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Strong women take center stage in Tribeca foreign films

NEW YORK: As women increasingly press for greater equality in countries around the world, filmmakers are breaking barriers too, making their female protagonists as strong and varied as the characters they meet in everyday life. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which draws to a close …

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India PM leads nation in praising Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: India’s prime minister Friday led the tributes to batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar who became the first player in cricketing history to score 100 international centuries. “I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his making history — a hundred centuries. He has …

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South African Muslims come to life in “Material” movie

JOHANNESBURG: A low-budget movie about a young Muslim man’s quest to make it on the Johannesburg comedy circuit is wowing audiences across South Africa, and its powerful portrayal of the clash between youth, tradition and religion may lead to global recognition. Set in the Muslim …

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Japan scientist makes ‘Avatar’ robot

YOKOHAMA: A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar” one step closer to reality. Users of the TELESAR V don special equipment that allows them not only to direct the actions of a remote machine, but …

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Mustache film festival to be held in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine: Move over, Cannes. Maine will be playing host to its first-ever international mustache film festival, part of its annual pageant that celebrates the bristly facial hair. The festival set for March 30 in Portland will feature short films with storylines that involve mustaches …

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Three matches in World Cup Kabaddi today

BHATINDA: World Cup Kabaddi tournament was formally inaugurated in Bhatinda, India. Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan performed at the opening ceremony of the second edition of World Cup Kabaddi. Three matches will be played today. The first match will be played between Australia and Nepal. In …

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India great Pataudi dies

NEW DELHI:Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of India’s most charismatic cricketers and a prolific batsman despite losing an eye, died on Thursday aged 70 following a lung disease, his doctors said. The former national team captain, better known as the Nawab of Pataudi, was admitted …

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Mother of all cricket matches:Pakistan’s World Cup semifinal clash against India today

MOHALI: The news from Mohali is that it’s been raining here for hours and that Shoaib Akhtar is ‘highly unlikely’ to feature in what is being described as the ‘mother of all matches’. As security personnel were making a final check at the PCA Stadium …

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Muslims angry over Babri verdict

NEW DELHI: Indian Muslim preachers and leaders denounced Friday a court ruling over a disputed religious site that favored Hindus, raising fears of further alienation of the community. A court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said in a judgment on Thursday that the …

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All Bets Off on Crucial Indian Muslim Vote

By Krittivas Mukherjee In India’s fight against crime and militants, a quaint paddy-growing district in the vast northern plains is fast becoming synonymous with the threat to the country’s secular identity.

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