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Farhan Akhtar ends 15-year-old marriage with Adhuna

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NEW DELHI — Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna Akhtar, who were married for 15 years, finally announced their decision to separate on Thursday.

“This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they be protected from unwarranted speculations and public glare,” read a joint statement issued by the Akhtars.

“We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner,” the statement read further.

Farhan, 42, is the son of veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar and his former wife Honey Irani, and Adhuna, who is six years older than Farhan, is a celebrity hairstylist.

They have two daughters named Shakya and Akira.

Farhan’s split with Adhuna comes as yet another end to a real life love story in tinsel town after actor Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan’s split in 2013.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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