Nelson Mandela

Mandela left $4-million estate

Nelson-MandelaJohannesburg, Feb 3 : Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died last December, left an estate valued at more than 46 million rand ($4.13 million), according to his will that was revealed Monday.

Mandela's will, a 40-page document, was read out by executor Justice Dikgang Moseneke, one of the executors of Mandela's estate, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, Xinhua reported.

According to his will, close personal staff get 50,000 rand each. The schools which the former South African president attended will receive 100,000 rand each, the BBC reported.

Mandela, Sachin could be in Bengal school syllabus

Mandela-SachinKolkata, Dec 18 : The state school syllabus revamp committee is in talks with the West Bengal education department to include detailed chapters on anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in state-run schools' curriculum, officials said Wednesday.

West Bengal School Syllabus Revamp Committee chairman Aveek Majumdar said there was an informal discussion between him and Education Minister Bratya Basu on incorporating the luminaries in the syllabus.

South Africa will take Mandela's legacy forward: Zuma

South Africa will take Mandela's legacy forward: ZumaPretoria, Dec 15 : South African President Jacob Zuma Sunday said the government and the country will take forward the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela.

Speaking at Mandela's state funeral in Qunu village in the Eastern Cape province, Zuma also thanked the Mandela family for their perseverance over the years when the world icon spent 27 years in jail during the apartheid regime, South Africa's government news agency SA News reported.

African National Congress bids farewell to Mandela

Nelson-MandelaPretoria, Dec 14 : The African National Congress (ANC) bid farewell to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela Saturday ahead of his mortal remains being taken to his home village of Qunu where he will be buried Sunday.

The party held a send-off ceremony for one of its most revolutionary leaders at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria. Mandela's casket arrived at the base in the morning covered with the South African flag.

Mandela's body taken to presidential inauguration site

Nelson-MandelaPretoria, Dec 11 : The body of former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Wednesday brought back to the Union Buildings here after the memorial service held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg suburb of Soweto Tuesday.

The seat of the South African government and the office of the country's president, the Union Buildings is where Mandela was sworn in as the country’s first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago.

South Africa's most famous statesman and Nobel laureate died Dec 5 aged 95.

We will always cherish Mandela's friendship: Pranab

Pranab-MukherjeeJohannesberg, Dec 10 : For India, the passing away of former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela represents the departure of a venerated elder and a great soul, India's President Pranab Mukherjee said Tuesday.

"For India, the passing of Nelson Mandela represents the departure of a venerated elder, a great soul. We pray for his eternal peace," the president said here.

He was speaking at a memorial service organised at the jam-packed FNB Stadium at Soweto for the former South African president and global statesman who died Dec 6 at the age of 95.

Guests start arriving for Mandela's memorial service

Nelson-MandelaJohannesburg, Dec 9 : A large number of high profile guests have started arriving here to attend events commemorating former South African president Nelson Mandela, the government said Monday.

About 70 heads of state and government have confirmed that they will take part in the memorial service of Mandela, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRC), reports Xinhua.

These include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The Indian delegation will be led by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Obama, Bush, Clinton to pay last respects to Mandela

Obama-Bush-ClintonPretoria/Washington, Dec 7 : US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will travel to South Africa next week to pay their last respects to anti-apartheid icon and South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela.

They will be joined by former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush and former president Bill Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

According to the White House, the Americans will "pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and participate in memorial events" honouring the passing of the anti-apartheid leader.

Indian dailies highlight public grief over Mandela's death

Nelson-MandelaNew Delhi,Dec 7 : Indian dailies on Saturday highlighted the sense of public grief over the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, who emerged from 27 years of imprisonment to help guide South Africa to democracy, died on Thursday from a lung related illness.

Indian newspapers ran banner headlines mourning the death of South African anti-apartheid hero as people held special prayers and candle light vigils in his memory.

Paris Hilton denies confusing Mandela with Martin Luther King in tweet

Paris-Hilton-MandelaLondon, December 7 : Paris Hilton has denied posting a tweet confused the late Nelson Mandela for famous American civil rights crusader Martin Luther King Jr.

The 32-year-old socialite has angrily denied that she wrote the tweet and posted on Twitter , "Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it", the Daily Star reported.

"I'm so sick of people lying about me and using my name. Please get a life and stop talking about mine. It's beyond #URPathetic #GetYourOwnLife", she added.

India declares five-day state mourning for Mandela

Nelson-MandelaNew Delhi, Dec 6 : India will observe five-day state mourning from Dec 6 to 10 as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela, the government announced Friday.

"During the state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast from Dec 6 to 10 throughout the country and there will be no official entertainment," said an official statement.

The decision was taken by the cabinet here.

Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid icon Mandela, who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, died Thursday at the age of 95. India honoured him with Bharat Ratna as well.(IANS)

Dalai Lama sorry he missed meeting Mandela in 2011

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, Dec 6 : Two years ago, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama called off a trip to South Africa as it was "inconvenient" for that country's government to grant him a visa and missed a chance to meet Nelson Mandela again.

After cancelling his trip in October 2011, the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, had said: "I am very sad and very much (hoped) to see Nelson Mandela, who is now very old. So now I doubt whether I can have another occasion to meet him."

An aide of the Dalai Lama said Friday: "His Holiness' desire to meet former president Nelson Mandela remained unfulfilled."

Mandela's struggle will inspire generations: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Dec 6 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday condoled the death of South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, said his lifelong struggle and sacrifice will be the source of inspiration for generations.

"His passing away is a huge loss to humanity, to whom he was more than a fatherly figure. His lifelong struggle and sacrifice will be the source of inspiration for generations, now and forever. India had always co-operated with him in the Non Aligned Movement," said Banerjee.

Parliament pays tributes to Nelson Mandela, adjourns till Monday

nelson-mandelaNew Delhi, Dec 6 : Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Monday as a mark of respect to the memory of South Africa's first elected president Nelson Mandela, who passed away last night.

As soon as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha met for the day, members observed silence in honour of the departed leader.

Making an obituary reference, Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari described Mandela as one of the greatest personalities representing the best of human spirit and values.

He said, in the passing away of Mandela, the South African people have lost the father of their nation.

Mandela remains in critical but stable condition: Zuma

Jacob-ZumaCape Town, Aug 27 : South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela is still in hospital undergoing treatment and remains in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday.

"While wishing him good health, we also have to celebrate his legacy and learn from it, in order to build a better world," Xinhua quoted Zuma as saying in a statement issued by the presidency.

Zuma is in Malaysia to receive the Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation on behalf of Mandela.

Mandela's health still critical but improving

Nelson-MandelaCape Town, Aug 23 : South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical but stable condition, the country's presidency said Friday.

Nothing had changed from the last update on Mandela's condition issued Aug 11, Xinhua quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying.

In the last update, Maharaj quoted Mandela's medical team as saying that Mandela's health was improving steadily, but he still remained in a critical condition.

Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection June 8. Friday was his 77th day in hospital.

Mandela's biopic to premiere at Toronto film fest

mandela-long-walk-to-freedomLos Angeles, July 24 : The biopic on anti-apartheid icon and ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

Titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", the film stars actor Idris Elba in the lead role and actress Naomie Harris in the supporting role as Winnie Mandela, reports contactmusic. com.

Mandela's health improving

Nelson-MandelaJohannesburg, July 18 : South African former president Nelson Mandela is steadily improving, the presidency said Thursday.

"Madiba (Mandela) remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving," Xinhua quoted an official statement as saying.

President Jacob Zuma wished the founding father of the nation a happy 95th birthday.

Outside the house of Mandela here, over 100 students from Africa International School came to sing and dance for showing their support for Madiba, as Mandela is known.

Mandela still critical but stable, says Presidency

Jacob-ZumaPretoria, July 9 : South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela is still in a critical but stable condition in a hospital in Pretoria where he has been receiving treatment since June 8, the Presidency said in its latest update Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma once again thanked the public for their support and prayers for the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon, government news agency SA News reported.

"We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital. Many groupings and individuals have gathered in dignity, respecting the privacy of Madiba, other patients, their families and the hospital personnel," Zuma said.

Dalai Lama wants to meet ailing Mandela

DharDalai-Lamaamsala, July 1 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wants to pay his respects to his ailing friend and former South African president Nelson Mandela, an aide said here Monday.

"His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) is keen to pay respects to his long-time friend Nelson Mandela, provided it doesn't cause any inconvenience to anyone, individuals or the government there," an aide of the Dalai Lama told IANS.

"If South Africa is comfortable with his visit, he would be happy to meet personally Mandela's family members," he added.

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