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Not all matches are going to be won easily: Spain captain

Kazan (Russia), June 21 (IANS) Spain's national football team captain Sergio Ramos said that he is satisfied with his squad's 1-0 triumph over Iran in the 2018 World Cup Russia, adding that they knew the match was going to be a complicated one. We knew it was going to be a difficult game. They were very defensive-minded and it was hard for us to create scoring chances, Ramos said after t...

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Kim, Xi discuss strengthening strategic cooperation

Seoul, June 21 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed ways to further strengthen strategic and tactical cooperation in their latest talks, state media reported on Thursday. The top leaders of North Korea and China exchanged serious views on the present situation and urgent international issues and discussed issues to further strengthen the strat...

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Iran coach says his team deserved a draw against Spain

Kazan (Russia), June 21 (IANS) Iran national football coach Carlos Queiroz praised his team's performance in their loss to Spain and blamed the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for denying the Asian side a draw. For me, VAR comes a little late and it's a shame it hadn't arrived in South Africa to disallow (David) Villa's goal against Portugal, he said, recalling the match that saw Spain eli...

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Saudi king hopes for renewal of ceasefire between Kabul, Taliban

Riyadh, June 21 (IANS) Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressed his hope that the ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban will be renewed, Saudi Press Agency reported. Afghanistan has extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid al-Fitr festival period this week. Afghan President Ashraf ...

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Divya Seth Shah to essay Manmohan Singh's wife in film

Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) Actress Divya Seth Shah is on board to essay the role of Gursharan Kaur, wife of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Actor Anupam Kher shared the news with a photograph of himself and Divya dressed in their respective looks in the film. Introducing Divya Seth Shah as Mrs Gursharan Kaur, wife of honourable ...

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Yoga frenzy grips Karnataka

Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS) Thousands of people, young and old, on Thursday celebrated the fourth International Yoga Day in Karnataka by participating in yoga sessions held in cities and towns across the state. Prominent among those who performed yoga aasanas included 85-year-old former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, his son and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP...

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'Incredibles 2': A charming and enticing superheroes film

Film: Incredibles 2; Director: Brad Bird; Voice Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophie Bush, Brad Bird, Phil Lamarr and Isabella Rossellini; Rating: *** Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, Incredibles 2 can easily be viewed as an extension of the orig...

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Uttarakhand expects more tourism after Yoga Day: Trivendra Rawat

Dehradun, June 21 (IANS) As Uttarakhand hosts the fourth International Yoga Day on Thursday, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat feels that the event may help attract more tourists to the state, creating more job and business opportunities. The reason Rawat thinks the yoga day will boost tourism is because of the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the mega event which he reason...

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Twitter blocked sharing of link to Trump advisor's phone number

San Francisco, June 21 (IANS) Twitter has been accused of engaging in censorship after it suspended the accounts of some users who tweeted a link to a story that claims to have a phone number of the person who is believed to be the architect of the Donald Trump administration's controversial immigration policy. Twitter's rules against harassment prohibits users from posting private infor...

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Australia approves largest tax plan ever

Canberra, June 21 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday recorded a landmark victory as the Senate approved the largest tax reform ever that will ensure citizens pay less tax in future. The package was passed after the Centre Alliance performed a U-turn on its initial rejection of tax cuts for high income earners on Wednesday. The $106 billion Personal Inco...

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Sexual harassment at work place not being managed well in India: Huma Qureshi

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi says people in India have a tendency to intimidate a woman when she opens up about sexual harassment, making her feel like an offender instead of a victim. She feels there is a need to create a safer and comfortable environment for women. To be honest, sexual harassment at work place is not being managed well. We often have a tendency to int...

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'Hereditary': An arthouse horror fantasia

Film: Hereditary; Director: Ari Aster; Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Mallory Bechtel; Rating: ***1/2 Director Ari Aster's immaculately crafted, black-hearted, horror-in-the-home fantasia Hereditary eerily keeps you glued to the screen. The film is atmospheric with the right blend of exasperation, humour and a large dose of horror. Des...

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IGTV, Instagram's answer to YouTube, is here

San Francisco, June 21 (IANS) Aiming to take on Google-owned YouTube, popular photo-sharing platform Instagram announced it would allow users to upload videos up to one hour in length, up from the previous one-minute limit, adding that it has hit the milestone of one billion users worldwide. We launched IGTV (a button inside the Instagram home screen, as well as a standalone app) at an e...

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Crisis of confidence in banking system provides an opportunity to unleash reforms

India's banking sector has been hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It started with the mounting problem of non-performing assets (NPAs) across banks; then came a revelation of systemic fraud in the second-largest state-owned bank; and most recently, topping it all off are damning allegations of irregularities against the head of one of the largest private-sector banks. All ...

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'Pakistan's political trajectory would be different had Jinnah lived'

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The Pakistan of today may be overwhelmed by unsavoury perceptions of it, but according to the country's leading cultural critic, Nadeem F. Paracha, its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah had envisaged a diverse country where a Muslim majority engaged with other faiths in various spheres to construct a dynamic society and state. Paracha's latest book, Points of Entry (W...

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Can yoga make the cut for Olympics?

On a day when yoga is having to jostle for mind space with a hugely popular sporting event like the FIFA World Cup, many fans of the ancient regimen are seriously dreaming up for a world cup of their own. Are they getting too carried away by the euphoria around of the 4th International Day of Yoga? Or is it a case of trusting yoga's extreme versatility to adapt itself to the demands of the time? ...

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Yoga has nothing to do with religion: Vice President

Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that yoga adopts a holistic approach towards health and well-being and it has nothing to do with religion. Yoga adopts a holistic approach towards health and well-being, Naidu said while participating in the Fourth International Yoga Day celebrations here. Yoga has nothing to do with religion and it is a ho...

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Burger King Russia apologizes for World Cup 'impregnation' ad

Moscow, June 21 (IANS) Fast food company Burger King Russia has been forced to apologise after an advertisement offered Russian women the chance to win $47,000 and free Whoppers for life if they got impregnated by a player of the FIFA World Cup. The short-lived campaign was promoted in Russia on June 19 via social media platform VK -- Russia's equivalent of Facebook -- before being pulle...

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Cloudy Thursday morning, rains likely

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) It was a cloudy morning in the national capital on Thursday, with the minimum temperature recorded at 30.9 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, the Met office said. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 58 per cent. The Met has predicted some very light rains for the day ahead. It will be a partly cloudy sky with very light rains or drizzle...

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Indian public sector needs some fixing for true Cloud adoption

Washington, June 21 (IANS) The vast Indian public sector will embark on a true digital journey only once the government decides to relax old procurement rules, make the stakeholders aware of benefits of Cloud and get rid of the ageing IT infrastructure, a top Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive has stressed. According to Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director, Public Sector-Asia Pacific...

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