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Modi won't confer awards at Vishwa Bharti varsity convocation, Mamata 'shocked' (22:32)IANS Photo Service
Santiniketan (West Bengal), May 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not confer Visva Bharati University's highest award Deshikottam during its convocation on Friday, the university announced on Thursday, triggering an angry reaction from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who said she was "shocked and very unhappy".

DU to translate, publish world classics in Hindi (21:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Delhi University on Thursday announced that it will translate 'world classics' in Hindi language to bolster cultural ties with foreign nations and educate Indians about other cultures.

The secretive whistleblower: Why FBI's No 2 became Watergate's Deep Throat (Book Review) (11:36)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House; Author: Mark Felt (with John O'Connor); Publisher: Ebury Press; Pages: 368; Price: Rs 499

Former ISI chief denied VISA to attend his book launch (00:44)
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Former Director General of Pakistan's ISI Asad Durrani was denied VISA to attend the launch of a book that charts a series of dialogues between him and former RAW chief A.S. Dulat.

Raveena Tandon's wildlife photography to be exhibited (22:36)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Actress Raveena Tandon will showcase her wildlife photographs alongside the works of 75 wildlife photographers for a cause.

86 ancient tombs discovered in China (17:08)
Changsha (China), May 23 (IANS) A total of 86 ancient tombs have been unearthed in central China's Hunan province, the provincial archaeological research institute said on Wednesday.

Polish writer wins Man Booker International Prize (Roundup) (16:18)IANS Photo Service
London, May 23 (IANS) Olga Tokarczuk, a 56-year-old bestselling author from Poland, has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Flights," which deals with travels in the 21st century and human anatomy.

Page from Karl Marx manuscript sells for $524,000 (14:26)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, May 23 (IANS) A page from a manuscript belonging to Karl Marx has sold for 3.34 million yuan ($524,000) at an auction here.

Pulitzer winning novelist Philip Roth dies (Lead) (12:26)
New York, May 23 (IANS) Philip Roth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and uncompromising realist who wrote about male sexuality, Jewish life and America in books like "Godbye Columbus", has died at a hospital here. He was 85.

A catharsis called art (Book Review) (11:20)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Book: Reshaping Art; Author: T.M. Krishna; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 116; Price: Rs 399

Pulitzer winning novelist Philip Roth dies (10:32)
New York, May 23 (IANS) Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, has died of congestive heart failure, said Andrew Wylie, his literary agent. He was 85.

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk bags Man Booker International Prize (Lead) (03:46)IANS Photo Service
London, May 23 (IANS) A novel about travel in the 21st century and human anatomy titled "Flights" by Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for 2018.

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk bags Man Booker International Prize (02:36)IANS Photo Service
London, May 23 (IANS) Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. She bagged the much coveted prize for "Flights", a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy and has become the first ever writer from Poland to win the prestigious award.

Taj Mahal, Mumbai Sea Link among top 10 travellers' choices (18:44)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) The eternal monument to love, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai figure among the Top 10 TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards of 2018 for most visited and popular tourist landmarks, it was announced here on Tuesday.

Kerala tourism to unveil world's largest bird sculpture (16:20)IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) Kerala tourism will inaugurate the world's largest bird sculpture, Jatayu Earth's Centre, here on July 4, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said on Tuesday.

Hindustan was never 'a place of plunder' for Mughals: Writer Ira Mukhoty (IANS Interview) (12:48)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) At a time when demonising the Mughal empire has become fashionable in India and a negative perception of their rule comes a new book "Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire", whose writer, Ira Mukhoty maintains that Hindustan was "never a plunderous foray" for the Mughals.

Pakistan's perilous state - the public position and perception (Book Review) (11:36)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Pakistan under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State; Author: Madiha Afzal; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House India; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 599

I've worked all my life on instincts: Vikas Khanna (23:40)
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) As culinary wizard Vikas Khanna embarks on a new journey as a feature film director with "The Last Colour", a moving film on the widows of Varanasi, he says he doesn't plan things in life and works purely on instincts.

West Bengal government honours Asha Bhosle (21:46)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata May 21 (IANS) Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was conferred the Banga Bibhushan, the West Bengal Government's highest award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

All hope is not lost: 'Comrade in arms' former RAW and ISI chiefs team up in new book (15:54)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Theirs has been the most vicious of all relations -- one was a former chief of India's RAW and the other of Pakistan's ISI -- but their coming together in a first-of-its kind groundbreaking book of dialogues highlights that "all hope is not lost" as far as sub-continental relations are concerned.

Vindu Dara Singh produces play on education system (12:28)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Actor Vindu Dara Singh has produced a Hindi comedy play titled "Golmaal - The Play". It will be staged here on Saturday.

Berlin celebrates cultural diversity with carnival (07:40)
Berlin, May 21 (IANS) Over 4,000 carnival actors in 68 groups have showcased the rich cultural diversity in Berlin with a street parade, drawing tens of thousands of spectators.

A Scottish adventurer and his colourful World War II career (Column: Bookends) (11:40)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Across the Second World War's hundreds of thousands of armed clashes, big and small, across multiple theatres, there are few soldiers, below general rank, who may have influenced its strategic course, and in a way, shaped the future, despite their personal bravery. This distinction goes to a Scottish diplomat-turned-politician-turned-soldier, who was one of the many real-life inspirations for James Bond.

Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again. (Book Extract - Exclusive to IANS) (May 19 is Ruskin Bond's 84th Birthday) (11:16)
By Ruskin BondIANS Photo Service
Try once more! That just about sums up my life. A series of failures leading up to a modicum of success.

Nostalgic exhibition marks International Museum Day (00:24)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) It was sheer nostalgia as inventions like typewriters, gramophones and musical box were showcased at an exhibition here on Friday to celebrate the International Museum Day.

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