Category Archives: OFFBEAT

India outrage after Hindu leader attacks Mother Teresa motive

There has been outrage in India over a Hindu leader’s comment that Mother Teresa’s charity work had one objective – to convert the poor to Christianity. Mohan Bhagwat is the…

US offers $3m for hacker’s arrest

The US has offered a $3m (£1.94m) reward for information on a Russian hacker, the highest the US authorities have ever offered in a cybercrime case. Evgeniy Bogachev was charged…

UN climate head Pachauri resigns

The head of the United Nations climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations. A spokesman for Mr Pachauri told the IPCC that he had…

Bollywood’s DDLJ: 20-yr-old love story that grips India

A Mumbai cinema is to carry on screening an iconic Bollywood movie following an outcry from fans over news its record-breaking run was at an end. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey…

Space travel will save mankind

We should colonise other planets to protect the human race, Stephen Hawking has said. Human aggression could bring civilisation and humanity to an end and space travel will give us…

Thailand bans foreigner surrogacy

Thailand has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after two high-profile cases sparked debate last year. The legislation also bans the use of agents,…

Iconic Indian movie ends record 20-yr run

An iconic Bollywood movie had its final showing at a Mumbai cinema on Thursday after a record-breaking uninterrupted 1,009-week run. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a romantic comedy, was first shown…

Angry Indian bride marries wedding guest

An Indian bride has married a guest at her wedding after her groom-to-be had a seizure and collapsed. Reports said the groom, Jugal Kishore, was epileptic and he had kept…

largest trove of gold coins found on seabed

Scuba divers have inadvertently discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast. About 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years were spotted on the…

Baby born in India train toilet survives

An Indian baby has survived after his mother gave birth in a train toilet, and the newborn fell on to the tracks. The mother, identified as Manu, fell unconscious after…