Month: November 2019

Yuki Bhambri hits out at AITA over mixed doubles selectionYuki Bhambri hits out at AITA over mixed doubles selection

first_imgYoung tennis player Yuki Bhambri on Friday criticised the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA’s) decision to pair Sania Mirza up with Leander Paes for the forthcoming London Olympics.A day after slamming the country’s highest ranked men’s doubles player — Paes — for showing reluctance in partnering a player much junior to him, Bhambri said, “It cannot get murkier or worse than this. Everything seems so unjustified at the moment. But whoever plays with Sania has a good chance.”Bhambri was responding to a question on Sania not given a chance by the AITA to play with Mahesh Bhupathi, with whom she recently won French Open title. In fact, she had expressed her desire to pair up with Bhupathi if they qualify for the Olympics. However, after there were talks of Paes pairing up with her, Sania said she had no problem in playing with him either.Bhambri had earlier criticised Paes for refusing to play with a junior player like him or Vishnu Vardhan, saying the top ranked player was accepted as a junior partner by then senior most player of Davis Cup team Ramesh Krishnan and that it was time for him to give back to Indian tennis.last_img read more

LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high schoolLaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaMelo is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA.LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father’s travel team, Big Baller Brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games (L-R) Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home schooled and so he can be made into “the best basketball player ever.”LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctorOlympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Krizziah Tabora wins 53rd Bowling World Cup championships Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn chargesSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center. MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schoolsTravel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments “I’m hurting for like two hours and when I get up, my knees finally get back to normal,” said Isaiah Thomas, NAU’s 6-9 junior forward. “It’s not enjoyable.”Nor is planning.The dilemma: Early-morning practice before flying out or a pre-sunrise departure to practice later at the destination? For the return, leave early on little sleep and rest later or sleep in and get back later?No matter how coaches work it, the players end up tired.“You have to factor it in,” Sacramento State coach Brian Katz said. “You try to convince your guys, you’re 19 years old, you shouldn’t get tired from anything. But in your mind you try to account for it because it’s a factor for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Some have it easier than others.At the highest levels of Division I, buses park next to charter planes filled with spacious seats, teams’ schedules based on when the runway is open. Convenience affords efficiency: Practice at home, fly out in the evening, play the next day, head straight home.Travel at the low-major level can feel like “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” All that’s missing is the train and Del Griffith.Charter flights are not within the smallest D-I schools’ budget, so commercial is the only way to go. That means long security lines and clock-watching gate waits, just for the opportunity to fold into seats barely big enough for averaged-sized humans.Six-foot-10 and a middle seat is like 5-9 squeezed into a toddler car seat.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img In this Jan. 5, 2018, photo, Northern Arizona basketball players Luke Avdalovic, Omar Ndiaye and Gino Littles leave the team hotel in Ogden, Utah to board a bus for their next game in Pocatello, Idaho. Unlike high-major programs that fly on charters and eat at nice restaurants, the Lumberjacks fly commercially and eat at chain restaurants to save money. (AP Photo/John Marshall)POCATELLO, Idaho — As the bus rolls past mileage signs for places like Malad City, Arimo and Woodruff, the long frames of Northern Arizona’s basketball players splay across the seats. Heads rest on makeshift pillows of jackets and backpacks, legs stretch across aisles, feet rise above headrests.Outside, flurries dance in the headlights as roadside reflectors flash like car turn signals. Yellow weed stalks, evidence of a recent thaw, peek through the white blanket along the highway.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pockets of dense fog envelop the bus, visibility measured in yards for perilous moments before thankfully clearing.The players are oblivious to the cold world outside. Their only concern is finding comfort on this opening three-hour leg of a two-day return to Flagstaff, Arizona.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It’s pretty hard travel after a game,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “You want to get home, get the guys some rest on their day off, but it’s a long day of travel on their ‘day off.’”Travel is one of the most arduous aspects of college basketball. Hours upon hours every season are dedicated to getting to the next town, buses and planes essentially becoming players’ and coaches’ mobile second homes. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birthlast_img read more

Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 41 points on 11-for-22 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 133-126 with the help of a record-setting first quarter Friday night.Buoyed by 16 points from Nicolas Batum, the Hornets scored 49 points in the first, a franchise-best for a quarter. Charlotte connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range and hit 19 of 23 from the field in that stretch. It marked the highest point total for an NBA team in any quarter this season.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Four other Hornets players scored in double-digits, led by Batum’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte won its second game in a row.Victor Oladipo had 35 points for the Pacers, who halted a three-game winning streak. Myles Turner added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCharlotte led 49-37 after the first, as the Pacers came within a point of matching the most first-quarter points by a Hornets opponent this season.The Pacers outscored the Hornets 34-25 in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Oladipo, to narrow Charlotte’s advantage to 96-91. Cory Joseph’s free throws cut Indiana’s deficit to 128-124 with 40 seconds left, but Charlotte hit five free throws after that to ice it. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

IPL 7: Punjab look to guard against complacencyIPL 7: Punjab look to guard against complacency

first_imgOn paper, given the diametrically opposite run of results the two teams are on, Kings XI Punjab should have a walk in the park against Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday.Punjab have got big contributions from the likes of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey, Mitchell Johnson, L. Balaji and Sandeep Sharma in most of their games, and also occasionally from Virender Sehwag, while for Delhi, only J.P. Duminy and Kedar Jadhav have done something worthwhile.But cricket is a funny old game, and Kings XI batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels if Punjab have to meet their target of a top-two finish, every game is crucial.”It is important for us to finish in the top two so that even if we lose the first game, we get another chance to qualify for the final. It is also important to maintain the winning momentum as if we start losing, it becomes very difficult to make a comeback. So I don’t think we need to experiment too much,” he said.Pujara may have lost his place in Punjab’s XI, but as it happens to any benchwarmer in a winning dressing room, his spirits are high.”You have to see the combinations in IPL and it’s not that you can play all the games. Overall, I am happy with my performance so far. I was assigned a role and I did well. I am working on my game in T20s and ODIs and this will obviously help me in future. If I do well in T20s that can translate into good form in ODIs where I will get more time to build an innings,” Pujara told reporters on Monday.advertisementWhen he did play, Pujara seemed to get stuck and struggled to score freely. Asked if he intends to add an additional ‘gear’ to his batting, the classical Saurashtra batsman said: “I don’t think it’s about changing gears. It’s about having more shots in your batting. There are a few more shots for T20s and ODIs but basics still remain the same as you want to play the ball as you have known. If I have done that in Tests, then why not in ODIs [or T20s]?”For example, if third man is up, then playing the reverse sweep is a good option. Also, maybe try the scoop or the paddle shot, which will force the bowlers to alter the length.”Pujara’s replies indicate a strong desire to play in the ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year. Asked pointedly about that, he said: “It’s always a dream for any player to play in the World Cup but personally, I can’t comment whether I will be there. But I am very confident that the manner in which I am preparing, I will get some success and hope that in the coming series against Bangladesh, I will get a chance.” India’s next major overseas tour is to England, and once the IPL gets over, that’s what Pujara intends to focus on.”Obviously, you can’t create conditions like England, but I will prepare some tracks back home and practise on them. I will do that just before the series starts. There’s no point starting well ahead and putting pressure, but once the IPL gets over, my focus will be on the England series,” he said.last_img read more

India Today High and Mighty rankings: 1 to 50India Today High and Mighty rankings: 1 to 50

first_imgRank: 1Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani 57, Industrialist (1)The Ace of SpadesBecause his Midas touch has ensured that his companies keep growing at an exponential rate in spite of a tough business environment. His net worth of $23.6 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) is almost 30 per cent more than that of,Rank: 1Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani 57, Industrialist (1)The Ace of SpadesBecause his Midas touch has ensured that his companies keep growing at an exponential rate in spite of a tough business environment. His net worth of $23.6 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) is almost 30 per cent more than that of his nearest rival.Because he is India’s richest man for eight consecutive years and plans to invest an additional $25 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) in his businesses over the next two years and sits on a pile of cash of Rs 83,000 crore.Because he entered the media market with a big bang, engineering a takeover of Network18 group in 2014, and now plans to expand his media empire to emerge as one of India’s information and thought leaders.Because his expansion into new arenas includes the fledgling Reliance Jio Infocomm, causing a stir in the telecom landscape. The company paid Rs 11,000 crore in spectrum auctions in 2014 to get airwaves in 14 circles, accounting for 70 per cent of the industry’s revenues.Epic TiesBecause he turned venture capitalist in 2013, along with Mahindra & Mahindra boss Anand Mahindra, to back a soon-to-be-launched genre-specific entertainment channel, Epic TV, in his personal capacity.O Brother!Having made peace with brother Anil Ambani, is stitching together infrastructure-sharing ties with Reliance Communications and Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel.Power ShowGot PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai in October, during his first visit to the city after the BJP swept the state assembly polls.Aselect gathering of 250 invitees, including tycoons, film stars, cricketers and political honchos. MIA: his brother.advertisementWild at heartHas a hidden passion for wildlife and often takes breaks in sanctuaries such as the Kruger National Park in South Africa,Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur and Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria,Madhya Pradesh.Nita Ambani 51, Entrepreneur Glam SlamNita AmbaniBecause she has emerged as India’s most glamorous hostess. Her home, with its art exhibitions and lavish parties, is the new convention centre for the power elite. If you’ve not been invited to Antilia, you haven’t made it yet!Because she is the face of the IPL’s Mumbai Indians and her philanthrophic organisation Reliance Foundation is now working on healthcare, livelihoods and education in 5,500 villages and towns across India.Qwerty WomanNot one to fancy new gadgets or touch phones, she uses an old Black-Berry with a keypad.Soccer MomOn the field for 14 hours a day, she often works past midnight, speaking to Indian Soccer League club owners and supervising arrangements.Rank:2Cyrus MistryCyrus Mistry46, Industrialist (6)Keeping Tata OKBecause he brought in a whiff of change in the 146-yearold Tata Group, forming a Group Executive Council full of young faces, including Madhu Kannan, previously Bombay Stock Exchange’s youngest MD & CEO, and Nirmalya Kumar, a former professor with the London Business School.Because he followed a more pragmatic approach in his first year in office, doing deals worth only $385 million to focus on consolidation rather than expansion. because he kept Tata Motors running in top gear despite the sudden death of its MD, Karl Slym, in 2014 by forming a Corporate Steering Committee, with himself at the helm, to oversee strategy and key operations.Brand firstMistry comes to office in different cars, sometimes even in a Tata Indigo Manza.Home is…A sea-facing mansion in Walkeshwar, a 20-minute drive from his Bombay House office at Flora Fountain.Bookworm An avid reader, he is often seen devouring books on management strategy.Vision 2025 Under Mistry, the Tata Group will invest $35 billion in the next three years. His grand plan, shared in an internal group conference in 2014, is to make the company among the top 25 in the world over the next decade.Rank: 3Gautam AdaniGautam Adani 52, Industrialist (10)Man of the MomentBecause he has emerged as India’s most-talked-about industrialist due to his proximity to PM Narendra Modi. An entrepreneur who made his fortunes in Gujarat, where he worked closely with Modi, he was a part of the PM’s business delegation to Japan in August and his trip to the United States in September.Because Adani Enterprises shares have risen threefold, Adani Ports by 65.36 per cent and Adani Power by 53.94 per cent since September 2013.Because he has set audacious goals for himself, announcing big-ticket moves immediately after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in May 2014. Acquired Dhamra Port in Odisha in May and a Lanco Infratech power plant in August.Silent treatmentRarely speaks in public. He remained silent in the face of allegations of favouritism made by Modi’s rivals Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal during the 2014 poll campaign.advertisementJetpack Owns two private jets-a Beechcraft and a Hawker.Rank 4Anand MahindraCaptain CoolAnand MahindraBecause he has brought freshness into entrepreneurship. A man with varied interests-from filmmaking to music to car racing-he interacts directly with his 1.46 million Twitter followers.Because he is looking to be a big player in defence and is searching for a partner to make guns, ships, tanks and jets, even as PM Modi raised the FDI cap in defence to 49 per cent.Because the Mahindra empire has grown close to a Rs 1 lakh crore behemoth, from just Rs 8,100 crore a decade ago, expanding beyond automotive to aerospace, IT and hospitality. In October, he acquired French company Peugeot Scooters, the oldest surviving brand of scooters in the world.Life in the fastlaneWas in Beijing in September when Mahindra Racing entered the Formula E championships for electric-powered vehicles. Also played a key role in backing and promoting the Pro-Kabaddi league.Staying in shapeA fitness freak who used to play tennis, he now does a combination of yoga, running and weight training.His ‘5 s’mantraSpace: You can’t innovate unless you pause and reflect.Self-indulgent creativity: Get away from what you are meant to do.Simplicity: That is essential to build something relevant.Sans: Pretend you have few resources, then do things.Sustained experimentation.Means > ends”I have always said that more than big-bang reforms, what matters is what is happening, what is changing on the ground every day. It is processes that are important.”Rank:5Kumar Mangalam Birla 47, IndustrialistKumar Mangalam BirlaGrowth SpreeBecause the $40 billion Aditya Birla Group is continuing to expand at home in spite of the coal scam allegations hanging over its head. In September 2014, its cement arm, UltraTech, inked a $600 mn deal to buy a rival unit. The combined group is now India’s largest cement producer.Because he keeps stitching up international deals, such as a joint venture with South African insurance giant MMI Holdings Ltd in October 2014 and two chemicals companies in Germany. Half the group’s revenues now flow from overseas.Because Hindalco Industries Ltd, India’s second-biggest aluminium producer, expects to achieve full output at its new factory in Madhya Pradesh by March 2015.All work, no playA perfectionist and detached karmayogi.Once asked by a journalist what keeps him awake at night, he replied that he works so hard during the day, he’s too tired to be awake at night.Food FetishLoves Indian cuisine but also frequents Frangipani at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point,Mumbai, for Mediterranean, Italian and Asian delicacies.Positive Trend”A slew of timely measures by the new Government that address fiscal imbalances and fast-forward investment activity should play out positively in the coming year.”Rank:6Ratan Tata 76, Industrialist (2)Still WorkingRatan TataBecause he remains India’s most respected industrialist, passionately involved in new businesses despite stepping down as chairman of the Rs 6 lakh crore salt-to-software Tata Group in December 2012.Because in June 2014 he took up the mantle of chief adviser to AirAsia India, a new venture the Malaysian airline has set up with Tata, and tied up with Singapore Airlines to launch Vistara, a new carrier, and invested in e-commerce firm Snapdeal and online jewellery retailer Bluestone in his personal capacity.advertisementBecause as chairman of four philanthropic Tata trusts, he oversees the group’s contribution to charity, where it offered Rs 310 crore for the underprivileged in 2012-13.New power centreSouth Mumbai’s Bakhtawar building in Colaba, where Ratan Tata has set up his office.Confession of the yearThat it was a mistake to pitch Nano as the world’s cheapest car; it should have targeted the two-wheeler owner with “an all-weather, safe form of affordable transportation”pitch.Must Love dogsKnown for being a dog-lover, he feeds strays in his Colaba neighbourhood regularly.Ahead of the curve”I hate to see corporations disappearing from the scene because someone has cashed out, because managers are unable to escape their comfort zones, or because boards have not been sufficiently nimble to change with the times.”   Rank:7Deepak Parekh 70,BANKER (24)Deepak ParekhProblem SolverBecause he is a crisis manager who led several government-appointed panels when the UPA was in power. He submitted a report on infrastructure financing to the Modi government in October. because he was appointed by RBI as chairman of the advisory group for security markets regulation. Was appointed to the IPL governing council for 2014 when the league faced a credibility crisis. because he is recognised internationally. Was honoured with the Cross of the Order of Merit, one of the highest distinctions by Germany, in 2014.A bridge too farBought Times Bank from Ashok Jain over a game of bridge in exchange for a small HDFC Bank equity.Actions speak louder than words”Uncertainty hurts and, therefore, should go. It is time the Government started taking decisions. For instance, coal. No one knows what is going to happen (after the court decision on deallocation of mines).”Rank:8Anil Ambani 55,INDUSTRIALIST(13)Anil AmbaniThe Chosen OneBecause the marathon-runner CEO is considered to be close to PM Narendra Modi, and was the only industrialist to figure in the list of nine personalities Modi nominated for the Clean India campaign in October.Because some of his businesses crossed important milestones in 2014. Reliance Infrastructure’s Mumbai Metro became operational, creating a world record with 30 million passengers in just over 100 days. His communications firm raised a billion dollars via qualified institutional placement QIP), India’s largest-ever QIP in the private sector.Because Reliance Media Works partnered with Prime Focus to create the world’s largest media services company that handled blockbusters Gravity in 2013 and Transformers 4 in 2014.Early birdStarts giving to-do instructions to executives as early as 5.30 a.m. when he wakes up. Works till 7.30 p.m, has an early dinner and is in bed by 10 p.m. Conducts review meetings on Sundays.Inverted DietHas fruits for breakfast, a frugal soup and vegetable sandwich for lunch, but has a heavy dinner.Rank:9A.M.Naik 72, Businessman (NEW) Infra MasterAM NaikBecause infrastructure is the next big thing with the new Modi Government at the helm, and he has been heading of one of the biggest players, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), for the last 15 years.Because he remains indispensible to his company, which twice modified its retirement rules to keep AM Naik in the fold. In 2003, the chairman’s retirement age was extended to 70, and in 2012 the retirement age of the Executive Chairman, a post specially created for Naik, was extended to 75.Because he successfully restructured L&T and bagged big-ticket projects such as the Riyadh and Qatar Metro in 2014.Patriotism on his sleeveWears the Indian tricolour and company logo on his jacket.Rank:10Anil Agarwal 60, Industrialist (5)Anil AgarwalIndia AbroadBecause the scrap dealer-turnedbillionaire is one of the most visible faces of Indian business overseas, leading Vedanta to be one of the world’s largest diversified resources company with revenues of $12.9 billion (Rs 77,400 cr) in fiscal 2014.Because he set a shining example for Indian businessmen on September 25, when he donated 3/4ths of his wealth to charity after being influenced by Bill Gates, whom he had met earlier this year.Pedalling partnersLoves cycling, and married Kiran Gupta, once his fellow cyclist.They can still be seen riding in London’s Hyde Park.Mine-or setbackIn January, the government rejected a proposal to mine bauxite at Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha following opposition from tribals.Vedanta wanted it to feed the Lanjigarh alumina refinery.Rank:11Azim Premji Generous TsarAzim PremjiBecause he has not just made Wipro India’s third-largest software exporter, but is also one of the country’s foremost philanthropists, having given away over Rs 23,000 crore worth of shares to a trust. His son Rishad may join the company’s board next year.Because he has been a champion for education through the Azim Premji Foundation, which runs the Azim Premji University and the Institute of Assessment and Accreditation to improve educational standards.Better half His wife Yasmeen Premji designed the Azim Premji Foundation building in Bengaluru. It has no air conditioning but still remains cool.Rank:12Samir Jain & Vineet JainPrinting Money Samir Jain & Vineet JainBecause the $1-billion Times Group, which has 11 publishing and 26 printing centres, has products that are No. 1 in almost every market-English news daily, business daily, English TV news channel, English news website, and FM radio station.Because after establishing The Times of India as the largest English publication in the world, the group’s flagship Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL) is strongly pushing into the regional space in West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat.Because the group has launched Romedy Now, an English Entertainment channel, creating a five-channel network with ET Now, Times Now, Zoom and Movies Now being the others, and entered the film music business through the brand Junglee.Different StrokesWhile older brother Samir Jain pursues spiritualism,Vineet Jain is an avid party-goer.Rank:14M.S.Dhoni 33, Cricketer (12)Man in BlueMS DhoniBecause he continues to be Indian cricket’s most influential player and most marketable face. He has a virtual carte blanche in selection as the team’s captain and now charges an average Rs 13 crore per annum for each brand endorsement.Because he led Team India to victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England despite being under pressure due to the cloud of match-fixing affecting his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. Over the last 18 months, he’s become the most successful Indian captain in all formats in terms of matches won.Because he was named in the annual ICC World ODI XI for the sixth time and ICC World Test XI for the third time in 2013, establishing him as the best wicketkeeper-batsman of this generation.Wheel of fortuneDhoni’s collection of over 25 luxury cars and motorcycles includes a Hummer H2 SUVand an X132 Hellcat Superbike.Rank:15Uday Kotak 55, Banker (11)Bank KingUdhay KodakBecause he is a rising star of Indian banking. His Kotak Mahindra Bank, is India’s fourth-largest private sector lender by market capitalisation, and he owns the financial daily Business Standard.Because he holds the Kotak Presidium, where former US president Bill Clinton was a speaker in 2013 and former US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke in 2014.Just like TendulkarCaptain of the school cricket team, he played in Mumbai’s Kanga League while in college. His coach was none other than Ramakant Achrekar, coach to Sachin Tendulkar.World at his featWas named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 at an awards ceremony in Monaco’s Salle des Etoiles.Rank:16Y.C.Deveshwar 67, BusinessmanFire without smokeBecause the master strategist transformed the Rs 33,238-crore ITC by reducing its dependence on revenues from cigarettes through a successful diversification into hospitality and foods, with non-tobacco business comprising more than 58 per cent of total revenues at present.Because ITC has beaten the investment blues, and has 65 new projects on the ground, including hotels and consumer goods manufacturing factories.Leading from the frontFiercely loyal to ITC brands-wears Wills Lifestyle, uses Essenza Di Wills, Fiama and Vivel personal care products.Right in retrospect”I am happy that we did not take note of the dissenting voices opposing the company’s move to branch out in other areas besides tobacco.”Rank:17Amitabh Bachchan 72, Actor (21)Then, Now and ForeverAmitabh BachchanBecause his following on Twitter hit 11.3 million, making his the most followed self-manned celebrity account in India and 81st globally.Because he completed his 602nd episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, his seventh year of hosting the TV show credited with transforming Indian television.Because he remains the lynchpin of the film industry. Whether it’s launching Dilip Kumar’s autobiography or the Diwali party of the year, or cheerleading for the newly launched kabaddi league, he plays willing host to much of the film industry’s activities.Life’s lessons”There is a wonderful harmony between me and God. I don’t ask him for too much, and he never gives me too little.”Rank:18 Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal 33, Businessmen (New)E-xtraordinary RiseSachin Bansal & Binny Bansal 33, BusinessmenBecause their e-commerce enterprise, Flipkart, was valued at $7 billion in July 2014, after the company raised $1 billion from investors to bolster back-end operations, and according to reports, closer to $11 billion by november.Because Flipkart kicked up a storm in Indian retail after its big billion day sales on October 6 raked in Rs 600 crore on the back of hefty discounts.Because they have grown their company aggressively, snapping up fashion retailer Myntra in May, and hiring an additional 12,000 personnel to beef up support and technology operations.First book orderThey had to buy leaving microsoft to change the world by john wood from a local bookstore before shipping it to their first customer.Rank:19Natarajan Chandrasekaran51, tech wizard (new)Soft powerNatarajan ChandrasekaranBecause he was reappointed the CEO and MD of TCS for another five years from October 6, even as the it giant touched a record revenue of $13.4 billion (more than rs 80,000 crore) in 2013-14.Because in June 2014, TCS became the world’s third-largest employer in the technology sector with over 300,000 employees. because in July 2014, the tcs market cap crossed rs 5 lakh crore, higher than the sum of the market capitalisation of all the other 19 listed firms in the tata group, which stood at a little over Rs 3 lakh crore.Marathon ManWith an ambition to run in all international marathons, he has participated in marathons in Mumbai, New York,Prague,Stockholm,Vienna, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo.Rank:20Rahul Bhatia 51,Businessman (16)Budget High FlierRahul BhatiaBecause IndiGo has redefined the private airline space with its on-time performance and innovative packaging. In just eight years, it has carried 84 million passengers. While most other airlines made losses, it reported a net profit of $130 million (Rs 780 crore) in fiscal year 2013.Because IndiGo placed the largest global aircraft order for 250 of the latest Airbus A320neo aircraft worth $25.5 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) and inducted its 100th plane in November.Because through InterGlobe Enterprises, he has built a travel and hospitality giant with a network of 126 offices across 59 cities globally.Passion food Owns four restaurants, including the popular weekend spot L’Angoor in Gurgaon.Rank:21Sunil Bharti Mittal57, Businessman (8)Still RingingSunil Bharti MittalBecause Airtel is the largest mobile phone operator in India, with 213 million subscribers and a 28.18 per cent share in the mobile telephony space.Because he is the only Indian mobile provider with an international presence and acquired 2.7 million subscribers of the Kenyan telecom firm YuMobile in September, despite a net debt of Rs 60,000 crore in 2013-14.Because he comes from a political family and has a keen interest in politics. Survived the first Ambani onslaught on his sector by Reliance and is now bracing for Mukesh Ambani’s 4G launch.Political Animal”The PM may not wear a skull cap, but that was done for 67 years and where are we?”Swachh BhartiHas pledged $16 million to building toilets in his home state, Punjab.Rank:22Shiv Nadar 69, Businessman (15)Beyond TechShiv NadarBecause he is seen as today’s thinking businessman. More than just his firms, he is known for his ventures in education-starting schools for the underprivileged and assembling word-class talent for the Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida. The university has been a trailblazer in promoting liberal arts education in India besides emerging as an influential think tank.Because his company, HCL, which makes about Rs 35,000 crore annually, remains one of the foremost players on the Indian IT scene. Nadar was ranked 7th in Asia’s Tech Billionaires List in 2014.Art of lifeWife Kiran Nadar is an internationally renowned bridge player and an avid art collector. She started the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi in 2010.Rank:23Salman Khan 48, Actor (19) Salman KhanUniversal BhaiBecause despite Jai Ho and Kick (2014) being critically panned, he is still the masses’ favourite Khan. His Jai Ho grossed Rs 108 crore and Kick Rs 214 crore at the domestic box office.Because Being Human Clothing (run by his NGO, Being Human) collected Rs 132 crore in revenue in the last financial year.Because he is so sought-after that Colors and Endemol India are reportedly paying him Rs 5 crore per episode to come to Lonavala and shoot Bigg Boss 8.Big fat weddingWhile Salman himself doesn’t look likely to tie the knot anytime soon, for his sister Arpita’s wedding he is going all out, from inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to booking the entire Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad for three days.Rank: 24Ajay Piramal 58, Industrialist (NEW)Ajay PiramalBig DealsBecause his conglomerate, with varied business interests from pharmaceuticals to packaging and financial services to real estate, is quick to spot opportunities and add value. He picked up an 11 per cent stake in Vodafone India and then sold it this April, reaping a Rs 3,000-crore profit in less than three years.Because he announced a Rs 3,000-crore strategic alliance with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in February for residential development debt financing in India, thereby tapping the potential of real estate financing in India.Horse whispererPlayed polo and still has horses in the Mahalaxmi Race Course stable.Education firstIs the chairman of Pratham, India’s largest non-governmental organisation in the education sector, reaching out to nearly 34 million children through its ‘Read India’campaign.Rank:25Uday Shankar 53, Media ProfessionalShooting StarUday ShankarBecause his ideas and innovations have transformed the television industry and made him the face of Indian broadcasting. He was elected president of the Indian Broadcasting Federation in September.Because he has taken sports coverage in India to new heights in 2014 by backing the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL)-that had the second-highest viewership among sports tournaments this year-and the Indian Super League football, which was beamed in five different languages. His treatment of PKL allowed the forgotten sport itself to catch on.Because under him, Star TV has emerged as a creative powerhouse whose revenue has grown by 32 per cent CAGR over the last five years. It has expanded its footprint to reach over 650 million viewers a week.House thatIn September, he purchased Mumbai’s second most expensive property- a 3,400-sq ft flat in an under-construction building, next to Singhania’s JKTower, priced at Rs 1.30 lakh per sq ft.Rank:26Arnab Goswami41, News anchorThe Harangue-Man    Arnab GoswamiBecause his signature show, ‘The News Hour’, is the country’s most-watched TV debate show that often sets the agenda for others. His aggressive grilling of politicians has made him a national icon among the urban youth.Because he did the most controversial interviews of the year which made headlines-from Rahul Gandhi to Narendra Modi, from Lalu Yadav to Vinod Rai.Humour has itBecause he has transcended the world of news TVwith spoofs of him appearing in rap videos, a popular paint company advertisement and to promote Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year.Break timeOften watches three films back-to-back to unwind.No love lost”I am not romantically involved with any political party, so I don’t end up having a bitter break-up with them. My distance with politicians is both physical and psychological.”Rank:27 Subhash Chandra 63, Mediabaron (35) Ultimate EntrepreneurSubhash ChandraBecause he is always looking to do something bigger. A rice trader in Haryana, who diversified into packaging, amusement parks and the media, he established an empire with Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Its total reach is 730 million viewers.Because he is the biggest overseas player in the industry with 34 international channels in 169 countries. His company Dish TV is Asia’s largest Direct-to-Home player with 12 million subscribers.Because Zee entered the health and wellness segment in the US through Veria Living in 2007, which was re-branded in September 2014 as Z Living.Because he is anchoring his own show on Zee News and Zee Business to better connect with the youth, and his new general entertainment channel, Zindagi, launched in June 2014 with content sourced from Pakistan, has been well received.Eat, live, prayBelieves in Vipassana and meditates daily. He favours traditional Marwari food.Rank:28Naresh Gujral 66,Rajya Sabha member,Shiromani Akali Dal (NEW)The MediatorNaresh GujralBecause outside the BJP fold, he is Narendra Modi’s most important point man in building new alliances- a key interlocutor responsible for bringing in Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP in Andhra Pradesh and arranging B.S. Yeddyurappa’s homecoming in Karnataka amid a host of others who significantly boosted the NDA’s prospects ahead of the 2014 polls.Because he has the uncommon ability to forge new friendships and retain old political associations, many of them allies from his father I.K. Gujral’s brief term as PM in 1997.Because he will be key to expanding NDA’s base in the south and east. He has roped in old friend and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s BJD to give “issue-based support to the Modi Government in the Rajya Sabha”. He is critical in preserving ties between the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab.Art for art’s sakeAn avid collector of contemporary Indian art, he possesses works of almost every master. His most precious piece, he says, is a large oil-on-canvas etching by Rameshwar Broota.Rank: 29Shah Rukh Khan 49, Actor (25) Khan Do It AllShah Rukh KhanBecause his Happy New Year broke the record as the fastest film to cross the Rs 100-crore mark on its opening weekend, and raked in $8.1 million internationally, making it the second biggest Bollywood film opening in the world.Because he is Bollywood’s global face and endorses more than 25 brands, with a brand value estimated by Wealth-X internationally at over $600 million, making him the second-richest actor in the world.Because he has 1.82 million followers on Facebook and 9.8 million on Twitter. A vulnerable, open-hearted communicator, he uses social media to share his joys, sorrows, family news, and his IPL team’s fortunes with the world.Beyond looks Shah Rukh is a voracious reader and has a well-stocked personal library, making him the thinking woman’s sex symbol.Brand-newstart”As cheesy as it sounds, post (Happy New Year) collections, I think life and movies do start after 40!”Rank:30Kapil Sharma 33, Stand-up comedianComedy KnightKapil SharmaBecause he is an entertainer for the masses who draws laughs with snarky comments on Indian behaviour. A police constable’s son from Amritsar, he worked as a drama teacher before pursuing comedy. “From a chaiwallah to the owner of a BMW, I have a connection with all,” he says.Because Comedy Nights with Kapil was the highest-rated nonfiction show, outscoring celebrityhosted programmes such as Bigg Boss. An appearance on his show has become part of every Bollywood film’s marketing strategy.Because he started shooting his debut film with director duo Abbas-Mustan this November.Wants to inviteSachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar on the show.Rank:31Adil Zainulbhai 60,ConsultantGood AdviceAdil ZainulbhaiBecause he was handpicked by PM Narendra Modi to head the Quality Council of India in September 2014, an autonomous body mandated with improving the climate, systems, processes and skills in areas such as education, healthcare and social sectors.Because he was named chairman of the board of media company Network 18 after it was taken over by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries in July 2014.Because as a former chairman of McKinsey India and its senior adviser now, he has a strong network of contacts, and has helped leading MNCs build large, profitable businesses in India.Tradition meets modernityAdevout Bohra Muslim, he’s playing a key role in the trust rebuilding Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar.Waltzing on waterIf he isn’t spending time with granddaughter Sara, you will see him sailing in the Mumbai harbour.Rank:32N. Srinivasan 69, Cricket administrator (17)Not OutN SrinivasanBecause he has somehow managed to tide over every controversy in the aftermath of the 2013 match-fixing scandal and continues to rule Indian cricket with an iron hand in spite of several attempts to unseat him.Because he is only the third Indian to become chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), following in the footsteps of two other powerful administrators, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar.Putt naturallyThe president of the Tamil Nadu Golf Association, Srinivasan is an accomplished golfer and still boasts of a very impressive handicap of 10.Always right”My conscience is clear. I have not done anything to tarnish the game, bring disrepute or done anything wrong.”Rank:33Chanda Kochhar 52, Banker (new)Fortune tellerChanda KochharBecause as the head of India’s largest private sector bank, she oversees nearly $152 billion (over Rs 9 lakh crore) in assets and is credited with a sharp turnaround of ICICI Bank from the tough days following the 2008 financial crisis.Because in 2013-14, ICICI Bank added 653 branches and 834 ATMs to its network, and with its total network of 3,753 branches and 11,315 ATMs continues to be the largest among private sector banks in India.Because her push for mobile banking, especially in rural areas, is hailed as a model for expansion for the banking industry.Starting youngJoined the erstwhile ICICI in 1984 as a management trainee and was part of the core team that set up ICICI Bank in 1994.Role modelHer mother, who worked as a designer in a clothing boutique to support her three children after their father died.Rank: 34Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta 73 & 51, Media baronsHeartland beat Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay GuptaBecause their newspaper Dainik Jagran continues to command enormous influence over the Hindi hinterland as India’s top daily newspaper with 37 editions and an average issue readership of 15.5 million, according to the Indian Readership Survey 2013 topline findings.Because the innovative Hindi-English bilingual compact newspaper i-Next now covers 12 cities in four states, and the group is taking huge strides online with its popular news portal and its education website Jagran Josh.Filmi chakkarWhile Mahendra Mohan Gupta loves to re-watch Hindi films from the 1950s and 1960s, Sanjay Gupta makes it a point to catch the latest Hollywood flicks.Rank: 35Fali S.Nariman 85, Jurist (NEW)Point of orderFali S.NarimanBecause the top jurist, known for his ceaseless campaign against misconduct and corruption in the judiciary, opposed the much-touted Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, which seeks to replace the current system of appointing judges with a commission. He will challenge it in the Supreme Court, he has announced.Because he led the committee that drafted the historic guidelines against sexual harassment on the Supreme Court premises, leading to its implementation in the apex court 16 years after it framed sexual harassment rules in the workplace in India.A ‘Purr’fect homeThe ace lawyer is known for nurturing a brood of over 40 cats and kittens in his Hauz Khas home.They have their own living quarters and are served sumptuous dishes of meat.Rank: 36Arvind Panagariya 62, Economist (NEW)Growth advocateBecause in the intellectual battle over development models that formed a sub-plot in this year’s General Election, he was one of the strongest voices on the BJP side- criticising the UPA’s legacy of paying out doles and articulating the merits of the Gujarat development model.Because many of his ideas on how to change the Indian economy are being put into practice by the new Government. He was one of the staunchest critics, for instance, of the recently scrapped Planning Commission.Nose for newsHe is a news junkie to the extent that he is able to quote figures from newspaper reports dating back years.Gunning for growth”Those who advocated growth were derided. Now that growth has fallen,we are advocating growth.The narrative has shifted in favour of growth.”Rank: 37Aamir Khan 49, Actor (14)Conscience KeeperAamir KhanBecause Satyamev Jayate, now in its third season, has proven to be a serious-minded social campaign which is engaging citizens and bringing about a steady change in mindsets.Because his winter release PK-whose poster features a nude Aamir-is expected to be a record breaker that once again pushes the envelope for mainstream Indian cinema.Time for everythingAamir carries a lot of books with him on shoots to catch up on his reading.The perfectionistHe learnt Bhojpuri for two years for his next release, PK.What women want”It’s quite clear that women do not see us the way we see ourselves. Aggressive, angry, controlling, egotistical-these form a dangerous cocktail whose results we see daily on the streets.”Rank:38Rajat Sharma 57, Media Baron (NEW)The insiderRajat SharmaBecause he is one of the few journalists to have regular access to PM Narendra Modi. His news show, Aaj Ki Baat With Rajat Sharma, is now seen by critics as the unofficial bulletin of the Modi Government.Because his signature show Aap Ki Adalat, in which he has quizzed over 750 celebrities with his subtle-yet-pointed questions, has been on air for 21 years, making it one of the most successful TV shows.Because he is the new president of the News Broadcasters Association as well as vice-president of strategic affairs of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation.On the ballHad predicted Modi’s sweep in Uttar Pradesh almost a year before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, at a time when no other pundit expected it.Dress to impressHe has a passion for Canali suits and owns one of the largest collections in India.Rank:39Naresh Trehan 68, Doctor-entrepreneur (30)Carry on doctorNaresh TrehanBecause Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon has grown rapidly under him. Last December, Washingtonbased asset management firm Carlyle Group picked up a 26% stake in the hospital for Rs 960 crore, from US-based PE firm Avenue Capital, valuing the company at Rs 3,550 crore.Because he is leading Medanta on an expansion spree: from super specialty OPD clinics dotting the capital, new hospitals in Indore, Lucknow and even Africa, to R&D activities with US universities.Because he is working with the Union Government on affordable and high quality healthcare.Partying with prudenceDespite being a favourite of Page 3 paparazzi, he is always in bed by midnight, up by 7 a.m. and at work by 9 a.m. sharp.Surgeon with a soul”Medicine is a business with a soul. Good medicine can do good business. But good business may not make good medicine.”Rank:40Kunal Bahl 30, Entrepreneur (new)Add to cartKunal BahlBecause he is the latest poster boy of India’s online retail industry. He co-founded Snapdeal, India’s number 3 e-commerce player, now estimated to be worth $2 billion with a growth rate of 600 per cent.Because Japan’s SoftBank, one of the top investors and now shareholder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced an investment of $627 million in Snapdeal this October.Because Snapdeal has crossed sales of $1 billion and raised almost $1 billion in risk capital this year.Mad about moviesBahl eagerly awaits reviews of new movies every week.All in a day’s work”Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do.”Rank:41Pawan Munjal 60, Industrialist (37)Global ridePawan MunjalBecause he was named heir apparent to the Rs 57,000-cr Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, in 2014.Because he sold a record 1 million twowheelers between September 25 and October 5, and now plans launches in Europe and USA in 2015 and 2016.Because he’s the corporate face of Indian golf. Hosted Tiger Woods in Delhi and is holding a tournament in Florida in December with the Tiger Woods Foundation.Going global”Today, one out of every 10 bikes sold globally is a Hero bike and every second two-wheeler sold in India is from Hero.”Rank: 42Chetan Bhagat 40, Author (42)Bestseller Chetan BhagatBecause he is India’s first-ever superstar writer, someone who has broken the barrier between vernacular and English writing. He has made reading a cool thing among India’s millions of youngsters.Because he has rewritten the rules of the publishing industry. His latest book, Half Girlfriend, could afford a full first page pre-release advertisement in national newspapers and had an unheard of 2 million initial print run.Because almost all his book adaptations for the big screen have become blockbusters, including 2 States and Kick in 2014.With the flowSometimes travels to exotic destinations to write, though he maintains could do it in his study too.Success mantraBe in sync with the times.His epitaph”I don’t want to be remembered. I want to be missed.”Rank: 43Prashant Bhushan 58, Lawyer(32)Legal activistPrashant BhushanBecause every time a public interest litigation (PIL) shocks the nation, he is behind it. His latest on the CBI chief’s alleged illicit meetings with influential persons who were the subject of investigations by the agency has once again caused a huge stir in 2014.Because he remains an influential political voice as one of the founders of the Aam Aadmi Party and one of its most articulate leaders.Because in an era where top lawyers charge huge appearance fees in court, he spends only about 25 per cent of his time on cases that pay him money. The rest is spent in pro bono work.Changing trackWent to study engineering at IIT-Madras but left it for a BSc with Economics and Political Science in Allahabad.Rank:44Baba Ramdev 48,Yoga guru (49)Health is wealthBaba RamdevBecause the saffron-clad Baba lent his weight to BJP’s election campaign by sounding the bugle of discontent against the incumbent Congress over the issue of black money and corruption.Because his food supplements and medicine products empire is worth Rs 2,000 crore, operating through 5,000 big franchises and 5,000 additional small franchisees selling over 500-plus products across the country.Because he continues to share a special relationship with the BJP and was one of only nine people nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Clean India campaign in October.Buy IndianRamdev carries a low-cost ‘swadeshi’ Micromax mobile to go with his austere lifestyle.Rank:45Rajeev Chandrasekhar 50Venture Capitalist, Member of Parliament (NEW)Person of interestsRajeev ChandrasekharBecause he has a finger in every pie due to his wide-ranging interests. It was his nationwide campaign that accorded voting rights at their place of posting to the armed forces personnel in the 2014 General Election.Because he got the child safety and abuse issue into Parliament by making school managements accountable and getting the government of Karnataka to start taking action against them.Because his Jupiter Capital has investments of more than $600 million in media, infrastructure and aviation, making him a venture capitalist with clout.Relic hunterHas an original suit patch of Neil Armstrong from the Apollo 11 mission and an original letter written by Sir Isaac Newton.Rank: 46Adi Godrej 72, Industrialist (43)Ready, Steady, Go-drejAdi GodrejBecause he is one of the most recognisable faces of India Inc, a brilliant articulator of the industry’s needs, having led various industrial associations and chambers.Because the group’s real estate business, Godrej Properties, led by his son Pirojsha Godrej, is emerging as the fastest-growing business in the group, and revenues in the arm grew 20 per cent in 2013-14, even as eight new realty projects were lined up in the current fiscal.Because he kept the 116-year Godrej Group steady in tough macro-economic conditions, helping it clock revenues of $4.1 billion (Rs 24,600 crore) in 2013-14.Fighting fitWalks anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day. Does horse riding, sailing, wind surfing, and parachute jumping often, and goes water or jet skiing every weekend. Says he hasn’t taken a single sick day in his career.Rank: 47Subramanian Swamy 75, Lawyer, Economist, and Hindutva Ideologue (new)The gadfly Subramanian SwamyBecause his revelations about corruption in high places, including the black money campaign, has brought him close to the RSS.Because he is the leading rightwing ideologue on TV and social media, with a Twitter following of nearly a million. Is credited with coining disparaging terms about the Congress that have gone viral.High on lifeSays he doesn’t like to see movies unless it’s of historical significance.When travelling, he doesn’t go sight-seeing. He believes these are things meant for people to relax, but not for him since he has no stress.Target locked”Focus is all-important. Multi-tasking is the worst thing anyone can do.”Rank: 48Deepika Padukone 28, Actor (NEW)Hit womanDeepika PadukoneBecause at $44.4 million (Rs 272 crore), she ranked no. 7 in the overall celebrity ranking and no. 1 among female actors in the Brand Value Survey by American Appraisal.Because be it the box office hit Happy New Year or the critically acclaimed indie flick Finding Fanny, the actor is consistently impressing fans and critics alike.Award rewardShe received over 26 awards in 2013-14, ranging from Filmfare to IIF Aawards, for her roles in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Chennai Express.Rank: 49R.K.Pachauri 74, Environmentalist (New)Green crusaderR.K.PachauriBecause he has returned as the pre-eminent environmentalist in India after being retained on the council for climate change, recently reconstituted by the Prime Minister.Because as the head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2002, he is one of the most influential voices on environmental and energy issues.Meaty sacrificePachauri gave up non-vegetarian food because of the environmental and climate change implications of eating meat.Rank: 50S.Gurumurthy 65, RSS Ideologue (NEW)Think Bharat S.GurumurthyBecause he brokered peace between the RSS and BJP patriarch L.K. Advani over the projection of Narendra Modi as BJP’s chief election campaigner. His efforts led to Advani withdrawing his resignation from all positions within the party, thus defusing the crisis within the BJP.Because he remains a steadfast crusader against black money, an issue that became a source of public embarrassment for the Modi Government.Because he is a strong proponent of the Swadeshi economic model and the face of the campaign.Doctor gadgetAlways connected on his Samsung smartphone and MacBook Air.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

When Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy players met Sachin Tendulkar!When Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy players met Sachin Tendulkar!

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar with J&K players at the Wankhede Stadium.Jammu and Kashmir’s Ranji Trophy players had another wonderful memory to cherish after their historic win over Mumbai, when they met batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.J&K stunned 40 times Ranji champions Mumbai by four wickets in their season-opening Group A game on Wednesday. However, on Wednesday Tendulkar made an appearance at the Wankhede on the invitation from Mumbai coach Pravin Amre to have a talk with the players after their shock defeat to a minnow team.Sachin Tendulkar signing autographs for J&K Ranji Trophy players. But Tendulkar after visiting Mumbai’s dressing room left the ground without meeting players and staff of J&K team. On Thursday, he corrected this mistake on his part by spending time with the J&K team. Former India team-mate and coach of J&K team, Sunil Joshi made an arrangement and coordinated a short meeting with Tendulkar at the Wankhede.Tendulkar retired from all forms of cricket after his 200th Test match against West Indies at the same venue in November last year, after 24 years of playing at the international level.last_img read more