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Chinese live-streamer held for ‘insulting’ national anthem

SHANGHAI: A popular Chinese live-streamer has been sentenced to five days detention for "insulting" China's national anthem by waving her arms and mimicking a conductor as she sung the song during a broadcast to millions of her followers. The woman, Yang Kaili, was detained by authorities in Shanghai Saturday for violating a national anthem law that was enacted last year. In a broadcast on the Huya live-stream website on October 7, Yang, 21, appeared wearing an antler-shaped headband and hummed a ceremonial song in…

China considers three-year jail terms for disrespecting national anthem, flag

BEIJING: China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament is considering tougher penalties for people who disrespect the national anthem or flag in public, including up to three years in jail, state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday. Xi Jinping has ushered in new legislation aimed at securing China from threats both within and outside its borders since taking over as president in 2013, as well as presiding over a sweeping crackdown on dissent and free speech. China passed a new law in September mandating up to 15 days in…

Trump ramps up NFL fight, calls for ban on kneeling

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday applauded two National Football League teams that largely steered clear of controversy by standing for the national anthem at Monday night’s game, even as players protested in other ways. At the match-up in Phoenix, the Dallas Cowboys linked arms and knelt on the playing field, then stood for the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Arizona Cardinals players also joined arms but did not kneel. “But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for…

Pakistan’s national anthem to be rearranged with ‘world-class’ musical rendition

ISLAMABAD: The government has tasked Pakistan National Council of the Arts with preparing a world-class rendition of the national anthem, originally composed by Ahmed G Chagla, using a highly professional orchestra to represent Pakistan’s cultural diversity. The meeting in this regard was chaired by State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb yesterday. The meeting also reviewed preparations for celebrating 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan. PNCA Director General Jamal Shah is asked to…

Kashmiri cricketers arrested for wearing Pakistan team jersey

SRINAGAR: Indian forces have arrested Kashmiri cricket players after their video surfaced on the social media showing them wearing Pakistan’s team jersey with the Muslim country’s national anthem playing in the background. The clip of the players went viral on the social media soon after it was shared by a user on the internet. The Indian media quoted Central Kashmir deputy inspector general of police, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, as confirming that the cricketers were detained for questioning. “The boys are in the police…

India arrests 20 people over failure to stand for national anthem

NEW DELHI: Around 20 people have been arrested in India, accused of failing to stand for the national anthem in cinemas, police said on Tuesday, two weeks after the country's top court made it compulsory. The Supreme Court ruled on November 30 that cinemas should play the national anthem before every screening, and that the audience should stand, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties. "All the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the…