Email By Huey Fern Tay in Beijing Updated September 30, 2014 22:20:10 Photo: Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. (AFP: Aaron Tam) Related Story: Hong Kong leader demands protests end 'immediately' Related Story: Hong Kong protesters continue to block city streets The student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that have been dubbed the "umbrella revolution", gained momentum when the leader of a separate civil disobedience campaign announced a blockade would begin earlier than expected.Benny Tai, one of the leaders of the Occupy Central movement, declared to loud cheers they would carry out a long-standing threat to paralyse the heart of the major financial hub.The number of protesters swelled as the day went on. Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. Photo: Laura Chung is among a team of Hong Kong … [Read more...] about Hong Kong student “umbrella revolution” movement takes to social media to separate fact from fiction in pro-democracy protests
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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
Candida Louis fell in love with motorbikes when in school. She used to ride pillion as her father took her on long journeys in and around her hometown of Hubli in Karnataka. She was elated when her father gifted her a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 when she turned 24 in 2014. Later, she moved to Bengaluru to join an IT company. But the wanderlust in her refused to stay idle. So one day in 2015, the 28-year-old quit her job to hit the road. “I took a sabbatical of three months and rode through north and south India. After I got a taste of the freedom and independence that comes with biking, I could never go back to a desk job. I resigned and then went back on the road for four months.” It was a tough couple of years as she did not have a job. But Louis was able to eventually blend her twin passions of touring and motorcycles to her advantage. Motorcycling is a fulltime job now and she spends 10 months a year on the road. “I am a professional biker and travel designer. … [Read more...] about Women bikers scorch a path in the male-dominated space
'As he has no executive track record, so far, he is all talk and hence essentially a braggart and a bigot.' IMAGE: Jair Bolsonaro casts his vote at a polling centre in Rio de Janeiro, October 28, 2018. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters Jair Bolsonaro's election as Brazil's next president demonstrates once again that democratic elections can not only yield unpredictable results but lead to undesirable consequences! Such scepticism about democracy in a self-proclaimed political liberal like me may be frowned upon. But after the bitterness of the Brexit verdict, the chaos caused by the Trump win, and some other alarming fallouts in Europe, there is reason for worrying about electoral outcomes. What has happened in Brazil, the world's fifth largest country in size as well as in population, and Latin America's dominant nation reinforces this feeling. Some readers in this space may recall many of my columns from a decade back romanticising Brazil and extolling its many virtues. I was … [Read more...] about Now a Trump clone in Brazil!