The News Scroll 26 February 2017  Last Updated at 9:34 am | Source: PTI

Syrian cinematographer denied entry into US to attend Oscars

Syrian cinematographer denied entry into US to attend Oscars

Los Angeles, Feb 26 (PTI) A Syrian cinematographer, who worked on this year's Academy Award nominee for best documentary short subject "The White Helmets", has been barred by the US immigration authorities from entering the country.

The 21-year-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb, who was planning to join Raed Saleh, leader of the White Helmets Syrian rescue group and subject of Netflix's Oscar-nominated documentary, was expected to arrive here a day before the ceremony, reported Deadline.

The Department of Homeland Security has decided to block Khateeb from the country after they obtained some alleged "derogatory" information about him.

However, a spokesperson for the film said that the filmmakers will have no comment on the situation or do "any interviews until the red carpet event at the Oscars."

The 40-minute documentary, produced by Joanna Natasegara and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, focuses on the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated warriors, who have saved more than 60,000 civilian lives in war-torn Syria.

New Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) The extreme test for endurance and driving skill of car enthusiasts and rallyists is back.

The popular SJOBA-Nexen Sub-Himalayan Open Rally will be held on March 10-13 this year.

One of oldest and commanding motor sport events in the country, the rally enters 30th year in a row, as professional and amateur drivers, on adrenaline rush, vye for the ultimate prize.

The organisers say the driving skill of participants will be put to test in the picturesque mountain passes of Himachal Pradesh.

The rally will cover a distance of 220 km and pass through a perfect mix of hilly, valley, river beds and unmetalled roads.

The SJOBA-Nexen rally will see a total prize money of over Rs five lakh up for grabs in the fun-filled event, which will for the first time see introduction of air ambulance facility to ensure safety of drivers, besides marshals, doctors and emergency vehicles through the entire stretch.

A total of 31 different classes have been introduced in various categories and a special prize in broad categories for women.

The basic test of vehicles will start on March 10 from Sector 34 grounds in Chandigarh, and the rally will be flagged off from Kunipul near Kunihar, 90 km beyond Chandigarh.

The rally organisers have introduced some new unexplored routes, both for 'Extreme' and 'TSD' (Time, Speed and Distance) formats. The SJOBA is affiliated to the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and is a regular event on the official FMSCI calendar, the premier body for motor sports in India.

Chennai, Feb 26(PTI): Luxury car owners who were proceeding towards Mahabalipuram on the scenic East Coast Road here, were detained for several hours for 'over speeding', police said today.

As many as 10 luxury car owners driving Lamborghinis, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and were going towards Mahabalipuram from a resort on the East Coast Road were stopped near Uthandi for 'over-speeding', police said.

A heated argument ensued between the police and those who drove the car as the police detained the cars.

A police official attached to the Kanathur Police Station said no case has been registered and the car owners were let off after they were issued a stern warning.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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