IMAGE: FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez scores his team's second goal past Celta Vigo's 'keeper Sergio Alvarez during their La Liga match at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Luis Suarez completed a hat-trick thanks to a cheeky Lionel Messi assist from the penalty spot as Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo 6-1 to restore their three-point cushion over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday. Atletico made sure they did not lose further ground on the leaders as Fernando Torres's 101st goal for the club gave them a 1-0 win at Getafe.Barcelona have 57 points but will reach 60 in 24 matches, six clear of Atletico and seven ahead of third-placed Real Madrid, if they beat Sporting Gijon in the match they have in hand on Wednesday. Messi, who could have scored a record 300th La Liga goal with a late penalty, chose to cheekily kick the ball square allowing Suarez to charge into the box and complete his hat-trick to goalkeeper Sergio Blanco's surprise. … [Read more...] about La Liga: Suarez ‘tricks’ as Barca thrash Celta 6-1
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The lanes of Mohali house hundreds of studios, some with world-class equipment and some with just a mic, drum and guitar. Many don’t even have a signboard outside. You knock on the door and ask if it’s them.One such bungalow, in Phase 11, is the office of Speed Records, one of the biggest music labels in Punjab. The wide street and picturesque gardens look like a movie set, and that’s partly because they are. Low-budget music videos are shot here, for as little as Rs 30,000. Some have gone on to get millions of views on YouTube and top the charts on music streaming apps.Speed released a song called ‘Sab fade jange’ in December, for instance, that has 42 million views on YouTube so far. It’s about unruly young men who break the rules and delete their chats so that their girlfriends don’t find out about each other, and how they will all get caught one day.Similarly, ‘Sakhiyaan’ released by Mohali-based … [Read more...] about Everyone’s a rockstar in Mohali, the city at the heart of a Punjabi music boom
Email Foreign Correspondent By Eric Campbell Updated August 27, 2019 16:17:25 Photo: Spanish riot police confront would-be Catalan independence voters near a Barcelona polling station. (AP: Manu Fernandez) Related Story: Up to a million Catalans rally to demand split from Spain Related Story: 'Neither side is listening': Barcelona and Madrid clash over banned vote Related Story: Hundreds of thousands rally for Catalan independence from Spain Map: Spain The police attacked at dawn, storming into schools, smashing the doors of community centres, dragging out women and old people and clubbing resisters.I arrived at one voting centre to find people covered in blood and screaming, trying to come to terms with what had just happened. A young man showed me wounds from being shot with rubber bullets."They are fighting against us like 300 years ago," another said in disbelief. "It's a crazy, crazy situation."I've covered wars and civil conflicts all over the world but this … [Read more...] about The battle for Barcelona: How one of Europe’s most peaceful cities descended into chaos
Gentlemen’s word Sahil Shah “My dad is a urologist. He deals with the urinary tract. He is the real Genital-Man (gentleman)”Milking it Anuvab Pal “I am amused to see these ads that sell houses to the crème de la crème de la crème. Cream of cream of cream is still just milk!”The Rights choice Aadar Malik “I do original comedy songs. I would love to do parodies but you see, songs in this country have more rights than women.”Déjà who? Sorabh Pant “A few months back I did a show in Kochi and three weeks later I did a show in Muscat – and the same people came.”Let there be light Atul Khatri “I rehash this Dad Joke every Diwali: Itni lights kyun on hain? Aaj Diwali hai kya??”Holy cow!Kaneez Surka “When I say I’m from India, Americans always ask ‘Oh my god do you guys have cows in your backyards and streets?’ and I’m like ‘no you … [Read more...] about Repeat value: Have you heard this joke before?
Ashutosh Kumar, 21, has a little secret. The final-year BTech student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has landed an impressive job offer from an MNC in this season of campus placements. His parents are thrilled, too. He comes from a business family — his father and his two brothers manage businesses — and they see the youngest Kumar as a welcome outlier. He, however, has other plans. In 2016, in his first year at IIT, he joined their aero-robotics club. He loved it. By the third year, when he was making drones as a pastime, his senior Pranjal Mehta — cofounder of the startup ePlane.ai — asked him to come on board. He joined as an intern, and was hooked. As the startup was incubated on campus, he would hop into their lab to work on projects between and after classes. “I had worked as a summer intern in a large aerospace US MNC. I figured large companies are not for me. Startups are exciting,” he says. Kumar has an offer to join … [Read more...] about How IIT graduates are giving up on their dollar dreams for startups and new-age tech companies