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- 11/11/15--01:41: _Journalist Hasan Su...
- 11/11/15--03:43: _Chinese grandmother...
- 11/11/15--05:30: _Video: Watch model ...
- 11/11/15--20:54: _Diwali wishes brill...
- 11/11/15--21:19: _No room for civilis...
- 11/12/15--00:53: _Indonesia’s Torajan...
- 11/12/15--02:49: _Actress Nagma share...
- 11/12/15--05:17: _In funny video, aft...
- 11/12/15--06:45: _Kerala double-fun w...
- 11/12/15--10:09: _Video: Watch Modi g...
- 11/12/15--19:51: _Another cow controv...
- 11/12/15--20:34: _Video: Watch Modi f...
- 11/13/15--01:05: _Face palm – Zee Hin...
- 11/13/15--01:37: _Best tweets: What i...
- 11/13/15--04:14: _Stump mic at All St...
- 11/13/15--06:22: _Yuvraj Singh gets e...
- 11/13/15--06:42: _Microsoft’s emotion...
- 11/13/15--19:33: _10 horrifying video...
- 11/13/15--20:58: _Modi's pet web deve...
- 11/14/15--01:07: _Malayalam TV anchor...
|A screenshot of Hasan Suroor in the video |
sting posted by Unknown TV (video below)
November 11, 2015, NewsCrunch
British journalist of Indian origin Hasan Suroor, 65, has been reportedly arrested following a video sting by an anti-paedophile group, Unknown TV.
Unknown TV befriended Hasan Suroor on Facebook posing as a 14-year-old girl. The "girl" seems to have brought in a sexual angle to their conversation, eliciting a favourable response from him.
Under British law it is a crime to initiate any conversation of sexual nature with minors.
Hasan Suroor further travelled from
In the video posted online on Tuesday, Hasan Suroor admits to having mentioned that he would be gentle with the girl. He is also seen pleading with the activists asking to be let go as it was his first offence.
Unknown TV is known to employ controversial methods. But it is not known at this stage what made them trail and trap Hasan Suroor, a well known journalist, who has covered UK for several Indian publications.
If convicted, Hasan Suroor faces 10 years in jail.
Hasan Suroor in the video sting posted by Unknown TV
|A screen shot of viral video which shows Shirley Rajadurai speaking Tamil|
A Malaysian Chinese woman Shirley Rajadurai has gone viral with her ability to draw rangolis and speak good Tamil.
So, what’s the secret? She is married to a Tamilian and the couple have two grownup daughters and a son. Daughter are married and have a child each. Over the long married life, Shirley has picked up Tamil.
Wearing a saree, she says it is her duty to follow her husband’s culture. She goes on to demonstrate her hold on Indian culture by drawing kolam or rangoli and explaining its significance.
The video, uploaded on November 6, 2015, by PetronasOfficial has been viewed over 180,000 times.
Viral video shows Malaysian Chinese Shirley Rajadurai speaking Tamil and drawing kolam
|A screenshot of model wearing only realistic body paint (video below)|
A model walked around busy Hong Kong streets without wearing any pants. And no one saw that she was missing out on the vital garment.
Well, the model was wearing body paint which was cleverly designed to look like well-worn jeans. The deception was so good, she could comfortably step out without drawing attention.
The paint job was done by well-known makeup artist Sandra Bakker, who also does special effects make up for horror films, TV shows and theatrical productions.
Model steps out in
Hong Kong with painted Jeans (video)
|Lufthansa's 747-8 plane fully lit up with Diwali wishes |
at the end of the campaign (video link below)
Lufthansa ran a nearly two month long campaign to get eyeballs during Diwali, which among other things culminated in a dazzling illumination of a 747-8 plane.
The airline promised to add a light to the plane for each Diwali wish sent through its website. Over seven weeks this generated 1.75 lakh Diwali wishes - enough to light up the plane brilliantly and make it look like an alien ship.
The campaign also have away a few free tickets and supported organisations working with childlren.
Video - Lufthansa's 747-8 plane lit up by Diwali wishes
Wow! What a magnificent sight! The Lufthansa 747-8 is covered in Diwali lights. View the grand spectacle! #Lufthansa...
Posted by Lufthansa India on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
|Girish Karnad says he is not bothered about death threat |
as he is used to getting them.
Playwright Girish Karnad, who has received a death threat for his remarks on Tipu Sultan, says there is no room in the country to debate the former Mysore king in a civilised manner.
Speaking to The Times of India, he said, as the right wing wants to prove he was a tyrant without bothering about facts, no dialogue on the subject was possible.
During the birth anniversary celebration on Tipu Sultan, Girish Karnad had said the Bangalore airport could have been named after him instead of Kempe Gowda, the founder of the city, triggering a huge row.
After several groups protested on Wednesday, Girish Karnad, who has written a play glorifying Tipu Sultan, apologised.
He suggested that Tipu was seen in large parts of Karnataka as a freedom fighter and a folk hero. But right wing organisations have turned him into a controversial figure in the last two decades.
Girish Karnad also said he was not bothered about the death threat as he was used to getting them.
|A screenshot of a Torajan families with their dead relatives (video below)|
August 12, 2015, NewsCrunch
Indonesia’s Torajan people, who live in the island of Sulawesi, bring out their dead every August on the festival of Ma'nene.
Ma'nene translates into the 'the Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses'.
On this day, the mummified corpses are brought out, dressed up in their favourite attire that may include sun glasses, and groomed elaborately. The mummies are then paraded around the village.
There are various myths that explain the unique Torajan practice, states Daily Mail.But the key seems to be their belief that the festival of Ma'nene invokes the blessings of the departed.
Torajan have converted to either Islam or Christianty, but retain many of their animistic practices.
They have a unique burial practice. Their dead are not put in earth but placed in caves, which are carved into nearby mountains. Dead babies are placed inside the hollow space in the trunk of a growing tree.
Their elaborate burial rituals may also hold the key to the mummification of the bodies.
The day of the dead -
Indonesia’s Torajan exhume the dead and parade them (Watch video)
|A photo of alligator gars caught at Kanyakumari|
Actress and budding Congress politician Nagma tweeted two photos of alligator gars, popularly known as crocodile fish on Thursday.
She said the creature, which has the body of a fish and the head of a crocodile, had been caught at a lake in Kanyakumari district.
Alligator gars evoke terror as they are sometimes confused for crocodiles. A fresh water species, it can grow up to 10 feet weighing up to 140 kg.
|A photo of alligator gars caught at Kanyakumari|
Though mostly found in North America, they have been spotted in lakes as far away as Hong Kong and
Alligator gars are also reared in aquariums as decorative fish. They can be bought on Olx India for a few thousand rupees. As the fish grow in size many fish keepers are known to dump them in nearby water bodies.
A rarespecies of fish was caught in a lake atKanniyakumari district in TN wth head of a crocodile n body like a fish pic.twitter.com/iWzbAIRjAF— Nagma Morarji (@nagma_morarji) November 12, 2015
|A screenshot of dog which plays dead after owner shoots it with fingers (video below)|
In an astonishing performance, this dog in video plays dead when the owner says Bang.
Owner points finger like a gun and says Bang. The dog instantly rolls over, shaking head and opening mouth in pure agony and acts dead.
Even if you shoot a real dog it would not die more dramatically.
Full marks to the owner’s training and the dog’s theatrical ability.
Video: Watch mock shooting making dog play real dead
|A screenshot of the Thrissur’s dream wedding of identical twins |
conducted by identical twins (Video below)
November 12, 2015, NewsCrunch
Identical twins from Thrissur, Dilraj and Dilker, married identical twins, Reema and Reena, from Idukki, recently.
The grooms were very close and wanted to marry sisters, who would not separate them.
Once they found their soul mates, they wanted to give a special touch to the wedding, which took place at St. Xavier’s Church in Pulur.
No wonder, the double fun wedding video has gone viral. Uploaded on November 10 it has clocked 600,000 views on Facebook.
Video: Watch Thrissur’s dream wedding of identical twins conducted by identical twins
|Standing ovation for Modi in the British Parliament (video below)|
November 12, 2015, NewsCrunch
PM Modi won a standing ovation in the British Parliament after becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to address it.
As he ended his speech at the House of Commons, British MPs led by Prime Minister Cameron stood up and applauded the speech.
The clip, which showed the standing ovation, quickly went viral. A Times Now clip generated over 30,000 view on Facebook in the first hour of its upload.
In the speech laced with humour, Modi called for a global fight against terror, besides recalling Britain's shared history with India.
The speech and the standing ovation thrilled his supporters, who have seen their leader hit by a string of reverses, in the recent weeks. Their excitement soon gave way to anger against media and Modi's political critics, who they say, remain prejudiced against him.
The also picked on BBC and The Guardian reporters who had asked Modi a question about intolerance controversy in India during the press conference.
Video: Watch PM Modi getting standing ovation in British Parliament
A standing ovation is usual. But a reverberating and thunderous applause is what makes it count. Brilliant speech....India is proud today..for after ages we got such a confident PM Narendra Modi
Posted by Ruchita Malpani on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Modi supporters slam media, critics after standing ovation
@narendramodi Very Happy to see Narendraji the Mother of all British Parliament giving you Standing Ovation after Your Excellent Speech.— Karavadi Raghava Rao (@karavadiraghava) November 12, 2015
Standing ovation to Modi!! Idea of UK is in danger. :D #ModiInUK— गोबर जी (@GobarJiTweets) November 12, 2015
UK MPs gave standing ovation to Modi, not because they love him, but they respect India's PM A lesson our anti-Modi Indians can learn— Manish Kumar Kashyap (@ModiBihar) November 12, 2015
@gauravcsawant won't be surprised if @ndtv headline is ' shame on UK MPs for giving standing ovation to leader of intolerant nation.— तेनाली रामा ® (@samvitaroop) November 12, 2015
@waglenikhil plz retweet the pic of standing ovation in UK parliament also... otherwise people will think you are a biased journalist— Tejas Bothe (@tejasbothe) November 12, 2015
@samjawed65@waglenikhil Did u see the UK MPs ,such bhakts who gave a standing ovation to PM Modi. Keep it going. India is a free country.— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) November 12, 2015
After hearing that PM Modi received standing ovation in British Parliament. AK Anthony : pic.twitter.com/FCAKH8IrSm— Shekhar Chandra (@cshekhar3) November 12, 2015
He came. He spoke. He got standing ovation . He left. #ModiInUK— Arshit Pathak (@arshpath) November 12, 2015
@rachitseth@gsurya 1st time an Indian PM #ModiInUK addresses British Parliament 2 standing Ovation BUT IndiaMedia focused @ Intolerance— Ajay Lodha (@ispastwadi) November 12, 2015
#ModiInUK now all the UK MP are giving standing ovation to Modi Ji....are they Bhakts?? Or paid audience ??? Wat say prestitute??— kumar mayuresh (@Watching_game) November 12, 2015
|RSS wants Myntra to stop selling cow leather products|
November 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
E-commerce company Myntra has ignored a demand from an RSS-affiliated Twitter handle that asked it to stop selling Ruosh shoes, made of cow leather.
The upper body of Ruosh shoes, which is listed in the Material & Care section of Myntra app, is made of cow leather, according to a product description.
The RSS-affiliated Twitter handle (@RSS_Org) posted a tweet on November 11 asking Myntra to take such products off its catalogue. It even said government should take action against Myntra for selling cow leather products and hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.
Myntra responded with three tweets saying the shoe was made of imported leather and was legal. It, however, apologised if any sentiments were hurt, but without taking down the shoes from the catalogue.
@RSS_Org reiterated its demand and many of its followers also joined in asking Myntra to stop selling the shoes. Myntra stuck to its stand by reiterating its triple tweets.
@RSS_Org is a handle run by RSS members and is followed by nearly 70,000 users, including PM Modi.
An RSS spokesperson told The Times of India that RSS endorsed the tweet by @RSS_Org on Myntra.
Ironically, the latest cow controversy erupted just when PM Modi was facing tough questions on rising intolerance in the country in UK.
@RSS_Org tweets asking Myntra to stop selling cow leather shoes
Govt should take action against @myntra for selling cow leather shoe and hurting religious sentiments of Hindus. pic.twitter.com/24z6lg5XHk— RSS (@RSS_Org) November 11, 2015
@myntra Kindly take it down as soon as possible.— RSS (@RSS_Org) November 11, 2015
Myntra's triple tweet reeponse to @RSS_Org asking it stop selling cow leather shoes
@Burnwal_Krishna We appreciate your sentiments. We feel sorry if the sale of any particular item does not meet your approval. However, (1/3)— Myntra (@myntra) November 11, 2015
@Burnwal_Krishna the product in question is an imported product and/or made from imported leather.The sale of leather products is not (2/3)— Myntra (@myntra) November 11, 2015
@Burnwal_Krishna illegal in India. Please be assured that we function within legally permissible norms. (3/3)— Myntra (@myntra) November 11, 2015
|BBC and The Guardian ask questions on intolerance and |
visa ban to Modi (Video below)
November 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
PM Modi, who avoids interacting with the press in India, had to face tough questions during his ongoing visit to UK.
A video of the joint press conference with PM Cameron shows Modi handling competently, though not comfortably, questions lobbed at him first by BBC and then The Guardian reporters.
After brief statements from PMs Cameron and Modi, the first question came from the BBC reporter. He asked why India was becoming increasingly intolerant.
The question from The Guardian reporter was long and had multiple parts. He asked Cameron how comfortable he was feeling receiving Modi, who had not been earlier permitted to visit UK.
He also sought Modi's response on London protesters saying he did not deserve the respect that would normally be accorded to the leader of the world's largest democracy.
He said law would act on every incident of intolerance and his government would protect all citizens as mandated by the constitution.
To The Guardian reporter he said he had never been barred from visiting UK though he himself did not do so due to paucity of time.
Video: Modi answers tough questions from BBC (15+ minutes) and Guardian (23+ minutes)
|The hoax satellite image of |
It is the turn of Zee News Hindi to fall for the fake Diwali night satellite picture of
Zee News Hindi carried a report, on Thursday, on the satellite image claiming that was how Diwali fireworks looked from space.
It helpfully added that the amazing image had been released by Nasa.
The photoshopped image, which shows a brilliantly illuminated
Nasa had also released actual space photos of
नासा की दिवाली वाली फोटो से बेवकूफ बनने वाला पहला चैनल बना Zee न्यूज 😂 pic.twitter.com/V75LR2Jq5X— कोमल :) (@Komal_Indian) November 12, 2015
|Sachin Tendulkar: Unrecognised by British Airways, |
but powered by fans
British Airways waded into a public relations disaster by asking the full name of the most famous living Indian - Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar, who is in
British Airways came up with its standard response asking Sachin Tendulkar to disclose his full name and address, clearly failing to recognise who it was dealing with.
While Tendulkar ignored it, his 8.4 million followers on Twitter, who were aghast, came up with a response.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova had also been similarly trolled, when she failed to recognise Sachin Tendulkar - given that cricket is not a popular game either in her birth or the adopted country.
Fans troll British Airways after it fails to recognise Sachin Tendulkar
As a punishment for misplacing @sachin_rt's bags, @British_Airways must implement #BeefBan on all its flights. Or we shall return awards.— NanOratoR (@NanOratoR) November 13, 2015
Dear #British_Airways Don't you know the name of our 'God Of Cricket'? Then ask Andrew Caddick about @sachin_rt.. https://t.co/vxV8R8uCYW— kishore varma (@urstrulyPotter) November 13, 2015
Just 30mins https://t.co/doL9aJ1Vbw— Sunny (@rynes568) November 13, 2015
.@British_Airways. Did you notice the little blue check mark next to @sachin_rt's Twitter handle? You're welcome! https://t.co/8itDJh6SMF— Urban dad (@internetpops) November 13, 2015
Facebook update: British Airways and Maria Sharapova are now friends. 😂— The Living Effects (@Livinfx) November 13, 2015
F**k U @British_Airways .. Please sit in ur planes nd tell ur pilots to take u to HELL!! cuz u messed wid GOD.. #Idiots— Bhargav M. (@BhargavMhaske) November 13, 2015
@British_Airways this is what your PM @David_Cameron said n you ask @sachin_rt full name ? #NomoreBApic.twitter.com/nm7DSNO2gT— Sachinist.com (@Sachinist) November 13, 2015
‘Are you drunk, British Airways?’: BRITISH Airways in a PR disaster with cricket legend Sachin Te... https://t.co/LTVEcWTc8W@newscomauHQ— airgo® travel (@airgotravel) November 13, 2015
Reports suggest it was Maria Sharapova handling the British Airways twitter account.— Rising Intolerance (@PJ_CRACKER) November 13, 2015
Top places for getting lost- 1. Kumbh Mela 2. British Airways— Rajat Garg (@Rkcreationzzz) November 13, 2015
|A screenshot of Sehwag, the singing batsman|
November 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
Batsmen have different ways to vent out their tension at the crease – well, Virender Sehwag sings Kishore Kumar songs.
match humming hit number Chala Jaata Hoon Kisi Ke Dhoon Mei.
Sachin Tendulkar's Blasters team had to score 263 to beat Shane Warne’s Warriors and Virender Sehwag was in the middle getting ready to face his former colleague Ajit Agarkar.
A video clip, which uses the audio from stump mic, shows him singing without a care, though terribly off key.
…Chala Jaata Hoon
But Virender Sehwag seems to have been focused more on the song or taken it literally, he gets out the next delivery and walks back to the pavilion.
The just retired Virender Sehwag built an intimidating reputation with his thick-skinned batting. Batting with a song on lips was how he did it.
Video: Virender Sehwag sings Chala Jaata Hoon
Kisi Ke Dhoon Mei while hitting Agarkar for four
|Yuvraj Singh exchanges ring with Hazel Keech|
November 13, 2015, NewsCrunch
Yuvraj's manager Aneesh Gautam reportedly has confirmed the news. His father Yograj has said Yuvraj will be happy with Hazel Keech.
In the run up to the engagement, Yuvraj’s mother had reportedly gone to
It is still not revealed where the couple met and what drew them so close. But everything is falling in place and we wish them good luck.
Here are two photos that are going around on the private engagement ceremony of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech.
|Yuvraj Singh exchanges ring with Hazel Keech|
|Young Amitabh Bachchan is both angry and neutral,|
according to Microsoft’s emotion recognition engine
November 13, 2014, NewsCrunch
Microsoft has released a new tool that will analyse facial expressions and identify emotions, which are conveyed by them.
you can go to its Emotion Recognition page and upload a photo. The emotion tool will analyse and assign values to eight core emotional states—anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, neutral, sadness or surprise.
Microsoft has developed this tool not just to amuse you. It is part of Project Oxford, which is working to provide developers with machine learning tools that’ll help them build personalised apps.
So, how good is it? It is in beta stage and not very accurate. It seems to think the above photo of young Amitabh Bachchan, the famous angry face of
Here are the values assigned for Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man photo by Microsoft’s emotion recognition engine
More than 140 have been killed in multiple attacks in Paris.
A concert hall, a soccer stadium and other public places such as a restaurant were among the targets for terrorists, who came armed with guns and bombs.
France has been placed under emergency and police are probing. Details of the attacks are still sketchy.
The 10 videos below give a horrifying insight into the massacre in Paris.
Video: Explosion goes off during Gemany- France soccer match marlking the beginning of assault
The explosion can be heard on a clip of the #FranceGermany game. #ParisAttackshttps://t.co/erDfdO3Jtb— Lalo Dagach (@lalodagach) November 13, 2015
Video: Shooting on Paris streets, victims screaming, ambulance sirens...
Video: Aftermath of assault, people lying on pavement, wailing
Terror has no religion. It is the greatest evil in today's world that threaten all humanity. #Paris#ParisAttackspic.twitter.com/HKGvQP3OYZ— Dundar Ali (@AliDundar20) November 13, 2015
Video: As fans are evacuated from stadium, they sing French National Anthem
Soccer fans sing 'La Marseillaise'. A touching moment at such a dark time. https://t.co/l9iEx03v1h#ParisAttackshttps://t.co/mpBJR16cE7— The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2015
Video: Hostages leave Bataclan concert hall
Hostages appear to be leaving #Bataclan concert hall; attackers are reportedly killed in police siege #ParisAttackshttps://t.co/GHNYwzaT7b— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 14, 2015
Video: Fans run across the pitch in soccer stadium after explosion is heard
Latest VIDEO Footage of #ParisAttacks from Bataclan Hall #Paris. 60 killed 100 Hostages :( Let us #PrayForParis. pic.twitter.com/0IdjHBpz0Q— سید فیاض علی #TeamIK (@IamTeamIK) November 14, 2015
Video: Lights go out at Eiffel Tower to mourn the victims
MT @nowthisnews: Eiffel Tower's lights go out in memory of those killed in #ParisAttacks (via @SkyNews) https://t.co/aAWgaCiWK2— Susan Modaress (@susanmodaress) November 14, 2015
Video: Police try to break into Bataclan convert hall after it is seized by terrorists
Video: President Hollende declares emergency in France
Watch a subtitled version of @fhollande's speech this evening following #ParisAttackshttps://t.co/27MGw9qu6e— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 14, 2015
|Rajasthan teacher Imran Khan who inspires Modi's idea of India|
November 14, 2015, NewsCrunch
On Friday night, at his Wembley speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the success of Imran Khan, a web developer from Alwar, making him nationally famous.
Imran Khan, a math teacher from Rajasthan, has developed over 50 education apps which he has given away for free, Modi noted in his speech before a 60,000 strong audience.
These apps have been downloaded by 2.5 million users and clocked screen views up to 18 million. His most popular app is the General Science in Hindi, which has seen 500,000 downloads.
Imran Khan did a two-year basic teacher training course and became a government teacher in 1999.
Noticing his work, a Deputy Commissioner of Alwar got him to build a government website. He also asked him to develop apps. Till the IAS officer showed Imran Khan apps on his iPad, he had not seen one.
As they say, there was not turning back for Imran Khan after that.
The argument culminated with Vinu V John repeatedly asking Siddique to quit the show.|
November 14, 2015, NewsCrunch
Mercury is shooting up in TV debates around the country – not just on Times Now editor Arnab Goswami’s News Hour show.
An anchor of Malayalam channel AsiaNet, Vinu V John, clashed with Congress leader T Siddique while debating the corruption charges made by Kerala Bar Hotels Association official Biju Ramesh.
While the charges have already claimed the resignation of Finance Minister KM Mani the, Biju Ramesh also alleged that he had bribed excise minister K Babu as well.
The charge was vehemently rejected by Siddiqui, who got into a heated argument with Vinu V John for seven minutes.
As the other guests CPI(M) MLA Sreeramakrishnan and CPI MLA Sunilkumar looked on helplessly, the argument culminated with Vinu V John repeatedly asking Siddique to quit the show.
Siddique obliged but not before launching into a lengthy monologue in defence of Babu. He also added that he had come to speak, not to listen to Vinu V John lecture.
The video has gone viral on social media.