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.

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."

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.

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.

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".

India plans automated ocean pollution observation (10:34)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) India is all set to opt for automatic observation of pollution in the ocean to crunch data that will aid the tourism industry and could also come in handy in countering allegations levelled by developed nations against the country being a major polluter, according to a scientist.

The 'middlemen' who are changing India's publishing scene (Trend Feature) (11:34)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) India's publishing industry is as ruthless as it is dotted with glitz. With debutant authors often taking years to find a publisher, the journey of the manuscript to a full-fledged book is not a cakewalk. Changing this trend is the rise of literary agents in India.

Who stole Hillary's cheese: Putin, Comey or Huma? (Washington Diary) (13:44)
By Arun Kumar IANS Photo Service
Washington, May 6 (IANS) At last Hillary Clinton is "out of the woods", smugly telling Americans that had election been held 12 days earlier, "I would be your President" and not that brash billionaire Donald Trump.

Venture out, advises woman biker who travelled solo for 2,000 km (11:12)
By Anjali Ojha
New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Sending out a strong message of empowerment, Lieutenant Commander Pooja Rajput, who undertook a 2,000-km solo coastal ride on her Harley Davidson, says women should travel without any pre-conceived notions.

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.")

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.

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.

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)

Innovation the name of the game for these food, drink stylists (With Images) (17:44)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Like bitters enhance cocktails, spices tickle the palette and a variety of additions raise desserts to an altogether new level, it is innovation and creativity that make for an overall fine-dining experience, stakeholders in the space say.

Classical dancer interprets Mahabharata to resolve contemporary issues, leaves audience thrilled (With Images) (14:08)
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A jam-packed auditorium here witnessed a leading classical dancer profoundly interpreting the Mahabharata in her latest presentation. The audience -- mesmerised at the performance -- couldnt help but ask for more.

Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose (With Images) (10:32)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands the ghost of Akbar.

This exhibition transports viewers into a world of spiritual calmness (With Images) (17:28)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A landmark exhibition, which promises to enliven Delhis art scene and transport viewers into a world of spiritual calmness and intense reflection has kicked off here with Indore-based artist Aparna Bidasaria showcasing a tapestry of evocative paintings of the banyan tree.

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