articles by Payal Shah

World

Discoveries about Indonesia plane crash put pressure on Ethiopia probe; experts suspect faulty automated systems on both flights

Experts suspect an automated system, meant to stop stalling by dipping the nose, in both the Lion Air and the Ethiopia Airlines plane crash cases, with pilots unable to override it as their jets plunged downwards.

India

Narendra Modi at CISF Raising Day: 'Hard to protect India from hostile neighbour, VIP culture a security threat'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday opined that efforts of the security forces in protecting the country become all the more important when the neighbour is "hostile" and conspires to "hit the nation internally."

World

Kim Jong-un spotted smoking cigarette hours before arrival in Vietnam for summit with Donald Trump

Footage by Japan’s TBS TV showed Kim Jong-un, a habitual smoker, taking a pre-dawn smoke break Tuesday at a train station in China hours before his arrival in Vietnam for his high-stakes summit with President Donald Trump

Politics

Opposition alliance 'lacks' leaders and policies, only indulges in 'scams and corruption', says Amit Shah

Taking potshots at the DMK-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu, Amit Shah said the proposed alliance was not for the benefit of Tamil Nadu, but only to indulge in "scam and corruption."

World

US Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law granting abortion centres immediate hospital access, day before legislation was to take effect

The Supreme Court said that they will not allow Louisiana to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

India

CBI books five HAL employees in Odisha's Koraput for misappropriating funds worth Rs 13.28 crore

It is alleged that Bhaben Mitra, Senior Manager Finance at HAL in Odisha, in conspiracy with other employees misappropriated amounts by committing forgery of documents, siphoning off Rs 13.28 crore from the coffers of the cash-strapped PSU between 2013 and 2017.

India

2019 Padma awardees include tea-seller putting profits towards education, 'Canal man of Odisha' Daitari Naik

Among the "unsung heroes" who were given the Padma awards this year is a tea-seller who donates profits for the education of slum children, a doctor couple who charge Re 1 from patients and a retired IPS officer who set up a school for a Mahadalit community.

India

Harinder Baweja on her book Kargil: The Inside Story, how unprepared India was for the war

Harinder Baweja talks about writing the book as a soldier's diary, and the 'cavalier attitude' shown by India's top brass during the Kargil War

India

British musician Stefan Kaye on being asked to leave India: 'My family, friends, work are here'

Stefan Kaye, who has been accused of violating visa norms, speaks to Firstpost about the time he spent in Tihar Jail and how he can't imagine resettling in the UK

Entertainment

Podcast roundup: From Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History to Chuski Pop, what to listen to this week

A podcast for every mood, from rediscovering the past with Malcolm Gladwell to understanding why celebrities turn into icons of attraction on Thirst Aid Kit

Life

#EverydayNEIndia's Geetanjali Pegu on documenting North East India, and why the region doesn't get its due

Geetanjali Pegu's hashtag #EverydayNEIndia aims to portray the beauty of North East India, and has received stunning submissions from photography enthusiasts on Twitter

Life

Ali Khan Mahmudabad on the making of North Indian Muslim identity via poetry, politics, religion

Mahmudabad spoke to Firstpost about the impact of literature and poetry on shaping political identity and the role of Muslim identity in Indian politics.

Entertainment

Podcast roundup: From Invisibilia to The Adventures of Cheap Beer, what to listen to this week

A podcast for every mood and interest, from The Adventures of Cheap Beer set in Mumbai to Awards Chatter, thoughtful conversations with celebrities

News & Analysis

International Yoga Day 2018: 10 mobile apps that will help you kickstart your wellness journey

On International Yoga Day 2018, here's a lowdown on the best yoga and meditation apps to help get you started on your fitness and mindfulness journey