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Rowling trophies

Just get a load on these amazing numbers behind the Harry Potter franchise: Twenty years, 18 billion dollars in value, seven books, eight films, translated into 68 languages, over 500 million copies sold (and still selling) worldwide, the largest selling book series ever and — this has to be the most impressive part of the statistics — none of which has been read or seen by me. When the first Harry Potter book

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

North by Northwest

Scientists this week assured us that an asteroid is headed towards the Earth and it is only a matter of time before it crashes into our planet. And it will land bang straight on Republic TV headquarters. Okay, the second part will happen only if we are any lucky. But as far as the asteroid crash goes, a top astrophysicist has said it is only a question of when rather

Visa-ranai!

It is fashionable to be critical of government agencies and departments. But there are occasions when we have to be thankful to them for the kind of services they render. For instance, this week’s column couldn’t have been written but for the help of the local passport office, which employs officers who can, in comparison, make the police team that shot dead dreaded brigand Veerappan look total softies. But some

T Nagar on tinder

Yet another tragedy has hit Chennai. I am doubtless referring to the huge fire that has brought down the 8-storeyed ‘The Chennai Silks’ building in T Nagar. But Chennaiites once again showed that regardless of where the mishap was and no matter how enormous it was, you could trust them to rise up to the occasion, make a beeline to the spot of trouble and, in a spirit of human

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