Siladitya Ray

Siladitya Ray was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Siladitya Ray

US man stalks Indians, posts video saying ‘they’re taking away our jobs’

A post on the website SaveAmericanITJobs.com called ‘Welcome to Columbus Ohio suburbs - Lets take a walk to Indian park’ features a video of Indian families hanging out in a public park in suburban Ohio.

A screengrab of the video titled ‘Ohio Suburban Park is Occupied by Indians’.(Youtube video)
A screengrab of the video titled ‘Ohio Suburban Park is Occupied by Indians’.(Youtube video)
Updated on Mar 15, 2017 07:47 AM IST

This religious leader claims he taught Virat Kohli how to score big runs!

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, leader of the religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, claimed in a recent interview that he has a major role to play behind Virat Kohli’s success as a cricketer. Kohli scored his fourth double century in the one-off Test vs Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, leader of the religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, claimed in a recent interview that he has a major role to play behind Virat Kohli’s success as a cricketer(PTI)
Gurmeet Ram Rahim, leader of the religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, claimed in a recent interview that he has a major role to play behind Virat Kohli’s success as a cricketer(PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2017 02:37 PM IST

H1-B visa: Silicon Valley frets as team Trump pushes for curbs

Any step to reform the H-1B visa program may adversely affect the Silicon Valley, which sources many of its top executives and skilled workers from India, and hurt the job prospects of thousands of IT professionals looking to work in the US.

Jeff Sessions, United States president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, has said he would be pushing legislative measures to curb the “misuse” of H-1B and L1 work visas.(Shutterstock Image)
Jeff Sessions, United States president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, has said he would be pushing legislative measures to curb the “misuse” of H-1B and L1 work visas.(Shutterstock Image)
Updated on Jan 12, 2017 04:15 PM IST

Not just for Jedis: Rogue One explores a more human side of Star Wars

Rogue One strips away the mythical powers, the political wrangling, the magical weapons and titular heroes. In doing so director Gareth Edwards probably tells the most human of all Star Wars stories.

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a flawed protagonist driven not my the mythical ‘Force’ but human courage.(AP Photo)
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a flawed protagonist driven not my the mythical ‘Force’ but human courage.(AP Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2016 01:11 PM IST

Not just fake news, Facebook is a bad news platform by design

Logging in to a platform designed by coders to select for the user the news stories that he/she is most likely to find psychologically pleasing to click on and share is not a good way to obtain information about the world

Facebook’s algorithm driven news feed is inherently flawed and vulnerable to fake news.(Reuters)
Facebook’s algorithm driven news feed is inherently flawed and vulnerable to fake news.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 10:06 PM IST

A 6-year-old can breach it, says hacker who broke into Indian consulate website

The website and database of India’s consulate in New York have allegedly been hacked by the same hacker who dumped data from seven Indian missions in Europe and Africa online last week.

The website and database of India’s consulate in New York have allegedly been hacked .(Representative image)
The website and database of India’s consulate in New York have allegedly been hacked .(Representative image)
Updated on Nov 14, 2016 10:54 PM IST

Websites of 7 Indian missions ‘hacked’, data allegedly put online

The websites and databases of seven Indian missions in Europe and Africa were hacked and data from their servers were allegedly dumped online on Monday.

Hackers claimed to have breached the security of the websites of the Indian missions in South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Italy, Switzerland and Romania.
Hackers claimed to have breached the security of the websites of the Indian missions in South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Italy, Switzerland and Romania.
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 07:08 PM IST

We aren't control freaks: Govt gets down to explain porn ban

As reactions to the government’s move to block porn sites rose to a crescendo on Monday, top communications ministry officials said it was merely meant to comply with the Supreme Court’s observations and not to curtail internet freedom.

An internet user points out at a porn site showing a blank screen after being blocked by the internet service providers based on directive issued by the telecom ministry to block porn websites across the country. (AFP Photo/Manjunath Kiran)
An internet user points out at a porn site showing a blank screen after being blocked by the internet service providers based on directive issued by the telecom ministry to block porn websites across the country. (AFP Photo/Manjunath Kiran)
Updated on Aug 04, 2015 09:09 AM IST

Delhi: Woman says TaxiForSure cabbie masturbated while driving

A woman has alleged that the driver of a TaxiForSure cab she was travelling in last week masturbated while driving the vehicle through the streets of the national capital, the latest in a string of controversies involving app based taxi services.

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A-Delhi-woman-has-accused-a--TaxiForSure-driver-of-lewd-behaviour
Updated on Jul 07, 2015 09:05 PM IST

Motormouth Jeremy Clarkson's series of gaffes against India and others

Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken British presenter of the Top Gear motoring show, has been suspended by the BBC after he was involved in a 'fracas' with a producer.

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File-photo-of-Top-Gear-host-Jeremy-Clarkson-AFP-Photo
Updated on Mar 11, 2015 06:59 PM IST

BBC asks YouTube to take down ‘India's Daughter' for copyright violation

Copies of the documentary “India's Daughter” posted by users on YouTube have been removed following a request from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which said they were violations of copyright.

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The-BBC-aired-the-film-India-s-Daughter-in-the-early-hours-of-Thursday-morning
Updated on Mar 07, 2015 03:09 PM IST

The show will go on: YouTube plays on December 16 gang-rape documentary

The government is unlikely to be able to fully keep the controversial documentary on the December 16 gang-rape out of reach for Indian users for long, as the video spread far and wide on the internet within hours of its telecast in Britain.

Updated on Mar 05, 2015 07:20 PM IST

Value for money? How the big IPL buys are doing at the World Cup

The IPL-8 auction in February once again saw teams splash out a large amount of money in an effort to build their respective squads.

Updated on Feb 23, 2015 04:30 PM IST

Football Waka Waka, Cricket Mauka Mauka

The Star Sports' marketing team has been on a bit of a roll lately. When you have the broadcast rights to the Cricket World Cup, marketing is not a huge necessity but Star has put out a series of hilarious ads featuring cricket fans with a catchy tune.

Updated on Feb 20, 2015 03:18 PM IST

As Delhi polls near, Modi wave ebbs to give Kiran Bedi space

With Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate, the BJP has decided that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address fewer public meetings in the Capital in the run-up to the February 7 elections, sources said.

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Kiran-Bedi-C-gestures-during-a-road-show-while-heading-to-the-district-collectors-office-to-file-her-nomination-papers-in-New-Delhi-on-Wednesday-AFP-Photo
Updated on Jan 22, 2015 11:48 AM IST

Black Friday deals today: How to be a smart online shopper

It's the big date you just cannot afford to forget. And you don't have to be a hardcore shopaholic to feel that adrenaline rush. The annual shopping extravaganza, called Black Friday, promises some of the most outlandishly cheap deals the click of a mouse.

Updated on Nov 28, 2014 04:22 PM IST

5 features that make the Android 5.0 Lollipop a winner

Google has rolled out Android 5.0 Lollipop, the biggest update in Android's history. If you carry a Nexus device, a Moto X or G, you are in luck as you'll be among the first to be able to upgrade to the swanky new OS. Review

Updated on Nov 20, 2014 02:11 AM IST

McGrath blames 'horrendous' fielding, batting for India's failure

Aussie legend McGrath blamed 'horrendous' fielding and batting for India's 3-1 defeat during their England tour and said 'a lot has to change' between now and when India visit Australia for them to stand a chance.

Updated on Aug 18, 2014 09:18 PM IST

Will the next Team India captain please stand up?

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's fortunes are in the doldrums after another series defeat away from home. The Indian team put up an embarrassing show in the last three Tests to be crushed 3-1 by hosts England. Vote: Yet another Test defeat abroad: is it time for MS Dhoni to be replaced as captain?

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Updated on Aug 18, 2014 05:48 PM IST

Can Ash-win it for India at Old Trafford?

Ashwin in all likelihood will play on Thursday. India will hope he will enter with an uncluttered mind and do a Moeen Ali. He will also want to prove that he can be equally effective away from home.

Updated on Aug 06, 2014 04:44 PM IST

Movie review: 22 Jump Street is too rehashed for its own good

The best praise and/or criticism one can offer for this Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum starrer is that it often feels like a playlist of funny viral videos on YouTube being played at a random.

Updated on Aug 01, 2014 06:49 PM IST

Five youngsters who shone in Brazil and can take Russia 2018 by storm

While the Messis, Robbens and Mullers have stolen the headlines, the World Cup in Brazil has seen the rise of many young stars. These are the men who will dominate the headlines four years from now in Russia.

Updated on Jul 13, 2014 08:13 AM IST

Messi the star, but Mascherano the beating heart of the Albiceleste

Argentina have made it through to the World Cup final after an excruciating 24-year wait. All eyes have been on the captain, Lionel Messi, who has put on an exhibition of supreme skill and netted 4 goals.

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Argentina-s-Javier-Mascherano-celebrates-after-Argentina-defeated-the-Netherlands-AP-Photo
Updated on Jul 10, 2014 07:50 AM IST

Stat attack: A look at the eight teams that enter the World Cup quarter-finals

Twenty-four teams have been eliminated from the tournament so far. Only eight sides remain in the fight for football's biggest prize. Here is a look at the quarter-finalists.

Updated on Jul 02, 2014 03:30 PM IST

Messi's quest for redemption, immortality

Ever since Lionel Messi stepped into the world of professional football, he has had to contend with the burden of being viewed as the second coming of the legendary Diego Maradona.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2014 06:44 PM IST

Euro crisis in Brazil; Spain, England, Italy say ciao, Greece survive

The beautiful game exhibited its sense of irony on Tuesday night, as the Greeks survived the ‘Euro crisis’ taking place in Brazil. Three European giants, Italy, Spain and England, have been knocked out of the World Cup in the first round and Portugal are hanging on by a thread.

Updated on Jun 25, 2014 07:31 AM IST

Brazil star Neymar strikes event’s 100th goal; tally 108 in 36 matches

For all the strategy, artistry, strength and speed, football ultimately boils down to goals. On that front Brazil 2014 has not been found wanting. The 100-goal mark was breached on Monday by Brazilian superstar Neymar.

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 02:50 PM IST

Hall of Shame: Defending champions who crashed out

Spain joined an unfortunate list of defending World Champions who have been knocked out of the tournament in the group stage. They are the 5th side after Italy (1950 and 2010), Brazil (1966) and France (2002) to recieve this dubious honour.

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 08:21 PM IST

Two wins and a comeback from coma that made Germany beam on Monday

The national football team and German golfer Martin Kaymer registered fabulous wins. Interspersed was the joy brought by news of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher coming out of coma.

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 04:37 PM IST

Eleven defining elements of the 11 matches so far

The World Cup has been off to an exciting start with a lot of goals and some surprise performaces. The crowds have been lively and the tournament has lived up to the hype so far. We look at the 11 defining elements of the 11 games so far.

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 02:53 PM IST
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