UN arrives at agreement on improved ways of managing migrants but US stays out

UN arrives at agreement on improved ways of managing migrants but US stays out

The United Nations on Friday completed an agreement on improved ways to handle the global flow of migrants — a pact particularly notable because it was boycotted by a huge and influential member, the United States. The agreement — the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — was negotiated at a time that the conversations about migration and refugees have grown increasingly divisive in much of the Western world.

“Gul Makai” an Indian biopic on Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai coming soon

“Gul Makai” an Indian biopic on Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai coming soon

A movie is being made on the life of Pakistani child activist for female education Malala Yousafzai, who miraculously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012 and went on to become the youngest Nobel laureate. The movie, titled “Gul Makai” is being produced by a Bollywood producer and is expected to hit the big screens soon.

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too “Westernized”. He believed they would hinder the cultural growth of a young nation on the cusp of a bright future. Instead, he proposed, the country could lend its ears to highbrow classical music. But the ban lasted a mere five years, says Radhika Iyengar in Livemint.

Amnesty asks Sri Lankan President to desist from implementing death penalty

Amnesty asks Sri Lankan President to desist from implementing death penalty

Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Srisena, is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to execute 19 death row prisoners convicted of drug-related offences.

Thai cave rescue hero emerges to family tragedy

Thai cave rescue hero emerges to family tragedy

Sydney, July 11 (Channel News Asia) – An Australian doctor who looked after a young Thai football team during their harrowing cave ordeal emerged from the flooded underground complex to the sad news that his own father had died. Richard Harris, a world-renowned medic and diver whose presence in the dramatic rescue of the Wild Boars squad […]

Thai cave rescue operation ends with all 12 boys and coach safe

Thai cave rescue operation ends with all 12 boys and coach safe

All 12 boys and their football coach have been successfully rescued from a cave in northern Thailand after more than two weeks trapped underground. “The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy Seal unit said on its official Facebook page. It added: “Hooyah.” The final day of […]

Biopic on Madhubala planned with Kareena Kapoor in the lead

Biopic on Madhubala planned with Kareena Kapoor in the lead

In recent times, biopics have become the talk of B-town. The latest was Sanju, based on the life of controversial actor Sanjay Dutt. And before that, films such as M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom and Dangal, which were also based on the lives of real life heroes, managed to fare well at the box office. A biopic is now being made on one of Bollywood’s most iconic stars ever: Madhubala with probably Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead.

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

The Bali Jatra (also known as Voyage to Bali and Bōita Bandāṇa),a famous annual festival in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, celebrates ancient cross-cultural social and trade connections with South and South-East Asia. The festival is held in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghat on the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when the Sadhabas (ancient Oriya mariners) would set sail to the distant island of Bali in present-day Indonesia, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

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