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Shauqat Ali

I met Shauqat Ali at Guwahati Medical College Hospital which is under the surveillance of Assam police and para-military forces.

"They could have lynched me to death before making me eat pork," lamented Shauqat the moment I took his hand in mine.  His swollen cheeks have marks of nails.  With a towel, he wiped the eyes which were still red bearing the marks of a treatment with chili powder still giving him burning sensation.  Shauqat's son took the towel and wiped the tears off his father's cheeks.

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Washington: Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than children who were never read to, a study has found.

This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, assistant professor at The Ohio State University in the U.S.

Even children who are read only one book a day will hear about 2,90,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver.

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World Hearing Day falls on 3 March

It all began in 2007 when the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment was held in Beijing which was well attended by audiologists, otolaryngologists, deaf educators and social activists.  The conference witnessed an important declaration - the declaration of the International Ear Care Day.

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The anxieties of the environmentalists and fishing labourers about the Vizhinjam project are proving real each day. With the progress in the construction activities of the port, the news from the area is not good. The situation is that, by the time the ‘prestige' project of the government is realized, a people and their land will be eroded by the sea. A report through the Vizhinjam International multipurpose deepwater seaport project range:

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New Delhi:  Indians are the most vacation deprived nation in the world followed by South Korea and Hong Kong, says Expedia Vacation Deprivation Survey.

The survey is spread across 19 countries with India specific findings analyzing how vacation deprived Indians are, how do they take their holidays, do they utilize all or prefer working, feel guilty of taking vacations and take into account the work pressure while deciding their vacation. 

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"Finding a cure is always less lucrative than finding a treatment." As science and technology grow at an exponential pace, it is pretty obvious that drugs and treatments will remain heavily incentivised.

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The book and author James Crabtree

New Delhi:  A new book, "The Billionaire Raj", paints a revealing portrait of the rise of India's new billionaire class and places it against the backdrop of the "radically unequal society" that is found in the country. It's author, James Crabtree, who spent five years in Mumbai as bureau chief for the Financial Times, says that this uneven growth will have "damaging implications" for the country's development.

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New Delhi:  As the Delhi Book Fair opened on Saturday, some of the young readers complained that book fairs appeared have become a dumping ground for unsold books.

Although the book fair has announced discounts and clearance sales besides making the entry free, there were complaints.

A bunch of college students explained why they were leaving the Pragati Maidan venue without buying any book.

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Chennai: Muthuvel Karunanidhi was one of the last links to the Dravidian movement that ushered in the rise of backward classes in politics and the end of Congress rule in Tamil Nadu five decades ago on the plank of social justice.

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Tokyo:  Best-selling Japanese author of Norwegian Wood, and Kafka on the Road, Haruki Murakami said on a radio show that writing novel was about rhythm like in music and running.

Murakami hosts a special radio show that features his favourite songs. During his show on August 5 night, the author played nine songs and went on talking about stories behind the songs, before comparing writing to music and running.

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