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Lebanese diva Sabah dies aged BEIRUT: Famed Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, whose seven-decade career made her one of the Arab world's best-known entertainers, died on Wednesday at the age of 87, state media announced.Lebanon's National News Agency gave no immediate cause of death.Born Jeanette Gergi Feghal in the small Lebanese village of Bdadoun, Sabah produced more than 3,000 songs and appeared in more than 90 films.She brought out her first song in 1940, while her parallel screen career began three years later in Egypt, the centre of the Arabic film industry.She held Egyptian, Jordanian and US citizenship as well as Lebanese, and continued to perform and make television appearances into her 80s.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Veena Malik and her husband sentenced over blasphemy charge Pakistani star Veena Malik and her husband Asad Bashir Khan have been sentenced to 26 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court after they were accused of being part of a blasphemous television show. A morning show which was broadcast live in May featured Pakistani star Veena Malik dancing with her husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter. According to media reports, Judge ...

‘Dukhtar’ wins two awards at ‘South Asian Film Festival’ Pakistani movie ‘Dukhtar’ has won two awards at the ‘South Asian Film Festival’ (SAIFF) in New York. The road trip thriller movie ‘Dukhtar’ won the awards for 'Best Director' and 'Audience Award for Best Feature' at the 11th ‘South Asian Film Festival’.‘Duktar’ director, Producer and writer Aafia Nathaniel took to Twitter to share her excitement and tweeted, “Big night for Pakistan and ‘Dukhtar’ the film for winning ‘Best Director’ and ‘Audience Award for Best Feature’ ...

Shraddha Kapoor inspired by Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt Actress Shraddha Kapoor who has made her mark in Bollywood by her performances wants to look up to classic stars for inspiration. Shraddha Kapoor wants to read biographies of the likes of Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt who have had interesting journeys.The movie’ Aashiqui 2’ feels that she can learn a lot from them as they are very inspiring.As source revealed that she feels that she can learn a lot from them as they are ...

Kim Kardashian joins Apple to fight AIDS The American reality TV star Kim Kardashain is working with Apple Inc to show her support to ‘World Aids Day’. Apple has recently announced a campaign ‘Red’ in which they are working with 25 app developers to raise money for Bono’s Global Fund to fight AIDS.According to media reports, users can download 25 games including ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ with exclusive new contents, and Apple will donate the money raised from in-app purchases to the Global ...

Rachel McAdams to star in HBO’s ‘True Detective’ LOS ANGELES: Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly have joined the cast for the second season of HBO crime thriller ‘True Detective’.The three will join two previously announced stars, Irish actor Colin Farrell and U.S. actor Vince Vaughn, in the eight-part miniseries, which was a big hit for HBO earlier this year and received five Primetime Emmy awards. The second season is in production in California and revolves around three police officers, a career ...

Pakistani designer Maheen Khan’s design to feature in ‘Cindrella’ Pakistani fashion designer Maheen Khan’s innovative design has landed in Hollywood in an upcoming fairytale movie ‘Cindrella’. In a recently released trailer of Disney movie ‘Cinderella’, you may notice the intricately embroidered coats worn by the male leads. That’s Maheen Khan’s handiwork. Khan has been known for her intrusive details about traditional embellishments and embroidery which she does under the brand name of ‘Gulabo’. Collaboration between Khan and BAFTA-award winning costume designer Diane Holmes has ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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