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Here’s What India and Pakistan’s Joint Nobel Prize Should Inspire

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Peace please.

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The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Pakistan’s 17-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai and India’s anti-child labor advocate Kailash Satyarthi. The joint prize given two people from two feuding neighbors has been taken as a huge hint from the international awarding committee for both nations to work together for peace.


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Breathtaking Photos of Climbers On Swiss Alps

Hundreds of mountaineers climbed the Alps for this astounding photo shoot.

Mammut, a Swiss mountaineering equipment company, had a brilliant idea for their 2015 ad campaign.

They commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first climb of the Matterhorn ridge in the Alps by Edward Whymper and his team.

For the occasion, Mammut hired Swiss photographer Robert Bosh for a photo shoot and climbed up with a team of mountain climbers, lighting bright red lights that illuminated the path that Whymper took.

Looking at the image, Mammut should be very pleased with the decision as well as the photographer:

Breathtaking Photos

He took other photographs as well, showing climbers using Mammut’s equipment on the trail.

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

Some of these look too stunning to be real, but they absolutely are.

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

The photos, taken in extreme conditions and at incredible heights, show mountaineers hanging from suspension ropes in precise positions and forming unbelievably beautiful patterns.

It really is a brilliant idea to demonstrate the durability of Mammut’s equipment.

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

Breathtaking Photos

The Matterhorn, at 14,692 feet, is one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

Edward Whymper and his team first ascended it on July 14, 1865. 2015 will mark 150 years since the climb.

Tragically, four of Whymper’s team members were killed on the descent when one of them slipped and pulled the other three down with him.

Whymper and his guides survived but were accused of having cut the rope to save themselves by not getting dragged down with the others. However, there was an inquiry that found no proof and they were acquitted.

Germany’s Free Higher Education Highlights America’s Shame

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America needs to take a leaf out of the German education system and make tuition affordable, if not free, for its students.

The new academic session in Germany saw a remarkable progress — freeeducation across the board.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” says Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

Brilliant, isn’t it?

Countries like Norway, Sweden, Argentina, France, Greece and Finland are among several nations that offer free higher education to their students.

On the other hand, in the United States of America — the land of promise — students are crippled by the weight of staggering tuition fees.

According to the Institute for College Access and Success Project on Student Debt, the average American student borrower will complete university education with $26,600 in debt whereas one in 10 graduates owe more than $40,000.

What’s more, economists predict the cost of attending state colleges will soar to $120,000 by 2015.

With the decline in job opportunities, the task becomes harder and raises the question about whether college is even worth it.

When a nation’s youth have to debate whether to get an education, simply because of the price tag, it is time to act.

 


Shahzaib Elahi's insight:

Germany’s free higher education highlights America’s shame


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Popular gaming titles in a Nutshell

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Most famous and your favorite games represented within one image.

here have been various series of games that have been a decade old now but to whom we are really attached whether be it game-play or just plain nostalgia, they all have something of their own that sets them apart from the others.

Assassin’s Creed

An action-adventure-stealth video game mainly developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Assassins Creed was released in 2007. The Assassin Creed series contains eight main games with a couple of supporting materials. The game revolves around a bartender named Desmond Miles who is captured by the Abstergo Industries and is forced to use the ‘Animus’, a device that allows him to experience ancestral memories and learn about the way of the assassins and also gain information about the historical artifacts or Pieces of Eden to ensure the survival of the planet. The game mainly depicts the long know war between the Templars and the Assassins and how they sabotage each other goals to gain the upper hand. The sequels have progressed further from the main theme as more and more sequels got released. The games have appeared on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, iOS, HP webOS, Android, Nokia Symbian Windows Phone platforms, and the Wii U.


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Hong Kong Protest Images And Video Flood Instagram

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From the look of it, protesters in Hong Kong are not planning to give up any time soon.

Protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong demanding their promised democratic rights, including the right to choose Hong Kong’s political leaders without interference from Beijing.

It all started with China’s unwanted interference in the elections scheduled for 2017 – when Hong Kong’s voters were supposed to gain the right to elect their own chief executive. However, the Chinese government announced last month that all candidates would need to be pre-approved by a committee friendly to the Chinese Communist Party.

The people of Hong Kong, unwilling to give up their political rights, came together under the name of “Occupy Central” to plan protests and try to reverse Beijing’s decision and were met with police yielding batons and tear gas.

The protestors seem to be adamant though, and are holding strong. Not only that, they are sharing photos and videos from the chaos.

Here are some photos and videos are popping up all over social media.

Hong Kong became a British colony after the First Opium War (1839–42). On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to the People’s Republic of China and became its Special Administrative Region under the principle of “one country, two systems.”


Shahzaib Elahi's insight:

Hong Kong has an independent judiciary and generally enjoys high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign relations and military defense.

In 2007, Beijing said it will allow the people of Hong Kong to directly elect their own leader in 2017 and their legislators by 2020. It is the deviation of the Chinese government from that promise that has given rise to the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement.


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