Dadlani, 18, who studies computer science at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, India.
He is standing along the Marine Drive promenade.
Flawed Commonwealth Games give glimpse of India
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.
“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
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!”
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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
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.
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.
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