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Back with their sporty round up, Samar Khan and Rahul Puri discuss why football cannot have more than one referee and why is there no uniform DRS (Decision Review System) in cricket across the globe. Shouldn't technology level the playing field? Also, while bringing in the happy news of India beating Pakistan to win the Asian Champions Trophy, Khan and Puri also wonder if India is a spent force when it comes to hockey. Puri thinks that India's hockey is getting better, Khan thinks that our hockey glory days are over. All this and more, discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports 11.59.


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Hafta 91: From Mistry vs Tata to ADHM vs MNS

The battle between Cyrus Mistry and Ratan Tata is getting uglier, with both sides airing laundry lists of accusations. Now that we've got Mistry's letter to Tata's trustees floating all over media, it's worth asking why no business journalists scooped Mistry's removal. To shed more light on the news of the week, R Jagannathan, Editorial Director of Swarajya and our regular panel are back in attendance: Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Deepanjana Pal, Manisha Pande and Anand Ranganathan. We discuss intolerance and what politicians like Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj contribute to public discourse. Also, the Samajwadi Party’s internal feud gets our panel talking, especially Amar Singh’s role. Find out what they think of the Rs 5 crore- deal brokered by Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis between Karan Johar and Raj Thackeray. And we discuss why Mumbaikars are more keen to adjust while Delhites are all about fisticuffs? All this and a lot more on this episode of NL Hafta.

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What an eventful week! From Black Mirror to a bucket full of short films, including Neeraj Pandey’s Ouch to Danny DeVito’sCurmudgeon, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen have a lot to say this week. Find out what they think of Aamir Khan’s Dangal, Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dear Zindagi. Also, moving towards the advertising world, Salman Khan has been dropped as Thums Up’s brand ambassador. Can you guess why? And we have Amazon’s new ad campaign, Color’s new promo and as well as the weird W magazine cover.

Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there's a question at the end of the podcast. Send us your answers and comments to

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round up. This week on Just Sports, they discuss how José Mourinho inspired Chelsea F.C. to a thumping win, and if one-day cricket is a dying format. They also wonder if Alastair Cook will play long enough to break Sachin Tendulkar’s records? And finally, they explore Kabaddi and how this rural game has become internationally popular. All this and more discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports 11.59.

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Times Now editor in chief, Arnab Goswami gets ‘Y’ category security, news channels at loggerheads for television ratings, Arnab declares his show to be the greatest and to shed some more light on it, joining us is Sandeep Bhushan, TV journalist and a regular media critic. Madhu Trehan, Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Anand Ranganathan and Vivek Gopal along with our guest, discuss & dissect Karan Johar’s apology, the fire in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, the sorry state of the health sector in India and if it should be privatised? Shouldn’t the buck stop with the government? All this and a lot more on this episode of NL Hafta. We also have a song dedicated to Donald Trump from his Hindu supporters.


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Deepanjana Pal wasn't here but that didn't deter Rajyasree
Sen from bringing you the next episode of Awful and Awesome,
(Abhinandan Sekhri came to the rescue!). "Befikre" has 23 kisses
taking place in it; Priyanka Chopra has apologised for her infamous
'traveler' t-shirt; Bigg Boss has 'commoners' this season; and what's
in a (sur)name? (Hint: patriarchy). Listen to Episode 14 and broaden your entertainment wisdom. Bonus- Abhinandan Sekhri explains why Shiv Sena cannot survive in Delhi. Also, there’s a fun quiz question at the end. Write to us at with your answers and comments.

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round up. This time they discuss whether José Mourinho spoiled the Manchester United vs Liverpool game by parking the bus, if physically being present on the field is enough for a sportsperson? Finally, Indian biopics of Sportspersons, why do we get to see only sanitised versions, mostly hero worshiping them? All this and more, discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports 11.59.

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What makes you an anti-national? Eating beef? Asking the government for details on the surgical strike? Or running an interview with the opposition leader? Recently, NDTV chose to ride the nationalistic wave, along with other channels, and dropped Barkha Dutt’s interview with former home & finance minister P Chidambaram declaring: ‘India above politics’. Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, joins this episode of Hafta and tells us why news organisations taking such a stance is dangerous for journalism. Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande along with our guest discuss why media is not wrong in asking for details of the surgical strike. They also discuss if debates on triple talaq should be separated from the one on Uniform Civil Code. All this & a lot more on this episode of NL Hafta.

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round-up. This time around they discuss the ISL and its level of sports broadcast – why it is below standard and has the risk of becoming the IPL’s poorer cousin. The also speculate on the futility of the World Cup qualifiers and if it is time to rethink the format. And why Lewis Hamilton, the reigning formula 1 racing champion, is a man we all love to hate and why the one-sided cricket matches between South Africa vs Australia point to a larger problem. All this and more discussed and dissected on this episode.

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