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Indian, Pakistani origin authors make cut for South Asian lit prize

LONDON Four authors of Indian origin and two of Pakistani, whose novels bring alive a spectrum of themes and emotions relevant in contemporary South Asian life were short-listed on Thursday for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. They are Jayant Kaikini for “No Presents Please” (Translated by Tejaswini …

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China, Pakistan decide to extend CPEC to Afghanistan

BEIJING China and Pakistan have decided to speed up and extend the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor towards Afghanistan during Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to Islamabad, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Wang, designated as China’s top diplomat as he is also the State Councillor — a higher rank in the Chinese political hierarchy — visited Pakistan from September 7 to 9 …

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Valley weekends resume with cultural show on banks of Dal Lake

SRINAGAR The Department of Tourism Kashmir resumed its Valley Weekend programme here at Zabarwan Park on Saturday with a mesmerizing performance by local singers. The Valley Weekend programme is aimed at entertaining tourists, engaging locals in music, cultural and sports activities besides providing a platform to the local artists and …

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Jammu to witness ‘terrace theatre’ by Kashmir group

JAMMU Vomedh Rangmanch, a prominent theatre group of Kashmiri artistes, is set to perform ‘terrace theatre’ here. Vomedh, led by young director Rohit Bhat, launched the fortnightly theatre series today. The first presentation on the inaugural day was “Daya Sanz Daygath” written by Ravinder Dhar and directed by Rohit. Terrace …

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Nazir Josh–Kashmir’s laugh doctor wants to bring mirth back to valley’s depressed lives

BUDGAM Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir’s very own “Charlie Chaplin”, used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, …

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