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Filmart: Sun Entertainment Culture invests in international content (exclusive)

Entitled Shiseishi: The Tattoo Master, Shya’s neo-noir series is being produced in collaboration with the team behind popular Japanese drama Midnight Diner.
Each episode will follow the tattoo master as he works with a different client.One of Asia’s leading photographers, who also co-directed Fox-backed 2010 hit Hot Summer Nights, Shya said he plans to bring sci-fi and supernatural elements to the story.“In each episode, the tattoo master is transported to other dimensions where he finds inspiration for his designs,” Shya told Screen.SUNEC is in talks with other investors and platforms on the series, which is scheduled to start shooting in Japan in November for release in the second half of next year.
Further seasons are planned to shoot in other parts of Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.SUNEC is also investing in A Perfect Family and Inversion as part of its new strategy to “provide high-quality entertainment contents for worldwide audiences”, in addition to its existing production slate of China-focused films.Scheduled to start shooting in the US state of Georgia in May, A Perfect Family is a US-Hong Kong collaboration produced by Belle Avery (The Meg), Shaun Redick (Get Out) and Randy Greenberg (The Meg). The film follows two FBI agents assigned to investigate the disappearance of a priest.Produced by Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee, Inversion was first announced in 2016, before Sun was involved, and now has Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Mr Popper’s Penguins) on board to direct. Production is scheduled to start this summer in the US, UK, India, China and Hong Kong.Scripted by Li Wei (Shadow), the film follows a young Chinese physicist and US conman as they race to save the world from an inversion of gravity. Chinese actress Yang Cai Yu (Youth) is set to star.Suncity CEO Alvin Chau and SUNEC CEO Alex Dong and managing director Paco Wong will unveil the three projects at a press conference at Filmart today (March 18).

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Asian markets swing on tempered trade hopes, weak data

HONG KONG: Asian markets fluctuated Thursday as optimism over China-US trade talks was tempered by Donald Trump’s top negotiator, while investors also digested weak factory data from Beijing and fresh geopolitical tensions in Kashmir.
The global rally that has characterised most of this year took a knock after US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers that real progress had been made with China, but a lot of work was still needed before a pact is signed.
While his comments did not derail expectations of an agreement at some point with both sides reporting good progress and Trump delaying a deadline for a deal it did give traders pause for thought, observers said.Lighthizer said a trade deal hasnt been agreed yet, bringing some reality back to euphoric markets post-Trumps tariff extension, despite the fact Lighthizer also announced both sides had agreed on an enforcement process, said OANDA senior market analyst Jeffrey Halley.
After a negative lead from Wall Street, Asian markets swung Thursday and Tokyo went into the break 0.4 percent lower.Hong Kong was up 0.4 percent mid-morning, Shanghai gained 0.3 percent, Sydney put on 0.2 percent and Wellington was up 0.4 percent.But Singapore slipped 0.5 percent and Seoul shed 0.2 percent, while Jakarta retreated 0.5 percent and Manila lost 0.7 percent.
Also fuelling selling pressure was figures showing Chinese manufacturing activity contracted for a third straight month in February, with factories hit by the long Lunar New Year break, concerns about slowing growth and uncertainty from the trade row. Better sense-However, Zhou Hao, a senior emerging markets economist at Commerzbank AG, said the results were likely not as bad as they seemed and the outlook could be positive.
I think we still want to wait for the next months reading as this months is distorted by the holiday, he said.Also the economy could stabilise this month.
Rising input prices suggest that there is no need to worry about deflation, so the question now rests on whether the economy has enough impetus.Nervousness continues to stalk trading floors after Pakistan and India said they had shot down each others fighter jets on Wednesday, fuelling worries of a conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
The developments followed the February 14 suicide bombing by militants in the disputed Kashmir region that that killed 40 Indian troops.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called for better sense to prevail.With politicians on both nuclear-armed sides making soothing comments overnight, the trick will be finding a mutually face-saving path to de-escalate the situation. Of course, this will be much easier said than done, and the potential for hostilities to ratchet higher remains very high, Halley added.
On currency markets the pound held gains after touching a near eight-month high earlier Thursday after MPs gave Prime Minister Theresa May more time to work on her EU withdrawal deal after she promised they could delay Brexit if necessary.Sterling was also given a boost after the opposition Labour Party said it would back a second referendum, having lost a vote on its own Brexit plan Wednesday.

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Muslim world: Dr Atta terms decline in education, S&T ‘alarming’

Chairman, Task Force on Technology Driven Knowledge Economy Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman on Wednesday showed serious concerns over the alarming decline in the sectors of education, science and technology in Muslim world, and said that not a single.
He said that the task force, under the supervision of the prime minister, will determine the ways of progress in the light of education, science & technology and innovation so that a technology driven knowledge economy could be developed in the country.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Programme (STEP) International Conference on “Health Challenges of Communicable Diseases (CDs) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)”, jointly organised by Pakistan and Iran, held at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi on Wednesday.Pakistan’s prominent research institution, Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) of ICCBS – University of Karachi hosted the leading science conference in association with Iranian renowned Mustafa (PBUH) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF).
The opening ceremony was also addressed by University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, ICCBS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Prof Dr Rassoul Dinarvand, Director Nanotechnology Research Centre, Adviser to the Minister Home, Iran, Zainab Hameedzady, Adviser to Minister for Women Affairs, Iran, Chairperson Dr Panjwani Memorial Trust Nadira Panjwani and Dr Humaira Jahan.On the occasion, Ahmad Mohammadi Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Karachi, Karachi Turkish Consulate General, Consulate General of Thailand in Karachi, President Hamdard Foundation Sadia Rashid, Hamdard University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Shabib Ul Hasan, Dr Imtiaz Bashir and other national and international dignitaries were also present.
Prof Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairman HEC, and ex-federal minister for science and technology, said that challenges of the 21st century require Pakistan to change its economic directions. We must drastically change the strategy for socio-economic development as natural resources have lost their importance, he said.It is the ability of nations to manufacture and export high value added goods, which determines their state of development, he observed.He pointed out that it was for this reason and this reason alone, that tiny Singapore with a population 40 times less than that of Pakistan has exports of US $ 330 billion, 15 times higher than those of Pakistan that stagnate at about US $24 billion.
Singapore has no natural resources and yet the exports per citizen in Singapore are 600 times higher than Pakistan, he added. Talking about progress, made by Iran, he said that Muslim world, including Pakistan must follow the track of development created by Iran during the ongoing economic sanctions.Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan said that the time has come for Pakistanis and people of other Muslim counties to stop lip services as the time demands them to work hard in the field of education, science and technology. He demanded the authorities concerned to spend gigantic funds for the promotion of science and technology in Pakistan.
He also welcomed Iranian and other foreigners in the conference.Prof Rassoul Dinarvand said that Mustafa (PBUH) Science and Technology Foundation cultivated seeds to raise the status of scientists in Muslim world.
During the golden Muslim era our scholars laid the foundations of various sciences in the world, he mentioned.Zainab Hameedzady said that without achieving progress in education and science, the desirable economic development could not be achieved in Muslim countries.
She informed the participants that Iranian government initiated many programmes to empower women in Iran. Prof Iqbal Choudhary said that Pakistan was in grip of new diseases.He said that 7.7 cases of hepatitis got positive in the country, which spoke volumes over the meagre health situation prevailing in the country.
The country needs to focus on the causes of such diseases spreading in the country, he said.The international centre is the premier research establishment of the third world countries, he said, adding that Pakistan’s prominent research institution, Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research was one of its leading research institutions.Nadira Panjwani said that Dr Panjwani Centre strongly believed in international collaborations.The mission of this centre is to foster excellence and achieve international recognition in the targeted areas of graduate training and research, which are relevant to national needs, she maintained.

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