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2004 - South Asians in News

-  Four Prime Ministers for South Asia in 2004

 


Mahinda Rajapakse
18th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Took office on April 6, 2004

Born November 18, 1945

Sinhalese Buddhist from the southern district of Hambantota

Party Affiliation: United People's Freedom Alliance

A lawyer who has represented the area in the Sri Lanka Parliament since 1970.

Minister for Labour and Fisheries 1994 - 2001

 


Dr. Manmohan Singh
13th Prime Minister of India
Took Office on May 22, 2004

"... the cleanest politician in India."

Born September 26, 1932 in Gah, West Punjab - now in Pakistan

Parents: Mr Gurmukh Singh and Mrs Gursharan Kaur

Married, with three daughters.

Education: M.A. (Cambridge), D.Phil. (Oxford), D.Litt.

Career profile

Taught economics in universities in India and abroad

Governor Reserve Bank of India 1982-85.

Governor  International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Finance Minister of India, 1991

Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha 1998 - 2004

Regarded as the architect of India's economic reform programme.

 

 


Shaukat Aziz
23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan
Took Office on August 28, 2004

 

Born March 6, 1949 in Karachi, Pakistan

Married, with three children

Education: BSc (Pakistan), MBA (Karachi, Pakistan)

Career profile

Joined Citibank, Karachi in 1969. Served in the Philippines, Jordan, Greece, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Thirty years of experience in global finance and international banking.

Finance Minister of Pakistan, 1999

 

Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba
Prime Minister (Chairman of the Council of Ministers) of Bhutan
Took office on August 20, 2004

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Women in focus


 Lt Gen Punita Arora                          Air Marshal Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

On October 1, Punita Arora  became the first woman officer to be Lieutenant General in the Indian army, and Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, the first woman to be Air Marshal in Indian Air Force. Both are doctors and were batchmates at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune.

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