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BBC drama Bodyguard under fire for stereotyping Muslims as terrorists

Critics believe Bodyguard has reduced Muslims to a stereotype

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Over fifth of meat tested in UK showed unspecified animal DNA

More than a fifth of meat tested in Britain last year contained DNA from animals not listed on the label, according to the BBC. The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) found 145 items out of 665 that it sampled in 2017 consisted partly or wholly of unspecified meat, it reported. The products came from 487…

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Riz Ahmed announces nine-part TV series with BBC

British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed announced his first self-penned TV drama series, Englistan, in collaboration with the BBC. The nine-part series will tell the story of three generations of a British-Pakistani family over four tumultuous decades, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Englistan follows the immigrant family as they pursue their dreams over four tumultuous decades, navigating…

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Gunmen kill BBC Pashto journalist in Afghan Khost province, officials say

A journalist who worked for a local Afghan language service of the BBC and also contributed to Reuters was shot dead while driving home in the eastern city of Khost on Monday, officials said. Ahmad Shah, who worked for the BBC’s Pashto language service as well as for Reuters, was killed in the Gulzar area…

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Sports reporter falls into swimming pool during interview

GOLD COAST: A reporter fell into a swimming pool during an interview in the Commonwealth Games 2018. Mike Bushell of the BBC made a splash while interviewing the British swimming team. The Guardian reported that the journalist said that he was careful because of the sound system he was wearing. He failed to notice another…

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The one who accused me of being a pawn used me himself: Reham Khan

Taking a shot indirectly at PTI chief Imran Khan, his former wife Reham said in an interview that the ones who accused her of being used were the ones who ended up using her.  This was stated by Reham Khan during a BBC Urdu interview in which she revealed that people wanted her to take…

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BBC women denounce unequal pay as heat rises for broadcaster

LONDON: Women working for the BBC have complained they were paid less than men in equivalent jobs and have accused managers of misleading them about their pay to hide widespread gender discrimination at the public broadcaster, reported Reuters. The complaints by BBC Women, a group of 170 staff, were sent to parliament’s media committee, which…

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Reham Khan refuses to be shamed about her past

NEWS DESK: While women in the US are marching against their sexist President, their counterparts in Pakistan are still questioned and shamed over their life choices, particularly pertaining to their clothes. As absurd as it may sound, the most recent Pakistani obsession is with women’s “skirts”. However, Reham Khan has put her foot down and…

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BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits post in equal pay row

NEWS DESK: The BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues, reported BBC. In an open letter, Ms Gracie – who has been at the BBC for more than 30 years – accused the corporation of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture”. She is brilliant, relentless,…

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This BBC journalist asked Sadiq Khan a racist question

  NEWS DESK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is on a trade mission. He visited India and then crossed the border to Pakistan on foot. Unfortunately, he became the target of a racist question reeking of contempt and hatred posed by a BBC journalist. BBC reporter Karl Mercer asked the London mayor: “Does it feel…

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BBC investigating 25 harassment and bullying complaints

NEWS DESK: The BBC has seen a “spike” in complaints by staff of bullying and harassment, the deputy director general has disclosed, reported The Independent. Giving evidence to the Commons Digital, Media and Sport Committee, Anne Bulford said the corporation was currently dealing with 25 “live” cases covering a range of issues. In the wake…

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This female comedian silenced an all-male panel with perfect explanation of why sexual harassment isn’t funny

NEWS DESK: Comedian Jo Brand has been lauded for delivering a sharp rebuke to an all-male panel on Have I Got News For You, after they appeared to downplay claims of sexual harassment in Westminster, reported The Independent. Responding to a headline about an MP taking his personal trainer to the cinema, journalist Ian Hislop…

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Former BBC journalist arrested in India

NEWS DESK: A former BBC journalist has been arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reported BBC. Vinod Verma was picked up early on Friday from his house in Ghaziabad city. Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava told BBC that a case of extortion had been registered against Mr Verma in the central state of…

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BBC’s new Game of Thrones style show is so graphic that viewers are shaken

NEWS DESK: The BBC clearly wants a horse in the race to become the successor to Game of Thrones. The broadcaster’s new primetime drama, Gunpowder, has been sending shock waves through its viewership thanks to its graphic scenes of torture and execution, airing only minutes after the watershed on Saturday night, reported The Independent. The…

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The Making of Malala

By Shabana Mahfooz Nine years ago, a young school girl in Pakistan started writing a blog about her daily experiences. While those of an average school girl may not hold much interest to its readers, this particular experience was different. It helped give an insight in the then Taliban controlled region of Swat, who in…

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The Headlines We Make

Every morning I like to pursue world news while having my breakfast. I either read the newspaper or just scroll through headlines on my smartphone while sipping my hot mug of tea. But recently this activity has started making me feel depressed. Whether you read about Kashmir or Palestine, Yemen or Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan,…

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Why are there so many mass shootings in US?

By Imran Khushal This time it’s Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man, killed at least 58 people and injured some more than 500 when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on Oct. 1. Paddock, who according to media reports had no previous criminal record and later killed himself, happened to stage the…

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Karren Brady urges men to ‘force the BBC’ to pay women more

NEWS DESK: Karren Brady has said the BBC’s director-general can settle the gender pay gap at the corporation “quickly” once he makes the decision to do so, reported The Independent. Baroness Brady, 48, also said she was “100 per cent certain” she earns the same as her male counterpart on The Apprentice, businessman Claude Littner. She…

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Outrage after female students asked to wear nice revealing neckline

A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony, BBC reported. The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). “From an aesthetic point of view,” it read, ” it is better for young women…

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Pakistani doctor beats 64 cooks to win Masterchef title

LONDON: A Pakistani female doctor has made headlines around the world by beating 64 other amateur cooks to win BBC’s Masterchef title.  Whoever suspected that 29-year-old Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, a British-Pakistani from Watford, will go on to become BBC’s Masterchef of 2017. The task was not an easy one since Saliha had to beat 64 other…

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Nawaz Sharif—A Prime Minister absent moral authority

By Shahjahan Khurram In democracies around the world, moral authority is the driving force through which one occupies a public office and more importantly, stakes his claim to remain in one. Thursday’s Supreme Court verdict regarding the Panama Leaks controversy has stripped Mian Sahib from all, in my opinion and it is for the betterment…

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