MBC launches Bollywood channel

Updated 29 January 2014
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MBC launches Bollywood channel

The first live episode of the Arab world’s number one talent show, Arabs Got Talent, kicked off its third season on the same night as the official launch of the new MBC Bollywood Channel.
Karina Kapoor, one of India’s most loved and multi-talented actresses, performed during the opening, supported by her artistic group of dancers.
Karina performed dance and theatrical performances well-known to Indian culture.
MBC Bollywood is the 14th channel to be added to the MBC Group’s rich array of channels.
A total of 8 exceptional acts performed on stage in front of the Arabs Got Talent jury and millions of viewers hoping to qualify for the finals. However, only the first act, “The Sheyyab” group from Kuwait, acquired the most audience and viewers’ votes at the end of the evening and was automatically qualified to the finals.
Moreover, all four members of the jury unanimously agreed to choose “Mohamed Al-Diri” from Palestine to qualify to the finals, based on his exceptional wall carving act, which resulted in a beautiful piece of art dedicated to the memory of the late legendary Lebanese singer, Wadih Al-Safi.
The show witnessed two acts going through to the finals at the end of the show and the other six were sent home.


Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

Updated 18 July 2019
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Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

  • While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found
  • Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles

KUALA LUMPUR: A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conservationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered.
It was found Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles.
David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS — which oversees the nesting site — said the creature was “utterly fascinating.”
“The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper. Yet they are capable of coordinating their movements in order to walk and swim,” he said in a statement.
SJ SEAS chairman Mohamad Khairuddin Riman added: “We have released around 13,000 hatchlings from the hatchery and have never seen anything like this before.”
But the turtle died late Wednesday, Sen Nathan, a vet from Sabah Wildlife Department, told AFP.
He said the cause of death was not yet known but added the turtle would have had little chance of surviving long in the wild.
“It would have been poached by an eagle because it could not swim well,” he said.
While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found.
Nathan said one was discovered in 2014, on an island off Malaysia’s east coast, which survived for three months.
Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles, and are mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters.
Classified as endangered, they are threatened by habitat loss as well as by poachers who hunt them for their meat and eggs.