X-mas QWrap: Remembering IC-814, Tharoor’s Amul Connection & More

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1. Jingle Balle, Jingle Balle, Jingle All the Way

It’s Christmas eve, a time to look back at what 2015 has been for all of us. The Quint has a special carol for you packed with the highlights of the year.

2. India-Russia Set to Sign Bilateral Agreements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Russia. Earlier today, he had a one on one with President Vladimir Putin and the two heads of state are expected to sign several bilateral agreements primarily focussing on trade and defence ties.

Watch this space for all the updates.

3. BJP Veterans Say Azad’s Suspension Proof of Censoring Informers

The Arun Jaitley vs Kirti Azad battle has now reached the doorstep of BJP veterans. Reports suggest that the margarshak mandal concluded that Azad’s suspension sends the message that the voice of whistleblowers was being suppressed by the BJP.

4. How the World Paid for the IC-814 Hijacking, 16 Years Hence

16 years ago, on December 24, 1999, Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 from Kathmandu to New Delhi – with 176 passengers and 15 crew on board members – was hijacked. Three terrorists were released for the safety of all those on the flight.

A decade and a half later, Rishika Baruah looks at how the world has paid for that decision.

5. The Tharoor Family’s ‘Utterly Butterly’ Amul Journey

Shashi Tharoor writes for The Quint about his family’s “utterly butterly” association with the brand that is the Taste of India. Guess what, his sister Shobha is the first ever Amul baby.

6. Anil Kapoor Turns a “Mind-Blowing” 59-Year-Old

Many happy returns to Bollywood’s very own, AK. As Anil Kapoor turns 59, Khalid Mohammed writes, “there was a time when he wasn’t exactly chuffed on being asked his age. Now, he’s cool about it, even permitting wife Sunita to host a celebratory pre-X’mas bash for the birthday boy”.

7. The Greatest Sporting Moments of 2015

Another exciting season of sports comes to an end. 2015, like all other years, had a full package of jubilation, heartbreak, drama and suspense. The Quint takes a look at the top ten sporting moments in 2015.

8. Top Five Flagship Smartphones of 2015: iPhone 6s, HTC One A9 and More

The year 2015 saw a lot of innovation in the flagship smartphones segment by tech companies. Apple revolutionised the 3D touch, HTC delivered a flagship smartphone at an affordable price and Samsung, with the Note 5, proved that they were still the kings of productivity. Here’s our list of the top 5 flagship smartphones of 2015 in India.

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