The surprising origins of some much-hummed Bollywood songs (Column: Bookends) (12:14)
By Vikas Datta
In any literary tradition, the works of even its less famous or forgotten figures are liable to crop up at some unexpected place. As in Hindi film songs, with which Urdu poetry has been closely linked from the beginning. While their soulful, stirring or soothing lyrics come from the creativity of poets from Sahir Ludhianvi to Gulzar, Majrooh Sultanpuri to Javed Akhtar, sometimes inspiration comes from elsewhere too.

Uncertainty over global climate fund may impact adaptation (Comment) (14:02)
By Joydeep Gupta
The disagreement between the US and the other 19 countries at the recent G20 summit at Hamburg has put a question mark over the sustainability of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the primary tool to help developing countries move away from fossil fuels and adapt to climate change impacts.

Should journalists protect national interest or publish and be damned? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:10)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's fate hangs in the balance on unexplained finances, most specifically for apartments he acquired on London's most expensive stretch, Park Lane, facing Hyde Park. I visited the most prized of these apartments on October 15, 1999, days after Gen. Pervez Musharraf ousted him in a coup on October 12.

Kovind as President: Not a tectonic shift (Column: Political Circus) (11:12)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Only the naive will believe that the elevation of a Dalit, Ramnath Kovind, as the President is of seminal importance either for the community or for the party which chose him.

Redefining gifting in India with technology (Lifestyle Trend) (11:38)
By Vivek Gupta
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Gifting has always been a part of Indian tradition and culture; a way to express love, gratitude, appreciation and good wishes. In the past decade, rising income levels, changing consumption patterns, nuclearisation of families, emigration, work-life balance and women's empowerment have led to a sharp change in the nature and form of gifting.

NTPC a key enabler of India's electricity transformation (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Tim Buckley
A recent Morgan Stanley report has downgraded the Indian utilities industry. It highlighted that renewable energy is becoming so cheap that thermal power, mostly coal, is uncompetitive.

Climate change: Radical changes in consumption the way forward (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit Kapoor
Last week Antarctica shed a trillion-ton iceberg from the Larsen C ice shelf that had been tethered precariously at the edge for years. The chunk of ice is approximately four times the height of Qutab Minar and has an area one-and-a-half-times that of Goa, making it the largest iceberg ever seen in recorded history.

The popular American 'Western' genre: How American and how true? (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (11:12)
By Vikas Datta
Bullets flying as gunmen confront each other in the streets or saloons, cowboys lassoing cattle on sprawling ranches across a starkly beautiful panorama, wagon-borne pioneers riding across boundless plains with a worried eye out for Red Indians, bounty-hunters, treasure hunts and more -- a small part of American history has extended beyond its time and space to leave a global cultural impact.

Trump-Times: Don't say dasvidaniya yet Donnie! (Washington Diary) (12:16)
By Arun Kumar IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 15 (IANS) When Narendra Modi came calling, Donald Trump "conspired" with his "true friend" from India to keep the big Russian bear at bay.

Enemy's enemy is my friend: BJP, CPI-M target Mamata (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:58)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
On the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd's response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 percent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 percent invective against the Trinamool, the applause was thunderous.

Is Nitish Kumar on a losing wicket? (Column: Political Circus) (11:16)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Nitish Kumar is in a bind. He knows that the mahagathbandhan or grand alliance in Bihar is fraying at the edges, but he doesn't know which way to turn.

Making Indian democracy a world leader - through civic engagement (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House did not receive a large amount of press coverage in the United States. The most notable quote came during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden when President Trump proclaimed: "I am proud to announce to the media, to the American people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media."

Boosting rooftop 'parks' can help India achieve solar energy goal (Comment: Special to IANS) (Lead, revising figures in para 5) (13:20)
By Saptaik Ghosh
Recent newspaper articles have highlighted the rooftop photovoltaic (RTPV) sector's sluggish growth in India. The articles claim that based on the present outlook, the 40 GW target for 2021-22 will not be achieved.

Self-policing can overcome perils of social media (Column: Active Voice) (11:12)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House and the subsequent allegations of Russia rigging the outcome, the role of social media in affecting reality through fake news has been undeniable. India has not remained unaffected.

INLD looks for political survival with blockade call, but will it help? (News Analysis) (15:00)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, July 9 (IANS) It has been over 13 years that Haryana's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has been out in the wilderness. The party has tried every trick possible to come back to power but has been trounced in three successive elections - twice by the Congress and once by the BJP.

Trump-Putin tango: Spy, star and the spook buster (Washington Diary) (12:04)
By Arun Kumar IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 8 (IANS) The "Gray Lady of Manhattan" billed it as the "Donnie and Vlad: A Love Story" overshadowing the summit of the world's 20 rich and powerful nations.

Bengali chauvinism fuels Darjeeling unrest (Column: Political Circus) (11:44)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
It is strange that despite past examples of the incendiary potential of linguistic chauvinism, politicians still pursue the same fateful path.

Modi's Israel visit: Memories of a journalist's visits to the Jewish State (Comment) (11:16)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Israel has been in the news in the context of the Prime Minister's visit and I may be forgiven for a touch of nostalgia. I was the first Indian journalist to visit Israel after an Australian fanatic had set fire to the pulpit of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem in August 1969. The Arab World was ablaze.

India's cold-chain sector: A thriving area for investment (Comment: Special to IANS) (15:36)
By Debdeep Chakraborty
The cold chain sector in India suffered years of neglect resulting in inadequate capacity addition but the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has managed to turn it around with investor-friendly policies

India-China: Dangerous brinkmanship (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:54)
By Tarun Basu IANS Photo Service
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said very proudly during a visit to Russia last month that not a single bullet had been fired along the border between India and China for 40 years.

Rise of Left: Corbyn, Sanders become most popular politicians (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:18)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
The recent rise in the electability of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as Britain's next Prime Minister, according to the latest opinion polls, has not made headline news. This is not surprising because Establishments everywhere, of which the media is a part, imagine that an idea can be made to vanish by playing it down.

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.

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.

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