Renowned Egyptian feminist, psychiatrist and novelist Nawal Saadawi has passed away due to age related illness in Cairo.
Saadawi’s writings have stirred controversy for decades in an overwhelming conservative society.
Saadawi studied medicine in Cairo University and the Columbia University in New York. She worked as a psychiatrist and university lecturer and authored dozens of books. She was also a regular writer in Egyptian newspapers.
As a fierce advocate of women rights in Egypt and the Arab world, her writings focused mainly on feminism, domestic violence against women and religious extremism. She was a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation in Egypt and worldwide.
Eminent writer, playwright, director and producer Sagar Sarhadi, who was part of several Bollywood superhits, passed away in Mumbai. He was 88.
Sarhadi began his career writing Urdu short stories and became an Urdu playwright. Filmmaker Yash Chopra's 1976 "Kabhi Kabhie", starring Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee, opened the gates for his Bollywood career.
The writer collaborated with Chopra to pen screenplay in acclaimed films like "Silsila" (1981) and Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor starrer "Chandnil", for which he wrote the dialogues.
In 1982, Sarhadi turned director with "Bazaar", starring Supriya Pathak Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah.
Finland has been declared the world’s happiest country for the fourth year running, according to the World Happiness Report 2021 published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Meanwhile, India ranked 139th out of the 149 countries in the list, a slight improvement since last year, when it was ranked 140th.
Of the 10 top countries in the list, nine were in Europe. Finland was followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Austria.
The report evaluated levels of happiness by taking into account factors such as GDP, social support, personal freedom, and levels of corruption in each nation.