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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 8 -- November 10, 2008

-- Holidays --

Diwali: the festival of lights

Harsha Mishra (India): Various colors, bright atmosphere, harmonious feelings, charming greetings, delicious dishes and melodious songs are the few things that are common in every festival that is celebrated around the world.
Let it be Christmas from the West or Holi from the East. Both bring happiness, joy and enthusiasm in the lives of people.
One such festival celebrated in India is Diwali, which is often called the festival of lights.
Diwali, or Dipawali, as we call it, is celebrated according to the Indian calendar and this year it fell on October 28.
Each year, it takes place in the months of October and November every year, but the date varies according to the days of the months without a moon.

Diwali holds this importance because it is celebrated on the day without a moon, or "amawasya," as we call it.
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Here's another Tattoo story about Diwali:

Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, brings joy


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-- Reporter's notebook --


Italian students, teachers tell government: we won't pay for your crisis

Eugenia Durante (Italy): It is incredible how bad situations can unify people. I am a student in the fourth year of a classical Italian high school and I am one of the students who are scared about the future. Italian education Minister Mariastella Gelmini has proposed school reforms which have been partly approved by the Italian parliament.

Above all, the reforms call for huge financial cuts for schools and universities we're talking almost $3 million euros as well as changes in staffing and other changes.

In Italian primary schools, classes are usually made up of 25 to 30 children and are taught by two teachers. Gelmini's proposals would establish a single teacher in these primary level classrooms instead of two, eliminating a lot of jobs for teachers. In addition, if adopted, the reforms would privatize some public universities. The consequence of that would be a huge rise in university taxes.

Italian schools are already in a critical situation. Our schools and universities aren't properly equipped, the government doesn't invest enough funds on research and a lot of new graduates aren't finding jobs. We don't need cuts. We need investments. We want a school which guarantees education.  Full Article


-- Opinion --

A victory to change the world

Rebecca Baylis (Australia): Never before have I watched an acceptance speech which has moved me to tears. Never have I been witness to a moment in history that has made me so happy that I've cried for almost an hour. Never have I been so ecstatic to see an individual succeed. Never have I watched hundreds of thousands of people across the globe shout out in unity for the dawn of a better day; a better world.
In his speech on Election Night, President-Elect Barack Obama told a mammoth crowd in Grant Park, Chicago as well as millions of people world-wide that the hope of a better day has been a long time in the making. He assured his people that a government of the people, for the people, and by the people had not vanished from the Earth.
With all due respect to Republican Sen. John McCain, who ran the race to the White House as best as he could, it just so happens that he was beaten by the best man for the job.
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Justin Skaradosky/ Youth Journalism International


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