Among the several overseas citizens who were award- ed Padma Shris by the Indian government this
year was Pune-born Ajaypal Singh
Banga, president and CEO,
MasterCard’s shares tripled, pushing up its market cap to nearly $100
billion on Banga’s watch. The St
Stephen’s and IIM-educated Banga
is part of the President’s Advisory
Committee for Trade Policy and
Belonging to an army family – his
father retired as a lieu-
tenant general – Banga
has lived all over India.
The CEO, who has an
eclectic taste in music
and will listen to any-
thing from Lady Gaga
to kirtans and loves
golf, has strong India
connections as chairman of the US
India Business Council and member
of the US-India CEO Forum. Last
month he called on the prime minis-
ter when he was in Delhi. In all like-
lihood his wife and college sweet-
heart Ritu Banga, cofounder of jobs
start-up zoomdojo.com, attended the
On the 2016 Padma list also figured Robert D Blackwill, the former
American ambassador to India, the
late actor Saeed Jaffrey, economist
Avinash Dixit and teacher Salman
Preet Bharara may not be a hit, for all the wrong reasons, in India. But
lately he has become a hero in
Thousands of Turks are overjoyed for his role in having
Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab arrested.
Bharara’s Twitter followers
multiplied overnight to
272,000 after he tweeted the
news of Zarrab’s arrest. The
arrest announcement tweets
were re-tweeted more than
62,000 times and were favorited by 100,000.
Zarrab was in Miami on a holiday when Bharara and his
team were quick to have him apprehended on charges of
aiding the Iranian government in evading economic sanctions and to launder a fortune in Turkey.
Zarrab was also part of the financial scandal that rocked
the Recep Tayyip Erdogan-led Turkish government in 2013.
The businessman was handcuffed in the US for bribing the
top echelons of that government including close contacts of
then prime minister now president Erdogan. The same
charges didn’t stick in Turkey because of Zarrab’s friends in
high places; the prosecutors were penalized. The Turks are
hoping Zarrab’s arrest will lead to the downfall of the now
massively unpopular Erdogan.
Way to go, Preet!
Priyanka Chopra made Victoria Secret’s 2016 sexy list for her bedroom eyes. The 33-year- old actress hared a pic-
ture of herself with the trophy and
took to Instagram to say: “Early
morning surprise.. Never had that
written on a trophy before. Xoxo
She is in august company –
Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington,
Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift, Olivia
Munn, Alicia Vikandar, Sofia
Vergara and Ellie Goulding also
made the sexy list.
Her TV show Quantico has also
bagged the award for Sexiest TV
She also tweeted: “Sexiest eyes
and sexiest cast!! Love it!”
That led to a bunch of tweets and
re-tweets suggesting that she need-
ed a place on Time’s 100 list this
Guess who was in Mumbai this week to see designer Manish Malhotra?
The prominent New York designer met a roomful of
Bollywoodwallahs at Malhotra’s
home — Sonakshi Sinha,
Jacqueline Fernandez, Athiya
Shetty, Kangna Ranaut. Also present that evening was Victoria’s
Secret Angel Karolina Kurkova
and Fern Mallis, the director of the
New York Fashion Week.
Karan is no stranger to India.
She came to Sadhguru Jaggi
Vasudev’s Isha Foundation ashram,
near Coimbatore in 2013 and was
spotted reciting Aum Namah
Shivaya in a sea of devotees, kitted
out in a silk sari.
A yoga devotee since she was a
teenager Karan has made several
trips to India. She once said: ‘I’ve
always felt connected to India even
before I ever visited it. I’m sure I
was here in a past life.’
Banga goes to
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