NEET: The pros, the cons, okay make it con

Chennai: When we at Crank’s News (Motto: ha. ha. ha.) decided to do a satirical feature on the NEET examination this year, we checked out what were the recent developments in the issue and immediately found that we were up against a bigger adversary in matters of creating spoof, the government (Motto: Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.). For instance, one of the headlines that we came across while preparing for

A meme version of Indian Constitution

* Plus: Will Rajnikanth enter politics? (Ans: We will discuss Kamal) Chennai, July 20: We don’t know whether magazines in other vernacular languages have the Q and A column, the kind that Tamil magazines are well known for. If those magazines don’t run such a Q and A column, we suggest that they do forthwith. It is pure thigh-slapping fun. For the uninitiated, the Q and A columns in Tamil

Rajini, Kamal to join hands, launch political party

*A simple kit on: ‘How to spot Fake News’ Chennai, July 12: There is outrage everywhere over the seeming proliferation in fake news. But the fact is fake news are as old as the news industry; news reporters have been for ever making up stuff or inventing ‘quotes’ to produce ‘readable copies’. For instance, anyone who had been at Mohammad Azharuddin’s press conferences during his days as the Indian cricket team captain will tell you that no one, this most certainly included Azharuddin,

History beckons Nadal in his search for a decent pair of shorts

* A curtain-raiser for Wimbledon on which the curtain has already gone up London, July 6: SW19 is no ordinary address in the tennis world. It is the pincode for inviolable traditions, which is another name for insufferable snootiness that is Wimbledon. This year, in a break from the tradition, the Wimbledon tournament has started later than the usual June last-week beginning. In keeping with this new tradition we have also delayed our traditional ‘curtain-raiser’ on

5 headlines you are bound to see after GST rollout

* Sample: What GST slab to slot beef curry in? Stumped Fin Min babus look for answer New Delhi, June 28: The much-expected GST (Goods and Services Tax) is all set for introduction and the country is poised on the frontiers of major history and confusion. On the one hand, GST is without a doubt a far-reaching reformist move from the Finance Ministry, certainly the biggest one after the decision to move the default

Aadhaar made compulsory for advocates arguing against Aadhaar

* Bar Council of India makes it mandatory for membership enrolment ​​​​​​​New Delhi, June 21: The banks are moving towards making it mandatory. Colleges are going in the same direction. Not to be left behind, the judiciary too is following suit. According to sources, the Bar Council of India (along with its State bodies) has made Aadhaar compulsory for all the members who enrol with it. Registration with the Bar Council is

It's an election that uses 1971 population census data

* Presidential poll process will make Duckworth-Lewis or GST calculation look like kindergarten stuff New Delhi, June 14: If ever you are asked to set a question paper for an examination that no one can clear successfully, all you have to do is pose one simple question, and we guarantee you none will get out of the exam hall with any sort of confidence. The question, of course, is: How is the

All your old confusions will become old when GST is in place

Even the not-so-FAQs answered Chennai, June 10: GST. What is the road ahead? We at Crank’s News are uniquely placed to answer this question — this is why we are experts and you are just lay leaders — because the road ahead of our office is literally GST (Grand Southern Trunk Road). This crowded, confused, complex GST Road, as it is now, could be a good metaphor for the other GST (Goods and Services

When ICC failed to inform Pak that it was the host

Interesting tidbits from ICC Champions Trophy’s chequered history London, May 31: The ICC Champions Trophy, which kicks off tomorrow in England, is perhaps the most prestigious limited overs tournament, after the ICC World Cup, IPL, Big Bash League, Caribbean T20 League and Buchi Babu Trophy. The ICC Champions Trophy, which was originally named ICC Knock Out Trophy (there was no consensus whether ‘Knockout’ was a single word or two, and

Journo sacked for revealing in headline what the report contains

* Sub-editor pays the penalty for slipping up on basics of click-bait journalism on Rajini report New Delhi, May 24: When young Naveen Tripathi, a New Delhi-based sub-editor with a popular Internet site that is known for hard-hitting investigative news stories like ‘7 reasons why you will not read this story’, found a news report on Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth’s putative entry into politics land on his news desk, he was

NDA govt's 3 years longer than any other govt's 3 years: Venkaiah

Justice Karnan to hear PIL filed by Karnan against SC Judges Arvind Kejriwal ready to prove election symbols too can be tampered New Delhi, May 10: It has been a happening week on the news front, what with the bizarre happenings involving Justice Karnan, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal being caught in a bribe scandal and he hitting back with claims of EVMs can be tampered, and the NDA government all set to complete 3 years in office