Recommended Sunday Reading—January 29

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Pankaj Mishra’s ‘Age of Anger’ does not hold out hope

The new book promises to kick up an unholy row. As FT points out, the message in the book is "far from reassuring for all those fretful millions who have over the course of this season of precarious goodwill dared to hope that 2017 will be 'better' than 2016... To read Age of Anger is to learn that the world is in fact destined to become still more riven and disorderly - and deservedly so." In The Telegraph.

Yes, We can!

Environment activist from Punjab Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal was conferred the Padma Shri this year for infusing life into Kali Bein, a 160-km rivulet where Guru Nanak is believed to have earned enlightenment about 517 years ago. It took the 55-year-old, who is also referred as Eco Baba, 16 years of voluntary service to rejuvenate the rivulet, which was reduced to a “filthy drain.” He also beautified the river banks and also built bathing ghats and brick roads. The rivulet rises from Hoshiarpur district of Punjab before flowing into the confluence of the Sutlej and Beas. In The Hindustan Times.

Protests build up at US airports

Watch photographs and videos of people protesting at US airports President Trump’s executive order to cancel visas of even ‘Green Card’ holders from specific Muslim-majority countries out of the US on vacation.

Illegal activities from call centres

It was not some business that ran out of a small room with doors and windows shut and with people coming in and out stealthily. There were nearly 700 of us, working day in and day out. These call centres had proper HR departments, trainers, and other facilities like any other office. Why would any young person ever think of it as a scam-school (a term he says he picked from his friends). For most of us, this was our first job. We thought, maybe this is how things work,” says the teenager who claims he took up the job when he was only a few months away from starting medical school. “Since college was to begin only in the middle of October, I thought I would work for a few months to sponsor myself,” says RD, who lives in Mira Road with his mother and elder brother. In The Indian Express.

What PLUs in Pakistan look forward to in 2017

A list compiled by Express Tribune of Pakistan about 100 things they are excited about and looking forward to in 2017. Provides a glimpse into what excites PLUs in Pakistan!

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