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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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    Mughals slashed out of Indian history textbooks

    The board has revised history textbooks for classes VII and IX, removing almost all traces of the rule of the Mughals and the monuments they built, instead focusing on the Maratha empire founded by Shivaji.

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    Chronicling the Growing Voices of Kashmir’s Women

    For most of us growing up in the 90s, Kashmir has always been a solemn headline on the news. As time passed and I acquired more information, the perception of the ravaged state transformed into that of a paradise lost.

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    Arundhati Roy among Man Booker Prize contenders

    Auster’s intimate epic 4 3 2 1 and Whitehead’s fantasy-tinged historical saga The Underground Railroad are among four works by US authors on the list, alongside Emily Fridlund’s coming-of-age story .

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    Pak lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials

    A Pakistani court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the airing of Indian television serials in the country saying "the world has become a global village" and asking how long "unreasonable restrictions" can be imposed, reported.

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    Indian censors want 'cow', 'Hindu' beeped in film

    Indian censors have refused to certify a documentary film featuring Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen unless words like “cow” and “Hindu India” are beeped out, the director said on Wednesday.

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    How Indira Gandhi gained love, gave up Oxford, and found her calling

    By the time Indira joined Oxford, she had become romantically involved with Feroze. “I myself was once young and deeply in love,” she would say to Sonia Gandhi years later when meeting her for the first time.

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    Kashmir, Inside Out

    Is it a casing? Is it a box? Or a document perhaps, one wonders. Tightly bound by thread twice over, Witness/ Kashmir 1986-2016/ Nine Photographers, resembles anything but a book.

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    Film on Hindu-Muslim unity won top award at London Indian Film Festival

    A Billion Colour Story, which depicts harmony between Hindus and Muslims, is produced by Bollywood filmmaker Satish Kaushak and directed by Padmajumar Narasimhamurthy.

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    Tubelight box office collection day 6: Salman Khan film crashes, sees a 50% drop

    Salman Khan’s Eid release Tubelight’s box-office performance is going down with every passing day. It has been six days since the movie made its way to the theatres but sadly.

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    A qawwali institute named after Sufi singer Amjad Sabri is opening soon in Pak

    It was heartening to see almost the entire family of Amjad Sabri, the distinguished qawwal who was shot dead last year on June 22, to turn up at an event held in his memory on Thursday night at the Arts Council.

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    Story of Kashmir can only be told in fiction: Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy's 1997 debut novel, The God of Small Things, was a worldwide sensation, and deservedly so. Wildly inventive and fresh, the novel went on to win the Booker Prize and establish her as one.

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    Ishaan Khatter's Majid Majidi film Beyond The Clouds a trilingual with a twist

    International auteur Majid Majidi's film ‘Beyond The Clouds’ is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of the year. Starring Shahid Kapoor's brother Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan.

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    Dangal is the highest grossing non-US film in China

    Dangal, a film about a father who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers, has broken a box-office record in China, where its focus on feminism and tough love has resonated with audiences.

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    Reema Lagoo, Bollywood's favourite 'mother', passes away

    Veteran Indian actor Reema Lagoo, known for her performance in movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Kal Ho Na Ho, passed away early on Thursday morning after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest.

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    UN body aghast at Saudi move to demolish ancient town

    “The area is of importance not only to local people and the entire cultural landscape of Awamiya, but also has national significance for the history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia,” said the UN Special Rapporteur

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    Baahubali 2 becomes India’s highest-grossing film

    An epic battle movie from one of India’s lesser-known film industries has trumped Bollywood by becoming the country’s highest-grossing film to date, an industry analyst said on Monday.

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    Fajr Film Festival 2017 roundup: A Panorama of World Cinema

    Cosmopolitan Tehran was once again the center of attention from cinematic trends all across the world. 140 films from 58 countries and well over 350 foreign guests and hundreds of cinemagoers.

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    Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away at 70

    The actor was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones in his last days.

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    Meet the lawyer whose musical rendition of an old elegy to Imam Husain is leaving Indians teary-eyed

    It was not Moharram, the season to mourn Husain’s sacrifice. The gathering was not a Shia majlis and the listeners were not all Muslims either. But the story of 72 men, women and children.

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    Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls' education

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls education.

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