Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Why are India’s superstars descending on Hong Kong this weekend?

April 14, 2017

(CNN)Hong Kong is used to hosting a variety of events, international and regional. But this weekend, the island city will witness something unique. Bollywood megastar Salman Khan will lead a galaxy of Indian stars to Hong Kong, to perform at the largest Indian concert to ever take place there. The Hong Kong concert, which will also feature performers like Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and South Indian dance legend Prabhudeva, is part of the “Da-Bangg” world tour that will also …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… “Roll Tide” and some less printable things. Palaces, castles, chateaus: 12 regal stays Geopolitical-athletic rivalry India vs. Pakistan More than a fifth of the world’s population (1.5 billion viewers) tuned in for the 2011 World Cup Semifinal cricket match between India and Pakistan. According to TV ratings firm, Initiative, a regular match (no such thing) between these two not-exactly-friendly neighbors attracts about 300 million viewers. India and Pakistan’s …

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Exploring Meghalaya, India’s abode of the clouds

March 24, 2017

(CNN)When it comes to aptly named destinations, the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya is up there with the best. Meaning “abode of the clouds,” it’s home to the top two wettest places on earth,according to Guinness World Records. But across this cool, green state travelers will also find India’s cleanest village, the country’s highest waterfall and a man who just might be the country’s biggest Bob Dylan fan. …

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India becomes second country to give rivers human status

March 23, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A decades-long fight against river pollution in India has been given a much needed boost. On Monday, a court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand declared the Yamuna and Ganges rivers “living entities.” The court justified its ruling on the grounds that the rivers were “losing their very existence” and the situation required “extraordinary measures to be taken to preserve and conserve the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna,” using an alternative name …

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Why Some Hindus Are Angry About Reza Aslan’s CNN Show ‘Believer’

March 9, 2017

… and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear, Juluri wrote. The U.S. India Political Action Committee, an advocacy organization for the Indian American community, released a statement claiming that CNN was presenting a fringe sect … as the face of Hinduism. The Hindu American Foundationreleased a statementon Sunday saying the organization was extremely concerned that while they are not Aslans intentions, erroneous …

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CNN 10 – March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

… UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I feel like as students, we can actually raise awareness about this issue. STUDENTS: Join us on March 14 to stand up to slavery. FIELD: Alexandra Field, CNN, Hong Kong. (END VIDEOTAPE) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia: Which of these includes more than 1.8 billion people? McDonald’s daily customers, population of China, Facebook’s monthly users, or population of India? The social networking website Facebook says it has 1.86 billion people …

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