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  • Australia gave the world the word 'selfie' 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The word for virtual self-love that incites narcissistic behavior, the ubiquitous 'selfie,' has roots in Australia. Mark Gwynn, editor and researcher at the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC) at the Australian National University, said that everyone, including vocabulary experts, became familiar with the word 'selfie' a few years...
  • Microsoft finally brings touch-friendly Office apps to Windows phones April 18, 2015

    San Francisco: Microsoft Corp on Friday unveiled a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices. Test versions of what Microsoft is calling its Office Universal apps...
  • 10 words that mean totally different things in Bengali and Hindi April 15, 2015

    People say that 'Bengali' is the sweetest language ever. Maybe people associate it to the fact that Bengalis consume more sweets in one day than the entire population of Ethiopia eats in a week. Whatever be the reason, non-Bengali folk have a weird fascination with the langue in spite of...
  • Google Translate to get 400,000 new Bangla words March 21, 2015

    Dhaka: The Bangladesh government will add 400,000 new Bangla/Bengali words to Google Translate on its Independence Day on March 26 in a bid to enrich the language on the Internet, media reported on Friday. "To put Bangla on top of everything, we're going to create history on the Independence Day," said...
  • No film producer will doubt my integrity: Pahlaj Nihalani March 19, 2015

    Mumbai: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani, who is in the news after film fraternity members reportedly complained against his autocratic ways, says no film producer can doubt his integrity. Amid all the controversy, Nihalani is playing it cool. "Let them try to get rid of me. The information...
  • This new app can 'clean' cuss words from your favourite e-books March 17, 2015

    Washington: If you want to read a best-selling novel, but don't like the cuss words in it, this app is for you. The new app called Clean Reader scans books to get rid of any words readers might find "offensive". It comes with three settings - "clean", "cleaner" and "squeaky clean"....
  • Did Censor Board ask makers of 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' to mute the word 'lesbian' from one of its scenes? March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The Censor Board is in the middle of a brand new controversy. Just two weeks after it came out with a list of words that were to be banned from usage in films, news has it that the board had asked the makers of the recently released 'Dum...
  • Censor board withholds the list of objectionable words that was issued few days back February 24, 2015

    Mumbai: The central board of film certification has put on hold the list of 28 objectionable words that were issued by the chairman recently. Reports suggest that many board members disagreed with the chairman's move. One member showed examples of award winning books which have cuss words in them to argue...
  • Aditya Narayan finds CBFC's taboo-word list offensive; says it's an attack on freedom of speech and expression February 22, 2015

    Vadodara, Feb 21 (PTI) Music composer and singer Aditya Narayan feels that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)'s ban on use of certain words in the films is an attack on the freedom of speech and expression. The list of 28 words which was leaked to the media recently has drawn...
  • Ashoke Pandit upset about list of banned cuss words released by the CBFC February 19, 2015

    Mr Ashoke Pandit, member of the CBFC, is upset about the list of banned swear words that has been released by the Censor Board. The filmmaker said, "This list should not have come out from a person who is a part of the industry, if something like this had to...
  • Microsoft gives away Word, Excel, PowerPoint apps for free for Android tablets January 29, 2015

    Seattle: Microsoft made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple's...
  • Pakistan misread the wicket at Lord's in 1999 World Cup final January 24, 2015

    We misread the wicket at Lord's and our ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 final against Australia was over before lunch was served. Despite losing the lopsided finale, I still believe this was the strongest Pakistan side to date to have featured in an ICC Cricket World Cup, at least, in...
  • Vape, culture and photobomb: The top words of 2014 December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Terms like 'vape', 'culture', 'photobomb', 'overshare' and 'heart emoji' were significant throughout the past 12 months and have been named top words of 2014 by various dictionaries and language monitoring groups. While Oxford Dictionaries chose vape, an abbreviation of vapour or vaporise; Merriam-Webster Inc., named as its top...
  • Pink Floyd, David Bowie help UK vinyl sales cross million mark November 30, 2014

    London: This year, vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time since 1996, thanks to veterans Pink Floyd and David Bowie. Albums by the two have helped boost sales of the format, which achieved the one million milestone last weekend. Currently Bowie's new best...
  • We know you love the word 'chutzpah' but probably you are pronouncing and using it wrong: Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' gives Indians a new obsession October 7, 2014

    Filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj has given Indians a new word to love. His hero Haider, playing the titular role in Bhardwaj's violent adaption of Hamlet set in Jammu and Kashmir, uses the word 'chutzpah' often and with devastating cynicism to express his disenchantment and frustration with the militancy that cost his...
  • Mira Nair is very intelligent, treats every actor with respect: Richa Chadha October 5, 2014

    Mumbai: "Gangs Of Wasseypur" actress Richa Chadha will be seen in Mira Nair's "Words with God" and says she is one of the best directors. The actress told IANS that it was a great opportunity to work with such an "experienced filmmaker". "She is very intelligent. She treats every actor with...
  • Pink Floyd's new album 'The Endless River' out in November; first album in 20 years September 23, 2014

    New York: Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about "The Endless River," the British rock n' roll group's first new material in 20 years. The 18song double album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008....
  • Watch: 'Proper patola' singer Diljit Dosanjh's new song 'This Singh is so stylish' celebrates all things Punjabi September 17, 2014

    For all those who loved Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh's 2012 cult hit 'Proper patola', are in for a treat. The singer, who enjoys a cult fan following in North India, has come out with a new song 'This Singh is so stylish', featuring Ikka. With lyrics that clearly celebrate the...
  • 100 years of World War I: Dizzying figures from the war that changed the world July 28, 2014

    Paris: Millions of dead, millions more wounded, widowed and orphaned, the dizzying figures from World War I provide a small clue to the scale and horrors of the 191418 conflict. The lack of reliable statistical tools at the time makes figures on the Great War difficult to pin down, accounting for...
  • 100 years of World War I: Timeline of The Great War July 28, 2014

    Paris: The Great War pulled in close to 70 million soldiers on five continents, leaving some 10 million dead in battle and claiming many million more lives through hunger and disease. The 191418 conflict toppled four empires, AustroHungarian, German, Ottoman and Russian, redrawing the world map and shaping the geopolitics of...
  • Any c***** can become chief minister: Yashwant Sinha on Jharkhand CM July 2, 2014

    In an apparent slip of tongue, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday used an expletive word that raised eyebrows. "Media people come and put their mike, asking who would become the chief minister. How does it matter which c**** becomes CM," said Sinha. Sinha, whose word spoken in Hindi is taken...
  • After 'donkey', Mamata calls Modi 'Mr Riots', says he'll sell the PM's chair May 9, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fired yet another salvo at BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi calling him 'danga babu' (which translates to 'Mr Riot'). During a public meet in Kolkata on Friday, Mamata accused Modi of instigating riots in Gujarat. Mamata also slammed Modi for 'declaring' him as...
  • Will Richa Chaddha reschedule her August film shoots for 'Words with God' Venice premiere? April 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Actress Richa Chaddha is excited that her film 'Words with God' will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August. She says she will try to persuade the producers of her next film to reschedule the shoot dates so that she can attend the fest. The film is an...
  • New Scrabble word, geocache, is first ever chosen by gamers to be added to players' dictionary, beat popular choices bitcoin, cosplay April 11, 2014

    There's a new word in play on the Scrabble game board: geocache. The word, a verb meaning to track down items as part of a game using a Global Positioning System device, beat out 15 other nominated words in an online fan vote to select the newest addition to The...
  • The Last Word: Are Modi's speeches unethical mixture of personal attacks and grand rhetoric? March 27, 2014

    Bharatiya Janata Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi scathing attack on Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has generated a sharp criticism. He had called Kejriwal 'AK49' at a rally in Jammu. This is not the first time when he had used such words. At his every...
  • The Last Word: Truth about Kejriwal's claims on progress under Modi? March 25, 2014

    Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal questioned BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's claims of development in Gujarat and challenged the latter to have a debate with him. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks a panel of experts what is the truth about Kejriwal's claims debunking development in Gujarat under Modi. ...
  • The Last Word: Is Indian government endangering national security? March 24, 2014

    Even after a month Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned, it still headless. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks the panel of experts whether the Indian government is neglecting the navy and endangering the national security. ...
  • Hiring managers rank best and worst words to use in a CV: 'go-getter', 'synergy' the worst, 'achieved', 'improved' the best March 24, 2014

    We've all been guilty of this from time to time. Hiring managers reportedly hate seeing phrases such as 'Best of breed', 'Go-getter' and 'Think outside of the box' in curriculum vitae, according to a recent survey. 'Trained' or 'Mentored' and 'Managed' are good words to use on a resume, the...
  • The Last Word: Has Rahul regained his reputation with his 2nd interview? March 18, 2014

    Rahul Gandhi on Sunday rejected the view that the Congress party was an "underdog", saying that there would be a Congress-led UPA III. In an interview to PTI, Rahul had said, "the Congress is fighting a challenging election and we will win the election." ...
  • The Last Word: Congress leaders not keen to contest polls, is party in trouble? March 13, 2014

    There is trouble brewing in the Congress as party's senior leaders are reluctant to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party is also not able to cement successful alliances ahead of the polls. The talks between Congress and TRS over an alliance have run into trouble and the regional party...