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Kerala CM withdraws from book release event of top police official (20:14)
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday decided against attending a function to release a book by a serving top Kerala Police official that has lavished praise on the Left leader.

A week of philosophy for all ages in Delhi (19:44)
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) A week-long workshop on French and Indian philosophy started here on Monday with the participation of students from France.

Moroccans dazzled by display of 100 Picasso masterpieces (19:42)
Rabat, May 22 (IANS) The artworks exhibition of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso here has on public display more than 100 of his masterpieces, including paintings, sculptures, pictures and printings.

Ivory Coast to hold 9th SILA book fair (18:18)
Abidjan, May 22 (IANS/MAP) Ivory Coast is set to hold the 9th edition of the International Book Fair of Abidjan (SILA) from May 24 and has invited visitors to participate massively in the event.

Tie Arundhati Roy to jeep, says Paresh Rawal, faces Twitter flak (17:10)
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Veteran actor and parliamentarian Paresh Rawal has attracted a lot of flak on Twitter for saying the army should "tie" author Arundhati Roy to an army jeep instead of tying a "stone pelter".

Young Indian cartoonist wins top conservation award  (15:04)
By Juhi Chaudhary
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Avid bird watcher, Rohan Chakravarty has turned his love for wildlife and environment into his muse by drawing cartoons centred on conservation issues under the banner of Green Humour, a comic strip that is being distributed internationally

Leading S. Korean artist's exhibition inaugurated at NGMA (14:36)
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) have joined hands to stage an exhibition here by a leading artist from South Korea.

Kamal Haasan glad Shruti met her 'other hero' Neil Gaiman  (14:10)
Chennai, May 22 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan is glad his daughter met British novelist Neil Gaiman, whom he described as her "other hero", at the ongoing 70th edition Cannes Film Festival.

A wealth of wisdom on human issues expected and unexpected (Book Review)  (11:10)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Wise Words - The Philosophy of Everyday Life; Author: Stephen Trombley; Publisher: Head of Zeus; Pages: 337; Price: Rs 599

A vague inspiration from Jayalalithaa's life (Book Review) (10:38)
By Somrita Ghosh
Book: The Queen; Author: Anita Sivakumaran; Publisher: Juggernaut; Price: Rs 350; Pages: 279

American circus stages final show (09:50)
New York, May 22 (IANS) America's most celebrated circus Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus has staged its final performance in New York, as emotional performers, and wistful crowd-goers bid farewell to an institution in US live entertainment.

New book by top Kerala cop praises Vijayan, blasts Chandy (19:38)
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 (IANS) A new book written by a top Kerala Police official has heaped praise on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, but has blasted former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Transgenders must raise their voice, demand their rights: India's first transgender principal (12:04)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Their identity in society is largely limited to being termed "hijras" (eunuchs), they are often ridiculed for their appearance, their profession has been reduced to begging and their rights are routinely suppressed.

Chronicling the world's most famous journalist - and the Indian link (May 22 is Herge's 110th birth anniversary)  (11:30)
By Vikas Datta
The adventures of this author's ageless boy-journalist around, and even out of, our world are not only among the most-read cartoon capers but had fans as varied as Satyajit Ray, Steven Spielberg and Charles de Gaulle. The boy-journalist also made a "discovery" that would only be validated by India's Chandrayaan half a century later.

Unconventional but alluring 'heroes': Byron's kin down the ages (Column: Bookends)  (10:34)
By Vikas Datta
In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don't know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us -- the "hero" (or rather, the anti-hero or even villain) who is passionate but flawed, charismatic but behaves outrageously, holds unshakeable beliefs while internally-conflicted and seems to nurse dark secrets.

Habib uplifted low-profile profession to high-profile fashion: Author Hritu Pawar  (18:00)
By Kishori Sud
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) His father, Nazir Ahmed, was the personal hair stylist of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and the last British Governor General, Lord Mountbatten, which took the family to what is now Rashtrapati Bhavan. One fine day Habib Ahmed opened his academy-cum-salon in Lodhi Hotel and the rest is history.

National Museum adds Korean to its audio tour service (16:22)
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) National Museum has now added the Korean language to its audio tour service to help the museum in making a deeper connect of Korean tourists with Indian heritage, history and culture.

Beijing's Palace Musuem launches new app (08:14)
Beijing, May 20 (IANS) The Palace Museum in Beijing also known as the Forbidden City has launched a new app in which users can learn about it through building their own imperial residence.

Slain Pakistani Sufi singer's family seeks protection (22:00)
Karachi, May 19 (IANS) The family of famed Sufi Qawwal singer Amjad Sabri, who was shot dead in Karachi last June, has requested the Pakistan government to provide them security, a media report said.

On Ruskin Bond's birthday, first look of ‘The Black Cat' out  (18:36)
Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) On Ruskin Bonds 83rd birthday on Friday, filmmaker Bhargav Saikia unveiled the first look of his forthcoming short film "The Black Cat", based on a story by the celebrated author.

Aborigines populated Australia 50,000 years ago (13:28)
Sydney, May 19 (IANS) The Aborigines first populated Australia's coastal regions around 50,000 years ago, according to a study published on Friday based on evidence collected from a remote cave.

Rusty and his timeless tales: A life less ordinary (May 19 is Ruskin Bond's 83rd Birthday)  (11:26)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) E-books and digital media are on the rise today but one writer we would always love to read in print is Ruskin Bond. Even in an age of popular fiction, his works transcend the barriers of time.

Of love, migrant labour and UP's search for Ram Rajya (IANS Books This Weekend) (10:36)
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Flick through a story about mature romance for the new age; read about the captivating tale of countless Indians and other Southeast Asian migrant labourers; change the way we discuss politics in the 21st century far beyond caste calculations, dynastic ambitions and family feuds through an eye-opening novel about Uttar Pradesh. Also, read to let go of everything that -- literally and metaphorically -- weighs you down.

Ancient bronze ornament stolen in Italy (23:58)
Pompeii, May 18 (IANS/AKI) Thieves have stolen a sixth-century BC bronze ornamental stud from Pompeii, the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii said on Thursday.

Singer Chris Cornell dead (Lead) (18:04)
Detroit, May 18 (IANS) Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died in what is believed to be a suicide. He was 52.

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