Young generation

India Election Digest: April 18

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What you need to know on Friday about India’s elections: Voter turnout rose in most districts in the fifth phase of the elections compared with 2009, the Indian National Congress appears to be missing its youth unit, and voters at the world’s highest polling station remain optimistic that someday a politician will visit them. The fifth and largest phase of ... Read More »

UN representative says UK has ‘sexist culture’

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The UK has a “boys’ club sexist culture”, the UN’s spokeswoman on violence against women has said. Rashida Manjoo is on a visit to the UK, studying its approach to the issue. She described the over-sexualisation of females as “pervasive” and raised fears that sexual bullying and harassment in schools was routine. The Home Office said the government was committed ... Read More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School

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Members of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group have allegedly kidnapped at least 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, according to reports. Parents of the girls told the BBC that attackers arrived at the school in Chibok and forced the teenagers at gunpoint on to four lorries. Boko Haram, which has been conducting an armed campaign ... Read More »

Young and old are in it together

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EVERY now and again we’re reminded of the thing we call a generation, and it’s often a confronting experience. We know a human generation to be the period of time that most people take to produce offspring, but this can vary depending on the situation. Generations tend to be longer in boom times with high numbers of women in jobs ... Read More »

Mardin elects 25-year old Christian woman as mayor

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MARDIN, Turkey — A 25-year-old student has burst onto the political scene in Turkey as the first Christian woman to govern a metropolitan city in this predominantly Muslim republic. Summary: Februniye Akyol, a 25-year-old Syriac Christian and a political novice, was elected co-mayor of Mardin, thus becoming the first Christian woman to lead one of Turkey’s 30 metropolitan municipalities. Put ... Read More »

Raising a Moral Child

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What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and become more motivated. Yet although some parents live vicariously through their children’s accomplishments, success is not the No. 1 priority for most ... Read More »