GUNGDUM, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Tensions mounted on Sunday at refugee camps in Bangladesh holding hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims over an operation to send them back to Myanmar, from where they have fled following a military crackdown."Tensions mount in Rohingya camps ahead of planned relocation to Myanmar"
Witnesses said there were at least four gunmen who were wearing army uniforms. A fight with Afghan security forces lasted more than 12 hours before the government said all attackers were killed. (Image credit: Omar Sobhani/Reuters)"Taliban Claims Responsibility After Gunmen Attack Luxury Hotel In Kabul"
Patron and founder of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has sent an invitation to Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput associations to watch Padmaavat. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film. In a press conference, held on Saturday, Kalvi said the letter has been sent after the date of release of the film has been fixed which shows that this is well-planned gimmick. “This…"Sanjay Leela Bhansali invites the Rajput Karni Sena to watch Padmaavat but they call it a well-planned gimmick"
News Gul Khan quashes rumours of Ishqbaaaz going off-air Of late, there is a strong buzz that 4 Lions Films’ flagship show Ishqbaaaz on Star Plus is under the scanner. There were reports about the show going off-air in the past as well. The head honcho of the production house, Gul Khan has time and again refuted the speculations and reports. But the 44-year-old producer, who has made shows like Geet and Qubool Hai!, is…"Gul Khan quashes rumours of Ishqbaaaz going off-air"
Texas shatters record for winter electricity use… (First column, 8th story, link)"Texas shatters record for winter electricity use…"
Director Ravi Jadhav is happy to get an A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for Nude without any cuts, and says he couldn’t have hoped for a better treatment for his controversial Marathi film. Jadhav said, “The censor board had set-up a four-member panel earlier. They had recommended several cuts which I didn’t accept. The Regional Officer of the CBFC did a very sensible thing. He set my film aside and brought…"Nude director Ravi Jadhav thanks Vidya Balan and CBFC for clearing the movie with an ‘A’ certificate"
‘Raw’ water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap… (Second column, 15th story, link)"'Raw' water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap…"
This is the first entry in Watch This, a Quartzy recommendation series that will spotlight one unusual film or television show to check out. You’ll find all subsequent entries here. Series: Counterpart Network: Starz Premiere: Sunday, Jan. 21 For fans of: Fringe, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Trial Why settle for one J.K. Simmons, when you can have two? Counterpart, a new sci-fi series that debuts Sunday (Jan. 21) on Starz, proves that when it…"Watch this: “Counterpart,” a Kafkaesque sci-fi spy show about the roads not taken"
It is rare, if ever, that trans Africans get to write their own story. Author Akweake Emezi not only told the story of her transition, she forces readers to consider that there is yet another dimension to the contemporary understanding of gender—one that is couched in African spirituality. “My surgeries were a bridge across realities, a spirit customizing its vessel to reflect its nature,” she wrote for New York Magazine’s The Cut on January 19.…"A writer’s account of transitioning and transcending gender shows being trans is not un-African"