ANDHRA PRADESH

Forbes urged to give top slot to Sonia

HYDERABAD, AUG.21. The Forbes magazine might have placed the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, as the third most powerful woman in the world, but the Janata Party MLA , Komoreddi Ramlu, feels that it "grossly erred in not ranking her as the first among the most powerful women in the world" and dashed off a representation to the magazine to revise the list "on merit."

Representative for US

Not remaining content by merely sending a representation, Mr.Ramlu has decided to fly his representative, V. Sridhar to the U.S. later this month to apprise the magazine about Ms. Gandhi's "sacrifices, services and leadership abilities" and declare her as the first most powerful woman. If it was not revised, he himself would go and plead with the magazine, Mr. Ramlu said here in a press release on Saturday. He would also plead for appropriate ranking for Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Forbes magazine had placed the US National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, as the world's most powerful woman followed by the Chinese Vice-Premier, Wu Yi and Sonia Gandhi. During the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's recent address to the State Assembly, Mr. Ramlu urged him to use his good offices to confer Bharat Ratna on Ms. Gandhi.

YSR lauded

He lauded the achievements of the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government in the last 100 days as "exemplary and worth mentioning."