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QWrap: Oz Wins, Punjab’s Drug Barons, Shotgun Sinha on Modi & More

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Rohit Sharma Slams 171, but Smith & Bailey Ensure Oz Wins 1st ODI

Australian captain Steve Smith’s brilliant 149 overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 171 as the hosts flayed India’s listless bowling attack on their way to a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the first ODI of the five-match series at Perth on Tuesday.

On one of the flattest WACA tracks in recent times, India reached a commanding 309 for three, courtesy Rohit’s unbeaten 171 off 163 balls. Vice-captain Virat Kohli’s attractive 91 was the other significant contribution as the duo added 207 runs for the second wicket.

Parkash Singh Badal and the ‘Secret File’ on Punjab’s Drug Barons

It was an autumn afternoon in 2007 when I stepped into Chandigarh’s Sector 2 office-cum-residence of the newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, armed with a ‘Top Secret’ document that contained the names of several police officers and politicians found to have been directly or indirectly involved in the nefarious cross-border drug trade.

As the dastardly terror attack in Pathankot, preceded six months ago by the strike in Dinanagar in adjoining Gurdaspur district, continues to haunt me, an almost audible whisper of Badal senior torments me, writes former additional director-general (intelligence), Punjab Police, Shashi Kant.

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Excerpts: Shatrughan Sinha on Modi, Big B and Indira Gandhi

The actor who seamlessly transitioned from a villain to hero, the Bihari babu who entered politics and continues to command a huge fan following, Shatrughan Sinha’s recently released biography makes for a terrific read with a mix of Bollywood and politics.

Here are excerpts from the book Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography, by Bharathi S Pradhan, in which Shatrughan talks about his meeting with Indira Gandhi, the Bachchan rivalry, Sonakshi’s birth and lots more.

Love In the Times of AFSPA: Irom Sharmila’s Overlooked Humanity


Journalist Anubha Bhonsle’s book Mother, Where’s My Country: Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur is the tale of one such hero. In a chat with The Quint, Bhonsle opens up about her long-term association with the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ and her fifteen-year-long hunger strike, and we find out that true heroism is all-too-human.

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DeQoding Why India Likes to Love Priyanka Gandhi as She Turns 44

Congress veteran ML Fotedar claimed that Mrs Indira Gandhi had an uncanny premonition before her death and had expressed her desire to let Priyanka Gandhi carry forward the Gandhi family legacy. Priyanka was about 12 years at that time in 1984.

Although indirectly involved in politics, Priyanka Gandhi proved her prowess several times while campaigning for her mother and brother before elections. She seems to know the pulse of the crowd during her speeches. Here’s why.

This Year, Go Easy on the Fire & Smoke to Celebrate a Green Lohri

Lohri marks the end of winter – a season Delhi is deprived of this year. Nevertheless, it’s time for Punjabis to shake a leg to some gidda (folk dance), and for the environmentalists to shake their head in disapproval, lamenting ecological damage.

So this article is especially for all those eco-friendly lot who want to do their bit to save the planet by burning their celebratory enthusiasm. But you probably don’t need to do so because The Quint has the perfect solution. It’s called a ‘Green Lohri’.

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A Dubsmash Tribute to the Iconic Amrish ‘Mogambo’ Puri

The Quint pays tribute to Amrish ‘Mogambo’ Puri, with these Dubsmashes of his most iconic filmi dialogues, as we remember the legendary actor on his death anniversary.

If you want to join in and do some dialogue-baazi Amrish Puri style, just Dubsmash it and send it our way.

Apple Making Wireless Earpods with iPhone 7? Yes, Please

Apple made the iPod, the iPhone and then we got the iPad as well. These iDevices have been popular among users across the globe, but it’s fair to say that not all Apple products end up being a success. One might agree that post-Jobs, Apple has merely followed the industry, instead of setting the benchmark for others to follow, copy or replicate.

Reports indicate that the iPhone 7 will come bundled with wireless earpods and we love the idea. For a phone that costs more than 60K, it’s pivotal that Apple manages to offer the premium audio experience that it is known for.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

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