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Choose your favourite showstoppers of 2010

By Anita

2010 News Makers
It was a close call between Ex-Telecom Minister A Raja's swindling of money over 2G spectrum allocations, Niira Radia's tentacles that spread through corporate houses and made a nexus with politicians, bureaucrats and journalists. Also there was Suresh Kalmadi who remains in the news with new controversies cropping up every single day witn flawed contracts. Lalit Modi looked like a small fish amongst all, even as the face of IPL had to face music of a different kind in player auctions.

The suave Wikileaks boss catapulted the whistle blower website to new heights, making Wikileaks an official entry in the Lexicon dictionary and making Julian Assange synonymous with 'bold journalism'. Niira Radia, has become the godmother of lobbyism with establishing a multi-crore business empire in a span of 9 years.

Swami Nityananda, the self-imposed godman was in the news for all the wrong reasons. His sexual exploits with an actress became top news in all the media and was aired on tv channels. Calling it 'divine', Nityananda became'unholy' soon. Suu Kyi resumed prominence due her release from house arrest after a period of 15 years in Burma. She was regarded as a champion for the cause of human rights and welfare of the Burmese and defied the laws of the junta.

SPS Rathore's eternal smirk will be etched in our minds this year when the accused in the Ruchika Girhotra case was granted bail for the molestation case of the 14 year old way back in 1990. The girl committed suicide in 1993.

Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa was in the news for his land scams rather than for good governance.He was in denial for the pointing fingers and is looking for a career in the 'centre'.

Ashok Chavan resigned from chief-ministership following the Adarsh Housing scam and was believed to have pocketted sizeable monetary wealth in flat allotments. Ramchandran Nair, on the other hand was offered cash for loans, and the scam was blown to the public in Dec 2010. Cashing in on the Indians love for housing, this scam blowed our trust on the trusted LIC.

Saina Nehwal brought us cheer with her sterling sporting achievements. The golden girl of badminton emerged number one in world rankings. AR Rahman, Mozart of Madras after his Oscar win made India proud again with his Grammy nomination for his original soundtrack in '127 Hours'.The 'God of Cricket', Sachin Tendulkar set new records this year and was compared to cricketing legen Don Bradman. He bagged the record of the 50th test hundred.

Wipro Chief Azim Premji made India proud not by his IT achievements but by his charity endeavour.He donated a whopping two billion dollars to philanthropic causes and set the precedent for corporate bigwigs.

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