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The Foundation had donated C$40,000 last year to the families of the Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash with China's PLA.

An Indo-Canadian non-profit will sponsor the children of fallen Indian soldiers for study in Canada. The Toronto-based Canada-India Foundation (CIF) raised over C$100,000 for this purpose at its Charity Golf Tournament here last week. "This golf tournament is our new initiative to support the families of fallen Indian soldiers. We will support the children of these families to get higher education in Canada as well as India. We will pay all their expenses," said CIF chairman Satish Thakkar.

The Foundation had donated C$40,000 last year to the families of the Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash with China's PLA. Thakkar said the Foundation has undertaken this initiative to help the children of the fallen Indian soldiers. He said the Foundation's just opened India office will select these children wishing to pursue higher education in Canada. "Those children who come to Canada will be paid their expenses during the first year because international students are allowed to earn for themselves from their second year," he said.Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, who also participated in the tournament, said: "The CIF's initiative to help the families of the fallen soldiers is commendable."

The golf tournament will be held each year to raise money to sponsor the fallen soldiers' children to study in Canada. The Canada India Foundation has also adopted 75 kids orphaned during the Covid-19 pandemic in India. "These 75 orphaned kids have been adopted to mark the 75th anniversary of our Independence. We will take care of their food, education, accommodation and other needs till they reach the age of 17," said Thakkar.

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Soviet Union medals.

Masculine, strongman, alpha male that's the image Vladimir Putin wants to portray to the world. And according to the recent popularity polls, Putin's magic bullet hits nearly 80% of the Russians. Putin was described by his school friends as a fitness freak, militantly studious, but afraid of no one. He was an ideal student, girls fell head over heels for him.

Vera Brileva, now a married pensioner, dated the future Kremlin chief when he was 16. Vera liked or moreover loved Putin, she describes him as a fearless bloke, afraid of no one. She reminisces about an episode wherein she was waiting for a train with Putin late at night. While other girls would tremble with fear, she was with Putin at certain ease. She shared Putin's first kiss at his dacha in Tosno, just outside of St. Petersburg. While Putin and his friends were celebrating New Year's Eve, someone suggested playing spin the bottle. When Volodya, diminutive of Vladimir, spun the bottle it stopped at Vera, their kiss was brief and she remembers feeling suddenly hot. She was smitten by him.

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Victory Day celebrations in Stavropol, Russia.

Vladimir Putin is a well-known caninophile. His canines accompany him for official meetings at his residence, serving as a humanizing prop or an intimidating one. He has also been said to have compared President Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney to his black Labrador Koni. He sardonically commented on the comparison by saying, "Bigger, faster, stronger," intimidating Bush.

His love for dogs has given other world leaders a plausible excuse to gift him puppies in hope of establishing cordial relations with Russia. In 2017, he received a puppy as a belated birthday gift from Turkmenistan's President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Russia has invented a new chapter in world diplomacy namely Dog Diplomacy. But, there is one particular rare anecdote about Putin and his dogs.

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The Indian Prime Minister and his Russian counterpart shake hands.

Every French-speaking person remembers the video "Sarko bourré" ("Sarkozy drunk") at the G8 Summit in 2007.

"Je Vous prie de m'excuser pour mon retard du à la longueur de mon dialogue Avec monsieur Poutine" – "I ask you to forgive me for being late, this is because of the length of my dialogue with Mister Putin," Sarkozy said, pale, breathing hard and without a trace of a smile." Journalists mockingly wrote that the meeting with Vladimir Putin was washed down with too much vodka, but analysts knew very much that Putin is almost a teetotaler.

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