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Jeet Thayil’s ‘Narcopolis’ in Booker Prize shortlist

Indian author Jeet Thayil has been named in this year’s shortlist for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize. The 53-year-old poet from Kerala was nominated for his debut novel ‘Narcopolis’, a semi-autobiographical tale about the opium and heroin dens of Mumbai. Thayil was shortlisted alongside previous winner Hilary Mantel (‘Bring up …

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Channel 4 Islam documentary screening cancelled after threats

A screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam has been cancelled on security advice after its presenter was threatened. Historian Tom Holland’s Channel 4 show Islam: The Untold Story sparked more than 1,000 complaints when it was broadcast. Holland was threatened online with a torrent of abusive …

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No Indian release for Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children’

A new film of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children”, which is set in India after independence, may not be released in the country, its director has said, blaming “insecure politicians”. The adaptation, which has been showed at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, is due for worldwide release …

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Pakistan expels Save the Children workers

Staff members of British charity Save the Children have been ordered to leave Pakistan by the country’s government, the aid group said Thursday. The charity had come under increasing scrutiny by Pakistani authorities because of reports it had helped organize meetings between US intelligence services and a local doctor who …

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Baroness Warsi ousted in David Cameron’s reshuffle

Baroness Warsi has been removed from her position as Conservative Party co-chairman in the Prime Minister’s first government reshuffle. Lady Warsi had made a public plea to David Cameron last week asking her to be allowed to carry on her in her post but experts had widely expected her to …

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Aamir Khan makes cover of Time

Time magazine has featured Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on its cover following the success of his campaigning TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Khan’s hugely successful first foray into TV has highlighted a range of social evils, from female foeticide to caste discrimination in India and has earned him widespread acclaim.   …

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Kumbh Mela ‘broadcast rights’ condemned

Religious leaders in India have condemned proposals to sell broadcasting rights to the Kumbh Mela, the BBC reports. Officials say commercializing the Mela – one of the world’s biggest religious festivals – would be ‘offensive’.   The centuries-old gathering on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh takes place …

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Citizen Khan attracts storm of protest

Citizen Khan – the new BBC sitcom about a Muslim community leader in Birmingham – has attracted more than 200 complaints following the first episode broadcast on Monday. The makers of the BBC One show were accused last night of ‘taking the mickey out of Islam’, and ‘perpetuating stereotypes about …

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