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Sixteenth edition of JLF to be held from Jan 19 to 23



New Delhi: The 16th Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will be held from January 19-23 at Clarks Hotel, Amer, Jaipur.

The Festival will offer a representation of prominent Indian languages ​​and multiple foreign languages ​​with sessions spread across 5 venues with over 250 speakers.

The first 25-speaker list released today includes 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Abdulrazak Gurnah; Sahitya Akademi Award, Hindi Poet, Translator and Writer for Aienasaaz, Anamika; author of the recent Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World, Anthony Sattin; DSC Prize shortlisted Sri Lankan author Ashok Ferrey; Ashwin Sanghi, one of India’s best-selling English-language fiction writers; Naga writer Avinuo Kire, whose latest novel is Where the Cobbled Path Leads; the first mestizo author to win the Booker Prize for her Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo; two-time Booker Prize shortlist Chigozie Obioma; the translator of the International Booker-winning novel Ret Samadhi/Tomb of Sand, Daisy Rockwell; famous Indian actress, director and writer Deepti Naval.

The list continues with Booker Prize-winning British novelist Howard Jacobson; the poet, novelist, short story writer, translator and well-known journalist based in Bombay, Jerry Pinto; National Book Award author and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Intimacies, Katie Kitamura; distinguished professor of mathematics and author of The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math, Manil Suri; award-winning bestselling author of The Written World and The Language of Thieves, Martin Puchner; Turkish-American author, scholar, and literary critic Merve Emre; Glory Booker Prize 2022 shortlisted author NoViolet Bulawayo; Indian writer, blogger and translator Rana Safvi; Ruth Ozeki, Booker-nominated author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priestess.

The Festival will also feature the author of the bestselling Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, which inspired Channel 4’s Empire State of Mind, Sathnam Sanghera; Booker’s shortlisted author of The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, Shehan Karunatilaka; the winner of the 2019 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar Award, Tanuj Solanki; author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice book The Immortal King Rao, Vauhini Vara; the American historian and academic Vincent Brown and the journalist Vir Sanghvi.

Namita Gokhale, Writer, Editor and Co-Director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “As we prepare to welcome book lovers to Jaipur in January, we are delighted to share some of the stellar names that will be joining us. “.

William Dalrymple, writer, historian and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “This year we are proud to present a galaxy of some of the best writers on the planet – a fabulous array of Nobel Laureates, Bookers, Pulitzers, Sahitya Academy. , winners, laureates and medalists of the Women’s Prize and Baillie Gifford awards”.

Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “The Jaipur Literature Festival will feature some of the brightest minds in the contemporary world, including Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, nominees and Booker Prize winners including Bernardine Evaristo, Howard Jacobson, Chigozie Obioma, NoViolet Bulawayo, and celebrated Indian authors Ashwin Sanghi, Deepti Naval, Jerry Pinto, and many more. This year will also focus on celebrating languages ​​with a program focused on Indian and world literature.”

The public will also be able to savor the Festival’s Morning and Evening Music sessions with performances by outstanding artists and virtuosos. Exclusive Festival products and books handcrafted and handcrafted by participating authors will be available both at the Festival Bazaar, the Festival Bookstore and online on the Jaipur Literature Festival official website.


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Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 21



toronto: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” last week, according to an Instagram post from her parents.

The Brampton influencer with 93,000 TikTok followers died last week at the age of 21.

He came from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the light of our lives, our kind, loving and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 in the early hours of the morning,” Megha’s parents wrote, sharing the tragic news on Instagram.

“Megha was a confident and independent young woman. We will miss her very much. She loved her fans and she would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we ask for her blessings on Megha. Her thoughts and her prayers will be with her on her journey forward.”

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

A funeral was held in his memory on Tuesday.

“Megha knew how much strength she had in the influencer space and how many women looked up to her, I told her all the time. We lost an angel too soon,” wrote an Instagram fan in response to the post.

“Your posts brought so much confidence and light when I was struggling. She was always an angel, and beautiful inside and out. I am sorry for the loss of her and may she rest in peace,” another Instagram user wrote.

Megha was also active on Instagram with close to 101,000 followers.

Her latest TikTok video, posted on November 18, was captioned: “YOU ARE in charge of your destiny. Remember it.”

In the video, Megha was wearing a gray and beige mini dress, white sandals and dark sunglasses, walking through the streets of New York.

She finished her graduation from Mayfield High School and started making TikTok videos in 2019.

His first video got around 3,000 likes and 60,000 views.


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Around 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began



kyiv: A senior government official in kyiv has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its ongoing war on February 24.

Speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: “We have official assessments from the General Staff, official assessments from the commander-in-chief (Zelensky), and they range from 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 dead.” reported the BBC

He said the number of civilians killed could also be “significant”

Podolyak further suggested that as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the invasion began, and that between 100,000 and 150,000 more had been wounded, missing, or unable to return to combat.

However, the Ukrainian military has not confirmed the count given by Podolyak.

The latest figures come after Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded to date.

But the last update from Moscow in September said that only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the war.

The US general had also pointed out that between 15 and 30 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its invasion.

The UN has registered 7.8 million people as refugees from Ukraine across Europe, including Russia.


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Jubin Nautiyal falls from building staircase; Elbow broken, ribs cracked



Mumbai: Singing sensation Jubin Nautiyal suffered injuries after he fell from the stairs of a building and is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning.

A statement read: “The singer broke his elbow, fractured ribs and injured his head after falling down a building staircase.”

“Jubin will undergo surgery on his right arm after his accident. He has been advised not to use his right arm.”

Singer Jubin has firmly established himself as one of the leaders of the Indian music industry with global hits like ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’, ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Tujhe Kitne Chahne Lage Hum’, ‘Tum Hi Aana’ and ‘Bewafa Tera Masoon Chehra’.


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