Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Nov 02, 2013 - Page 4


‘Life of Pi’ actress to dance

An Indian actress who appeared in the movie Life of Pi will perform with a troupe of dancers during an Indian festival that runs through Nov. 10, organizers said at the event’s opening yesterday. Shravanthi Sainath, who plays Pi’s teenage sweetheart in Ang Lee’s (李安) Oscar-winning film, said she was thrilled to visit Taiwan for the second time and hoped to share the classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam. Sainath will be performing with the famed Sri Devi Nrithyalaya Bharatanatyam troupe in Taipei, New Taipei City (新北市) and Greater Kaohsiung, as well as hold workshops to introduce locals to Indian culture. One of the dances, Life of Prince, will be the highlight of the festival, as the theme is adapted from Life of Pi and tells the story of a prince who survives an adventure to unite with a heroine, played by Sainath.


NIA head urges cooperation

National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) yesterday talked about Taiwan’s efforts to fight human trafficking at a forum cosponsored by the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers in the Chinese territory. Hsieh called for strengthening cooperation among nations to deter human trafficking and ensure safe movement of people in the Asia-Pacific region, adding that Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau already have substantive cooperation in this regard. He said his agency had worked with China on many cases, including breaking a major human trafficking ring in September. He said the mode of cooperation with Hong Kong and Macau might be different, but if a more extensive network were built, there would be less room for criminal activity.