October 31, 2004

If you were to vote in the US election...
What Al Jazeera readers think

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?
If it all comes down to a ladies’ race, India may well nominate Sonia Gandhi

Why Indian-Americans should support...
George W Bush
John Kerry

Advani's new tenure

Not much hope for the BJP, but threat multiplies, says Harkishan Singh Surjeet

Advani sets off wrath yatra

Star's DTH project by year-end
The Star-Tata venture, in which the Indian partner holds 80 per cent equity as per government guidelines, is called Space TV

October 30, 2004

Google guru shares words of wisdom
Ram Shriram held court before a few hundred people. But if they were hoping to hear Google's secret to success, they were disappointed

October 29, 2004

Osama is back
Al Jazeera
airs new video

Key facts about Osama

UPDATE: Transcript

October 28, 2004

Beckham, J-Lo, Beyonce in Pepsi epic
The advertising push is set to pit David Beckham against Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce in a martial arts style campaign

Times buys stake in Mid-day
Bennett, Coleman is believed to have earlier made an offer to buy the 68.9 per cent stake held by the Ansari family for close to Rs 1 billion

Hannibal Lecter to return
Behind the Mask by Thomas Harris to be published by Delacorte Press

CNNfn network to shut down
The financial news cable network owned by Time Warner Inc said it will shut down by mid-December due to competitive challenges

October 27, 2004

Yasser Arafat 'very, very sick'
A team of doctors has arrived at the Palestinian leader's headquarters in Ramallah
Update: Arafat to be treated in Paris; cancer suspected

If I were President
Is a progressive populist social vision, ie, ridding the world of hunger, poverty and war, a viable goal for the presidency? 'Elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday' is how Wyclef Jean sees it

Bush website blocked outside North America
I checked it out at 2:50 am, October 28 IST and it was still down

Seymour Hersh: Man on fire
In an astonishingly candid and far-ranging interview, the journalist who exposed major stories from the My Lai massacre to the Abu Ghraib scandal, proves his voice is every bit as powerful as his pen

BBC TV to reveal new Florida vote scandal
Republican 'Caging List' targets black voters in Jacksonville

John Peel 'worn out by BBC schedules'
The DJ felt marginalised in the weeks before his death, friend and colleague Andy Kershaw said

October 26, 2004

Cinema's scariest scenes
Turn on your night light, because these scenes are downright terrifying

Revolt of Fox's Hens
It has been a
bloody and unpleasant couple of weeks at the Fox News Channel

October 25, 2004

Scooby-Doo breaks cartoon record

Children's television favourite awarded Guinness World Record for notching up most episodes of a cartoon comedy series

‘(The Left) here feels that as in the 1930s, they have a
Fascist Right to fight with. It’s a fantasy’

Nobel Laureate Sir V S Naipaul has never believed in intellectual convention

One of these four men will be Maharashtra CM
Sushilkumar Shinde, Ajit Pawar, R R Patil
or Chhagan Bhujbal?

October 24, 2004

Cartoon revival
Russian animators wise up about children's films

October 23, 2004

Bin Laden located, but...
Former US Navy Secretary John Lehman said the Pentagon has
pinpointed the location of Osama in the Baluchistan region of Western Pakistan, but is holding back on rounding him up because it could destabilize the government of Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf

October 22, 2004

RSS chief hits Left with a hard right
-- The Times of India

BBC cuts ex-Spice Girl video
The network
cut Geri Halliwell's bottom-wiggling scenes from her new video

Wanna watch ESPN-Star? Be a good sport
Hotels, pubs and restaurants, its time to
pay up your broadcaster

Eminem talks Bush song

Rapper calls Iraq war 'mess', blames US president

October 21, 2004

Dobro Pozhalovat, Mr President
When I shook Mikhail Gorbachev's hand, my heart was pounding. We get a fair number of prominent visitors at Google, but none have thrilled me more than my former President
Castro breaks knee, arm in fall
The Cuban president tripped on a step and tumbled to the ground after leaving the stage at a graduation ceremony, fracturing a knee and arm but quickly returning to say that he was 'all in one piece'

October 19, 2004

The Sun launches 'no logo' war
Editor Rebekah Wade has ordered the paper's sports desk to drop all mention of football sponsors from its coverage
Senator John Kerry 'excommunicated'
A consultant to the Vatican has said Democratic presidential candidate incurred the penalty from the Catholic Church
Journalist Batuk Vora dead
He was suffering from liver cancer and was operated upon four times in recent months

October 18, 2004

'Pawar's infatuated with politics'

Former press advisor and official biographer P K Ravindranath isn't surprised at the Nationalist Congress Party chief’s resurgence in Maharashtra
Sharmila shoots straight

The new Censor Board chief expresses respect and admiration for Anupam Kher
Pune's canvas painted with new strokes
[Pune Times]
Prasar Bharati DTH to air 23 private channels
The private channels which have signed up with Prasar Bharati are Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, BBC, Zee Music, Zee News, Smile, Surya TV, Star Utsav, ETC, Akash Bangla
Breaking news
Police have shot dead the country's most wanted bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerappan in southern India
Bush and the Press in the Age of Chaos
The US journalism community and government are in the grip of chaos — no rules, no holds barred
George W Bush ain't no cowboy
Here's how the United States President stacks up against the Cowboy Code
Magic DVD players arriving, but...
Remember when the Motion Picture Academy started sending its members magical DVD players that would play enchanted, copy-protected screener copies of movies for Oscar consideration? It seems that the studios have balked at producing the DVDs because they haven't seen the machines or observed how they will work in Academy members' homes, so there might not be actual 'movies' to 'watch' for this upcoming awards season

UAE petrol pumps may close
You would think this couldn’t possibly be happening there, but it is

Malayala Manorama to launch men’s magazine
The group plans to launch an English 200-page glossy magazine Man in November. It will be priced at Rs 100
Two grand Indian families
One political, one moviemaking - and one public feud

October 17, 2004

Mr Arun Gulab Gawli gets his bullet-proof jacket
The only resident ganglord of Mumbai has got the tag of an MLA, the magic shield from encounters and rivals

October 16, 2004

Lord Lucan murder case reopened
Former Scotland Yard detective Duncan MacLaughlin claimed the missing Earl had died in Goa, India, in 1996

October 15, 2004

Naipaul to retire
A retirement home for Mr Biswas? V S Naipaul — hailed by many to be the finest writer of English prose alive today — has announced he is too old to write another book

October 13, 2004

Anupam Kher out, Sharmila Tagore in
The information and broadcasting ministry served marching orders on a defiant Central Board of Film Certification chief. It appointed yesteryears screen siren as the new censor board chief

October 12, 2004

‘50 channels to turn pay soon’
A purely advertisement-based model for television channels is not likely to survive for long, according to Sony Entertainment Television CEO Kunal Dasgupta
Google plans big expansion in India

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

'We are committed to substantial growth in terms of both manpower and infrastructure at the offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore,' said Sergey Brin, Google co-founder
A black eye for CBS - and the US
The state of American journalism is a mess

October 11, 2004

Former CA chief speaks out
Under indictment and out on bail, Sanjay Kumar heads to France and speaks publicly about the mistakes he made as CEO of Computer Associates
Supermom remembers Reeve

Susannah York, who played Superman's mother in the classic films, shares her memories about Christopher Reeve
Journalist stands by controversial Clark comments
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark linked strife-torn Kashmir with nuclear friction between India and Pakistan in the Hindustan Times interview by Saurabh Shukla
Radio fails to tune into right frequency
Given the Congress party’s uproar at the general election and the party’s subsequent rise to power, what has been the impact on the radio industry?
STAR News to play a critic for TV industry
Is STAR News, with the title Saas Bahu Aur Saazish - Kyunki Har Serial Kuch Kehta Hai, trying to play a spoof on its sister channel STAR Plus, which is known for its Saas-Bahu soaps?
STAR News to play a critic for TV industry
Is STAR News, with the title Saas Bahu Aur Saazish - Kyunki Har Serial Kuch Kehta Hai, trying to play a spoof on its sister channel STAR Plus, which is known for its Saas-Bahu soaps?

October 10, 2004

Aga Khan files for divorce

After six years of marriage, one of the world’s richest men and leader of the Ismaili Muslims, and his German wife Begum Inaara (Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen) claimed their relationship had 'irretrievably broken down'
Goodbye, Hello!

What possessed Imran Khan, who has always been conscious of his status, to open his heart to Hello! about why his marriage to Jemima went wrong?

October 09, 2004

The Next Top Editors
How to become a top editor (in seven tips?)
Censoring the Net with a Hotmail account
The Bits of Freedom group conducted a test to see how much it would take for a service provider to take down a website hosting public domain material, and have published their results
13 journalists to create ideal
youth-oriented newspaper section

The teens are recipients of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation’s eighth annual Teen Fellowships, awarded to outstanding young writers, editors, photographers and illustrators who regularly contribute to the teen sections of their local newspaper
Login or logon?
What is the difference?

October 07, 2004

Where are the weapons of mass destruction?

The Guardian front page
Sun, sex and spirit of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Followers of the late Indian mystic have taken his high-society lead, converting his old spiritual headquarters into an opulent relaxation resort
Isn’t it time Gandhi got the Nobel?
Considered to be the greatest apostle of peace in the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi had the Nobel Peace Prize pass him by, for a variety of reasons — all of them wrong. There is no better time than today to set things right
War of words at Al-Jazeera (and not only there)
It's a very hot topic, not only in Gulf television channels, but also in Arabic newspapers

October 06, 2004

Racist? Not kidding
A 14-year-old boy was named one of Britain's youngest racists after waging a race hate campaign against a Muslim family

Tenth of Reuters jobs destined for India
New facility will employ up to 10 per cent of company staff within two years. The data centre in Bangalore is part of the information giant's Fast Forward programme, which seeks drastically to reduce costs

October 05, 2004

When Gandhi met Hindy
Muslims take photos and home videos of the C N Tower as undercover police, media, watch
Baghdad training project forced to close
Journalists move out amid fears of abduction and beheading
Robbie Williams saw ghosts at Ringo's house
The sexy star lived in the former Beatles drummer's Los Angeles house

October 04, 2004

362 Hindustan Times workers get pink slips
K K Birla-promoted Hindustan Times staff move court against decision

Star News cuts headcount
Twelve video editors stationed in New Delhi have been asked either to move to Mumbai or to Kolkata
Jai Maharashtra
Hindi dailies continue to be highest-read publications. But Marathi dailies are more popular than English dailies
Is your computer recycled junk?
Up to 100,000 labourers earn a living pulling apart disused computers and electronics shipped in from the US, Japan and Europe. Many of the recycled computers are shipped to Pakistan or India
Paanch drunk?
After making the market fizz with a Rs 5 offering, cola makers have raised prices
Sir Elton attacks 'mime' Madonna
‘Anyone who lip-syncs in public on stage when you pay £75 to see them should be shot’
BBC launches Newstracker news monitor
There will be links to other news providers alongside its stories in the news sections of its website
A linking policy
After years of making fun of 'linking policies' that set out the terms under which a website can be linked to, Boing Boing has decided to create a linking policy of our own. Here it is -- now, abide by it!
Oh! Calcutta director dead
Broadway theater director Jacques Levy dies of cancer