Being a change agent through education (IANS Special Series) (With Images) (11:58)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi/Udaipur, Sep 20 (IANS) From the time of her birth, Antimbala was told she was unwanted and a burden to her family. She was convinced she was blighted by destiny and couldn't succeed in life.

On our heads mostly: Hair and its importance to human society (Book Review) (With Images) (11:44)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Hair (Object Lessons); Author: Scott Lowe; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 152; Price: Rs 250

Climate financing: India, South Asian nations lack funds to meet SDGs (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:12)
By Lenin Babu
India has made significant progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member-states in 2015 but finances remain an issue, a study of the country's Voluntary National Review (VNR) submitted earlier this year indicates.

Economic issues will have a decisive say in 2019 general elections (Column: Active Voice) (13:54)
By Amit Kapoor
It is becoming really hard to be optimistic about the Indian economy. As T.N. Ninan pointed out last week, it has been six years since the economy breached the seven per cent growth rate mark. There have been repeated forecasts in these last six years of regaining those glory days of 2003-11, when India managed to grow at an annual rate of 8.4 percent.

Kolkata eateries line up mouth-watering dishes this Durga Puja (Foodie Trail-Kolkata) (12:14)
By Debayan Mukherjee
Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS) From traditional local delicacies like fresh river prawns cooked in coconut cream and hilsa in pineapple gravy to international dishes such as Caribbean chicken steak or fish in hoisin sauce, city eateries are gearing up to woo revellers during Bengal's biggest carnival, the Durga Puja.

The Czech Locomotive's long run into our hearts (Sep 19 is Olympian Emil Zatopek's 95th birth anniversary) (With Images) (11:10)
By Vikas Datta
If sport epitomises human grace, then look elsewhere. For when running, he looked as he was "wrestling with an octopus on a conveyor belt". But if it reflects endurance, he was the standard. The only one with a long-distance "grand slam" -- golds in 5,000 m, 10,000 m and the marathon (the first of his life) in a single Olympics -- Emil Zatopek was proof that sportsmen are not always born, but can become champions with effort.

Chasing coffee: This little known museum is a 'must-visit' hotspot in Dubai (With Images) (14:00)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A popular beverage in most parts of the world, coffee is much more than just a drink in the Middle East. It is an integral part of the region's heritage, a celebration of its culture and a dedicated coffee museum in Dubai -- the first of its kind in the Middle East -- stands as testimony to the region's longstanding tryst with the drink.

Kashmir's nomadic goatherds: Saga of survival and endurance (Societal Feature) (12:28)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Sep 17 (IANS) For the hardy goatherds of Jammu and Kashmir, called "Bakarwals", it is time to say goodbye to the mountain pastures of the Valley as autumn sets in.

Cruise through Bahubali's Mahismati, test-tube babies and Kumartuli this Durga Puja (Societal Feature) (11:38)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 17 (IANS) Let your Durga Puja travelogue be a medley of cinema, sensitisation and emotion this year.

Gloomy characters: The melancholic aspect in literature (Column: Bookends) (11:36)
By Vikas Datta
The human race displays an infinite capacity for dividing itself into various categories -- justified or not. But one rather interesting differentiation is in the (figurative) eyeglasses people use to see their world, with their lenses' colour ranging from rose to jaded (or being particularly effective sunglasses). It may be a matter of opinion if the cheery or gloomy outlook is better, but the latter scores higher in one respect at least.

Gorkhaland demand: Road to nowhere? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:36)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Darjeeling, Thimphu, Gangtok and Siliguri are a tight cluster on any map even in a large Atlas. Because of the recent standoff with China over Doklam, the strategic importance of the area, the saliency of the Siliguri corridor, cannot be overlooked. Is New Delhi taking an interest in the demand for a Gorkha homeland from this perspective?

Indian Muslims should embrace triple talaq verdict (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:58)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
On August 22, the Supreme Court ruled that triple talaq -- the practice which allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by saying the word talaq thrice -- is unconstitutional. Predictably, the ruling was denounced by a number of Muslim leaders and organisations. Some interpreted it as an attack on their religion and way of life. Others saw a conspiracy angle in the importance given to an issue.

Glucagon-like Peptide 1 (GLP) is the new hope for type 2 diabetes (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:20)
By Ganapathi B. and Arpandev Bhattacharyya
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems of modern times. It is characterised by persistently high levels of blood glucose (sugar) in the body. At present, there is a whole range of effective medication for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Despite this, about 60 percent of populace diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are not able to achieve good blood glucose control on their current treatment.

Inspiration for a new superhero or maybe not (The Funny Side) (11:02)
By Nury Vittachi
As humanity teeters on the edge of annihilation, take comfort that some people are staying focused on the really important questions of life, such as: What Superhero Would You Be?

Tales of communal harmony this Durga Puja (With Images) (14:56)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 14 (IANS) For over 200 years, the Nandi family in West Bengal's Hooghly has been feeding Muslim fakirs during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. To the Nandis, this annual ritual has its roots in a family legend that is testimony to the generosity of the local Muslim community.

Smartphones are addictive, can be injurious to kids' mental health: Experts (12:14)
By Vivek Singh Chauhan IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by schoolgoing children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned.

Tales of hope, resilience from the less explored Pamban Island (Travelogue) (With Images) (11:34)
By Bhavana Akella
Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Sep 14 (IANS) Off the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, some 500 km south of Chennai, lies Pamban Island. Seemingly a stone's throw from neighbouring Sri Lanka, this is an island steeped in historical significance, and with some of the most resilient people alive.

Scaling up core micronutrient interventions: It's $12 bn vs $574 mn (Column: Active Voice) (14:30)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, was quoted as saying: "If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger." Sadly, even today 248 million children across the globe are suffering from one or the other form of malnourishment -- stunting, wasting and obesity. It accounts for 45 per cent of child deaths.

BRICS crafts new mantra of diplomacy (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:16)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
The BRICS meeting in Xiamen in China last week was a timely opportunity for both India and China to end the high-altitude and potentially high-voltage stand-off at the Doklam plateau. Many political observers around the globe feared a spark, ignition and even a war. Concurrent "cross-continent" threats by North Korea aimed at the US brought the situation to the brink.

Harry S. Banga: From Chandigarh to among richest in Hong Kong (With Images) (14:26)
By Jaideep Sarin
Hong Kong, Sep 10 (IANS) He grew up in Chandigarh and never thought he would be a billionaire and one of the richest people in Hong Kong. But Harry S. Banga has done that successfully in the fields of commodities, ship management and asset management.

Bridging the gap: E-commerce platforms pave way for SMEs to sell products (14:14)
By Porisma P. Gogoi
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) Aiming to ease hurdles faced by small sellers to showcase products online, many e-commerce platforms are offering incentives to bridge the gap by removing intermediaries and delivering products from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to consumers.

Playing fed up: Herbert Lom's masterful performance in the 'Pink Panther' films (September 11 is Herbert Lom's 100th birth anniversary) (With Images) (11:54)
By Vikas Datta
Most of us, in our working life, may be unfortunate to encounter a subordinate, whose incompetence is boundless and and exasperating beyond measure, but despite their bumbling and usually destructive approach, end up successful. This actor however made a career of playing such a hapless and increasingly vexed boss with flair and panache.

Globalisation has to retune itself to needs of the time (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:18)
By Kula Saikia
The tsunami of change was all-pervasive to engulf most of the nation states. Liberalisation, free trade, WTO, TPP, NAFTA,EFTA, EU, the information revolution et al came together and broke the historically defined geographical barriers. Isolationism became a hated and much maligned term in international trade, commerce and strategic considerations. There arose new hope of transnational job opportunities cutting across organisations and authorities.

Tiny Himachal hamlet is a perfect getaway from city life (Travelogue) (With Images) (09:48)
By Somrita Ghosh
Jibhi (Himachal Pradesh), Sep 10 (IANS) If you are looking for an escape from the cacophony of maddening city life, head to this tiny village located in the lap of Banjar Valley in Kullu district. Pristine and undisturbed, serenity and calmness linger in the air of Jibhi, a lesser known destination in Himachal Pradesh.

India must not be seen to be uncaring about Rohingyas (Column: Political Circus) (11:42)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, is looking for a round of applause for not driving the Rohingya refugees in India into the sea or shooting them; all that he wants is their deportation.

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