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Irrfan bags top honour at AFA

Irrfan bags top honour at AFAMacau, March 28 : Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan was handed over the trophy for best actor at the eighth edition of Asian Film Awards (AFA) held here.

Irrfan, who has displayed his acting prowess in films like "Maqbool", "Life Of Pi" and "Paan Singh Tomar", won the best actor award for his role in "The Lunchbox" at the ceremony held Thursday.

He was up against Song Kang-ho, Lee Kang Sheng, Fukuyama Masaharu and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai.

Golfer Bhullar looks to defend Macau Open title

Gaganjeet-BhullarMacau, Oct 16 : Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is relishing his title defence at the Venetian Macau Open starting Thursday, labelling the $800,000 event as one of the biggest on the Asian Tour.

The 25-year-old, currently third on the Order of Merit, will face a stellar field at the spectacular Macau Golf and Country Club which includes four-time Major champion Ernie Els and six former Merit champions, among them countrymen Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev Milkha Singh.

Golfer Bhullar to defend Macau Open

Gaganjeet-BhullarMacau, Aug 22 : India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar Thursday said he will return here in October to defend his Macau Open title which he won in emphatic style last year.

Leading from start-to-finish, the young star triumphed on 16-under-par 268 total to win by two strokes ahead of American Jonathan Moore and Thai Thitiphun Chuayprakong.

The Macau Golf and Country Club is a hunting ground for Bhullar who also recorded a runners-up finish in 2009 when Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand was crowned champion.

Missing Ranbir today, says Deepika after winning IIFA award

Macau, July 7 - Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who won the Star Plus audience jodi of the year award for "Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani" at the 14th IIFA awards here, said that she missed her co-star Ranbir Kapoor who was not present at the awards.

"I miss Ranbir today. Thank you so much, Ayan, for making me look so wonderful in the film. I miss you and I love you," she said on receiving the awards.

"Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" has been directed by Ayan Mukerji and stars Deepika, Ranbir, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. The film clicked at the box office. (IANS)

Business tie-up will bring new dynamics: Anurag Basu on Ranbir

ranbir-anuragMacau, July 5 : Bollywood director Anurag Basu, who teams up with Ranbir Kapoor for "Jagga Jasoos" again after "Barfi!", will also be co-producing the film with the star and said their "business partnership" will bring "new dynamics" to their equation.

"The status is that the script is ready. There will be new dynamics this time as Ranbir and I will be partnering in business - we both are producing it. Everyone wants to work with him... so he will have to finish those two films and come to me," Basu told IANS.

Would love to perform with my cousin: Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti-ChopraMacau, July 4 : Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra says she would love to perform on stage with her star cousin Priyanka Chopra.

"I would love to perfome with her. She is one of the best dancers we have," Parineeti of "Ishaqzaade" fame told IANS.

The 24-year-old, who is here for the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, says she grew up watching Priyanka and other celebrities attending award functions and is now thrilled to be part of the festivities.

Abhishek, Shahid leave handprints at IIFA

Abhishek-Shahid-KapoorMacau, July 4 : Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan and Shahid Kapoor left handprints in a special cement mould as a part of the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards and celebrations, which kick started here Thursday.

Abhishek, who will also perform at the awards function Saturday after a gap of few years, was looking forward to the function.

Residents of Macao feel ban on plastic bags will be 'inconvenient'

Residents of Macao feel ban on plastic bags will be 'inconvenient'It has been reported that residents of Macao, a special administrative region of China, use on an average five plastic shopping bags every day even as 60 percent of people said it would be "inconvenient" if the government prohibits its use.

It was further reported that while 60 percent of people interviewed in Macao said having to decrease their use of plastic bags would be "inconvenient", around 90 percent expressed their support to the government's initiatives to cut the use of plastic bags.

Experience of a lifetime for Yuki Bhambri in Macau

Experience of a lifetime for Yuki Bhambri in MacauMacau, Oct 27 : It was an experience that Yuki Bhambri, World Junior No. 1 tennis player will cherish for ever. To be in the gambling enclave and fun city of Macau for a weekend was treat enough, but to play alongside one legend and against another across the net was a lifetime experience.

It was a "Walk Down Memory Lane" and a "Sneak Preview into the Future" rolled into one at the Venetian Tennis Showdown here.    

Macau's casinos take a record 1.41 billion US dollars in August

Macau's casinos take a record 1.41 billion US dollars in August Hong Kong  - Casinos in the southern Chinese resort of Macau brought in a record 1.41 billion US dollars in August, the highest monthly amount ever, according to official data released Thursday.

The record takings were 17 per cent higher than in the same month last year and triple the monthly average of 470 million US dollars raked in by casinos on the Las Vegas Strip over the past year.

Chetan advances to quarterfinals of Macau Open

Chetan AnandIndia's Chetan Anand has stormed into the semifinals of the men's singles event of the Macau Open Grand Prix in China after defeating Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark in the pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday.

The seventh seeded Chetan ousted Hans in straight sets 21-15 21-15 in just 30 minutes to enter into last 16 of the tournament. Chetan will now play against the winner of match between Huan Gao and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the quarterfinal match.

Chetan advances to pre-quarterfinal of Macau Open

Chetan advances to pre-quarterfinal of Macau OpenIndian ace shuttler Chetan Anand has stormed into the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event in the Macau Open Grand Prix in China after winning his second round match. Arvind Bhatt also made into the pre-quarterfinal round while four other Indians failed to win their matches.

Former culture minister wins unopposed election in Macau

Former culture minister wins unopposed election in MacauMacau  - Former culture minister Ferdando Chui was elected as Macau's new leader Sunday after running unopposed in a poll of the former Portuguese colony's leading citizens.

A 300-strong election panel, formed from representatives of Macau's business and political communities, cast their ballots in the election on Sunday morning, giving Chui 282 votes. Some 14 ballots were left blank, while there were no votes against Chui.

The same panel voted 286 in favour of nominating Chui as Macau's next government chief executive at a meeting last month.

Unopposed candidate set to become Macau's new leader

Unopposed candidate set to become Macau's new leaderMacau  - Former culture minister Ferdando Chui was set to be elected as Macau's new leader Sunday in a vote in which Chui is the only candidate.

A 300-strong election panel, formed from representatives of Macau's business and political communities, will take part in the poll.

While Chui needs 151 votes to win, the same panel voted 286 in favour of nominating Chui as Macau's next government chief executive at a meeting last month.

Macau gambling revenue falls 12.2 per cent in second quarter

Macau gambling revenue falls 12.2 per cent in second quarterMacau  - Gambling revenue in Macau dropped 12.2 per cent to 25.6 billion Macau patacas (3.2 billion dollars) in the second quarter of 2009 compared with a year earlier, the territory's gaming authority said Monday.

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said revenue from Macau's 32 casinos dropped to 25.4 billion patacas in the second quarter, down around 2 per cent compared the first quarter.

The bureau said there were also falls in revenues from lotteries and horse racing.

First Look Of 'Jail' Unveiled At IIFA

First Look Of 'Jail' Unveiled At IIFAPercept Picture Company on Friday unveiled the first look of its forthcoming film ‘Jail’ at the Indian International Film Awards (IIFA), at Macau.

On the occasion, the principal cast of the movie including Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse and Manoj Bajpai were present. They also unveiled a teaser trailer and some key art posters of their much talked-about film.

The film is directed by talented Madhur Bhandarkar who carved a niche for himself with films like ‘Fashion’ and ‘Page 3’.

IIFA 2009 To Be Held In Macau

IIFA 2009 To Be Held In MacauThis year the star-studded International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has chosen Macau, China, for its awards being held from 11th June to 13th June, 2009.

IIFA’s 10 successful years of existence are a proof of the integrity and the distinct place that it enjoys in the Indian film industry.

The organizers of the tenth edition of IIFA said that the event will take place at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel at Macau.

The announcement was made in front of IIFA brand ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan and government representatives of Macau.

Macau says it ejected pro-democracy activists under security law

Macau says it ejected pro-democracy activists under security law Hong Kong  - Macau Monday defended its decision to refuse entry to a group of pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong, saying it ejected them to safeguard public order under an internal security law.

Five people, including legislators Leung Kwok-hung and Lee Cheuk- yan, were turned back when they arrived Sunday morning as part of a delegation of 33 pro-democracy activists.

Gambling revenue slumps 30 per cent in Macau as recession bites

Gambling revenue slumps 30 per cent in Macau as recession bites Hong Kong  - Gambling revenue in Macau's casinos has fallen by 30 per cent in January compared to the same month last year as punters stay away, according to figures released Friday.

Spending in the casinos over the Chinese New Year was down dramatically with gamblers spending a little more than half over the three-day holiday what they spent last year in a single day.

Financial crisis leaves Asia9s first adult products expo flaccid

Macau  - The global financial crisis has taken its toll on Asia's inaugural sex trade show after several firms pulled out of the Asia Adult Expo, a media report said Friday.

More than 60 exhibitors are taking part in the four-day event at the 3,000-room Venetian Macao hotel, the South China Morning Post said.

Kenny Los, chief executive of Vertical Expo Services, which organized the event, said the handful of companies that withdrew were US investment firms specializing in the adult industry.

"They mainly invest in manufacturers and suppliers as well as adult publications," he said.




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