SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

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The Indian film star Sridevi Kapoor, popularly known as simply Sridevi, has died at the age of 54 after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a nephew’s wedding in Dubai, UAE. 

The actor, known for her screen siren roles in the Mumbai-based film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, was once one of the Indian film industry’s most highly paid. Famed for her good looks and superb acting, her death yesterday was greeted with shock by India’s film fraternity and her worldwide army of fans.


According to the Indian Express, many current Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandes, Sidharth Malhotra and others have taken to social media to express their condolences. Initial reports and commentary suggest that she suffered a ‘massive heart attack’ while attending the marriage celebration of her relative Mohit Marwah, along with her husband Bonny Kapoor and one of her daughters, Khushi. Initially regarded as a hoax when first reported, Sridevi’s death was confirmed as fact by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor. Sridevi was said to have had no history of heart problems.

Sridevi was born in the Indian town of Sivakasi, in the Tamil Nadu state in the south of the country, in 1963. Named originally as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan to mixed-race Tamil and Telugu parents, she began her career as a child actor aged just four in regional movies in both the Tamil and Telugu languages, before getting her big break in mainstream Hindi cinema in 1975, in the hit iconic film Julie. She won several awards and wowed observers with her sensual dance numbers and duplicity of roles. Her fame became global, even gaining a cult following in Afghanistan after the fall of the film-hating Taliban administration. In later years, she had invigorated her career and also took up modelling.

The actor’s body will be repatriated back to her home in Mumbai in the forthcoming days. Concerned fans and friends of the Kapoor family have being heading to her home to comfort her other daughter Jahnvi, who did not attend the wedding due to work commitments.


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PHOTO MOMENT: Looking down on Dubai – Joe McNally

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A daredevil snaps a picture of their feet several hundred metres off the ground while perched on a ledge of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The death-defying snap was taken in 2013 (last year) by expert photographer Joe McNally, who is employed by geography and wildlife magazine National Geographic.

According to Belgian news site, McNally snapped this incredible view of central Dubai’s much smaller skyscrapers and expansive swimming pools from a height of 820 metres and had then tweeted the photo.

While speaking with the Huffington Post, Joe said that he had climbed the tower for a bit of fun and was not on official reporting business. Nevertheless this photo would have made the perfect submission to National Geographic’s image competitions, which attract some of the best wildlife and environment photographers from all over the world. The magazine has long been lauded for its stunning shots submitted by both staffers and contributors.

After somehow climbing the tower, McNally then gingerly stepped across to an outer support for LEDs installed to warn nearby aircraft of Burj Khalifa’s presence before happily snapping away. It is not known whether he used safety climbing equipment or had notified local authorities of his climb. Risky it may have been, but the effort paid off with a truly memorable and jawdropping image of one of the fastest-developing and most prestigious cities in the Middle East.


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DUBAI SUICIDE ATTEMPT: Man tries ending own life at shopping mall

A man was arrested in the United Arab Emirates after he attempted to kill himself by climbing over a barrier at one of the country’s many shopping malls. Police in the touristy emirate of Dubai arrested the man, whose name and details have not been published, after he instantly began clambering over a glass barrier on the first floor. The incident is believed to be a suicide attempt, although Dubai police said that the man was doing it for attention.

On their official Twitter account, Dubai Police tweeted that the man had tried to seek attention of nearby shoppers. He was then immediately arrested.

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The incident occurred at the Dubai Mall this past Friday, but was reported in the UAE English-language broadsheet Khaleej Times today after information was released by the Dubai police. 

Under Emirati law, suicide and attempts to kill oneself are considered a crime and arrested individuals are brought before a Court of Misdemeanours. Would-be suicides can be fined up to a maximum of UAE Dh. 5,000 (GBP £871) and potentially receive a six month prison sentence. The vast majority of victims however are usually only fined by judges. Even doctors who treat victims of suicides must inform the authorities regardless of patient confidentiality rules. Failure to do so could see them accused of aiding a suicide which is also a crime under the controversial Article 335 of the UAE Federal Penal Law. United Arab Emirates civic law largely draws its inspiration from Shar’iah religious commandments, which prohibits suicide as a form of murder.

There are few figures available on suicide rates in Dubai, but at least a few hundred have been reported per year among the emirate’s expatriate non-Arab population. Many of Dubai’s foreign-born residents are exploited by callous employers who withhold their wages and cram them into tiny roomshares in the city’s numerous construction sites. According to a study published by the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 6.3 expatriates per 100,000 of the population end their lives compared with 0.7 UAE citizens. Suicide rates for men are three times higher than for women, and most suicide victims are from India.

In April this year, a man attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge that forms part of Dubai’s main thoroughfare, Sheikh Zayed Road. The victim, described as an ‘Asian working with a governmental organisation’ survived. Dubai police attributed his survival to ‘divine intervention’.

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