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Archive for January 2012

English theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking turns 70

January 8, 2012 - ENGLAND

Paraplegic scientist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disease at 21 and given two years to live, turns 70 on Jan 8. He has been called the smartest man in the world. Best known for his 1988 book, A Brief History Of Time, he is also known for two messy marriages and a bestseller that has reignited debate over God’s existence. Cambridge University will mark the birthday with a conference, at which he will be keynote speaker. One birthday present could be a ride into Space.

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Ruling ANC celebrates centenary

January 8, 2012 - SOUTH AFRICA

The ruling African National Congress, which describes itself as the oldest liberation movement on the continent, marks 100 years on Jan 8 with grand and ambitious celebrations than begin on Jan 6. President Jacob Zuma can count on some African Union no-shows at the events. Some leaders in the 53-nation bloc won’t share a stage with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a likely Zuma guest. Other no shows will be leaders who won’t risk being out of their country while revolution is in the air.

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10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas courts Indian Diaspora

January 7, 2012 - INDIA

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and 1500 representatives of overseas Indian communities meet in the tourist city of Jaipur for the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The presence of both prime minister and president is an indication of the importance they attach to wooing the Diaspora to invest in India’s growing economy. And overseas Indians represent an influential constituency in their adopted countries for furthering Delhi’s foreign policy interests.

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Joan of Arc born 600 years ago

January 6, 2012 - FRANCE

The Roman Catholic saint and national heroine of France, Joan of Arc, was born 600 years ago in 2012. Anniversary events can be expected all over France throughout the year. The Maid of Orleans saved France from the English attempt at conquest in the Hundred Years’ War. She has inspired political and social movements for centuries. Feminist movements have adopted her, despite her penchant for men’s clothes, armor and battle, and she is an icon of France’s National Front.

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