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Madhav Kumar Nepal Takes Office as Prime Minister of Nepal

Where: Kathmandu, Nepal May 30, 2009 : Mr.Madhav Kumar Nepal took office as Prime Minister of Nepal on Monday. Earlier this month the Maoist-led government of Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (“Prachanda") had collapsed. "Prachanda" had led the Maoist movement to establish a republic and abolish monarchy. The Shah kings had been the rulers of Nepal since 1768. The rebellion...

From Kitchen Cabinet to State Cabinet?

May 11: From the kitchen floor of the house to the Floor of the House or State Legislative Assembly - that is the distance Lakshmi Parui is hoping to cover. A widow in her late 50s, who supported herself by working as a domestic help in semi-urban Balagarh till a few weeks ago, she contested the West Bengal state elections...

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnam revolutionary nationalist party of Indo-China, which struggled for independence from France during and after the second world war, was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890 in a village in central Vietnam. The French through a puppet emperor indirectly ruled the area during that time. Inheriting his father’s rebellious bent, Ho...

Mikhail Gorbachev

He was born in Privol'noye, Russia. In 1985 Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party, and in 1988 he became president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Between 1985 and 1990, Gorbachev sought to reform Soviet society by introducing perestroika (restructuring) of the economy and glasnost' (openness) in political and cultural affairs. He transferred power from the...

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