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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Serving humanity is considered to be equivalent to serving God. People who help others without any intention of gaining anything in return, restore everyone’s faith in humanity in these times of greed, and deceit. They are the precious gems of humanity, and just like the things that are precious, they are rare too.

One such person is 18-year-old Xie Xu from China. The boy has, for the last three years, been taking his differently-abled friend and classmate, Zhang Chi to school on his back. Zhang is neither Xie’s relative nor does Xie share any connection with his classmate other than that of friendship and humanity. Yet, the level of empathy shown by Xie demands respect and gives inspiration.

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Zhang Chi suffers from muscular dystrophy and is unable to walk. It is a hereditary condition, which leads to progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. Also, the disease is incurable. The patient is limited only to his bed or wheelchair as the weakened muscles are unable to bear the weight of the body.

To help his friend continue studying, Xie Xu decided to take Zhang Chi to school himself. His efforts have helped Zhang to attend school every day. According to Guo Chunxi, the deputy headmaster at Daxu High School, where the boys study, Zhang has not missed a single class because of his friend. He called their friendship ‘touching’ and ‘inspiring.’

The story of the two friends has gone viral on Chinese social media website, Sina Weibo, and Xie Xu is being called ‘the most beautiful student in China.’

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The lack of any formal assistance for differently-abled students in educational institutions in China makes it very difficult for them to attain formal education. Those, who do not have friends like Xie Xu with them, are forced to spend their life in a wheelchair, and are never able to realize their dreams.  A recent Human Rights report on China by US Department of State estimated that as many as 243,000 school-age children in China do not go to school due to disabilities.

However, the boys will soon part ways to enter different colleges. And, in the absence of laws protecting differently-abled people from discrimination, the future of Zhang Chi without his friend won’t be very easy.

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Dating Apps Face Restrictions in China After Their Growing Success

A mobile application, which allows wealthy older people to connect with young lovers, is facing restrictions in China after a surge in popularity in the country, state media reported on Friday.

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A mobile application, which allows wealthy older people to connect with young lovers, is facing restrictions in China after a surge in popularity in the country, state media reported on Friday.

SeekingArrangement, which was the most downloaded app on Apple Store China this week and also registered high numbers on Android, has been banned from WeChat — a popular Chinese messaging service similar to WhatsApp — Efe news reported citing the official newspaper China Daily.

The move came after the state-run Global Times — linked to the Communist Party of China — urged the government to shut down the app’s operations in the country for promoting “sugar dating”, a practice in which wealthy older suitors are matched with younger people in exchange for economic benefits or gifts.

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Lawyers cited by official media warned that the services offered by such websites could be classified as prostitution, which is illegal in China.

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The app was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Brandon Wade, who has defended it by saying “love is a concept invented by poor people”, and has its Chinese headquarters in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which has fewer legal restrictions than the rest of the country.

Male members pay a monthly fee of $60, while females use the app for free or pay $15 to access more functions and are required to list their annual income, which should be higher than $47,000 to use the services. (IANS)

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