Cheatsheet for what's been in news this past fortnight
June 18, 2015
"I found that nowadays the eyes are becoming smaller and smaller. One day I turned it back and found Made in China"
MADE IN CHINA?
KFC plans to sue three Chinese companies for spreading rumours on social media that the fast food chain uses eight-legged chickens. Now that seems beyond even the vaunted Chinese manufacturing capability. One post also apparently referred to six wings on the same chicken. KFC has 4,828 outlets in China.
DEATH OVER DISGRACE
Professor Stephen Hawking will consider assisted suicide if he felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world and was merely a burden, reports The Telegraph of the UK, citing an interview with Dara O'Briain, for a new BBC programme. Hawking argues that keeping someone alive against their own wishes is the "ultimate indignity". He also says he suffers bouts of loneliness, because people can be afraid to talk to him or let him answer.
The time it took @Caitlyn_Jenner to reach a million followers - the fastest in Twitter's admittedly short history. The account opened with: "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn." The struggle was the journey of Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic athlete and reality TV star, to becoming Caitlyn, culminating in a Vanity Fair cover with the headline, "Call me Caitlyn". The previous fastest to a million was American President Barack Obama's @POTUS, which took five hours.
ME WARRIOR, YOU JAIN
The Indian Diaspora's march to the top in the global corporate order takes a pause. Anshu Jain, co-CEO at Deutsche Bank, quit, besieged by trouble from regulators, investors, and employees - that's pretty much everyone, isn't it? Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, perhaps the second most prominent India-born woman in American industry after Indra Nooyi, was the collateral damage as Chuck Robbins took charge in place of long-serving CEO John Chambers.
But hope floats. Punit Renjen, from earthy Rohtak, takes charge at Deloitte. Nikesh Arora may someday be the big boss at SoftBank. And, even as Warrior falls in battle, Pankaj Patel gets into the new executive leadership team at Cisco.
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