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Saudi Arabia opens first movie theatre after 35 years

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 18, 2018 opened its first public movie theatre, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons.  The movie theatres were shut down in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s during a wave of ultra-conservatism in the country, as many of the clerics then viewed western movies and even Arabic ones as sinful. The development marks a major milestone for reforms spearheaded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under his Vision 2030. 

Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered

A linguist Prof Mohanty from the University of Hyderabad has discovered two languages recently called Walmiki and Malhar, which were “lying hidden from linguists”. The languages are categorised `endangered’ as it is spoken by a very small number of people. The Malhar is spoken by just 75 including children from a particular community. These people live in a remote and isolated hamlet about 165 kms from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The Walmiki is spoken in the dist

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