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'Apartheid early example of state terrorism that Mandela fought against' (16:06)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Citing apartheid as "an early example of state terrorism against the majority population", it took an "extraordinary man" like Nelson Mandela "who dedicated his life to the emancipation of his people from the jackboot of the oppressor" to bring South Africa to where it is today, a former Indian envoy to the country, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee has said.

Oxford Bookstore invites entries for book cover design prize (15:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The fourth edition of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is now accepting entries from Indian publishers and designers of covers of titles released between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Documenting the death of a whirlwind called Qandeel Baloch (11:52)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Book: The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch; Author: Sanam Maher; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 466

Pottery, an underpaying profession, makes surviving a struggle in Delhi (11:22)
By Richa Sharma
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Thirty-two-year-old Geeta sits patiently, painting pots created by her husband in the small open porch in her house at Kumhar Gram or Potters' Village that interestingly has managed to find space in West Delhi's Uttam Nagar.

Assamese and Malwi folk music performances at the IGNCA (22:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Folk music from Madhya Pradesh and Assam was rendered at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) here on Wednesday, as part of a three-day series, to bring to Delhi, fading music from all over India.

Reading of poetry on Dalit experience held (Lead) (20:18)
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Elements of protest, resistance, pride and assertion of identity can be discerned from Dalit writings in English, said Sahitya Akademi Secretary K. Sreenivasa Rao at a "Dalit Indian English Poets' Meet" here.

Poetry on Dalit experience read aloud (18:38)
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Elements of protest, resistance, pride and assertion of identity can be discerned from Dalit writings in English, said Sahitya Akademi K. Sreenivasa Rao at a "Dalit Indian English Poets' Meet" in the Capital on Tuesday.

All about emotions at India's 1st transgender poets' meet (15:18)
Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) Poignant pieces of verse kept the audience in a thrall as Kolkata organised the country's first 'Transgender Poets' Meet' here.

New book draws parallels between human body and change (14:54)
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Charting the dynamism of human body and mind, writer-doctor Gavin Francis traces the linkage between mankind and its inevitable transformation in his book "The Shapeshifters: On Medicine and Human Change".

New RS members take oath (Lead) (13:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha and former MP Ram Shakal along with three elected members from Kerala on Wednesday took oath as members of the Rajya Sabha.

'Vaishnav jan to' and its unsung writer (11:38)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) What impact can a song have on an individual, particularly on somebody as iconic as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi? The surreal, symbolic and sensual "Vaishnav jan to" was Bapu's favourite song and is synonymous with him even today. But who is its writer?

Cirque du Soleil to make its India debut in November (11:12)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Globally popular live entertainment company Cirque du Soleil is set to come to India for the first time later this year, with shows in Delhi and Mumbai.

Living a good, full and long life - the Japanese way (Book Review) (11:12)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life; Author: Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles; Publisher: Hutchinson/Penguin Random House; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499

Dissent essential in open society: Hamid Ansari (23:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Dissent is of critical importance in an open society and its suppression could metamorphose it into an illiberal and ethnic democracy, former Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Tuesday.

Slew of events to help art lovers admire artist Raza's work (17:10)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, July 17 (IANS) The Piramal Museum of Art on Tuesday announced a slew of events to commemorate iconic Indian modernist painter Sayed Haider Raza's life and works and to familiarise more and more art lovers with the master's oeuvre.

Ditch medicine, adopt self-healing, advises new book (14:50)
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) People from all over the world are ditching their pills and embracing the path of natural healing with little or no medical intervention, claims a new book.

'Sanjay Gandhi was made of sterner stuff' (Book Extract) (11:14)
By Karan ThaparIANS Photo Service
I cant claim that I was close to the entire Gandhi family, but there was a time when Sanjay, Indira Gandhis younger son, was a good friend. In fact, he even tried to teach me to fly a plane, without success but with considerable daredevilry.

Odisha CM urges Centre to tackle waterlogging at temple (21:12)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, July 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to take immediate steps to prevent waterlogging at the world famous Sun Temple at Konark.

Entries invited for international translators' prize in Bengali (17:20)
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Entries are now open for the Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize, with Bengali being the chosen language for the ninth edition of the annual prize.

Evocative artworks on display at Jor Bagh metro station (15:36)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Through evocative art works, poetry and prose, an ongoing exhibition at the Jor Bagh metro station decodes and amplifies actions that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities.

How we went wrong in understanding ecology - and what to do (Book Review) (12:16)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Being Ecological; Author: Timothy Morton; Publisher: Pelican/Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 399

Sculptor seeks cooperation of Centre, Odisha for new temple (20:10)
Bhubaneswar, July 15 (IANS) Eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra, who has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, on Sunday sought the cooperation of the central and Odisha governments for his dream project of constructing a second Konark temple in the state.

Emerging Hindustani classical music artistes put on mesmerising recital (17:16)
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) With soulful vocal and santoor recitals, Hindustani classicalists Mahalaxmi Shenoy and Raj Kumar Majumdar created a vibrant yet mesmerising ambience at the 10th Quarterly Baithak of Chandigarh-based educational institution Pracheen Kala Kendra here.

Make teaching of mother-tongue compulsory in school: Naidu (16:48)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Lauding language as an embodiment of morals, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday appealed all state governments to include teaching of mother tongue as a mandatory subject in school.

Photo festival brings transgender voices to commoners (15:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Dubbed as an initiative that seeks to bring powerful art to the people and go beyond the "art-literate circles", a photography festival "opens minds about the transgender community" within India as well as globally, says curator Manik Katyal.

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