People are determined to vote for a change in state, says JMM’s Hemant Soren

With Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president and former chief minister Shibu Soren (75) restricting himself to few token rallies owing to his old age and health, JMM working president and the chief ministerial face Hemant Soren (44) has emerged as the main campaigner for the JMM, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (JDF) alliance in Jharkhand assembly elections. He spoke on various election-related issues. Edited excerpts:

The making of an urban tragedy

The horrendous fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi in the early hours of Sunday, December 8th, that killed 43 poor migrants, deafeningly signals a systemic failure to cope with urbanisation. Yet, this perspective still remains largely ignored. This is probably because one of the most surprising, and ironically banal, facts about the national Capital is that an overwhelming number of buildings here are illegal.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she wasn’t hired for James Bond film because of her gender

Writer-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge has once again made it clear that her gender played no role in her hiring as one of the writers on No Time to Die. The 34-year-old actor, who has been getting critical praise for her show Fleabag, was earlier this year roped in to polish the film’s script. There was speculation that she was hired to make the film more inclusive, specifically to improve the portrayal of women in Bond movies.

India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma’s comment on Kedar Jadhav’s ‘authentic’ look will leave you in splits

Rohit Sharma might not be firing in ongoing India vs West Indies T20 series but he is surely entertaining fans on Instagram. Kedar Jadhav recently posted an image of himself on the popular photo-sharing app and captioned it “Be fearlessly authentic. Have a happy Monday!”. Kedar was wearing an ethnic attire and the fans were taking a liking to his ‘authentic look’. However, it was Rohit’s comment on the post that captured the imagination of the fans.

Not just Anaj Mandi: A look at 5 Delhi areas most vulnerable to fires

Dangling wires, cramped lanes and dozens of workers marching in and out in the need to earn livelihoods. The description that fits the Anaj Mandi area on central Delhi’s Rani Jhansi Road, where a fire killed 43 people on Sunday, is true for several pockets in the city where illegal factories, unsafe conditions and overcrowded quarters are making them ticking time bombs.

India vs West Indies: WI once again winning battle of sixes

Power-hitting has been a natural recourse for West Indies batsmen in the shortest format. Two World Twenty20 trophies (2012 and 2016) in their cabinet are shining testaments to a proven style of playing power-packed cricket in the shortest format, something that also puts them second in the list of sixes hit (722), just behind New Zealand (733). West Indies will enter next year’s World Cup in Australia as defending champions, even if a current ranking (10th) does not properly reflect their ability of fulfilling one of T20 cricket’s most basic requirement—hitting sixes.

India vs West Indies: ‘Rohit bhai helped me’ – Shivam Dube lauds vice-captain after maiden T20I fifty

Young all-rounder Shivam Dube paid rich tributes to vice-captain Rohit Sharma after he scored his maiden T20I fifty against West Indies in Thiruvananthanpuram on Sunday. Despite Dube’s scintillating innings, India couldn’t get the better of Windies as they succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat in second T20I. The third and final match of the series will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Dube praised Rohit for his motivational words before the game and stated that helped him do well against reigning World T20 champions.