'High Noon' and more cinematic heights: Hollywood's realistic director (April 29 is Fred Zinnemann's 110th birth anniversary) (With Images) (17:02)
By Vikas Datta
As a story goes, this director, who was behind some of Hollywood's most path-breaking films across genres, helmed debuts of many who would become its biggest stars, and won Oscars galore in his half-a-century career, was once asked by an ignorant studio executive what he had done. Fred Zinnemann just answered: "Sure. You first".

Sam Smith might make comeback with Clean Bandit (13:24) IANS Photo Service
London, April 28 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith is reportedly working with British electronic music group Clean Bandit.

Emerging trend of 'Build & Sell' model in housing (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Vinod Behl
Three years ago, when Manav Singh, an aviation entrepreneur from Shimla, forayed into real estate with the launch of a mega 100-acre luxury township in the picturesque Auramah Valley, next to popular tourist spot of Naldera in Himachal Pradesh, he was treading on an alien and risky terrain amidst the real estate slowdown.

Robots are people too (The Funny Side) (11:18)
By Nury Vittachi
Legislative officials in the European Union have been trying to decide whether robots are people or not. This is idiotic. Of course they are people. The little robot in my smartphone told me. (Not a joke. I asked Siri if she was human and she replied: "Close enough.")

From angry young man to angry father: Vinod Khanna's cinematic voyage (Tribute) (With Images) (18:06)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
He came into prominence playing an angry young man in a 1970s classic and one of his last major appearances was as an angry implacable father in a 2010 blockbuster, but whatever role Vinod Khanna played -- good, bad, or even supporting -- he ended up making his presence felt. Can you think of any other Bollywood hero who won applause for beating up Amitabh Bachchan on screen?

With lowest tally in Delhi civic polls, Congress woes persist (News Analysis) (23:12)
By Prashant Sood IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Congress suffered its worst defeat of the last three Delhi municipal polls on Wednesday, bringing to light the enormity of challenges it faces to revive itself in the national capital.

Civic polls help Tiwari emerge as key BJP face in Delhi (19:16)
By Anand Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The BJP's hat-trick in the capital's municipal polls is being seen as a feather in the cap of the party's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and it has helped him emerge as a key face of the party in the national capital.

India can bolster Snapchat's prospects as Facebook goes after it (Tech Trend) (12:04)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Founded in 2004, Facebook -- on track to hit two billion active monthly users this year -- is now the fifth-largest US firm by market capitalisation (exceeding $400 billion) and owns the world's most popular apps: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Is it Cold War-II already? (Comment: Special to IANS) (With Images) (11:18)
By Gulshan Luthra
The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

As Mallya's custody sought, India's extradition success rate is 36 per cent (15:20)
By Rakesh Dubbudu IANS Photo Service
The government has sought custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but Indias success rate at extradition has been no more than 36 per cent over 15 years, according to a report by Factly.in, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.

Media shouldn't sensationalise earthquakes (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:32)
By Arun Bapat
Most educated people are used to sipping tea and reading a newspaper in the morning. If other family members are sitting in the same room, they sometimes exchange news. Disaster-related news is one of the big sources for initiating a discussion. Earthquakes which occur suddenly have a priority over volcanoes, which give some indications of an eruption.

Afghanistan, Africa new priorities, but a small monarchy remains India's top foreign-aid priority (14:40)
By Vipul Vivek
The monarchy of Bhutan has remained the biggest beneficiary -- by amount and share -- of Indian foreign aid for 17 years, but over the last nine years, Afghanistan has made it to the distant second spot, preferred over traditional recipients Nepal and Bangladesh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Indian foreign ministry data.

Women's clamour against liquor in Himachal grows louder (Societal Feature) (12:00)
By Vishal Gulati
Shimla, April 24 (IANS) It's definitely not going to leave men on a high in Himachal Pradesh, literally!

This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again! (With Images) (11:12)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own.

Indian tribal women's 'smart' ride to economic self-reliance (12:10)
By Anurag Dey
Sahebganj (Jharkhand), April 23 (IANS) Her thumbs flying fast over the touchscreen of her smartphone, Purnima Mahato, 35, of this tribal village in Jharkhand, has just discovered ease of doing business with her ubiquitous companion in an otherwise rocky entrepreneurial journey.

Visually-challenged business achiever Srikanth Bolla eyes higher Forbes ranking (11:48)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) Forbes has named him in the list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 but visually challenged Srikanth Bolla is in no mood to celebrate. His goal is to get into the Forbes list of richest persons -- and he won't settle for anything less.

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (Lead, correcting intro) (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Oppenheimer) (18:14)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Crowded international calendar is causing problems for IPL (Column: Just Sport) (17:00)
By Veturi Srivatsa IANS Photo Service
The 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been dominated by uncapped Indian youngsters, more precisely the batsmen. They have also made up for the loss of top overseas as well as Indian players through injury.

Turning Ataturk's Turkey upside down, Erdogan to visit Delhi (Comment) (12:04)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
When Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in New Delhi on April 30, he will find in his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, something of a kindred spirit. Both aspire for absolute power.

Babri demolition case may bring out skeletons in BJP's closet (Column: Political Circus) (11:44)
By Amulya Ganguli
Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoping for success across the board from panchayats to parliament, the revival of the case against some of its leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 has raised the possibility of revealing the party's communal face which it has recently been trying to hide.

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Oppenheimer) (11:42)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 21 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Smuggled out of N. Korea, these chilling stories lay bare horrors of dictatorial regime (Book Review) (With Images) (10:36)
By Saket Suman
(Title: The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea; Author: Bandi (pseudonym); Publisher: Hachette India in arrangement with Profile Books; Pages: 247; Price: Rs 599)

India reports significant reductions in neglected tropical diseases (14:14)
By IndiaSpend Team
India has achieved the target for eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), a neglected tropical disease (NTD), in 82 per cent sub-districts, according to the fourth World Health Organization (WHO) report on NTDs released on April 19, 2017.

Beard war intensifies, as official punished for not smoking (The Funny Side) (10:38)
By Nury Vittachi
An atheist friend got in my car the other day and I snapped him into prayer mode with a single line: "Put on your seat belt, I want to try something." Heh heh heh.

Stem cells and the art of giving (Comment) (11:56)
By Madhu Srivastava
Our health scenario has undergone drastic changes over the past few decades. Is it not fair to say that given today's lifestyles, finding someone who is completely fit and healthy is quite rare?

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