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  • 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 Mumbai-based 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 23-year-old 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 Branson-owned 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 31, 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 pre-flight 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 tribal-dominated 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 tribal-dominated 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 tie-up 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 20-year-old Brazilian student, who sold her virginity for a USD 780,000 after putting it up for on-line 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...
  • In-flight mobile service for Delhi-London 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 A-330 when it...
  • Virgin Atlantic rolls out in-flight 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,...
  • Ashton Kutcher to travel into space March 20, 2012

    London: Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher is going into space after signing up to be the 500th customer to travel into outer space with Virgin Galactic. The 'Two and a Half Men' star is excited about his trip to space, according to Virgin CEO Richard Branson. "I gave Ashton a quick call...
  • Virgin to resume Mumbai-London services after 3 yrs March 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Premier British carrier Virgin Atlantic, which had stopped its Mumbai-London services in 2009, would re-launch these daily flights from October, saying India's "phenomenal growth" in air traffic had led to this resumption. The first Virgin flight would depart from London's Heathrow airport on October 28 and the return flight...
  • Marussia clear final crash test hurdle March 7, 2012

    London: Marussia were given the all-clear to start the Formula One season after their new car passed the final mandatory crash test on Tuesday. The Russian-licensed team, who gave the MR01 its track debut in a filming day at Silverstone on Monday, said in a statement they had cleared the last...
  • Marussia debut new car pending final crash test March 5, 2012

    London: Marussia gave their new Formula One car its track debut at Silverstone on Monday despite it still having to overcome a final crash test hurdle before the opening race of the season in Australia next week. The Russian-licensed former Virgin Racing team said in a statement that the Cosworth-powered MR01...
  • Marussia to miss final pre-season F1 test February 28, 2012

    London: Marussia will miss Formula One's final pre-season test in Barcelona this week because their new car has failed a mandatory crash test, the Russian-licensed team said on Monday. Marussia, formerly Virgin Racing, said the MR01 car had failed the final test after passing 17 previous ones. Under new rules...
  • Egyptian court bans military 'virginity tests' December 29, 2011

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the country's military rulers to stop the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees, in a rare condemnation by a civilian tribunal of a military practice that has caused an uproar among activists and rights groups. The virginity test allegations first surfaced after a...
  • Qantas to ground all aircraft over labour dispute October 29, 2011

    Sydney: Australia's Qantas Airways said on Saturday it was grounding all aircraft over a labour dispute, a move that would cost it $ 21.4 million a day. The airline said in a statement that from Monday evening it would lock out all employees over a protracted industrial dispute with the...
  • Can space elevators be a reality in 2100? September 8, 2011

    Think of a day in the year 2100. The walls of your room light up like screens and your chosen software program, a familiar face named, say, Molly, wakes you up in the morning and lays out the day's plan. As you enter the bathroom, DNA and protein sensors in...
  • Rape a weapon of war in Libya: Hillary Clinton June 17, 2011

    Hillary Clinton has accused Libya's Muammar Gaddafi of using rape and violence against women as 'tools of war.' The rebels claim they have proof of these allegations. ...
  • Egyptians decry 'virginity tests' on protesters June 1, 2011

    Cairo: Activists and bloggers are pressing Egypt's military rulers to investigate accusations of serious abuses against protesters, including claims that soldiers subjected female detainees to so-called "virginity tests". Bloggers say they will hold a day of online protest on Wednesday to voice their outrage, adding to criticism of the Supreme Council...