. Government employees and even the higher bureaucracy are uncomfortable with the large-scale CM-centric melas. In rural areas, there are complaints that the funds promised under Samarasa (unanimous elections to the panchayats) scheme are not delivered. Farming community has mixed feelings with commercial crop growers of late coming under severe strain.

Caste-wise, the Brahmins are divided although a major chunk is still with Modi/BJP. If Patels desert Modi, the Kshatriya community is likely to move closer to the BJP. Muslims are evidently against Modi but there are strenuous efforts to win over a section of them, especially, the Bohras and other trading communities. However, Muslim vote against Modi or in favour of the Congress is unlikely to be a game changer as their numbers are not politically significant.

Curiously, criticism of Modi is heard more from within the ranks. BJP workers at the grass-root level are unhappy that Modi has weakened them politically. MLAs and ministers too feel disempowered by his style of functioning and it is likely that they could be unenthusiastic in their electoral participation. They might adopt the attitude ‘Modi Jitayega’ and the BJP’s victory is not their responsibility. However, there is an interesting twist. Some sections, although at odds with Modi, would like to vote for the BJP. For some, it is Modi in spite of their dislike for the BJP.

General Observations

Despite the factors that built up against Modi over the years, the most important is that his main rival, the Congress, is both politically as well as organisationally, in disarray. Faction-ridden and without a vision, the party is still not seen as an alternative to Modi’s BJP.Most civil society organisations opposed to Modi lack political overtones to their work and the few which have some political import are championing the so-called minority cause.

This might actually strengthen Modi electorally in Gujarat although their work might weaken his image elsewhere in the country.

Those who favour Modi would naturally like him to win. And those who are opposed to Modi are in despair that there is no force fit enough to defeat him. Interestingly, those who are opposed to him are more certain of his victory than his supporters.

Those who said that Modi would certainly win attributed his potential victory to his ‘personality’ and ‘style of functioning’. And those who felt that he might be defeated also attributed it to the same. As things stand today, the most formidable element in Modi’s armoury is his larger than life image and the fact that he is head and shoulders above all other leaders in Gujarat. Like in the previous elections, the personality of Modi is bound to dominate the upcoming battle too. Though the macro trend is in Modi’s favour, it is not going to be a cakewalk.


Neil Armstrong

The first man on moon dies at 82

US astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. Armstrong died following complications from heart-bypass surgery he underwent earlier this month, the family said in a statement, just two days after his birthday on Aug. 5.

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.

The Apollo 11 astronauts' euphoric moonwalk provided Americans with a sense of achievement in the space race with Cold War foe the Soviet Union and while Washington was engaged in a bloody war with the communists in Vietnam.

Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind's age-old quests that placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not revel in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.

"I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks but for the ledger of our daily work," Armstrong said in an interview on CBS's " 60 Minutes" program in 2005.

He once was asked how he felt knowing his footprints would likely stay on the moon's surface for thousands of years. "I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up," he said.

A very private man

James Hansen, author of "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong," told CBS: "All of the attention that ... the public put on stepping down that ladder onto the surface itself, Neil never could really understand why there was so much focus on that."

The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The next year he was appointed to a desk job, being named Nasa's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.

Armstrong's post-Nasa life was a very private one. He took no major role in ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the moon landing. "He's a recluse's recluse," said Dave Garrett, a former Nasa spokesman.

Hansen said stories of Armstrong dreaming of space exploration as a boy were apocryphal, although he was long dedicated to flight. "His life was about flying. His life was about piloting," Hansen said.

Armstrong left the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) a year after Apollo 11 to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati. After his aeronautical career, Armstrong was approached by political groups, but unlike former astronauts John Glenn and Harrison Schmitt who became US senators, he declined all offers.

Born Aug. 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong was the first of three children of Stephen and Viola Armstrong. He married his college sweetheart, Janet Shearon, in 1956. They were divorced in 1994, when he married Carol Knight.

Armstrong had his first joyride in a plane at age 6. Growing up in Ohio, he began making model planes and by his early teens had amassed an extensive aviation library. With money earned from odd jobs, he took flying lessons and obtained his pilot's license even before he got a car license.

In high school he excelled in science and mathematics and won a US Navy scholarship to Purdue University in Indiana, enrolling in 1947. He left after two years to become a Navy pilot, flying combat missions in the Korean War and winning three medals.

Armstrong made a rare public appearance several years ago when he testified to a congressional hearing against President Barack Obama administration's plans to buy rides from other countries and corporations to ferry US astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Armstrong also said that returning humans to the moon was not only desirable, but necessary for future exploration -- even though Nasa says it is no longer a priority.

He lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol. His family expressed hope that young people around the world would be inspired by Armstrong's feat to push boundaries and serve a cause greater than themselves.

Rupert Murdoch

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch has foregone part of his annual bonus in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal – but still been handed a pay packet topping $30m

The 81-year old News Corp chairman and chief executive is one of four directors, including his son James, who was forced to take a cut to their cash bonuses in the latest financial year.

A News Corp proxy filing ahead of the company’s AGM on Oct 16, said the Compensation Committee had “determined to award only half of the qualitative portion of the annual bonus” in light of the scandal that has so far cost the company $224m and its bid for the whole of BSkyB. The committee said “management should share responsibility for the impact of these matters”, including the closure of the paper, litigation and civil settlements, which detracted from an otherwise “strong performance” for the year to June 30 2012.

The “qualitative” portion of the bonus is only a third of the total, however, meaning Rupert Murdoch still earned an annual bonus of almost $10.5m, down from $12.5m, the previous year, with his total pay falling from $33.3m to just over $30m. James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer who was in charge of the European newspapers at the time of the affair, was awarded an annual bonus of $5m, with his total pay dropping from $17.9m to $16.8m. He waived last year’s $6m bonus because of the scandal.

Brief Intro

Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC, KSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian American media mogul. Murdoch became managing director of Australia's News Limited, inherited from his father, in 1952.

He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of global media holding company News Corporation, the world's second-largest media conglomerate.

In the 1950s and 60s, he acquired various newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, before expanding into the United Kingdom in 1969, taking over the News of the World followed closely by The Sun.

He moved to New York in 1974 to expand into the US market and became a naturalised US citizen in 1985. In 1981, he bought The Times, his first British broadsheet.

In 1986, keen to adopt newer electronic publishing technologies, he consolidated his UK printing operations in Wapping, causing bitter industrial disputes.  His News Corporation acquired Twentieth Century Fox (1985), HarperCollins (1989) and The Wall Street Journal (2007).

He formed BSkyB in 1990 and during the 1990s expanded into Asian networks and South American television. By 2000 Murdoch's News Corporation owned over 800 companies in more than 50 countries with a net worth of over $5 billion.
In July 2011 Murdoch faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens.

He faces police and government investigations into bribery and corruption by the British government and FBI investigations in the US. On 21 July 2012, Murdoch resigned as a director of News International.

Murdoch's reputation and influence have been noted, both positively and negatively.

According to the 2011 list of Forbes richest Americans, Murdoch is the 38th richest person in the US and the 106th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $8.3 billion. Murdoch has been listed three times in the Time 100 as among the most influential people in the world. In May 2012, Forbes ranked him as the 24th most powerful person in the world.

Murdoch was born in Melbourne, the only son of Sir Keith Murdoch (1885–1952) and Elisabeth Greene (born 1909). He has English, Irish and Scottish ancestry. His parents were both born in Melbourne. Keith Murdoch was a renowned war correspondent and later a regional newspaper magnate.

He asked for a rendezvous with his future wife after seeing her debutante photograph in one of his own newspapers and they married in 1928, when she was aged 19 and he 23 years her senior.

In addition to Rupert, the couple had three daughters: Janet Calvert-Jones, Anne Kantor and Helen Handbury (1929–2004).


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