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Women deprived from voting in elections in Pakistan province

Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) Polling booths for women in local elections in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province were deserted on Saturday following an unannounced ban on women voters. The women's polling booths were left deserted as neither the polling staff nor the voters were present, Khyber News reported. The polling staff in different parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province had ...

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Kuerten, Navratilova to present Roland Garros trophies

Paris, May 30 (IANS) Two tennis greats - Gustavo Kuerten and Martina Navratilova - will present the trophies to the winners of the men's and women's singles finals of the French Open next weekend. According to the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Brazilian Kuerten will present the Coupe des Mousquetaires to the men's singles champion on June 7 in the presence of Jean Gachassin, with Navra...

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Shame Blatter was re-elected FIFA president: Romario

Rio de Janeiro, May 30 (IANS) Former Brazil striker Romario said football will continue to be assaulted following Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA president in Zurich. Romario, now a federal senator, expressed his dismay after the 79-year-old Swiss won a fifth straight term in-charge of world football's governing body on Friday, reports Xinhua. Shamefully, Sepp Blatter was re-e...

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Red Steel to benefit from 'match-winners', says T&T coach

Port of Spain (Trinidad), May 30 (IANS) Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel head coach Simon Helmot, has identified the side's four foreign imports as match-winners and believes they could be the key to a successful season in this year's Caribbean Premier League. Red Steel, who are yet to win the competition, will have in their ranks South Africans Jacques Kallis and Johan Botha, Pakistani wic...

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Flamengo sign Peru striker Guerrero

Rio de Janeiro, May 30 (IANS) Brazilian football club Flamengo has signed Peru international striker Paolo Guerrero on a three-year contract. The 31-year-old joined the Rio de Janeiro outfit on Friday after three seasons at Corinthians where he scored 54 goals from 130 matches. Financial details for the deal were not revealed, reports Xinhua. The announcement came a day after Fla...

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Film fests good for spotlight: Budding Assamese filmmaker

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) After showcasing his film Sita in the 'Short Film Corner' at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, budding Assamese filmmaker Kangkan Deka plans to send his regional work to more fests as he believes such platforms are beneficial for independent filmmakers. The 31-year-old couldn't attend the prestigious festival that concluded on May 24, but he is glad hi...

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Over 1,000 civilians died in Yemen conflict: UN

Geneva, May 30 (IANS) A total of 1,068 civilians have been killed and 2,551 others have been wounded since the start of the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen in late March until May 24, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Efe news agency reported. The World Health Organisation (WHO), which collects ...

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'US politician made payoffs to conceal sexual misconduct'

Washington, May 30 (IANS/EFE) Dennis Hastert, who served as speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, paid out $1.7 million to conceal sexual misconduct dating from his time as a high school teacher and coach, media reports said, citing unnamed sources familiar with the case. Various sources, including officials, told media outlets such as ABC News, CNN and The New Yo...

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Luck played a big part at the start of my career: Gavaskar

Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said luck played a big part earlier in his cricketing career which spanned over 16 years from making his Test debut in March, 1971 to playing his last One-Day-International (ODI) in November, 1987. On the sidelines of the launch of former India opener Madhav Apte's autobiography 'As Luck Would Have It' on late Friday, Gavaskar went down...

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Documentary on A.R. Rahman screened at White House

Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) A detailed account on musical influences of double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman found its way inside the White House in Washington through a special screening of Jai Ho, a documentary on his work. The 60-minute documentary was screened on Friday. The Mozart of Madras, who has hit the right notes with each of his compositions with examples like O rey c...

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Pro-Palestinian activists decry abandoned vote on Israel's FIFA suspension

Jerusalem, May 30 (IANS) The pro-Palestinian campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel criticised the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) for withdrawing its proposal during the 65th FIFA Congress to vote on suspending Israel's membership. The Palestinian BDS national committee was disappointed that the FIFA Congress members, including PFA, did not live up to ...

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'Baahubali' trailer to be out on June 1

Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) The trailer of the Indian epic film Baahubali is scheduled to be launched on June 1. The official Twitter handle of Dharma Productions shared the news about the S.S. Rajamouli directorial. The two-part Indian epic film which is being made simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil languages. The film will also be dubbed into English, French, Hindi, Malayalam and in ...

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'Massu Engira Masilamani' - Regular revenge drama with spooky twist

Film: Massu Engira Masilamani; Cast: Suriya, Nayantara, Pranitha Subhash, Samuthirakani, Parthepan and Premgi Amaren; Director: Venkat Prabhu; Rating: **1/2 In 2007, when Venkat Prabhu made his directorial debut with the smash hit Chennai 600028, a movie about friendship and gully cricket, Tamil cinema had witnessed what was considered the beginning of an indie wave. This film not only e...

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Barcelona asks fans to respect Spanish national anthem

Barcelona, May 30 (IANS) Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi said that his Spanish football club, as an 'institution', calls on everyone to respect formal entities and anthems, but added that at the same time, fans cannot be punished for their behaviour. Vilarrubi revealed that the Catalan club received a letter signed by the Spanish secretary of state for security, urging that the...

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Netanyahu rejoices Palestinian failure to oust Israel from FIFA

Jerusalem, May 30 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the failure of the Palestinian authority to suspend Israel's FIFA membership during its Congress, stressing that the only way to achieve peace would be through negotiations. Our international effort has proven itself and led to the failure of the Palestinian authority attempt to oust us from FIFA, Netanyahu said ...

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'Piku' finds success in distant Poland

Warsaw, May 30 (IANS) The worldwide success of Shoojit Sircar's Piku now has Poland within its ambit. The film is a runaway success in this Polish capital since its May 20 joint released by Yashraj Films and Anuj Sharma's Images & Worlds. It will soon be screened in other major Polish cities like Krakow, Lodz, Lublin, Wroclaw and Poznan. Poland is not only a market for Bollyw...

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Now, post animated GIFs on Facebook

New York, May 30 (IANS) Facebook has finally added Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) support in its News Feed, the company announced recently. You can post animated GIFs on Facebook, though you may not be able to see the added functionality immediately as the update is still rolling out, reported TechCrunch. We are rolling out support for animated GIFs in News Feed. You can share...

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Two killed in suicide attack bid near Lahore stadium

Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday confirmed that a blast that claimed two lives near a cricket stadium on Friday where a ODI match was underway was a suicide attack. Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid, while talking to a local news channel, said an attempt to attack the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore when a Pakistan-Zimbabwe one-day International match w...

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Heat, lightning kills two in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 30 (IANS) The intense heat wave prevailing in Karnataka has claimed one life while another person was fatally struck by lightning in Kalaburgi district, an official said on Saturday. Three people were hospitalised after they were also hit by the lightning on Friday. The Met department forecast rain for the entire state of Karnataka on Saturday. A mason con...

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Muguruza advances to French Open fourth round

Paris, May 30 (IANS) Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza reached the French Open women's singles fourth round for the second straight year with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Angelique Kerber here, her first win in four career matches against the German. The 21-year-old Muguruza, who made her first big splash as a professional in last year's Roland Garros by defeating American World No...

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