While we waited eagerly all week for Rahul Gandhi to bring a “political earthquake”, he finally let the cat out by meeting PM Modi and requesting him to waive all farmer loans! Ahem. And, for once we thought Junior Gandhi has finally grown up. Okay, so moving away from all that hogwash, and there has been a lot of that lately, here’s a quick lowdown on news from the past week.
Virat Kohli’s blinding performance against England in 4th Test
Among all the #demonetization news that can only raise anxiety levels, Virat Kohli gives us a reason to cheer with his staggering performance in the 4th test against England. The Delhi cricketer becomes the third Indian skipper to have completed 1000 runs in test cricket in a calendar year, and the 14th Indian batsman to gather 4000 runs or above in Test cricket.
Say Hello to Moto M with full metal body
It’s time we say Hello to “Moto by Lenovo”, as the Chinese technology brand finally launched their all-metal body phone, Moto M on Wednesday midnight. With a full metal unibody pattern, 5.5 inch Full HD Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, fingerprint sensor at the back panel, two variants (32GB and 64GB) and with a price tag that starts at Rs 15,999, the phone is set to be a hot buy in the under-20K range.
I-T department seizes record Rs 2,900 crore in 586 searches
Our notion of a nation full of middle-class and the struggling somewhat gets a daily jolt these days with the frequent cash seizures by the I-T department. The I-T department seems to have worked hard this time with 586 searches and successfully seized 2900 crore in cash among “Notebandi”. Well, the way we are climbing the global corruption index each year, this was less of a surprise.
Humsafar Express to flagged off
For all the ignorant lot who though this is another blockbuster by Rohit Shetty, this is the name of the much awaited swank train to be launched by the railways on December, 16 albeit, with dynamic fares. The first of this beauty is heard to offer 16 AC III Tier coaches with anti-graffiti vinyl coating, and luxurious features like CCTV, GPS, smoke detection, integrated braille screens for the visually challenged, premium interiors and exteriors, and more. We sure see ourselves relaxing in one of the premium coaches soon!
India roars back at Russia and Iran for Taliban involvement
India’s bilateral relationships with Russia of late have been just like sticky patches in a marriage. In a recent move that forced the world to take a note, India roared back at Iran and its time-tested partner Russia, and cautioned them against their political involvement with Taliban. “In so far as the Taliban is concerned, they have to respect the internationally agreed red lines, give up terrorism and violence, sever all ties with al-Qaida, agree to follow democratic norms and not do anything which will erode the gains of the last 15 years,” said MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swaroop.
Compiled by Madhuparna Sukul