Stinking waste piles up in Jamshedpur

Stinking waste piles up in Jamshedpur

Let me tell the unwary visitor one thing, Jamshedpur stinks! All this noise about  Swachh Bharat Abhiyan being taken forward with much zeal across the country!  Well,  two important stretches under Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) in the steel city and Adityapur Municipal Council (AMC) in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district stick out like sore thumbs. […]

It’s official: Demonetization was a flop show!

It’s official: Demonetization was a flop show!

Demonetisation of high value currency notes of Rs 1000  and Rs 500 on 8 November 2016 shook India, disrupting normal behaviour in Indian politics, economy and society. The ‘ruling coalition’ tom-tomed about this  ‘big-bang step to unearth black money’, impair terrorism funding and weed out ‘fake currency’ from the system. The opposition on the other […]

Musicians aren’t losers, asserts AR Rehman

Musicians aren’t losers, asserts AR Rehman

Bombay (Mumbai): Musicians certainly aren’t losers, but why does cinema depict them as such? That’s a question posed by a music composer. Filmmakers usually show the positive side of sports personalities in biopics, but he fails to understand why musicians are often depicted as losers on the big screen, famous music composer A R Rahman […]

World Blood Donor Day is Today

World Blood Donor Day is Today

Every year, on 14 June, comes World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Every pint of blood donated can save more than 3 lives! So if you began donating blood at […]

‘Controversial who, me?’: Deepa Mehta

‘Controversial who, me?’: Deepa Mehta

Bombay (Mumbai):  Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta says she does not get bothered anymore about the ‘controversial director’ tag. “As a filmmaker you don’t think this (controversy) might happen. I have been called a controversial filmmaker and perhaps it is right. But at this point in my life I don’t care about it but earlier on […]

Viral Fever: emotional outburst at Women’s charges against Founder

Viral Fever: emotional outburst at Women’s charges against Founder

Bombay (Mumbai): Facing allegations of sexual harassment against its founder Arunubh Kumar, The Viral Fever  admitted that it should have responded in a better manner rather than reacting ’emotionally and too quickly’. (March 17) In its initial statement, the company said the person behind the blog post will be found and given “severe justice”. This […]

Biggest Robbery in History

Biggest Robbery in History

“What does a woman in Wall Street have in common with a woman who has a shop in Brazil? Or in a cane farm in South Africa? Or in a sweatshop in Bangladesh? Chances are that they are all not paid equally by their different employers”  A new UN initiative launched recently calls the women’s […]

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ separates Men from Boys

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ separates Men from Boys

One singer currently holds 16 places on the BBC’s Top 20 this week. Guess who? Ed Sheeran has just broken a truckload of records with his latest album ÷ (Divide). In its first week it outsold the rest of the top 500 combined and became the fastest-selling album ever by a male artist. Ed is […]

Politicians’ Sickening Statements

Sir, The behaviour of politicians and the low level of their statements made have become quite sickening. It is as though basic decency and dignity has been thrown to the winds. The speeches and utterances of the vocal politicians, especially those campaigning in North India nowadays have become ribald, rustic and reactionary. Be they Chief […]

Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

Nepal government has for the first time formally acknowledged India as a labour destination for Nepali workers. On January 23, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced that the government is planning to make it mandatory for Nepali workers heading for India to acquire labor permits. The government does not have records of Nepalis working in […]

Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

Boy Shakira reacts to a news report in  our new series; Howzatt? New Delhi: Dismissing the old adage of breakfast being the healthiest meal of the day, a new study noted that it is in fact the unhealthiest meal in India, reports PTI (1 Feb). Really? Do you mean middle class India, rural India, or […]