Story : There are Positives, if we Choose!

There was a king who had one eye and one leg only.

He asked all the painters in his country to draw a beautiful portrait of him, but none could do that as per his satisfaction.

How could they draw him beautifully with the defects of one eye and one leg.

In the meantime, a painter from the nearby town approached the King and took up the task.

After completion of his portrait the king was thrilled and delighted much.

He had painted the king aiming for a hunt closing his one eye and one leg bent. 

King one eye
Moral: Why can’t we all paint pictures like this for others. Hiding their demerit and highlighting their strengths.

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Courtesy: Karthikeyan, Ganesh R

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Story : Endless Possibilities outside the Comfort Zone

Peregrine FalconOnce there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.

He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.

Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!

Know : List of All Presidents and Prime Ministers (As on Dec 2013)

Member states and observers of the United Nations

State Head of state Head of government
 Afghanistan
 Albania President – Bujar Nishani Prime Minister – Edi Rama
 Algeria President – Abdelaziz Bouteflika Prime Minister – Abdelmalek Sellal
 Andorra Episcopal Co-Prince – Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Representative – Josep Maria Mauri
French Co-Prince – François Hollande
Representative – Sylvie Hubac
Head of Government – Antoni Martí
 Angola
 Antigua and Barbuda Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Louise Lake-Tack
Prime Minister – Baldwin Spencer
 Argentina
 Armenia President – Serzh Sargsyan Prime Minister – Tigran Sargsyan
 Australia Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Quentin Bryce
Prime Minister – Tony Abbott
 Austria Federal President – Heinz Fischer Federal Chancellor – Werner Faymann
 Azerbaijan President – İlham Əliyev Prime Minister – Artur Rəsizade
 Bahamas Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Arthur Foulkes
Prime Minister – Perry Christie
 Bahrain King – Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prime Minister – Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
 Bangladesh President – Abdul Hamid Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina
 Barbados Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Elliott Belgrave
Prime Minister – Freundel Stuart
 Belarus President – Alexander Lukashenko Prime Minister – Mikhail Myasnikovich
 Belgium King – Philippe Prime Minister – Elio Di Rupo
 Belize Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Colville Young
Prime Minister – Dean Barrow
 Benin
 Bhutan King – Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Prime Minister – Tshering Tobgay
 Bolivia
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presidency:[1]
Željko Komšić (Chairman)
Bakir Izetbegović (Member)
Nebojša Radmanović (Member)
Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Vjekoslav Bevanda
 Botswana
 Brazil
 Brunei
 Bulgaria President – Rosen Plevneliev Prime Minister – Plamen Oresharski
 Burkina Faso President – Blaise Compaoré Prime Minister – Luc-Adolphe Tiao
 Burma
 Burundi
 Cambodia King – Norodom Sihamoni Prime Minister – Hun Sen
 Cameroon President – Paul Biya Prime Minister – Philémon Yang
 Canada Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor General – David Johnston
Prime Minister – Stephen Harper
 Cape Verde President – Jorge Carlos Fonseca Prime Minister – José Maria Neves
 Central African Republic President – Michel Djotodia Prime Minister – Nicolas Tiangaye
 Chad President – Idriss Déby Prime Minister – Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet
 Chile
 China President – Xi Jinping Premier of the State Council – Li Keqiang
 Colombia
 Comoros
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the President – Joseph Kabila Prime Minister – Augustin Matata Ponyo
 Congo, Republic of the
 Costa Rica
 Croatia President – Ivo Josipović President of the Government – Zoran Milanović
 Cuba
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic President – Miloš Zeman Prime Minister – Jiří Rusnok
Prime Minister-designate – Bohuslav Sobotka
 Denmark Queen – Margrethe II Prime Minister – Helle Thorning-Schmidt
 Djibouti President – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Prime Minister – Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
 Dominica President – Charles Savarin Prime Minister – Roosevelt Skerrit
 Dominican Republic
 East Timor President – Taur Matan Ruak Prime Minister – Xanana Gusmão
 Ecuador
 Egypt Acting President – Adly Mansour Acting Prime Minister – Hazem Al Beblawi
 El Salvador
 Equatorial Guinea President – Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Prime Minister – Vicente Ehate Tomi
 Eritrea
 Estonia President – Toomas Hendrik Ilves Prime Minister – Andrus Ansip
 Ethiopia President – Mulatu Teshome Prime Minister – Hailemariam Desalegn
 Fiji President – Epeli Nailatikau Acting Prime Minister – Frank Bainimarama
 Finland President – Sauli Niinistö Prime Minister – Jyrki Katainen
 France President – François Hollande Prime Minister – Jean-Marc Ayrault
 Gabon President – Ali Bongo Ondimba Prime Minister – Raymond Ndong Sima
 Gambia, The
 Georgia President – Giorgi Margvelashvili Prime Minister – Irakli Garibashvili
 Germany Federal President – Joachim Gauck Federal Chancellor – Angela Merkel
 Ghana
 Greece President – Karolos Papoulias Prime Minister – Antonis Samaras
 Grenada Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Cécile La Grenade
Prime Minister – Keith Mitchell
 Guatemala
 Guinea President – Alpha Condé Prime Minister – Mohamed Said Fofana
 Guinea-Bissau Acting President – Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo Acting Prime Minister – Rui Duarte de Barros
 Guyana President – Donald Ramotar Prime Minister – Sam Hinds
 Haiti President – Michel Martelly Prime Minister – Laurent Lamothe
 Honduras
 Hungary President – János Áder Prime Minister – Viktor Orbán
 Iceland President – Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Prime Minister – Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
 India President – Pranab Mukherjee Prime Minister – Manmohan Singh
 Indonesia
 Iran
 Iraq President – Jalal Talabani Prime Minister – Nouri al-Maliki
 Ireland President – Michael D. Higgins Taoiseach – Enda Kenny
 Israel President – Shimon Peres Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu
 Italy President – Giorgio Napolitano President of the Council of Ministers – Enrico Letta
 Ivory Coast President – Alassane Ouattara Prime Minister – Daniel Kablan Duncan
 Jamaica Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Patrick Allen
Prime Minister – Portia Simpson-Miller
 Japan Emperor – Akihito Prime Minister – Shinzō Abe
 Jordan King – Abdullah II Prime Minister – Abdullah Ensour
 Kazakhstan President – Nursultan Nazarbayev Prime Minister – Serik Akhmetov
 Kenya
 Kiribati
 Kuwait Emir – Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prime Minister – Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
 Kyrgyzstan President – Almazbek Atambayev Prime Minister – Zhantoro Satybaldiyev
 Laos President – Choummaly Sayasone Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Thongsing Thammavong
 Latvia President – Andris Bērziņš Prime Minister – Vacant
 Lebanon President – Michel Suleiman President of the Council of Ministers – Najib Mikati
President-designate of the Council of Ministers – Tammam Salam
 Lesotho King – Letsie III Prime Minister – Tom Thabane
 Liberia
 Libya Chairman of the General National Congress – Nouri Abusahmain Prime Minister – Ali Zeidan
 Liechtenstein Prince – Hans-Adam II
Prince-Regent – Alois
Head of Government – Adrian Hasler
 Lithuania President – Dalia Grybauskaitė Prime Minister – Algirdas Butkevičius
 Luxembourg Grand Duke – Henri Prime Minister – Xavier Bettel
 Macedonia President – Gjorge Ivanov Prime Minister – Nikola Gruevski
 Madagascar President of the High Authority of Transition – Andry Rajoelina Prime Minister – Omer Beriziky
 Malawi
 Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong – Abdul Halim of Kedah Prime Minister – Najib Razak
 Maldives
 Mali President – Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Prime Minister – Oumar Tatam Ly
 Malta President – George Abela Prime Minister – Joseph Muscat
 Marshall Islands
 Mauritania President – Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Prime Minister – Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf
 Mauritius President – Kailash Purryag Prime Minister – Navin Ramgoolam
 Mexico
 Micronesia
 Moldova President – Nicolae Timofti Prime Minister – Iurie Leancă
 Monaco Prince – Albert II Minister of State – Michel Roger
 Mongolia President – Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj Prime Minister – Norovyn Altankhuyag
 Montenegro President – Filip Vujanović Prime Minister – Milo Đukanović
 Morocco King – Mohammed VI Prime Minister – Abdelilah Benkirane
 Mozambique President – Armando Guebuza Prime Minister – Alberto Vaquina
 Namibia President – Hifikepunye Pohamba Prime Minister – Hage Geingob
 Nauru
   Nepal President – Ram Baran Yadav Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Khil Raj Regmi
 Netherlands King – Willem-Alexander Prime Minister – Mark Rutte
 New Zealand Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Jerry Mateparae
Prime Minister – John Key
 Nicaragua
 Niger President – Mahamadou Issoufou Prime Minister – Brigi Rafini
 Nigeria
 North Korea
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly –
Kim Yong-nam[2]
Premier of the Cabinet – Pak Pong-ju
 Norway King – Harald V Prime Minister – Erna Solberg
 Oman
 Pakistan President – Mamnoon Hussain Prime Minister – Nawaz Sharif
 Palau
 Palestine[3] President – Mahmoud Abbas Prime Minister – Rami Hamdallah
 Panama
 Papua New Guinea Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Michael Ogio
Prime Minister – Peter O’Neill
 Paraguay
 Peru President – Ollanta Humala President of the Council of Ministers – César Villanueva
 Philippines
 Poland President – Bronisław Komorowski Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Donald Tusk
 Portugal President – Aníbal Cavaco Silva Prime Minister – Pedro Passos Coelho
 Qatar Emir – Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Prime Minister – Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
 Romania President – Traian Băsescu Prime Minister – Victor Ponta
 Russia President – Vladimir Putin Chairman of the Government – Dmitry Medvedev
 Rwanda President – Paul Kagame Prime Minister – Pierre Habumuremyi
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Edmund Lawrence
Prime Minister – Denzil Douglas
 Saint Lucia Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Pearlette Louisy
Prime Minister – Kenny Anthony
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Frederick Ballantyne
Prime Minister – Ralph Gonsalves
 Samoa O le Ao o le Malo – Tufuga Efi Prime Minister – Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
 San Marino
 São Tomé and Príncipe President – Manuel Pinto da Costa Prime Minister – Gabriel Costa
 Saudi Arabia
 Senegal President – Macky Sall Prime Minister – Aminata Touré
 Serbia President – Tomislav Nikolić Prime Minister – Ivica Dačić
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore President – Tony Tan Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
 Slovakia President – Ivan Gašparovič Prime Minister – Robert Fico
 Slovenia President – Borut Pahor Prime Minister – Alenka Bratušek
 Solomon Islands Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Frank Kabui
Prime Minister – Gordon Darcy Lilo
 Somalia President – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Prime Minister – Abdi Farah Shirdon
 South Africa
 South Korea President – Park Geun-hye Prime Minister – Jung Hong-won
 South Sudan
 Spain King – Juan Carlos I President of the Government – Mariano Rajoy
 Sri Lanka President – Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister – D. M. Jayaratne
 Sudan
 Suriname
 Swaziland King – Mswati III Prime Minister – Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
 Sweden King – Carl XVI Gustaf Prime Minister – Fredrik Reinfeldt
  Switzerland
 Syria President – Bashar al-Assad Prime Minister – Wael Nader Al-Halqi
 Tajikistan President – Emomalii Rahmon Prime Minister – Kokhir Rasulzoda
 Tanzania President – Jakaya Kikwete Prime Minister – Mizengo Pinda
 Thailand King – Bhumibol Adulyadej Prime Minister – Yingluck Shinawatra
 Togo President – Faure Gnassingbé Prime Minister – Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu
 Tonga King – Tupou VI Prime Minister – Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō
 Trinidad and Tobago President – Anthony Carmona Prime Minister – Kamla Persad-Bissessar
 Tunisia President – Moncef Marzouki Prime Minister – Ali Laarayedh
 Turkey President – Abdullah Gül Prime Minister – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
 Turkmenistan
 Tuvalu Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Iakoba Italeli
Prime Minister – Enele Sopoaga
 Uganda President – Yoweri Museveni Prime Minister – Amama Mbabazi
 Ukraine President – Viktor Yanukovych Prime Minister – Mykola Azarov
 United Arab Emirates President – Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Prime Minister – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
 United Kingdom Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1] Prime Minister – David Cameron
 United States
 Uruguay
 Uzbekistan President – Islam Karimov Prime Minister – Shavkat Mirziyoyev
 Vanuatu President – Iolu Abil Prime Minister – Moana Carcasses Kalosil
  Vatican City Sovereign – Pope Francis President of the Governorate – Giuseppe Bertello
 Venezuela
 Vietnam President – Trương Tấn Sang Prime Minister – Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
 Yemen President – Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi Prime Minister – Mohammed Basindawa
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe

States recognised by at least one United Nations member

State Head of state Head of government
 Abkhazia President – Alexander Ankvab Prime Minister – Leonid Lakerbaia
 Cook Islands[n 2] Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Queen’s Representative – Tom John Marsters
Prime Minister – Henry Puna
 Kosovo President – Atifete Jahjaga Prime Minister – Hashim Thaçi
 Niue[n 2] Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Jerry Mateparae
Premier – Toke Talagi
 Northern Cyprus President – Derviş Eroğlu Prime Minister – Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President – Mohamed Abdelaziz Prime Minister – Abdelkader Taleb Omar
 South Ossetia President – Leonid Tibilov Prime Minister – Rostislav Khugayev
 Syria (Syrian National Coalition) President – Ahmad Jarba Prime Minister – Ahmad Saleh Touma
 Taiwan President – Ma Ying-jeou President of the Executive Yuan – Jiang Yi-huah

States not recognised by any United Nations members

This list encompasses the leaders of geo-political entities that lack significant international recognition. The degree of control these entities exert over their claimed territories may vary.

State Head of State Head of Government
 Nagorno-Karabakh President – Bako Sahakyan Prime Minister – Arayik Harutyunyan
 Somaliland
 Transnistria President – Yevgeny Shevchuk Prime Minister – Tatiana Turanskaya

Story : Fear is Not Respect

king

Long time ago there lived a cruel king. All citizens were fearful because of his cruelty. He had a Dog, which he loved more than anything. One fateful morning his Dog died. The King organized last rites for dog; people from entire Kingdom came to the cremation ground.

The King was very happy to see that people love & respect him so much and he felt he is the most popular king in the world. After a few days the King died, but no one came for his funerals.

Story : Planning is the Key

There was a country long time ago where the people would change a king every year. The person who would become the king had to agree to a contract that he would be sent to an island after his one year of being a king.

One king finished his term and it was time for him to go to the island and live there. The people dressed him up in expensive clothes and put him on an elephant and took him around the cities to say goodbye to all the people. This was the moment of sadness for all the kings who ruled for one year. After saying farewell, the people took the king on a boat to the remote island and left him there. On their way back, they discovered a ship that had sunk just recently.

They saw a young man who survived by holding on to a floating piece of wood. As they needed a new king, they picked up the young man and took him to their country. They requested him to be the king for a year. First he refused but later he agreed to be a king. People told him about all the rules and regulations and that how he will be sent to an island after one year. 

Uninhabited IslandsAfter three days of being a king, he asked the ministers if they could show him the island where all the other kings were sent. They agreed and took him to the island. The island was covered with thick jungles and sounds of vicious animals were heard coming out of them. The king went little bit inside to check. Soon he discovered the dead bodies of all the past kings. He understood that as soon as they were left on the island, the animals had killed them.

The king went back to the country and collected 100 strong workers. He took them to the island and instructed them to clean the jungle, remove all the deadly animals and cut down all the excess trees. He would visit the island every month to see how the work was progressing. In the first month, all the animals were removed and many trees were cut down.

In the second month, the whole island was cleaned out. The king then told the workers to plant gardens in various parts of the island. He also took with him some useful domestic animals like chickens, ducks, birds, goats, cows etc. In the third month, he ordered the workers to build big houses and docking stations for ships. Over the months, the island turned into a beautiful place.

The young king would wear simple clothes and spend very little from his earnings as a king. He sent all the earnings to the island for storage. When nine months passed like this, the king called the ministers and told them: “I know that I have to go to the island after one year, but I would like to go there right now.”

But the ministers didn’t agree to this and said that he has to wait for another 3 months to complete the year. 3 months passed and now it was a full year. The people dressed up the young king and put him on an elephant to take him around the country to say goodbye to others. However, this king is unusually happy to leave the kingdom.

People asked him, “All the other kings used to cry at this moment but you seem to be happy?”

He replied, “Don’t you know what the wise people say? They say that when you came to this world as a baby, you were crying and everyone was laughing. Live such a life that when you die, you will be smiling and everyone around you will be crying. I have lived that life. While all the other kings were lost into the luxuries of the kingdom, I always thought about the future and planned for it. I turned the deadly island into a beautiful abode for me where I can stay peacefully.