Modi-Trump summit: Hugs, business and support for India (Comment) (12:16)
By Tarun Basu IANS Photo Service
If hugs and handshakes are markers to personal and bilateral relationships, then the first get-to-know meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump seems to have been singularly successful.

Dravidian assault: Bahubali may save Bollywood from its mindless exertions (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Prashant Pandey IANS Photo Service
There is a scene in Richard Attenboroughs film "Gandhi" where Shriram Lagoo playing Gopal Krishna Gokhale prevails upon the South Africa-returned barrister Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (played by Ben Kingsley) to travel all over India.

India should aim to get 40% electricity from n-power by 2050: Former AEC chief (Interview) (15:34)
By Sirshendu Panth IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 26 (IANS) Indigenous manufacturing of major components and ensuring a strong participation from the domestic industry are the major challenges before the Indian nuclear power programme now, says former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief M R Srinivasan.

Climate change: Neglecting oceans no longer an option (Commentary: Special to IANS) (12:12)
By Soumya Sarkar
When people think of climate change, pictures of melting glaciers, sweltering heat in summers and flooding of coastal areas predominate. Often lost in the imagery is the role the world's oceans play in countering the worst effects of global warming.

Muslim women in India can become change agents through education (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:02)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently called for empowerment and education of Muslim women. One would have expected this message to receive widespread acceptance and support. It did not.

Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries (With Images) (12:40)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Once a favourite spot for learners and scholars, most of the 70,000 plus public libraries in India have now turned into haunted houses with few visitors to grace their premises.

Dalit for President: Tokenism wins (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:06)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
It's a no-brainer, for the result is known before the contest. The support which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to muster for its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the electoral college will give him an easy ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

My five decades in films went by in moments: Dharmendra (Interview) (12:30)
By Sugandha Rawal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) He is known as Bollywood's 'Yamla, Pagla, Deewana', but for long he was also seen as the macho hero of silver screen.

We prudes feel assailed, but we'll win in the end (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
These days people are willing to stand up for every subset of sexual identities -- except for one group.

For women, criticism is directly proportional to success: Actress Kalki Koechlin (Interview) (12:34)
By Sahana Ghosh IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Fresh-faced and spontaneous, Kalki Koechlin is known for bringing a certain degree of panache to the roles she portrays, unconventional as they are.

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine (Book Review) (June 21 is International Yoga Day) (With Images) (10:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it.

Writer who finds inspiration for writing near a cemetery (Feature) (With Images) (10:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Undisturbed by his silent neighbours in the capital's Nicholson Cemetery, this leading author has penned numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children in a career spanning several decades.

India has to save yoga from its shallow, soulless imitations (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:08)
By M. Rajaque Rahman
With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under the carpet.

Is RBI's hawkish stance hurting India's growth prospects? (Column: Active Voice) (15:04)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The role of interest rate in Indias growth is grossly underplayed. The movement of interest rates has been strongly linked to episodes of high growth and slowdowns in the last few decades.

Museum with a difference: Tracing 4,500-year history of toilets (With Images) (10:40)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Full of strange facts and objects, our museums and history books carry some very interesting stories from bygone times. But one peculiar piece that doesn't find space anywhere is about a French monarch's struggle with constipation that led him to have a commode built under his throne.

BRICS cooperation will usher new golden decade: Xi (17:04) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, June 19 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that the BRICS cooperation will be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade".

'Sanitation workers clean our cities, but are denied even minimum wage' (Interview) (12:12)
By Swagata Yadavar
After a decade-long legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled in April 2017 that permanent jobs be given to 2,700 contract workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), India's richest municipal corporation. These contract workers, who sweep streets, collect garbage and clean sewers, were not entitled to health and other benefits, vacation, rest days and pension. They will now get back pay of two years and employee benefits, such as weekly offs and medical leave without a pay cut.

Of simplicity and ethereal beauty: Memories of growing up in a different Darjeeling (First Person) (With Images) (12:12)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) "'When the wind is right and the cloud is gone, you can see down this road as far as Darjeeling,' I told her. 'But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveller on foot were to look at the length of it, his spirit would be overcome and he would sit down and refuse to go any further. You must not look to the end of the road, Portia. Look only to the step in front of you. That you can do. Just one step. And you will not make the journey alone,'" Deanna Raybourn famously wrote in "Dark Road to Darjeeling".

Loan waiver is not a permanent solution: BJP farmers' cell chief (Interview) (11:42)
By Brajendra Nath Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Loan waiver is not a permanent solution for the problems faced by farmers, feels the chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party's farmers' cell, Virendra Singh "Mast", who says only a fair price for their produce can mitigate the situation.

Mithila to see revival of 700-year-old way of matchmaking (Feature) (11:06)
By Nirmal Ashu Ranjan and Mudita Girotra
Madhubani (Bihar)/New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Marriages are made in heaven, they say. But there is at least one more place where marriages are made in large numbers -- in Saurath village of Madhubani district in north Bihar.

Is a consensus possible on the new President? (Column: Political Circus) (13:48)
By Amulya Ganguli
For a party known for its hubris, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to consult the opposition for a consensus on the presidential candidate has come as a pleasant surprise.

US drone strikes Al Qaeda vehicle in Yemen, kills 3 (07:32)
Sana'a, June 17 (IANS) At least three militants of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch were killed after an unmanned US plane fired a missile at a running vehicle in Shabwa province, a military official said.

A small Himachal village that's taking art to nature (With Images) (12:08)
By Vishav
Bir (Himachal Pradesh), June 16 (IANS) Art is not a commodity but an experience, say connoisseurs, and this experience can take an entirely new form when it interacts with its surroundings -- walls, lights, music, furniture and other artwork around it -- or even moves beyond it.

Four recent examples which show real life is imitating the movies (The Funny Side) (11:34)
By Nury Vittachi
You know that movie where someone jumps out of a building and lands safely on a passing truck? I think it was called Pretty Much Every Movie Ever.

Ronald & Donald: From Reaganian history to Trumpian future of planet Earth (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
"Tear down this wall," Ronald Reagan, former Republican President of the US, challenged Mikhail Gorbachev in his speech at Brandenburg Gate, in Germany, exactly this week of June in 1987.

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