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Colonel Raja Chari Is Ready for Space

Colonel Raja Chari Is Ready for Space

Rediff.com30 Oct 2021

On Sunday morning Eastern US time, four astronauts will zoom into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Commanding the spaceflight is Raja Chari, a United States Air Force colonel.

THE ABBA Paradox

THE ABBA Paradox

Rediff.com19 Oct 2021

Ageing is a funny process. After rebelling and exploring, the human being drifts to the ordered arrangement, he/she once left. As a youngster I outgrew ABBA while my mother continued to like them. In September 2021, when ABBA's first single in 40 years was launched, I sent the video link to my mother. Meanwhile, now in my fifties, I find myself curious to hear ABBA's new songs, notes Shyam G Menon.

'Lakhimpur Kheri will be BJP's Waterloo'

'Lakhimpur Kheri will be BJP's Waterloo'

Rediff.com7 Oct 2021

'If the minister does not resign, then it will be the darkest incident of Indian democracy where power prevailed over the people.'

17 Indo-Canadians triumph as Trudeau returns to power sans majority

17 Indo-Canadians triumph as Trudeau returns to power sans majority

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

Seventeen Indo-Canadians, including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, won Canada's parliamentary elections on Tuesday with Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returning to power in the snap polls.

How BJP's Chanakya met his waterloo in Bengal

How BJP's Chanakya met his waterloo in Bengal

Rediff.com19 May 2021

The BJP could win only 16 out of 57 seats where Shah campaigned.

'Centre's COVID misgovernance is a political liability'

'Centre's COVID misgovernance is a political liability'

Rediff.com6 May 2021

'Modi is still immensely popular and, therefore, he can sustain any number of policy failures.' 'Modi himself has worn multiple faces so it would be naive to think that the Modi of 2021 will be the same Modi that will be campaigning for re-election in 2024.'

China will help Pakistan to keep fire burning in J&K

China will help Pakistan to keep fire burning in J&K

Rediff.com3 Dec 2020

'China is likely to help Pakistan in keeping the fire burning in J&K to bleed India for its own interests.' A fascinating excerpt from Lieutenant General K Himalay Singh's Making of a General: A Himalayan Echo.

REWIND: Best moments from June

REWIND: Best moments from June

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

Black Lives Matter protests and coronavirus rages across the pandemic and much more. Here are the top images from the month of June.

Story behind viral image at Black Lives Matter protest

Story behind viral image at Black Lives Matter protest

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

The photo has resonated with many as a moment of humanity that jarred with the broader narrative of violent scuffles between clashing demonstrators.

Will Modi give the Nagas a separate flag?

Will Modi give the Nagas a separate flag?

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'The Nagas want a flag of their own, to share the Kohima skyline with the national tricolour.' 'The the government says you can have a flag for cultural and ethnic occasions.' 'The Nagas say that will be a bit like an NGO having its own flag,' argues Shekhar Gupta.

Sai's Take: The Bengal tinder box

Sai's Take: The Bengal tinder box

Rediff.com15 May 2019

Violence has always been a fact of life in Bengal's politics; it is just that the faces have changed, the contesting ideologies have changed, says Saisuresh Sivawamy.

The odd, odd world we live in!

The odd, odd world we live in!

Rediff.com7 May 2019

Eight images that prove we live in a wonderfully weird world!

Phase 3: All you want to know about 116 seats

Phase 3: All you want to know about 116 seats

Rediff.com20 Apr 2019

In the third phase of the Lok Sabha election on April 23, 116 seats spread across 13 states and two Union Territories, will go to the polls.

Will winner take all in Tamil Nadu?

Will winner take all in Tamil Nadu?

Rediff.com17 Apr 2019

With election campaign ending in Tamil Nadu before it goes to polls on Thursday, N Sathiya Moorthy lists a few questions uppermost in the minds of voters.

'Wayanad will be Rahul's Waterloo'

'Wayanad will be Rahul's Waterloo'

Rediff.com15 Apr 2019

Unlike the LDF and NDA nominees who are at ground zero and campaigning hard every day, the Congress candidate's campaign is undertaken in absentia, dependent on an army of local and imported from the rest of Kerala Congresswomen and men.

Explosive devices found airports, station in London

Explosive devices found airports, station in London

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened, the Metropolitan Police said.

Ayodhya and the denial of India's ancient past

Ayodhya and the denial of India's ancient past

Rediff.com9 Feb 2019

By clinging to the past misdeeds of some Islamic rulers, present day Muslims are making reconciliation of communities an impossibility, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

2018: When technology took a quantum leap

2018: When technology took a quantum leap

Rediff.com28 Dec 2018

Irrespective of what the future may have in store, the year 2018 has ushered humanity towards an era of next generation technology, demonstrating that there is no looking back in scientific innovations.

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

Rediff.com2 Oct 2018

Arthur Ashkin in the US, Grard Mourou in France, and Donna Strickland in Canada will share the prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Why the world's top airshow disappointed me

Why the world's top airshow disappointed me

Rediff.com2 Aug 2018

'For a show that has been going on since 1948 one expected a certain standard of showcasing and showmanship, besides variety and a show of skill.' 'At the same time one felt pretty good about the standards of our own efforts -- Aero India -- at Bangalore once every four years and in business only since 1996,' says Group Captain Murli Menon (retd) after a visit to the Farnborough Airshow.

Will Flipkart be Walmart's Waterloo?

Will Flipkart be Walmart's Waterloo?

Rediff.com9 Jun 2018

'"We want to get the learnings from Flipkart and take it to other parts of the world," Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was quoted as saying.' 'That is a very large tuition fee for an MBA in a country that outdoes Brazil and perhaps even China in busting multinationals' knees and sometimes their heads as they try to crack a market of mostly impoverished people run by a government that has never really given up the sadistic pleasures of administering the license raj,' notes Rahul Jacob.

To diet or not to! Busting the myth

To diet or not to! Busting the myth

Rediff.com4 Jun 2018

Is it doing more harm than good?

PM Modi joins world leaders for CHOGM retreat in UK

PM Modi joins world leaders for CHOGM retreat in UK

Rediff.com20 Apr 2018

Prime Minister Modi addressed the second plenary of the executive session, during which he reiterated India's focus on small island developing nations of the organisation and delivering 'demand-driven, rather than donor-driven' assistance to the organisation's smaller member states.

Why a little bit of anxiety is a good thing

Why a little bit of anxiety is a good thing

Rediff.com28 Feb 2018

According to a study it helps you remember things.

High decibel campaign ends in Tripura; voting on Feb 18

High decibel campaign ends in Tripura; voting on Feb 18

Rediff.com16 Feb 2018

The main contest is between the CPI-M and the BJP in the February 18 assembly polls for 60 seats.

Short commute brings more happiness than sex! What do you prefer?

Short commute brings more happiness than sex! What do you prefer?

Rediff.com2 Feb 2018

Vote for your choice.

CPM headed for major showdown at party conclave

CPM headed for major showdown at party conclave

Rediff.com24 Jan 2018

Yechury has dropped enough hints that a fight is in the offing at the Hyderabad conclave in April, where any member may move an amendment to the draft on the party's electoral line. Archis Mohan reports.

India needs a 2nd aircraft carrier quickly

India needs a 2nd aircraft carrier quickly

Rediff.com21 Sep 2017

The Indian Navy has just one aircraft carrier. The INS Vikramaditya carries just 26 unreliable MiG-29 fighters and 10 helicopters -- an insufficient capability to battle a serious foe.

The next Indian astronaut

The next Indian astronaut

Rediff.com16 Aug 2017

Raja Chari is in training to go to space in 2019. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel presents the story of his journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to NASA. A Rediff.com Exclusive!

Desi among 12 NASA astronauts chosen from 18,300

Desi among 12 NASA astronauts chosen from 18,300

Rediff.com8 Jun 2017

Lt Col Raja "Grinder" Chari, 39 is in the batch of 2017.

Your sex life is as old as you feel you are

Your sex life is as old as you feel you are

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Feeling young at heart may increase those between-the-sheet sessions, a study has revealed.

Hidma Madvi, the Maoist behind the CRPF attacks

Hidma Madvi, the Maoist behind the CRPF attacks

Rediff.com17 May 2017

The Maoist who has emerged as the major threat to the security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

What inspired Rangoon?

What inspired Rangoon?

Rediff.com20 Feb 2017

Did the human drama provoked by the Japanese invasion of Burma and the Indian exodus from Rangoon inspire director Vishal Bhardwaj's forthcoming epic?

Tube strike hits millions of Londoners

Tube strike hits millions of Londoners

Rediff.com10 Jan 2017

Millions of Londoners endured a chaotic start to the week on Monday after a strike shut down most of the Underground network, including many city centre stations.

The conqueror-king Kareena's son is named after

The conqueror-king Kareena's son is named after

Rediff.com20 Dec 2016

When Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan decided to name their firstborn Taimur, Syed Firdaus Ashraf delved into history to bring back into focus the fierce warrior king who bore that name many centuries ago.

'I want to pursue masters in research'

'I want to pursue masters in research'

Rediff.com23 Jan 2016

In an online chat with readers overseas consultant NNS Chandra offered advice.

REWIND: TOP photos of the week that was

REWIND: TOP photos of the week that was

Rediff.com18 Jan 2016

A round-up of our favourite photographs from the week gone by.

Why do we honour Ashoka and not Tipu?

Why do we honour Ashoka and not Tipu?

Rediff.com18 Nov 2015

'Ashok the Great did not slaughter foreigners or Muslims when he conquered Kalinga. It was Oriya- speaking Hindus whom he butchered by the tens of thousands. But Ashok is called Great, and his lion emblem is the official symbol of the Republic of India.' 'Why do we honour Ashoka and not Tipu, when both men are accused of the same crime?' asks Aakar Patel.

'My izzat is more important than the Rs 1,700 I stand to gain'

'My izzat is more important than the Rs 1,700 I stand to gain'

Rediff.com2 Sep 2015

'My appeal to ex-servicemen,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd), 'is please do not demean yourself and bring our izzat down to the levels of militant trade unionism of the banks or airline variety! Please accept a reasonable compromise and fight your battle with the 7th Pay Commission!'

'Become the captain of the problem and defeat it'

'Become the captain of the problem and defeat it'

Rediff.com28 Jul 2015

A clear aim, knowledge, hard work and perseverance spells success: President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

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