Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wilderness

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Narendra Modi said he had grown up in nature and the program with Bear Grylls was a chance to showcase India’s rich wildlife. (Screengrab (Discovery Channel)
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Narendra Modi said he had grown up in nature and the program with Bear Grylls was a chance to showcase India’s rich wildlife. (Discovery Channel)
Updated 29 July 2019

Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wilderness

  • India is struggling to protect its environment and its wildlife, as a huge and growing population puts ever more pressure on its wild spaces
  • A trailer for the program shows Modi, 68, driving into the Jim Corbett National Park in northern India guided by Grylls

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is teaming up with British TV adventurer Bear Grylls to venture into India’s wilderness to raise awareness about protecting nature, the show’s host said.
India is struggling to protect its environment and its wildlife, as a huge and growing population puts ever more pressure on its wild spaces.

“People across 180 countries will get to see the unknown side of PM @narendramodi as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change,” Grylls, star of survival show “Man vs. Wild” on the Discovery Channel, said on Twitter.
A trailer for the program shows Modi, 68, driving into the Jim Corbett National Park in northern India guided by Grylls, with images of a tiger, a herd of elephants and deer running in the distance.
“You are the most important person in India, it’s my job to protect you,” Grylls tells Modi.
Modi said he had grown up in nature and the program with Grylls was a chance to showcase India’s rich wildlife.
“For years, I have lived among nature, in the mountains and the forests,” Discovery quoted Modi as saying in a statement.
“These years have a lasting impact on my life. So when I was asked about a special program focussing on life beyond politics and that too in the midst of nature I was both intrigued and inclined to take part in it.”
The show, which airs on Aug. 12, is stirring some excitement among fans of Modi, who led his party to a second straight general election victory this year.
“This is unbelievable. PM Modi knows how to do it,” said one Twitter user, Akash Jain.
India, which stretches from snow-bound Himalayan heights in the north to steamy tropics in the south, is home to most of the world’s remaining wild tigers.
Leopards have in recent years been coming into more frequent conflict with villagers as the animals’ habitat shrinks.
Last week, villagers in northern India beat a lioness to death with sticks after it mauled a man, media reported.


Saudi Arabia to host region’s largest global gaming tournament

Updated 18 October 2019

Saudi Arabia to host region’s largest global gaming tournament

  • The PMSC World Cup will be staged at Riyadh Front from Dec. 12 to 14
  • 16 teams from the Middle East and North Africa region compete with 16 teams from the rest of the world

RIYADH: Thousands of gamers and fans from around the globe are expected to descend on Saudi Arabia when the Kingdom hosts the prestigious PUBG MOBILE Star Challenge (PMSC) World Cup for the first time later this year.

Taking place in the capital during the Riyadh Season festival of activities, the region’s most popular mobile game will test the skills of a top international field of players.

The PMSC World Cup, set to be staged at Riyadh Front from Dec. 12 to 14, will see 16 teams from the Middle East and North Africa region compete with 16 teams from the rest of the world.

Event organizers are due to officially announce the total prize money up for grabs, but the pot is expected to top more than SR1 million ($267,000).

PUBG MOBILE has taken the world by storm since its release in 2018 with in excess of 400 million downloads. Its involvement in Riyadh Season is being hailed by gaming influencers as further indication of PUBG MOBILE’s commitment to bringing innovative technologies to the region.

PUBG MOBILE is based on “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to fight in a winner-takes-all showdown.

Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces contestants into a shrinking play zone.

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What is PUBG?

PUBG stands for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole.