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The world's rarest postal stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, will go on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington starting in April, the Smithsonian Institution said. The stamp will be displayed in the museum's William H. Gross Gallery for three years, the longest and most publicly accessible showing it has ever had, the Smithsonian said in a statement.

In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists described the world's highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological sites about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) above sea level and about 12,000 years old packed with artifacts including a rock shelter, stone tools, animal bones, food remnants and primitive artwork.
Karachiites were delighted by a 2-day film festival "A French Filmmakers' Perspective" hosted by the Alliance française de Karachi with the support of Embassy of France in Pakistan on the 17th and 18th November. The festival brought into spotlights the neglected transgender issues and social aspects of life in South Asia. The festival welcomes a new generation of French directors' feature films, inspired by social aspects of South Asia. On the first day film Noor was screened. This film was based on the story of a real life transgender.
Hollywood makeup wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognisable for his latest star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The film, portrays the tragic relationship between du Pont and the wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, brothers who won Olympic gold medals. Carell, 52, best known for smash comedies like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and the hit TV series "The Office," talked about his creepy appearance and exploring his character's past.
After two decades, hit goofball comedy "Dumb and Dumber" is back as "Dumb and Dumber To," and the sequel owes a big thanks to an unlikely ally: cable television. The adventure comedy based around idiots Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and his best friend Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) may never have become an enduring hit without the boost from continuous play on cable networks TBS and TNT, said writer-director brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
A record opening-day debut for a Bollywood film that happens to be directed by a woman is shaking up the men's-only club of filmmakers in the list of India's highest grossing movies.Farah Khan's new film, a heist caper that doubles as a song-and-dance extravaganza, is a rare blockbuster by a woman filmmaker in the Indian movie industry, the world's largest by ticket sales. Two of Khan's three previous films in the last decade were hits too, but not as big as "Happy New Year".
Bidding in Bridge has acquired a new dimension wherein the finest systems tuned to near perfection come into play to describe the hands almost to the last card. But when it comes to high level bidding where both sides are in contention, it becomes clearly a matter of judgement with a fine comprehension of what is at stake and how to tilt the odds in one's favour. In the heat of the battle, it sometimes becomes pretty foggy to come to the best conclusion.


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ICT 2014

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