articles by Arun George


Al-Qaida fighters shot and killed 45 Syrian army prisoners, claim activists

Such killings of captured troops have been a common practice of the Islamic State group. However al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front, has not carried out such mass killings in the past.


Student who let 200 bees sting him to the study of 'huh': This year's Ig Nobel award winners

Michael Smith estimates he was stung about 200 times during his 2012 honeybee study. His conclusion: The three most painful places to get stung are the nostril, the upper lip and the male sex organ.


Rakesh Maria gets marching orders from Mumbai Police chief's post, Javed Ahmed to take charge

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria was on Tuesday promoted as the new Director General of Police (Home Guards), and Javed Ahmed appointed in his place.


Boko Haram attack leaves 56 dead in remote area of Nigeria

Boko Haram's six-year-old uprising has left an estimated 20,000 people dead.


Parliament Live: PM is scared to act against Lalit Modi, says Rahul Gandhi

Live updates of the debate on Sushma Swaraj and the Lalit Modi scandal.


Minister says there's suggestion for 'no work, no pay' policy for MPs, then backs down

Mahesh Sharma, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, went on to add that the government is planning this and senior ministers are in touch with the opposition to reach a consensus.


Why Yakub Memon still has hope as SC decides fate on his execution today

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justices Dipak Misra, Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy could decide today whether 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon's should be hanged as scheduled on his 53rd birthday which falls on Thursday.


Yakub Memon to be hanged: Is 1993 Mumbai blasts convict paying for being Tiger's brother?

Yakub, who was perhaps the most suave member of the Memon family and also the most educated, finds himself on death row today after the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of the trial court.


Firstpost Salon Live! Know I'd done nothing wrong, says Shashi Tharoor on Sunanda Pushkar's death

We catch up with Shashi Tharoor in the second edition of Firstpost Salon. Here are the live updates.


How ill is Amma? Rumours of kidney ailment swirl as Jayalalithaa goes AWOL

The first rumours of her ill health began after Jayalalithaa failed to make many public appearances.


'Victim' Lalit Modi turns fugitive: ED swings into action, sends letters rogatory to two countries

The central government is going all out to show its seriousness in prosecuting former IPL chief Lalit Modi in connection with money laundering allegations.


Attacking Hamid Ansari on Yoga Day: Dear Ram Madhav, deleting your tweets isn't enough

Ansari is perhaps the only Vice President to have his credentials questioned by those supporting the government on two different national occasions in a calender year for completely nonsensical reasons.


Samajwadi Party's scary defence in killing of UP journalist: Everyone posts on Facebook

Jagendra Singh's dying declaration in a video is perhaps the most damning of the allegations against a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government.


Who died? How many? Sticky questions cast unflattering shadow over India's Myanmar strike

The death toll from the operation has been kept under wraps since news of the operation broke.


Parrikar's swipe at Pakistan aside, Myanmar strike delivers unpleasant PR lesson for Modi govt

The Modi government's inability to control its bluster has left it having to stay mum on an issue that it ideally should have been enjoying the afterglow of.


Adding insult to injury: Nestle CEO's defence of Maggi is weak on sincerity and facts

The Nestle CEO's argument on why we should believe in that beloved brand of two minute noodle is so far completely untrustworthy for now.


Live: Centre on a mission to defame AAP, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

We track the latest developments as the Kejriwal government holds an emergency session of the Delhi Assembly.


Caught in crossfire: Delhi babus are trapped between Kejriwal and a hard place

The Kejriwal government will need to refrain from the sort of petty vindictiveness where bureaucrats offices are locked for failing to adhere to their diktats.


Bail or jail? The key legal issues that will likely determine the fate of Salman Khan

Here are the factors that will determine Salman Khan's fate as he seeks an extension of interim bail in the Bombay High Court in the 2002 hit-and-run case.