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Nigeria’s film industry draws global entertainment brands

“Oya!” shouts the director in Nigerian Pidgin English. Actors take their marks. Lighting blinks on. The film crew snaps into action after the order to hurry up.
This screen grab taken from a live webcast by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on August 6, 2019 shows Vikram Lander before it is supposed to land on the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 space exploration mission consisting of a lunar orbiter, a lander named ‘Vikram’, and a lunar rover named ‘Pragyan’, all of which were developed in India, was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 22 July 2019 by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III. Handout / Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) / AFP

India loses contact with Moon lander

India’s space programme suffered a huge setback Saturday after losing contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon.
Bangladesh Barbers

Bangladesh town barbers face fines over ‘Bollywood, Hollywood-inspired’ haircuts

A barber’s association in a northern Bangladesh town has warned its members not to give “foreign” haircuts or beard styles on pain of fines, an official said on Thursday.

With cash, crime and drama, Nigeria politics inspire movie makers

With its alliances and betrayals, crimes and cash, and even a dash of witchcraft, the theatrical twists of Nigeria's politics are inspiring directors from the country's Nollywood movie industry.
Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan taking the oath as a Member of Parliament. AFP

Imran Khan: India’s allegations against Pakistan ‘without any evidence’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday India "leveled allegations against Pakistan without any evidence" after New Delhi accused Pakistani spy agency of involvement in last week's deadly attack on security forces in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Afghan-born Bollywood actor Kader Khan has died at the age of 81, after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Canada, his family said.

Bollywood actor Kader Khan passes on in Canada

Afghan-born Bollywood actor Kader Khan has died at the age of 81, after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Canada, his family said.
Hillary Clinton, center, with bride Isha Ambani, left, and mother of the bride Nita on Sunday.

Beyonce, Hillary Clinton attend wedding of India’s richest daughter

Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace.
Omoni Oboli

AY, Omoni Oboli to make Hollywood debut

Comedian AY Makun and actress, Omoni Oboli, will make their debut in a Hollywood animation film, “Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer”.

Imo undergraduate commits suicide after fight with boyfriend

An undergraduate of Imo State University, Jennifer Agomuo, has taken her own life after a fight with her boyfriend, who was simply identified as Johnson.
Alok Nath appeared in Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi. AFP-Getty Images

Police file rape case against Bollywood actor Alok Nath

Indian police said on Wednesday that they had registered a rape case against Bollywood actor Alok Nath, a rare development in India’s burgeoning #MeToo movement, with very few accusations under investigation by the authorities.
US Embassy Abuja Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young

US contributes $1 billion annually on developing human capital in Nigeria – envoy

The U.S. contributes one billion dollars annually to develop Nigeria’s human capital, Mr David Young, Deputy Head of U.S Embassy in Nigeria has said.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. George Pimentel-WireImage

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra engaged to Nick Jonas

Indian film superstar Priyanka Chopra is engaged to young American singer Nick Jonas after a whirlwind two months of dating, a report said Friday.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018 Employees of Myna Mahila Foundation prepare sanitary pads at their office in Mumbai.India has withdrawn a controversial tax on sanitary pads as a part of slew of changes to its national goods and services tax ahead of next year's general election. The July 21 announcement will reduce the prices of around 90 key consumer goods, in a move seen as targeting urban middle-class voters, and follows a vocal campaign against the 12 percent tax on sanitary pads./ AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

India withdraws controversial tax on sanitary pads

India has withdrawn a controversial tax on sanitary pads following a vocal campaign led by activists and Bollywood stars to boost female education and empowerment.

India asks Interpol to arrest fugitive billionaire

India has requested an international arrest warrant for fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, federal police said Monday hours after reports claimed he had sought asylum in Britain.

Bollywood star Chopra apologises over ‘Quantico’ Hindu terror plot

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologised Sunday after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists.

Outrage over masturbation scene in Bollywood film

Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker has hit back at a torrent of online abuse over a masturbation scene in a film dubbed India’s answer to “Sex and the City” that is proving a hit worldwide.

Nigeria, India bilateral trade hits $10 billion

Bilateral trade between Nigeria and India has been put around $10 billion, with the Indian High Commissioner, Nagabushana Reddy, stating that the figure which is still on the rise confirms Nigeria as India’s largest trading partner in Africa.

Bollywood greats Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor reunite after 27 years

Two of Bollywood’s greatest stars, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, will share a screen together for the first time in almost three decades when comedy “102 Not Out” is released Friday.

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Police recruitment: Court adjourns for PSC to respond to AGF’s application

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Evo Morales, who resigned as Bolivia’s president Sunday after losing the support of the army and police, has said there is now a warrant for his arrest.

Evo Morales’s topsy-turvy flight into exile

Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales jetted off to exile in Mexico Tuesday in a bizarre flight full of detours that traced the shifting political map of a Latin America racked by crises.
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Kogi guber: APC accuses SDP candidate of faking attack on her

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has accused the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, of faking the reported attack on her on Tuesday in Lokoja.