Meet Anil Kumar Chauhan the Arabic calligrapher from Hyderabad

Born in a humble family, Anil Kumar Chauhan has attained popularity not just in Hyderabad, where he resides but also in other places in India and even abroad because of his calligraphy in Arabic. Kumar’s grandfather and father both used to paint signboards, and that he has now followed in their footsteps. He started by painting signboards, and because he lived in the old city, the signboards were primarily in Urdu, which Anil Kumar could not understand, he relied on an older gentleman to write it down for him on…

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Saving lives more important than saving heritage: Asaduddin Owaisi

HYDERABAD: Reiterating the demand for construction of new building of the Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that saving lives is more important than saving heritage. “If you want to save heritage, save it, but if you want to save lives, and save money, we need a new building for Osmania Hospital,” he said after inaugurating the 23-bed Covid ward at the Indo-US Hospital at Malakpet here. During a visit to the Osmania Hospital last month, the MP demanded that the state government build a new…

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Afghan president urges Taliban to ‘learn lessons from Syria, Iraq, Yemen’

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s president on Saturday urged the Taliban to learn lessons from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen and shun violence to join the peace process. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was addressing a public gathering in the eastern Khost province after inaugurating the country’s fifth international airport, built at an estimated cost of $20 million. “Instead of eventually sitting (for talks) tomorrow, why not sit and talk today? Lessons must be learnt from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Algeria, and Lebanon,” he said. “If you (Taliban) choose to fight, then all the responsibility would…

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Number of people living in hunger up 6-fold: Report

ISTANBUL: The number of people living in “famine-like conditions” has increased six-fold since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Oxfam on Friday. “As many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This is more than the current global death rate of COVID-19, which is around seven people per minute,” the nonprofit group said in a press release. According to the report, titled the hunger virus multiples, conflict remains “the primary cause of hunger since the pandemic, pushing over half a…

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