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Volume 17, No. 3 - October 4, 2010

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Milap Dadlani, 18, who studies computer science at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, India. He is standing along the Marine Drive promenade.


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Flawed Commonwealth Games give glimpse of India

“I love my country, and it therefore comes to me as a huge disappointment to witness the Commonwealth Games fiasco,” said 17-year-old Roohani Deshpande, who lives in Jabalpur in the heart of India. “I feel so angry, let down and embarrassed.”

 A furious Deshpande thinks the lack of planning and vision on the part of the country’s politicians have turned India into a laughingstock.

“What responsibility are our leaders showing?” asked Deshpande. “An event which could have easily contributed to national pride has now turned into a disgrace. Their carelessness and indifference towards their role is tarnishing the image of the entire country!”  Read whole story

By Pushkak Shivam in MUMBAI, India On the cusp of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Indian youth viewed their nation’s prominence on the world stage with mixed feelings.

Afghans pick a parliament

By Edrees Kakar KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 18)

Afghanistan is holdings its parliamentary election today. This election comes a year after the 2009 presidential election which was tainted with fraud and irregularities.

This 2010 parliamentary election marks the second time the Afghan nation cast its ballots for members of parliament.

This election attracted candidates from all walks of life, including politicians, people in business, academics, warlords, film artists, singers and sports personalities.  Intellectually, the candidates differed from one another, with some not too ready to act as the voice of the people.

The female candidates, who will make up at least 25 percent of the parliament, are working overtime to win the votes of the people.

Numbering 2,500 from across the country, the candidates are battling to gain a place in the country’s 249-seat lower house, known as the Wolosi Jerga. The substantial number of candidate for MP in this election aren’t especially astonishing for the people, since last year’s presidential election had 43 candidates running for a single seat.

Kabul, the capital and the nation’s largest city with roughly 4.5 million inhabitants, offers the most candidates. More than 600 are hoping to claim one of the 33 seats allocated to the capital.

Since it has the largest number of candidates, Kabul is painted with an incredible number of posters on billboards, walls, commercial buildings. In addition, campaign leaflets are handed to drivers in traffic jams.

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A wall in Kabul, covered with election posters.

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Remembering Tyler Clementi

By Cresonia Hsieh in KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, U.S.A. The sanctuary, or “big church” as we called it, looked plain and old with its dark brown pews, walls painted off white and a deep red carpet.

Though northern New Jersey’s Grace Church had a rather boring appearance at first, rays of sunlight poured from large glass windows and the people who packed the pews and worshiped the Lord with music and sermons filled it with enthusiasm and life.

Among the nearly 200 people gathered on Sunday mornings, one teenage boy captured everyone’s ear.

Tyler Clementi, a red-haired boy with sea green eyes and round glasses framing his serious and composed face, stood up front, off to the side.

He was reserved and didn’t stand out as either incredibly tall or muscular.

It was Tyler’s music that turned heads to stop and stare.

As he played his violin during worship hymns or church offerings, Tyler’s sound was clear as a bell.

It cut through the silent church, mesmerizing everyone in the room.  Read whole story

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