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Past articles by Overrated:

The secret journal of Manmohan Singh: ‘I’m livid about the film, but flattered Anupam Kher plays me’

The former prime minister is here to dunk Marie biscuits in a hot cup of tea and talk some trash. But he’s all out of biscuits. → Read More

Mobile calling, data services on flights: As India okays TRAI proposal, flying will be a nightmare

You thought crying babies were bad? Say hello to crying babies over Skype. → Read More

Aadhaar note: ‘We didn’t give you any right over your data because we didn’t think you’d need it’

A satirical take on how the government can clear the air on the unique identity project. → Read More

War on information: The Modi minion’s guide to winning the news cycle with lies and spin

‘The purpose of your existence is not to speak the truth, but to present as many competing arguments as you can against it.’ → Read More

Full text: Letter from Nostradamus to his children (Not about Narendra Modi or Francois Gautier)

Here's possibly the last thing the great seer ever wrote. → Read More

Breaking noise: Why TV news in India will never change

We are like this only. → Read More

Microsoft to help Maharashtra build 50 smart villages by 2016

The technology company is also looking at creating a single platform for startups to bring together data to help solve burgeoning urban problems. Photo credit: PTI Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday that the government plans to build 50 smart villages in the state by the end of 2016. American technology company Microsoft will be a partner in the development. Fadnavis… → Read More

SC transfers Virbhadra Singh case from Himachal Pradesh to Delhi court

The bench said it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the state's high court, but simply shifting the petition in ‘the interest of justice’. Photo credit: AFP The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred a plea filed by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife in a disproportionate assets case to the Delhi High Court. The case was being heard by the Himachal Pradesh… → Read More

Chhota Rajan likely to be deported tonight

The Bali airspace has been cleared a day after flights were suspended following a volcano eruption. Photo credit: AFP Underworld don Chhota Rajan is likely to be deported from Bali on Thursday night, after officials said the Bali could resume operations, Times Now reported. Flights out of the seaside city had been suspended after a nearby mountain started spewing volcanic ash. The 55-year-old… → Read More

Fourteen people lose eyesight after cataract surgery in Maharashtra hospital

Five doctors, including a surgeon and medical superintendent, were suspended after the incident. Photo credit: Google Maps Fourteen people who underwent cataract surgery at a hospital in Washim district, Maharashtra, have lost vision in one eye after developing an infection from the procedure. Around 22 patients were taken to Sir JJ Hospital in Mumbai after complaints of swelling, pain and loss… → Read More

Government launches project to aid technology research

The scheme, called Imprint India, aims to reduce the country's dependence on foreign innovations. Photo credit: Creative Commons The Central government on Thursday launched a scheme called Impacting Research Innovation and Technology India, which hopes to boost local research in areas where the country depends heavily on foreign work. Called Imprint India in short, the initiative already has… → Read More

Meet Harijit Sajjan: Afghanistan veteran, Canada's first Sikh commanding officer and now its defence minister

Now this is what you call a career: 11 years as a police officer, four military deployments, three to Afghanistan where he became the first Sikh commanding officer for Canada, 13 medals including the Order of Military Merit, successful candidate for Canadian Parliament and now, Canada's new Minister of Defence. Meet Harijit Singh Sajjan, an Indian-born Sikh who is now part of new Prime Minister… → Read More

Arundhati Roy to return her National Award

The Booker Prize winner said she was proud to join the 'political movement' started by artistes and intellectuals. Photo credit: AFP Writer Arundhati Roy joined the growing number of artistes and intellectuals who have returned their awards in protest against the prevailing environment of violence and intolerance in India. In a column in The Indian Express, Roy said she will give back her… → Read More

Delhi’s air pollution levels will peak today

A monitoring body said Thursday’s figures will be more than four times higher than the safe limit. Photo credit: Reuters Air pollution levels in the national capital are expected to hit their highest mark yet on Thursday, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research. A scientist with the organisation said the PM2.5 rating, which measures small particulate matter, was… → Read More

Moody's Analytics stands by its warning to Modi government

The company refuted the Centre's claims that its report was the opinion of a junior analyst, saying it was based on empirical research and had no political agenda. Photo credit: AFP Research firm Moody’s Anaytics on Thursday denied that its report asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in his party leaders was the opinion of a junior analyst, a claim the government had made on Wednesday. A… → Read More

Factory collapse in Pakistan kills at least 18

More than 50 people were injured and another 150 are feared to be trapped under debris after the building's roof caved in. Photo credit: AFP At least 18 people were killed, and more than 50 injured after the roof of a factory collapsed near Lahore in Pakistan on Wednesday. Senior government official Mohammad Usman said only around 75 people have been rescued so far. A rescue worker, Kashif… → Read More

This theory explains why Indian Twitter isn't what it used to be – but WhatsApp groups are

Twitter has become a place for pronouncements, not discussions. → Read More

Delhi police raid on Kerala House was unethical, claims investigation report

The Delhi government's inquiry revealed that police had violated the law when they entered the canteen to verify if beef was being served there. Photo credit: IANS An investigation by Delhi government’s animal husbandry department on Wednesday revealed that the Delhi police had violated the law when they raided Kerala House to check if its canteen was serving beef on October 26. Divisional… → Read More

Polling begins in final phase of Bihar elections

More than 1.5 crore people are eligible to vote for the 57 seats being contested on Thursday. Photo credit: AFP Voting began at 7 am for the fifth and final phase of the Bihar Assembly elections on Thursday, with 57 seats up for grabs and 827 candidates in the fray. The constituencies include 24 along the Seemanchal region, which lies near the West Bengal border. Polling is expected to finish at… → Read More

US, UK officials say bomb might have caused Russian air crash

Flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt were suspended, and the British government has advised against travel through the beach resort’s airport. Photo credit: AP/PTI The United States and United Kingdom on Wednesday said it was "highly possible" that a bomb brought down the Russian airliner that crashed with 224 people on board on Saturday. The Islamic State had, soon after, claimed… → Read More