Author archives: vinayak

A Man Who Is Fasting For 253 Days And Government Doesn’t Want You To Know

Yesterday, Panjab police arrived in large numbers and cordoned off Bapu Surat Singh’s home in Hassanpur. An ambulance remained outside until the early hours of the night, increasing the threat that Bapu Ji may once again be forcibly removed and taken to hospital. Since January 16, 2015, Surat Singh Khalsa, an 83-year-old activist, has been on a fast-unto-death seeking release of Sikh prisoners who have completed their full jail terms […]


Kailash Satyarthi's short film underlines the serious problem of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a serious problem which often goes overlooked in India. It can can happen anywhere; a place of learning, such as school or coaching, and even at home. Many children face sexual assault at places where they should be comfortable, places where they trust to be safe and free, and are too scared to speak up about their ordeal. A short film by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s […]

India Has a New Eco Friendly Airport Terminal. And It Is More than Just Amazing!

The new terminal at the Chandigarh international airport in Mohali, inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the first airport in the country that is ‘totally green’, and can potentially change the way airports are built in the country henceforth. Spread over 53,000 sq. m, the brand new terminal at the Chandigarh airport has been designed around the green building concept, right from the start. The terminal will handle […]

Take back your privacy

Many of us are aware that we’re being tracked around the Internet by a multitude of advertising companies. They track us through the ads on web pages. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to think of them as spies trying to gather as much information about our lives as they possibly can. In the last couple of columns, I’ve briefly mentioned how online ads are not just intrusive but can be invasive […]

What are the benefits & facilities extended to a Bharat Ratna awardee?

Bharat Ratna is India’s Highest Civilian Honour. But what do the awardees receive from the Government? What is the worth of the medallion presented to them? Are they given any monetary award? What other facilities are extended to them? Bharat Ratna was instituted in the year 1954 and only 45 individuals have received the award till date. It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in […]


Tamasha trailer: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor's crackling chemistry is back with a bang

There’s something about Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. They may have other partners in real life (and stellar ones at that) but when you put them together in one frame, you can feel their chemistry sitting in a desk all the way in your offices. It’s this exact chemistry that was the hero in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and it’s the same chemistry that is twisted around two different characters […]


From 100,000 Feet Above, a Camera Recorded Incredible Footage

In this incredible story, a bunch of friends launched a weather balloon fitted with a GoPro camera near Arizona, United States in 2013 which has now been found by a hiker. The footage recorded will take your breath away. According to The New York Times, the camera escalated about 100,000 feet into the stratosphere and shot footage of the Grand Canyon. After an hour and a half, the sounding balloon […]

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Win Second US Open Title

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Win Second US Open Title Novak Djokovic won 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 to win his 10th Grand Slam title while Roger Federer waits for his 18th Major. Agence France-PresseNew York: Novak Djokovic clinched his third Grand Slam title of 2015 and 10th career major with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over sentimental favorite Roger Federer in the US Open final on Sunday. Shrugging […]


Watch Tom Hanks in Spielberg's Cold War chiller Bridge of Spies

Hollywood star Tom Hanks is caught in between two nations on the brink of war in the latest teaser for Bridge of Spies. Steven Spielberg’s latest thriller tells the true story of James B Donovan (Hanks), a lawyer tasked by the US in 1960 with negotiating with the Russians for the release of a downed pilot, reported The movie sets its legal drama against the background of simmering tensions between […]

At Least 62 Dead as Crane Crashes Into Mecca's Grand Mosque

DUBAI: At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca’s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage. Pictures circulating on social media showed pilgrims in bloodied robes and masses of debris from a part of the crane that seemed to have crashed through a ceiling. Saudi authorities go […]