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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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    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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