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.


California students given cookies baked with grandfather’s ashes: media

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California students given cookies baked with grandfather’s ashes: media

  • Police say some of the Da Vinci Charter Academy students were fully aware and ate the cookies anyway

LOS ANGELES: A teenage girl in California allegedly baked her grandfather’s ashes into cookies and handed them out to her school friends, local media reported on Wednesday.
The student is said to have given her baked goods to at least nine students, the Los Angeles Times said, citing police in Davis, near the state capital Sacramento.
Some ate the cookies without knowing about the macabre extra ingredient and were horrified, Lt. Paul Doroshov said, according to the Times.
In a bizarre twist, others among the Da Vinci Charter Academy students were fully aware and ate the cookies anyway, Doroshov told the newspaper, adding that he found the claims credible.
Student Andy Knox told local television station KCRA he was on his way into class when the unidentified young baker offered him one of her treats saying they contained a “special ingredient.”
“I thought that she put drugs in it or something. So I asked her if like, ‘Is this a weed cookie or something?’” he was quoted as saying.
“And she said ‘No.’ She said it was her grandpa’s ashes. And then she kind of laughed. And I was really, I was kind of horrified.”
Police are investigating the October 4 incident, according to multiple media reports, but have not made any arrests or taken action against the girl.
The Davis Joint Unified School District said in a statement its students were safe and there was “no health risk” to anyone involved.
“This recent case has been particularly challenging and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible,” it went on.
“Those who were involved are remorseful and this is now a personal family matter and we want to respect the privacy of the families involved.”