Indian film controversy resolved

Updated 04 February 2013
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Indian film controversy resolved

Fans of Indian movies in Gulf countries can now look forward to watching the controversial film Vishwaroopam as it is finally poised for release in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu with some cuts.
It happened after the actor Kamal Hassan and Muslim groups opposed to it reached a settlement during the state-government brokered talks.
The film is expected to be released in Tamil Nadu as early as Friday. “We will immediately arrange to announce the date of release after consultations, including with technical team,” the actor said.
Hassan agreed to delete seven scenes from his latest spy thriller, which several Muslim groups objected to for its portrayal of Islam.
The Tamil Nadu government had banned the film in the state following protests.
Islamic groups have promised to call off their protests against the film and withdraw legal cases that they have filed against the filmmaker.
Hassan is the producer, director and star of the film, which was released abroad and in some Indian states on Jan. 25. The film has received a tremendous response in states where it has been released and has earned favorable reviews from film critics.
The film has been made in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages.
It had been cleared by India’s Censor Board before the Muslim groups raised objections to some scenes prompting the Tamil Nadu government’s ban. That decision was followed by similar bans on the film in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.


World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

Updated 22 April 2018
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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

  • Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants
  • Chiyo Yoshida, another Japanese woman aged 116, is now the world’s oldest person, says Gerontology Research Group

TOKYO: The world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.
An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 p.m. She had been hospitalized since January.
Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.
She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
The US-based Gerontology Research Group says that another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world’s oldest person in its records. She is 116 years old.