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Kim Kardashian helps 35 female Afghan footballers and their families

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Members of the Afghanistan women’s youth development football team have been airlifted to the UK in an evacuation flight funded by US celebrity Kim Kardashian.

The 35 female footballers and their families, a total of 130 people, arrived at Stansted Airport, east of London, in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to the ROKiT Foundation.

The squad had been in Pakistan on temporary 30-day visas since escaping from Afghanistan following a takeover of the country by the Taliban.

But a charter flight brought them to the UK, where they will spend 10 days of a coronavirus quarantine in a hotel before starting their new lives.

A representative for Kardashian, best known as a star of reality television, told Britain´s PA news agency the flight was funded by her and her SKIMS brand.

Siu-Anne Gill, chief executive officer of the ROKiT Foundation which helped organise the footballers´ escape from Afghanistan, said she was “extremely humbled by the courage shown by these girls”.

“That´s inspired us to ensure that their efforts in getting over the border don´t go to waste,” she added.

Since their return to power on August 15, the Taliban have said that women can play football but only under strict conditions — namely barred from playing in public.

Other Afghan female players have fled to Portugal.

Leeds United are among the organisations offering to help the footballers who have arrived in England, with Andrea Radrizzani, the owner of the Premier League football club, saying in a statement: “We are delighted the Afghan Women & Girls Development Football Team and their families, led by their brave, former captain Khalida Popal have landed safely in the UK, following extensive efforts by a number of partners.

“We are honoured to have played our part and grateful that the UK government has enabled their resettlement in the UK.”

A British government spokesperson said: “Like others we have brought to the UK from Afghanistan, the Afghanistan girls´ football team will receive a warm welcome, support and accommodation.”

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Panama Papers case: Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan summoned by ED

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for questioning in a case linked to the 2016 ‘Panama Papers’ global tax leaks case, officials said on Monday.

Aishwarya Bachchan, 48, the daughter-in-law of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, has been asked to depose before the agency in Delhi.The ED has been probing the case since 2016 when the global leaks came to light. It later issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the RBI.

 

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Kareena, Amrita tests positive for coronavirus, authorities seal house over violation

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Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora have tested positive for the COVID-19. The duo were reportedly seen at different parties violating several COVID guidelines.

“I have tested positive for Covid,” Kareena informed her followers on Instagram. “I immediately isolated myself while following all medical protocols.”

Kareena requested everyone who came in contact with her to get tested.

“My family and staff are also double vaccinated. They are currently not showing any symptoms.”

Kareena hoped she would recover soon.

A few hours later, however, the BMC sealed Kareena’s residence for reportedly violating the coronavirus guidelines. According to a tweet by ANI, Kareena has not provided proper information to the authority yet.

“She has not given proper information yet but our officers are trying to find out how many people came in contact with her.”

The BMC then confirmed the reports in a statement.

“Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora tested positive for Covid-19,” it stated. “Both of them had violated Covid norms and attended several parties. BMC has ordered people, who came in contact with the two actors, to undergo RT-PCR test.”

Kareena’s representative remarked that she has been “extremely responsible” through the lockdown and follows all guidelines.

“Unfortunately, this time she and Amrita Arora contracted COVID at an intimate dinner where a few friends had gathered to catch up,” the representative said. “It wasn’t a big party as being reported. Among that group, there was one person who seemed unwell and was coughing, and who eventually passed it on. This person should have been responsible enough to not attend the dinner and put others at risk.”

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India’s Harnaaz Sandhu wins Miss Universe contest held in Israel

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Harnaaz Sandhu of India has been crowned the 70th Miss Universe, topping a field of some 80 contestants in a pageant that was touched by politics and the pandemic.

The previously reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, crowned her successor, a 21-year-old model, early on Monday in the Israeli Red Sea resort town of Eilat.

The pageant was held in the middle of the night, wrapping up at 5am (0300 GMT) on Monday to accommodate the primetime schedule in the United States.

The pageant included traditional displays of national costumes, swimwear and a series of interview questions to test contestants’ public speaking skills. The top 10 showed off intricately bedazzled full-length gowns in either gold, silver or bronze.

The Philippines’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez wore an asymmetrical cut dress with one sleeve, highlighting a new tattoo she said “celebrates her womanhood”.

Before Sandhu, two Indians have won the Miss Universe title: Bollywood actresses Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.

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