Modi's silence doesn't augur well for India's democracy (Comment) (12:56)
By Saket Suman
Even as camera-friendly and Internet-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi waxes eloquent on his "Beti Padhao Beti Bachao" campaign, the right-wing fringe elements openly threaten a leading actress -- an inspiration and role model for thousands of young Indian girls -- under his government's nose. Modi and his government have done nothing but maintain silence, ultimately amounting to indirect approval and further encouraging these elements.

Twisted interpretation of history: Challenging times for artists, filmmakers (Column: Political Circus) (12:08)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film "Padmavati" is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy.

BBC investigation exposes US, UK protecting IS in Syria (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
A BBC expose, with graphic visuals, is quite emphatic: The US and British-led coalition forces enabled hundreds of IS jihadists escape from Raqqa after the headquarters of their self-declared Caliphate was bombarded out of recognition. This will set the cat among the pigeons.

Indira Gandhi's fearlessness brought out the best in her (Comment: Special to IANS) (Nov 19 is Indira Gandhi's 100th birth anniversary) (11:06)
By Suman DubeyIANS Photo Service
No past Prime Minister of India evokes as much passion as Indira Gandhi. Her admirers believe she could do no wrong and was the messianic leader India needed in her time; her detractors hold her responsible for creating a personality cult, encouraging dynastic politics and weakening the institutions of democracy. As in the case of any leader with a long tenure and an enduring impact, her legacy is one that will be debated long into the future, when today's politicians and journalists, who tend to make snap judgments, have given way to historians and analysts with a longer and more discerning perspective.

It's time to put a little truth in children's literature (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Paro AnandIANS Photo Service
I grew up in a house of books and reading. Every evening, we had what was called a "quiet time", when we sat together just before dinner, listening to classical music and reading our own books. I hated that time. I resented being made to sit still and quiet. But my parents and sisters were avid readers; so I just had to fall in line.

Getting away with crimes (The Funny Side) (11:18)
By Nury VittachiIANS Photo Service
A few days ago, this columnist was using an ATM machine while travelling and it warned me to "beware of robbery attempts" while simultaneously stealing my money through ridiculous bank fees.

Climate progress in India brightens hopes for Bonn (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:54)
By Frances BeineckeIANS Photo Service
Just a few years ago, India relied almost exclusively on coal to fuel its rapid development, opening new coal-burning power plants and increasing coal mining and imports. This year, however, in a remarkable turnaround, India cancelled plans for an additional 14 gigawatts of coal power and announced that it won't build any new coal plants for at least a decade -- thanks to a rapid rise in renewable energy.

Antibiotic resistance: Broader implications for humanity (Nov 13-19 is Antibiotic Awareness Week) (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Sakib Burza & Kavitha DevdasIANS Photo Service
It is difficult to imagine a world where a minor bacterial infection from a wound is untreatable and could possibly lead to death. In the short time that antibiotics have been around, their excessive and occasionally irrational usage by humans for medical purposes as well as in livestock and agriculture has contributed to the speeding up of a natural process of evolution and mutation in bacteria -- a phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance (ABR).

Rural cooking solutions: Oil from agricultural stubble may be an answer (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:16)
By Anil K. RajvanshiIANS Photo Service
At the Clean Cooking Forum held in New Delhi earlier this month, one of the panels discussed the use of alcohol for cooking. Use of alcohol for cooking is gaining traction in African and Latin American countries as it provides clean burning, drastically reducing household pollution.

Jatin Das to exhibit 500 portraits at Lalit Kala Akademi (16:36)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Eminent artist Jatin Das is all set to exhibit a staggering 500 portraits -- many of which have never been on display before -- at Lalit Kala Akademi here.

RBI Governor at centre of Ravi Subramanian's next thriller (16:36)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan may have stopped making headlines every other day but his tenure is enough inspiration for leading thriller writer Ravi Subramanian to pen a novel with RBI governor at its centre and demonetisation perhaps its climax.

Sports is the best drug (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Siddhartha UpadhyayIANS Photo Service
Let there be no doubt. In life, there's no bigger, and persistent, high than good health. No drug can match the thrill of competing in sports. Reality well lived is more enticing than the coloured vision of a drug addict.

Will Flipkart's own smartphone capture a billion hearts? (Tech Trend) (11:04)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) In India's fertile mobile landscape, dominated by Chinese manufacturers (along with South Korean giant Samsung at the top) an urge to obtain "signature" handsets has charmed buyers from diverse fields -- from telecom honchos to cricket moguls, from Bollywood heartthrobs to now e-commerce giants.

Graded measures, not knee-jerk reactions needed against air pollution (Column: Active Voice) (16:56)
By Amit KapoorIANS Photo Service
"Delhi is a wakeup call for the world on air pollution. It clearly tells us that unless decisive actions are taken to reduce air pollution, the events we are witnessing in Delhi over the past week are likely to be increasingly common." Unicef released this statement last year when thick smog blanketed the National Capital Region, choking millions.

Photo exhibition to mark Indira Gandhi's centenary year (16:12)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) An exclusive photo exhibition is being organised by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust to commemorate the centenary of the former Prime Ministers birth.

India's first children's literature festival turns 10, host of activities on offer (15:32)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) The literary scene was quite different when Bookaroo -- Indias first childrens literature festival -- began its humble journey. This year, it turns 10 and over 60 award-winning writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, from 18 countries will enthrall young audiences here.

Smart is over, it's time for Intelligent Phones (Tech Analysis) (12:10)
By Faisal KawoosaIANS Photo Service
The mode of communication changed altogether with the arrival of mobile phones in our lives. It got wider and more meaningful once the world was exposed to smartphones.

Checking pollution: Government needs to act (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Rajat AroraIANS Photo Service
The Delhi government has declared a medical emergency with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) sending out alarming messages on its website, calling for states to tackle pollution on a "priority basis".

Mumbai's clock towers: Witnesses to history (Lead, correcting para 4) (Feature) (With Images) (13:02)
By Quaid NajmiIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS) They are not-so-mute witnesses to history, clanging away at intervals of 15 minutes, as if asking us all to grab the moment because time was slipping by.

Mumbai's clock towers: Witnesses to history (Feature) (With Images) (11:46)
By Quaid NajmiIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS) They are not-so-mute witnesses to history, clanging away at intervals of 15 minutes, as if asking us all to grab the moment because time was slipping by.

Bonn climate talks: Resurrection of trust deficit (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:10)
By Rajendra ShendeIANS Photo Service
Contrary to popular belief, the Kyoto Protocol is not dead.

The Superfluous Man: Russia's major literary contribution and its significance (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (12:50)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
The Russian Revolution led by Lenin, which had its 100th anniversary on Tuesday, can be assailed on many counts, but literary connoisseurs could chiefly fault it on one. This would be ensuring the disappearance of a prominent mainstay of classical Russian literature and its archetypical contribution to the tradition -- the "Superfluous Man" who was unfit for the new working class trend of "Socialist Realism".

Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high (IANS Special Series) (With Images) (12:34)
By Abu ZafarIANS Photo Service
Katihar (Bihar)/Azamgarh/New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge.

Pinned against the wall: Losing the argument in Srinagar (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
The arrival of Dineshwar Sharma, formerly of the Intelligence Bureau, as the Centre's interlocutor in troubled Jammu and Kashmir has clearly not set the Jhelum on fire. But Hari Niwas, the former Maharaja's palace, Sharma's HQ, has acquired a temporary prominence with armoured personnel carriers, TV vans and a gradually diminishing number of journalists outside. The approaching winter is a deterrence for assembly after sunset.

The fall and fall of Nitish Kumar (Column: Political Circus) (11:08)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
At one time, he was the poster boy of Indian politics. Not only did he slay the villain of Bihar's "jungle raj" in 2005 by rounding up lawless elements after winning an election and launching social and economic development projects, he also scored another resounding electoral victory in the company of a new set of friends, including the "villain", in 2015.

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