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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. Since his accession in 2006, after the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum, he has undertaken reforms in the UAE's government, starting with the UAE Federal Government Strategy in April 2007. In 2010, he launched the UAE vision 2021 with the aim of making the UAE'one of the best countries in the world' by 2021, he is responsible for the growth of Dubai into a global city, as well as the launch of a number of major enterprises including Emirates Airline, DP World, the Jumeirah Group. Many of these are held by Dubai Holding, a company with multi-diversified businesses and investments. Sheikh Mohammed has overseen the development of numerous projects in Dubai including the creation of a technology park and a free economic zone, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Finance Centre, the Palm Islands and the Burj Al Arab hotel, he drove the construction of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

A keen equestrian, he is the founder of the Maktoum family-owned Godolphin racing stable and the owner of Darley, a thoroughbred breeding operation with operations in six countries. In 2012, he rode, he is a recognised poet in his native Arabic. He shares a close and friendly relationship with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Mohammed is the third son of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's four sons, members of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family and descendants of the House of Al-Falasi, of which Sheikh Mohammed is the tribal leader, his mother was Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan the ruler of Abu Dhabi. From the age of four, Al Maktoum was tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 1955, he began his formal education at Al Ahmedia School. At the age of 10, he moved to Al Shaab School, two years went to Dubai Secondary School. In 1966, with his cousin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, he attended the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School in the United Kingdom.

He subsequently studied at the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, passing out with the sword of honour as the top Commonwealth student. He traveled to Italy to train as a pilot. On his return from military training to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed's father appointed him head of the Dubai Police Force and the Dubai Defence Force, to become part of the Union Defence Force; as a young man, in January 1968, he was present when Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Zayed first met in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi at Argoub El Sedira to agree to the formation of a union of emirates following British notification of intent to withdraw from the Trucial States. When the new nation of the United Arab Emirates was founded on 2 December 1971, he became its first Minister of Defence. A period of uncertainty and instability followed the Union of the United Arab Emirates, including skirmishes between tribes over property straddling new borders. On 24 January 1972, the exiled former ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi led an insurrectionist coup against the ruler, Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

Following a spirited firefight between the Union Defence Force and Saqr's forces - Egyptian mercenaries who had entered the UAE through Ras Al Khaimah - Sheikh Mohammed accepted Saqr's surrender. Sheikh Khalid had been killed in the action, leading to the accession of his brother Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi as ruler of Sharjah. Mohammed delivered Saqr to Sheikh Zayed. In 1973, Sheikh Mohammed was involved in protracted negotiations with the hijackers of JAL 404, led by Japanese Red Army member Osamu Maruouka, which landed in Dubai after being hijacked as it departed Schiphol. Although unsuccessful in obtaining the release of the hostages, he was more successful in a negotiation with the three hijackers of KLM 861, who released the balance of their hostages and handed over the plane in return for safe passage. On 3 January 1995, Sheikh Mohammed's elder brother Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum signed two decrees that appointed him Crown Prince of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed, at the time of being appointed crown prince served as Minister of Defence, a position held since 9 December 1971.

Signalling a zero tolerance policy towards corruption in government, in 2001, Sheikh Mohammed ordered the arrest of Obaid Saqr bin-Busit, the head of Dubai Customs and the chairman of the World Customs Association. Busit and two aides, as well as three other employees, had been the subject of a two-year investigation for corruption; the high-profile arrests caused widespread shock and were followed by a slew of arrests of public officials that month. Unusually, the officials were publicly'named and shamed'. More the downturn exposed issues related to corruption at government-owned Dubai real estate company Deyaar; the investigation team was granted "unprecedented powers of scrutiny" by Sheikh Mohammed. The CEO of the company was found guilty of earning Dhs20 million by misusing his powers and sentenced to a 10-year jail term. Mohammed has been recorded to make surprise visits to ministerial departments and publicly humiliate offices in which staff had not been available. After a decade of de facto rule, he be

Education in Andhra Pradesh

As per the 2011 census of India, Andhra Pradesh has an overall literacy rate of 67.35% lower than the overall national average of 74.04%. Among the Indian states and union territories, it stands at 32nd position. During the same census, there are a total of 29,859,982 literates: 16,549,514 males and 13,310,468 females. In terms of district-wise literates, East Godavari has the most with 3,348,077 and Vizianagaram has the least with 1,238,388. While, in terms of district-wise literacy rates, West Godavari stands top with 74.32% and Vizianagaram at bottom with 58.89%. The government implements fee reimbursement scheme for the economically backward sections of the state; the School Education Department of Andhra Pradesh, the largest department of the state and regulates schools in various districts of the state. The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government and private schools; these schools are categorized as urban and residential schools. As per the child info and school information report, there were a total of 7,041,568 students, enrolled in 62,063 schools respectively.

As per the students appeared for the Secondary School Certificate exam, a majority of the students preferred Telugu and English as the medium of instruction. While, Odia, Tamil and Hindi were opted by a few; the Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education administers the Secondary School Certificate examination. For the 2019 SSC exam, more than 6 lakh students have appeared and recorded an overall pass percentage of 94.88%, a little increase from 94.48% of the previous year. In terms of district-wise pass percentage, East Godavari stood at the top with 98.19% and Nellore at the bottom with 83.19%. Schools which recorded a 100% pass percentage were 5,464, out of 11,000. Telugu language policy List of institutions of higher education in Andhra Pradesh

Bank of Queensland

The Bank of Queensland is an Australian retail bank with headquarters in Brisbane, Queensland. The bank is one of the oldest financial institutions in Queensland and has 252 branches throughout Australia, including 78 corporate branches and 166 "owner managed" branches. In 2007, customer satisfaction with the bank was placed at 88%; the Bank of Queensland was established in 1863, collapsed in 1866, closing its doors due to the severe financial depression, the Panic of 1866. The history section of the website of the Bank of Queensland only goes back as far as 1874, claims that the Bank of Queensland was established then: 1874: Established as The Brisbane Permanent Benefit Building and Investment Society, the first permanent building society formed in Queensland; the Brisbane Permanent Benefit Building and Investment Society incorporated in 1887, amalgamated with City and Suburban Building Society in 1921, with Queensland Deposit Bank a decade later. The company received a trading bank licence in 1942.

Until what became the Bank of Queensland was a savings bank cum building society. The company changed its name to Bank of Queensland and computerised its operations in 1970, in 1971, the bank was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange; the bank incorporated Bank of Queensland Savings Bank as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1982. In 1991 BOQ acquired Stowe Electronic Switching Pty Ltd and renamed it Queensland Electronic Switching Pty Ltd. In 1999, Bank of Hawaii bought 5.8 m shares in Bank of Queensland. Two years Bank of Hawaii sold its 6.2 m shares and 5.4 m convertible notes in Bank of Queensland to refocus on its operations in Hawaii. BOQ acquired the equipment financing business of UFJ Bank in Australia and New Zealand in 2003; the bank acquired ATM Solutions. In 2004, BOQ opened branches in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory; the following year BOQ acquired the $78 million debtor finance division of ORIX Australia. In 2006 the bank acquired Queensland-based Pioneer Permanent Building Society and opened branches in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Bank of Queensland merged with Western Australia-based Home Building Society, the Mackay Permanent Building Society and the Queensland-based Pioneer Permanent Building Society in 2007. In 2009, Citi purchased lending rights on Bank of Queensland, Virgin Money and borrowing wholesale deal in credit card lending acquisition bailout. Application of Citi purchasing rights made in Australian High Court. In 2010, BOQ joined the rediATM network, purchased St Andrew's Insurance. St Andrew's is an Australian manufacturer of consumer credit insurance products, it acquired the Australian and New Zealand divisions of CIT Group Inc, a supplier of vendor finance to small businesses and middle market companies. In 2011, the bank experienced a profit slump due to lending losses from the 2010–11 Queensland floods. In 2013 BOQ bought Virgin Money Australia for $40 million. Under the deal, BOQ has rights to the Virgin Money name in Australia for four decades while paying royalties to the Virgin Group, Virgin has a seat on the BOQ board.

In 2010, it was found that one of the Townsville branches of the Bank of Queensland was giving loans to clients of the collapsed Storm Financial. Australian Securities and Investments Commission undertook compensation suits on behalf of Storm Financial clients against the BOQ. BOQ was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2014, in recognition of its excellence in providing banking services to Queensland for over a century and its continuing expansion nationally. Banking in Australia List of banks in Australia Financial system in Australia Bank of Queensland Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame