SUN SUNI KHABAR MARCH 28TH, 2016
‘RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BILL’ TO BE VETOED
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, under pressure from major corporations, is set to veto a bill that would have given organizations based on religion the option to deny services to the LGBT community. Supporters of the bill claim that it propagates religious freedom, while opponents believe it to be detrimental to the LGBT community. In a statement on Monday, the Georgian governor said that his state is a welcoming one, and that the bill is not necessary. A similar law passed in North Carolina was met with a lawsuit by two transgender men.
FIDEL CASTRO REJECTS OBAMA’S VISIT
Last week, President Obama paid a historic visit to Cuba, the first time in 90 years a sitting president had done so. However, not everyone was pleased with the visit. In a front page article for the Cuban newspaper Granma, former authoritarian leader of Cuba Fidel Castro rejected the hand of reconciliation extended by the United States. In the column, Castro refers to the U.S. as an “empire”, going on to say that Cuba does not need anything from them. While Cubans showed massive support for Obama when he said that it is time for both countries to move on towards friendship, most still respect Fidel Castro, reading his columns for insights.
PAKISTAN BOMBING AN ATTACK ON CHRISTIANS
News broke yesterday of a suicide bombing in Pakistan which killed approximately 60 and left 300 injured. Further investigation has revealed that 72 were killed and 341 were injured. Twenty four of those killed were children. Jamut ul-Ahrar, a shootoff of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. Officials believe that the attacks were targeted at the small population of Pakistani Christians, some of whom were in the Gulshan Iqbal Park on Sunday celebrating Easter. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the Pakistani people. Modi has been working to thaw relations between Pakistan and India.
THE 63RD NATIONAL FILM AWARDS ARE BACK
It's that time of the year again when the best in cinema across the country in various languages is honored. The 63rd National Film Awards are back and the winners have just been announced. From the main set of awards, S S Rajamouli's 'Baahubali' has won for Best Film, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Best Director ('Bajirao Mastani'), legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan for Best Actor ('Piku') and Kangana Ranaut for Best Actress ('Tanu Weds Manu Returns').