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WTF News: It's Weird, True and Funny

This week’s collection of stories that prove we live in a truly mad, mad world. 1) Mr Magpie smokes before work This bizarre photo of a magpie appearing to smoke a cigarette has taken......

Age no bar: This 96-year-old student wants to be an economist

When most nonagenarians are content to pass their time in their neighbourhood's gardens, Raj Kumar Vaishya, 96, has enrolled himself in the Patna-based Nalanda Open University to pursue his......

Aus cops clueless about Indian-origin man's death

Seeking answers in the mysterious death of an Indian-origin real estate agent, Australian authorities have set up an information caravan asking people to come forward with any clues they can......

After 9/11, Bush suddenly had political capital

George Bush's presidency didn't begin well. Nor did it proceed well. Gone was the kinder, gentler America. Bush and his administration clearly believed in unilateralism, and didn't mind flexing......

'I feel strong contempt for Indian politicians'

Consider, if you will, a peculiar experiment. Pick an advertising agency; any agency. Walk to where the copywriters congregate, and gently whisper the name 'Indra Sinha'. Then stand back and watch......

Land Rover Defender Hybrid is here!

After waiting for decades, the Land Rover Defender is now available in India. And this time, in its newly launched, more capable, Hybrid avatar. IMAGE: The 2020 Land River Defender. Photograph:......

Used cars? Here's a price guide!

For about Rs 2 lakh, you can get for a 2002 model Ford Ikon 1.6, a Wagon R, or Santro. . . "Would you buy a used car from this man?" screamed the tagline of a poster with a scowling Richard Nixon......

'Yen carry trade distorting real economies'

Jim Walker of CLSA believes that the sub-prime mortgage markets will impact the US credit system. In his view, global equity markets will factor in more risks. Walker further adds that partial......

Mr Taxman, can you tell me...

. . . why is it that import duty on a business jet is merely 3 per cent, on a yacht 10 per cent, but it's 60 per cent on cars and a mind-boggling 213 per cent onone's favourite tipple. Amit Mitra's......

16 shows to watch during the lockdown

Nikita Puri lists the best shows and films to watch online as you ace social distancing. Be it videos of penguins being taken for walks around the zoo or cats playing games with their humans, the......

Review: Raees and fall of the Don

Raees has a very bold Shah Rukh Khan who has stepped out of his comfort zone of crinkly eyes and dimpled cheek, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy. It would be so wonderful to get into Shah Rukh Khan's head......

Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett win top awards

The 86th Annual Academy Awards have been announced. Here's a quick glance at the winners, listed in bold: Best Picture American HustleGravityTwelve Years A SlaveCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers......

Oscars Winners at a Glance: The Artist wins 5 awards

The 84th Annual Academy Awards have been announced. Here's a quick glance at the winners, listed in bold:Best Picture The ArtistThe DescendantsExtremely Loud & Incredibly CloseThe HelpHugoMidnight......

Review: The Bedtime Story of Eli

The trouble with post-apocalyptic movies is that they tend to be just so darn downbeat -- the moody lighting, the gloomy skies, the desolate landscapes... yes we get it! We have been bad to our......

Football Briefs: Manchester City's Walker backs decision to cut holidays short

News of all that's transpired on and off the football field  IMAGE: Manchester City's Kyle Walker (left). Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Manchester City......

Sports Shorts: Semenya athletics drama angers South Africa

A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday IMAGE: Caster Semenya. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters South Africa will challenge athletics' new rules on hyperandrogenism......

Will India's track and field athletes live up to expectations?

34 member athletics contingent is in Rio to put up some promising show IMAGE:  Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda. Photograph: Getty Images . For a discipline that has given Indian athletes......

Ryder Cup golf: Europe roar back to lead on gripping opening day

Justin Rose of Europe celebrates his putt on the 2nd green during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland on......

Australia's best 30 ODI players

Australia's best 30 One-Day International players were on Wednesday revealed in the first process of elimination to identify Australia's greatest ODI team of all time. The final team of 12 will be......

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