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  • Indonesian police force orders women recruits to undergo virginity tests, activists protest across the world November 21, 2014

    Jakarta: Human Rights Watch urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. The rights group said women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used despite the...
  • NASA test flight still on track despite accidents November 7, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials on Friday said everything looks good for the December 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule. This one will not carry a crew. Future Orions are meant to carry astronauts on...
  • Mystery revolves around Virgin Galactic's space plane crash November 5, 2014

    The probe of Virgin Galactic's space plane crash in California hinges on a central mystery: Why a seasoned test pilot would prematurely unlock the craft's moveable tail section, setting off a chain of events that led to destruction of the ship and his death. The National Transportation Safety Board was expected...
  • Photos: Debris of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that crashed during a test flight in California November 2, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said.The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • Virgin Galactic may put plans on hold after spaceship's deadly crash November 1, 2014

    Virgin Galactic is considered by many to be the best hope in private space exploration. The founder hoped to start flights into space within months, but after deadly spacecraft explosion plans may be put on hold. The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo is described as a sub orbital vehicle where ticket holders...
  • Virgin Galactic CEO offers support in spaceship crash probe November 1, 2014

    In a setback to commercial spaceflight, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight over California killing one of the two pilots and injuring the other. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said, "We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today and we are...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during flight test in California, 1 dead November 1, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight November 1, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately...
  • Arsenal eye Celtic defender Virgin van Dijk October 17, 2014

    London: Following an injury crisis at the football club, Arsenal, who are lying in seventh spot in the English Premier League (EPL) standings, will try to bring in Celtic defender Virgin van Dijk in the January transfer window. Arsenal have set aside 20 million pounds for new players and at Thursday's...
  • Why did Patrick Harris feel humiliated after losing virginity? October 14, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor Neil Patrick Harris says he felt humiliated after losing his virginity at a party as the girl left immediately and refused to date him. The "How I Met Your Mother" fame star opened up about the incident on NPR's show "Fresh Air", reports contactmusic.com. Recalling the moment, the...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' sweeps awards; Anurag Kashyap, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra skip the closing ceremony July 2, 2014

    Leh: With Iranian, Korean and several competent Indian films being pitted against each other at Ladakh International Film Festival, which concluded recently, one was both surprised and happy to watch 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' by young Mumbaibased Bhargav Saikai and Sharma sweep top awards. Directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz...
  • Nigerian pop singer offers her virginity to militant group Boko Haram in exchange for the 200 kidnapped school girls June 26, 2014

    A 23yearold Nigerian pop singer has offered her virginity to the militant group Boko Haram in exchange for the kidnapped Chibok girls. "They are between 12 and15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to12 men have to take me every night,...
  • Book a seat for zero gravity experience in space! May 30, 2014

    London: Have Rs 1.5 crore in your kitty? You can get a seat on Richard Bransonowned Virgin space travel's flight for a 'Zero Gravity' (ZeroG) experience in space. But if you are not born rich, at approximately Rs 1.58 lakh, you can still get the 'ZeroG' experience, courtesy Swiss Space Systems...
  • Plane to Bali not hijacked: Virgin Official April 25, 2014

    Jakarta: An airline official says a drunk passenger on a Virgin Australia flight who caused a hijack scare has been arrested for creating a disturbance after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Heru Sudjatmiko, airport manager for Virgin Australia, told Metro TV on Friday that the passenger was...
  • Virgin Atlantic using Google Glass for faster check-ins, to improve customer experience April 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Ever heard of an airline staff receiving and checking in a passenger at the counter using cutting-edge technology like Google Glass or a smartwatch? Yes, this is now a reality. The facility is being tested by British carrier Virgin Atlantic and global transport communications and IT firm SITA...
  • V Sanjay Kumar's 'Virgin Gingelly' is a well-crafted piece of work March 30, 2014

    A lot of books categorized under the literary fiction genre are not easy reads. In my opinion, they are not meant to be easy reads. A reader has got to be patient and must try and soak in what the author is trying to say through his words. Virgin Gingelly,...
  • Is your name Simran? Virgin Atlantic to offer discounted tickets to people with 12 most famous Bollywood names March 21, 2014

    Do you share your name with some of the most famous film characters which have been brought to life by Bollywood actors and actresses? If so, you can get a discount on air tickets. With a view to paying homage to iconic Indian cinema, Virgin Atlantic airline has decided to offer...
  • Book Extract: Virgin Gingelly by V Sanjay Kumar March 3, 2014

    V Sanjay Kumar is the author of Virgin Gingelly. He owes this book to his baniya lineage that three generations before him have tried to obliterate by staying in Tamil Nadu. In language both gritty and humorous, and often surprisingly poetic, V Sanjay Kumar's narrative, set in modern middle-class, housing...
  • Virgin America's sassy safety video is branding at its best October 30, 2013

    New Delhi: There is no denying the fact that airlines use multiple gimmicks to help customers pay attention to their safety instructions. But roping in a nun and using robot rap and contortionists to jazz up a preflight safety video does sound a bit hilarious, right? To have an edge...
  • 600 people sign up for Virgin's 'Galatic' flight to space September 30, 2013

    More than 600 people have signed to Virgin 'Galatic' flight to spend up to a quarter million dollars for just minutes in space. Passengers will get three days of training and health checks, then a few hours in flight with about three minutes weightless in space. ...
  • MP: 350 women allegedly put through virginity, pregnancy tests June 9, 2013

    Betul: Close to 350 women were allegedly asked to go through virginity and pregnancy tests during a mass marriage programme in Betul. Sources said that the tests were apparently ordered by the government officials. The incident took place at Harad village in Betul, a tribaldominated district. About 90 women who underwent...
  • MP: 350 women put through virginity, pregnancy tests June 8, 2013

    Betul (MP): As many as 350 women were allegedly put through virginity and pregnancy tests during a mass marriage programme organised by the Madhya Pradesh government at Harad village in the tribaldominated district. Sources said that the tests were apparently ordered by the government officials. A day after the alleged incident,...
  • Snapshot: Why is business magnate Richard Branson dressed as a woman? May 12, 2013

    Virgin goup's founder Richard Branson sporting shaved his legs and wore AirAsia airline's stewardess' uniform to hounor a bet he had lost in 2010. The business magnate was seen serving orange juice on an AirAsia flight from Perth to Malaysia in red mini skirt and heels as he had lost...
  • How airlines are shaping up for high-fliers March 14, 2013

    High-fliers are picky. Bone china in business class travel is so last decade. And large carriers are working very hard to woo the first and business class traveller into ever newer, even more exclusive experiences. Millions of dollars are being spent in the effort to lure the big spenders away...
  • UAE's Etihad closer to deal with Jet Airways February 5, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways is close to taking a stake in Jet Airways, the Abu Dhabi airline said on Monday after reporting a tripling in profits for last year. Such a deal would support the Indian carrier's efforts to woo foreign investors to help cope with fierce competition and high costs...
  • Etihad due diligence on Jet Airways seen by next week February 4, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, close to a tieup with Jet Airways, expects to complete due diligence on the deal in the next week, the Gulf carrier's chief executive said on Monday. The Jet deal would be the first foreign investment into India's aviation market after the government relaxed...
  • Indian man loses bid to buy Brazilian woman's virginity October 25, 2012

    New York: A Japanese man fended off strong competition from an Indian to secure a date with a 20yearold Brazilian student, who sold her virginity for a USD 780,000 after putting it up for online auction for "charity". Catarina Migliorini, sold her virginity to Natsu, from Japan, who won the...
  • Think Brad Pitt is cute? Meet his brother Doug July 3, 2012

    London: Actor Brad Pitt's younger brother showed his simple lifestyle in a new advertisement for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Mobile company in Australia. Photojournalist Doug Pitt, who is three years younger than Brad, invites viewers into his modest suburban home to give them an insight into how the "second most famous...
  • Inflight mobile service for DelhiLondon route June 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Come July and you will be able to use your mobile to chat with your family or business partners at 35,000 ft when your aircraft cruises from Delhi to London. This facility would be available on premier British carrier Virgin Atlantic's brand new Airbus A330 when it...
  • Virgin Atlantic rolls out inflight mobile phone service May 16, 2012

    New York: Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air. The service will allow passengers to send and receive text messages,...