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I’m HIV-positive. Why am I not being allowed to study?: Kerala student

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It was in 2003 that Akshara R of Kannur district first appeared in the news, as she had been ostracized from school for being HIV-positive. When she and her HIV-infected brother were denied admission in a lower primary school in Kottiyoor in Kannur district, her mother K Rema fought for a year to secure formal education for her children.
Now after 13 years Akshara is facing the same situation with the authorities of WIRAS college in Kannur, where she studies, who asked her to shift out of the college hostel and made her move to a charitable organisation where the aged and mentally challenged persons reside.

“On January 26 two teachers visited my house and informed us that two of my friends have vacated hostel because of me. One was my roommate and the other student stayed next to my room. So they asked me to shift from hostel. I did not go to college for some days after that as I was depressed to hear about it. Later when I met those two students from college they behaved very well, so I did not ask them,” Akshara told The News Minute.Akshara

 

Akshara stayed in hostel for two more days, at which point she was asked to move to this charity organisation. “They said a person like me will not get admission in other hostels, so I was shifted to this institution,” she said.

She said that she was planning to quit the college because of this episode. She says that though many of her friends and college mates know about her medical situation nobody has yet discriminated against her.

Akshara, who is in the first year of her Psychology BA is more concerned about her exams next month.

“The journey from my home to college takes almost three to four hours, so I cannot continue as a day scholar. Next month I have got my second semester exams. So the only option left for me is to leave the college,” she said.

After the news first broke on Asianet News, the college management responded saying that they have not asked her to leave the college and that some of the hostel students’ parents have misunderstood the situation.

Following this district collector P Bala Kiran had ordered enquiry in to the issue. College Principal PA Juneed told The News Minute that they wanted Akshara to continue to study in the same college. He said the whole situation was a misunderstanding and that it will be resolved soon.

According to recent reports the school authorities have informed district collector that they are even ready to adopt and sponsor Akshara and her mother.

But Akshara insists that neither she nor her mother need an adoption or sponsorship.

“My mother doesn’t need to be adopted, and neither do I. We don’t need that, I just have to continue my studies,” she told TNM.

Editor’s note : Akshara’s name and photograph have been published as she insisted that her identity to be known. Thanks: The News Minute for obtaining written permission from her as Indian law does not allow the identities of HIV positive people to made public

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Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why

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A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.

Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.

Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.

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Meet this lucky man who gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes

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‘John’ is 60, divorced, and gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes. Well, “more often than not it’s just a handjob” he says.

He is one of several private investigators being hired in Australia as ‘brothel busters’, who pose as regular customers in order to unearth illegal s3x work.

“I’m pretty sure plenty of fellas would be a bit envious of how I’m earning a bit of pocket money from time to time,” he told news.com.au, replying when asked whether it was a good retirement gig: “Oh, most definitely.”

His job is necessary because authorities have little power to access premises without a court order, making it difficult to bust the brothels posing as massage parlours that are ubiquitous in New South Wales.

John can provide them with highly graphic detail about the services on offer however, filing reports that can run for up to three pages and include dates, times, people, places, who, what, when, where and how much.

“It’s a document that will be used in court, so it has to be pretty detailed and very accurate. It’s not something you can waddle off in a couple of minutes,” he said.

More often than not, he claims, the parlours are fronts.

“If you looked hard enough, you might be able to find a massage parlour that doesn’t offer s3xual services,” he said. “In my experience there have only been three premises where I have gone in and not been offered that service some time during the course of the treatment.”

John notes that while some offer intercourse which he obligingly accepts, “more often than not it’s just a handjob. They just want to get it over and done with and get the next one in.”

Lachlan Jarvis, managing director of private investigation firm Lyonswood, is in charge of hiring undercover s3x investigators.

“We prefer people who are single, and obviously they have to be willing to undertake s3xual activity,” he told news.com.au.

 “I’m not surprised that some people would say that spending ratepayers’ money on the services we provide is outrageous, but they don’t understand that we help stop s3x trafficking, for example.”
John counts himself lucky to have what is a fairly relaxed and flexible job.
“It’s not your typical nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday job,” he said. “There are no time constraints, and there’s never been a stage where I’ve felt threatened or worried about my safety.”
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Once She was a Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Now France’s Education Minister! Inspirational Story.

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Once A Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem Is Now France’s Education Minister!
Everybody dreams of making it big in life but very few determined souls really act upon it. The story of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a testament to this, who overcame all the obstacles life laid at her feet and carved her own destiny.
Once a shepherd girl of four – who fetched water from the well – Najat moved to France with her family and faced the real world full of opportunities as well as struggles. The Moroccan girl who had no proficiency in French learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.
“The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.”

Najat inherited hard work and resourcefulness from her father who laid strict rules for his daughters – no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18. As a result, the girls completely surrendered themselves to studies.
Najat’s sister, Fatiha, is a lawyer in Paris.
While studying at the University of Amiens, Najat got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also known as Sciences Po). This set her on the path winding the political landscape in France.

Najat worked two jobs to take the financial load off her parents while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It is during this time she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student, and the two married in 2005.


Najat’s political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She later ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the then Socialist president.
In 2014, she served as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was promoted to serve as the Minister of Education. While advising the youth who want to participate in the country’s politics, Najat said, “I have always advised the youths to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”

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