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Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam? A National Post investigation

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American actress and singer Lindsay Lohan has sparked widespread speculation that she has converted to Islam . The thirty years old actress deleted all her photos on Instagram over the weekend except for the Arabic greeting “Alaikum salam” (upon you be peace). Her mother has denied the claim,
The former actress-turned-socialite fuelled rumours of finding a new faith last year, after being spotted carrying a Quran in New York.
“I’m a very spiritual person and I’m really open to learning,” the Catholic-born actress said to The Sun at the time. “America has portrayed holding a Quran in such a different way to what it actually is. … I’m not done reading it. Do you know how long that would take? It takes so long.”
Did you hear that Lindsay Lohan has converted to Islam? Wrong.
At least that’s what her mother and rep say about rumors that have been circling in recent days.
The hubbub seems to have been started by the gossip site Hollywood Life, which wrote that Lohan’s “team has said she’s currently ‘in a period of renewal,’ so has she decided to practice Islam?”
As evidence it cited that the actress had deleted everything on her Instagram, leaving only the message “Alaikum Salam” — said to be Arabic for “peace be unto you.”
But on Tuesday, Gossip Cop “corrected this fake news” and reported that Lohan’s mother and representative denied the rumor.
Lohan “has not converted (to Islam),” her rep said in a statement to Gossip Cop.
Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, also told Gossip Cop that her daughter is just taking a break from social media for a while.
The rumor isn’t as random as it might seem. In April Lohan’s rep confirmed that she was exploring the religion after she told Britain’s The Sun that she was reading the Q’uran.
In 2015 she was photographed carrying the book on her first day of community service at a New York children’s center. Rumors began circulating that Lohan, raised Catholic, had converted.
In September, the onetime wild child visited Syrian refugees at an Istanbul hospital and the home of a refugee family from Aleppo, bringing the family gifts, according to The Associated Press. She visited with little fanfare, without alerting Turkish media that she would even be in the country.
The fact that she’s not converting to Islam might be disappointing news for lots of folks who had congratulated Lohan on her new faith.

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American actress and singer Lindsay Lohan has sparked widespread speculation that she has converted to Islam . The thirty years old actress deleted all her photos on Instagram over the weekend except for the Arabic greeting “Alaikum salam” (upon you be peace). Her mother has denied the claim,
The former actress-turned-socialite fuelled rumours of finding a new faith last year, after being spotted carrying a Quran in New York.
“I’m a very spiritual person and I’m really open to learning,” the Catholic-born actress said to The Sun at the time. “America has portrayed holding a Quran in such a different way to what it actually is. … I’m not done reading it. Do you know how long that would take? It takes so long.”
Did you hear that Lindsay Lohan has converted to Islam? Wrong.
At least that’s what her mother and rep say about rumors that have been circling in recent days.
The hubbub seems to have been started by the gossip site Hollywood Life, which wrote that Lohan’s “team has said she’s currently ‘in a period of renewal,’ so has she decided to practice Islam?”
As evidence it cited that the actress had deleted everything on her Instagram, leaving only the message “Alaikum Salam” — said to be Arabic for “peace be unto you.”
But on Tuesday, Gossip Cop “corrected this fake news” and reported that Lohan’s mother and representative denied the rumor.
Lohan “has not converted (to Islam),” her rep said in a statement to Gossip Cop.
Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, also told Gossip Cop that her daughter is just taking a break from social media for a while.
The rumor isn’t as random as it might seem. In April Lohan’s rep confirmed that she was exploring the religion after she told Britain’s The Sun that she was reading the Q’uran.
In 2015 she was photographed carrying the book on her first day of community service at a New York children’s center. Rumors began circulating that Lohan, raised Catholic, had converted.
In September, the onetime wild child visited Syrian refugees at an Istanbul hospital and the home of a refugee family from Aleppo, bringing the family gifts, according to The Associated Press. She visited with little fanfare, without alerting Turkish media that she would even be in the country.
The fact that she’s not converting to Islam might be disappointing news for lots of folks who had congratulated Lohan on her new faith.

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Chinese Spring Festival held in Dhaka

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Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre, Chinese Embassy in Dhaka organized a two-day the ‘Chinese New Year and Spring Festival 2017’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 15. Members of the famous Henan Art Troupe entertained the Dhaka audience with Chinese dance, acrobatics, martial arts and instrumental music during the festival which was organised as part of a year-long cultural exchange programme between Bangladesh and China.
Bangladesh and China agreed to designate the year of 2017 as a ‘year of exchange and friendship’ between the two countries during the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in October, 2016. As a part the declaration, Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the programme on January 15, with cultural affairs secretary Akhtari Mamtaz, Chargé d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Yang Shichao, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre president Delwar Hossain in attendance. 
At the event, two Bangladeshi troupes welcomed the visiting Henan Art Troupe with a dance recital and chorus song. Rewaz Performers’ School commenced the show with a choreography while Dhaka Sangskritik Dal presented a Chinese folk song in chorus. The artistes of Henan Art Troupe then took the hall by storm with a synchronised demonstration of Shaolin Kung Fu. 
The next performance was a solo instrumental piece on the traditional Chinese violin. The artistes performed a folk tune. Then they performed a Tagore song. This was followed by a stunning acrobatic show. Female members of the troupe left the audience spellbound with their feats of physical balance, juggling, coordination and gymnastics.

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Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre, Chinese Embassy in Dhaka organized a two-day the ‘Chinese New Year and Spring Festival 2017’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 15. Members of the famous Henan Art Troupe entertained the Dhaka audience with Chinese dance, acrobatics, martial arts and instrumental music during the festival which was organised as part of a year-long cultural exchange programme between Bangladesh and China.
Bangladesh and China agreed to designate the year of 2017 as a ‘year of exchange and friendship’ between the two countries during the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in October, 2016. As a part the declaration, Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the programme on January 15, with cultural affairs secretary Akhtari Mamtaz, Chargé d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Yang Shichao, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre president Delwar Hossain in attendance. 
At the event, two Bangladeshi troupes welcomed the visiting Henan Art Troupe with a dance recital and chorus song. Rewaz Performers’ School commenced the show with a choreography while Dhaka Sangskritik Dal presented a Chinese folk song in chorus. The artistes of Henan Art Troupe then took the hall by storm with a synchronised demonstration of Shaolin Kung Fu. 
The next performance was a solo instrumental piece on the traditional Chinese violin. The artistes performed a folk tune. Then they performed a Tagore song. This was followed by a stunning acrobatic show. Female members of the troupe left the audience spellbound with their feats of physical balance, juggling, coordination and gymnastics.

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Suchitra Sen remembered in Pabna

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The third death anniversary of legendary Indian film actress Suchitra Sen was observed on Tuesday amid festivities in Pabna, the ancestral home town of the actress . Different social and cultural organisations observe d the occasion through holding memorial meetings, discussion session and and screening of films by Suchitra Sen. 
Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad organised a discussion and a film festival was held at the Pabna Press Club auditorium. Meanwhile, Suchitra Sen Smrity Shangrakhhan Parishad organised a discussion and cultural programme at the Pabna Town Girls’ High School, where the actress studied in her early life.
President of Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad, Zakir Hossain chaired the discussion, while among others, journalist Habibur Rahman Shopon, educationalist Akter Zaman, poet Golam Rabbani and Rezaul Karim Moni spoke on the occasion.
Suchitra Sen, one of the biggest cultural icons for Bangalees, died of a old age ailment at a Kolkata nursing home at the age of 82, having been loved by people for three decades for her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance. She was born on April 6, 1931 at her grandfather’s home at Bhangabari of Belkuchi upazila of the then greater Pabna, but her first home was her father Karunamoy Dasgupta’s house in Gopalpur, Pabna. 
Born as Roma Dasgupta, she adopted Suchitra Sen in film life. Sen had made a successful entry into Bengali films in 1952, and then a less successful transition into the Hindi movie industry. According to persistent but unconfirmed reports in the Bengali press, her marriage was strained by her success in the film industry.
Ms Sen is a Grand Daughter of Famous Poet Sree Rajonikant Sen. She received her formal education in Pabna. During 1947 partition she along with her family migrated to West Bengal. where she married Dibanath Sen, son of wealthy industrialist Adinath Sen, in 1947. Her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, is a former actress. Her father-in-law, Adinath Sen, was supportive of her acting career in films after her marriage. Her industrialist husband invested a lot in her career initially and supported her in all possible ways.
As an Indian film actress , she worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. The movies in which she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar became classics in the history of Bengali cinema.
Suchitra was the first Indian actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, she won the Silver Prize for Best Actress for playing a disillusioned alcoholic in Saptapadi. In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India. From 1979 on, she retreated from public life and shunned all forms of public contact; for this she is often compared to Greta Garbo In 2005, she refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest cinematic award in India, to stay out of the public eye.[In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s highest honour: Banga Bibhushan.

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Cultural Correspondent
 
The third death anniversary of legendary Indian film actress Suchitra Sen was observed on Tuesday amid festivities in Pabna, the ancestral home town of the actress . Different social and cultural organisations observe d the occasion through holding memorial meetings, discussion session and and screening of films by Suchitra Sen. 
Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad organised a discussion and a film festival was held at the Pabna Press Club auditorium. Meanwhile, Suchitra Sen Smrity Shangrakhhan Parishad organised a discussion and cultural programme at the Pabna Town Girls’ High School, where the actress studied in her early life.
President of Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad, Zakir Hossain chaired the discussion, while among others, journalist Habibur Rahman Shopon, educationalist Akter Zaman, poet Golam Rabbani and Rezaul Karim Moni spoke on the occasion.
Suchitra Sen, one of the biggest cultural icons for Bangalees, died of a old age ailment at a Kolkata nursing home at the age of 82, having been loved by people for three decades for her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance. She was born on April 6, 1931 at her grandfather’s home at Bhangabari of Belkuchi upazila of the then greater Pabna, but her first home was her father Karunamoy Dasgupta’s house in Gopalpur, Pabna. 
Born as Roma Dasgupta, she adopted Suchitra Sen in film life. Sen had made a successful entry into Bengali films in 1952, and then a less successful transition into the Hindi movie industry. According to persistent but unconfirmed reports in the Bengali press, her marriage was strained by her success in the film industry.
Ms Sen is a Grand Daughter of Famous Poet Sree Rajonikant Sen. She received her formal education in Pabna. During 1947 partition she along with her family migrated to West Bengal. where she married Dibanath Sen, son of wealthy industrialist Adinath Sen, in 1947. Her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, is a former actress. Her father-in-law, Adinath Sen, was supportive of her acting career in films after her marriage. Her industrialist husband invested a lot in her career initially and supported her in all possible ways.
As an Indian film actress , she worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. The movies in which she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar became classics in the history of Bengali cinema.
Suchitra was the first Indian actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, she won the Silver Prize for Best Actress for playing a disillusioned alcoholic in Saptapadi. In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India. From 1979 on, she retreated from public life and shunned all forms of public contact; for this she is often compared to Greta Garbo In 2005, she refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest cinematic award in India, to stay out of the public eye.[In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s highest honour: Banga Bibhushan.

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Sargam cultural evening held

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Sargam, the monthly cultural magazine organized its second musical session at Jahanarta Imam auditorium on January 13 . 
Session began with the opening song Aii sundor swornali sondhye , a popular song by Gita Dutta. Singer Muntarin Mohal presented the song . She rendered a total of eight songs to enthrall the audience. Then came on the dais singer Masud Ahmed who presented a total of seven modern songs earlier popularized by Dhanonjoy, Akhil Bondhu, Mrinal Chokrovortee, Subir sen and Talat Mahmod.
Both singers had to sang more songs in second session to satisfy the demands of the audiences. 
According to Quazi Raqnaq Hossain, Editor Sargam, they would come up with similar music programme at regular interval. The culture of organizing musical at private initiatives is becoming a rare thing now a days. Moreover, the culture pressing song by the singers face to face with the audiences in front is also becoming extinct in this digital age of fusion and confusion music. 
In this situation, Sargam’s initiative of musical evening was a praiseworthy effort to popularize music.

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Sargam, the monthly cultural magazine organized its second musical session at Jahanarta Imam auditorium on January 13 . 
Session began with the opening song Aii sundor swornali sondhye , a popular song by Gita Dutta. Singer Muntarin Mohal presented the song . She rendered a total of eight songs to enthrall the audience. Then came on the dais singer Masud Ahmed who presented a total of seven modern songs earlier popularized by Dhanonjoy, Akhil Bondhu, Mrinal Chokrovortee, Subir sen and Talat Mahmod.
Both singers had to sang more songs in second session to satisfy the demands of the audiences. 
According to Quazi Raqnaq Hossain, Editor Sargam, they would come up with similar music programme at regular interval. The culture of organizing musical at private initiatives is becoming a rare thing now a days. Moreover, the culture pressing song by the singers face to face with the audiences in front is also becoming extinct in this digital age of fusion and confusion music. 
In this situation, Sargam’s initiative of musical evening was a praiseworthy effort to popularize music.

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