Meet The Highest-paid World Leader
Back in 2016, former US President Donald Trump refused to take home his presidential salary of $400,000. Instead, he decided to take only a meagre 1 dollar as his salary. The decision might have surely made you wonder about the sky-high salaries of our global leaders.
Apart from their humongous salaries, Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world are also provided with a range of facilities. There have been many reports that give us an insight into the remuneration of political leaders. Today, let's take a look at the highest-paid global leaders in the world, as revealed by a report published by World Population Review.
Lee Hsien Loong - Singapore
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong receives the highest salary as compared to other government leaders. According to World Population Review, he earns approximately 2.2 million dollars annually, which is way higher than what US President Joe Biden earns ($400,000, around 5.5 times less). Loong's salary is also 12 times more than Russian President Vladimir Putin's remuneration.
Carrie Lam - Hong Kong
Carrie Lam, who served as the 4th Chief Executive of Hong Kong from 2017 to 2022 ranks number two on the list of highest-paid salary owners. As per a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Lam's annual income is approximately $672,000. As per reports, she has been receiving the amount after the Hong Kong government decided to permit a 12.4 per cent pay hike for all the leaders.
Joe Biden - US
The third in the line of highest-paid world leaders is Joe Biden. The current US President earns $400,000 and has access to some of the luxurious amenities including the White House and the popular Air Force One.
Scott Morrison - Australia
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earns a whopping $550,000 dollars annually. The Independent Remuneration Tribunal has been assigned with the responsibility to oversee the increments of Australia's leaders. Their salaries are determined based on the country's economic conditions.
Angela Merkel - Germany
Angela Merkel is Germany's Chancellor and her annual income is $369,727, about eight times higher than that of a household median income in Germany.
Can You Guess The Only Indian Hotel In The World's Top 50
Oberoi Hotels revealed that The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra has been awarded the 45th rank in the World's Top 50 Hotels for 2023. This list was announced in London and comprises hotels from locations across the globe. The list is dominated by hotels in Europe and Asia. Hence the inclusion of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra is indeed prestigious for India.
The Oberoi Amarvilas is known as one of India's finest hotels. What makes it extraordinary is it is just 600 metres away from one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj Mahal. Adding to this is the panoramic view of this UNESCO heritage site from the windows of its rooms and suites just adds to the charm of the hotel and makes the stay more magical.
According to Money Control, Arjun Oberoi, the Executive Chairman of the Oberoi Group felt honoured. He said, “We are honoured to be the sole representative of India on The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 list. This recognition reflects our relentless pursuit of perfection, the dedication of our team and the timeless allure of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra," he said.
Vikram Oberoi, CEO and MD of the Oberoi Group shared his happiness as well. He shared that the team is delighted to be included in the inaugural listing of the World's 50 Best Hotels 2023. On this occasion, he remembered the founder Rai Bahadur MS Oberoi and the former Chairman and mentor PRS Oberoi and their belief that it is the colleagues who are the most valuable asset.
Passalacqua located close to Lake Como in Italy ranks first as the best hotel in the world. It is an 18th-century villa hotel and was the former home of composer Vincenzo Bellini. Reportedly, this is the first time that the 50 Best organisation has ranked hotels. It usually ranks the World's 50 Best Restaurants and the World's 50 Best Bars for many years.
These rankings in the list are completely based on nominations by 580 anonymous voters who are travel journalists, hoteliers and luxury travellers across the world.
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When Thalapathy Vijay Encouraged Atlee To Give His Life To Jawan Published 23 minutes ago
Atlee is currently riding high on the success of the Bollywood blockbuster Jawan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Nayanthara in the lead roles. While the director is well known for his collaborations with South Indian superstar Thalapathy Vijay, he recently opened up about the actor's reaction to him working with King Khan. In an interview with Hindustan Times, the filmmaker shared that the opportunity to work with SRK was like a dream come true moment for him. Atlee shared that initially, even the Master star couldn't believe him, but later, he encouraged the director to pour his heart and soul into the project.
The filmmaker recalled, “When Shah Rukh sir asked me to make a film with him, it was like a lifetime opportunity for any director. I was very happy, I said yes. Then I went to Vijay sir and told him. He said, ‘Are you serious? He came to you?' I said he did. He said, ‘Give your life to it'.”
“I learnt a lot from Khan sir, by being patient, getting everything right, taking the film to the next level. Shah Rukh sir has taught me to raise the bar. My next film will have even better energy and we'll make something bigger than Jawan,” Atlee added.
Further, the director mentioned that initially, he thought of creating a typical romantic film with SRK. However, the superstar expressed his desire to be a part of a project that fit Atlee's unique style and vision. He wanted to explore something different that he hadn't attempted before. This pushed the filmmaker to create a new concept and storyline that would align with his own creative world.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview with Siddharth Kannan, the Bigil director spoke about the potential collaboration between, Thalapathy Vijay and Shah Rukh Khan and shared that both actors had expressed genuine interest in working together on a project. Initially, Atlee thought they might be saying this as a birthday gift to him. However, the following day, Vijay confirmed his commitment to the project, while Khan, who was present during this conversation, also shared his eagerness to collaborate and asked if they were serious about making a film together.
Jawan is continuing its remarkable run at the global box office, having recently crossed the milestone of Rs 800 Crore in worldwide earnings. In India, the action-packed drama is rapidly approaching the Rs 700 Crore mark, while its overseas collection has collected Rs 295 Crore.
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Humanity Still Exists
A stranded mako shark that washed ashore on Pensacola Beach in Florida received help from a group of brave Samaritans. Footage of the incident circulating on social media has restored faith in humanity by winning over multiple hearts. According to a report by the Independent, the rescue video was captured by beachgoer Tina Fey on Facebook. She was accompanied by her husband Josh when the stranded marine creature caught the attention of surrounding beachgoers. Josh along with three other men jumped into action to save the helpless fish stuck on the shore. The video opens to show a group working in sync to push the gigantic creature back into the water.
“Babe, look at them freaking teeth," Tina yells while capturing the moment seemingly asking her husband to stay alert. The marine being doesn't react initially but at one point it begins to thrash water around by moving its tail and fangs. The group understands the fish's discomfort and leaves it alone for a brief moment. “Babe, it's too dangerous, don't be doing that," Tina frantically advises her husband to be careful again. Once the men are sure it's safe to resume their rescue mission they begin to drag the shark into the water again. Almost the entire group works during the pulling process, but toward the end, most of them move behind leaving only one to direct the shark's way.
The footage ends with the fish completely submerged in water and moving away from the shore as other beachgoers begin to applaud the brave Samaritans for their quick effort. Take a look at the video here:
The shark rescuers have been bombarded with an abundance of praise and appreciation on social media. Reacting to the clip, a user said, “Acts like these are very important for environmental conservation and animal safety."
Another wrote, “Total respect. Thank you, shark savers."
One more agreed, “What brave souls they are. Wow! That beast is very strong."
Meanwhile, a user simply noted, “Humanity still exists."
According to the Independent, Tina Fey revealed the shark appeared when they were casually swimming near the shore. “It just showed up while we were swimming. I just so happened to be right in front of us. We took action to get him back in the water since the wildlife people and lifeguards told us there was nothing they could do! So, we did our best to try to save him," she reportedly captioned the footage while sharing it on Facebook. It is suggested that Tina and her husband had taken a trip to the beach in Texas to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
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