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No difference between Punjabi theatre mujra, item numbers: Hamza Ali Abbasi

LAHORE – Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has said that no one has the right to criticize on other person’s personal life. During an interview, Abbasi suggested that Punjabi theatre mujras and item numbers hold no difference and are the same in nature. The actor says that he is against item numbers in the film but do not oppose songs as they are the part of the culture. Hamza asserted that Pakistani artists have their unique place in the world.
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Have no interest in working in Bollywood: Mehwish Hayat

LAHORE  - Actress Mehwish Hayat has said that Indian filmmakers usually cast Pakistani actors in B and C grade roles. She says that Pakistani actors make their way to Bollywood in search of fame, however; the present treatment with the artists in the neighbouring country should open their eyes. Mehwish has said that she has no interest in working in Bollywood and will prefer to work in Pakistan as she is being offered numerous drama and film projects. She is of the view that item songs are not a bad thing and there is no harm in performing on them.
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I am not against exhibition of Indian movies in Pakistan, says Sadia Imam

LAHORE (– Actress Sadia Imam has said that she is not against the exhibition of Indian movies in Pakistani cinemas. The actress says that cinemas need movies for their survival however lack of Pakistani films makes place for Indian ones and cinema owners screen them for their business. “Whoever has invested millions hopes for revenue too. Annually 14-16 films are screened in cinemas which result into a crisis situation,” she said. Sadia told that she has no plans to work in films and wants to limit herself to TV dramas.
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Govt offers support to veteran TV actor Naila Jaffri

WEB DESK - The Federal Government has reportedly offered financial help to the veteran TV actor Naila Jaffri, who is battling the last stages of cancer in Liaquat National Hospital. It has been reported that the veteran actress will be given Rs1 million. Meanwhile, the artist community and some philanthropists are also helping Naila Jafri.
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Britain apologises after egg thrown at Saudi general

RIYADH (AFP) - Britain has apologised after an egg was thrown at a Saudi military official during a visit to London, Saudi state media said Sunday. An anti-war activist last week attempted a citizen s arrest of General Ahmed Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led Gulf coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, before another threw an egg that hit Assiri in the back. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the Saudi king and the country s defence minister, to apologise for "the attack on General Ahmed Assiri, counsellor to the prince, by protestors," the state-run SPA…
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Dubai residential tower fire put out

DUBAI (AFP) - Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city s largest shopping mall. The blaze erupted around 6:30 am (0230 GMT) at the complex, which is near the Dubai Mall and a hotel ravaged by fire on New Year s Eve in 2015, authorities said.
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At least 200 Indian cops land in hospital after meal

NEW DELHI (AFP) - At least 200 Indian paramilitary police were hospitalised with suspected food poisoning after eating meals at a training camp in the southern state of Kerala, police said Sunday. Training cadets and security forces belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) complained of diarrhoea and vomiting after eating rice and fish curry for dinner on Saturday at a training camp in Ernakulam district.
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Muslims protest with street prayer in Paris suburb

PARIS (AP) — Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs and prayed outdoors Friday in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall. The show of strength by throngs of worshippers in Clichy highlighted a long-standing issue for France’s Muslim community, estimated at 5 million people: a shortage of mosques. Such protests aren’t without risk of a backlash, especially in the politically heated atmosphere of France’s upcoming presidential election. Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has previously decried street prayers, part of her anti-immigrant, anti-Islam outlook.
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Spain vows to keep border with Gibraltar open after Brexit

MADRID (AFP) - Spain has no plans to close its border with Gibraltar after Britain leaves the European Union, its foreign minister said in an interview published Sunday. The tiny British territory on Spain s southern tip, which is home to some 32,000 people, depends on the small land border with Spain for much of its supplies and visitor flow. Some 10,000 people also make the crossing to work daily from the Spanish region that surrounds Gibraltar called Campo de Gibraltar, and they fear that Madrid may make things more difficult at the frontier. "There is no intention to close…
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