Libya’s coastguard rescued more than 300 migrants on Tuesday at sea west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said.“Coastguards rescued early morning today 140 illegal migrants west of Tripoli and another group of 164 migrants were rescued off Sabratha including seven women and six children,” a spokesman for Libya’s naval forces told Reuters.The migrants included people from sub-Saharan countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, he said.Hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have crossed the Libyan desert and taken to flimsy boats on the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching Europe in recent years.A plan was agreed on Monday by four European countries and three African states, including Libya, to support nations struggling to contain the flow of people.Leaders agreed on the principle of setting up a mechanism to identify legitimate migrants fleeing war and persecution, and to use the United Nations to register them in Niger and Chad so as to prevent them from being exploited by people-smugglers.Libya has been in turmoil since an uprising six years ago overthrew former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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So it was, with artist Sun I-Yu when she first visited India more than 10 years ago. In her on going exhibition Colours of India, she has put together a series of oil paintings and crystal sculptures reflecting her impressions of the country.For her colour and beauty in India is not mere theory, it is a practical expression of national identity, shaped by religious devotion and a long and proud cultural heritage. In artist Sun L-Yu’s words ‘Indians are magicians when it comes to matching colours – putting orange with purple evokes celebrations and festivals, deep blue with dark green portrays serenity, yellow and fuchsia is vivid and full of vitality. Men’s turbans, too, display a distinct sense of character, reflecting the personality of the wearer and speaking of firmness of purpose’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides the wealth, she saw the poverty in the country, but was particularly struck by the breathtaking colours that she witnessed all around. On that very first trip, she was captivated by the dazzling spectrum of hues of even the simplest garments. Then, after seeing them again and again over several years, she gained a firm sense of the vibrant spirit that runs through daily life in this country. Over the course of her visits to India, she has endeavoured to capture in her painting the pure, vibrant visual sensation of the country.When: 12th December, 11 am onwardsWhere: Lokayata Artists Gallery Hauz Khas Village
Kolkata: A person from West Midnapore district allegedly hacked his mother to death following an altercation on Wednesday, police said. “Gorachand Murmu, a resident of West Midnapore district’s Goaltore allegedly killed his mother Hiramoni Murmu (55) by repeatedly striking her with an axe on Wednesday morning. He has been arrested,” an officer from Goaltore police station said. According to the neighbours, Murmu attacked his mother following a heated exchange of words and later locked himself up inside a room along with the dead body. “The neighbours heard some loud noise and broke into the house to find the woman’s body in a pool of blood. They caught Murmu and informed the police,” the officer said. “The body has been sent for autopsy. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday,” he added.
A theatrical adaptation of the globally appreciated film and play Mamma Mia is being staged in the national Capital till Sunday at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. Featuring live singing and dance performance along with outstanding acting and a beautiful audio-visual running in the background, the first live show of the musical act Mamma Mia Again! is being highly appreciated by the audience as well as the performing arts community at large. The two-and-a-half hour long musical theatrical has been organised jointly by Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings to help raise funds for their transformational ‘Women on Wheels’ programme that empowers disadvantaged women to become professional drivers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSuccessfully reflecting the tagline ‘Where there is a wheel, there is a way’, the narrative of the theatrical acted as a gateway of community mobilization to achieve the larger goal of women empowerment. This musical adaptation of the globally appreciated 2008 film and play Mamma Mia is about a bride-to-be searching for her father, creating an amusing mess along the way. The proceeds from this delightful comedy will go towards the revolutionary ‘Women on Wheels’ program. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Mamma Mia Again! not only fulfils our creative quests but also contributes to an extraordinary cause. It is my privilege to be associated with such a noble cause. This production is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed film and Broadway musical. It is a story of four women who live life on their own terms and make their own choices which are sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but more importantly, they are the ones controlling their lives. While the foot-tapping music is certainly the soul of the production, the story, I believe is equally interesting,” says director Ritu R Chandra, who has crafted the new-age act with immense passion. Over a career in theatre spanning for 18 years, Chandra has scripted, produced and directed various plays, including The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and We will Rock You. Her latest production was the critically acclaimed Khushi Ek Ehsas for the Blind Relief Association featuring 50 visually impaired children on stage. Azad Foundation’s and Sakha’s ‘Women on Wheels’ is a social initiative that gives resource-poor women an opportunity to earn a livelihood through dignity. Azad Foundation provides transformational training providing driving as well as self-empowerment modules such as self-defence, first aid, legal and women’s rights, to name a few, to prepare and empower women. Once the women successfully complete the training, Sakha Consulting, Azad’s sister concern, provides employment to them in private chauffeur placements and Sakha Cabs for Women. “Our ‘Women on Wheels’ program has recently brought remarkable change to the lives of many women and given vulnerable women living in slums a chance to escape poverty. Not only has it provided them much needed support, but has empowered them financially and socially in every aspect of life. The cohort of women chauffeurs provides safe and alternative transport options to women in Delhi and other cities, contributing in their own little way to make India safer, equitable and more amenable to women. We are thankful to Ritu Chandra and her team of artists for coming out in support of our cause and helping us in raising funds to expand our endeavour,” says Meenu Vadera of Azad Foundation.‘Women on Wheels’ has so far trained as many as 700 women as employable drivers. These women are now investing their earnings in education, health and towards transforming their life conditions.