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App by BHU professor plays bhajans on searching for porn
short by Radhika Chugh / on 16 Nov 2017,Thursday
Dr Vijay Nath Mishra, a professor in the Banaras Hindu University, has developed a desktop app which plays devotional music when users try to access "inappropriate websites" containing pornography, violence or other vulgar content. The app, which is named 'Har Har Mahadev', was launched on Monday for laptops and desktops. It will soon be available for Android devices as well.
short by Radhika Chugh / 02:42 pm on 16 Nov
₹20L drunk driving fine for world's 2nd-youngest billionaire
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
Norwegian heiress and second-youngest billionaire in the world, 22-year-old Katharina G Andresen, was handed a NOK250,000 (nearly ₹20 lakh) fine by a court for failing a roadside breathalyser test. Andresen, who was on her way to the family chalet in Hafjell when the incident occurred, received a three-week suspended prison sentence and has been banned from driving for 13 months.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:30 pm on 18 Nov
Journos register mafia company using UK PM's address
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2017,Sunday
A group of Italian journalists has registered a company in the name of a mafia boss with the UK Prime Minister's official address listed as headquarters to expose flaws in Britain's corporate registration system. "There is nothing easier than creating ghost companies that can hide illegal activities or recycle money" under Britain's liberalised corporate registration system, the journalists said.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:22 pm on 19 Nov
World's largest ball of stickers weighs over 105 kg
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 16 Nov 2017,Thursday
The world's largest ball of stickers weighs over 105 kg and features two lakh stickers and labels, according to Guinness World Records. The ball has been dubbed Saul after a character from TV series Breaking Bad. John Fischer, whose team set the record, said, "Stickers are fun because they allow people to take any normal thing and make it theirs."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:48 pm on 16 Nov
Man once built 60 cm-wide building to block brother's view
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
A man in Lebanon's capital city Beirut once built a building to block the view of the Mediterranean sea from his brother's building, according to reports. Constructed in 1954, the building is known as Al Ba'sa in Arabic, which means 'The Grudge'. It is 14 metres high, and less than one metre in width at its thinnest point.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:58 pm on 17 Nov
8-year-old returns lost wallet with ₹1L to mugging victim
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
An eight-year-old boy in New York helped return a lost wallet to its owner, who had dropped it while getting mugged. Frankie Burns found a wallet with $1,700 (over ₹1 lakh) inside and gave it to his father, who located its owner with the help of the ID card inside. Meanwhile, the wallet's owner gave Burns $100 as a reward.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:21 pm on 17 Nov
Thor features in B'luru Police's tweet on using helmets
short by Anupama K / on 15 Nov 2017,Wednesday
The Bengaluru City Police's Twitter account recently shared a photo collage featuring the superhero character Thor to convey the importance of wearing a helmet while riding to work. The collage, shared with hashtags #HelmetToWork and #RideSafe, carried the caption "Even the God of Thunder wears a helmet. So should you".
short by Anupama K / 10:16 pm on 15 Nov
61-year-old planning to launch himself on self-made rocket
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old who claims to be a self-taught rocket scientist, is planning to launch himself in a self-made steam-powered rocket made using garbage scrap on Saturday. The US-based limousine driver, who believes the Earth is flat and doesn't believe in science, aims to reach an altitude of 550 metres and travel up to 1.6 km at 800 kmph.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:35 pm on 21 Nov
Bus ruins TV footage of US' Georgia Dome demolition
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
A bus pulled up in front of The Weather Channel crew when it was filming the demolition of US' Georgia Dome stadium. By the time the bus left, the implosion had finished. The incident occurred when 2,000 kg of explosives were used to destroy the 80,000-capacity stadium in a controlled explosion.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:52 pm on 21 Nov
Woman steals food, cash from McDonald's drive-thru window
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 16 Nov 2017,Thursday
The police department in US' Maryland has shared a video of a woman stealing food and cash after climbing through the window of a McDonald's drive-thru. She can be seen stealing a drink before climbing inside and stealing a large box of items. Police officers have announced a reward up to $500 for anyone with information regarding the suspect.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:05 pm on 16 Nov
Indian who stuffed 459 straws in mouth holds world record
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 16 Nov 2017,Thursday
A 23-year-old Odisha man who crammed 459 drinking straws into his mouth holds the Guinness World Record for the 'Most straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)'. Manoj Kumar Maharana needed to make sure the straws remained in his mouth for at least 10 seconds without using his hands to support them. The record had stood unbeaten for eight years.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:26 pm on 16 Nov
Man who ordered 200 hash browns held for drunk driving
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
An Australian who ordered 200 hash browns worth A$230 (₹11,300) after being told there were no chicken nuggets on the McDonald's breakfast menu has been arrested for drunk driving. He reportedly became angry after being told there were no chicken nuggets. The police were called to the drive-thru, where they allegedly found him intoxicated at the wheel of his car.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:10 pm on 17 Nov
Man forgot where he parked car, reunited with it after 20yrs
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
A German man's car has been found 20 years after he forgot where he had parked it. He had told the police the car had been stolen but it has been found in the same garage where he had parked it in 1997. The vehicle will be sent to the scrap heap as he has chosen not to keep it.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:55 am on 17 Nov
British embassy cat in Jordan appointed 'chief mouser'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
A cat named Lawrence of Abdoun has been appointed the 'chief mouser' at the British embassy in Jordan. Named after former British military officer TE Lawrence, the cat was adopted from an animal shelter last month and has gained over 2,700 Twitter followers since. "Apart from his mousing duties, he reaches out to followers on Twitter," said an official.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:51 am on 21 Nov
Consider airlifting Hanuman statue to stop encroachment: HC
short by Anupama K / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the civic bodies to consider "airlifting" the 108-foot Hanuman statue in central Delhi to remove encroachments around it. "You know, in the US, entire skyscrapers are shifted as a whole," it said. The court said this while hearing a plea seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the capital's Karol Bagh area.
short by Anupama K / 08:22 am on 21 Nov
KFC sells $10,000 internet blocking tent
short by Aditi Verma / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
Fast food chain KFC is selling an internet blocking tent called 'Internet Escape Pod', made of steel and stainless steel mesh for $10,000 in the US. It features KFC Founder Colonel Sanders' model made of architectural foam and can accommodate four people. KFC said the tent will have to be tested before it can claim total signal impenetrability.
short by Aditi Verma / 05:38 pm on 21 Nov
Video: Car blocks traffic to let elderly woman cross road
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
A video showing a car blocking traffic to allow an elderly woman to cross the road in China has gone viral. The woman was waiting at the zebra crossing but was unable to cross the road due to traffic flow, following which the driver manoeuvred the car to block the road. Facebook users wrote, "Faith in humanity #salute" and "Excellent."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:08 pm on 18 Nov
Bank of England Governor unable to find wallet
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney was apparently unable to find his wallet on Thursday while attending a central bank event to promote public understanding of economics. The incident occurred when everyone was asked to take out a purse or wallet, as an example of something that represented the economy. Meanwhile, television host Ranvir Singh asked him, "No cash, Carney?"
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:36 pm on 17 Nov
Video: Suspect starts dancing on road before arrest in US
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
A suspect who led police on a 32-kilometre car chase in US' Houston started dancing before being arrested. The suspect stopped the car and began dancing when the police went to handcuff him, following which he was attacked by a police dog. Police officers said they sent the dog as they were worried the suspect would escape.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:39 pm on 18 Nov
Man mistakenly shoots self, wife during talk on gun safety
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
An 81-year-old churchgoer accidentally shot himself and his 80-year-old wife during a discussion on gun safety at a church in US' Tennessee on Thursday, said the police. The churchgoer took out his handgun to show a fellow parishioner and pulled the trigger, forgetting the weapon was loaded. The couple were wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening, said the police.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:57 pm on 18 Nov
Yemeni man fined for 'suicide bomber' Halloween dress
short by Nandini Sinha / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
A Yemeni national, Amjad Jalal Ahmed Al-Dahan, was fined over ₹6,000 for dressing as a suicide bomber for a Halloween party in Malaysia. He wore a fake beard and a cardboard belt with two empty water bottles taped to it. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was charged with committing a public nuisance by dressing up as a bomber.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:02 pm on 18 Nov
US airport evacuated after toy grenade found in bathroom
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
The Miami International Airport in the US was partially evacuated after a staffer found a toy grenade inside a restroom and alerted the authorities, mistaking the toy to be an explosive device. While seven flights were delayed, authorities allowed passengers to re-enter the airport after about an hour and a half. "Security and safety always first," airport officials tweeted.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:43 pm on 21 Nov
US Navy pilots draw penis in the sky
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 18 Nov 2017,Saturday
US Navy aircrew used their warplane to create the shape of a penis above a town in the United States on Thursday. Pictures of the incident went viral, following which the US Navy grounded the crew. The US Navy apologised and released a statement saying, "Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:33 pm on 18 Nov
US police sued after mistaking hibiscus plants for marijuana
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Nov 2017,Tuesday
A couple in US' Pennsylvania has sued the local police for allegedly detaining them after mistaking the hibiscus plants in their backyard for marijuana. The couple said they were treated like criminals even when they committed no crime, adding that they were handcuffed and held in the back of a police vehicle while the cops searched the house for drugs.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:22 am on 21 Nov
Japan rail firm apologises after train leaves 20 secs early
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 17 Nov 2017,Friday
A Japanese rail company has apologised after one of its trains departed at 9:44:20 am instead of 9:44:40 am local time, 20 seconds ahead of schedule. It said the conductor had not checked the train timetable properly, adding that crew were given additional training to prevent a recurrence. Notably, no one missed the train due to the early departure.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:29 am on 17 Nov
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