NEWSMAKERS OF THE WEEK
NIKKI HALEY’S RESIGNATION JUST BEFORE THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS HAS FUELD SPECULATION. SHE MANAGED TO AVOID ANTAGONIZING TRUMP, WHILE RAISING HER PROFILE. HER TIMING IS PERFECT AS SHE LEFT BEFORE HER RELATIONSHIP VISIBLY DECAYED. NIKKI HALEY Nikki Haley resigned on Tuesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s national security team. Haley was coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was “important to understand when it’s time to stand aside” after a string of challenging jobs. Responding to media speculation, she insisted that she was not planning to run for President against Trump in 2020, when she might be seen as a more moderate Republican. BRETT KAVANAUGH Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a razorthin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency. Kavanaugh’s ascent to the SC was thrown into doubt when university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a party. G.D. AGARWAL Environmental activist G.D. Agarwal died at a Rishikesh hospital on Thursday, 111 days after he began a fast for a pollution-free Ganga. He was 86. G.D. Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand in his later years, had been a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and served on the Central Pollution Control Board. He was protesting against hydroelectric projects on the Ganga’s tributaries and had sought a law to protect the river. INDRA NOOYI PepsiCo’s India-born former CEO Indra Nooyi, 62, has said she would cause a third World War if she joins politics as she is too outspoken. Asked if she would like to join US President Donald Trump’s Cabinet now that she has stepped down as Pepsi CEO, Nooyi said, “Me and politics don’t mix at all. I am too outspoken, I am not diplomatic. I don’t even know what diplomacy is. I would cause a third World War. Don’t do it”. After working 18 to 20 hours a day for 40 years, Nooyi said it was “liberating.” JAMAL KHASHOGGI Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2 after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. Turkish police and numerous media have claimed he was tortured and killed at the consulate. Khashoggi has been a longtime regime dissident. Recently he was critical of their ongoing war in Yemen. Khashoggi was working quietly with intellectuals and reformists to launch a group called Democracy for the Arab World Now.