Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism (Travel Feature) (12:18)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, May 22 (IANS) Taking a leaf from the success of Leh's Sindhu Darshan festival, locals of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers that makes for a mix of virgin nature and Buddhism.

Why coalitions among NE militant groups won't work (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Kula Saikia
Chronic attacks of the insurgency virus for decades has made the people of northeast apparently immune to the scourge. The relentless operations by security agencies have forced some of the militant groups to surrender or to run away to alien lands which they use as shelter -- and to employ hit-and-run tactics in the region.

Unconventional but alluring 'heroes': Byron's kin down the ages (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (10:34)
By Vikas Datta
In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don't know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us -- the "hero" (or rather, the anti-hero or even villain) who is passionate but flawed, charismatic but behaves outrageously, holds unshakeable beliefs while internally-conflicted and seems to nurse dark secrets.

Rajnath chairs security meet with five CMs, hikes border development funding (Second Lead) (23:48)
Gangtok, May 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday chaired the first security review meeting with Chief Ministers of five states bordering China, and enhanced the Central Assistance for Border Area Development Programmes (BADP) from Rs 990 crore to Rs 1,100 crore.

Manifestos indicate future tense for Great Britain (London Diary) (18:14)
By Anasudhin Azeez IANS Photo Service
The ruling Conservatives, opposition Labour and Liberal Democrats have unveiled their manifestos for the 2017 general elections. Whoever comes to power on June 8 will follow the manifesto commitments and they are the blueprints for the creation of post-Brexit Britain. The contents in the manifestos indicate the life wont be same for an average Britain after the elections.

My second innings is about doing what gives satisfaction: Sachin Tendulkar (Interview) (13:02)
By Radhika Bhirani IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) It has been four years since Sachin Tendulkar retired from competitive cricket, but the game is so ingrained in his head that he only talks of his life and work in terms of innings. In his "second innings", the master blaster says, he is focussed on doing whatever gives him satisfaction.

Tughlaqabad gas leak: Many unanswered questions (News Analysis) (11:30)
By K.S. Jayaraman IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, May 20 (IANS) Has the horrific Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, considered the world's worst industrial disaster that claimed nearly 4,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands with various stages of disability, been all but forgotten? A recent incident would make one think so.

Three years of Modi: Possibility of 2nd innings looms large (Column: Political Circus) (10:38)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Considering that the score line in the last round of assembly elections before Narendra Modi's third anniversary of the assumption of power was 3-2 in the Congress's favour, one can only say that his approval rating has been average.

Cunning life-hacks to help you survive these difficult days (The Funny Side) (11:36)
By Nury Vittachi
I always say "please" and "thank you, Miss" when talking to Siri so that when the machines take over she won't kill me. "Spare the puny one. He was always polite."

Under Trump, a presidency declines, step by remorseless step (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:42)
By Ashok Easwaran IANS Photo Service
As the US constitution was being drafted in utmost secrecy in 1787, an anxious citizen asked Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers, "Well, doctor, what have we got -- a republic or a monarchy?" Without the slightest hesitation, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Delhi Public Library signs MoU to retain relevance (17:44) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) The Delhi Public Library has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) to improve the overall functioning of its outlets and make them more relevant in the fast-changing times.

Don't want the world of 'Baahubali' to end: Rajamouli (Interview) (13:58)
By Haricharan Pudipeddi IANS Photo Service
Chennai, May 18 (IANS) He's the man of the moment in Indian cinema. Filmmaker S.S Rajamouli, basking in the phenomenal success of "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", believes the world of "Baahubali" goes beyond films and there is so much more to explore. So, he doesn't want it to end.

Hypertension can affect children too, not just adults (Comment: Special to IANS)(May 17 is World Hypertension Day) (14:46)
By Rajat Arora
If you thought hypertension is a condition that affects only the adults and the elderly, you are totally mistaken. Paediatric hypertension is well on the rise.

Of Patiala pegs and American whiskey: Cocktails to savour (13:58)
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Fresh ginger juice mixed with lime juice, orgeat syrup, pineapple juice and Tennessee whiskey, shaken well with lots of crushed ice and what you have in hand is a great "Ginger Baker" drink served in a martini glass.

Veteran Indian artist represents modern Indian art in a two-city exhibition in Europe (With Images) (15:06)
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Veteran Indian artist Ganesh Haloi is in the forefront of representing modern Indian art at the ongoing Documenta 14, one of the worlds most prestigious and keenly awaited art events.

Poor pay, training impede India's health workers (14:46)
By Prachi Salve & Swagata Yadavar
Nearly a million workers -- forming the frontline of India's faltering public health system -- are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Health Ministry data, imperilling the country's healthcare efforts.

India needs to rethink strategy for the IT sector (Column: Active Voice) (13:10)
By Amit Kapoor
The Indian IT industry is at the crossroads. It first suffered the long-expected shock of the Trump administration's policy shift against the H1B work visa programme. The US President's executive order makes it impossible for IT firms to bring overseas low-skilled engineers into the US for on-site postings. Indian IT firms, which are the largest applicants for H1B visa, have the most to lose.

As TN farm crisis grows, record national harvest predicted (15:30)
By Vipul Vivek IANS Photo Service
As the impact of the worst northeast monsoon in 140 years unfolds across Tamil Nadu, farmers sowed a third less land than they did in 2015-16, water levels in six major reservoirs continued to plunge, and suicides in the farm sector increased over five years.

No legal verdict can resolve Ayodhya dispute (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:44)
By M. Rajaque Rahman IANS Photo Service
With the Supreme Court refusing to fast-track it and pushing for out-of-court negotiations, it is evident no legal verdict can resolve the vexed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

More than 1 mn TB patients lack adequate nutrition (15:42)
By Charu Bahri
Mt Abu/Abu Road: One look at Puni Garasia, 14, was all it took Ashok Dave, a doctor operating a charitable mobile clinic service for 56 dusty, desolate hamlets in Sirohi, southwest Rajasthan, to suspect tuberculosis (TB).

Britain stuck in time warp as elections near (London Diary) (13:24)
By Anasudhin Azeez
The United Kingdom is just four weeks away from electing a new parliament. Both the ruling Conservatives and the Opposition Labour are giving finishing touches to their manifestos.

Fair is foul and foul is fair in Syria (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:54)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Like Henry Kissinger, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman belongs to a growing tribe of strategists who insist that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been overshadowed, indeed overwhelmed, by a much bigger, Shia-Sunni faultline.

Kashmir could turn out to be Modi's biggest failure (Column: Political Circus) (11:16)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
There is little doubt that notwithstanding any achievement of Narendra Modi in the economic field or in partially curbing the saffron hotheads, Kashmir will be the scene of his biggest failure unless he is able to accomplish a dramatic breakthrough in the near future.

Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic watch, painting to be auctioned (With Images) (16:30)
New York, May 12 (IANS) A wonderful painting by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her Cartier watch, an iconic timepiece, are all set to be auctioned in New York.

The challenges of being a father in the scientific age (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
One of my children asked me whether ham came from hamsters. "Of course," I said. "Just like jelly comes from jellyfish." I added that our family's favourite dessert, Nutella mousse, was a gland secretion from "a brown elk from Canada called the chocolate moose".

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