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.

Vikas, Pinki win gold as India finish boxing campaign with 16 medals at 13th SAG

Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Pinki Rani (51kg) guided India to six more gold medals as the Indian boxing contingent finished its campaign with 16 medals at the 13th South Asian Games here on Tuesday. In men’s category, Sparsh Kumar (52kg), Narender (+91kg) were the others who bagged the yellow metal, while women’s pugilists Sonia Lather (57kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) also contributed to India’s gold medal tally as India won a rich haul of 12 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze in boxing event here.

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.

COP25: Deliver on commitments

Despite climate scientists being vocal about the climate crisis, the political response to it has largely been indifferent. On December 3, the World Meteorological Organisation said the past 10 years were the warmest on record, with the global mean temperature about 1.1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels between January and October 2019. This indicates that the 1.5 ° C threshold will be breached in the 2030s, much earlier than expected. The current mitigation pledges are likely to take us to a 3.2 ° C warming scenario by the end of this century. Inaction has already set off irreversible chain responses to ecosystems, such as marine heat waves and acidification; severe heat waves; and changes in the southwest monsoon pattern, among others.

The CAB’s discriminatory spirit undermines justice

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, appears destined to become law in the near future. The primary criticism is that it discriminates on religious grounds by treating persons belonging to six religions differently from all others, while carving out an exception and effectively allowing them to escape “illegal status” and gain citizenship.

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.

When Thanos came to Mumbai: What happened at Comic Con 2019

Ask professional cosplayer Saurabh Rawat, what he wanted to be when he was little and he laughs while saying, “I wanted to be a cartoon.” The art director from Mumbai’s suburbs has been cosplaying professionally for five years and has even won a couple of accolades for his costumes. The ninth edition of the two-day comic convention, popularly known as Comic Con, saw a bit of dance, music, culture and dollops of drama as characters from every comic book series, manga and movie got into character to compete for the cosplay competition. Saurabh’s rendition of DOTA’s Centaur Warrunner — a half-man, half-horse character — took him three months to create. It had velcro strips on his face to accommodate three braided locks of hair that acted as his beard and moustache and that was only part of his detailed ensemble.