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Bio-toilets installed at Victoria Memorial Hall (18:38)
Kolkata, Sep 20 (IANS) The Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) has installed two clusters of bio-toilets at its sprawling campus here as part of its Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan initiative, its curator said here on Wednesday.

Authors, artists true messengers of rich Indian culture: Mahesh Sharma (With Images) (17:12)
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday said artists, authors, sculptors and literary persons are the true messengers of the rich Indian culture.

Mysuru decks up to host Dasara festival (13:38) IANS Photo Service
Mysuru (Karnataka), Sep 20 (IANS) The City of Palaces has been decked up to host its world famous 10-day 'Mysuru Dasara' fest starting Thursday with pomp and pageantry and an increase in the number of tourists is expected this year, officials said.

On our heads mostly: Hair and its importance to human society (Book Review) (With Images) (11:44)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Hair (Object Lessons); Author: Scott Lowe; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 152; Price: Rs 250

When Indira Gandhi desired jalebee, mathri for breakfast (11:10)
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) On a visit to Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh after her re-election in 1980, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi stunned the administration by seeking jalebee and mathri for breakfast.

Great-granddaughters of Subbulakshmi meet Modi (22:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya, great-granddaughters of legendary Carnatic singer M.S. Subbulakshmi on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amjad Ali Khan, sons honoured in Los Angeles (20:46) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Renowned sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, who play the instrument too, were felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards under the Gold Medal category here.

North East Festival to return to Delhi for fifth time (17:56)
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The fifth edition of the North East Festival, which brings together the numerous colours and talents of the region, will begin here on November 3.

Indians should speak in their mother tongue more, less in English: Naidu (17:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Favouring promotion of Indian culture and heritage and not looking towards the West, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged people speaking the same language to communicate in their mother tongue instead of in English.

Teenagers growing up more slowly today than they used to (16:34)
New York, Sep 19 (IANS) Contrary to popular perception, today's teenagers are actually growing up more slowly than their predecessors, with 18-year-olds now behaving like 15-year-olds of yesteryears, suggests new research.

We are shrinking into a Hindu monoculture: Nayantara Sehgal (13:40) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) At a time when the nation is witnessing rising violence, lynchings and the silencing of rationalists, noted author and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Nayantara Sehgal believes that the country is shrinking into a Hindu monoculture.

Yesudas granted permission to pray at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple (21:52) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (IANS) Legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas has been given permission to pray at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here on the occasion of Vijayadashami, a member of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family said on Monday.

Don't forget artistes beyond film, indie music: Shubha Mudgal (20:58) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Sep 18 (IANS) Celebrated classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal on Monday urged the music community to pay attention to genres and artistes beyond the film and independent music scenario in the country.

Rolling Stone magazine up for sale after 50 years (14:58)
New York, Sep 18 (IANS) The owners of Rolling Stone, the 50-year-old music and culture magazine, have put it up for sale mainly due to some "costly strategic mis-steps" that have steadily taken a financial toll on the publication, the media reported.

61st edition of 'Shri Ram' to mark festive season (14:12)
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) An annual dance-drama, now in its 61st edition, depicting the life of Hindu god Ram is once again set to be performed in the Capital around the fast approaching Dushhehra and Diwali festive season.

Two new Banksy artworks appear in London (14:12)
London, Sep 18 (IANS) Two new artworks by acclaimed street artist Banksy have appeared in London, the media reported.

Chasing coffee: This little known museum is a 'must-visit' hotspot in Dubai (With Images) (14:00)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A popular beverage in most parts of the world, coffee is much more than just a drink in the Middle East. It is an integral part of the region's heritage, a celebration of its culture and a dedicated coffee museum in Dubai -- the first of its kind in the Middle East -- stands as testimony to the region's longstanding tryst with the drink.

Google honours Samuel Johnson with Doodle (11:40) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Grabbing a dictionary to know the meaning of a word may now have become a thing of the past in the online world, but Google Doodle on Monday decided to honour Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled a mammoth dictionary of the English language 150 years before the Oxford English Dictionary appeared.

Telling Putin's side of the story, from Crimea to Trump and more (Book Review) (With Images) (11:12)
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Putin Interviews; Author/Interviewer: Oliver Stone; Publisher: Hot Books/Skyhorse Publishing; Pages: 289; Price: Rs 699

Harmanpreet Kaur debuts on ramp at fashion gala in Mysuru (03:50)
By Kishori Sud IANS Photo Service
Mysuru, Sep 18 (IANS) Indian women's cricket team Vice Captain Harmanpreet Kaur debuted on the ramp for designer Archana Kochhar at the Mysore Fashion Week 2017 in association with the brand Crocs, here, on Sunday.

Japan releases postage stamps on Indian yoga experts (22:04)
Kolkata, Sep 17 (IANS) Acknowledging the role played by yoga legend Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members in spreading Indian postural yoga in Japan, the Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on four of Bengal's famous exponents of the ancient Indian practice.

Author Birbal Jha awarded for cultural campaign (20:00)
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Author and entrepreneur Birbal Jha has been given the Paag Man award by Mithila Darpan, a Mumbai-based organisation, for his work on "advancing the cause of Mithila culture".

Unlike Rushdie: Simple plot but relevant in a world of alternative facts (Book Review) (With Images) (12:16)
By Saket Suman
Book: The Golden House; Author: Salman Rushdie; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 370; Price: Rs 699

Gloomy characters: The melancholic aspect in literature (Column: Bookends) (11:36)
By Vikas Datta
The human race displays an infinite capacity for dividing itself into various categories -- justified or not. But one rather interesting differentiation is in the (figurative) eyeglasses people use to see their world, with their lenses' colour ranging from rose to jaded (or being particularly effective sunglasses). It may be a matter of opinion if the cheery or gloomy outlook is better, but the latter scores higher in one respect at least.

Elli Avram, Siami Kher walk the ramp at Crocs Mysore Fashion Week (04:10) IANS Photo Service
Mysuru, Sep 17 (IANS) Actresses Elli Avrram and Saiyami Kher walked the ramp for designer Rebecca Dewan at the fourth edition of Mysore Fashion Week in association with the brand Crocs.

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