Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  
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Forbes ranks Khaleda as 29th powerful woman

Forbes magazine's second annual ranking of the world's 100 most powerful women has placed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the 29th position this year.

Khaleda Zia was at the 14th position last year.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been ranked as the world's most powerful woman. She topped the 2004 list too when she was US National Security Advisor.

Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi was runner-up for the second year in a row, but other prominent Asian women fared less well.

Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, eighth on the list last year, fell out of the ranking list following her failed re-election bid.

India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, who was deemed the third most powerful woman in 2004 was not included in the list of top 100 a year later.

Newcomer Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian Prime Minister has been placed at the third position, followed by beleaguered Philippines President Gloria Arroyo, who jumped five places to get the fourth position this year.