The FOMO Times: February 24, 2017

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Two stories about children in our City update today.

The Little Girl Who Decided the Fate of an Election Candidate

Ward number 220 saw three consecutive ties between Shiv Sena candidate Surendra Bagalkar and BJP’s Atul Shah. It was then decided the winner be declared by lucky draw. Four-year-old Yashika Salunkhe, who was playing nearby, was handpicked by election officials to choose the winning candidate by picking one out of two chits. Read the whole story here.

Stress Helplines For SSC and HSC Students

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education announced 10 helpline services for SSC and HSC students to help them deal with stress with board examinations starting on February 28, t. The helplines will be active from Tuesday till April 1. Numbers for Mumbai are (022-27881075, 022-27893756) and will be active from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Gandi Baat, Gandi gandi gandi gandi gandi baat

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When will the CBFC learn? Why is Pahlaj Nihalani like this? Who will answer all these questions? We don’t know. And no, the spellings above are exactly the spellings that the CBFC has used. Poor Alankrita Shrivastava and Lipstick Under My Burkha.

Mukesh Ambani has his fingers in almost every pie around. Why are so many people leaving India? Here’s all that and more in our National section.

Reliance Jio To Come up With Cab Service, Compete With Ola and Uber

Reliance Jio just put down a purchase order for 600 cars. The company is planning to get into the taxi-space and will take on Uber and Ola. The taxi rollout will be based on the commercial rollout of Jio’s telecom service. Read the whole story here.

6,000 Indian Millionaires Moved Overseas in 2016

According to a report by New World Wealth, 6,000 Indian millionaires moved out of the country in 2016, up from 4,000 in 2015. First, India used to suffer from ‘brain drain’ and now ‘wealth drain’. Read the whole story here.

Freedom 251 Smartphone Owner Held for Fraud

Mohit Goel, the director of the company, was arrested by policemen after Ayam Enterprises—the distributors of Freedom 251— filed an FIR alleging that Ringing Bells cheated them of Rs 16 lakh. The cops are now on the hunt for four more directors. Read the whole story here.

Hate crimes are increasing around the World and an Indian was the latest victim.

Hyderabad Engineer Shot and Killed in Kansas City

Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32), an engineer from Hyderabad, was shot and killed in Kansas City bar by Adam Purinton (51), who yelled “Get out of my country,” before he shot Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani (32). Kuchibhotla died, Madasani is recovering. Another patron Ian Grillot, a white man, jumped Purinton to save the Indians and was also shot. He is also recovering. Purinton thought that the Indians were Middle Eastern men. Read the whole story here.

A classic gets an update and Vishal Bharadwaj is back on the big screen. Here’s the Entertainment update.

A.R. Rahman’s Urvasi Just Got a Feminist Makeover And It’s Very Cool

Breakthrough India just gave A.R. Rahman’s Urvasi a very feminist makeover and we love it. The song hits all the right notes and is even more relevant after the CBFC (Censor Board for Film Certification) banned Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha because it was ‘too lady-oriented’.

Rangoon Belongs to Kangana Ranaut


Love, jealousy, betrayal, and war–Rangoon tries to bring all these elements in one frame. This love triangle story has a few things right and some wrong. Read the whole review here.

Modern technology owes a lot to the individual who’s the focus of Today in History.


Steve Jobs changed the way we consume personal technology, movies, and the way we listen to music. In short, he made a huge difference to our lives.

Millions of WhatsApp users are pissed and bad news for Indian Tech firms continues.

WhatsApp Has Copied Snapchat and People Are Pissed


Whatsapp users are mighty upset about the new pictorial statuses and are voicing their displeasure on, where else— Whatsapp’s new status feature. They are calling it “pathetic”, “plagiarism” and are accusing Facebook of copying Snapchat and Instagram. Read more here.

Stayzilla Shuts Down 

Travel network Stayzilla shut down today after founder Yogendra Vasupal admitted that the company has failed. He wrote:I would like to announce today that we would be bringing to a halt the operations of Stayzilla in its current form, and looking to reboot it with a different business model.” Read the whole story here.

We really don’t care about any Sports except cricket in India.

The Only Indian Goalkeeper to Stop Pele Died Last Week and None Of Us Cares

Shibaji Banerjee, feb 24

Shibaji Banerjee, who played for Mohun Bagan in the 1970s and 80s died on February 19, 2017 after a heart attack in Kolkata. He was 68. Banerjee is best known for stopping Pele from scoring when the New York Cosmos (that Pele used to play for) played against Bagan in 1977. Read about him here and watch the video from the match below.

India Crumble Against Australia in First Test Match

India had a horrid time in the field today as they lost seven wickets for 11 runs and allowed Australia to amass a lead of 298 runs on day two of the first Test match in Pune. Spinner Steve O’Keefe took six wickets in the innings. Australian captain Steve Smith was unbeaten on a half-century, it didn’t help that India dropped him three times. Read the whole report here. Watch the collapse here.