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‘Birth of a Nation’ confronts America’s racial past and present

LOS ANGELES: When "The Birth of a Nation" opens in theaters this week, its backers are hoping the film's buzz will finally shift away from the controversy dogging its creator and toward the slavery drama's powerful message about race relations in America. The film about Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in 1831, was once hailed as an awards front-runner but has been overshadowed by headlines about a 17-year-old rape case involving the writer, director, producer and lead actor, Nate Parker, who was…

Govt to present Rs 3.9tr budget today

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government is all set to present its second budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 today, ARY News reported. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will present the budget in the National Assembly, with a total outlay of Rs 3.93 trillion and a fiscal deficit of Rs 1.6 trillion which is under 4% of the IMF-prescribed GDP ratio. According to experts, the economy has witnessed improvement during last 12 months, but load-shedding and circular debt is still a big concern for the incumbent government. Traders are of the…