A good week for ...
The head of India's Agni long-range missile project was hailed as a trailblazer for women after a successful rocket launch that will give her country the ability to hit all of China's cities with a nuclear weapon. A Catholic from southern Kerala state, she said that although she had changed perceptions of her profession and challenged tradition, she remains the doting wife and mother at home. About 200 women are reported to work for India's Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The 16-year-old schoolboy who lost his home in last year's devastating Japanese tsunami has been reunited with at least one prized possession - his football that drifted all the way to Alaska. The ball with Murakami's name inscribed on it was found by beachcomber David Baxter on Middleton Island, Alaska. Baxter has undertaken to return the ball to Murakami, who told reporters he was surprised to learn that his ball had been found more than 5,000 kilometres away. 'I never imagined that my ball had reached Alaska. I've lost everything in the tsunami. So I'm delighted,' he said.
The new chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx) was unanimously elected by its 13 board members to a post with an annual salary of HK$900,000 - HK$350,000 more than paid to his predecessor, Ronald Arculli, who steps down after completing the maximum, six-year term. Chow told a media briefing on his appointment that his first task as HKEx chairman would be to 'learn about the operation of the exchange', adding that his 15 years' experience in leading listed firms and overseas stints would be useful.