Canadian cool | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:28:51 am Canadians, tired of being the “good neighbours” held up in contrast to the US, can now become edgy within the bounds of law. On Tuesday, Canada became the second country, after Uruguay, to legalise the recreational use of marijuana at the national level. The move is, of course, welcome for “ending 90 years of needless prohibition and criminalisation”, as one Canadian lawmaker put it. But the question the rest of the world is asking is this: Do Canadians…

Metro lessons | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:25:22 am Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardip Singh Puri had justified the hike as necessary to provide “world class facilities” to passengers. In the last week of May, Delhi Metro added a new corridor, extending its coverage by more than 25 km. The rail transit system’s network today spans 277 km of the National Capital Region (NCR). But worryingly, fewer people use this mode of transport today compared to 2015, when the metro covered less…

Murder in Hapur | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:15:38 am The phenomenon of cow-related violence first drew the nation’s attention in Dadri, September 2015. The lynching on Monday of a cattle-trader, Qasim, in the sugarcane fields of Pilakhuwa in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, follows a gruesome pattern. The FIR does not mention cows, and the police has described it as a killing by unidentified bike-born men provoked by a scuffle over right of way. But the accounts of village residents and families of victim and accused, as…

Hurricane season 2018: Atlantic tropical storm forecast predicts fewer cyclones | Weird | News

When Subtropical Storm Alberto passed through the North Atlantic, the cyclone caused £37million ($50million) in damage in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm’s development on May 25 kickstarted the North Atlantic hurricane season a week early. But a team of scientists believe this is not a sign of things to come. Weather experts at the University of Arizona (UA) predict hurricane activity this year will likely remain below the average median. The news will come as a particular relief after the incredibly deadly 2017 hurricane season which left thousands of…

Mars news: UFO mystery of Medusae formation SOLVED | Weird | News

An unusual bump on the surface of the Medusae Fossae Formation on Mars was considered by many to be proof of extraterrestrial aliens. But scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have determined the formation is an entirely natural element of Medusae and not alien. The Medusae Fossae is an eight-mile-long deposit of soft rock near the Red Planet’s equator. The rock formation is distinctive for its rolling hills and mesas but a sizeable bump on one of the hills has sparked a conspiracy frenzy. Conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring…

Time travel proof: UK sent MYSTERIOUS man to year 2365 in SECRET research operation | Weird | News

In an online video, the man claims to have worked for the UK Government for most of his adult life, and signed up to test future advanced technology. Commenting on why he decided to partake in the trials, he said: “They offered to pay me over €200,000 to take the job, so I thought it was good for my family.” He noted the Government does not entirely know how time travel works, but insisted they employ the technique to conduct vital research. He said: “People in the Government aren’t exactly…

June 21, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Janata deadlock

By: Editorial | Updated: June 21, 2018 1:10:59 am Font page of The Indian Express from forty years ago. (Archive) Despite a series of high-level meetings in the capital, the Janata party continued to be deadlocked over the Raj Narain issue. The health minister has not shown any sign that he would resign from his position, demanding Chandra Shekhar’s ouster and reconstitution of the party’s National Executive. Raj Narain went one step further and questioned the competence of the Central Parliamentary Board which will meet to take action on his…

Man With Gun Forehead Tattoo Charged With Illegally Possessing Firearm

If gun tattoos are outlawed, then only outlaws will have gun tattoos? A South Carolina man barred from possessing firearms because of his criminal record was arrested over the weekend and charged with ― you guessed it, weapons possession. After 24-year-old Michael Vines slammed a Toyota Camry into a power pole on Saturday night, firefighters saw him toss a handgun into the grass, Greenville police reported, according to The Smoking Gun. Authorities charged Vines with driving under a suspended license, driving too fast for conditions and unlawful carrying of a firearm, according to WYFF-TV. The…

Trilateral terms | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: June 21, 2018 12:35:12 am Delhi’s knee-jerk reaction could be explained by its intense suspicion about “third party mediation” between India and Pakistan. It’s a pity that the government was quick to dismiss the call from the Chinese ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, for a trilateral dialogue between Delhi, Islamabad and Beijing. Between China’s vague proposal and Delhi’s definitive rejection, there might be interesting political space that is worth exploring in the not too distant future. What is important is not the shape of the negotiating…

David over Goliath | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: June 21, 2018 12:25:27 am The Football World Cup, like election results, can’t be read by the early leads. The suckers for fairytale endings can’t take their eyes off Russia. The first round of group games at the FIFA World Cup is in the books and the football world is celebrating David’s surprise early goal over Goliath. Defending champions Germany, surprisingly ponderous, were turned over by plucky and speedy Mexicans while Lionel Messi’s Argentina were held by Iceland, the smallest country ever to play in the…