Locks changed after keys stolen at Tower of London

Updated 13 November 2012
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Locks changed after keys stolen at Tower of London

LONDON: Some of the locks at the Tower of London — home to Queen Elizabeth II’s crown jewels — have had to be changed after two sets of keys were stolen from the grounds, red-faced officials said on Monday. Police have launched an investigation after an intruder gained access to the site of the historic castle in the early hours of Nov. 6 before stealing the keys. The keys gave access to the tower’s drawbridges as well as conference rooms and a restaurant, according to a statement from Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that runs the site. The intruder was stopped and taken off the site, but afterwards it was found that the keys were missing. A spokeswoman said the Crown Jewels, which include priceless crowns and scepters used by Queen Elizabeth II on ceremonial occasions, were never at risk of being stolen. “The intruder did not gain access into the Tower itself,” the Historic Royal Palaces spokeswoman said. He did manage to get round the gate at the main entrance but was then apprehended and escorted off the premises. “At no point was the security of the Tower at risk.”


Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize at India film awards

Sridevi. (AP)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize at India film awards

BANGKOK: The late Sridevi was among Indian cinema performers honored at Bollywood’s biggest annual event, the International Indian Film Academy Awards that concluded Sunday in Bangkok.
Sridevi received the best actress award for her final role, in the 2017 film “Mom,” in which she played a woman seeking vengeance after her stepdaughter is raped.
Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s, Sridevi was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. She accidentally drowned in February while in Dubai for a wedding.
The leading film coming into the event, “Tumhari Sulu,” took home the best picture prize. The story of a housewife who becomes a radio jockey had seven nominations.
Director Saket Chaudhary and actor Irrfan Khan won top awards for “Hindi Medium,” a tale of parents seeking a good education for their daughter. Khan, best known internationally for his role as the park executive Masrani in “Jurassic World,” has been undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine cancer.
The IIFA awards event, held each year in cities around the world, celebrates the Hindi-language film industry with awards and performances.
Performers on Sunday included Rekha, who returned to the stage for the first time in 20 years. The 64-year-old star is known as Bollywood’s timeless beauty and has acted in more than 180 films.