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India won the ICC 2011 World Cup 2011 yesterday and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni appeared in a new avatar today. As soon as the new look of Dhoni went public, hairdressers and salons across the country raised their rates for head shaving. They are calling it the “Dhoni Cut”. Experts too are predicting that tonnes of hairs could fall down in coming days in India.
Pepsi believes that cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni are “game changers” for having introduced the “helicopter shot” to cricket. But that’s nothing compared what the “real” game changers have been introducing to India all these years. Faking News brings you the real game changers of India, who have changed every rule of the game called politics and administration. The list is just indicative and not exhaustive.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has offered to appear before PAC (Public Accounts Committee) of the Parliament in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. Will this help in nailing the culprits of the scam? This week’s Sunday Magazine takes a look at this game between PAC, headed by BJP member Murli Manohar Joshi, and the UPA government, headed by Manmohan Singh. Now presenting – PACMAN, the 2G edition.
Saina Nehwal has won Hong Kong super series title after defeating Shixian Wang of China, and is poised to become world’s number one badminton player. Clearly, this is going to excite Indian media, especially the Hindi news channels. We are going to witness innovative reporting on Saina’s professional and personal life, but can we hope to see this on television tonight? Please Mr. Rajat Sharma, please!
Won’t you kill for a job where you are paid one lakh rupees to make one phone call? And guess what, this job exists in our own country, which funnily is known for cheap call centers and BPOs. According to reports, Niira Radia was paid 60 crores rupees by two clients, and all that is known about her is that she makes phone calls to VIPs.
Most of the western countries, including the USA, used to think India of a country with snake charmers and ancient maharajas, where they should visit only for photo opportunities and buying some artifacts. But now, we have a US President touring India, who says he is here because he wants to create jobs back in his country. Have times changes? Or are we just fooling ourselves?
A recent poll by The Times of India showed that after the 19th Commonwealth Games got over, 82% of the Indians wanted to bid for and host Olympics. While many thought it surprising, Faking News found out that it indeed was true and many Indians supported the idea. This week’s Sunday Magazine finds out why this news has brought cheers on the faces on some Indians.
After making so much fun of the Commonwealth Games, our team is feeling very guilty and suicidal, so we decided not to cover the CWG for our Sunday Magazine. Instead, we are focusing on another alleged loot-fest that took place a couple of years back – the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The estimated size of this scam is dozens time more the whole budget of the CWG.
In the last three months or so, protests have been taking place in various parts of Kashmir valley asking for Azadi. Most of these protests are being led by Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who thinks throwing stones weighing around 5 kilos on policemen is a form of “peaceful protest”. Last time a person led an “independence movement” in the sub-continent, he had different ideas and means.