Vinod Shankar

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How to Get the Most Out of the New Google Maps

Google Maps rolled out a massive update that added better offline maps, improved navigation and Uber integration.<p>But while the update is huge, many …

Who Are Boko Haram? The Islamist Terrorists Who Have Kidnapped More Than 200 Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Islamist terrorists Boko Haram have kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria with apparent impunity and have now threatened to "sell" them …

Habitable Planets May Not Look Exactly Like The Earth

When I was a kid we had <i>Star Trek</i> reruns showing twice a day. These were, without a doubt, the most important hours of my day. One thing that came from watching the Enterprise zoom around the galaxy so much was the recognition that there were a whole lot of "class M planets" out there. Back in the …

Nigerian girl describes kidnap, 276 still missing

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The girls in the school dorm heard the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and …

Stars boycott Beverly Hills Hotel over Brunei 'sharia'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/entertainment/1074000/1074767_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534422015_6638518c1710bd97e2765ab134153b87<p><b>Stars of Hollywood are boycotting one of the area's most famous hotels because of a harsh Islamic penal code introduced by Brunei's government.</b><p>…

Norway criticised over snub to Dalai Lama during Nobel committee visit

No representatives of Norwegian government will meet spiritual leader when he visits after row with China over Nobel prize<p>The Norwegian government is facing increasing pressure over its decision to snub the Dalai Lama when he arrives in the country on Wednesday, despite the fact that he has been …

The making of Narendra Modi

<b>Flanked by grim-looking security guards, Narendra Modi walks up briskly to the podium, tosses a glance at local party leaders waiting in the oppressive heat, and launches into his speech.</b><p>Mr Modi, the man who many believe will be India's next prime minister, is, clearly, in a hurry.<p>On the stump, the …