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Maryse Conde wins alternative literature prize in absence of Nobel

STOCKHOLM: Maryse Conde from the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe was awarded the New Academy Prize in Literature, created after the Swedish Academy postponed this year’s literary Nobel as it sought to deal with the aftermath of a rape scandal. The New Academy was founded by more than 100 Swedish cultural figures earlier this year as a response to the scandal and the postponement of the Nobel. “In her work she describes the ravages of colonialism, and the post-colonial chaos in a language which is both precise…

Rahane to lead India against Afghanistan in Kohli’s absence

MUMBAI: Ajinkya Rahane will lead India against Afghanistan, who play their maiden test in Bengaluru in June, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Kohli will represent Surrey in June after signing a one-month contract with the English county side to prepare for the test series against England later this year. He will return to lead India in the limited-overs series in Ireland in June before they head to England for three T20 internationals, three ODIs and a…

China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER: Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the United States, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. North and South Korea held talks for the first time in two years last week and Pyongyang says it will send athletes across the border to…

Vettel reprimanded for anthem absence

SUZUKA, Japan: Sebastian Vettel’s Sunday could not get much worse after engine problems at the Japanese Grand Prix all but killed off his title hopes, but Formula One stewards reprimanded him anyway for missing the national anthem before the race. The German failed to turn up on time for the Japanese anthem, an understandable absence given the commotion around his car as mechanics hurried to fix a sparkplug problem. The non-driving reprimand for the rules breach, as opposed to one handed out for something that happened…

’99 percent senior party leadership not participating in PML-N GT Road rally’

ISLAMABAD: Senior Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Thursday dispelled the media speculations that he was suffering from back pain, therefore, he could not attend the PML-N GT Road rally. “I am amazed that why I am being singled out in the media, while 99 percent of the senior party leadership is not participating in the rally,” he said in a clarification issued by his spokesman to media speculations on his absence from the rally being led by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. …