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Story of an Indian teen works hard to pay $89 bail

He worked hard for his mommy.

A teenager in India has labored day and night in a garment factory to earn the $89 needed to bail his mom out of jail.

Image credit: CNN

Kanhaiya Kumari,19, was born behind bars in the Nari Niketan prison in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. His mom, Vijaya Kumari, was granted bail in 1994. But thanks in part to India’s notoriously slow-churning court system, she spent nearly 20 years languishing in jail.

Vijaya was was five months pregnant with her son when she was locked up. She was sentenced to life in prison in connection to a murder in India’s Aligarh district, according to CNN.

She denies the charges and says she was never told that she was granted bail. Her husband refused to put up the Rs 5,000 ($89) she needed to get out.

Read more via Indian teen works day and night to pay $89 bail that frees mom after 20 years in prison   – NY Daily News.

Timeless melodies

A versatile singer, he modulated his voice to suit the two stars perfectly; a listener could identify the star in the film through TMS’s songs even without watching the movie!

T.M. Soundararajan | Timeless melodies

T.M. Soundararajan or TMS, the well-known playback singer, who was the voice of two megastars of Tamil Nadu — MGR and Sivaji Ganesan — died in Chennai on Saturday. He was 90.

T.M. Soundararajan’s contribution to South Indian film music is priceless. The veteran singer is the recipient of this year’s Swaralaya Award.

T.M. Soundararajan, popularly known as TMS, is a living legend among film music lovers. The nonagenarian singer, in a career that has spanned decades and several generations of filmmakers, has sung songs of all genres and for audiences of all kinds. Classical, folk, western or popular, everything turns mellifluous at the touch of his magical voice. He has sung for just about all the actors who dominated the scene during the last five decades in South Indian cinema such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar, Rajkumar and A. Nageswara Rao, to name a few, thus lending voice to the dreams and yearnings, and also angst and anger of several generations of film viewers in the post-independence era.

via Timeless melodies | The Hindu.

Chinese home surrounded by highway demolished

Chinese home surrounded by highway demolished - Telegraph

For more than a year, 67-year-old duck farmer Luo Baogen, his wife and four relatives lived in the house, stranded in the middle of the road in Wenling, a county in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

In the glare of the world’s media, and as Mr Luo’s house became a symbol of protest against forced property demolitions, local officials finally took action.

via Chinese home surrounded by highway demolished – Telegraph.