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- 12/02/15--03:31: _Chennai airport par...
- 12/02/15--05:16: _Twitter newbie Shoa...
- 12/02/15--05:48: _Gangnam Style’s Psy...
- 12/02/15--07:16: _Indian wives openin...
- 12/02/15--19:56: _Ram Gopal Varma has...
- 12/02/15--20:33: _Heavy rains flood T...
- 12/03/15--01:22: _More Non-Brahmins a...
- 12/03/15--02:29: _BJP MP Kirron Kher’...
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- 12/03/15--07:15: _Famous Shiva temple...
- 12/03/15--19:50: _South actress Sanjj...
- 12/03/15--21:09: _Fear of math - Salm...
- 12/03/15--21:46: _PIB deletes photosh...
- 12/04/15--01:39: _Dawoodi Bohra women...
- 12/04/15--02:17: _Dramatic video of I...
- 12/04/15--02:48: _Heart-stopping vide...
- 12/04/15--05:24: _Best tweets: What M...
- 12/03/15--07:15: Famous Shiva temple in Karnataka elects Dalit as president
- 12/03/15--21:09: Fear of math - Salman Khan of Khan Academy shows how to tackle it
- 12/04/15--05:24: Best tweets: What Modi sees when he looks outside the plane window
|A screenshot of of the human chain that saved |
man from drowning in Chennai (Video below)
Chennai is drowning in heavy downpour. People are stranded and starving as their city is flooded.
But a video uploaded on Tuesday, shows that their spirit is unbroken.
It shows a man getting washed away in a dangerously flooded unidentified street. But passersby rush to his aid, form a human chain and pull him out. The man is saved from a definite watery grave.
The quality if video is grainy - but the human spirit shines through it .
People of Chennai form human chain, rescue man getting washed away in flood - watch video
|When Sasha got an invite to audition for Airtel 4G, |
she did not want to go
December 2, 2015, NewsCrunch
A rookie model Sasha Chettri, who got a big break at Airtel's 4G campaign, has merged as one of the the most recognised faces in India.
The Times of India reports that in the last two months she was on TV screen for almost 475 hours. The ad also went viral on social media.
TOI report quoted an advertising industry professional saying Chettri was the 'Lalitaji' of 2015.
While Kavita Chaudhary got middle class to buy Surf in mid 80s, Sasha is selling Airtel 4G with confidence and charm.
"I didn't think they'd take me. Even when I was shortlisted, I thought it was a joke," she told AFAQ.
Sasha Chhetri's Airtel 4G campaign
|The Hindu, one of the oldest newspapers of the country |
is being published continuously since 1878.
December 2, 2015, NewsCrunch
For the first time in its history of 137 years, The Hindu failed to print its edition in Chennai due to floods.
The newspaper has its main printing facility at Maraimalai Nagar, a satellite town of
The paper's publisher
The Hindu, one of the oldest newspapers of the country, is being published continuously since 1878.
|Sixty six arrivals and 53 departures have been cancelled as the Chennai airport runway is flooded (photos below)|
December 2, 2015, NewsCrunch
The stranded planes on the tarmac capture the plight of Chennai, which has been shut down by nature’s fury.
The Chennai international airport has been officially shutdown till Thursday morning due to the relentless downpour.
Sixty six arrivals and 53 departures have been cancelled as the runway is flooded.
Over 1,500 passengers who were stranded, are being evacuated. Here are photos of the airport, you do not usually see, but which show how bad the situation is.
Photos of flooded Chennai international airport
#ChennaiRainsHelp .,all flighs cancelled for d rest of d day due 2 waterlogging in runway &19 trains also cancelled pic.twitter.com/pFiRXt5sVL— sharukh khan (@srkkhan_dr) December 2, 2015
All mosques in #Chennai have opened up its doors for all and pls feel free to contact your nearest masjid. #ChennaiFloods#ChennaiRainsHelp— Sandeep Guttikonda (@sandeep_chowzz) December 2, 2015
|Shoaib Akhtar requests and gets a kiss on his cheek from Shahrukh Khan. (Video below)|
The video selfie shows Shahrukh Khan welcoming Shoaib Akhtar to Twitter. Shoaib Akhtar requests and gets a kiss on his cheek from Shahrukh Khan.
The adorable video was deleted by Shoaib Akhtar for reasons he did not disclose. A few fans had criticised it saying the way he acts coy after Shahrukh Khan plants the kiss - was not a manly thing to do.
But it was just a matter of time for the video to surface and go around.
Twitter newbie Shoaib Akhtar deletes video of Shahrukh Khan kissing him
|Released on Sunday Daddy has clocked 14 million views in les than 48 hours. (Video below)|
YouTube’s greatest pop star Psy video has released a new music video “Daddy” that promises to live up to the reputation of his previous hit Gangnam Style.
Released in 2012, Gangnam Style went on to clock 2 billion views.
Daddy comes with all the ingredients that made Gangnam Style a global hit – senseless lyrics, bad hairstyle, a catchy tune and energetic dancing with signature moves.
Critics are hating it so much, they are sending it viral though grudgingly. Some say it is a Will.i.am’s I got it from my mama clone, while others say it is a spoof on
The similarities with Gangnam Style are not accidental. Psy told journalists in
Gangnam Style’s Psy is back with another big hit – DADDY (Watch video)
|Sex survey covered 2,680 men and 2,685 women across 11 cities|
December 2, 2015, NewsCrunch
A quarter of Indian wives are adulterous, leading a roaring sex life outside the wedlock, if a new survey is to be believed.
24 per cent of married Indian women have reportedly had one-night stands, orgies and even paid sex. Three per cent have had threesomes and 34 per cent regularly watch porn, reports the ninth annual sex survey of the India Today Group.
Part of the data is in line with other surveys which claim that a high percentage of Indian women follow porn sites.
The India Today survey found that Indian men are also opening up for one-night stands, extramarital affairs, swapping wives and having threesomes.
There are also shades of conservative thinking. The majority oppose live-in relationships and a quarter of them frown upon premarital sex.
The sex survey covered 2,680 men and 2,685 women across 11 cities, including
|RGV-Boney Kapoor spat on Sridevi is a replay |
of an incident that occurred a year ago
Ram Gopal Varma's obsession with Sridevi's thunder thighs has drawn an angry response from her husband Boney Kapoor and the duo had clashed on the subject a year ago as well.
While launching his autobiography Guns and Thighs, RGV said the title was inspired by two most iconic visuals that represented Bollywood in 1980s. The Gun was Amitabh Bachchan wielding the weapon in Deewar while the Thighs came from Sridevi's thunder thighs in Himmatwala.
RGV told the media that he still went gaga over the Sridevi's thighs and said she was tragically reduced to a house wife after marrying producer Boney Kapoor.
Boney Kapoor hit back calling RGV a pervert, who could not respect a married woman and a mother of two grownup daughters.
The controversy is a replay of an incident that occurred a year ago when RGV wanted to make a raunchy Telugu film about a younger man's obsession with an older woman.
He wanted to name the movie after Sridevi and promptly got a legal notice from man, reports Deccan Chronicle.
The controversy ended as RGV decided to abort the movie.
Watch - video of Sridevi's Nainon Mein Sapna -from Himmatwala, a song RGV has trouble forgetting
|Located about 150 km away from Chennai, Tirupati has received |
heavy rains for last three days. (Video below)
December 3, 2015, NewsCrunch
Nature's fury has not spared even Lord Venkateshwara as heavy downpour has flooded Tirumala temple.
Located about 150 km away from Chennai, Tirupati has received heavy rains for last three days. All reservoirs in the area are full and major roads to the town have been cut ff.
Devotees are cancelling their trips and those at the temple town are stranded.
On the plus side, the unseasonal rains have brought down the long wait to enter the temple from 14 to just two hours, reports Mumbai Mirror.
The Tirumala temple usually gets 70,000 pilgrims a day at this time of the year. But now due to wet weather their number has fallen drastically allowing those at the temple to make their offerings without being rushed.
Video: Telugu news report on Tirumala temple hit by rains, with spot visuals
Heavy Rains In Tirumala | Dams at Full Capacity | Landslides at Ghat Roads | TTD: https://t.co/isfjngRIK0 via @YouTube— Mahaa News (@MahaaNews) December 2, 2015
|What is surprising is the high number Muslim students |
and some Christians as well studying Sanskrit
In country’s tech capital, Bengaluru, Non-Brahmins outnumber Brahmins in studying Sanskrit, and a good many of them are Muslims.
There are 18 eighteen aided Sanskrit teaching institutions in Bengaluru. These have 520 Brahmin, 1,646 Non-Brahmin, 45 Muslim and 10 Christian students, according to Bangalore Mirror.
Non-Brahmins – from SC,ST, Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities – outnumber Brahmins by a factor of three. Sixty SC/ST students have enrolled to a graduation course in Sanskrit.
The Non-Brahmin interest in Sanskrit is not surprising as various caste groups have set up Sanskrit colleges to challenge the hold of Brahmins over the language.
What is surprising is the high number of Muslim students and some Christians as well studying the language. Muslim students amount to 8% of Brahmin students studying Sanskrit.
Mirror interviewed a student Ayesha Imtiaz, 14, who said she has been studying Sanskrit since she was just eight years old, for the love of the language.
Mirror also reported that four Sanskrit schools -
|Kirron Kher’s speech was spirited, earnest and theatrical – a first major effort by a first time MP. (Video below)|
December 3, 2015, NewsCrunch
BJP MP and popular actress Kirron Kher’s speech in Parliament taking on critics of intolerance has gone viral.
Different excerpts of the nearly 25 minute-long speech is being shared by different accounts on social media, generating hundreds of thousands of views.
She questions the artists, who returned awards for acting on isolated instances, and for overlooking similar incidents under the long Congress rule. She cites the Emergency excesses on media and minorities, and the massacre of the Sikhs in 1984 as incidents that failed to get any response from the tolerance brigade.
She also recounts how her husband Anupam Kher was removed as censor board chairman by the UPA government and replaced with Sharmila Tagore.
Kirron Kher’s speech in Parliament slamming critics of intolerance goes viral (Watch video)
Intolerance is rising they say, in comparison to what and when...
Intolerance is rising they say, in comparison to what and when...I want to ask all our wonderful intellectuals who returned their awards & who we respect deeply, where was their conscience all these years when so many things that should have shaken their conscience happened? How come they didn’t wake up then?: Kirron Kher in Lok Sabha.
Posted by TIMES NOW on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A file photo of 2014 beef festival at |
December 3, 2015, NewsCrunch
Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy said on Wednesday that as the beef festival would serve only buffalo meat, BJP would neither support nor oppose it, reports Indian Express.
His stand contradicts the aggressive position taken by Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh, who has vowed to stop the festival at all cost.
Raja Singh has gone on record saying he would kill or get killed to stop the festival and said even Modi would not be able to stop him.
Kishan Reddy said Raja Singh was acting without permission in opposing the fest. The MLA was acting more like an independent candidate and had stopped participating in party activities, he added.
But Raja Singh seems to be more in line with Hindutva sentiments on the issue. He was accompanied by members of the BJP, VHP and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti when he submitted a memorandum to the government opposing the event on Wednesday.
The Osmania beef festival that has been held annually since 2012 has become controversial this year with a rival group of students threatening to hold a pork food festival.
|Dalit man is in charge of Dakshina Kashi, Nanjangud temple|
December 3, 2015, NewsCrunch
A well-known Shiva temple in Nanjangud,
As the president of Srikanteshwaraswamy temple in Nanjangud, Mohan will manage it for next three years and take part in key rituals.
After Mohan was elected president an objection was reportedly filed on the ground that he was the member of a political party.
|Sanjjanaa Galrani tweets on Chennai floods along with her photos|
Struggling South actress Sanjjanaa Galrani was moved by the human disaster that was unfolding due to flooding of Chennai.
She shared her anguish by tweeting a few 'pained' and 'sensitive' posts on flood, attaching her glammed-up photos perhaps to provide relief to stricken souls in Chennai.
Two photos on Chennai floods show her holding a bouquet and smiling cutely from different angles. In another photo, Sanjjanaa looks like she is celebrating Diwali - having lit lamps on floor that spell her name in Kannada.
Social media was quick to accuse her for trying to cash in on a natural disaster for some self promotion.
Sanjjanaa was compared to Mallika Sherawat, a few years ago, after acted in the Kannada remake of Murder. But after Chennai floods fiasco many were seen drawing comparison with another figure of fun, Alia Bhatt.
Sanjjanaa Galrani tweets on Chennai floods along with her photos
But on a more important note #PrayforChennai,feel so bitten watching the news ppl r homeless n hopeless,God plz help pic.twitter.com/ktdZkyt7Tp— Sanjjanaa galrani (@actressanjjanaa) December 1, 2015
If u don't have a dignified mind to understand my purefeelings & support ur most welcome to unfollow me,God bless u🎊 pic.twitter.com/rOOoMJlHZT— Sanjjanaa galrani (@actressanjjanaa) December 1, 2015
I post a pic with sensitiveheart & a msg #prayforchennai coz I'm proud to present my self in everyway for everything pic.twitter.com/AJo7dDNHfT— Sanjjanaa galrani (@actressanjjanaa) December 1, 2015
|Salman Khan is currently in India to bring out Academy |
videos in Hindi and other Indian languages.
Why is math, a universal phobia?
Mathematics is not difficult, but because of gaps in basic concepts, students struggle with it, says Salman Khan, founder of online tutorial company Khan Academy.
The present teaching system, which tries to herd students from one subject to another, does not give them enough opportunities to plug the gaps in their understanding.
When you don't fully understand a concept and move on to the next level, the gap amplifies.
Calculus seems hard because you don't understand Algebra, which in turn is difficult because you don't get exponents or negative numbers, says Salman Khan in an interview with The Times of India. .
People good in maths are those with strong foundations. They didn't have too many gaps, so later on mathematics seems very intuitive, he adds.
Salman Khan has been described as the "Messiah of Mathematics."
Khan's academy has over 26 million registered students in mathematics, science and other subjects
Salman Khan, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has an MBA from Harvard Business School as well.
Though born and raised in the US, Salman Khan has an Indian connection. His mother, from Murshidabad, West Bengal, grew up in Delhi. His father is from Barishal in Bangladesh.
Salman Khan is currently in India to bring out Academy videos in Hindi and other Indian languages.
|The fake image of Modi's 'aerial inspection' of Chennai flood (Original photo below) Twitter pic|
Press Information Bureau (PIB) deleted a doctored image of PM Modi making an aerial survey of flooded Chennai, which it had tweeted on Thursday.
The morphed image showed Modi looking at submerged streets of Chennai from the window of chopper.
After the picture was exposed as fake, it started trending on social media, prompting PIB to press the delete button but without offering any explanation.
What exposed the PIB's blunder? Ironically, Modi himself.
Someone in PIB thought of sexing it up by adding Chennai skyline with a few photoshop tricks.
|The original image of Modi's 'aerial inspection' of Chennai flood (fake image above) Twitter pic|
|Bohra is the only community in India which practices female genital mutilation, |
known as khatna, Pic courtesy - Catholics.org
An online petition to stop female genital mutilation has drawn support from 3,000 Dawoodi Bohra women in just two days.
Bohra is the only community in
Khatna is the ritual removal of the external female genitalia. It is typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, with or without anaesthesia, in most cases on girls around age 7.
It has been extensively documented that female genital mutilation leads to severe pain, haemorrhage, sepsis and harms the girls psychologically. But within Bohra community there is tremendous pressure to carry on with the tradition.
Ironically, Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia sect, are known for gender equality and women's empowerment.
|Sukanya (29) and her child were airlifted Tambaram Air Base |
in a Chetak helicopter (Video below)
December 4, 2015, NewsCrunch
A video, which captures a successful rescue operation mounted by IAF to airlift a pregnant woman and her child, has gone viral.
The footage shows a Chetak helicopter dropping a winch to haul up the seven-month-pregnant woman and her three-year-old child.
A Facebook user, who posted the video, informs that the incident took place at Jains Avantika at Manapakkam.
But the incident seems to have occurred at Medumbakkam, near Guindy, one of the worst-affected areas in Chennai.
A PTIreport states that Sukanya (29) and her child were airlifted Tambaram Air Base in a Chetak helicopter, and then immediately taken to the
IAF and other government forces have lifted hundreds to safety in Chennai.
Dramatic video of IAF chopper rescuing pregnant woman and her child in Chennai (Watch video)
Kudos to airforce ... Evacuated one pregnant at Jains avantika lady and a child
Posted by Madhu Khurana Gambhir on Thursday, December 3, 2015
|The video shows the passengers cheering as the bus makes it to safety. (Video below)|
Opinions on this Tamil Nadu Government bus driver would be divided. Some would hail his driving skill for successfully steering his packed bus through a dangerously flooded street.
Some would rightly blame him for endangering the lives of passengers.
The video shows an overcrowded Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus – with passengers even on the roof - slowly crossing a road that is flooded. You can see other passersby managing with makeshift boats.
The incident took place five kms to Tambaram, a Chennai suburb, which was cut off after the arterial Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road was inundated.
The video shows the passengers cheering as the bus makes it to safety. They have reasons to cheer, as thankfully their luck held good.
Video: Watch crowded Tamil Nadu bus steering through dangerously flooded road
|PIB spiced it up by adding Chennai skyline outside the window.|
December 4, 2015, NewsCrunch
Twitter went berserk after Press Information Bureau admitted that it had doctored the photo of Modi flying over Chennai.
The original photo tweeted by Modi himself showed the PM staring out of the plane window, which did not reveal much.
PIB spiced it up by adding Chennai skyline outside the window. Twitter caught its enthusiastic photoshop work and made it delete the picture.
The photo also turned into a meme as Twitter started having fun by putting other interesting objects the plane window, which Modi could have seen.
Here is the best of the trend #photoshopsarkar.
BJP is suffering badly coz they had zero quality to run the govt. but won the lection by --> #PhotoshopSarkarpic.twitter.com/NCqS8giXq7— latacongressi *SWL* (@AnchanLata) December 4, 2015
indias acting PM @AnupamPkher reporting outside d plane to real pm modi ji wen d latter is abroad #PhotoShopSarkarpic.twitter.com/CPWpeXbftG— Vinay Dokania (@vinaydokania) December 4, 2015