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New Delhi: Like the first Dalit president K R Narayanan, NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind has risen from a modest background but the two dalit leaders took different paths to reach the zenith of their public life.

The election of Kovind, 71, as India's 14th President is a virtual certainty with several non-NDA parties too lending their support to BJP's surprise candidature of the low profile dalit leader and a former lawyer.


For Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari, that's the leitmotif of not just his life but also his art.

Five years ago, when Syria was on the brink of civil war, Omari left his homeland to take refuge in an asylum in Brussels. Driven by the anguish of displacement, he turned to his art to make an incisive political statement, portraying some of the world's most powerful leaders as refugees.


Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo's CR7 brand is worth more than 100 million euros and is on a par with port in terms of its importance to Portugal, according to a marketing school.

"Along with port, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most well- known Portuguese product in the world," Daniel Sa, the director of the Portuguese Institute for Administration and Marketing (IPAM), told AFP.

Ronaldo's CR7 fashion label and other business ventures bring a huge amount of wealth into the country.


Thiruvananthapuram: They may be reeling under scorching summer heat in this rain-shadow region.

But, fighting all odds to empower themselves, a group of tribal women in Attappady, the most backward tribal hamlets in Kerala, is busy making umbrellas for city dwellers.

Quality umbrellas of multi-colour and designs, made by around 60 women from various settlements in the region notorious for infant deaths due to malnutrition, and other health issues, are on high demand in the local market.


Helsinki: One third of the food produced in the world is thrown away, said Janez Potocnik, co-chair of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel here on Monday.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the first World Forum of circular economy (WCEF2017) which convened in Helsinki and attracted some 1,700 experts from 90 countries, Xinhua reported. Potocnik also said that nearly 800 million people are hungry in the world, while over 2 billion people are obese, calling for public policy and political will to solve the problem.


One of my children asked me whether ham came from hamsters. "Of course," I said. "Just like jelly comes from jellyfish." I added that our family's favourite dessert, Nutella mousse, was a gland secretion from "a brown elk from Canada called the chocolate moose".

Kids expect dads to be the font of all knowledge, and it's easy to rise to the challenge if you have a good imagination and a plausible manner.


Raees (right) is in search of his lookalike. (Credit for photos: www.facebook.com/raees.hidaya) 

What will be your next step if you get to know that there is another person in this world who looks exactly like you? Will you take it as a mission to find him out, no matter?

But, what if you are not physically capable for the ‘mission’? Never mind, you have the entire world right in front of you – the internet, huh?


Kota: Tuhin Dey has always been a class topper. While his 10th board results are yet to be declared, he is confident of scoring a perfect 10 CGPA and hopes to pursue B Tech from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur one day.

What sets the 17-year-old apart, however, is that he forges ahead in chasing his dreams despite being confined to a wheelchair, unable to move, write with a pen or type on a computer.


Mumbai: He was a villain to begin with but ended up as a hero with a legion of fans swooning over his good looks. Yet, Vinod Khanna, who once abandoned fame for a set of saffron robes, perhaps never got his due.

For almost five decades, Vinod Khanna ruled the Hindi film world with his lush sideburns and dimpled chin, despite an active career in politics that began in 1997.


Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam might be history if the authorities aren’t paying any attention to it -- yes, many areas in the eight districts of the city are sinking by five to 10 mm a year.

A research report announced by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology has said that ground depression in Ho Chi Minh City is taking place at an alarming rate.