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Delhi International Arts Festival begins on Friday

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New Delhi:  The national capital is all set to host national and international artists for the ninth edition of Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) starting on Friday.

The fortnight long cultural carnival would be held at the Purana Quila to celebrate music, dance, theatre, films, art exhibitions and children’s events by troupes and artists from around the globe.

Organized by the Prasiddha Foundation, with the support from the Indian government, this entry to the festival would be free for the public.

The opening gala is expected be a visual treat with ‘Vande Mataram’ – a breathtaking multi-style dance production directed by dancer Prathibha Prahlad, the DIAF founder and festival director.

This would be followed by a cross-cultural fusion between the ‘The Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra’ and Kerala’s ‘Bamboo Symphony’.

Also at the festival are shows by musicians from Africa, the Middle East and Israel along with whirling dervish performers from Egypt.

(IANS)

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Dozens of nuns, activists and advocates have protested outside a court, demanding his prosecution.

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Franco Mulakkal, bishop of the Indian city of Jalandhar, center, whom a nun has accused of rape, leaves after appearing for questioning by police in Kochi, India, Sept. 19, 2018. The bishop has denied the accusation. VOA

Indian police on Friday arrested a Catholic bishop accused by a nun of repeatedly raping her over a period of two years.

The arrest of Franco Mulakkal came after police questioned him for three days in southern Indian city of Kochi.

The nun with the Missionaries of Jesus order filed a police complaint in June accusing the bishop of raping her from 2014 to 2016.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

Mulakkal is the bishop of the northern Indian city of Jalandhar. He denied the accusations, saying the nun was angry because he had ordered her disciplined.

Police Officer Hari Sankar told The Press Trust of India news agency that Mulakkal would appear in court.

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Dozens of nuns, activists and advocates have protested outside a court, demanding his prosecution. (VOA)

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