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By Harini Calamur | Interesting news items from cinema, technology, gender issues, media, India, politics, and current affairs.

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Rise of Hindu ‘extremist’ spooks Muslim minority in India’s heartland

In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension grows with Uttar Pradesh’s 40 million Muslims<p>Pastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw the men in the saffron scarves. More than a hundred, some wielding sticks, had massed outside his white stucco church on the …

Uttar Pradesh

Angelina Jolie on the rise of Nationalism – A POV

Angelina Jolie, <b>UNHCR’s</b> Special Envoy , gave an impassioned speech on the duty of nations and rights of <b>refugees</b>, at the Annual <b>Sergio Vieira de Mello</b> …

SIT officer breaks silence: Ishrat killing was premeditated murder

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |<p>IPS officer Satish Verma<p>Breaking his silence on the Ishrat Jahan case, Satish Verma, the IPS officer who …

Crime

Mystery deepens over Chinese forces in Afghanistan

Beijing confirms “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul

China

The White Helmets cinematographer Khaled Khatib had a visa to attend the Oscars. He never made it.

Khatib is a member of the Syria Civil Defense, which Assad’s government has accused of faking footage.<p><i>Th</i><i>is is a developing</i> <i>story.</i><p>The 40-minute documentary <i>T</i><i>he White Helmets</i> won the Oscar for Documentary Short on February 26, but two of the film’s subjects — one of whom also served as one of its three …

Syria

United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars

The United Arab Emirates has Mars in its sights, not only moving forward on a Mars orbiter but also establishing the first human settlement on the …

Dubai

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today’s visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

Infographics

Hostel diaries: How sexist rules are stifling life for girls in BHU campus

“This is like life in Kashmir; isolated, alienated, and cut off from the mainstream,” says Anvesha Mishra, a second-year student of Arts at the …

There's a new push to make Obama president again. This time, of France.

In just a couple of months, French voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. It's already turning into a divisive campaign, with the one-time conservative front-runner François Fillon deeply wounded by a corruption scandal and facing stiff competition from both the far right Marine …

France

Demonetisation: IMF official says note ban sucked in cash like a vacuum cleaner

Demonetisation led to huge cash shortages that have “adversely affected” consumption and the move sucked in cash like a “vacuum cleaner” and then was …

Domestic Technology

Kansas Shooting Victim's Dad Warns Parents Not to Send Kids to America

The father of one of the Indian men who were shot at a Kansas bar in what may have been a racially-motivated attack Wednesday night pleaded to …

Sushma Swaraj

This Pakistan Spy Ring Looks For The Right Hindu Recruits

<b>New Delhi</b>: On November 12 last year, Jammu and Kashmir police nabbed two people — Dadu and Satvinder Singh — in RS Pura for spying on military …

Bavaria approves ban on full-face veil

The government of Bavaria has agreed to a new law which will ban certain Muslim religious clothing from public spaces. The decision came as German conservatives try to win back voters from the anti-immigration AfD party.<p>Germany's southeastern state of Bavaria announced late on Tuesday that it had …

Immigration

Uddhav 2.0: This is a resurgent Sena but will the gamble pay off?

Written by Kavitha Iyer |<p>The outrage over the real or imagined attempted decimation of the Sena has resulted in a resurgence, that may see the party …

Shiv Sena

One Reason Staffers Quit Google's Car Project? The Company Paid Them So Much

For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring …

Google

Burn an American Flag? Some Iranians Are Saying No

TEHRAN — Burning American flags and homemade effigies of American presidents is a cherished tradition among Iranian hard-liners, but as the country prepares for the anniversary on Friday of the 1979 revolution that established the Islamic republic, others want to thank Americans instead.<p>President …

Iran

Islamic State’s ‘kill list’ includes 150 computer experts from Maharashtra who tracked the group

The NIA recovered the names of ethical hackers and software managers from a suspected ISIS recruit’s laptop.<p>The National Investigation Agency is …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Gruesome New Details on The Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar No One Is Talking About

Sasikala Natarajan To Be Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam Steps Down

<b>Chennai:</b> Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam stepped down on Sunday, clearing decks for Sasikala Natarajan - the longtime companion of J …

S&P Just Demolished One Big Distinction Between Emerging and Developed Markets - Bloomberg

On Wednesday, S&P Global Inc. dropped a bombshell on the sovereign-credit ratings community.<p>Sounding the alarm over the rise of populism in Europe …

Economics

Jammu and Kashmir: Five army personnel rescued alive from under snow

<b>Srinagar:</b> Five army personnel were on Saturday rescued alive after being trapped for several hours under snow in Macchil sector along the Line of …

Assembly elections: ‘Winnability’ has given criminals a political halo

We can be justifiably proud of our Election Commission (ECI) and its conduct of elections. Elections are held on time, every time and the transition …

Democracy

Zero sum game is up

Army Sets up New Number, Asks Soldiers to WhatsApp Issues to Army Chief Rawat

<b>New Delhi:</b> The Army has set up a WhatsApp number for its soldiers to post their problems directly to Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat instead of going to …

India train crash: 36 killed in Andhra Pradesh derailment

Eight coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express came off the tracks during the night in the south-east of the country, leaving 50 people injured<p>Thirty six people were killed and 50 injured after an express train derailed in south-east India on Saturday night in the latest disaster to hit one of …

Andhra Pradesh

Bastar’s Tribal reporter-couple is media’s envy, police’s bane

She is a Gond tribal from Chhattisgarh and he a former Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable from Maharashtra. Together, Pushpa Rokde (née …

Journalism

Uber agrees to pay $20 million to settle claims that it exaggerated driver pay

Uber has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleging that it exaggerated how much its drivers could earn.<p>The money will be put towards refunding the affected drivers, though the agency hasn't decided how exactly it will be apportioned. The ride-hailing service is …

Uber