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Beyond the Cannes red carpet: Where are Indian films?

New Delhi, May 20 : As many as 1,854 feature films were submitted to be part of the 2019 Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival from across the world this year. As many as 39 nations are represented as production or co-production countries. India is missing.Filmmaker Onir rightly questioned: "What are we supposed to celebrate about Cannes 2019... The cinema that's being celebrated or just the clothes our actors wear and the parties they attend. Somehow that is all that seems to be talked about." Barring…

Blackbuck case: Fresh notices to Tabu, Sonali, Saif, Neelam

Jaipur, May 20 : The Rajasthan High Court on Monday served fresh notices to Bollywood stars Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Dushyant Kumar, a local resident, in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following the state government's appeal against their acquittal.On the state government's plea, the High Court earlier issued notices to the five respondents on March 11. On Monday, Justice Manoj Garg issued them fresh notices after prosecution counsel Mahipal Singh told the court that none, except Neelam…

Irrfan Khan is in top form: Producer Dinesh Vijan

New Delhi, May 20 : Producer Dinesh Vijan says actor Irrfan Khan, who returned to work last month to shoot for "Angrezi Medium" after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, is in top form and will be seen playing a character that will be "very memorable".In March last year, Irrfan had announced his diagnosis and said he was going abroad for treatment. He returned to India in February this year. Asked how is he on the sets, Dinesh told IANS: "He is outstanding and mind-blowing. He is in top…

LIFESTYLE

Deepika Padukone turns Barbie for MET Gala 2019

New York, May 7 : Actress Deepika Padukone made waves at the pink carpet of the MET Gala 2019 by taking on a Barbie avatar in a Zac Posen gown.Deepika, who gained global recognition with "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" in 2017, stunned one and all when she stepped out in an all pink strapless gown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art here on Monday evening. She opted for Zac Posen's metallic pink lurex jacquard gown embellished with 3D printed pieces meant to resemble embroidery. In sync with this year's theme…

Priyanka, Nick Jonas’ go mushy at MET Gala

New York, May 7 : The MET gala has been special to Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. The couple walked the event's 2017 red carpet together for the first time, and this year, they appeared there as a married couple and kissed away on the red carpet.In 2017, Priyanka and Nick weren't an official couple when they posed together on the red carpet, but the photographs sparked speculation that perhaps a romance was brewing between the two. Almost a year later, the pair was engaged in July 2018 after two months of…

Isha Ambani looks like a dream at MET Gala 2019

New York, May 7 : Mukesh and Nita Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani turned many heads with her breathtaking look at the Met Gala 2019.For the gala, Isha opted for a beautiful soft lilac creation by Prabal Gurung, the designer who styled actress Deepika Padukone's look for last year's Met Gala. Going with this year's Met Gala theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion", Isha wore a haute couture gown with a plunging neckline, featuring feather all over the skirt and embellishments on torso of the gown, which also featured a…

SPORTS

Sony acquires broadcasting rights to 2019 FIFA events

Mumbai, May 20: Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for marquee FIFA events in 2019 including the FIFA Womens World Cup France 2019, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019. All the prestigious tournaments will be broadcast on television and digitally within the Indian subcontinent on the sports channels of Sony Pictures Networks and its premium video on demand (VOD) service,…

All eyes on Gayatri Gopichand in junior badminton meet

Chennai, May 20: All eyes will be on the under-19 girls singles top seed Pullela Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand, at the Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, starting here on Tuesday.Over 1,000 young shuttlers will be vying for breakthrough victories, but Gayatri will be the cynosure of all eyes as she is set to lead the country's next generation of players towards greater and success. The 16-year-old Hyderabadi, who has shown rare consistency and amazing temperament at…

India eves beat S Korea 2-1 in tour opener

Jincheon (South Korea), May 20: The Indian women's hockey team edged past hosts South Korea 2-1 in their first game of the three-match bilateral series, here on Monday.Lalremsiami (11th minute) and Navneet Kaur (40th) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (48th) found the net for S Korea. India, coming into the meet on the back of impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia, started on the front foot. The eves could have taken the lead in the opening exchanges but missed a gilt edge chance from a penalty corner in…

SCI-TECH

End ‘unfriendly’ practices against Huawei: China to US

Beijing, May 16 (IANS) China on Thursday urged the US to stop "harassing overseas companies" and slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to sign a national emergency order that prohibits American firms from using foreign-made equipment, citing espionage fears.The US move, which effectively takes aim at Chinese telecom giant Huawei, comes as the two economic superpowers are locked in a bitter unending trade war. "Nobody sees this move as constructive or friendly and we urge US to stop using such…

Older Windows unsafe, Microsoft issues warnings

San Francisco, May 15 (IANS) Software giant Microsoft is warning users using older Windows versions to urgently apply for a Windows Update in order to protect their systems and data against a potential widespread attack.The company has already released security patches for Windows 7, XP and Windows Server 2003 despite the fact that XP and Server 2003 are already out of support. "This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction. Any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate…

Samsung India sells 5 mn Galaxy A phones in 70 days

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Sending a strong message to its Chinese rivals, Samsung on Tuesday said it sold record number (five million) of Galaxy A series phones in just 70 days, starting March 1, achieving $1 billion revenue.Samsung India has launched six models in the Galaxy A series -- Galaxy A50, A30, A20, A10, A70 and A2 Core. "Our aim is to make Galaxy A series a $4-billion brand in India this year. We are now on track to exceed our target," Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice-President,…

BUSINESS

Sony acquires broadcasting rights to 2019 FIFA events

Mumbai, May 20: Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for marquee FIFA events in 2019 including the FIFA Womens World Cup France 2019, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019. All the prestigious tournaments will be broadcast on television and digitally within the Indian subcontinent on the sports channels of Sony Pictures Networks and its premium video on demand (VOD) service,…

All eyes on Gayatri Gopichand in junior badminton meet

Chennai, May 20: All eyes will be on the under-19 girls singles top seed Pullela Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand, at the Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, starting here on Tuesday.Over 1,000 young shuttlers will be vying for breakthrough victories, but Gayatri will be the cynosure of all eyes as she is set to lead the country's next generation of players towards greater and success. The 16-year-old Hyderabadi, who has shown rare consistency and amazing temperament at…

India eves beat S Korea 2-1 in tour opener

Jincheon (South Korea), May 20: The Indian women's hockey team edged past hosts South Korea 2-1 in their first game of the three-match bilateral series, here on Monday.Lalremsiami (11th minute) and Navneet Kaur (40th) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (48th) found the net for S Korea. India, coming into the meet on the back of impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia, started on the front foot. The eves could have taken the lead in the opening exchanges but missed a gilt edge chance from a penalty corner in…

INTERNATIONAL

New Ukraine President announces elections (2nd Lead)

Kiev (Ukraine), May 20 (IANS) Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky announced parliamentary elections during his swearing in as Ukraine's new President on Monday. The election may take place in October."I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)", the BBC quoted Zelensky as saying. Ending the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in the east would be the top priority, the President, who scored a landslide victory in the presidential election on April 21, said. Zelensky made his inaugural address in…

Lanka for global intelligence sharing to end terror

Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, media reported on Monday.The call has come after the last month's terror attacks that claimed around 250 lives in the island country. Addressing the 10th war heroes commemoration ceremony at the War Memorial, here on Sunday, Sirisena said the threats faced by Sri Lanka were not domestic but international that needed to be eliminated, reported Xinhua news…

Minor quake strikes Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Yangon, May 20 (IANS) A 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar's Rakhine state on Monday morning, said a release of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.The quake jolted at 07:50 a.m. (local time). The epicentre is 32 km southeast of Ann township, the Xinhua news agency reported. The quake struck at a depth of 105 km. However, no damage was reported after the jolt.

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