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The Case of Cloudtail and Appario and the Double-edged Nature of Amazon’s Unethical Ways

A few months ago, confidential documents leaked from Amazon, containing information about the online retail giant’s malpractices to dodge regulatory hurdles in India which are meant to safeguard small-scale traders. As per a special report by Reuters, 35 of 400,000 sellers in Amazon’s Indian platform account for two-thirds of its online sale in the region.…

Five Ways Serena Williams’ Legendary Career Is Being Paid Tribute To

After an illustrious career spanning 27 years and 23 grand slam titles, Serena Williams is bidding goodbye to tennis. On Saturday at the US Open, she played what could likely be her last match, ultimately losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in a lengthy three set battle. But Williams walks away from the sport an undisputed legend…

A Solar Storm Can Now Result in an ‘Internet Apocalypse’, Study Finds

An ‘internet apocalypse’ is likely to follow suit after a massive solar storm, according to a recent study. The normal solar wind has the potential to transform into a storm, resulting in vast damage to global internet infrastructure. Additionally, a warning for a solar storm gives humankind only 13 hours to prepare for damages. Why…

What’s a Vaccine Passport And Is It Discriminatory By Nature?

A vaccine passport acts as proof of immunization or the absence of infection. The infection in our current scenario being the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It’s a vital document that’s equivalent to one’s boarding pass or driver’s license. The document will exempt travellers who have acquired both doses of the vaccine from testing and/or quarantine. Additionally, vaccine…

Sardar Udham Rejected from Oscar Race for Portraying “Hatred Towards British”

Vicky Kaushal and Shoojit Sircar are winning hearts for the latter’s extraordinary latest film, Sardar Udham. The film had gained so much reception that it was in the running to be India’s entry to the Academy Awards. Ultimately, Sircar’s Sardar Udham has lost the race to Tamil film Koozhangal. The jurors now say that the…

Goodbye Facebook, Hello Meta

In an attempt to rise from the ashes, tech giant Facebook will now be calling itself Meta. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the news at the Facebook Connect event, expressing how the name will reflect the company’s involvement in a myriad of areas beyond social media. The whole company will be rebranding itself with this name,…

Russia Is Now Training Dolphins to Guard Navy Base

Russia is now training dolphins to help them in the war against Ukraine. A report published by the U.S. Naval Institute News (USNI) reviewed satellite imagery of the naval base at Sevastopol harbour in Crimea — Russia’s significant naval base in the Black Sea. Submarine analyst H I Sutton wrote the report analyzing the satellite imagery showing…

China and its Fight Against the LGBTQ Community

China is no stranger to human rights violations. With concentration camps for its Islamic population, a restrictive media environment, and the Hong Kong handover, China certainly is not an ideal place for complete liberty. Consequently, it is no surprise that the country is not very LGTBQ+ friendly either. The People’s Republic of China has removed the…

New Study Finds That Running Can Increase Men’s Vascular Age

A new study conducted by Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital and University College London (UCL) has found that long distance running can increase male athletes’ vascular age by a decade. On the other hand, it can reduce the cardiovascular age of women by an average of six years. The study…

Seven Fictional Father Figures Who Prove That Fatherhood Isn’t Just Biological

It often bothers me that we might be using the phrase “Blood is thicker than water” out of context. Some authors claim that the complete saying means the exact opposite – “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” The ties formed between those who bleed together (in battle) are…

South Africa Is Seeing Its Bloodiest Riots In Decades

South Africa is witnessing the highest degree of violence it has ever seen in years. The riots are said to be instigated after the arrest of ex-president Jacob Zuma. Coupled with low employment rates and bad handling of the pandemic, people have started to resort to violence to vent. The violence has since claimed more…

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture Will Now Have an Online Vault

Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen, established Museum of Pop Culture in 2000, Seattle. Since then, the museum has managed to preserve over 80,000 historic artifacts that consist of musical instruments, photographs, Movie and TV show props and more. The collection includes Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 guitar, Kurt Cobain’s popular gray button-down sweater, and Elton John’s snakeskin platform…

Here Are the Latest Developments Surrounding Planet Jupiter

On the night of September 13, Brazilian amateur astronomer José Luis Pereira captured a bright flash on Jupiter. He looked for more flashes with DeTeCt software, a tool that checks planetary impact events, spots and characterizes them. The programme beamed a high probability of a collision. The object, supposedly a comet or an asteroid, was…

Why Some People Still Support The Taliban

Afghanistan is the current hot topic. People online are either engaging in dialogues about religious exploitation or Islamophobia. Social media has, over time, surfaced as a haven for all kinds of religious extremism and political agendas. Despite Afghans fearing a total loss of their liberty, some are defending the Taliban, especially after they promised a changed attitude towards…

A Quick Recap of the Climate Change Summit

With the climate change being the prime concern of the moment, the Global Climate Summit held in Glasgow witnessed top global leaders pleading for action and change. The COP26, referring to the 26th Conference of the Parties, commenced on the 31st of October and will end on the 12th of November. More than 120 countries were…

Stampede After Football Match In Indonesia Kills 125

Around 125 people died during a stampede at Kanjuruhan football stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. The horrific event unfolded after home team Arema FC lost to their rivals Persebaya Surabaya. When fans invaded the football pitch after the BRI Liga 1 match, police began tear gassing them. This eventually forced thousands of panicked fans…

Sabyasachi Collaborates with Starbucks India

Renowned Indian Fashion Designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee has come forward to collaborate with Starbucks, but this time for a greater cause. Starbucks India X Sabyasachi is the latest partnership that everyone is talking about. Released on the 12 April, the collection includes ceramic mugs and steel tumblers and has a fresh spring themed tone. The drinkware…

Brad Pitt Launches ‘Genderless’ Skincare Line, Le Domaine

Actor, sculptor and now a skincare brand founder – Brad Pitt seems to be slowly unveiling his hidden talents to the world. He has launched his new skincare line, Le Domaine, and hailed it ‘genderless’. Pitt created this line in partnership with the Perrin family, with whom he also restored the Château Miraval vineyard and…

Elon Musk’s Humanoid And The Obsession With Robots That Look Like Humans 

Curtains unfold as techno music plays in the background, and a human-like robot is revealed. The humanoid robot then walks to the front of the stage in an awkward tip-toeing manoeuvre, before waving to the crowd and performing a “raise the roof” kind of hand motion. Clearly, Elon Musk knows how to stay in the…

Five Books To Read On War and Its Repercussions

Ernest Hemingway was 18 years old when he volunteered as an ambulance diver for WWI, an experience so traumatic, he went on to pen several novels addressing the tactlessness of wars. In all his visits to five different battlefronts, he wasn’t able to reason with wars. “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor…

Fans Upset Disney Cast a Non-White Little Mermaid

If you’ve been on the Internet for even a few hours this week, you’re probably wondering what the fuss against a live-action mermaid Disney film primarily for children is all about. People aren’t just unhappy about Ariel not being portrayed by a non-white, non-blue-eyed, non-fire-red-haired actor; people are unhappy about a young African-American woman being…

News Anchor Tucker Carlson Called Out For Claiming British Civilised India

Fox News anchor and conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson invoked the fury of many online when he made offensive comments about British colonisation in India. On his show Tucker Carlson Tonight, he claimed that the British empire “took their colonial responsibility seriously. They didn’t just take things, they added.” India Twitter might be interested in…

On World Music Day, Here Are Seven Albums To Look Out For This Year

The year, 2022 has already been blessed with some incredible albums, and the year is only half done. From Mitski’s introspective Laurel Hell to Harry Styles’ experimental Harry’s House, the bar has been set high. But with some long anticipated comebacks, and some explorations of new territory, we still have so much more to look…

Why Old School Romance Isn’t Better Than Modern Dating

Journalism schools teach you to report facts; to be mostly objective, and not let our emotions overpower us. However, despite having no empirical evidence to support it, there’s one thing I believe – that love makes us cynical. If there’s anything Joy Division’s Magnum Opus Love Will Tear Us Apart tells us is that people have…

Justin Bieber Calls Off World Tour Again Due to Health Complications

The atmosphere of a musical concert is such that it becomes etched into your memory; the palpable excitement, your company for the evening, and the adrenaline rush that comes with getting the lyrics right all contribute to the romanticism of a concert. It builds on your ongoing parasocial relationship with the performer, but what of…

Five ‘Black Mirror’ Episodes That Became A Reality

Fans and critics alike regard Charlie Booker’s Black Mirror as one of the cleverest commentaries on the downsides of technology. It has achieved major success for its disturbing plotlines. But for the most part, it is rooted in the unsettling realities of the present-day world. Not only has Black Mirror managed to portray scary real…

In Thanks To Amazon Employees, Jeff Bezos Has Done Little To Better Their Lives

Jeff Bezos has achieved probably everything he’d wished for; except for his marriage, of course. Bezos remains the world’s richest man, and now has also been to the brink of outer space and back. Bezos’s Blue Origin launched him and 4 others into space in a vessel called New Shepherd. After his successful return, Bezos…

US Supreme Court Strips Away Constitutional Right to Abortion

The sensational 6-3 decision overturning Roe v Wade sparks a debate on the right to reproductive justice, dubbing the ruling a “dark day for America.” After nearly half a century of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, effectively ending 50 years of federal abortion rights and ushering in a…

Sabyasachi X H&M Was More Problematic Than Beneficial

Fast fashion has taken over – it’s trendy, inexpensive and ready to ship worldwide. The term ‘fast‘ not only describes the rate of production but the large quantity in which clothes are produced. With the growing obsession with celebrity culture on social media, the younger generations are ready to invest in these brands without a…

Britney Spears Bags $15 Million Deal for Her Memoir

The Y2K era was iconic. The year 2007 was filled with buzz. It was the year when Apple released their first iPhone, Paris Hilton walked out of prison after serving 23 days for violating probation and driving with a suspended license and the Potter fans swamped the bookstores to buy the newly released Harry Potter…

Elon Musk Calls For Edit Button on Twitter

Twitter has finally acknowledged users’ appeal for an edit button. After 12 years since its inception, the social media giant tweeted it is working on an edit button in a tweet on April 1, except this time, it wasn’t a joke. They confirmed the addition of this feature on Tuesday and Elon Musk might have…

Scientists Estimate That There Are About 20 Qaudrillion Ants On Earth

New research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday shows that there are approximately 20,000 trillion ants on Earth. The team of scientists looked at 489 studies for this analysis. The result revealed that the total mass of ants equals approximately 12 megatons of dry carbon. This means they would…

Droupadi Murmu: The Youngest and the First Tribal Woman President Of India

Former Governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu has secured a landslide victory over the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha to become the 15th President of the country. After being sworn in, she will become the first tribal woman to occupy this position in Indian history. She will also be only the second woman President, after Pratibha Patil…

Unequal Pay Is Alive And Kicking Even In 2021: Deepika Padukone Walks Out of Film Because of Lesser Pay

Deepika Padukone has the life everyone dreams of. It seems unbelievable that an A-list Bollywood actress like herself could’ve been removed from a film, simply for asking for equal pay. Deepika stepped down from Bhansali’s Baiju Bawra after asking to receive the same payment as her husband – who is also part of the film.…

Ukrainian Airline Opts For Pantsuits And Nike Sneakers Ditches High Heels And Skirts

In Ukraine, high heels are making news, but this time in a good way. SkyUp, Ukraine’s leading low-cost airline, has updated its flight attendants’ uniforms. The Ukrainian airline has placed a great focus on the comfort of its female flight attendants. Thus they will now wear Nike Air Max 720 sneakers and bright orange pantsuits…

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

Marvel’s new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reveals that their approach to the sequel honours Chadwick Boseman’s unforgettable legacy. Angela Bassett, Leticia Wright, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira reprise their roles to protect their fictional nation in the aftermath of King T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) death. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases on November 11, 2022.…

The Nobel Prize for Peace Bagged by Journalists this Year

The Nobel Peace Prize has favored journalism this year, selecting Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov as winners. Heaps of congratulations were showered upon the two. The two continue to work tirelessly to preserve the integrity of a free media. Both Ressa and Muratov have taken on extremely strict regimes, and risked safety by criticizing those…

Everyday Privileges: The Inappropriate Language Helix

As our society reaches the zenith of hyper-consciousness, the problems plaguing its language become apparent. Language is inherently political. Politics rooted deep in the history of a language determines its impacts (often devious) on an intended subject. This notion comes to light in the recent controversies stirred by this nation’s very elite and public figures…

IITIIMshaadi.com Propels Discrimination Despite Claiming To Do Otherwise

India’s affair with arranged marriages has now officially become more superficial with this matrimonial website. IITIIMshaadi.com is a matrimonial website designed for alumni of the top 15 colleges in India, justifying the ‘IIT’ and ‘IIM’ in the title. The website, founded in 2014, also caters to alumni from top Management, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Mass Communication,…

Starbucks Knows How To Spell Your Name Right, But They Still Won’t.

Starbucks might not be every coffee lover’s dream come true but it sure is Instagrammable. This multinational American corporation offers around 80,000 combinations of drinks, making it the largest coffeehouse chain in the world. One picture on your story and you’re the cool kid with a great palette. The corporation, despite being worth $110 billion, still has…

Japanese Parents Are Sending Rice Bags Shaped Like Newborns To Their Relatives. Here’s Why.

The pandemic has compelled people to stay away from the elderly in order to keep them safe. People haven’t been able to see each other since they haven’t been able to travel. As a result, many elderly people have not had the opportunity to meet their newborn family members. To deal with the issue, young…

UN Secretary General Declares ‘Ocean Emergency’ At Lisbon Conference

UN Secretary General António Guterres has declared that the world is currently experiencing an ‘Ocean Emergency’. He made the declaration during the five-day UN Ocean Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 27 to July 1. Around 7,000 people, including heads of state, leaders, scientists, and NGOs are attending the conference. Moreover, Guterres urged Governments…

75th Independence Day: Here’s Why Goa’s St. Jacinto Island Were Against The Flag Hoisting Ceremony

While the rest of India was reveling in its 75th Independence Day, a Goan island was protesting against it. St. Jacinto locals got into a tiff with the Indian Navy, refusing to hold a tricolor hoisting ceremony. Goa has a more varied history when it comes to the state’s independence. This is why, some areas…

Female Athletes Are Standing Up Against Sexist Attire In International Games

Female athletes have made quite the buzz with their attire choices. The Norwegian Women’s Handball team was fined for wearing shorts at their game. And just two days ago, German gymnasts in the Tokyo Olympics wore unitards, instead of the regular leotards that uncover the legs. These choices are creating a commotion because female athletes…

A Fake Banksy Piece Was Sold for $336,000

Any mention of Banksy is enough to excite art connoisseurs, given the theatrics in his displays and realist depictions. This time, a collector got duped into buying a fake Banksy Non-Fungible Token (NFT), for a grand sum of over $335,000. The collector, an ardent Banksy fan, says he knew right from when the money was…

Immortality and Anti-aging are Jeff Bezos’ Latest Projects

Being the richest man in the world surely unlocks doors to the impossible, as it has for Jeff Bezos. The ex-CEO of Amazon is now funding researches on immortality. His reason for doing so, is that he doesn’t want to get old, or die. The billionaire just completed his long-awaited trip to space this July,…

Nasa Rover Prepares To Collect First-Ever Specimen From Mars

On February 18, 2021, the NASA rover perseverance landed on Red Planet, in a 45-kilometer crater called Jezero. The rover has traversed a 4-square-kilometer area since landing on the planet with the goal of gathering rocks. NASA scientists chose this particular crater floor patch as it might include Jezero’s deepest and oldest exposed bedrock layers.…

Facebook to Delete One Billion Facial Recognition Profiles Amidst Rising Privacy Concerns

As a response to all privacy concerns surrounding the social media giant, Facebook – now rebranded as Meta – has decided to shut down its opt-in facial recognition system. The feature originally recognized the faces of Facebook users in photos and videos. Now, users are supposed to manually “tag” the people in their posts instead.…

Five Albums From The 80s That ‘Stranger Things’ Fans Should Listen To

When the final episodes of Stranger Things Season 4 aired on Friday, Netflix suffered a brief crash. Whether it was Vecna interfering with the streaming service or fans desperate for answers, chaos still ensued. Over the past few years, the series has had a cultural impact so strong, that even those of us who weren’t…

Trump’s App Is a Disaster

Former US President Donald Trump, in October 2021, announced his plans to launch a revolutionary tech company. Trump claimed his plans will take shape smoothly and his app will be “fully operational” by the end of March. His app– “Social Truth” resembles Twitter. Trump was banned from Twitter in 2021 for posting false claims regarding…

Designs Made By Indian Acid Attack Survivors Shine At Milan Fashion Week

Designs made by acid attack survivors from India under the brand Ara Lumiere stood out at the Milan Fashion Week on September 24. Behind the brand is the Hothur Foundation, under the leadership of Kulsum Shadab Wahab. The initiative strives to empower survivors of acid attacks and burns, who hand-craft products for the label. Further,…

How Memes Summarised Oscars 2022

Two days ago, I woke up to a meme of a prominent actor/comedian walking up to the stage to attack another. At first, I assumed it was just another skit — a desperate attempt at salvaging the Oscars after a record low last year. The internet is currently torn between two Hollywood A-listers who had…

Airline Just for Influencers and Creators

Willa Air, a new airline on the block is catering to only the famous. Here, by ‘famous’ ironically doesn’t hint towards an Olympic medalist or an actor. Just passing as a TikToker or an Instagram influencer would make you eligible to use the company’s service. Willa is an online payments company targeting social media influencers/creators.…

Why a Show Like ‘The Activist’ Isn’t All that Unexpected

Reality TV was first introduced as a frivolous and inconsequential form of entertainment to rake money. It was something to play in the background on weekends and something to jokingly rage about on social media. However, when reality TV crosses the line between television and reality, things get messy.  American TV network CBS, in collaboration…

Lil Nas X’s ‘Nah he Tweakin’ Is Sending Instagram in a Frenzy

Who knew a tiny celeb tiff would start an overnight Instagram takeover? Lil Nas X and pro skateboarder Tony Stark did just that, and the now-viral ‘nah he tweakin’ was born. It all surrounds a very gory topic, though – blood. What goes on in the minds of celebrities to produce products with blood in/on…

Using Yoga to Fight COVID-19: From Psycho-social care to Rehabilitation and Beyond

COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on people’s physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Growing numbers of COVID positive cases, deaths, on top of social distancing rules under strict lock-down restrictions are directly responsible for increased physical inactivity and rising mental health challenges. Individuals in these uncertain times are experiencing elevated feelings of stress,…

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman Return for Better Call Saul’s Final Season

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, rose to massive fame with their characters– Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad debuted in 2008 and ran for 5 seasons strong. Walter and Pinkman’s character were admired by critics. They were later seen in an extended Netflix Film, El Camino. After roughly 8 years, this…

Apple Is Doing Away With Physical SIM Cards For The iPhone 14

Starting with the recently launched iPhone 14, Apple will no longer provide the option of inserting and removing a physical SIM card. Instead, they will use an eSIM — a digital replacement for SIM cards. These eSIMs are hardwired into the phone as opposed to being external. Apple had initially introduced this feature for their…

Britney Spears Speaks Out for The First Time on Conservatorship

Pop-sensation Britney Spears admitted in Court that she has had “enough”, and “wants her life back.” Britney Spears’ seemingly controlling conservatorship has long been contested by her and her dedicated fan. The star appeared before the Los Angeles court for the first time via a video. She went on to give a harrowing account of…

Kate Moss Becomes Diet Coke’s New Creative Director

Supermodel Kate Moss has assumed an exciting new role as Diet Coke’s creative director. The news comes as the cherry on top of what is already a special year for the brand. It also celebrates its 40th birthday in 2022. “I am thrilled to join the Diet Coke family – I love the past collaborations…

The Taliban And The Opium Connection

The world is concerned about Afghanistan following the Taliban annexing its government on August 15. They stepped in soon as the U.S. withdrew its troops for the second time. The Taliban, a militant organisation, has recruited 85,000 full-time fighters according to a recent NATO estimate. If they are so few compared to troops worldwide, why do…

The New Cervical Cancer Vaccine is a Landmark Achievement for Women’s Health

A woman dies of cervical cancer every eight minutes in India. The second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in India is also cervical cancer, given that 90% of cases are completely preventable in its early stages.  The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) causes nearly all cervical cancer cases. Vaccine hesitancy, lack of awareness, and sexual stigma…

Delhi To Shut Down Single-Use Plastics Usage From July 1

The Delhi Government plans to run a campaign, beginning July 1, to encourage people and effectively prevent manufacturers and dealers from violating orders The Union Government has ordered that single-use plastics be banned in Delhi beginning July 1, 2022. Anyone found involved in manufacturing, importing, exporting, stocking, or selling single-use plastic will be barred from…

Victoria’s Secret is Changing, But Carries Along its Dark and Controversial History

Victoria’s Secret just made headlines by announcing a new set of brand ambassadors. The lingerie brand will be ditching its Angels as their face, and has instead opted for seven prolific women from various walks of life to be their new reps. Known as the VS collective, the group includes Priyanka Chopra, gender activist and star…

Pound Hits Record Low Against Dollar

In the face of UK’s biggest tax cuts in 50 years, the pound has sunk to a record low against the dollar. Sterling fell just below $1.04, but moved up to around $1.05 on Monday. The euro also hit a 20-year-low. During a ‘mini-Budget’ on Friday, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced changes in UK taxes. He…

Covid-19 Vaccines and Magnetism: A Myth to Stay Clear of

The COVID-19 pandemic has already been overwhelmed with myths and theories, and sadly, COVD – 19 vaccines haven’t been spared either. The most recent – and the most bizarre – theory is that COVID-19 vaccines enable your body to become magnetized, with people sticking random metallic objects to their bodies as proof. Ramdas Shet from…

Why We End Up ‘Doomscrolling’ And How To Stop It

Last month, Shashi Tharoor called ‘doomscrolling’ – the act of continuously seeking out and reading bad news – the “word of the era”. The word also featured in Oxford Languages’ ‘Words of an Unprecedented Year’ report in 2020. Although it gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, doomscrolling will likely continue to be part of the…

4th July Highland Park Shooting: 2 year old loses both parents, found alive under father’s body

During the 4th of July celebration parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a gunman opened fire, killing at least 7 people and injuring 40. The shooter, now identified as 21-year-old Robert Crimo, dressed in women’s clothing to hide his identity. He fired at the attendees from the rooftop of a building. Authorities have charged Crimo with…

UK PM Boris Johnson resigns, New Party Leader to Replace Him In October

Boris Johnson, who has served as the Prime Minister of the UK for less than three years, has now resigned. By Thursday, over 50 members of his Conservative government had quit, including several key cabinet ministers. They decided to step down when Johnson took no action against MP Chris Pincher despite allegations of drunk misbehaviour…

Five Books To Read If Unreliable Narrators Fascinate You

From classics like Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, to the more contemporary Shutter Island, the unreliable narrator has remained a popular figure in both literature and film. Such a character is one whose narration of the story is not entirely credible or accurate. Fans of the thriller and suspense genre have…

Government To Introduce Regulations On Influencers’ Paid Advertisements

The Government has plans to introduce a new set of regulations that will affect influencers heavily. If the regulations come into place, influencers could be charged from INR 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs for not disclosing their financial ties with the brands that they advertise. The regulations aim to increase transperancy by making influencers resposible…

After Faking His Death, Influencer Faces Charges

The internet is a bizarre place – you find everything you need and everything you didn’t know you needed. With the invention of memes, there is a possibility you will be randomly crowned the internet’s ‘next big thing,’ but that fame is fleeting. To be famous on a platform that connects billions requires more effort…

A Proud Moment: Raider’s Carl Nassib comes out as Gay; makes NFL History

Carl Nassib, publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active NFL player in the history of the game. Nassib made the announcement from his personal Instagram where he said, “I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally,…

Ronaldo’s Not-so-happy Tryst with Coca-Cola: Market Value Drops by USD 4 Bn After Euro 2020 Snub

Industry giants are not immune to market risks, one would say, after knowing about Coca-Cola’s mind-blowing losses that were a result of Christiano Ronaldo’s very mundane actions. Ronaldo, at a press meet before his match against Hungary, nonchalantly slid the two bottles of Coca-Cola away and held up a mineral water bottle. This seemingly harmless…

Grammys 2022: Highlights of the Evening

After going crowdless in 2021 abiding by the covid safety protocols, this Awards season restores the Grammy’s original splendor. Despite being less chaotic than the Oscars, the Grammys 2022 were good to Indian artists. Here are some of the most noteworthy moments from Grammys: Two wins for India Ricky Kej, alongside Stewart Copeland of ‘The…

Increasing Costs Of Living Are Impacting Indians’ Big Life Plans, Says Kantar Report

According to Kantar’s Global Issues Barometer, 76% of Indian consumers are seeing the effects of increased living costs on their life plans. With prices of food, drink, and fuel rising and affecting household bills, Indians have less money left to save. The report further stated that 35% of consumers believe the financial situation of their…

Jupiter To Make Its Closest Approach To Earth In 59 Years

The largest planet in our solar system is going to be closer to earth than it has been in 59 years on Monday, September 26. We will be able to observe Jupiter in all its glory from a distance of approximately 367 million miles at its closest. The last time it was so close to…

Scotland to Reduce Typical Work Week to Four Days

Based on a survey for the think tank, IPPR Scotland found that 80% believed cutting their number of days at work – with no loss of pay – would improve their wellbeing. The survey also found that 88% would be willing to participate in trial schemes. As a result, the Scottish government is expanding its…

Chrissy Teigen and the Bullying Saga: The Twitter Queen Has Been Cancelled

Chrissy Teigen has constantly popped up on social media trends for the past two years. Now, however, she has been accused of cyberbullying, by actor, singer, and model Courtney Stodden. Chrissy had been in the limelight by famously engaging in a humorous Twitter spat with then-President Donald Trump, taking a stand for sharing pictures of…

TMC Turncoats are Suffocating BJP’s Stability in West Bengal

A month after the West Bengal elections, the weaker BJP continues to face defeat at the hands of the TMC. Mukul Roy, who was earlier a prominent member of the TMC before he joined hands with BJP, returned to the former after much speculation on his political standing. This is, without a doubt, a solid…

Malaysia Debates On Entry of Transgender Community into Mosques

Officials of Malaysia are now considering a ban on transgender and gender-nonconforming people entering mosques and other religious places. This proposal followed the arrest of a Malaysian transgender celebrity in Thailand. The officials had accused Cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman of insulting Islam for wearing women’s clothes to a mosque. Nur failed to show up…

Jane Goodall Is The Inspiration For Mattel’s Brand New Barbie

The latest member to join Mattel’s Barbie Inspiring Women Series is a doll that pays tribute to ethologist and activist Dr. Jane Goodall. The doll comes with a pair of binoculars and a notebook. She is the first in this series to be made of recycled materials. She wears Goodall’s signature khaki shirt, shorts, and…

India’s Undeniable Love For Anthology Films

The Indian film industry is worth 70 billion dollars. Each year, we release around 2,000 movies in over 20 languages. However, a vast majority of stardom is concentrated among the powerful few – actors, directors, studios and producers alike. Most films don’t go beyond their scripts either because of cultural or monetary impediments. Money comes…

Five Moments From Britney Spears’ Wedding That The Internet Is Loving

On June 9, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari tied the knot at their Thousand Oaks home in Los Angeles. The couple first met when Britney cast Sam in her ‘Slumber Party’ music video, back in October 2016. He has been publicly supportive of her in the fight to end her conservatorship, and now, the two…

Five Best Jean-Luc Godard Films To Watch

French cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard passed away peacefully in Switzerland on Tuesday, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy. He was 91 years old, and died by assisted suicide. An irreplaceable presence in French cinema, Godard was a leading figure associated with the Nouvelle Vague or French New Wave movement in the 1950s and 60s. He earned…

Five Not-So Friendly Advice From The Cult Classic ‘Friends’

We have all grown up watching Friends, adoring it even. The popular sitcom has been a source of companionship for many. Although we had all hoped to have friends like Rachel, Ross, Pheobe, Chandler, Joey and Monica, we also cannot overlook all those times they imparted negative advice to their ‘Friends’. Be it love, relationships,…

Indians, Especially Women, Are Quitting the Workforce

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), a private research firm, has released data about the workforce trends in India. According to the report, millions of Indians have quit the workforce altogether. The top reasons being very few employment opportunities and flexibility.  The data, recorded between 2017 and 2022, shows that the overall participation rate…

The Problem with Kim Kardashian Saying She Might Eat Poop For Youth

The Kardashians are something of an oxymoron — you either love to hate them or you love them entirely. Either way, they are unreachable — not because they shy away from the limelight. The Kar-Jenners are some of the most influential social media celebrities to ever exist. The media even ridiculed the family for ‘having…

Why Indians May Find #SwedenGate Difficult To Digest

#SwedenGate – I happened to chance upon this hashtag when aimlessly scrolling through social media. Assuming it meant another socio-political issue had arisen – as they seem to every alternate day, nowadays – I promptly Googled it. This led me down a whole different rabbit hole. The hashtag in question was about an anonymous Reddit…

What Is Web3 And Why Is Everyone So Invested?

The Internet remains man’s greatest achievement since sliced bread; if anything, humanity has adapted to the Internet better than to sliced bread. The world might run without gluten-induced bread but not the Internet. Owing to how ubiquitous and all-consuming it is, the Internet deserves updates every so often — from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0…

Harry Styles X Gucci: The ‘Cherry’ on Top of the Menswear Collection

Gucci’s Alessandro Michele collaborates with musician and pop sensation Harry Styles on a new menswear collection deemed by him as ‘a true act of love’ ‘HA HA HA’. No, this isn’t any joke or laughing matter, this is something you may possibly wear! Gucci has unveiled Harry Styles as a creative collaborator for their upcoming…

Philippines’ Fuschia Anne Ravena Crowned Miss International Queen 2022

Filipina entrepreneur Fuschia Anne Ravena has won 2022’s crown for the world’s largest beauty pageant for transgender women – Miss International Queen. The 27-year-old comes from the Cebu province in Philippines. The finale took place in Pattaya, Thailand, on Saturday, and 23 other contestants participated. Colombia’s Jasmine Jimenez finished second, while Aëla Chanel from France…

In A Great Moment For Sportsmanship, Qatari And Italian Athletes Win Joint Gold in Olympics

Undoubtedly, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics stands out the most in the history of the annual events. This year’s Olympics is already unique because of its setting amidst the pandemic. But, more memorable moments created since the games started have won hearts around the world, and set examples in the field of sports. The game-changing moment…

Victory is for Those who Strive: Student Activists Booked under UAPA Leave Tihar

Activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, and Asif Iqbal Tanha were met with cheers and happiness as they exited the Tihar jail yesterday. After a year since their arrest, the students’ counsels’ hard work paid off, and were granted bail in their case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The three were booked by the…

Neo-Nazi Acquitted of Crime in the UK; Asked to Read Literature Instead

Ben John, an English student, was guilty of downloading 70,000 white supremacist documents and bomb-making instructions. The police described the 21-year-old as a white supremacist with a Neo-Nazi ideology. Instead of 15 years of imprisonment under section 58 of the Terrorism Act, he was asked to read literature. The attorney general Timothy Spencer, who ordered…

Seven Books That Explore The Essence Of Sexual Pleasure

Nobody has it all figured out when it comes to sex. Sex is accessible to everyone who wishes to seek it. But the question arises as to where do we seek the knowledge and understanding of our sexual nature? We don’t have a sex therapist parent (Jean) like Otis did, who could open up to…

Women’s Reservation Bill Remains Pending in the Lok Sabha

Women’s Reservation Bill is up again in talks after Narendra Modi cabinet reshuffle. Out of the 77 ministers, only 11 are women. The bill remains so as of 2021. Because the bill awaits approval by the Lok Sabha, male minds still dominate decision-making in the country. The bill argues for reservation of 33% of seats…

A Brief History of Elon Musk’s Chaotic Tweets

Amidst all the commotion surrounding the edit button on Twitter, Elon Musk, had decided to buy shares in the company and join the board. He stepped down only to buy the whole of Twitter two days ago for $44 billion. The mega-billionaire, who is also now the wealthiest person in the world, has tweeted his…

Delhi Government Installs Smog Tower to Tackle Air Pollution

Over several years, Delhi has turned into one of the most polluted cities in India. With an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of above 250, the average PM2. 5 concentration was more than 200 micrograms per cubic metre in 2020. Delhi’s atmosphere is three times worse than the safe standard. High quantities of sulfur dioxide,…

Research Reveals Secret Behind People Enjoying Self-Talk

On a daily basis, most of us engage in internal monologues. It begins when we wake up each day, and our brain inadvertently asks, ‘Do I need to get up now?’, ‘What do I need to wear today?’, ‘Why do I do this to myself?’, ‘I probably shouldn’t talk about this,’ and so on. Simply put, an…

Fashion Week In Metaverse

The last two years have surprised us in numerous ways. This year, in the entertainment and fashion industry, it’s the first-ever metaverse fashion show that has grabbed everyone’s attention. The Metaverse Fashion Week took place in the virtual world of Decentraland from the 24th to the 27th of March. Well-known brands came forward to explore…

A Step Towards Gender Equality: Top Court Allows For Women To Appear For NDA Entrance Exam

In a new win for female officers, the Supreme Court has passed an interim order, allowing women to sit for the National Defence Academy’s (NDA) entrance exam. This allows for more opportunities for women who aspire to be a part of the country’s defence forces. This is indeed a step forward for gender equality, as…

China Is Banning Exams for Its Young Students

China will no longer put its young students through exams, in an attempt to improve its education system. Young children when faced with harsh exams, are seen to perform weakly in further examinations in life. With this ban in effect, children as young as 6 are prohibited to sit for their exams in school. Citing…

Flipkart Supply Chain is Free of Single-Use Plastic Packaging

Flipkart, the e-commerce giant, has effectively removed all single-use plastic packaging from its fulfillment centers across the nation. Flipkart was able to do so in over 70 locations throughout the country. Delivering on their public commitment to switch to plastic-free packaging by 2021, which they announced in 2019. As part of a long-term strategy towards…

Five Things We Know So Far About Taylor Swift’s Upcoming Album ‘Midnights’

During her acceptance speech at the 2022 VMAs, Taylor Swift sent fans into a wild frenzy by announcing a “brand new” upcoming album, Midnights. She had just won Video Of The Year for ‘All Too Well (10 Minute Version)’ starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien – the song that many would deem her magnum opus…

China Changes Climax of Yet Another Hollywood Film, This Time it’s Minions

China has reportedly altered the endings of several Hollywood movies to give the authorities in the film the upper hand. In a recent incident, the ending of the recent animated comedy Minions: The Rise of Gru, internet users have stumbled on versions of the movie where the ending seems a bit off; in the original movie…

Swiggy Introduces a new ‘Moonlighting’ Policy For Full-Time Employees

Under Swiggy’s new Moonlighting policy, the company’s employees can now take up other jobs and projects outside of their working hours. All full-time employees of Swiggy’s parent company, Bundl Technologies, can make use of this policy. “This could encompass activity outside of office hours or on weekends that does not impact their productivity on the…

What Are Furries and Why They’re Not What You Expect

Humankind has had a very pronounced relationship with animals. First, we evolved from them and then hunted them in defense or for food. Then, we domesticated entire species for husbandry or vanity. We built industries revolving around them, catering directly to or exploiting them. During all these years of reliance, never did one predict Furries. The…

New Study Shows Optimistic Women Likely to Have Longer Lifespan

An optimistic outlook can do wonders for your life, and apparently, it can also lengthen it. A new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows a link between higher optimism and living past the age of 90 in women. “Although optimism itself may be affected by social structural factors, such…

Protests intensify in Sri Lanka as President Rajapaksa flees country, appoints PM Wickremesinghe as acting president

The ongoing Sri Lankan crisis does not seem to nearing its end, at least anytime soon. Protests in the island nation — which is engulfed in history’s worst financial crisis ever — intensified as reports confirmed current President Rajapaksa has fled the country. Protestors and general population has held him accountable for the country’s current…

Tinder Announces New ID Verification Option to Make Online Dating Safer

Tinder has announced that its ID Verification function will soon be available to all of its users across the world. According to their official press release, the feature will allow users to authenticate their profiles by uploading and verifying documents. ID verification will be optional initially, except in places where it is mandatory by law.…

ISRO Bids Adieu To Mangalyaan, Confirms That They Have Lost Contact

It is officially the end of the Mangalyaan mission as ISRO confirmed in a statement that the Mars Orbiter craft lost communication with ground station and is non-recoverable. Launched in November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the space probe has been orbiting Mars since September 2014. With its successful orbiting, the Mangalyaan…

These Insect Names are a Racist Slur, Entomological Society Seek Revisions

The Entomological Society of America has announced that the insect species scientifically identified as Lymantria Dispar and Aphaenogaster Araneoides shall no longer be termed “gypsy moths” and “gypsy ants”, respectively. As both these common insect names contain derogatory slurs towards Romanian people. In June, the ESA governing board deemed the usage of the common names…

Spain Introduces Digital Nomad Visa. Here are Eight Other Countries Best For Digital Nomads

Spain is the latest country to bring in a new era in remote working by introducing digital nomad visas. These will soon be available to people who work remotely for companies outside Spain, and who get not more than 20% of their income from Spanish firms. Those who get the visa will be able to…

Christian Eriksen’s Euro 2020 Collapse: A Terrifying Low for Football

Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen, collapsed face-first on the pitch during the opening game of the Euro 2020 tournament against Finland. A swift response from the Danish captain, Simon Kjaer, to make sure Eriksen’s airways were clear, checking if he hadn’t swallowed his own tongue. Quick thinking from the match referee, Anthony Taylor, immediately stopped the…

Elon Musk Is Not Going To Be Happy About These Tesla Ecstasy Pills

England and Wales have recorded the highest number of deaths related to drug poisoning this year. With the lockdown lifted, people are more than eager to step outside and party – really party. According to this 2019 report, the consumption of party drugs is more common than you’d think. However, there is a particularly dangerous pill on the rise –…

Five Musicians Who Criticized The Roe v. Wade Overturning During Their Performances

The US Supreme Court caused fury and panic when they overturned ‘Roe v. Wade’ – the landmark 1973 judgement that made abortion a constitutional right – on June 24. Struck down by a 6-3 majority, the end of Roe v. Wade may lead to approximately 28 US states outlawing or restricting access to abortions, the…

India’s New Sex Extortion Scam Targets Instagram Users

As part of a new sex extortion scam in India, blackmailers will video call you on Instagram until you pick up. If you don’t oblige, they will threaten to create a pornographic video using your deepfake – someone else’s face edited to look like it’s yours. Later, they will demand a heavy sum to not…

Brad Pitt And Nick Cave Make Their Art Debut At A Museum In Finland

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave are ready to showcase their lesser known talents to the world. Their artwork will be displayed at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. Brad Pitt will showcase his plaster and bronze sculptures, while Nick Cave will display a ceramic series. This is the first…

Queen Elizabeth II, UK’s Longest Serving Monarch, Dies Aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in United Kingdom’s history, has passed away aged 96. The news was officially communicated by Palace officials about an hour ago. The Queen was under medical observation for several days, as her health started to severely deteriorate starting early this week. Her family gathered at her Scottish estate…

Sri Lanka Introduces New Laws Protecting Elephants

Elephants are more domesticated than you’d expect. Asian elephants often grow up in proximity to human beings and are even worshipped in various cultures. Normally gentle, these enormous creatures are subject to mistreatment. To curb this, Sri Lankan Wildlife Protection Ministry has banned the consumption of liquor and narcotics while handling the animals.  Sri Lanka…

Worthless Lives in a Prolonged Conflict: Humanitarian Costs of Ethiopia’s Neglected Civil War

As times of uncertainty and desperation loom large, the threat of a full-scale civil war blows prominently in the winds more than ever. The Tigray crisis spurred last November when the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments along with their military forces declared an offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray region. The…

Panjshir, the Last Standing Citadel in Afghanistan, Reportedly Falls to Taliban

The lone Afghan territory that warded off the Taliban has now fallen, according to the extremist group. Panjshir was successful in keeping the Taliban away when Kabul fell. The resistance operations were being led by the erstwhile Afghan Vice President and Panjshiri leader Ahmad Massoud. According to their claims, the Taliban is now ready to…

Afghan Women See Their Lives Burn As Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

Afghanistan has plunged into the murkiest of dooms, as the Taliban now establishes total control over the country. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country yesterday and has reportedly also resigned from his post. This action leaves Afghanistan in an absolute ruckus, as people are fleeing the country in the sliver of peaceful time they have…

Non-Binary Person’s 1,000-Year Old Remains Discovered in Finland

Researchers believed for decades that a 1,000-year-old grave in Finland held the remains of a woman. Some even speculated that it was the burial site of a powerful female warrior. Initial excavations in 1968 revealed the burial site at Suontaka Vesitorninmäki, Hattula, southern Finland. The grave contained a combination of items, including jewellery, brooches, and…

Drug Trial Results Show Cancer Vanishing In All Patients

A trial consisting of just eighteen rectal cancer patients has found results that were previously unheard of. A New York Times article reported that the cancer vanished in all patients who had taken the drug. Physical exams, endoscopies, PET scans, and M.R.I. scans did not detect it. A drug called dostarlimab was administered to the…

Recurring Oil Spills Are The Next Big Threat To Marine Biodiversity

Heat waves, snowstorms, excessive rainfalls – we’ve seen almost all extreme weather conditions in these past two to three years. Yet, big named companies continue their harmful practices and have little concern about the devastating carbon footprint they are leaving behind. These unabashed practices are now leading to a more common, man-made phenomenon, that is…

UN Secretary General Warns The World Is In ‘Life-or-Death Struggle’ For Survival

The globe is in “a life-or-death struggle” for survival as “climate disaster gallops ahead,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday. He made the statement in Kinshasa, Congo, where government representatives gathered for a meeting ahead of the COP27 climate conference to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November. Lately, devastating events around…

Why You Can’t Play Minecraft in South Korea Until the Age of 19?

Minecraft is a multi-platform “open-world” adventure game by Mojang. In concept, it is similar to a virtual lego-building game. Players spawn in an empty virtual environment in which they use in-game tools to construct objects, explore environments and survive. It is the best-selling video game to date, having sold 200 million copies across all platforms.…

Kim Jong-un’s Weight Loss has ‘Broken’ North Korean Hearts

Kim Jong-un, like North Korea, seems to fancy carrying the air of mystery around him. After not appearing in public for a month, Western powers and nuclear-concerned countries began speculating about his health. Now, Kim Jong-un prefers showing the world how much his people love him. They are apparently, “heartbroken” that their leader has lost…

Selfies of a student and other crazy NFTs on the market

Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali, a 22-year-old Indonesian computer science student, earned millions selling his selfies as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the OpenSea NFT marketplace. In December last year, he posted nearly 1,000 images taken for five years from 2017 to 2021. Ghozali set the price for each selfie at $3 but managed to sell some…

Designer Vaishali Shadangule Dazzles Paris With Her Indian Weaves

Designer Vaishali Shadangule made her debut in Paris Haute Couture Week 2021. She is the founder of the eponymous label, Vaishali S. At the event, being one of eight designers, Shaldungule unveiled her collection ‘Shwas’ which means ‘Breath’ in Sanskrit. She did so in the company of fashion heavyweights including Dior, Balenciaga, and Jean-Paul Gaultier.…

Simone Biles’s Olympics Exit Is Perhaps Her Biggest Win

Simone Biles made headlines after she announced she was pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics. She stated in a press conference that she didn’t want to “jeopardize her health and mental well-being.” Biles’s performance in the previous event was not her best. Afterward, she only appeared to support the rest of the team at the…

Van Gogh Ear Puts A Gallery Under Attack

The Courtauld Gallery in London has recently come under fire for mocking mental health through their souvenirs for sale. The gallery is having its “Van Gogh Self-portraits” exhibition until May 2022. They put certain items on sale, online and in-person stores. The items include – an ear-shaped eraser, a bar of soap glorified as fit…

China Discusses Redistribution of Wealth

Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the economic inequality within the country, is set to introduce a campaign titled “common prosperity”. The poorest 20% earn 10 times less than the top 20%. In other calculations, the wealthiest 1% holds 31% of China’s wealth, according to a Credit Suisse report. This hasn’t changed much since 2015.  The…

The Onion Files An Amicus Brief To The Supreme Court In Defence Of Parody

“America’s finest news source” for satirical made-up news, The Onion, has filed a document in the US Supreme Court in defence of parody. “The author convinces the readers that they’re reading the real thing, then pulls the rug out from under them with the joke”, the court filing reads in one place. The long-running satirical…

Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney For Releasing Black Widow Online

Scarlett Johansson is really channeling Black Widow as of late, by suing Disney. The Marvel star is suing the parent company for a breach of contract, i.e. releasing Black Widow on OTT. The lawsuit says Johansson’s payment will largely be drawn from theatrical earnings. She would thereby lose her earnings if the movie is released…

As Jaipur Polo Season 2022 Begins, Ranshay Purohit Reflects On One Of India’s Oldest Sports

The Jaipur Polo Season 2022 sprung into action on September 5, and it will go on until October 9. Seven tournaments and one exhibition match will be played during this time. Of these, two tournaments have already kicked off in this week. The season began with the 4 goal Sapta Shakti Polo Championship, which will…

Ten Things To Do To Keep Your Mental Health in Check

Across the globe, May is celebrated as the Mental Health Awareness month – or as I like to call it, the shrink’s Christmas. Most mental health professionals I know have eagerly been working towards launching awareness campaigns and social media posts to commemorate this month. Sadly, being a therapist does not make one immune to…

The Oscars Fail to Get It Right Again

The Oscars were always monotonous with their nominations and awards — similar faces strolled down the red carpet in their designer attires and received awards, thanking their criminal producers. Their bubbles was impenetrable. The Academy honoured only the richest, most commercially popular, and most American Caucasian actors/directors for their contributions. This shouldn’t come as a surprise…

Alec Baldwin’s Prop-gun Accident Results in Fatal Death of a Cinematographer

There is quite the chatter around Hollywood, after the news of Halyna Hutchins’s unfortunate death broke. She received a fatal hit to her chest by a gun fired by actor and comedian Alec Baldwin on the sets of the film Rust. After receiving transportation to a hospital by helicopter, the 42-year-old cinematographer died soon. Moreover,…

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla to Inherit the Kohinoor

As people – particularly Brits devoted to the Royal Family – mourned Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Friday, others had a different agenda. Amid all the memes surrounding the Queen’s immortality (or lack thereof), some follow one particular discourse – the Royal Family’s collection of “borrowed” jewels from various commonwealth nations.  The Queen’s infamous crown…

Can Russia Deliver India its New Hope?

As India slowly and steadily recovers from the chaos of COVID-19’s second wave, the number of people registering to get vaccinated has seen a stark rise. However, data suggests the number of people getting vaccinated is exiguous in comparison to the nation’s total population. To vaccinate the entire population of India, at the current pace…

The Black Phone: Five Films Where Phone Calls Turn Sinister

There is something inherently spine-chilling about the shrill ring of the telephone at an odd hour. Some part of you knows it’s likely nothing. But there’s always a possibility, however slim, of life-altering bad news, or worse, some inexplicable darkness residing at the other end of the line. Horror films have been capitalising on this…

Nature’s Unfair Trade-off: How Penguins Paid the Catastrophic Cost of Saving the Tasmanian Devils

What started out as a noble attempt to save the declining population of the Tasmanian devils turned into a massacre for the penguins and shearwater birds of Maria islands, a 116 square kilometer island, located off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. A Brief History Until about a decade ago, the devils’ population was struggling…

Boys Discouraged by Gender Stereotypes from Reading Fiction: Study Finds

As per new research, the notion that boys dislike fiction reading is false. Consequently, fiction is the most popular reading genre among schoolboys in comparison to nonfiction, comics and magazines. The research titled, “Year 3 boys’ and girls’ enjoyment for reading across economic demographics in Australia: Implications for boys and students from lower SES communities”…

The Revolution that Scripted History in Afghanistan: The Saur Revolution

In light of the Afghanistan crisis, you may have come across photos that depict an Afghanistan of the past. These photos are in stark contrast to Afghanistan’s current condition. Women are out and about in dresses and without hijabs, men going about their daily businesses in the market in these images. It is also known…

Cheating At Chess Might Be Easy, Proving It Is Hard

The chess world plunged into controversy and confusion earlier this month after chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen’s shock withdrawal from an over-the-board US tournament. Carlsen withdrew after a match with young US player Hans Neimann in which Carlsen was defeated, triggering a variety of “cheating” claims. Shortly afterwards he posted a cryptic Jose Murinho meme tweet…

WeChat Suspends LGBTQ Accounts in China: Is It A Sign of Escalating Intolerance?

WeChat has deleted dozens of LGBTQ accounts, suppressing countless voices in the process. Worries of a tougher crackdown on LGBTQ activity in the country have arisen. Moreover, this has sparked outrage in the country over the government’s handling of China’s sexual and gender minorities. The student-run accounts on WeChat were vibrant online communities for sexual…

No Smooth-sailing for Jeff Bezos: The Rotterdam Bridge Debacle

Amazon founder and Billionaire Jeff Bezos has ordered the dismantling of the historical Rotterdam bridge. Why? So he can sail his magnificent yacht through it.  The Koningshaven Bridge of Rotterdam in the Netherlands was built in 1877. However, the bridge was damaged during World War II and was restored in 2014 and 2017. The officials swore…

Shein Makes A Comeback In India Thanks To Amazon But At What Cost?

When Shein was first launched in 2008, it started out as a website that makes and sells low-cost wedding gowns internationally. Its product line expanded over time to include a wide range of women’s fashion. The brand has always been synonymous with being cost-effective, which was a key element for its popularity in India. Undoubtedly,…

Netflix to Make Account Holders Pay Up for “Illegitimate” Password Sharing

Netflix is unhappy about the fall in its subscribers. The streaming giant estimated that around 200,00 fewer households are using the platform in Q1 because of password-sharing. They even intimidated the shareholders about the loss of two million subscribers in Q2 of 2022.  After pulling out of Russia in March amidst the Ukraine war, Netflix lost 700,000 subscribers. Due…

Afghanistan Is Now Doomed, Unlike What the Taliban Says

The Taliban says war is over in Afghanistan. But the ghastly visuals coming from the country, are speaking the truth. A sudden coup has given the Taliban the victory it longed for 20 years. With the President gone and people scrambling to avoid impending doom, global media realized what the future would be like for…

Ranveer Singh’s Nude Photoshoot Has Nothing To Do With ‘Offending Women’

Ranveer Singh is often in the news for a bold outfit – but this time, he’s trending for the lack of it. Singh’s nude photoshoot for Paper Magazine is doing the rounds online, with unsurprising reviews. Shared on his Instagram, the photos attracted mixed responses. Some found it sexy, while others read it as a…

WhatsApp to Launch Undo Delete Button

WhatsApp is reportedly working on an undo button to recover deleted messages. This is especially handy for users who chose the ‘Delete for me’ option instead of ‘Delete for everyone’. According to WABetaInfo, the app might launch a feature simply called ‘undo’ and is currently in early testing. A small batch of WhatsApp for Android beta…

Balenciaga Is Pricing a Shopper Bag, Similar to an Indian ‘Thaila’, at ₹1.5 Lacs

The world of fashion sees inspiration in the wildest of things. Just recently, luxury apparel brand Balenciaga was hilariously trolled for selling our regular ‘thailas’ for a maddening sum of ₹1.5 lakh. This regular shopping bag can easily come under a ₹100, but Balenciaga thought otherwise and made it a fashionable accessory. The shopper bags,…

Survey Finds That Unnecessary Meetings Cost Companies $101 Million A Year

If the phrase “this could have been an email” has ever resonated with you, this new survey might validate your aversion to meetings. Not only do employees feel they spend more time in meetings than they should, but it turns out that unnecessary meetings come at a huge cost to the company – a whopping…

Electric Chopsticks to Make the Food Taste More Salty

Japan is known for its warm culture and technological advancement. Recently, the country has come up with electric chopsticks to enhance the salt level in food. Japan witnesses an excess amount of salt consumption. It was reported that the country has increased its daily intake from 10.7g to 11g, according to recent data collected. This unlikely…

Five Pride-Inspired Gifts That Aid LGBTQ Causes

June is a month of immense celebration for the queer and LGBTQ community. It’s crucial not to be rainbow washed during Pride Month, whether you’re a member of the community or an ally. The start of June ushers in a barrage of products with flag designs printed all over them. From Pride Whoppers to LGBT…

Was ‘Gilded Glamour’ an Appropriate Choice for MET Gala 2022?

The Met Gala, one of the most prestigious acknowledgments of the fashion industry, has humble origins. Before high-end designers flocked to dress up the who’s who, it was an annual fundraising dinner; tickets went for as little as $50 each. Current prices for a ticket, however, is around $35,000, with tables costing $200,000 to $300,000.…

Pink Floyd Reunites For Ukraine

After 28 years of hiding from the limelight, Pink Floyd returns with a new single — a protest song against the war on Ukraine. Known for their innate social commentary, this wasn’t out of character for the Rock band.  Andriy Khlyvnyuk, a Ukrainian singer from the band BoomBox caught Guitarist David Gilmour’s attention. The former…

The Resignation of Andrew Cuomo Is a Step Towards Promoting Accountability In A Democracy

A democratic government’s most important responsibility is to be accountable to its people. Well, India is far from an ideal state of accountability. But in the West, thankfully, this pillar of democracy continues to stand strong in its own ways. This August, Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, was accused of sexually assaulting his female…

India’s bias against colored ‘Athithis’

The atmosphere was rife with agitation, anxiety and agony. A 27-year-old Congolese man died of a heart attack after being arrested for possessing illegal psychotropic ecstasy pills. A group of Congolese students, however, were skeptical about this death being unmediated. While protesting outside the police station in Bengaluru South, six students were injured.   Bollywood & Racism While…

Kanye West Says No to NFTs

Although some celebrities have digitized and launched their own NFTs, Rapper Kanye West does not seem to have any plans to launch his own. The rapper and designer, now famously known as Ye, went to Instagram on Monday night to share handwritten notes to express his disinterest in NFTs. He also asked his fans to…

Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Bob Dylan

Nobel Prize awardee and American pop icon Bob Dylan has been accused of sexual assault for an incident from back in 1965. The supposed victim, J.C., has anonymously filed a lawsuit entailing assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress. The alleged incident took place about 60 years ago in Dylan’s New York apartment…

Patagonia Founder Donates His $3 Billion Company to Fight Climate Change

“I didn’t want to be a businessman. Now I could die tomorrow and the company is going to continue doing the right thing for the next 50 years…” said the 83-year-old billionaire Yvon Chouinard in an exclusive interview with New York Times, published Wednesday, September 14th. The once eclectic rock-climber turned businessman established Patagonia in 1973…

Eight Cheetahs Have Been Brought To India On PM Modi’s Birthday

The first batch of eight cheetahs arrived from Namibia on September 17 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd birthday. The group contains five females and three males between two to six years of age. In total, at least 20 cheetahs will come in from South Africa and Namibia in a relocation attempt. This marks the…

The Pitfalls of El Salvador’s Crypto Revolution

On June 9, 2021, El Salvador, in a historic move, became the first-ever country to adopt Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar which was previously their only currency. As per the new law, all transactions from paying taxes to availing everyday commodities and services can be done with the use of Bitcoin.…

Activision Blizzard Law Suit Exposes Deep-Rooted Sexist Culture In The Video Game Industry

Shockwaves rippled through the gaming industry, and it wasn’t because of a new game. As last week, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination against Activision Blizzard. That’s the company behind World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Call of Duty. Games which are some of the world’s most popular.…

The Baby On The Cover Of Nevermind Is Suing Nirvana

The world of entertainment never ceases to surprise us. Nirvana, the timeless rock band of the 80s-90s is being sued by the baby whose picture it used for its album cover, Nevermind. Now an adult, Spencer Elden is seen in a pool when he was 4 months old, trying to reach a dollar bill. Elden…

Why We Should Be Concerned About the Delta Plus Variant?

The Delta plus variant is an aggressively mutated version of the Delta strain, which was responsible for the second COVID-19 wave in India. While the severity of the new mutant strain is unknown, AIIMS chief Dr. Randeep Guleria said that the new virus could become a “variant of concern” if left unchecked in India. This…

Mattel Creates Barbie Dolls Based on Female ‘Heroes of The Pandemic’

Mattel has introduced a new range of dolls in an attempt to inspire children. COVID-19 frontline workers served as inspiration for the new range of custom barbie dolls. Inspired by six individuals, each of whom is an expert in their respective professions. According to Mattel, these dedicated warriors have battled tirelessly against COVID-19 and are…

COVID Sub-Variant BA.2.75 detected in India, says WHO

WHO (World Health Organisation) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that they have found yet another COVID sub-variant in several countries. Known as BA.2.75, it is a sub-variant of Omicron, an India is also one of the countries where the variant has been detected. “On COVID-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 percent over the…

The Glamourization of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial is Concerning

In an age where our attention spans are narrowing down as the sea of content to consume keeps expanding, one of the hot topics to have emerged of recent is the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial. From live streams from the courtroom to 30-second tidbits of Depp’s “savage comebacks” and Heard’s “poker face”, the trial has…

Netflix and its dilemma between popular and good content

Emily in Paris announced its renewal for seasons three and four less than a month after Netflix released season two. Actor Lily Collins, who plays Emily, announced the news on her Instagram beginning of January. Despite not being renowned for its groundbreaking plot or acting performances, to everyone’s surprise, the show received a Golden Globes…

Justin Beiber Cancels World Tour As He Battles Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Singer Justin Beiber has announced he’s cancelling the remaining of his Justice World Tour shows in the wake of him contracting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which has left him with partial facial paralysis. The revelation came after Justin postponed three shows on his 2022 Justice World Tour earlier this week. On Instagram, Justin posted a video providing…

Will Setting Up an International Carbon Price Floor Slow Down Climate Change?

The International Monetary (IMF) to limit the effects of climate change have proposed to set up a worldwide carbon price floor. Such monetary sanctions according to the IMF would substantially accelerate and help achieve the Paris climate agreement’s goal of reducing global gas emissions and maintain temperature increase under 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit). As…

Fall in Rupee Likely to Impact Indian Spending

The Indian Rupee has reached an all-time low against the US Dollar. As opposed to 76.98 in March, the Rupee has now dropped to 77.44. This will hurt the Indian economy which is already vulnerable to high inflation.  This depreciaiton is because of a sell-off in equities due to concerns around weakening global economic growth…

Pegasus Row: Surveillance For National Interests or Discrete Snooping?

A joint investigation led by a global consortium of more than 17 media houses revealed the dangerous face of the Pegasus spyware. Targets of the spyware include several influential people, of which 2 are Indian union ministers. The list includes the woman who accused ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi of sexual assault, and a slew of journalists,…

Five Books About the Gilded Age

Met Gala 2022 theme “Gilded Glamour,” was much inspired by New York’s Gilded Age, when self-indulgence and grandiosity was much prevalent, especially in fashion. The Upper-class wore bowl hats and jewel-toned gowns crafted with luxurious fabrics like linen, silk, velvet and satin. The Gilded Age was the period in American history between 1870 and 1900…

​​NASA Spacecraft Collides With Asteroid To Test Planetary Defence

In a news that seemed to appear out of science-fiction, NASA reported that it has rammed a spacecraft into an asteroid in a test designed to prevent potentially dangerous collisions with Earth. Videos broadcast by NASA show the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft getting closer and closer to the target before it collided with…

Cloth Masks Can be Equally Effective Against COVID-19: Study Reveals Best Fabric Combinations.

Face Masks have become an indispensable commodity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With the worldwide shortage of surgical and N95 masks, people shifted to, made, or bought cloth face masks made of everyday common fabrics such as cotton, satin, silk, etc. Ever since the effectiveness of fabric masks faces constant scrutiny from the…

Bella Hadid Gets A Dress Spray Painted On Her At Paris Fashion Week

The Coperni Spring 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week closed with a never seen before moment – Bella Hadid in a spray-painted dress. The dress was made with Fabrican, a material that solidifies into fabric after it is sprayed from a can. Mesmerising footage from the event shows Hadid walk the runway in only her…

Does it Matter Only When it Happens in the West

The first time I heard about Roe v. Wade was three years ago, in class, when my professor emphasized how it became a turning point in the women’s rights movement in the West. None of the 40-odd students in that classroom had known about the trial before. All of the students, however, understood the significance…

James Corden is Being Called Out Again: This time, It’s Serious

James Corden couldn’t have done something more outrageous than his role in Cats, right? Well, social media is calling him for being racially insensitive, particularly for running the segment ‘Spill your Guts’ in his late night show. The segment basically involves assigning one of the many uninviting foods to either participant (including Corden) and asking…

The Value of Nothing: Italian Artist sells his invisible art for $18,000

How would you react if you knew an artist is selling a sculpture, which is in reality, nothing? Any person who is not an art aficionado will laugh it off. The art sphere continues to shock the world everyday, and now even more so. An invisible sculpture was sold for $18,000 at an Italian auction…

A Tale of Two Countries: How USA and Mexico Are Addressing Abortion Laws

Both the USA and Mexico came under the spotlight regarding their standings on a contested topic: abortion. Texas passed a law that makes abortion a crime after 6 weeks of pregnancy. Women’s rights activists cracked down upon the decision, arguing how deploringly patriarchal the law is. Meanwhile, Mexico took a landmark initiative to decriminalize abortion.…

Nike Is Giving All Its Office Employees A Week-Long Break To Prioritize Mental Health

In an attempt to combat workplace burnout and stress, Nike is giving its employees a break for a whole week. This week-long break is applicable in all of Nike’s offices around the world. Nike is emphasizing mental health for its employees, is encouraging them to recuperate and relax in their time off. This comes prior…

Air Pollution Can Risk 40% Indians to a Loss of Nine Years

Despite the constant reminders we get of irreparable damage to our planet, action against climate remains stagnant. On a more alarming note, A US study reveals that 40% of Indians are expected to have reduced life expectancy. Air pollution alone is the cause for such a harrowing figure. The 40% are at risk of losing…

End of an Era: Roger Federer Bids Goodbye To Tennis

As the fans were getting acquainted to see the exceptional Serena Williams bid goodbye to court, Roger Federer just announced his retirement on his social media accounts. “I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when…

The Curious Case of Subway’s Tuna Sandwich

Journalist Julia Carmel led a New York Times investigation on Subway’s tuna sandwiches. Carmel collected sampled sandwiches from three Los Angeles Outlets and sent them to a specialized lab for tests. As per reports, the tests failed to identify any tuna DNA in the samples. Offering some analysis, a spokesperson from the lab told Carmel…

Angela Merkel Steps Down as German Chancellor with a Starry Legacy Behind

The German Chancellor has stepped down from office, with a lot of wins to prove her worth as an able leader. Merkel, in her career spanning 16 years, put Germany again as a powerful nation on the map. Merkel is known for taking up projects and making decisions that other Western leaders shy away from.…

Is it Possible to Live Sustainably in the Age of Waste?

With a spirit of resilience through a pandemic-tainted world, The United Nations, marked this year’s World Environment Day with the theme of “Ecosystem Restoration”. To us, this task seems beyond our individual capability but there is a way to contribute to this cause. On an individual level, adopting sustainable living with a twist on its…

Inside the Unexplored World of Pet Cloning

Grief is hard and in some cases, even more so if it’s a beloved pet. Some people refuse to bring home another pet while others simply buy/adopt another animal reminiscent of their former pet. Some, however, immortalize their pets using pet cloning services. It all started in 1952 when the first-ever living being was cloned.…