Monthly archives: July 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea fired an unidentified missile on Friday, a provocation that follows its first successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier in July. The projectile was fired toward the Sea of Japan and officials in Japan and the US said they are assessing whether it was another ICBM. The launch took place around 11:41 pm, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said in a text message. Japan’s chief […]


The Vault trailer: James Franco-starrer goes from bank heist flick to horror thriller

James Franco-starrer The Vault’s trailer is out. Honestly, when it starts, it appears to be one among Hollywood hackneyed 1990s bank-heist movies where goons barge into a bank in masks and with guns. There are people who are terrified and bewildered at the same point. Then there is a ‘moustached’ bank chief who, at gun-point, is asked to open the vault. There are policemen outside the bank, all set; but […]

Pakistan past and present: Crumbling Hindu buildings in Lahore’s oldest market trace the transition

The turret rises amid lines of shops selling clothes. Its thick bricks are proof it was constructed during the colonial era. Hundreds of visitors glance at the children’s clothes hanging at the shops here, oblivious to the turret behind. This is one of the several monuments in this area, an essential part of this historical market of Lahore – Anarkali Bazaar. A vendor looks at me suspiciously as I photograph […]

3,600 Crores Later, Made-In-India Akash Missile Fails Tests, Says Auditor

As many as a third of the home-made Akash surface-to-air missiles have failed basic tests, says the country’s national auditor, claiming the deficiencies of the missiles “posed an operational risk during hostilities.”   The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is a big setback for the Make-In-India initiative which seeks to reduce India’s dependence on imported arms. The report, given to parliament, says, “the missiles fell short of […]


Indu Sarkar movie review: Confused between criticising the sarkar and championing it

With the kind of publicity and controversies it attracted, almost everyone knows the basic premise of Madhur Bhandarkar’s film. Indu Sarkar, that hits theatres on Friday, is a political drama set against the backdrop of the Emergency. Indu Sarkar opens with the announcement of the Emergency blaring from radio sets and glaring on front pages of newspapers. It then takes us to a fictitious village in Delhi-Haryana border area, Mubipura, […]

Passing through Ankapur in Nizamabad? Meet the man behind a special Telanagana flavoured Chicken

On every weekend afternoon, the village centre of Ankapur in Nizamabad sees people thronging from Hyderabad, the neighbouring Karimnagar and Medak districts. Ankapur, also known as ‘mini USA’, due to its facilities, is located in Armoor mandal in NH-63, 20 kilometres away from the district headquarters. The rush of all the vehicles halts at a man who is seen busy preparing masalas or soaking nicely snipped chicken pieces into a […]

Does Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk ignore the role of the Indian army?

Christopher Nolan’s epic World War Two film, Dunkirk, which tells the story of the mass evacuation of Allied troops from the northern coast of France in 1940, has been getting glowing reviews in India. But many are glowering over Nolan turning a blind eye to the role of Indian soldiers in the battle. The Times of India wrote that their “significant contribution” was missing from Nolan’s “otherwise brilliant” work. Writing […]


Lucknow Central trailer: Farhan Akhtar's love for band is back but this time it's no musical

Multi-talented Farhan Akhtar will next be seen in ‘Lucknow Central’. The film is helmed by Ranjit Tiwari and deals with a prison break plot. The trailer of the film was recently released and it shows how Farhan, who dreams of having a career in music lands up in a prison and later on plots to break free that too with the help of singing. The plot seems interesting and the […]

Microsoft's New Kaizala App Is What WhatsApp for Business Should Have Been

As Facebook chases business and enterprise customers for its popular instant messaging and voice calling app WhatsApp, Microsoft may have just beaten the social juggernaut to the punch. On Wednesday at an event in New Delhi, the Skype-owner launched Kaizala, a messaging app designed to ‘get work done’ that has already garnered interest from several state governments and businesses in India. A messaging app in 2017 ought to do more […]

Nitish Kumar resigns in fatal blow to Grand Alliance, may return as Bihar CM with BJP support

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar resigned on Wednesday, virtually torpedoing the so-called Grand Alliance and setting up a possible new ruling partnership with the Bharatiya Janata Party. (LIVE UPDATES) Kumar’s surprise decision came hours after ally Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad ruled out the resignation of his son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi, who is facing an investigation over an alleged land-for-hotels scandal. Within minutes of Kumar’s announcement, Prime Minister […]