India's first 'book village' coming up in Maharashtra's strawberry country  (21:32)
Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) The sleepy village of Bhilar, in the heart of Maharashtra's famed 'strawberry country' will soon get another identity as India's first "book village", Education Minister Vinod Tawde said here on Friday.

2,000-year-old tombs excavated in China (19:40)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) More than 20 funeral artefacts were unearthed during the excavation of two 2,000-year-old tombs in Hunan province of China, the media reported on Friday.

American Odissi dancer defies stereotypes through her art (April 29 is World Dance Day)  (17:04)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Decades ago when Sharan Lowen brought out the exquisite grace of Odissi through her great performances in India and abroad, many people in the profession got together to make extreme efforts to eliminate her in every single way possible, the dancer says.

A festival dedicated to translations (15:50)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Interpretation is not just a matter of words, it involves providing clarity arounfd a culture. An upcoming festival here will give knowledge of various dialects which are translated or will be interpreted in not so distant future.

Of brains, business and masters (IANS Books This Weekend) (10:50)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Read an engaging look at the neuro-science of thought, behaviour and creativity that is a call to action; know how three bright and charming women make the most of available resources and navigate their way around those looking to remove them from their turf; flick trough a cute story of the relation between a master and his student.

Poet Sankha Ghosh conferred Jnanpith Award (20:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Eminent Bengali poet and literary critic Sankha Ghosh was conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award by President Pranab Mukherjee here on Thursday.

Goa pins hopes on nostalgic Portuguese-era buses to boost tourism (20:26)
Panaji, April 27 (IANS) In a bid to boost tourist footfalls, tourism authorities in Goa are keen to use 'camaios', typically large, spacious buses used during the Portuguese era for public transport, for sight-seeing tours, an official said on Thursday.

Bengal considering proposal to revamp trams (20:08)
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The West Bengal government is considering a proposal to revamp and run Kolkata trams on a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode to attract tourists, state Tourism Minister Gautam Deb said here on Thursday.

Dara Shikoh was a child of India: M.J. Akbar (15:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Dara Shikoh, the great grandson of Akbar, was a child of India, Minister of State for External Afffairs M.J. Akbar said here on Thursday.

Museum heads should stay longer to develop, implement vision: Met Director (12:12)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Observing there is "room for work" in Indian museums, Thomas Campbell, the departing Director of the celebrated The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or The Met as it is popularly known, says museum heads should stay for at least five years to articulate a vision and act on it.

The many adventures and misadventures of 'Silver', a remarkable Indian spy (With Images) (10:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Bhagat Ram Talwar -- a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier Province of British India -- was perhaps the only quintuple spy of World War II and the author of perhaps his first detailed sketch has said that even as the master spy helped Subhas Chandra Bose escape from India via Kabul, he was actually betraying him to the British.

Paul Verhoeven directing lesbian nun drama (05:22)
Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands, is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini.

"An evening of ghazals, women empowerment at 'Jashn-E-Dosti' (19:14)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) It was a soulful evening at "Jash-e-dosti" where the audience was enthralled with ghazals and discourses spreading a strong message on issues like female foeticide, rape, dowry, domestic violence, stalking and eve-teasing.

Connecting the dots: The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations (Book Review) (With Images) (11:04)
By Saket Suman
Title: Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva; Author: Dhirendra K. Jha; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 499

'Mohe pir paayo, Nizamuddin Auliya...': The saint and his grace (Book Review) (With Images) (10:44)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Song of the Dervish; Author: Meher Murshed; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 242; Price: Rs 499

Record 1,000 metre-long offered on 362nd urs of Shah Jahan  (23:50)
Agra, April 25 (IANS) A record 1,000-metre-long ceremonial chadar was offered on Tuesday at the graves of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his Empress Mumtaz Mahal on the 362nd Urs of the builder of the immortal memorial to love here.

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dies (20:18)
Washington, April 25 (IANS) Robert M. Pirsig, author of the influential 1970s philosophical novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", has died at the age of 88.

Conference on Dara Shikoh draws experts from 6 countries (18:22)
New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) An upcoming conference on the spiritual legacy of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh here will see the participation of eminent scholars, academics and historians from the US, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and India.

Post-modern paintings and sculptures on display (With Images) (16:06)
Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) An exhibition that kicked off here on Tuesday brings an exciting array of post-modern paintings and sculptures by six painters and two sculptors.

Bid for Shivaji statue points to huge cost escalation (09:10)
Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) The Maharashtra PWD is learnt to have approved L&Ts bid to construct phase one of the ambitious Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial -- at a cost that is much higher than the estimate for the entire project.

Italian-born author shot, injured in Kenya (20:46)
Nairobi, April 24 (IANS/AKI) Acclaimed Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was battling for life in a Nairobi hospital on Monday after being shot in the hip and stomach by armed men at her ranch in Kenya.

L'Opera: From France, with love and flavours (With Images) (17:42)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Remember Julia Child? The famous chef known for introducing French delicacies to the US? In similar fashion, a Frenchman has been keeping alive his country's recipes in the very heart of the national capital for the past six years.

'India needs to prepare a pool of future leaders' (17:20)
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Management guru MB Athreya has said that India needs to prepare a pool of future leaders, who are ready to scale greater heights in a fiercely competitive global economy that faces challenges of climate change, rising inequality and terrorism.

Drawing ancient history: The co-creator and preserver of Asterix (April 25 is Uderzo's 90th birthday) (With Images) (14:36)
By Vikas Datta
The world's most famous French warrior nearly had his career cut short when his writer died midway through one of his adventures but fans of Asterix the Gaul have much to thank the artist for ensuring the popular series (111 translations and 11 films of the 34 stories) carries on well into the 21st century.

We need an 'innernet' along with the internet: Karmapa (20:04)
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The internet has brought people closer to each other but also needed is an "innernet" to make us feel our inter-connectedness inwardly too, Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, said on Sunday.

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