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Thiruvananthapuram: It was on Aug 2, 23 years ago, that Iraq invaded oil-rich Kuwait. For many in Kerala, the events that unfolded over the 204-day war remain fresh - as if they were the experiences of yesterday.

Many people working in Kuwait in 1990 chose to return at the start of the aggression. However, there were some who continued to live there. For Annie Joseph (name changed), life took a cruel turn when she was told that her husband, while coming out of an ATM in Kuwait, was shot dead by invading Iraqi troops.

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How many of us believe in ghosts? Do they actually exist? Can they be felt? Believers will reply in affirmative and non-believers will perish the thought. But everybody would like to take a trip to the den of the ghosts and such was the trip to Bhangarh, considered India's "most haunted" place.

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On July 11, the normally sedate airport in Havana, the Cuban capital, was invaded by dozens of foreign journalists. Word had spread that Edward Snowden was aboard Aeroflot flight 150 from Moscow, which landed at 18.38 hours local time. A Chilean journalist with a sense of humour even carried a placard with Snowden's name. The reaction of the journalists, some of whom had flown down to Havana for this purpose, revealed the incandescent nature of this case that made international headlines.

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Indira Gandhi making the Emergency declaration. Photo credit: Indian Express

 

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Chennai: "Varum, aanaa varaadhu" (Will come, but will not come) is a popular comedy line in a Tamil movie featuring comedian Vadivelu which has come into common usage.

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Hyderabad: It is a spring of good deeds, a month of fasting, devotion, compassion, generosity, forgiveness and repentance. And India's 140 million Muslims, who constitute the world's third-largest Muslim population, observe Ramadan with both devotion and fervour.

Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar that began Thursday is the holy month during which Muslims observe 'roza' (fast), one of the five tenets of Islam.

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Photo Courtesy: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS)'s facebook page

Stories of neglect, deprivation and discrimination, which often fail to get into mainstream media, are now being captured on video by a network of community journalists hailing from backward districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Crimes involving women have come into focus in Kerala with the surfacing of scams and fraudulent financial deals.

One of such case is that of a woman, who allegedly misused her connections with the Chief Minister's Office for large scale financial fraud with her partner.

But social psychologists disapprove of expressions like "female criminality", holding that the real issue is cultural deprivation which corrupts all sections, including women.

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New Delhi: Vidya Charan Shukla, who died Tuesday, will be remembered as former prime minister Indira Gandhi's hatchet man during her hated Emergency era (1975-77) who, as the information and broadcasting minister, imposed censorship on the media and put journalists, including top editors, behind bars.

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A 1000-word "very long" poem, penned by Irom Sharmila, who has been on fast for the past 12 years to protest against what she calls repressive laws allowing widespread human rights abuses, forms part of a new book on the activist from Manipur.

Titled "Birth" the poem concludes "Iron Irom Two Journeys - Where the Abnormal is Normal," a book written by author and documentary filmmaker Minnie Vaid and published by Rajpal and Sons.

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