Meet Arab celebs who will rock a beard in their new Ramadan series

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Yasser Galal will appear in a news series in Ramadan for the second consecutive year. (Photo courtesy of Masrawy)
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Yehia Al-Fakharany (middle) while shooting his new Ramadan series (Photo courtesy of Masrawy)
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Mostafa Shabaan appears with a beard in his latest TV series. (Photo courtesy of Masrawy)
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Mohamad Ramadan plays role of an elderly man in his new Ramadan series. (Photo courtesy of Masrawy)
Updated 15 April 2018
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Meet Arab celebs who will rock a beard in their new Ramadan series

CAIRO: Several Arab male celebrities might have viewers swooning all over the place this Ramadan as they join the bearded-look trend, which has ruled 2018 so far!
Some of the most famous Arab stars appeared in recently-released promos of their upcoming TV series while wearing a beard.
The holy Muslim fasting month, set to begin mid-May, is a prime television season and most of the year’s top series are shown daily throughout the month. Competition for the highest viewership is always rife.
Here are some of the top Arab celebs who will appear bearded in their new shows:
Mohammad Ramadan
The young Egyptian star plays two characters in his new series,“Nesr Al-Saeed” aka “The Eagle of Upper Egypt,” one of which he pretends to be an elderly man, donning a beard.
Yehia Al-Fakharany
The iconic Egyptian actor makes a comeback this Ramadan with his series “Bel Hagm El’aeili” or “Family Size,” in a bearded look throughout the show.
Mostafa Shabaan
Shabaan is a regular during Ramadan, but this season he decided to also appear bearded in his new series “Ayoub” alongside Egyptian actress Merihan Hussien.
Yasser Galal
The star will join the Ramadan TV race for the second year in a row with his new series “Raheem” alongside Lebanese actress Noor.


Rickshaw pullers fade from India’s streets

Updated 27 April 2018
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Rickshaw pullers fade from India’s streets

KOLKATA: Mohammad Maqbool Ansari puffs and sweats as he pulls his rickshaw through Kolkata’s teeming streets, a veteran of a gruelling trade long outlawed in most parts of the world and slowly fading from India too.
Kolkata is one of the last places on earth where pulled rickshaws still feature in daily life, but Ansari is among a dying breed still eking a living from this back-breaking labor.
The 62-year-old has been pulling rickshaws for nearly four decades, hauling cargo and passengers by hand in drenching monsoon rains and stifling heat that envelops India’s heaving eastern metropolis.
Their numbers are declining as pulled rickshaws are relegated to history, usurped by tuk tuks, Kolkata’s signature yellow taxis and modern conveniences like Uber.
Ansari cannot imagine life for Kolkata’s thousands of rickshaw-wallahs if the job ceased to exist.
“If we don’t do it, how will we survive? We can’t read or write. We can’t do any other work. Once you start, that’s it. This is our life,” he tells AFP.
Sweating profusely on a searing hot day, his singlet soaked and face dripping, Ansari skilfully weaves his rickshaw through crowded markets and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Wearing simple shoes and a chequered sarong, the only real giveaway of his age is his long beard, snow white and frizzy, and a face weathered from a lifetime plying this disappearing trade.
Twenty minutes later, he stops, wiping his face on a rag. The passenger offers him a glass of water — a rare blessing — and hands a note over.
“When it’s hot, for a trip that costs 50 rupees ($0.75) I’ll ask for an extra 10 rupees. Some will give, some don’t,” he said.
“But I’m happy with being a rickshaw puller. I’m able to feed myself and my family.”