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    'Padmaavat' barred in Malaysia over 'sensitivities of Islam'

    Controversial Bollywood movie Padmaavat, which has released in India after a struggle, is now barred from opening in cinemas in Malaysia over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”.

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    Padmavat Collections Crosses 50 Cr, in 2 days

    Bollywood magnum opus movie ‘Padmavat’ finally released on January 25th after so many hurdles and controversies on the film. Karni Sena, Kshtriya Mahasabha and some other organisations protest.

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    Lebanon bans Spielberg's 'The Post'

    The pan-Arab body maintains a regional boycott of Israel, and blacklisted Spielberg after he donated $1m to Israel during its destructive 2006 war with Lebanon.

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    India, Pak, Lanka authors pen stories of love across cultures

    Top writers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have come together with a bunch of stories that celebrate love across cultures and love that defies barriers and threats.

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    Menime: The class 11 girl at the forefront of Kashmir's hip-hop scene

    Decades of conflict notwithstanding, Kashmir has had a rich history of music and singing. Traditionally, Kashmiris have embraced Sufi music and songs. But with the time, singers have evolved both.

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    Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play Hindu extremist Bal Thackeray in biopic

    Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut attended the glittering launch function on Thursday evening.

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    Saudi lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

    Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

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    Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies aged 79

    Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor had died in Mumbai on Monday.

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    Afghan girls denied entry to US win top tech prize in Europe

    An Afghan girls' robotics team, which was temporarily denied entry to the United States earlier this year, has won an award at a prestigious competition in Europe.

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    Researchers find name of Allah woven into ancient Viking burial fabrics

    The silk patterns were originally thought to be ordinary Viking Age decoration but a re-examination by archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University revealed they were a geometric Kufic script. 

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    Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra on forbes 100 most powerful women list

    The Quantico star has made it to Forbes' World's Most Powerful Women List 2017. Priyanka came #97 on the list, which featured Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.

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    38 women accuse veteran Hollywood director of sexual harassment

    Oscar-nominated writer and director James Toback, best known for the film Bugsy (1991), has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published by the Los Angeles Times.

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    Apple and A R Rahman are setting up two music labs in India

    Apple is partnering with ace composer A.R. Rahman to open two new music labs at his schools called KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) . One lab will be based in the flagship campus in Chennai.

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    British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature

    The awarding Swedish Academy said of Ishiguro: "[Kazuo Ishiguro] who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

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    Actor Tom Alter dies of skin cancer at 67

    Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has died aged 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer.

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    Film hated by Israel culture minister gets nominated for Oscars

    Israeli film "Foxtrot," which Culture Minister Miri Regev has castigated as an insult to the military, has won the country's best film award, making it a candidate for the Oscars.

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    1,800-year-old dot is first ‘zero’, say researchers

    A black dot on a third-century manuscript has been identified by Oxford University as the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for ‘zero’, 500 years earlier than previously thought.

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    Afghanistan's 7,000 lost films, hidden from the Taliban, go digital

    The Taliban, who banned popular entertainment including cinema and music during their brutal 1996-2001, raided Afghanistan's state-run film company and burned several movie reels -- but thousands

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    How a Hindu munshi’s Persian work came to influence English scholarship on Indian religions

    Reading about the recently opened exhibition,Collector Extraordinaire, Mackenzie Collection exhibition, at Lews Castle, Stornoway, in the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides - see our recent post Colin Mackenzie

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    Bollywood: 'Hera Pheri 3' on hold as director in coma since 10 months

    Bollywood filmmaker Neeraj Vora, known for writing the comedy classic Hera Pheri and directing its subsequent installments, has been in a coma for the past 10 months, according to Indian media reports.

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    Past masters: Saving Afghanistan's artisans from extinction

    Ceramics, carpentry, calligraphy and gem cutting: centuries of Afghan craftsmanship honed on the ancient Silk Road are being preserved in Kabul, a rare success story for an aid project in the war-torn country.

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    Raj all the rage as India marks 70 years of independence

    As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of Partition by the director.

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    Pakistanis and Indians sing each other's national anthems for Independence Day

    An initiative by Voice of Ram, a social media page which stands up for peace, unity and humanity, the VOR Peace Anthem features 13 artists from both sides of the border in hopes of displaying love and spreading.

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    Pakistan:Coke Studio10 kicks off on a good note,with 'Allahu Akbar' taking the lead

    Pakistan’s Coke Studio season 10 launched earlier this month with a rendition of the national anthem. While that may not have garnered the response it had hoped for, the first episode, launched on August 11.

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