POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jul 31, 2015 AT 22:16 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 31, 2015 22:16 IST

​Everyone appears to be quite excited by a report in USA Today that cites an alleged Islamic State recruitment document that details Islamic State's ambitions in India. The Indian government and experts have downplayed fears of an Islamic State foray into India.

​To see just how much of a phenomenon the ISIS has become, consider ​Helen Abdulla​. The 'Kurdish Shakira' who goes by the stage name Helly Luv is boldly taking on the ISIS militants with her music. Her ​latest video is shot ​apparently 3 km away from ISIS militants.

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POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jul 31, 2015 AT 22:16 IST, Edited At: Jul 31, 2015 22:16 IST
POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 13, 2015 AT 11:54 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 13, 2015 11:54 IST

A gang of three kidnaps a woman — the wife of an accountant who has swindled one of the gang members of presumably quite a large amount of money. The gang strips the woman naked to humiliate her, suspends her upside down from the ceiling, forces her to consume alcohol and drugs and keeps her locked in a trunk as they move from one location to another.

This isn't a pretty picture at all. Of course, abduction and torture are crimes but this whole scenario is dripping with misogyny and is a gross violation of a person's right to dignity, not to mention a clear case of misplaced anger.

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 13, 2015 AT 11:54 IST, Edited At: Jul 13, 2015 11:54 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 00:02 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 00:02 IST

In 1982, veteran Bollywood composer Charanjit Singh got his hands on a Roland 303, 808, and Jupiter 8 and used them to compose the core of acid house and arguably the precursor to electronica as we know it today, albeit unintentionally.

But he did it four years before the clubs of Detroit, Chicago, and Manchester started doing it.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 00:02 IST, Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 00:02 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 04, 2015 AT 23:18 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 04, 2015 23:18 IST

Led Zeppelin, the legendary English rock band will end its yearlong reissue campaign next month in July when they put out deluxe editions of their final three studio albums.

The group will unveil previously unheard tracks recorded with Indian musicians during a visit more than four decades ago.

The two tracks - reworked versions of their songs Friends and Four Sticks - are among the songs contained in the band's reissues of three studio albums.

The reissue of their album Coda will contain the two songs. The other two albums are Presence and In Through The Out Door.

The BBC reports:

The band's website said that singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page "took a fabled trip to India to perform with the Bombay Orchestra and now, for the first time, recordings from these sessions will be officially released with dynamic takes on 'Friends and Four Hands (Four Sticks from Led Zeppelin IV album)".

Band members visited India a number of time during 1971-72 during their tours in Asia and "during one of those trips Plant and Page participated in a session with a group of veteran Bollywood session musicians that resulted in reworked versions of Friends and Four Sticks," according to Rezaul H Laskar in Hindustan Times newspaper.

"Led Zeppelin had not officially released any tracks from the Mumbai session till now though several bootlegs have emerged of the recording. In one bootleg, Page can be heard explaining bars and scales to [late Indian flautist] Vijay Raghav Rao, who gamely tries to convey his instructions to the Indian musicians who had clearly never collaborated with rock musicians".

According to Rolling Stone:

As with the previous reissues, Jimmy Page personally remastered each record, as well as the companion audio that appears on each LP's bonus discs. Each album will be available as a single disc – and the packaging for In Through the Out Door will replicate the brown paper that the vinyl came in.

The deluxe editions of Presence and Out Door will each contain a full disc's worth of bonus audio, while Coda will contain two.

The English rock group were known for their pounding, blues and psychedelia-influenced songs and explosive stadium shows.

They broke up in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 04, 2015 AT 23:18 IST, Edited At: Jun 04, 2015 23:18 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 15, 2015 AT 23:14 IST ,  Edited At: May 15, 2015 23:14 IST

Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, got into an argument with American singer Dionne Warwick who is slated to perform in Tel Aviv later in May. 

Waters has been outspoken about Middle Eastern politics and pledged his support to the Gaza Freedom March in 2011. Back then he had said, "You can attack Israeli policy without being anti-Jewish ... It's like saying if you criticise the US policy you are being anti-Christian. I'm critical of the Israeli policy of occupying Palestinian land and their policy of building settlements, which is entirely illegal under international law, and also of ghettoising the people whose land they are building on ... It's that foreign policy I'm against. It's nothing to do with the religion."

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 15, 2015 AT 23:14 IST, Edited At: May 15, 2015 23:14 IST
     
 
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