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Sridevi & Irrfan Khan Win Best Actress & Best Actor at IIFA 2018

BANGKOK: Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honored for her final role at India's movie awards in Bangkok, winning the best actress prize at the colorful celebration of dance, music, and the film just months after her shocking death. India's biggest stars descended on the Thai capital late Sunday for a riotous evening filled with glamour and stunning dance routines at the International Indian Film Academy's (IIFA) annual awards ceremony, dubbed Bollywood's Oscars. But two of the most prestigious prizes were awarded…

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

SYDNEY: Australia rang in the New Year with a spectacular display of rainbow-coloured fireworks cascading from Sydney Harbour Bridge amid tight security. About 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house, the first major celebrations worldwide after New Zealand. "This is a fabulous way to see out 2017," said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Thousands turned out earlier in New Zealand's largest city Auckland for the…

VIDEO: Rare two-headed turtle born in Thailand

BANGKOK: A baby turtle born with two heads in Thailand is capturing attention of people who happen to live in the surrounding alongside thousands others on the internet. Nong Somjai of Nonthaburi shared a video of the 3-month old slider turtle scampering across her floor. Somjai said she named the two-headed turtle Michelangelo. "I have had a lot of turtles but this is the first time I've had one like this. I knew about them but had never seen them," Somjai said. "I breed turtles to sell and a lot of…

Walkies! Big dogs and small join Bangkok fun run

BANGKOK: From tiny chihuahuas to 60 kg (130 lb) mastiffs, hundreds of dogs and their owners join Bangkok fun run in a park on Sunday to raise money for charity. Nobody was racing against the clock at the "Maa-Rathon" - maa is Thai for dog - and there was no prize for the fastest dog and owner around the 1.7 km (1.1 mile) course. Entrants paid $30 per dog to raise funds for a new building at the Siriraj Hospital. Read More: This new selfie stick for dogs will amaze you "This way dogs can also contribute to help…

Bangkok bans street food leaving foodies fed up, vendors in a pickle

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand's capital are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by the military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks. Thailand's street-food hawkers whip up tasty delights, from noodles and fried rice to oyster omelettes, in the blink of an eye, often with little more than a gas cannister kitchen on a cart. Bangkok is often voted the world's best destination for street food in travel polls. Residents and visitors…

Snap! Selfie-seeking tourist bitten by Thai crocodile

BANGKOK: A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Khao Yai, a popular national park filled with dense jungle hiking trails and waterfalls three hours north of Bangkok. "She wanted to take a selfie with the crocodile who was lying down near a stream," a park official said, asking not to be named because he did not have the authority to speak to the…

Facebook Safety Check creates false bomb scare in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Ever since the Facebook introduced the ‘Safety Check’, to let people during natural or man-made disasters to quickly determine whether people in the affected geographical area are safe, has become troublesome due to some glitches. On Tuesday, the site activated its "Safety Check" feature across Thailand's capital. That means that anyone it thinks is in the area will see a message informing them that there has been "an explosion", and encouraging them to mark themselves safe from it. But no such explosion…

Court grants five-day physical remand of Baldia factory fire key accused

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court granted physical remand of Abdur Rehman alias Bhola, the main accused of Baldia Town factory fire, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The court granted five days' physical remand of the accused to police, who was produced before the court under stringent security today. The judge also ordered the police to produce accused Bhola before the court on December 19 court hearing. The accused reportedly has said that the factory was set on fire by Asghar Baig. A two-member team of Federal…

Main suspect in Baldia factory fire arrested from Bangkok

BANGKOK: Interpol and local police arrested prime suspect in the Baldia Factory Fire Case Abdul Rehman alias Bhola from a hotel in Thailand's capital Bangkok, ARY News reported on Saturday. According to sources, Bangkok Police and Interpol raided Royal Garden Hotel and arrested Rehman. He is accused of setting fire to a garments factory Ali Enterprises in Baldia Town area of Karachi over refusing extortion demand. The blaze had claimed the lives of at least 250 persons working in the factory. It should be noted that…

Women’s T20 Asia Cup: Pakistan hammer Bangladesh by nine wickets

BANGKOK: Pakistan thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in the Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup in Bangkok on Wednesday, ARY News reported. Bangladesh, taking guard after winning the toss, were bowled out after scoring 44 runs in 15.3 overs as only two of their batswomen could score in double figures. Jahanara Alam was the top scorer for Bangladesh as she made 12 runs from eight balls with a boundary and a six to her name. Rumana Ahmed made 11 runs from 19 balls which included a four. Pakistani bowler Sana Mir was the…