Global Report - 26-November-2008

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*******www.instablogs****/ Dubai’s real estate market in doldrums A lot of Syrians have invested in the bo...
*******www.instablogs****/ Dubai’s real estate market in doldrums A lot of Syrians have invested in the boomed real states sector in Dubai. I met one of them who claimed that he has lost about 15 $ millions. At the beginning, I didn’t believe what he said. This is a fortune in Syria. After a quick trip to Dubai last week, I realized that what he said was the new fact in Dubai. Dubai has turned from the heaven of Real States to the hell of it. A lot of Syrians have invested there. One of the public rumors in Syria, Aleppo that one of a leading business men in the city has lost about 20 $ million in Dubai stock market, which has named recently Nasdaq-Dubai market. IFFI scraps M F Hussein film In a bid to preserve the image of the country of the country the Films Division of India has decided to defer the screening of M.F. Husain's 1967 film "Through the Eyes of a Painter", at the ongoing International Film Festival of India. Films Division of India comfortably chose to forget the democratic credentials settling for Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s chauvinistic agenda that only knows how best to spread communal hatred and violence. The objection is a fall out of ruckus generated over his paintings of nude Hindu deities that led to court cases, attacks on his house and death threats. Maqbool Fida Husain, 93, is one of India's best-known artists and has even been referred to as the country's Picasso. Those who have watched the film consider it as work of art and see nothing objectionable in it. We make our films to be seen and not to be dumped at slightest opposition of a jingoist right wing organization. Operation Baba, African answer to poaching Africa has seen the unprecedented destruction of its wild fauna and flora as a result of poaching, fuelled to a large degree by the profits that are gained by wildlife traffickers. The last 35 years have seen the loss of 97 per cent of rhinoceros species and, in many countries, over 90 per cent of elephant populations, through uncontrolled trafficking in rhino horn and ivory. Many other species are suffering the same fate. At risk too are Africa's rich and diverse tropical forests, threatened by uncontrolled commercial exploitation. Kenya has had a fair share of these incidences that have been described as a great threat to the wildlife as well as tourism industry. However, a joint operation involving Kenya, Congo-Brazaville, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia since June has seen conservancy officials recover 1,000 kilogrammes of ivory in powder form and carvings as well as hippo teeth. Lahore HC bans dance performances Punjab government’s ban on dance performances has a positive side to it. In that it shows government’s concern over fuelling vulgarity and sexual perversion but at the same time there is no explanation over why the red light district in Lahore and other red zones in other parts of the country are left open as public venues for prostitution. Some form of limitation is also to be specified for private dance performances because the ban on stage performances and theatre performances are likely to make the dance addicts use private functions as the new dance stages within the fore walls considered decent in the general opinion. Beyond that issue of media censorship also needs to be addressed and a team of qualified editors be hired for bringing film and video production in accord with the moral code of society. *******www.instablogs****/