Q@9: Lalu’s Lost Opportunity, Woes of RK Pachauri Victim, and More

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Misa Bharti with father Lalu Prasad Yadav at their 10 Circular Road residence in Patna after the Bihar Election results. (Photo: Misa Bharti’s Facebook page)

1. By Promoting His Sons, Has Lalu Prasad Lost a Huge Opportunity?

An unlikely alliance, a bitterly fought election, a comprehensive victory and finally, Nitish Kumar is the chief minister of Bihar again.

By making his 26-year-old son Tejaswi Yadav the deputy CM, could Lalu lose some of the goodwill he has generated beyond his traditional vote-bank, asks Aakash Joshi.

2. RK Pachauri Case: Victim Alleges Further Harassment

On 4 November, the analyst who has alleged sexual harassment by TERI (The Energy Research Institute) chief RK Pachauri, quit the organisation.

She said that while TERI treated her in the worst possible manner, it protected Pachauri and even provided him with full immunity — even though the company’s own Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) held him to be guilty.

She spoke to Poonam Agarwal about internal proceedings being leaked to the media in order to besmirch her reputation.

3. ISIS and Syria DeQoded: My Enemy’s Enemy is My Best Friend

Four-and-a-half years of armed conflict in Syria. But who’s fighting whom?

Taruni Kumar and Nitin Sharma try to explain, The Quint style.

4. Five Times Great Cricketers Turned Selfish

Even Sachin Tendulkar has had days of being upset and grumpy for not being allowed to complete a double century.

Don’t believe us? Read Rohan Pathak’s list of top five such incidents.

5. The Rain Was Yellow in This Kerala District One Fine Morning

Rainfall in November is not something people in Kerala would worry about.

Except that when the raindrops dried off the uniforms of schoolchildren in parts of Wayanad district on Friday, villagers were both intrigued and frightened as they left behind yellow spots, writes Haritha John.

6. First Impression: Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G Android Smartphone

Micromax has added another Canvas smartphone to its line-up with the Canvas Xpress.

After bringing multiple 3G-only devices, the Xpress is the first 4G phone from the brand priced under Rs 7,000 and it’s the cheapest 4G phone you can buy right now.

S Aadeetya brings you first impression of the new member in the Micromax family.

7. Exclusive: Tejaswi to be Deputy CM, Nitish to Retain Home

Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the fifth time.

Highly placed sources had exclusively confirmed to Rishika Baruah that Lalu Prasad Yadav’s 26-year-old son and first timer, Tejaswi Yadav will be sworn in as his deputy, way before the ceremony started.

Sources had also confirmed that Tej Pratap will be made the health minister.

8. Are You the Drunk Mess At Parties? Blame Your Genes

We all have that one friend who can’t hold their drink at the party.

The University of Helsinki has identified a faulty gene as the reason behind their drunken shenanigans, writes Nikita Mishra.

9. Movie Review: Keep a Safe Distance From ‘X-Past is Present’

Brainless and devoid of sense, most Bollywood movies attract much of our ire and rightfully so, but sometimes things take a turn for the worse.

Every once in a while there appears a film gift wrapped in its own smug air of eccentric madness, dripping with pretentious profundity and pseudo-intellectuality. X: Past is Present is just that, writes Stutee Ghosh.

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