Beating malnutrition; health awareness seeps into interiors of Bengal (Social Feature) (12:58)
By Binita Das
Purulia, Sep 25 (IANS) Shruti Roy, a chubby seven-month-old baby of Loharsole village in this West Bengal district bordering Jharkhand, is a far cry from all-too-familiar pictures of malnourished children. And as awareness grows among the shy and conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers of this region, more and more infants now resemble Shruti.

Learning from diversity in regulation (Column: Active Voice) (12:14)
By Pawan Agarwal & Amit Kapoor
Regulation has an unfortunate, negative connotation to it. It brings to mind an authoritarian image with regards to the government. That is definitely not how it should be. It must be accepted that regulation has a great positive impact on society and the economy. The economic crisis of 2008, which was effectively a failure of regulation, forcefully underlines this fact. One needs to see regulation as an enabler, even for businesses, and not as a deterrent.

ChaoBella: Where Chinese, Italian cuisines collide (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (11:40)
By Karishma Saurabh Kalita
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Ever since I moved to this city, I have observed that the people here are largely accustomed to two cuisines -- Chinese and Italian. Be it a plate of the cheesiest pasta or a bowl of hot and sour chicken soup, Delhiites' love for these two cuisines has given birth to inumerable eateries across the National Capital Region. But ChaoBella claims to have the best of both the worlds. True or not, let's find out.

Jokers: Make merry with bold cocktails, scrumptious appetizers (Foodie Trail - Noida) (12:30)
By Parul Soni
Noida, Sep 23 (IANS) Just like old times, when jokers or jesters would perform to entertain royalty, Jokers -- an attractive lounge with a quirky set-up -- promises to delight its patrons by offering a "royal dining" experience. But does it live up to its theme? Lets find out.

Matka Man: From London to Delhi on a thirst-quenching mission (IANS Special Series) (12:08)
By Nivedita SinghIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) On a scorching summer day, the likes of which are plentiful in Delhi, what one needs most is a glass of water to quench one's thirst, more so for those who toil in the unbearable heat to earn their livelihoods. The hundreds of civic workers, rickshaw pullers, street vendors and road sweepers cannot afford to buy water several times a day from vending kiosks. To their rescue come the "matkas", or traditional earthen pitchers, installed at different parts of the city which seem to get magically filled up with water every single day.

Makeover gambits by RSS, Congress: Are they for real? (Column: Political Circus) (12:04)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
Two intriguing exercises in U-turns are on at the moment. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi is trying to rid the Congress of its pro-Muslim image, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, is claiming that a Hindu "rashtra" (nation) will include Muslims as well.

Brave girls of West Bengal's Purulia lead by example, fight child marriage (Social Feature) (12:18)
By Binita Das
Purulia (West Bengal), Sep 21 (IANS) As a 15-year-old, she convinced her parents not to marry her off so she could fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a doctor and treating the poor. Now, two years later, Priyanka Bauri strives to make other girls and their parents conscious of the perils of child marriage.

Four women in shortlist of six for Man Booker 2018 (15:16)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 20 (IANS) Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson were announced on Thursday as the six authors shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Saudi Arabia will play leading role in countering extremism and terrorism (Comment) (11:30)
By Dr. Saud Mohammed Al Sati
On September 23, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will celebrate its 88th National Day. It marks the day the Kingdom was unified under the founding King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud in 1932. On this occasion, we also celebrate the progress our great nation has made over the last nine decades to become a modern state and a major player on the international arena.

Scientists track microbes to monitor health of Sundarbans fisheries (Environmental Feature) (13:00)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS/Mongabay) They may be microscopic in size, but bacterioplankton steer major carbon cycling and food webs in aquatic ecosystems. Bacterioplankton are the bacterial component of plankton that live in water bodies, including oceans and lakes.

Is the smart meter programme under UDAY really smart? (Energy Notes) (12:36)
By Rishu Garg
The key to the success of a smart meter implementation programme is its ability to provide reliable electricity consumption data, to be used for plugging operational inefficiencies in the system.

Indian infrastructure: Learnings, challenges, opportunities (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:20)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Issues around infrastructure creation in India bring to the fore some core themes that are worth analysing. The structure of infrastructure companies, cost over-runs, retail investor exposure to credit funds, and the need to recycle assets to real-money balance sheets are once again in focus given the problems that IL&FS is facing currently.

Chicago Congress: Paeans to Hindu unity in shadow of 'nemesis' long deceased (Comment) (11:14)
By Ashok Easwaran
At its best, speeches at the recently concluded World Hindu Congress echoed the soaring spiritual ideals evoked by Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 125 years ago.

Post Maruti-Suzuki departure, Gurugram needn't go the Detroit way (Column: Active Voice) (13:44)
By Amit Kapoor
Cities and regions always have a variety of factors that come into play to pull them out of anonymity.

How India's sports stars overcame tough personal odds to achieve success (IANS Special Series) (16:36)
By Ajeyo BasuIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Ever since she was a kid, Hima Das woke up every morning before the crack of dawn and would go to the local grazing ground in a remote Assam village. With no proper gear or even a playground, she practiced running at this grazing ground, around 50 metres from her house, before the villagers let their cattle loose post sunrise.

Kashmir in its pristine glory as autumn arrives (Travel Feature) (14:30)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Sep 16 (IANS) As turtle doves and pigeons compete with each other to the accompaniment of cicada's flattering music to pick the fallen grain left behind in paddy fields after harvesting, the message is loud and clear - autumn, Kashmir's golden brown season of plenty, has arrived.

Air bombardment or 'chemical attack': Suspense surrounds Idlib endgame (Comment) (14:58)
By Saeed Naqvi
The Byzantine and Roman sites of Ebla and Idlib, in northwest Syria, may well be reduced to dust if an explosion occurs on a scale many expect. Sadly these archaeological losses will not even be noticed. They will be submerged in the looming human catastrophe.

Amit Shah's 50-year dream: Whistling in the dark? (Column: Political Circus) (12:46)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah's boast at the national executive meeting about the party ruling for 50 years may have been in keeping with his usual aggressive, bombastic style, but it has been interpreted in two contradictory ways.

Amarinder government has surrendered to radical forces: Akali Dal (22:56)
Chandigarh, Sep 14 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday demanded immediate dismissal of the Punjab government citing complete collapse in the law and order situation in the state and accusing the Congress government of "abject surrender to radical extremist forces".

Drying Ganga could stall food security and prevent achieving SDGs (Environmental Feature) (12:38)
By Sahana GhoshIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Sep 14 (IANS/Mongabay) Millions of people residing in the lower reaches of the Ganga basin in India may face food shortage in the next three decades if the much revered river continues to lose water due to factors that include unsustainable groundwater extraction, a study has claimed.

5 skills to prepare for tomorrow's tech-centric jobs (Tech notes) (11:46)
By Ishan Gupta
Rapid developments in technology require professionals to upgrade their skills for technology-centered jobs of tomorrow

India-Russia trade at a mere 10% of potential (Comment) (11:16)
By Manish KumarIANS Photo Service
India and Russia have been strong trading partners but the total trade between them in the five years till 2015-16 remained stagnant at $6 billion. In 2016-17, the trade stood at $7.5 billion -- an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year.

Goa's environment faces problems from infrastructure boom (Environment Feature) (12:26)
By Pamela DMello
Panaji, Sep 13 (IANS/Mongabay) Goa's much-highlighted opencast iron-ore mining has resulted in significant destruction of tree cover in the iron ore belts, where all vegetation is shaved off to scoop out top soil from hills and access the ore. The destruction left in its wake is well documented.

How IoT and predictive analysis will impact the Indian transport industry (Comment) (12:04)
By Surajit Das
A report in the Wall Street Journal predicts that India's combined workforce will increase by 12 million each month, making it the youngest working population in the world by 2022.

Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra hopes for 2nd term in NZ parliament (Diaspora Feature) (11:50)
By Mayank ChhayaIANS Photo Service
Chicago, Sep 13 (IANS) With his first three-year term as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand behind him, Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra is biding his time for the next phase of his engagement in his adopted country's public life.

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