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Katrina Kaif emerges as ‘Top Newsmaker of 2010’: Yahoo India

According to Yahoo India 2010 Year in Review, the annual Yahoo look back that identifies the top trends of the year from millions of consumer searches and the top stories and topics of the year from the Yahoo network, Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif has emerged as the ‘top Newsmaker of 2010’. The report also states that Sachin Tendulkar continues to be the leading cricket icon in the country while IPL3 was the most followed event during the year.

According to Yahoo India 2010 Year in Review, the annual Yahoo look back that identifies the top trends of the year from millions of consumer searches and the top stories and topics of the year from the Yahoo network, Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif has emerged as the ‘top Newsmaker of 2010’. The report also states that Sachin Tendulkar continues to be the leading cricket icon in the country while IPL3 was the most followed event during the year.

Yahoo has clarified that the findings are not a representation of a popularity contest; it is done by its editorial team. “No news may be good news for merchants of cliches, but for a journalist, the reverse is true — news is good, it is what keeps editorial adrenalin pumping. From that point of view, 2010 with its plethora of happenings across topic sets validated a finding of the previous years — when things happen, the world comes to Yahoo,” said Prem Panicker, managing editor, Yahoo India.

Explaining the popularity of Katrina Kaif, Yahoo India has said that the Bollywood actor emerged as ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ for reasons both professional and personal — a critically acclaimed performance in the film Rajneeti, existing cheek by jowl with a mystery stomach ailment that had the nation on tenterhooks, to her breakup with long time beau Salman Khan and her more recent, still ‘alleged’ romance with the latest Kapoor scion Ranbir.

As Katrina Kaif emerged at the top of the popularity charts, Sachin Tendulkar led as the top cricket icon on the Yahoo India network. Like each of his previous 20 years in the game, Tendulkar made national news by breaking records. The highlight, of course, was his emerging as the first player in the history of the game to score 200 runs in a one-day game. The calendar year also saw him score 1396 Test runs at an average of 82 with two double hundreds and four other centuries.

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