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Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (Lead) (19:28)
By Saket Suman
Dhaka, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam's "The Story of a Brief Marriage" -- a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers -- has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. .

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (18:40)
Dhaka, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasams "The Story of a Brief Marriage" -- a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers -- has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. The announcement was made at the magnificent Bangla Academy here during the closing ceremony of the three-day-long Dhaka Literature Festival on Saturday.

Inspiring story of a radical, but practical, Ireland-born nun (Book Review) (11:06)
By Somrita Ghosh
Title: Girls Are Our Future -- Thoughts of a Practical Radical Nun; Author: Sister Cyril, Neil Farrelly and Greg Dale; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Price: Rs 595; Pages: 283.

Ed Sheeran lands in Mumbai, welcomed in traditional style (22:30)
Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Ed Sheeran landed in Mumbai for his Sunday concert amid heavy security and much fanfare. The popular singer was welcomed at the airport with a traditional welcome ceremony with flowers, dancers and dhols.

Amjad Ali Khan awarded for excellence in Indian classical music (18:54)
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Veteran Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan has been conferred with the Dayawati Modi Award for his contribution to Indian classical music.

When digital and pop art amalgamated (16:38)
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Giving art a modern twist, here is an exhibition that brings digital art and pop art under the same roof, creating a new form of art.

Oxford Dictionaries seeks Hindi Word of the Year (16:20)
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Here's a chance for Hindi speakers across the country to help choose a Hindi Word of the Year 2017.

Tribute to Indira Gandhi through dance and music (16:20)
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Eminent artists from the world of classical dance and music will come together on stage to pay tributes to India's first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary on Sunday.

I'll keep talking about women's struggle with liberty: 'The Girl on the Train' author (IANS Interview) (13:56)
By Sugandha Rawal
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Paula Hawkins' best selling novel "The Girl On The Train" explored themes like domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse. The celebrated author says she wants to keep on writing about womens struggle for liberty and also touch upon how women are "abused about the talents they have".

It's time to put a little truth in children's literature (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Paro Anand
I grew up in a house of books and reading. Every evening, we had what was called a "quiet time", when we sat together just before dinner, listening to classical music and reading our own books. I hated that time. I resented being made to sit still and quiet. But my parents and sisters were avid readers; so I just had to fall in line.

Readers without borders are future of the world: Writer Preti Taneja (IANS Interview) (11:36)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Her first novel is an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" -- told as a devastating commentary on contemporary India -- and was welcomed with rave reviews in the UK. Now Preti Taneja's "We That Are Young" is out in India -- but will it make a mark in a market driven largely by light and popular reads, one that is moving far from Shakespeare as well as literary novels?

Inside the crime world, exploring the Silk Route, eradicating poverty, a dose of mythology (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:22)
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Embark on a thrilling journey with inside stories of Mumbai's mafia world -- of fearless hitmen from the city who have got haunting stories of themselves to tell; explore the Silk Route and the eight countries it traverses.

'World's oldest' Buddha statue unearthed in Pakistan (22:22)
Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) A centuries-old "sleeping Buddha" statue has been unearthed during excavations near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Allow filmmakers, writers freedom of speech, expression: SC (Lead) (19:56)
New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) Filmmakers and writers should be allowed to enjoy freedom of speech and expression and curbs can't be put on this, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, rejecting a plea against the release of a documentary on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Bollywood romance is cunning now: Amitosh Nagpal (17:58)
Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS) Actor Amitosh Nagpal says Bollywood romance has become "cunning and clever".

Da Vinci painting sells for record $450 million (Lead) (15:54)
New York, Nov 16 (IANS) Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" has become the most expensive artwork to ever sell at an auction, going for $450.3 million at Christie's in New York.

Love -- lost and found (Book Review) (11:16)
By Himani Kothari
Title: Men Without Women; Author: Haruki Murakami; Publisher: Harvill Secker - Penguin Random House; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 799

Leonardo da Vinci artwork auctioned for $450.3 mn (07:46)
New York, Nov 16 (IANS) Christie's auction house has sold a painting, believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, for $450.3 million.

Tribal fest with tribes from four continents kicks off in Jamshedpur (Lead, changing dateline) (02:28)
Jamshedpur, Nov 16 (IANS) Tata Steel kickstarted the fourth edition of its five-day tribal festival here on Wednesday, with 103 tribes from across the country and many from overseas slated to showcase their indigenous culture.

Tribal fest with tribes from four continents kicks off in Ranchi (23:52)
Ranchi, Nov 15 (IANS) Tata Steel kickstarted the fourth edition of its five-day tribal festival here on Wednesday, with 103 tribes from across the country and many from overseas slated to showcase their indigenous culture.

Ghazal Srinivas' song performance in Israel Parliament (23:12)
Hyderabad, Nov 15 (IANS) Ghazal singer and peace activist Ghazal Srinivas sang "Golden dreams of Gandhiji" in the Central Hall of Israeli Parliament, a statement said on Wednesday.

Review any Padmavati scene that hurts community sentiments: Congress (21:40)
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) In the wake of a controversy over the movie 'Padmavati', the Congress on Wednesday said if there are scenes that hurt the sentiments of a particular community the same need to be reviewed.

Odisha to apply for GI tag for 'Odishara Rasogolla' soon (21:18)
Bhubaneswar, Nov 15 (IANS) A day after West Bengal secured GI tag for 'Banglar Rasogolla', the Odisha government on Wednesday said it would apply for the tag for 'Odishara Rasogolla' soon.

Hindi poet Kunwar Narain passes away (17:12)
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Noted Hindi poet Kunwar Narain, who had been writing consistently for well over five decades, passed away here at the age of 90 on Wednesday.

Jatin Das to exhibit 500 portraits at Lalit Kala Akademi (16:36)
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Eminent artist Jatin Das is all set to exhibit a staggering 500 portraits -- many of which have never been on display before -- at Lalit Kala Akademi here.

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