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Swiggy raises $210 million from Naspers, DST Global

Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS) Indian online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Thursday said it raised $210 million in a Series G funding from South Africa's Cape Town-based internet company Naspers and Hong Kong-based internet investment firm DST Global. This seventh round of funding received by Swiggy will also see the participation of its existing shareholder Meituan-Dianping, ...

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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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The bigger picture: How a drone photographer is capturing inequality from the air

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Towering skyscrapers and crumbling shanties, swathes of land awash in greenery and cramped urban dwelling spaces, regal-looking bungalows and slums may co-exist on ground but when viewed from the sky, they can reveal structural inequality prevailing all around us. Drone photographer Johnny Miller, who has been awarded fellowships by Code For Africa (a news organ...

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Chinese envoy pitches for India-China-Pakistan trilateral meet

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) With India and Pakistan being made full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Monday pitched the concept of an India-China-Pakistan trilateral meeting under the SCO framework. Security cooperation is one of three pillars of the SCO, Luo said in his keynote speech at a seminar on Beyond Wuhan: How far a...

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South Africa rest Tahir for Sri Lanka tour

Johannesburg, June 18 (IANS) South Africa have decided to rest their top-ranked bowler Imran Tahir, for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in July-August. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi have been included in the 15-man squad according to a statement from Cricket South Africa. This will be the Proteas' first assignment since AB d...

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Federer reclaims top spot in ATP rankings

Madrid, June 18 (IANS) Switzerland's Roger Federer returned to top spot in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday after he won his 98th career title in Germany. The 20-time Grand Slam champion overtook Spain's Rafael Nadal as world number one with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Canada's Milos Raonic in Stuttgart Open on Sunday, reports E...

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Australia slip to 34-year low in ICC ODI rankings

Melbourne, June 18 (IANS) Australia slipped to a 34-year low, dropping to the sixth position on the ICC's latest ODI rankings table after losing the opening two fixtures of the ongoing five-match rubber against England. The Kangaroos will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth. According to cricket.com.au, the las...

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I enjoy being in front of the camera: Manushi Chillar

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Every beauty pageant winner finds her next move to Bollywood, so will Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, who is going to give away her Miss India title to her successor on Tuesday night and the Miss World crown later this year, do the same? She says though she has discovered her love for the camera of late, her Bollywood decision is something she would like to leave for th...

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Need tolerance to accept sexual diversity: Mr Gay World 2018 runner-up

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) City-based Samarpan Maiti, the second runner-up of Mr Gay World 2018, dreams of a day when there would be no need to use terms like straight to identify people, but says this could be possible only when people have the tolerance to accept diversities. I dream of a day when we don't need to coin terms like 'gay', 'straight' to identify people, one can simply say I ...

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Costa Rica, Serbia face-off in battle of underdogs

Samara (Russia), June 16 (IANS) Underdogs Costa Rica and Serbia, both though boasting of experienced footballers, will face-off in a FIFA World Cup Group E clash at the Samara Arena here on Sunday. For Oscar Ramirez-coached Costa Rica, the aim in this World Cup is to improve on their best performance of a quarter-final which they achieved in 2014 and they have brought to Russia the core ...

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The Elders' delegation to visit a Delhi mohalla clinic

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) A team from The Elders -- an international NGO former by South African statesman Nelson Mandela comprising noted public figures -- has sought to meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and also proposed to visit a mohalla clinic here. In a letter dated June 13, the Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan, who was also a former UN Secretary-General and a Nobel Peace Lau...

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Javier Mascherano named ambassador for 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina

Buenos Aires, June 15 (IANS) Argentine national football team stalwart Javier Mascherano was named ambassador for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games set for October 6-18. It is a great honour to have been named ambassador for the Youth Olympics, which will take place in my country, Mascherano said in a statement issued by the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) on Thursday, reports Efe. ...

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Western Storm sign Smriti Mandhana for Super League 2018

London, June 14 (IANS) Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian to feature in the Women's Cricket Super League in England after signing up with defending champions Western Storm for the 2018 season. Storm announced the Indian vice-captain as their second overseas recruit for the third edition of the domestic T20 competition, alongside New Zealand wicketkeeper-bat Rachel Priest, who i...

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Video replay to make World Cup debut in Russia

Moscow, June 12 (IANS) Football is practically the last major sport to start using video replay technology to help referees ensure they made the right calls on the pitch, and on March 3 FIFA took the decision to employ Video Assistant Referees (VAR) at the game's biggest tournament this summer: the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Pro tennis uses what it calls Hawk-Eye replays, basketball has i...

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World Cup winners and losers dating back to 1930

Moscow, June 12 (IANS) The inaugural match of this summer's FIFA World Cup between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia is set to kick off on June 14 in the Luzhniki Stadium here, the first edition in Europe since Germany hosted the tournament in 2006. This will be the 21st edition of international football's biggest event. But out of the 200 teams and 6,000 players that have taken part over th...

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Russia to be 'amazing' as World Cup host country: Ibrahimovic

Moscow, June 12 (IANS) Former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday that Russia will be an amazing host country for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting June 14. I think it will be amazing. It's a huge country with a lot of people. It will be nice having a World Cup there. I think it will be amazing, just like every World Cup, Ibrahimovic said in an interview with FIFA....

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Young players looking to succeed need to stay focussed, make tough choices: AB de Villiers

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, better known as AB de Villiers, who is currently enjoying his life off the pitch after announcing retirement from all formats of international cricket, says young players need to make tough choices to succeed as there are always a lot of distractions which come their way. There are a lot of distractions that any player must navigate...

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Steyn included in Test set-up for Sri Lanka tour

Cape Town, June 11 (IANS) South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn has been included in the national side for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting next month, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Monday. Steyn sustained a heel injury during the Cape Town Test against India earlier in the year, and was then ruled out of the rest of the three-match series.

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Spain defender Piqué leaves training early with knee discomfort

Krasnador (Russia), June 11 (IANS) Spain centre-back Gerard Piqué was forced to leave a training session early on Monday after hurting his left knee just four days before the team's opening Group B football match against Portugal. The Barcelona stalwart appeared to pull up on his knee at the Krasnador soccer city, Spain's headquarters for the Russia World Cup, reports Efe. The ...

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Nadal tops ATP rankings after 11th Roland Garros victory

Madrid, June 11 (IANS) Spain's Rafael Nadal stayed atop the men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday following his 11th career French Open victory. 32-year-old Nadal took two hours and 42 minutes to earn his 17th Grand Slam title on Sunday, prevailing against Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, who is now ranked the seventh, reports Efe...

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