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Iran allows women to enter soccer stadium for 1st time in decades

Tehran (Iran), June 21 (IANS) A day after their national football team suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Spain, female Iranian fans were on Thursday still relishing the feeling of having been allowed to enter a major soccer stadium for the first time in four decades, an activity they had hitherto been barred from participating in within their conservative and theocratic Asian nation. ...

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BJP uses cash to win polls, will be dethroned: Mamata

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of doling out cash to win elections and said such practices by the Centre's ruling party will soon be the reason for its downfall. We are not like the BJP that snatches away people's money in the name of demonetisation and then distributes that cash among the voters to win the elections unethic...

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Hindu-Muslim couple get passports after Sushma intervenes

Lucknow, June 21 (IANS) A Hindu woman married to a Muslim got her passport on Thursday, following External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's intervention, barely 24 hours after a passport officer rejected her application on the grounds that she had not changed her surname. Regional Passport Official Piyush Verma on Thursday gave the passport to Tanvi Sethi while the passport of her husban...

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BJP-ally IPFT for separate state for Tripura tribals

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), the junior ally of ruling BJP, will hold demonstrations across the state in August to spearhead its demand for a separate state, a party leader said on Thursday. We will organise sit-in-demonstrations all over Tripura on August 23 in support of our demand for a separate state and withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amen...

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Jamie Bell may join Elton John biopic

Los Angeles, June 21 (IANS) Actor Jamie Bell is in negotiations to play Bernie Taupin, the famed songwriter who collaborated on 30 albums with the legendary Elton John, in the biopic Rocketman. Taupin began collaborating on songs with John back in 1967, when both answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty Records A&R man Ray Williams. T...

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Denied by banks, transgender seeks online help for home loan

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Akkai Padmashali might have become the first transgender in Karnataka to register her marriage but there seems to be no end to her struggles. The activist, who is the face of transgender rights in the state, is currently battling to get a home loan after being rejected by many banks and has now gone online to raise money. No bank gave me any logical reason for r...

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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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Portugal may need change in strategy, says coach Santos

Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Portugal chief coach Fernando Santos admitted his side might need tactical changes after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Morocco in their World Cup Group B fixture here on Wednesday. The European champions went ahead through an early Cristiano Ronaldo header but the team struggled to create chances thereafter as Morocco dominated possession and had six more shots o...

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Beijing mum on its envoy's proposal of China-India-Pakistan summit

Beijing, June 20 (IANS) China on Wednesday was mum on its envoy's proposal that Beijing, New Delhi and Islamabad engage in a trilateral meet, an idea India has already shot down. The Foreign Ministry neither backed nor distanced itself from Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui's suggestion, which India thinks was made in his personal capacity. Both India and Pakistan are China's n...

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Momina Mustehsan works with Arjun Kanungo for debut single

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Pakistani singer Momina Mustehsan, who rose to fame after Afreen Afreen on Coke Studio, has teamed up with Indian singer-composer-actor Arjun Kanungo for her debut single Aaya Na Tu. The mid-tempo ballad, released by VYRL Originals on Wednesday, captures the emotion of being left behind in love. Composed by Arjun and written by Kunaal Vermaa, the song addresses rej...

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Separating families only way to end illegal migration, says Trump

Washington, June 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has defended his policy of splitting up families entering the US illegally, defying a growing chorus of condemnation. Speaking at a business convention, Trump said children have to be taken away if their parents are jailed for illegally crossing the US border. The President had earlier sparked outrage for tweeting that undocume...

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Ronaldo's old pal Evra gives insight into football star

Moscow, June 19 (IANS) Veteran French full back Patrice Evra feels that people should reject lunch invites from former Manchester United team mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese football star once invited Evra over for lunch, where Evra once again witnessed Ronaldo's dedication and passion for football, reported Sputnik news agency. I would give advice to anybody, when Cristia...

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Transwoman asked about breasts, conceiving at school interviews

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) While the LGBT community across the world is busy celebrating Pride Month, a Kolkata-based transwoman's account of how she was asked questions about her breasts, sexuality and ability to give birth during interviews for a teacher's post has again brought into the open the attitude towards sexual minorities in the country. Hiranmay Dey, who underwent a Sex Reassign...

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Kim Jong-un meets Xi Jinping, a week after meeting Trump

Beijing, June 19 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday arrived on a two-day China visit and met President Xi Jinping, just a week after his historic meet with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on the Korean nuclear crisis. The Chinese state broadcaster showed Xi and Kim holding talks at the Great Hall of the People. Kim is understood to have briefed the Chinese President...

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Show cause notice to ketamine manufacturing unit owner in Goa

Panaji, June 19 (IANS) The Goa State Industrial Development Corporation on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Vasudev Parab, whose industrial unit at the Pissurlem industrial estate was raided last week by the DRI officials. During the raid, the DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) officials had seized more than 100 kg of banned ketamine drug, from the premises. We have a...

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Kim Jong-un visits China, a week after meeting Trump

Beijing, June 19 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday made yet another surprise visit to Beijing, just a week after his historic meet with US President Donald Trump on the Korean nuclear crisis in Singapore. During the two-day visit, Kim is highly likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and give him a brief about his meeting in Singapore last week. The Chinese Fo...

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Israel says its former Minister Gonen Segev spied for Iran

Jerusalem, June 19 (IANS) Israel has charged a former cabinet minister with spying for Iran, the Shin Bet internal security service says. Gonen Segev, a medical doctor who served as Energy Minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria. He was detained during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited following a request by ...

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Odisha CM urges Modi to frame national policy on loan waiver for farmers

Bhubaneswar, June 18 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has proposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a national policy on loan waivers be formulated in order to relieve the farmers from the agrarian distress. In order to relieve the farmers from the agrarian distress, we should have a National Policy on Loan Waiver. The state government would be willing to support any initi...

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Sahil Khattar eyes Bollywood

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) YouTube star Sahil Khattar has faced rejection by casting directors for being bald. He wonders why cant he turn into an endearing actor and performer just because of his physical appearance. Next for me would be other comedy shows. I am in talks with 2-3 channels for a show. Films are next for me and I hope to get a chance in Bollywood, Sahil told IANS. ...

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Taliban announces end to Afghanistan Eid festival ceasefire

Kabul, June 18 (IANS) A widely welcomed three-day ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over, with the latter saying its militants had been ordered to take up arms again on Sunday night. The government says it will continue a unilateral ceasefire for another 10 days, although security forces can defend themselves if attacked, a BBC report said.

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