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Arvind Kejriwal of Parivartan Movement selected for Magsaysay Award

Head of Delhi-based Parivartan citizen’s movement, Arvind Kejriwal, was on Monday selected for this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for his contribution to India’s right-to-information movement and empowering poor citizens to fight corruption.Kejriwal, a mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur, one of India’s most prestigious institutions who joined the civil services as a member of the Indian Revenue Service in 1992, is currently on leave from the Government for two years. “The brazen corruption of the high and the mighty may grab headlines, but for ordinary people it is the ubiquity of everyday corruption that weighs heaviest. And that demoralizes.”

Arvind is touring USA between October 8 and October 24th. His itinerary currently includes Cincinnati, LA, the Bay area, Austin, San Diego, Boston, College Park and Boston. If you’d like to have him speak, please contact Prithivi R Sharma.

Congratulate Arvind Kejriwal – The Times of India

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Ebay's Avnish Bajaj launches $150mn fund

Matrix Partners India, co-founded by Ebay India chief Avnish Bajaj and Rishi Navani in partnership with Matrix Partners US, today announced the closing of its first fund. The $150 million, multi-sector, multi-stage fund will focus on early to growth stage businesses in the Internet, mobile, financial services, media & entertainment, healthcare, travel & leisure, sectors, according to an official release issued today.

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Plasma TVs replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend

Study (Reuters) reports

Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.and 56
percent of women would opt for a new plasma TV over a weekend vacation in

Even shoes lost out. The study found 86 percent would prefer a new digital video camera to a pair of designer shoes.

InformationWeek | women and technology, study | Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl’s Best Friend | August 1, 2006

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