Two of Newsweek's 8 top women meet in Lucknow

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Lucknow, Dec 3 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati and World Health Organisation Director General Margaret Chang, who met here today, immediately struck a chord owing to two commonalities in them.

The two had been teachers and have shared place in US magazine 'Newsweek' as the top eight women leaders of the world.

The common things between the two were visible in them as they met with unusual warmth and friendliness.

The WHO Director General called on the state Chief Minister to discuss polio eradication and ways to make the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) more successful in the state.

''Besides Newsweek, there is another thing common between us...we both were teachers once,'' Dr Chang told reporters here after meeting Ms Mayawati.

Ms Mayawati, Dr Chang and CEO of French Energy Conglomerate 'Areva' Anne Lauvergeon were among the eight women who had recently figured in 'Women and Leadership' series of Newsweek magazine. The magazine had rated them as one of the eight outstanding women leaders who could make it to the top despite all odds.

The WHO chief is in India to attend 'New Delhi International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza'. This is her first visit to the state after assuming charge as DG, WHO.

Talking to reporters after meeting Ms Mayawati, Dr Chang said the CM has added mothers' mortality rate and infant mortality rate monitoring in her divisional review meetings.


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