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Why using cash can be risky these days
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Why using cash can be risky these days

Syed Firdaus Ashraf reveals dual encounters when he regretted dealing in cash. Digital India, Virtual Reality In the last three months I have fallen in love with cashless transactions. The payment procedure is so easy, it takes just three simple steps. Swipe your credit card. Enter the password. Check SMS. And you are done. I have forgotten what cash means to me. Last month, I withdrew Rs 20,000 from my bank account, which I got in Rs 2,000 notes. Being in a hurry, I didn't check each and ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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What was Salman Khan charged with?

Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf explains the charges against the Bollywood star. Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit has acquitted Salman in the Arms Act case linked to the poaching case.  So what was Salman Khan charged with? Salman was charged under two sections of the Arms Act: Arms Act 3/25 and Arms Act 3/27. Under the Arms Act 3/25, he was charged for possessing a pistol and rifle without a valid licence. If he was convicted under this Act, Salman would have ...
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Ghazi trailer worth a watch!

Now, let’s wait for the movie, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. While everyone may be waiting to see what Rana Daggubatti will be up to as Bhallala Deva in Bahubali 2: The Conclusion -- besides, of course, finally finding out why Kattappa killed Bahubali -- the actor himself has been busy with another film as well. ~ Bahubali 2 is better than the first: Rana Daggubatti This one, titled The Ghazi Attack, is from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions stable as well and releases on February ...
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The conqueror-king Kareena's son is named after

When Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan decided to name their first-born Taimur, Syed Firdaus Ashraf delved into history to bring into focus the fierce warrior king who bore that name many centuries ago. IMAGE: The monument to Amir Timur, the 14th century conqueror and founder of the Timurid Empire, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters Remember all those history classes in school? That's where you probably heard about Timur, or Taimur Lang as I remember it, for the ...
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'Sandwich' and the quest for a Rs 500 note

Syed Firdaus Ashraf recounts his mission to withdraw Rs 500 notes from the bank.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Mission: To withdraw Rs 500 notes. Accessories: Water bottle and chocolate to tackle low blood pressure. Book to keep me going: The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano. This was the fourth time I was standing in a bank queue after demonetisation. I desperately needed change for Rs 2,000. I had a few Rs 2,000 notes, but I was yet to see the new Rs 500 note. All essential work ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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7 reasons why you must watch Befikre

Syed Firdaus Ashraf, who grew up in the 1980s, tells us why Befikre is a must watch to understand the new generation. Aditya Chopra, who defined love with 1995's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, gives it a new twist in Befikre, only the fourth film he has directed in 21 years. 1. It's easy to learn, but very difficult to unlearn and then re-learn something Director and scriptwriter Aditya Chopra, 45, does just that. Whatever he learnt about love at 24 when he made the iconic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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Why the Raees trailer offends me

It reinforces the Muslim stereotype, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I wonder if you've heard of Wali Mohammed Wali? Before you Google his name, let me tell you something personal about 9/11 (For those of you who may not remember, 11/9/2001 was when two planes flew into, and destroyed, the Twin Towers in New York, forever marking Muslims -- and those non-white skinned people who happen to wear a beard and a turban -- as terrorists in America). As for me, an Indian Muslim, there were two things I ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India

As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is happening on the ground. Do
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So which festival gets more electricity, Diwali or Eid?

'We provided more electricity during Diwali vis-a-vis Eid because there is no load on electricity during Diwali.' IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Fatehpur, UP, February 19, 2017. Photograph: PTI Photo 'Gaon mein agar kabristan banta hai, to gaon mein shamshaan bhi banana chahiye. Agar Ramzan mein bijli milti hai, toh Diwali mein bhi milni chahiye. Agar Holi mein bijli milti hai, to Eid par bhi bijli milni chahiye. Bhedbhav nahin hona chahiye (If a village ...
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Fact check: Was Rijiju right about fall in Hindu numbers?

With Union Minister Kiren Rijiju stoking a controversy by saying that the Hindu population was falling while minorities are flourishing, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf studied the 2001 and 2011 Census data to track the demographic changes in the North-East. On Monday, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rikiju set off a controversy when he tweeted that 'the Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries ...
 Rediff.com6 days ago
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