Thursday, March 7, 2013

'Sonia Gandhi tops the list of 20 most popular women in India'

'Sonia Gandhi tops the list of 20 most popular women in India'


 UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi tops

the list of "20 Most Popular Women in India in 2012" in which

her current political rivals Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa

Jayaram also figure.

     ICICI MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, Pepsico Chairperson and

CEO Indra Nooyi and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

are the others who figure in the list prepared after a survey

jointly conducted by Assocham and Zee Business news channel.

     The survey placed Sonia Gandhi in the top position,

followed by Chanda Kochhar in second, Indra Nooyi in third,

CMD of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in fourth and actress

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in fifth.

     Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma, actress Vidya Balan

and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, were placed in

sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, according

to the survey released on the eve of the International Women's


     Assocham said the survey was conducted in January and

February this year.

     The chamber claimed that about 2,000 working women in 11

sectors like marketing, IT and ITeS, manufacturing and banking

and finance were surveyed in various cities including National

Capital Region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

     Badminton player Saina Nehwal was in 9th position,

India's first women IPS officer Kiran Bedi in 10th and HSBC

Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai in 11th.

     Others who appeared in the list include Piramal Life

Sciences Vice-Chairperson Swati Piramal (12th), actress

Shabana Azmi (13th), Balaji Telefilms Creative Director Ekta

Kapoor (14th), Film Director Zoya Akhtar (15th), leader of the

Opposition Sushma Swaraj (16th), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Jayalalithaa Jayaram (17th), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata

Banerjee (18th), Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (19th) and Lok

Sabha MP Dimple Yadav (20th).

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