Ritu Maria Johny

Multimedia journalist with Hindustan Times. Covers India, world, business and tech news with a keen eye for human-interest stories rooted in gender and culture.

Articles by Ritu Maria Johny

Zuckerberg's Meta gearing up for more layoffs? This report suggests so

As per the report, Zuckerberg thinks that several layers of management are a waste of resources.

In November 2022, Meta said that it will let go of 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees. (File)
In November 2022, Meta said that it will let go of 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees. (File)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 05:12 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

2023 BMW X1 launched at 45.90 lakh: Check key features

It will be locally produced at the BMW group plant in Chennai.

BMW cars on display during the launch event of BMW X1 SUV in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)
BMW cars on display during the launch event of BMW X1 SUV in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 04:00 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

‘Not Switzerland or Kashmir’: Nagaland min shares stunning pics from this state

Comparing it to popular tourist spots like Switzerland and Kashmir, the BJP state president tweeted that the photographs were from the newly built Chighu Resort at Anini in Arunachal Pradesh.

The picturesque visuals were captured in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.(Twitter)
The picturesque visuals were captured in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 12:34 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

This 45-year-old Biotech CEO spends $2 million a year to be 18 again

Bryan Johnson even has a machine to monitor the number of erections at night, which are reportedly similar to a teenager’s.

Bryan Johnson's day starts with two dozen supplements and a green juice with creatine and collagen peptides. (Twitter/bryan_johnson)
Bryan Johnson's day starts with two dozen supplements and a green juice with creatine and collagen peptides. (Twitter/bryan_johnson)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 09:15 AM IST

Republic Day 2023: From Beijing to Dushanbe, how the diaspora marked 74th R-day

From Maldives to Australia, members of the Indian community shared glimpses from their Republic Day celebrations.

The cultural programme organised by the Indian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Twitter/@IndianEmbRiyadh)
The cultural programme organised by the Indian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Twitter/@IndianEmbRiyadh)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 05:51 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Google employees in California may no longer enjoy free massages. Here's why

Out of 1,845 employees fired from the tech giant’s headquarters in California, 24 massage therapists were part of the Mountain View office.

From paid maternity and paternity leave to free meals, Google’s incredible perks for its staff were no secret. (File)
From paid maternity and paternity leave to free meals, Google’s incredible perks for its staff were no secret. (File)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 03:09 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Republic Day 2023: Women riders debut on BSF camel contingent

While a total of 24 women underwent training to ride on camels, 12 women hailing from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, were chosen for the parade.

The ‘mahila praharis’ squad marched from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort through Kartavya Path during the parade. (Twitter/stc bsf jodhpur)
The ‘mahila praharis’ squad marched from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort through Kartavya Path during the parade. (Twitter/stc bsf jodhpur)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:31 AM IST
By | Written by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Republic Day 2023: PM Modi pays homage to bravehearts at National War Memorial

PM Modi observed two-minute silence as a homage to the supreme sacrifices of the armed personnel in protecting the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:18 AM IST

Elon Musk changed Twitter name to ‘Mr Tweet’ and this might be the reason why

On Thursday, Musk tweeted with a laughing emoji that he had changed his Twitter handle to ‘Mr. Tweet’.

A Twitter user later revealed the inside joke in Musk’s latest attempt at being silly. (File)
A Twitter user later revealed the inside joke in Musk’s latest attempt at being silly. (File)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 09:21 AM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Woman, whose app-themed resume got her Spotify job, laid off

In April last year, Emily Vu was hired as a PM intern with Spotify after her green and grey coloured resume went viral on Twitter.

 On Wednesday, Emily Vu posted her viral resume and wrote,
On Wednesday, Emily Vu posted her viral resume and wrote, "…I'm heartbroken that my time at Spotify was cut so short." (Twitter/whoisemvu)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 03:46 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Republic Day 2023: How to watch President Murmu's address to nation today

The regional channels of Doordarshan will telecast the President's address in local languages, too.

President Droupadi Murmu's Republic Day address will be broadcast from 7 pm on All India Radio (AIR). (File)
President Droupadi Murmu's Republic Day address will be broadcast from 7 pm on All India Radio (AIR). (File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 04:20 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Google sacks married couple with 4-month-old baby; woman was on maternity leave

A former marketing manager at Google, Allie went on parental leave soon after the birth of her first child in 2022.

On January 22, Google’s parent company Alphabet said it would lay off nearly 6% of its staff or 12,000 employees. (File)
On January 22, Google’s parent company Alphabet said it would lay off nearly 6% of its staff or 12,000 employees. (File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 01:02 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Anand Mahindra hails Sonam Wangchuk as a ‘climate hero’. Here's why

The education innovator is on a mission to protect the “eco-fragile” Ladakh and had announced a five day “climate fast” at Khardung La.

Anand Mahindra had met Sonam Wangchuk and his wife Gitanjali in April 2022. (Twitter/Anand Mahindra)
Anand Mahindra had met Sonam Wangchuk and his wife Gitanjali in April 2022. (Twitter/Anand Mahindra)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:54 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Republic Day 2023: Ban on flying objects; check dos and don'ts at Kartavya Path

Delhi Traffic Police also requested citizens to contact the nearest officer if they spotted any suspicious objects or activity.

The ban on aerial objects was put in place by the Delhi Police for 29 days - from January 18 till February 15. (ANI)
The ban on aerial objects was put in place by the Delhi Police for 29 days - from January 18 till February 15. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:27 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Budget 2023: What are different kinds of budget presented by Centre?

According to the differences in revenue and expenditure, the budget is categorised into three main types - balanced, surplus and deficit.

For the past five years, the government has released the union budget on February 1. (File)
For the past five years, the government has released the union budget on February 1. (File)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 04:15 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

‘24*7 job, no work-life balance’: Zomato posts 800 vacancies amid mass layoffs

In a LinkedIn post, Goyal shared that the company is hiring across five positions.

Many users pointed out the irony of mass hiring two months after the company laid off nearly 3 per cent of its staff, and called it a “marketing gimmick”. (File pic of Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal)
Many users pointed out the irony of mass hiring two months after the company laid off nearly 3 per cent of its staff, and called it a “marketing gimmick”. (File pic of Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:40 AM IST

Influencer makes reel on highway, fined 17K by Ghaziabad Police

Vaishali Chaudhary Khutail, who boasts over 6.5 lakh followers on Instagram, is seen striking several poses beside her car in the clip, while other vehicles pass by.

The Ghaziabad Traffic Police took note of the video after it went viral and invited criticism from social media users. (Screengrab from Instagram/vaishali_chaudhary_khutail)
The Ghaziabad Traffic Police took note of the video after it went viral and invited criticism from social media users. (Screengrab from Instagram/vaishali_chaudhary_khutail)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:42 AM IST

‘Raccoon fight, 800 police calls a yr’: 'World's worst' McDonald's to shut down

From drug deals to sexual activities near the toilets, the outlet reportedly made 150 emergency calls to the police in 2022, down from 800 in 2018.

Located on Rideau Street, the outlet grabbed headlines in 2013 after a viral video showed a man pulling out a raccoon from his sweater amidst a brawl in the restaurant (File)
Located on Rideau Street, the outlet grabbed headlines in 2013 after a viral video showed a man pulling out a raccoon from his sweater amidst a brawl in the restaurant (File)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 04:16 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Mumbai girl orders biryani worth 2,500 from Bengaluru. Zomato says...

The order was placed from a Meghana Foods in Bengaluru, which many hailed as 'the best'.

For users confused about how an order was placed across states, Zomato grabbed the opportunity to market its ‘intercity legends’ service, (File)
For users confused about how an order was placed across states, Zomato grabbed the opportunity to market its ‘intercity legends’ service, (File)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 04:32 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

NASA offers total cash prize of $30K to spot toxic Algal blooms

The winner will receive $12,000. Second and third prizes are worth $9,000 and $6,000.

Participants have to study satellite images of inland water bodies, identify and segregate the algal blooms according to severity. (NASA)
Participants have to study satellite images of inland water bodies, identify and segregate the algal blooms according to severity. (NASA)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 01:09 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

New penguin colony found in Antarctica, courtesy bird poop: Report

Although discovered in December, the announcement was delayed to coincide with Penguin Awareness Day on January 20.

Aerial imagery from the Maxar WorldView-3 satellite shows the newly discovered emperor penguin colony. (BAS)
Aerial imagery from the Maxar WorldView-3 satellite shows the newly discovered emperor penguin colony. (BAS)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:41 AM IST

Republic Day 2023: Delhi Police's advisory on routes to avoid, alternate routes

Commuters have been requested to plan their journey in advance and avoid the parade route between 9.30 am and 1 pm on Monday.

Police have asked citizens to avail metro services and take alternate routes mentioned on the advisory. (PTI)
Police have asked citizens to avail metro services and take alternate routes mentioned on the advisory. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Budget 2023: What healthcare, manufacturing sectors expect from FM Sitharaman

While the healthcare sector is looking forward to increasing overall funding, the manufacturing industry is banking on Budget 2023 to resurrect its sector.

After Covid-19 rocked the nation’s fragile healthcare systems, there’s a renewed interest in expanding pharmaceutical investments (File)
After Covid-19 rocked the nation’s fragile healthcare systems, there’s a renewed interest in expanding pharmaceutical investments (File)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:12 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

How to activate FASTag on your car? Follow these steps

The cashless facility that works on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology aims to save time and effort and skip the usual long queues at highway toll plazas.

The prepaid recharge card scans the FASTag and deducts the toll fee from the car owner's account linked to the sticker (File)
The prepaid recharge card scans the FASTag and deducts the toll fee from the car owner's account linked to the sticker (File)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 04:27 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Greg Peters will be new Netflix co-CEO. Here's how much he will earn

Greg Peters, former chief operating officer, is set to earn an annual salary of $3 million as Netflix's new co-CEO

Greg Peters is also entitled to an approximate bonus of over $14 million and an annual stock option estimated at around $17 million. (File)
Greg Peters is also entitled to an approximate bonus of over $14 million and an annual stock option estimated at around $17 million. (File)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 02:05 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Want to protect your car from catching fire? Here's how

Built with plastic, foam, electrical wiring or fabric, a car’s engine or battery can be prone to fire in extreme heat conditions.

The automobile may also catch fire due to high speed impact and fuel leakage. (File)
The automobile may also catch fire due to high speed impact and fuel leakage. (File)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:01 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Instagram rolls out ‘Quiet Mode’, its own version of ‘Do Not Disturb’

The company added that it will alert teens spending too much time on the app at night.

Once enabled, the feature will pause all notifications, auto-reply to messages and update your activity status to ‘in quiet mode’. (File)
Once enabled, the feature will pause all notifications, auto-reply to messages and update your activity status to ‘in quiet mode’. (File)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:54 AM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Netflix is hiring a flight attendant with salary of up to $385,000!

The job, based in San Jose, California, would involve on-ground duty as well as travel within and outside the United States.

The primary flight attendant should be self-motivated and be capable of lifting items weighing at least 13.6 kg. (File)
The primary flight attendant should be self-motivated and be capable of lifting items weighing at least 13.6 kg. (File)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 06:08 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Union Budget 2023: What are expectations of salaried professionals?

Union Budget 2023: The salaried class is seeking some major tax relief amidst mass layoffs and rising inflation.

According to the income tax department, around 50 per cent of the income tax returns (ITR) filed in 2022 were by salaried professionals. (File)
According to the income tax department, around 50 per cent of the income tax returns (ITR) filed in 2022 were by salaried professionals. (File)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 04:59 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

5 things to know about Vinesh Phogat, who accused WFI chief of sexual harassment

Hailing from a wrestling family, Vinesh is the niece of legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat.

Vinesh Phogat reacts during a press conference regarding wrestlers' protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (PTI)
Vinesh Phogat reacts during a press conference regarding wrestlers' protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (PTI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 05:06 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan
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