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When he tweeted on “the kiling of innocents” in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’, little did Shahid Afridi know that he was stirring a hornet’s nest. Indian cricketers came down with a heavy bat on Afridi—Gautam Gambhir poked fun at his perpetual youth, while Kapil Dev trashed him as a non-entity and Suresh Raina respectfully asked him to back off. And Kohli? A sober iteration of his patriotism did the job rather well.
Three clean lifts, then three lifts double her body weight...there are days when an athlete herself doesn’t know what possessed her to achieve the hitherto unthinkable. At the end of her manic maelstrom, Mirabai Chanu didn’t just win (48kg) gold—India’s first—at the Commonwealh Games. She smashed the Games record to smithereens.
You might laugh at him for his pained, constricted onscreen smiles, or his distressing attempts at emoting, but Salman Khan’s conviction in the blackbuck shooting case is not a matter of jest. Salman, who had tried to evade responsibility for for a long time, was given five years. No, he won’t do time for long, but will surely get a long glimpse of the insides of Jodhpur Central Jail.
With elections approaching, Madhya Pradesh’s ‘babas’ are in for some official recognition. In addition to their (mostly) self-arrogated holy status, such personages as (clockwise from left) Computer Baba, Bhaiyyu Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Narmadanand and Yogendra Mahant have been accorded minister of state status. What will they do? God alone knows.
Take heart, all ye out-of-shape 47-year-olds. A ‘post work-out mirror selfie’ by none other than Sushmita Sen urges—not in those exact words—slackers and no-hopers to take heart and follow her example. Such rigorous exertion is a ‘work in progress’ physique, she says, and we take her word for it. And we ask those who’re wondering if this is exactly her work-out attire not to quibble over minor matters and step on to the treadmill!
Artificial Intelligence experts are to boycott Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea for partnering with a defence manufacturer. They worry it would “accelerate the arms race to develop” automatic weapons on the lines of machines they call “killer robots”.