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‘Bollywood Boulevard’ showcases century of Hindi cinema

Elizabeth Chalier & Sunthar Visuvalingam. CHICAGO: “Bollywood Boulevard (BB): A Journey Through Hindi Cinema” regaled a mixed audience at McAninch Arts Center (MAC) in Glen Ellyn, over the weekend of February 9 and 10.
ArticlesFeatured ContentsBreaking NewsAmerica land of opportunities where failure not stigma: Indian-American entrepreneurWASHINGTON: America is a land of opportunities where failure is considered not as a stigma but a path to success, a top Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist from the Silicon Valley.
Delhi vs Centre: SC delivers split verdict on control of services, refers it to larger benchNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre over control of services,.Delhi vs Centre: Non clarity in judgment unfortunate; Delhiites will continue to suffer, says AAPNEW DELHI: Delhis ruling Aam Aadmi Party Thursday said it was unfortunate that there was no clarity in the Supreme Courts split verdict on who controls services in the National.
Grade 10 students develop AI device to help fix postureGURUGRAM: A team of Class 10 students here has developed a portable, cost-effective and user-friendly device driven by artificial intelligence (AI) that may help correct the posture of those suffering.Non-BJP parties to move SC against use of EVM: AP CMAMARAVATI: Some of the non-BJP parties have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said here.
Bookings start for first commercial run of Vande Bharat Express on Feb 17NEW DELHI: Bookings have started for the first commercial run of the Vande Bharat Express, billed as Indias fastest train, on February 17 between Delhi and Varanasi, railways said Thursday.PM Modi on two-day visit to South Korea from Feb 21NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to South Korea next week during which he will hold talks with President Moon Jae-in on a host of.
WB to see hard bargaining between Left, Congress for LS pollsKOLKATA: The West Bengal units of the CPI(M) and the Congress may have got the go-ahead from their central leadership for entering into a seat-sharing pact for the Lok Sabha.Maha sugar mill takes lead in making ethanol from cane juiceKOLHAPUR/PUNE: A cooperative sugar mill in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has taken the lead in producing fuel grade ethanol directly from sugarcane juice in the state, a senior official said.
Rajnath Singh flags off inaugural flight from Lucknow to NajafLUCKNOW: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flagged off the inaugural flight from Uttar Pradeshs capital city to Najaf in Iraq. Speaking on the occasion, he said the government wants.

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US-backed Syrian forces battle to take last IS pocket

NEAR BAGHOUZ (AFP) – Syrian fighters backed by artillery fire from a US-led coalition battled a fierce jihadist counteroffensive Monday as they pushed to retake a last morsel of territory from the Islamic State group.
A war monitor said a coalition air strike killed 16 civilians including seven children trying to flee the holdout on Monday, but the US-led alliance was not immediately available for comment.More than four years after the extremists declared a caliphate across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that down to a tiny holdout.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday announced the final push to expel hundreds of diehard jihadists from that patch in eastern Syria on the Iraq border.The US-led coalition maintained a steady beat of bombings on the last IS pocket on Monday, as the SDF faced fierce resistance.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 12 SDF fighters and 19 jihadists were killed in the fighting Monday.
Heavy clashes are ongoing to pressure IS into surrendering, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said the SDF responded after IS launched a counterattack earlier in the day.

IS launched a counterattack on our forces and we are now responding with rockets, air strikes and direct clashes, Bali told AFP earlier.The sound of bombs echoed dozens of kilometres (miles) away and columns of dark grey smoke could be seen from SDF territory.
Bali said there were dozens of SDF hostages held by IS inside their last foothold, but denied reports of executions.Backed by coalition air strikes, the SDF alliance has been battling to oust the jihadists from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor since September.Since December, tens of thousands of people, most women and children related to IS fighters, have fled the shrinking jihadist holdout into SDF territory.US-backed forces have screened the new arrivals, weeding out potential jihadists for questioning.
On Monday, dozens of coalition and SDF fighters were stationed at a screening point for new arrivals from IS areas.Coalition forces stood over about 20 men who were crouching on the ground.

Two French women told AFP they paid smugglers to take them out of the battered IS-held holdout of Baghouz, but Iraqi jihadists had prevented other foreigners from leaving.They said only the Syrians and Iraqis can be smuggled out, said one of the women, who said her first name was Christelle, from the city of BordeauxThe Observatory said 600 people including around 20 suspected jihadists fled IS areas overnight.The SDF said it advanced inside the pocket on Sunday, seizing 40 positions from IS.
On Saturday, the alliance said up to 600 jihadists as well as hundreds of civilians could remain inside the IS patch of four square kilometres (one square mile).Spokesman Bali said IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man who pronounced the cross-border caliphate in 2014, was not among them, and likely not in Syria.

At the height of their rule, the jihadists imposed their brutal interpretation of Islamic law on a territory roughly the size of Britain.But military offensives in both countries, including by the SDF, have since retaken the vast bulk of their territory.The jihadists however retain a presence in Syria s vast Badia desert, and have claimed a series of deadly attacks in SDF-held areas.US President Donald Trump in December shocked Washington s allies by announcing a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria as IS had been beaten.
Trump s decision to withdraw US troops has left Syria s Kurds scrambling for safeguards.A US departure makes them more vulnerable to a long threatened attack by neighbouring Turkey, who considers Kurdish fighters to be terrorists, and dashes their dreams of autonomy.The Kurds have largely stayed out of Syria s nearly eight-year civil war, instead building their own semi-autonomous institutions in the northeast of the country.But the expected US pullout has seen them grappling to mend ties with the Damascus regime, which is against Kurdish self-rule.

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Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran s president on Monday insisted “enemy” plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran,means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives, a defiant President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran s Azadi (Freedom) Square, decrying a conspiracy involving Washington.Chador-clad women, militia members in camouflage fatigues and ordinary citizens marched through the capital in freezing rain to commemorate the day in February 1979 that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ended millennia of royal rule.The routes leading up to the square were packed with people as loudspeakers blared revolutionary anthems and slogans.Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the US last year reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran s nuclear programme.

Rouhani lambasted calls from the United States and Europe for a fresh agreement to curb Iran s missile programme.We have not, and will not, request permission from anyone for increasing our defensive power and for building all kinds of missiles, he told the crowd.Speaking from a flower-festooned stage overlooking the square, the president warned that Iran was now far stronger than when it faced off against Saddam Hussein s Iraq in a devastating 1980-1988 war.
Today the whole world should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considerably more powerful than the days of the war, Rouhani said.Seemingly reaching out to his political critics within the country, the president added: The more we allow different ideas, beliefs and (political) factions the stronger our system will be.A pre-prepared resolution was read out ahead of his speech that proclaimed unquestioning obedience to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and called US President Donald Trump an idiot.In a tweet written on the anniversary that he also sent out in Farsi, Trump said the revolution had been a complete failure. 40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure, he wrote.The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future, the American president added.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary if it attacks his country.

If this regime makes the awful mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed, he said. However, this would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate.The events Monday were the culmination of official celebrations called the 10 Day Dawn that marks the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini retuned from exile and ousted the shah s last government.The state has played up this year s anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.But despite the official festivities today s Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and US sanctions.State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marches in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashhad in the northeast.

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including Death to America, Death to Israel, we will trample on America, forty yeas of challenge, forty years of US defeats.A number of Israeli and American flags were set on fire by the crowds.An anchor on state television warned of hostile foreign media trying to downsize the participation of Iranians in the march but expressed confidence that they would be confounded by the unprecedented level of attendance.Those who took to the streets were bullish despite the economic problems in the country, made worse by Washington s punitive measures.
Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution.We are here to support the revolution, the 57-year-old pensioner, who refused to give his first name, told AFP at the event in Tehran.He compared the US sanctions and economic hardships to riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.On the revolution s 40th anniversary we are at the top for scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles, he said.Cleric Hossein Firouzi told AFP Iran s revolution had achieved everything it set out to in terms of military power, political identity and scientific achievements.Iran has changed from a backwards nation to a world power, said the 50-year-old.

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