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Cambodian Former Prime Minister Pen Sovann passes away at 80

Pen Sovann was the Prime Minister of Cambodia for six months in 1981 after the fall of Democratic Kampuchea in 1979

Picture of Pen Sovann.

October 30, 2016: Cambodian former Prime Minister and current opposition lawmaker Pen Sovann died on Saturday at the age of 80 due to illness, the opposition party said in a statement.

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“His Excellency Pen Sovann, a member of parliament and former Prime Minister during the People’s Republic of Kampuchea, died at 19.17 local time on October 29, 2016 at the age of 80 due to illness at his house in (southern) Takeo province,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as saying.

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He was the Prime Minister of Cambodia for six months in 1981 after the fall of Democratic Kampuchea in 1979. (IANS)


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Shashi Tharoor Gives Comedy A Shot For The First Time

Shashi Tharoor performs Stand-up comedy for the first time in "One Mic Stand"

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Shashi Tharoor embraces his stand-up comedy experience. Pixabay

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is giving comedy a shot for the first time, and says embracing stand-up comedy has been an overwhelming experience.

Tharoor made his debut in the world of humour with “One Mic Stand”, which brings celebrities from diverse backgrounds and help them perform stand-up comedy for the very first time with one established comedian.

“I’m quite excited to be an integral part of this unique stand-up comedy series on Amazon Prime Video. Needless to say, it’s been an overwhelming experience for me to embrace stand-up comedy for the first time ever,” Tharoor said.

“At times, we do crack a joke or two in the political fraternity, though humour is always a big risk in the political world. However, this live comedy act in particular is fun and rewarding in itself. It feels like being a driver who takes his audience on a laughter journey whilst steering an unfamiliar bus all on his own,” added the former diplomat, who has been a successful author with great English vocabulary.

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Shashi Tharoor feels that humour is a big risk in political world. Pixabay

“One Mic Stand”, a five episode series, is created and hosted by Sapan Verma in collaboration with Only Much Louder. The show went live on Amazon Prime Video on November 15.

“Great to wear this maiden hat of a stand-Up comedian. Kudos to Kunal Kamra, my mentor on the show and Sapan for making it happen,” Tharoor said.

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Along with Tharoor, stars like Bhuvan Bam, Taapsee Pannu, Richa Chadha, Vishal Dadlani, Zakir Khan, Kunal Kamra, Angad Ranyal, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya also became a part of the show. (IANS)