Barbie is now banned in Kuwait and Lebanon

10:22 PM | 10 Aug, 2023
Barbie is now banned in Kuwait and Lebanon
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Lebanon's Minister of Culture has taken steps to ban the film "Barbie" from cinemas, citing concerns about its perceived promotion of homosexuality and conflict with religious values.

The decision has the support of the powerful Shiite armed group Hezbollah, led by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who has spoken against the LGBT community. The film has also been banned in Kuwait for similar reasons.

Lebanon has historically been considered a relatively safe space for the LGBT community in the conservative Middle East and even held a gay pride week in 2017. However, recent developments, including bans on events "promoting sexual perversion" and calls to take action against materials promoting homosexuality, have sparked tensions.

In a recent address, Nasrallah urged Lebanese authorities to take strict measures against content he perceived as promoting homosexuality, advocating for their prohibition. He asserted that he views homosexuality as an imminent threat to Lebanon's societal fabric, emphasizing the need for forceful intervention. Notably, he endorsed severe consequences, even capital punishment, for engaging in same-sex relationships, regardless of marital status.

On another note, Lebanon's cabinet, after a meeting with prominent Christian figure Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, encouraged the populace to uphold traditional family values. While not explicitly addressing the LGBT community, this statement generated discussions about its potential implications.

Ayman Mhanna, the executive director of the non-profit Samir Kassir Foundation, voiced concerns about the recent actions, describing them as part of a broader pattern of prejudice. He highlighted the convergence of forces like Hezbollah, the far-right Christian faction, and influential religious leaders in an apparent coordinated campaign against the LGBT community. This alliance, Mhanna contends, represents a concerning wave of intolerance.

"Barbie," featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the titular characters, has attained extraordinary success, surpassing $1 billion in global box office sales since its release on July 21. The film follows the escapades of Mattel Inc's iconic doll as she embarks on an adventure in the real world.

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Rupee loses ground against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies; Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.

Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 November 2022

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.1 288.15
Euro EUR 312 315
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.75
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.25 77
Australian Dollar AUD 186 187.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759 767
Canadian Dollar CAD 208 210
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.88 42.28
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.24 36.59
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.55 1.63
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.38 925.38
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 210 212
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 323.37 325.87
Thai Bhat THB 8 8.04

Gold price in Pakistan moves up amid positive global cues; Check today gold price here

KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 28 November 2023

On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.

Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.

Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600


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