Category Archives: OFFBEAT

Canada to allow doctor-assisted suicide

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable medical conditions to die, overturning a 1993 ban. In a unanimous decision, the court said…

Sony boss quits after email hack

Sony Pictures’ Amy Pascal has stepped down as co-chair of Sony’s movie studio following a debilitating cyber attack that revealed her private emails. Ms Pascal will start a production company…

Why those at the top still need a helping hand

Soon after he took the helm at drinks giant Diageo, Paul Walsh played an unusual trick in meetings. The former chief executive used to pretend that he wasn’t the boss,…

How much money do you need to join the super-rich?

These days it is not enough just to be a millionaire to count yourself as one of the super-rich – you need to be worth between $50-100m (£33m-£66m). While $50m…

Spy in the Sky

It was a hot and humid day when a shark alarm rang out across Australia’s most famous beach, scaring swimmers out of the water at Bondi, Sydney. The shark sightings…

Khaleda without power for 19 hrs

Stealthily they cut off the electricity line to Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office early yesterday and stealthily they restored it later at night, leaving the BNP chief without power over 19…

Balloonists set new world record

Two pilots have surpassed the world distance and duration records with a flight across the Pacific Ocean in a helium balloon. American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev left Japan…

Saudi king reshuffles cabinet

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, a week after he acceded to the throne. The chief of intelligence and the head of the national security…

Indian media: Sujatha ‘sacked’

Media in India highlight the government’s “surprising” decision to remove foreign secretary Sujatha Singh from her post. Ms Singh was appointed as India’s top foreign service diplomat in August 2013….

Largest cricket bat

UAE’s growing status in the cricket world is being cemented with a Guinness World Record bid for the ‘Largest Cricket Bat’ by the national team’s sponsor OSN. The pay-TV network…