August 2011

Priyanka: Hair-in-Waiting

Priyanka (Gandhi) Vadra's appearance in parliament on the Aug 26, sporting a new, longer hairstyle that makes her seem the spitting-image of her powerful grandmother, Indira, should get the chattering going again.

Western Firms Aided Libyan Spies

Libya sought advanced tools to control the encrypted online-phone service Skype, censor YouTube videos and block Libyans from disguising their online activities by using "proxy" servers.

Ghost Blamed for Death of Daughters

Naiyana Gauri Patel accused of killing her two daughters with a hatchet told police a ghost was responsible for the slayings.

Messi Fever in India

There is no doubt now that Lionel Messi is the best of our generation. Instead, the debate is now over his place among the pantheon of all-time greats, such as Pele and Diego Maradona.

India Records Highest Newborn Deaths

Five countries account for more than half of the world's 3.3 million newborn deaths - India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Politics of Scorning Politicians

The extraordinary national affection for Mr. Hazare is a consequence of the general perception that he is not a politician. This is a naïve view of a man who has threatened to die many times in the last 20 years but still lives.

TJ Bakery in Tihar Jail

It is tea-time at the Tihar prison bakery in Delhi. Workers are busy rolling out sugary cookie dough and packing savoury biscuits.

Slumdog Thrillionaires

Indian youths perform incredibly dangerous 'train surfing' stunt routine while hanging off carriage.

India Wasn't Apple of Steve Jobs' Eyes

Not only has Apple used India as a “dumping ground”, but has also charged us full price for end-of-life products.

CPM Wooed American Capitalists

Wikileaks claims that top CPM leaders in Kerala sought a senior U.S. diplomat's help in attracting private investment from America.

James Bond Goes to India

‘Bond 23′ is likely to be shot along the streets of Daryaganj, Sarojini Nagar market and Ansari Road in Delhi.

Richard Branson to Buy Indian Sporting League

British tycoon Richard Branson may partner with a prominent star family of Bollywood to buy a team in i1 Super Series, an Indian motor sporting league backed by Sachin Tendulkar.

Shorts Come Into Vogue

Over two decades ago, when Zeenat Aman had worn a pair of shorts in Dostana, a song "Bahut Khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki" sung rather teasingly by Kishore Kumar, invited the roadside Romeos to tease her

Mayawati Property Tax Defaulter

UP Chief Minister Mayawati owes Rs.31.76 lakh to the New Delhi Municipal Corporation as tax on her property on Sardar Patel Marg. Hotel Taj Palace owes $10 million.

Toothpaste Bomb

Four tubes of toothpaste were detonated by the Jersey City police bomb squad after they were mailed to a township resident in what appeared to be a suspicious package from India.

PC Sales to Top 11 Million in India

The combined installed base of desktop and notebook personal computers in India is estimated to have crossed 52 million units aat the end of 2010.

$430 Million Ganpati

The Ganpati idol at Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Mandal is made of 150 lbs of gold and almost 1,000 lbs of silver and insured for $430 million.

Shah Rukh Khan: 'I Don't Think Anyone Can Compete With Me'

"I can see his movies from here better than I can see the Wall of China or anything. We see his movies covering the face of this earth."

Indian Millionaires to Double by 2015

The number of Indian millionaires will double to 403,000 by 2015, according to a forecast. China will have three times as many.

Only 2.8% of Indians Pay Income Tax

Just 33 million Indians paid income tax in 2011. Total tax collections were $10 billion for the year

Road Rage Blamed for Death

They argued before the other driver went back to her car, put it in reverse and came at the Bedis.

Reliance Bodyguards 'Bodyguard'

Reliance Entertainment has secured a 'John Doe Order' from the court restraining websites, cable operators and Internet Service Providers from showing the movie.

Train Surfing, India's Perilous New Sport

After stunt bikers in Delhi had created ruckus on the roads, it's the turn of Mumbai's self-styled stuntmen to give others some hair-raising moments but this time on rail.

Shah Rukh Khan Finds Inspiration in Lady Gaga

"I have learnt re-inventing .....So I don't listen to raag Bhairavi any more... I listen to Lady Gaga. My son and daughter have converted me from 'Saturday Night Fever' to Justin Bieber."

Joint Family Takes Hold in America

Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family — if their grandkids aren't already living with them.

$15,000 for a Night of Dance, Booze and Sex

"For sex, the customers could shift to the rooms that are separated from the dance bars by an electronically operated door fitted to the common wall."

Amway Operations Shut Down in Kerala

Authorities in Kerala have shut down Amway's operations there amid allegations the company was operating as an illegal “money chain” and “cheating."

Dancing on a Train

A Bollywood dance number conducted entirely on a moving train.

Is Culture Behind Men's Better Spatial Reasoning?

A new study of two tribes in Northern India is suggesting that the gender gap we see in spatial skills may be partially due to culture rather than raw biology.

The Mystery of Steve Jobs’s Public Giving

Despite accumulating an estimated $8.3 billion fortune through his holdings in Apple and a 7.4 percent stake in Disney, there is no public record of Apple's Steve Jobs giving money to charity.

Lakshmi Menon's High Points In Fashion

She began her international career in 2006 with a show for Jean Paul Gaultier, and model Lakshmi Menon immediately became a sought-after Indian face on the international ramp.

Are Fashion Designers Artists?

The Supreme Court will decide whether fashion designers are artists for the purpose of claiming income tax exemptions

Chetan Bhagat to Sell Hong Kong

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced a marketing association with novelist Chetan Bhagat to create a 360-degree campaign to showcase Hong Kong's appeal to Indian tourists, a senior official said.

Mallika Sherawat Gets 'Wet And Wild'

Sexy siren Mallika Sherawat is back in action. In the latest pictures from the movie 'Politics Of Love', Mallika is seen washing her car, all wet and drenched in soap.

India's First Social Game For Ra.One

Actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan’s latest offering, Ra.One, has roped in UTV Indiagames to design a social game based on the film. A first in India, the social game would be based on the character G.One and would have its own identity.

A Clarion Call Or A Distraction?

Mass media, including interactive social-networking tools, make you passive, can sap your initiative, and leave you content to watch the spectacle of life from your couch or smartphone.

Advertisers Scramble For Co-Promotional Deals With Bollywood

With the cricket World Cup, the Indian Premier League and the India-England Test series behind them, advertisers and brands are moving to India’s other obsession, Bollywood, as they head into the festival season.

Movie Buffs Spoilt This Festive Season

The Hindi film industry, which forms nearly 80% of the R83,300 crore Indian film trade, is gearing up for the festival season with a slew of new releases in the coming weeks.

School Ordered to Pay Damages to Students

A city management school has been ordered by a Delhi district consumer forum to pay damages and return the admission fees, totalling Rs 85,000, each to five of its students for admitting them after concealing some crucial information about both the school and the course.

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