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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…

The Most Controversial Revelations From Prince Harry’s Memoir So Far

The Royal Family is back in the news as several shocking claims made by Prince Harry in his memoir, Spare, were leaked. The book comes out on January 10, but a few excerpts from it have already gone viral. We’ve rounded up the most controversial ones so far that are currently inviting heated debate and…

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…

How Shahrukh Khan’s Pathaan is reopening single-screen cinemas across the country

When fans found out Shah Rukh Khan was to grace cinemas again with Siddharth Anand’s Pathaan, it created a furor that few other stars in the country (maybe even the world) could. It has been a mere two days since the highly-anticipated film’s release, but it has taken the nation by storm. And an interesting…

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…

Meta’s Value Plunges As Economic Climate Rocks Ad Markets Worldwide

Meta Platforms Inc. dropped 25% on Thursday, its worst one-day slump since February. This slump came after CEO Mark Zuckerberg implored investors for patience with the social media giant’s  investments in unproven ventures. Meta’s market value sank to $268 billion, down from more than $1 trillion in September of 2021. This means that its market value…

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…

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 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…

Harry Potter Fans Urged To Stop Leaving Socks At Dobby’s Grave

Welsh officials have warned fans of the Harry Potter franchise to stop leaving socks at a memorial grave created over a decade ago for Dobby the elf. In the series, the cherished fictional character tricks his master, Lucius Malfoy, into granting him lifelong freedom by giving him a sock. Dobby wears the sock until he…

Climate Change Protesters Throw Soup At Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

Two activists protesting against fossil fuel extraction threw two cups tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery in London on Friday. Following this, they glued themselves to the museum’s wall.  ‘Sunflowers’ is one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery, and is thought to be the picture that…

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.…

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…

Animal Populations On Average Declined By Almost 70% Since 1970, Report Reveals

According to a major scientific study, the number of animals on Earth has decreased by an average of 69% in less than 50 years as a result of continued logging of forests, unsustainable consumption and industrial-scale pollution. The WWF and Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) biennial Living Planet Report finds that the diversity of birds,…

President Joe Biden Issues Federal Pardons To Those Convicted Of Marijuana Possession

US President Joe Biden has issued federal pardons to those convicted of possessing small quantities of marijuana. The official estimate puts the number of people benefitting from these pardons at 6,500. The move is in line with Biden’s agenda of decriminalising cannabis use and expunging convictions that he expressed as a presidential canditate. Most convictions…

‘The Black Pearl’: Football Legend Pelé Passes Away at 81

Brazilian football star Pelé passed away on Thursday in Sao Paulo. He spent recent months in and out of the hospital and underwent surgery to remove a tumour from his colon. Football fanatics worldwide consider him to be one of the greatest athletes in the world. He rose from barefoot poverty to become one of…

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…

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…

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…

Ahmed Aslam Ali, The Inventor of Chicken Tikka Masala, Has Passed Away

Ahmed Aslam Ali, the Glasgow chef who many believe invented chicken tikka masala, died at 77 on December 19. Ali created the dish by improvising a sauce made from a tin of tomato soup at his restaurant in the 1970s. His death was announced by the same restaurant, Shish Mahal, which closed for 48 hours…

Immersive Vincent Van Gogh Show Will Come To India For the First Time In January 2023

Ever seen a painting so captivating you wanted to step inside of it? Since it is impossible to conceive a portal to the imaginative worlds created by our favorite artists, we have the next best thing: immersive art experiences. These exhibitions feature floor-to-ceiling moving projections that bring the artist’s brush strokes to life. For the…

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…

Eight Good Things That Happened This Year That Will Make You a Little More Hopeful for 2023

In between all the controversies, scandals and downfalls, there was actually quite a bit to smile about this year. 1. The four-day week became a reality for thousands of workers. 100 Companies in the UK switched to a four-day workweek with no pay cut. Supporters believe a four-day week would drive firms to improve their…

At Just 16, Gukesh D. Is Now The Youngest-Ever To Beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Since Magnus Carlsen became the world champion over ten years ago, Indian teenager Dommaraju Gukesh has become the youngest player to ever defeat him in the Aimchess Rapid online chess tournament.  Gukesh smashed the previous record set by his fellow countryman Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who beat the world champion in February at the age of 16…

Tory Lanez Has Been Found Guilty of Shooting Megan Thee Stallion

A Los Angeles jury found rapper Tory Lanez guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in 2020. He faces over 20 years in prison. The jury convicted him of negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm. The court will sentence him on 27 January. The incident…

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…

Audiences Are Divided Over Sushmita Sen Playing A Transgender Activist In ‘Taali’

Taali, the upcoming biographical web series based on transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant’s life, will star Sushmita Sen. A former Miss Universe and a renowned actress, Sen took to her Instagram to unveil the series, which is titled Taali. Shreegauri Sawant was one of the petitioners of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), in which the Supreme Court recognized…

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…

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…

Taylor Swift Is Making Her Directorial Debut With Searchlight Pictures

After conquering the Billboard Top 10 this year, Taylor Swift is now making her foray into feature film direction with Searchlight Pictures. The Oscar-winning studio behind The Shape of Water and The Grand Budapest Hotel will produce an original script written by the singer. They have not yet revealed other vital details, like the plot…

Annoying Internet Habits to Leave in 2022

With 2022 almost coming to an end, as we look forward to new beginnings, it’s the perfect time to say goodbye to things that don’t work anymore. The same goes for the internet – some things are better left behind. Here’s a list of online behaviour that we‘d rather not carry with us into 2023:…

Madonna, A Long-Time Gay Icon, Might Just Have Come Out Herself

In a recent TikTok, Madonna has implied that she identifies as gay. The video featured her holding up a pair of pink underwear, as the text reads, “If I Miss, I’m Gay!”. She throws the underwear at a trash bin, and as one would anticipate, misses. The TikTok has led to speculation that the singer…

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…

​​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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Fast Fashion Giant Shein Is Treating Workers Worse Than We Thought

A recent undercover study reveals the human cost of sustaining Shein’s business model, which offers clothing at dirt cheap prices. Workers at factories in China that supply clothes to Shein frequently work up to 18 hours a day with no weekends and just one day off per month, according to an undercover investigation from Channel 4…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Meta’s Monopoly Is Imploding Before Our Eyes

Meta’s monopoly is seriously under threat as the company loses over $800 billion in its market value after years of mismanagement as well as a failure to innovate. A money-draining metaverse venture that seemingly no one wants is to blame for its downfall. To be clear, the company is one of the biggest tech firms…

The Greatest Film Trilogies, According to Reddit and Our Community

Sometimes, all you need is to escape to another world, and there’s no better way to do that than by binge-watching an entire film trilogy in a day. Over the years, we’ve had some timeless films that proved sequels can be done right – not once, but twice. A Reddit user asked what the greatest…

Elon Musk’s Twitter Poll: 57.5% feel he should step down

On December 19, Elon Musk asked Twitter users whether he should stand down as the platform’s CEO, through a poll. And the jury is out. Nearly 58%, or about 10Mn of the 17Mn users who voted, say Musk should step down from his post. The tech billionaire had earlied promised to “abide” by the poll’s…

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…

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.…

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…

Immerse Yourself in Art at This Audio-Visual Installation Series in Mumbai

In its third edition of the Satellite series, the Mumbai Light Festival is showcasing two unique audiovisual acts. These bring together diverse artists, genres, and influences to craft uniquely immersive experiences. The first act, ‘Once upon a time…’ runs from December 13 to 17, while the second, ‘Overture’ can be experienced from December 17 to…

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…

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan Shot In Alleged Assassination Attempt

Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has survived a shooting that took place at a political rally on Thursday. The party described the event as an assassination attempt. Khan is reportedly in stable condition after the attacker fired at his lower leg. The attack left one person dead, several others injured, and ignited protests…

BTS Has Announced That They Will Complete Mandatory Military Service

K-pop group BTS has announced that they will be taking time off from making music to serve in the military. In South Korea, it is mandatory for able-bodied men between 18 and 28 to enlist in the military. They must serve for around two years. This new development comes months after BTS told fans that…

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…

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…

Balenciaga Takes Paris Fashion Week To A Mud Pit

Designer clothing and mud don’t typically go so well together, until Balenciaga decided to hold their Paris Fashion Week show in a mud pit. Spectators were left puzzled after models walked through a muddy pit to display the spring/summer 2023 collection for the fashion house Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week. Among the models who squelched…

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…

Ten Drawings That Accurately Portrayed the Future That We Live Now

“Is it red Iphone?”, questioned clueless Jimmy Fallon. “It’s actually radar phone!”, corrected Taylor Swift in an episode of Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The joke that started from guessing the song “Pour some sugar on me” by Def Leppard to discussing how eerie it would’ve been if they actually predicted “red iPhone” in 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.…

UAE Will Offer Year-Long Paid Leave to Government Employees Who Want to Start Businesses

Starting 2 January, 2023, the UAE will allow government employees a year-long paid leave to start their own businesses. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, announced the move in July this year as a way to encourage employees in the…

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…

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…

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…

M3GAN Is Taking Over the Internet

Twitter’s new muse is M3GAN – a horror film about an AI powered, lifelike doll who goes on a murderous spree. Why, you ask? Although the plot’s trip down uncanny valley is fascinating in itself, M3GAN is quickly gaining cult film-like status among fans on the very first day of it’s release. In fact, the…

Has True Crime Gone Too Far?

After a TikToker publicly accused a professor of the Idaho University murders, the internet is coming down harshly on the true crime community yet again. Ashley Guillard claims to be a psychic and a tarot card reader on the social media platform. She alleged that history department chair Rebecca Scofield committed the murders because she…

Dutch Court Rules That Being Forced To Keep Webcam On Is A Violation Of Human Rights

A Dutch court may be on your side if you’ve ever thought that being told to turn on your camera during a Zoom conference was a serious violation of your workplace boundaries.  Chetu, a company with headquarters in Florida, required a telemarketer it recruited in the Netherlands to turn on his camera all through his…

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…

Lawsuit Against Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Dropped

Mississippi songwriter Andy Stone dropped the $20 million copyright infringement case he filed against Mariah Carey and co-writer Walter Afanasieff for their hit song ‘All I want for Christmas is You’. He claimed that he recorded and released a song of the same name under the moniker Vince Vance And The Valiants in 1989, 5…

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…

Finnish PM Sanna Marin Cleared Of Misconduct Accusations Over Party Video

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has been cleared of allegations claiming she has been neglecting her duties. After a video of her dancing with her friends at a party surfaced, several people filed complaints accusing her of damaging Finland’s “reputation and security”. However, Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Poysti concluded that the video does not prove…

Thousands March In Paris Against Rising Cost Of Living, Climate Inaction

On Sunday, thousands of protesters, including France’s freshly crowned Nobel literature laureate Annie Ernaux, descended onto Paris’ streets in a display of rage against the growing strain of rising prices and to increase pressure on President Emmanuel Macron’s administration. These protests came three weeks into a refinery strike that has caused fuel shortages across the…

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…

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…

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…

France Makes Condoms Free For People Under 25

Starting January, young people in France will have free access to condoms. The move is an effort to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. The French President, Emmanuel Macron announced the move and said “It’s a small revolution for contraception,” during a health debate with young people, as quoted by The Guardian.…

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…

Vol. 4 Of Rihanna’s Iconic Savage x Fenty Show Is Here

Rihanna announced via a teaser clip on Instagram that the Savage x Fenty fashion show will return for a fourth time on November 9 and will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Rihanna – who serves as the executive producer and creative director for Vol. 4,– posted a video with the caption “VOLUME 👏🏿…

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…

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,…

Hyderabad Bags ‘World Green City Award 2022’, Beats Paris, Montreal

At the International Association of Horticulture Producers (AIPH) World Green City Awards 2022 held in Jeju, South Korea on Friday, it was announced that Hyderabad bagged the coveted World Green Cities award, beating Paris, Bogota, Mexico City, Montreal and Fortaleza in Brazil. This award recognizes nature-oriented approaches to urban planning. The city received the prestigious…

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…

In a Big Win for Unethical Fashion, Shein Is 2022’s Most Popular Brand

Much to our collective disappointment – but not shock – Shein is 2022’s most popular brand. According to a report by Money.co.uk, it is the most Googled brand across 113 countries, and beat popular brands like H&M, Zara, Adidas and Nike by a huge margin to secure its position. The fast fashion giant is most…

First Sikh Woman Sworn In As US Judge

Manpreet Monica Singh has become the first Sikh woman sworn in as a judge in the US. The Indian Origin judge was sworn in at the Harris county civil court in Texas on January 6. Singh was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Bellaire with her husband and two children. Her father,…

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…

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…

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…

Seven shows with 30-minute episodes for when you can’t sit through long runtimes

Sometimes, no matter how intriguing the plot may seem, that 50-minute episode runtime may be what puts you off the show entirely. We’ve noticed it too – TV episodes are getting longer, sometimes even running for up to 90 minutes. Pulling together the time and mental capacity for that is not always possible. If you’ve…

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…

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…

The Razzies nominating 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress is rubbing people the wrong way

The Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzies, have the internet divided over their recent list of contenders. People are not entirely on-board with the parody award show nominating 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the Worst Actress Category, for her role in Firestarter. The film was not a commercial or critical success, but…

Julia Fox has apologised for not knowing that ‘mascara’ was code for sexual assault on TikTok, but she’s not the only one confused

Julia Fox recently received severe backlash online for allegedly making light of sexual assault. But her comment, it seems, came from a place of confusion. A TikTok user shared their experience with sexual assault online, referring to it as ‘mascara’. The Uncut Gems star commented on the video saying “Idk why but I don’t feel…

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,…

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…

Indie Musician Rex Orange County Accused Of Six Counts Of Sexual Assault

Six counts of sexual assault against a woman have been levelled against musician Rex Orange County, also known as Alexander O’Connor. These six counts allegedly come from a series of incidents with one woman over a period of time in June. The 24-year-old allegedly assaulted the woman twice in London’s West End on June 1 before…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Eight Thanksgiving Episodes From Sitcoms That Made Us Want to Celebrate It Too

Thanksgiving is primarily an American tradition, but thanks to sitcoms, it has made its way onto Indian screens too. From Monica Geller’s Turkey Head to Jessica Day and the boys thawing a turkey in a washing machine, we know that Thanksgiving episodes are all about chaos, family drama and culinary mishaps. Watching sitcom Thanksgiving specials…

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…

Just Out Of Detention, Anna Sorokin Believes She Deserves A Second Chance

Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, the con artist and fake heiress who inspired the Netflix series Inventing Anna, was released from ICE detention. The Court found her guilty of robbing banks and her friends of over $200,000. She scammed her way into New York’s elite society by posing as a fake heiress. For the past…

Grammy-Nominated Migos Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead In Houston

One-third of influential Atlanta-based hip-hop group Migos, Takeoff died at the age of 28. The musician, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed outside a bowling alley on Tuesday, around 2:30 AM reportedly over a game of dice. He was with fellow bandmate Quavo, also his uncle, when an altercation broke out and someone opened fire,…

Andrew Tate Arrested in Romania Amidst Online War Against Greta Thunberg

Romanian authorities have detained influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan under a human trafficking, rape and organised crime investigation. The dramatic lead up to his arrest sounds like something out of a fever dream, and has the internet on the edge of its seat. On 27 December, the controversial online personality tweeted at climate…

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.…

New UNESCO Report Says Glaciers Around The World Might Disappear By 2050

A new UNESCO report states that glaciers in the Dolomites in Italy, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Yosemite and Yellowstone parks in the USA could disappear by 2050 due to global warming. The development gives world leaders much to think about as they prepare for the COP27 climate conference starting Sunday, November 6. UNESCO surveys…

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…

New Year, New Me: Is There a ‘Right Time’ to Reinvent Ourselves?

It’s that time of the year again. When you post your Spotify Wrapped on your Instagram stories, make plans on how to end the year and most of all, start jotting down some New Year resolutions – ambitious ideas that will likely crash and burn by March. In a study conducted in 2018, fitness app…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Six Hilarious TV Shows Set in a Different Time Period

A lot of shows set in different time periods are in the drama or horror genre. It can sometimes be difficult to relate to comedy from a different era, but these classic shows set in the past will have you falling off your chairs.   That 70s Show A fan-favorite sitcom at its time, the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Shehan Karunatilaka Wins Booker Prize ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has won the Booker prize for fiction. Its ambitious scope and the comic audacity of its narrative was largely cited for its success. Ten years after the release of his exhilarating debut Chinaman, Shehan Karunatilaka’s The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida combines the…

Julie Powell Of ‘Julie & Julia’ Has Passed Away, Leaving Behind A Legacy In Food Writing

Julie Powell, the food writer best known for her cooking memoir, Julie & Julia, which inspired a film starring Meryl Streep, has died at the age of 49. She passed away on October 26 at her home in Olivebridge, upstate New York, from a cardiac arrest. Aspiring author Julie Powell was working at a dead-end…

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…

The World Has Lost Sympathy For Kanye West, And For Good Reason

On Sunday, Kanye West’s latest tweet was taken down by Twitter for being anti-semitic, and the world tuned in to watch him fall from grace once again. Now deleted, the tweet threatened to “death con 3 on Jewish people” – essentially, kill them. Surely there’s no Kanye fan dumb enough to defend this. …surely! pic.twitter.com/jnMJhkrlZk…

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…

Just Stop Oil Activist Glues Head to Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring

After environmental activists splashing soup across Van Gogh’s sunflowers made massive headlines across the world, another activist from the same group, Just Stop Oil, glued his head to Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece ‘Girl with a pearl earring.’  In a video posted on Twitter, another protester could be seen pouring soup over the man who glued his head…

Bad Bunny Slammed for Throwing a Fan’s Phone After He Felt She Showed “A Lack of Respect”

Rapper Bad Bunny has sparked controversy after throwing a fan’s phone away while he was in the Dominican Republic. The video of the incident, which has gone viral, shows the singer walking down a street when he is approached by the fan. She lifts the front camera of her phone to their faces for a…

Diwali To Be A Public School Holiday In New York City Starting Next Year

Diwali will be a public school holiday in New York City starting next year. Mayor Eric Adams announced the same on Thursday with state assembly woman Jenifer Rajkumar. The announcement comes two days before the festival of lights, which falls on October 24 this year. Mayor Adams called the decision a “long overdue acknowledgment of…

Sherlock Holmes and Other Works That Will Enter Public Domain in 2023

The beloved Baker Street detective, Sherlock Holmes, has influenced many fanatics of crime fiction over decades. Conan Doyle’s estate battled with lawyer Leslie S. Klinger over the rights to publish stories centering on the detective. Then In 2013, a judge ruled that Klinger had the right to publish pre-1923 Holmes stories. Over the years, earlier…

US Returns 307 Trafficked Antiquities To India

On Monday, the Indian government received 307 stolen antiques from the US authorities in a formal transfer valued at close to $4 million. These were seized from the gallery run by international smuggler, Subash Kapoor. Authorities also implicated other art galleries and trafficking organisations in the crime. An inquiry into Subash Kapoor led to the…

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…

Vivienne Westwood: Visionary, Political Icon, Mother of Punk

On Thursday, the fashion community experienced a great loss after the passing of Dame Vivienne Westwood at 81. The iconic British fashion designer, often called the Mother of Punk fashion, has dressed some of the biggest stars across the world. She gave a whole new identity to punk and new wave with her bold aesthetics. …

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…

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…

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…

Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli Resign as Co-CEOs of Prada

Co-CEOs of the Prada group, Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli are stepping down. The brand is now proposing former CEO of Luxottica and LVMH’s hospitality unit, Andrea Guerra, as the new Prada group CEO. Their flagship brand will be led by a new executive. Miuccia Prada will remain the creative director of Prada and a…

Netflix Cracks Down On Password Sharing, Will Soon Charge Extra Fee

Netflix is getting ready to penalize subscribers who share their credentials. The massive streaming service has allegedly experienced significant revenue losses and a sharp decline in its subscriber base. Password sharing was one of the reasons given by Netflix for its slow growth. Currently, the company has declared that it will charge users extra fees…

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…

Taylor Swift Becomes First Artist In History To Claim Entire Top 10 On Billboard Hot 100

In the Billboard top 100’s 64-year history, Taylor Swift has become the first artist to dominate the entire Top 10. All tracks are from her new album, Midnights, with ‘Anti-Hero’ bagging the No. 1 spot. The album itself is No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and is enjoying the biggest week for a release in…

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.…

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…

Schiaparelli’s realistic animal heads have sparked controversy. Do they glorify animal abuse?

Schiaparelli’s Paris Fashion Week show has caused a stir on the internet after their hyperrealistic animal heads went viral. Doja Cat’s Swarovski-laden look was well received by most, but the lion-head dress first worn by Kylie Jenner became the centre of controversy. Wearing a black gown with a highly realistic lion head on the shoulder,…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Actor Kit Connor Forced To Come Out As Bisexual: Has The Queerbaiting Discourse Gone Too Far?

Actor Kit Connor took to his Twitter on Monday and came out as bisexual to his fans after Twitter users accused him of ‘queerbaiting’. The 18-year-old actor plays Nick Nelson in Netflix’s hit show Heartstopper, an uplifting LGBTQ+ drama about teen friendship and young romance. The accusations come after the actor was spotted holding hands…

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…

With Elon Musk’s Radical Ideas for Twitter, How Much Change Is Too Much?

The most recent among Elon Musk’s series of proposed changes to Twitter is his desire to increase the character limit from 280 to 1,000. Since taking over the platform just over a month ago, the new CEO has kept himself very busy. Musk has fired top executives and hundreds of employees. Employees have been instructed…

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.…

‘SPARE’: Prince Harry’s “Intimate” Memoir Will Hit The Shelves In January 2023

Penguin Random House has announced that Prince Harry’s memoir, titled SPARE, will release on January 10, 2023. The publishing house’s press release describes the autobiography as “intimate and heartfelt”, and “written with raw, unflinching honesty”. The title seems to be a nod to the phrase “heir and spare”, referring to he who is next in…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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.…

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…

Bodies of 2500 Endangered Seals Found on Caspian Sea Coast in Russia

About 2,500 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia. Authorities reported an initial number of 700, but this later rose to 2500. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list has included Caspian seals, the Caspian Sea’s sole mammals, as endangered animals since 2008. The deaths were…

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…

USA: Investigation Reveals Widespread Sexual Misconduct In Women’s Soccer

An independent investigation uncovered widespread misconduct and abuse within women’s professional soccer in the United States. The report states that the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which is governed by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), failed to provide a safe environment for players. This was revealed after more than 200 interviews were conducted confirming 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…

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…

Lollapalooza, NH7 Weekender And Other Upcoming Music Festivals To Attend In India

The next few months have something in store for fans of all kinds of music. Lollapalooza just announced the long-anticipated lineup for their first time in Mumbai. Get ready to bid the year goodbye with some unmissable year-end performances, and bring in 2023 with an even bigger bang. The excitement is overwhelming, but there’s still…

‘Permacrisis’: Collins Dictionary Chooses A Fitting Word Of The Year For 2022

Collins Dictionary has named ‘Permacrisis’ their word of the year for 2022 – it means “an extended period of instability and insecurity, especially one resulting from a series of catastrophic events”. It highlights the ongoing period of turbulence and instability plaguing the UK – from political uncertainty to the cost-of-living crisis. Needless to say, the…

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.…

‘Rizz’ Is the Internet’s New Favourite Word

Every day the world wide web invents a new word that unironically becomes a part of our everyday vocab. The internet’s new favorite word to throw around in every conversation is “Rizz”. Rizz means your ability to “have game”, typically for men attracting women. One can also use it regardless of sex. Twitch streamer Kai…

The Biggest Pop Culture Moments of 2022

This year will go down in history as a rollercoaster of iconic moments, and we’ve put together a little scrapbook of the most memorable ones. Lindsay Lohan made a comeback, Taylor Swift felt so 22 she broke TicketMaster and Julia Fox dated Kanye West to get him off Kim’s case (whatever that means). 2022 was…

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…

Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ and the Big Shoes That Remakes and Spin-Offs Have to Fill

Netflix’s Wednesday is making rounds on the internet, and people especially love Jenna Ortega’s portrayal of the iconic titular character. When the creators first announced the comedy series, fans of the original Addams Family were skeptical of the spin-off, and many questioned if Ortega would be able to properly fill the shoes of Christina Ricci,…

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…

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…

Once a Banned Novel, ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Now Has Its Own Netflix Adaptation

Netflix has breathed new life into D.H. Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The cinematic adaptation sees Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell in leading roles, and is directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Previously, she garnered rave reviews for The Mustang (2019). When D.H. Lawrence first wrote it, he perhaps would not have imagined that…

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…

US Officials Issue Warning About Possible Extinction Of Emperor Penguins

The US government announced comprehensive protections for the emperor penguin under the US Endangered Species Act on Tuesday. They warned that the species faces extinction owing to sea ice loss and rising global temperatures. Experts predict that 99% of the world’s emperor penguin population will disappear by 2100 if carbon pollution is ignored. However, under…

The Things Our Grannies Told Us Not To Do During An Eclipse, That I Probably Did Today

Astronomy enthusiasts take note, the total lunar eclipse occurring today, on November 8, will be the last one for the next three years. While this may come as bad news to those who relish celestial events, some cultures believe that the period surrounding eclipses is tainted with evil. According to them, it is a time…

Brazil Riots: 1,500 Protesters Detained For Storming the Congress After President Lula’s Swearing In

Supporters of former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court in Brasília on Sunday in an attempted insurrection. The riots follow the victory and swearing in of left wing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, also known as ‘Lula’. Bolsonaro’s right wing supporters are unwilling to accept his…

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…

Five New Spooky Films To Watch This October

Spooky season comes knocking at our doors again, and 2022 has been a generous year for horror fans. The year kickstarted with darkly entertaining films like Fresh and X. Both sequels (Scream) and prequels (Orphan: First Kill) made waves. Jordan Peele’s Nope was the perfect cherry on top. It’s been one hell of a ride…

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”…

Are Award Shows Dying?

There used to be a time when families would tune in to watch power-packed dance performances by superstars and banter between Bollywood’s best on stage. Fans of international cinema would wake up as early as 5:00 am to watch the Academy Awards live on TV. Now, it seems like award shows come and go without…

Taylor Swift Fans Enraged After Ticketmaster Faces Technical Glitches, Cancels Sales

Taylor Swift’s much awaited upcoming tour is already facing chaos and controversy thanks to Ticketmaster. Fans are furious over the website facing technical glitches and blocking them from buying tickets through their Verified Fan presale, a lottery system that allows music fans to secure concert tickets before the general on-sale date. Taylor Swift announced her…

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…

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…

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…

India’s women’s cricket team secures a historic victory in the U-19 T-20 World Cup

In a landmark victory for India, the women’s cricket team won the inaugural Under-19 T-20 World Cup on Sunday, hosted by South Africa. Under the leadership of Indian opener Shafali, Team India beat England with a score of 68 in 17.1 overs. India won the toss and called in England to bat first, ruthlessly bowling…

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…

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 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…

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…

India Will Soon Test ‘E-Rupee’ Digital Currency

In a document published on Friday, the Reserve Bank of India proposed a phased trial of a version of a Central Bank Digital Currency. RBI will soon start the pilot launch of the digital rupee for specific use cases. India’s central bank described its goals for the e-rupee, a digital counterpart of the rupee, in…

Elon Musk Officially Takes Over Twitter

Elon Musk has finally added Twitter to the folds of his empire after months of legal disputes. Controversially, he celebrated by reportedly firing top executives, including CEO, chief financial officer and head of legal policy. Musk has provided little clarity over how he will achieve the lofty ambitions he has outlined for the  influential platform.…

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…

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…

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…

The Crown’s Fifth Season Might Be Its Trickiest One Yet

Netflix has released an exciting first look into the much awaited fifth season of The Crown, which comes out on November 9. Chronicling the events of the Royal Family in the 1990s, the new season will see Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. But the role that fans are…

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…

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…

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…

Catch An Environmental Film Festival That Examines Climate Change, Capitalism and Indigenous Communities

The troubling issues facing our planet today have largely been relegated to mechanical headlines. However, a new wave of art and cinema is coming out that deeply engages with the environment and the social issues of our time. The 2022 All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) is India’s first and only film festival…

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…

India’s Sargam Koushal Wins Mrs World 2022

Sargam Koushal has been crowned the new Mrs World 2022, bringing the title back to India after Dr Aditi Govitrikar won the pageant 21 years ago. Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, 32-year-old Koushal is now based in Mumbai. The finale took place at Westgate Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where representatives of 63 countries…

Apple Announces Emergency SOS Via Satellite. Here Are Seven Safety Features Already On Your iPhone

Apple announced its new Emergency SOS feature for iPhone 14 on November 10. The service will allow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when they are off the grid.  In a $450 million investment, the feature was developed in partnership with the Louisiana-based…

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…

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…

WHO Issues Warning Against Indian Cough Syrups After 66 Children Die In Gambia

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against over four fever, cold and cough syrups made by an Indian company, urging people to not use them. This comes after the death of 66 children in Gambia. All the four syrups — Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip…

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…

The Costs Of Being LGBTQ In 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Country Qatar

With a few weeks to go for the controversial World Cup in Qatar (for which the state spent a whopping 200 billion USD!), football fans are still asking if one among the greatest spectacles in sporting is worth tuning into after the country failed to repair its image since its acceptance of the bid. Since…

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…

Astronaut Nicole Mann Becomes The First Native American Woman In Space

Marine Colonel Nicole Mann has made history as the first Native American woman in space following NASA’s launch on Wednesday. She and four other astronauts blasted off from Florida in the SpaceX Falcon rocket, and are headed to the International Space Station (ISS). Mann belongs to the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. “[I…

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…

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…

Free E-Book Database Z-Library Has Been Taken Down, Leaving Students Distraught

The US Department of Justice confiscated domain names belonging to Z-Library on Friday, November 4. The website has long served as a resource for avid readers and college students alike by providing access to 10 million e-books, academic texts, nonfiction books, and 86 million scholarly journal articles for free. Some of the domains are now…

Jenna Ortega’s ‘Animal Autopsies’ and Five Other Weird Celebrity Confessions

Jenna Ortega from Netflix’s Wednesday describes herself as a “weirdo.” The 20-year-old actress revealed during Wired’s Autocomplete Interview series on YouTube, “I’m a weirdo in the way I used to perform autopsies on little animals when I was younger. Little lizards that I found that were dead in my backyard.” It’s not new for celebrities to share strange secrets…

Bridge Collapses in Morbi, Gujarat, Death Toll Continues To Rise

The death toll from the collapse of the Morbi suspension bridge in Gujarat climbed to 130 as more bodies were pulled from the Machchhu River by rescuers today. The bridge in Morbi had reopened just a week ago after repairs. However, the death toll is expected to rise further. Fortunately, more than 177 people have…

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,…

How ‘The Crown’ Pays Homage To Princess Diana’s Iconic Style

Netflix’s The Crown has had its fair share of major fashion moments, but one person whose wardrobe audiences eagerly waited for on-screen was Diana, Princess of Wales. Princess Diana was known for her humanitarian efforts up until her tragic accident – as well as her strained relationship with the Royal Family. Back in the 90s,…

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…

BCCI Announces Equal Match Fee For Men And Women Cricketers

A wage equity policy for contracted Indian women cricketers was announced by the BCCI in a historic move. The match fee for both men and women cricketers will be the same. BCCI secretary Jay Shah took to Twitter to announce the development. “I’m pleased to announce BCCI’s first step towards tackling discrimination. We are implementing…

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…

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…

“Naatu Naatu” From RRR Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Song

“Naatu Naatu” from SS Rajamouli’s RRR has won the Golden Globe for best original song. Composer MM Keeravani accepted the award in the presence of the film’s team, which included actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR. Sung by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, the song came out ahead of several big names to win. Some…

Disney’s New Protagonist Is A Plus-Size Ballet Dancer

Disney has released their new short film featuring a plus-size female protagonist for the first time. Reflect is the story of Bianca, a plus-size ballet dancer who “battles her own reflection, overcoming doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and power”. The film is part of the Short Circuit Experimental Film series, and…

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…

Buccal Fat Removal is the Internet’s Ridiculous New Beauty Standard

TikTok, among other social media platforms, is seeing the rise of a mysterious procedure called buccal fat removal. Essentially, buccal fat removal refers to the removal of fat from a tissue situated within the cheek. The surgery highlights the cheekbones and makes one’s face look slimmer. Many people who have round faces are now opting…

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…

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…

The Fake Celebrity Death Prank That’s Plaguing the Internet

The internet’s new favorite trend involves telling your parents that their favorite celebrity has died, and filming their distraught reaction. The “fake celebrity death prank” went viral on TikTok and Instagram over the holidays, to mixed reactions. Creators have made videos saying Tom Cruise and Taylor Swift have died, among others. The trend is recent,…

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…

Five Books To Read Before The Year Ends

There’s just nothing like cracking open a new book. Especially at the end of a long, hard and tumultuous year for some of us. 2022 had it all – Queen Elizabeth II, the face of the once-great British empire died after reigning for 70 years, and the war in Ukraine changed lives forever. Most of…

Liz Truss Resigns After Serving As UK Prime Minister For 45 Days

Liz Truss, the British Prime Minister, announced her resignation on Thursday, ending a brief and turbulent stint. She was controversial for introducing policies that led to instability in the financial markets. There was a party uprising that weakened her position of power as well. Speaking outside the doors of her Number 10 Downing Street office,…

Viewers Want Better Trigger Warnings For Mila Kunis Starrer ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’

Mila Kunis’ dark new Netflix thriller is facing backlash for not including a trigger warning at the start of the film. Based on Jessica Knoll’s 2015 novel of the same name, Luckiest Girl Alive follows Ani Fanelli (Mila Kunis), whose seemingly perfect New York City life begins crumbling when a tragic incident from her past…

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…

Susan Meachen: The Author Who Faked Her Own Death

Susan Meachen, a romance novelist from Tennessee, made a comeback after faking her death in 2020. Her “daughter” had made a Facebook post in a group called ‘The Ward’ announcing that she had died by suicide and explaining that her last romance novel, Love to Last a Lifetime was available for preorder on Amazon. This…

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…

Halloween, Christmas, New Year: The Festive Celebrity Content We Can’t Escape

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – you’ll know it when you start seeing celebrities decked up in red, white and green all over your Instagram. Christmas is for the feed as much as it is for the festivities. The content we consume online greatly influences how we see the holiday season, and…

What Indonesia’s New Law Banning Premarital Sex Means for Tourists

The Indonesian parliament has approved a new criminal code that prohibits premarital sex in the country. Under the new laws, which go into effect in three years, having sex outside of marriage will result in a year in prison. The country also prohibits cohabitation between unmarried couples, an offence punishable with up to six months…

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,…

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…

Adele, And Five Other Celebrity Names We’ve Been Saying Wrong

To the bewilderment of the internet, Grammy and Oscar-winning British singer, Adele, revealed how to pronounce her first name during ‘Happy Hour with Adele’ with fans last week. The clarification came in response to a songwriting question from a London-based fan, whom the singer praised for nailing the correct pronunciation of her name when she…

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…

The World’s Oldest Known Jeans Have Been Found in an 1857 Shipwreck

A pair of work pants recovered from an 1857 shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina and described as the ”oldest known pair of jeans in the world” have sold for USD 114,000 (INR 94 lakhs). SS Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, was traveling from Panama to New York in September 1857…

The Twelve Best TV Shows of 2022

As another years draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the television we binged and devoured through sleepless nights and lazy mornings. Many shows came back even stronger for new seasons, and we saw quite a few premieres that successfully stole our attention. Here are our picks for the best shows that graced…

This VR Headset Could Kill You If You Lost In A Game

Imagine getting hurt in real life when you get shot in Call of Duty. Sounds painful, does it not? Let’s take this one step further: imagine dying in real life when your character dies. The stakes of losing in a video game are instantly raised. Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey recently claimed he had modified a…

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…

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,…

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…

The César Awards Have Banned Anyone Investigated For Sexual Violence

The César Awards, also known as the ‘French Oscars’, announced that they have barred anyone being investigated for sexual assault from their ceremony next month. This announcement comes after tensions of protests over accusations of sexual violence toward a prominent actor. Police are investigating newcomer Sofiane Bennacer on two allegations of rape and one of…

Rihanna Forced to Release Photos of Her Child After Paparazzi Threatened to Leak Them

Following the exclusive photos shared by Hollywood Unlocked, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky revealed their baby boy’s first look on TikTok. But it seems the move was not entirely planned. HU founder Jason Lee explained on Twitter paparazzi had taken photos of the couple’s child without their consent and threatened to release them. Rihanna came to…

Kanye West’s Hate Speech Has Cost Him His Allies And $1 Billion

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is quickly losing support from the brands that once endorsed him. At first, it was Balenciaga and Gap who dropped him in the aftermath of his anti-semitic tweet. Today, Adidas, JP Morgan Chase, Def Jam and TJ Maxx among others have joined the club. Talent agencies Creative Artists Agency…

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…

African Climate Activists Struggle To Attend COP27 Conference

The symbolism of holding a UN Climate Conference in Africa has been overshadowed by complaints about difficulty in gaining access to the conference. African activists have reportedly been struggling to get access to the next iteration of the Conference of Parties (COP27) to be held in November at a resort town in Egypt. Just over…

Disney’s ‘Strange World’, Which Features Its First Openly Gay Character, Bombs at the Box Office

Disney’s recent animated venture, Strange World, is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The film features the studio’s first openly gay main character, and although this is long overdue, it may not make the desired impact after all. The film, which released over Thanksgiving weekend, failed at the box office and brought in…

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…

Rolling Stone Excluded Céline Dion From Their ‘200 Greatest Singers’ List, and Fans Are Outraged

Rolling Stone’s ‘200 Greatest Singers of All Time’ list has angered fans after it did not mention Céline Dion. Aretha Franklin claimed the top spot, followed by Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday and Mariah Carey. But the Canadian singer best known for her tear jerking vocals in ‘My Heart Will Go On’ was nowhere…

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…

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.…

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…

UGC Introduces Draft Norms on Foreign Universities’ Campus in India

University Grants Commission proposed a draft on Thursday, for the establishment and operation of foreign universities in the country. UGC says it will improve the quality of education and research. The draft legislation will allow Indian students will gain exposure to world-class learning within the country.  The universities can set up campuses as per recommendations from…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dyson Releases Noise Cancelling and Air Purifying Headphones

Unveiled earlier this year, Dyson finally released its highly anticipated headphones that promise to block noise and unwanted airborne particles thanks to a built-in filtration system and mask. Perhaps better known as the “Bane mask” due to its resemblance to the Batman villain, it is part headphones and part air purifier. In February 2020, 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…

Is It Ethical to Film Strangers in Public?

Some of the most popular videos on TikTok this year saw content creators approaching strangers on the street. They asked them about their favorite music or style choices, among other things. Creators plan a few of these videos, but many subjects they approach are random people living their lives. There are videos that film people,…

Someone on Reddit Asked “What’s One Thing All Men Should Know About Periods”, so We Asked Our Community the Same Question

In my school, we had a sex education seminars occasionally and I distinctly remember that the boys were sent outside when it was time to discuss “periods”.  In college, I realized it was the same in every school! So, it is safe to say, the educators haven’t done a good enough job (or at least,…

Five Indie-Indian Films to Catch at the International Film Festivals of Goa and Kerala

The time of film festivals have descended upon us! Film buffs, industry professionals and film students have much to look forward to this December and November with two International Film Festivals hitting the states of Goa and Kerala in November and December this year. The IFFI, held in Goa every year, is coming back for…

The James Webb Telescope Has Taken A Breathtaking New Photo Of The Pillars Of Creation

NASA’s James Webb Telescope has taken a stunning new photo of the Pillars of Creation like we’ve never seen them before. The telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) captured the image, which NASA then shared. The Pillars of Creation reside in the Eagle Nebula 6,500 light-years away from Earth. These iconic, majestic columns contain cool interstellar gas…

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,…

Rihanna Makes Her Comeback To Music After Six Years With ‘Lift Me Up’

Rihanna fans have waited long and hard for this day – she has finally returned to music with a song on featured on the soundtrack of Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Cryptic billboards around New York and a short teaser posted on Rihanna’s social media announced the new track, sending fans into a frenzy.  …

In The New Scooby Doo Film, Velma Finally Comes Out As A Lesbian

Velma Dinkley, the turtleneck wearing resident genius from Scooby Doo, has finally come out as lesbian in a new movie titled Trick or Treat Scooby Doo!. This puts to rest decades of fan speculation about the character’s sexuality, as well as frustration about producers not acknowledging this on screen sooner. In her appearance in Trick…

A Vision of the Future: The Mercedes-Benz Avatar Concept Car

In a co-promotional campaign for Avatar: The Way of Water, Mercedes and Lightstorm Entertainment have paired up to make an Avatar-themed concept car, the VISION AVTR. This strategic brand collaboration aims to embed themes such as sustainability, mobility of the future, technology and innovation. Mercedes announced the futuristic car, inspired by the movie, in a…

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.…

Queen Release Rediscovered Song ‘Face It Alone’ Featuring Freddie Mercury

Queen has made a sentimental comeback with the release of their rediscovered track, ‘Face It Alone’. This is their first new song featuring late frontman Freddie Mercury’s powerful vocals to come out in over eight years. The band recorded ‘Face It Alone’ during their historic sessions in 1988 along with other tracks on their 13th…

French Writer Annie Ernaux Wins The Nobel Prize In Literature

French author Annie Ernaux has won the 2022 Nobel prize in literature at the age of 82. Of the 119 awarded since its inception, Ernaux is only the 18th female Nobel laureate in literature and the first French woman to have won the prize. The academy praised her “for the courage and clinical acuity with…

Rishi Sunak: Murky Victory and Inflation Colours First Indian Origin British Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak has won the race to be the leader of the Conservative Party and will become Britain’s next Prime Minister. He will be the third this year. The election of Rishi Sunak, who is Hindu and of Indian origin, to a largely white UK triggered both praise and controversy. Indians across the globe welcomed…

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…

Elon Musk Lets His Twitter Deal ‘Sink In’ At The Headquarters

Elon Musk posted a video of himself entering the Twitter headquarters carrying a sink in his hands. He has until Friday to close his Twitter purchase of $44 billion. After making the announcement months ago, the deal nearly fell apart when he tried to abandon it. Now, it seems the billionaire is back on track…

Matty Healy of The 1975 is Behaving Increasingly Weird Onstage – But Fans Love It

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy has been the talk of the internet ever since the band embarked on their ‘being funny in a foreign language’ tour. In December, multiple videos of Matty kissing fans at his concert began to go viral. In some he jumped into the crowd, while other fans got to snog him…

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…

When the Past, Present and Future Co-exist

The new year brings an opportunity for change, to start all over again. Every year on the 31st of December, people gather to bid adieu to the year gone by, and come up with resolutions as they step into a new year – at least that’s what the Gregorian calendar says. Most of the world…

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 –…

Only Yes Means Yes: Swiss Parliament Votes for Stricter Rape Law

The Swiss parliament voted on Monday to significantly broaden the country’s narrow definition of rape. It now includes all sex without consent. But there is still a long way to go. The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament approved the ‘Only yes means yes’ consent bill, which calls for explicit consent during sex. The current Swiss…

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…

The Christmas Traditions We Love, And How They Came To Be

‘The most wonderful time of the year’ is here, and it brings merry cheer, good desserts and some heartfelt traditions to keep up with. In India, only about 2.3% of the country’s population (or 25 million people) is Christian. Places like Goa, Kerala, Pondicherry and Shillong with large Christian populations celebrate the birth anniversary of…

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,…

Harry Potter Actor Robbie Coltrane Passes Away, Tributes Pour In From The Cast

Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for his compelling portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, died on Friday at age 72. His agent Belinda Wright put out a statement revealing that he passed away at a hospital near Falkirk, Scotland. “For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client,” BBC…

Singer Aaron Carter Passes Away At 34

Aaron Carter, a former Nickelodeon star turned rapper, died on Saturday in his California home. Authorities responded to a 911 call stating that he had drowned in his bathtub. A statement from the late singer’s representatives confirmed his death, although they have not disclosed the cause yet.  As the younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

Five Football Players With Incredible Hidden Talents

Football fans are currently in the midst of a nail-biting FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In exhilarating matches, Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina and Japan took down Germany, proving their mettle as underdogs. The Beautiful Game is full of surprises – some of which may be revealed off the pitch. The world’s best football players have…

Eight Upcoming Marathons You Can Run In Your City

Regardless of whether you are a professional runner or an amateur, marathons are a fun way to maintain your fitness while often contributing to a good cause. Marathon tourism in India used to be an unexplored field; though, over the last couple of decades, there have been many runs organized across the country that have…

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…

New York Magazine’s Cover Has Reinstigated The Furor Around Nepotism Babies

For their 2022 cover, New York Magazine coined this year ‘The Year of the Nepo Baby’ – and it really was. The cover read, “She Has Her Mother’s Eyes. And Agent.” It has since generated everything from outrage and memes to fans jumping to their favourite nepotism baby’s defence. The magazine could not have chosen…

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.…

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…

Balenciaga Cuts Off Ties With Kanye West

Fashion house Balenciaga will no longer be working on projects with the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who has made an increasing number of controversial public comments in recent weeks. The comments included threats against Jewish people. Parent company Kering made the announcement following the publication of its third-quarter results on Thursday,  In…

Astronomers Discover “Planet Killer” Asteroid In Sun’s Glare

Astronomers have discovered a “Planet Killer” asteroid hiding in the Sun’s glare, that could cross paths with Earth. According to a study published on September 29 in The Astronomical Journal, a team of scientists discovered the asteroid named 2022 AP7 using the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The team detected it alongside two other…

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…

Our Recap of the Ten Best Albums of 2022

It has been quite a year for the music industry – a ‘Renaissance’ in more ways than one. With Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay (where the two music streaming platforms annually psychoanalyse every user’s music taste) fresh out of the oven, it’s time to recap some of the most memorable music that came out…

Halloween Stampede In South Korea Kills 154, Injures Several Others

Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon area took a turn for the worse when the crowded streets caused a stampede, killing 154 people. Reportedly, 100,000 people had converged in Itaewon to celebrate Halloween in the area’s many bars and restaurants. The massive crowd got out of hand, and waves of people began pushing their way through…

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…