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Chinese diver wins Olympic Silver, then gets proposed on podium

Chinese diver wins Olympic Silver, then gets proposed on podium

Aug 15 - There are dramatic marriage proposals - and then there's proposing during the biggest sporting competition in the world. China's He Zi was caught off guard by her boyfriend's dramatic proposal Sunday.AFP-Getty Images Chinese diver He Zi had just received a silver medal for the women's three-metre springboard at the Rio Olympics on Sunday....

Why India cannot be a Hindu Pakistan

Why India cannot be a Hindu Pakistan

Ramachandra Guha/The Hindustan Times In the Europe of the 18th and 19th centuries, people of a particular territory were brought together (sometimes forcibly) to constitute a nation. Most often, the basis for unity was a common language and a common enemy. Thus, to be French meant you spoke French and hated the English. To be English meant that you spoke...

Indian President’s daughter names and shames man for sending obscene messages on Facebook

Indian President’s daughter names and shames man for sending obscene messages on Facebook

New Delhi, August 14 (The Hindustan Times): Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of India’s President Pranab Mukherjee, on Saturday named and shamed a man identifying himself as Partha Mandal for sending her obscene messages on Facebook. “This pervert Partha Mandal is sending me dirty sexual messages. My first reaction was to ignore & block him. But then I thought the silence would...

India at 69 is plagued by jingoistic nationalism

India at 69 is plagued by jingoistic nationalism

By, Nissim Mannathukkaren/The Hindu “Indian nationalism today means excessive love for Kashmir, but a callous disregard for the everyday incarceration and lived life of the Kashmiri; excessive love for the nation, but disdain for the actual members of the nation, the religious minorities and the oppressed castes; and excessive love for the cow, but nary a thought for the millions...

He doesn’t just win hearts, he wins awards, and lots of them.

He doesn’t just win hearts, he wins awards, and lots of them.

Melbourne, August 13 (Dawn): The 2016 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne held between August 11 and 21, was a big night for Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, as his film Kapoor And Sons won best film and he bagged the Diversity Award. The Pakistani actor also presented the Best Actress award to Sonam Kapoor for her film Neerja later in the night. The festival set...

Pakistan’s “Freedom Train” has the Kashmiris’ struggle among the main themes

Pakistan’s “Freedom Train” has the Kashmiris’ struggle among the main themes

Islamabad, August 13 (NIA): This year, Pakistan is celebrating its independence from Britain (and India) in a novel way. It is running an “Azadi” (Freedom) train with compartments depicting the Indian Muslims’ struggle to secure a homeland for themselves; the multi-faceted culture of the country; the on-going struggle for “Azadi” in Indian-held Kashmir; and the country’s own fight against terrorism....

China hints at trade off between India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers’ Group and stand on South China Sea

China hints at trade off between India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers’ Group and stand on South China Sea

New Delhi/Beijing, August 13 (The Hindu): Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday. Wang is visiting India for holding talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on various issues of mutual interest. On Friday Wang met Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to review the logistics and security arrangements for Chinese President...

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