Hindu migrants from Pakistan living a life of homeless wanderers, courtesy Indian red-tapism (Social Feature) (12:08)
By Archana Sharma
Jodhpur, Aug 14 (IANS) At a time when the world is battling one of its biggest refugee crises, India has its own share of the problem -- thousands of Hindu migrants from Pakistan remain stranded at this Rajasthan transit hub. They have been awaiting their citizenship papers for years, despite submitting their passports, documents and hard-earned money too.

Books break barriers as Indo-Pak cultural exchanges diminish (11:30)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) At a time when diplomatic exchanges between India and Pakistan are at a standstill and cultural initiatives across the border have taken a backseat, the literary space has become the avenue for exchange of ideas, thoughts and perspectives between the two rival nations separated at birth.

Angels of hope: They make the poor and helpless aware of their rights (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) When Rambabu, a 27-year-old who worked in a ration shop in Patna, got to know he was suffering from brain tumor, he was devastated. But his nightmare was compounded when he travelled over a thousand kilometres in that condition to New Delhi for treatment only to find there was a waiting period of six months at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) referral hospital.

Inside an arts residency: How open spaces help young artists freely ideate (14:32)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) A critical presence in an arts residency is a source of a counter opinion, and can be a real boon for young ideating artists, said Serendipity Arts Foundation Director Smriti Rajgarhia on housing a resident critic -- an under explored concept in the Indian arts ecosystem.

Women in emerging Indian cities keen to acquire skills for digital growth: GoDaddy (11:54)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) GoDaddy, the world's largest Cloud platform dedicated to small and independent ventures, is empowering small and medium businesses (SMBs) in tier 2 and 3 cities of India and, to its surprise, is finding young women more keen to learn the skills needed to go online.

In Kashmir's hate-and-violence narrative, a silver lining of goodwill and amity (IANS Special Series) (13:14)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Aug 5 (IANS) Rajnath, 72, a retired school headmaster, continues to live in his ancestral home in north Kashmir's Manigam village. The turmoil of the 1990s saw most members of his minority Kashmiri Pandit community leave the village, but Rajnath stayed back in the village he was born in, with his wife and daughter.

In search of a dying game called ball badminton (Sports Feature) (12:48)
By Binoo K. John
Kochi, Aug 5 (IANS) Fort Kochi has a lot of things to look out for. It has a beckoning feel about it, of things old and fascinating, others new and delightful. There are also too many things that are lost in Fort Kochi and waiting to be rediscovered. That's where I found myself after many years of trying to figure out if ball badminton is played anywhere any longer.

Belgrade square: Where lovers gather to laugh and make merry (Travel Feature) (11:10)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Belgrade (Serbia), Aug 5 (IANS) At the magic hour, just past midnight when the rest of the world is in a slumber, lovers gather "near the horse" to give wings to desires that seldom find expression during the day.

Why the Walled City of Jaipur deserves World Heritage recognition (15:08)
By Archana SharmaIANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Aug 1 (IANS) Steeped in royal splendour and untouched beauty, the Walled City of Jaipur is once again excited to mark its presence on the world map with Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma informing the Rajya Sabha that the city is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition.

Vulnerable South Asian communities gear up to fight floods (Environment Feature) (12:04)
By Imran KhanIANS Photo Service
Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) Vulnerable communities in four South Asian countries across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region are hopeful and confident of fighting floods this monsoon, thanks to community-based flood early warning systems (CBFEWS).

Five books to look forward to in August 2018 (11:46)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) With the release of riveting novels such as "Latitudes of Longing" by Shubhangi Swarup and "All The Lives We Never Lived" by Anuradha Roy, the Indian bookshelf has thrown up quite a lot in recent months for fiction lovers to chew upon. But the coming month will bring cheer to readers of biographies and memoirs as a number of offerings from the genre are soon to hit the stands.

How tribal women of Kanha are driving their own destiny (IANS Special Series) (14:18)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
Mukki (Madhya Pradesh), July 29 (IANS) Mukki zone in the famous Kanha National Park had been known throughout its recorded history to have been ruled by tigresses, rather than tigers. True to this legacy, tribal women of the Mukki zone are breaking conventional chains by taking over men-dominated jobs in the region. These women now drive, guide tourists, guard the forest that traditionally gave them sustenance and are coming forward to shoulder bigger responsibilities.

Raza's love for nature and how art found utterance in a small town (Art Feature) (11:50)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
Mandla, July 29 (IANS) It was at this quiet riverside town of Madhya Pradesh that one of India's best known modern artists, S.H. Raza, fell in love with nature and began to find pleasure in it. Nine decades on and the picturesque sight -- lush with green foliage and river Narmadas nurture -- emanates a calm, meditative energy that Mandlas son held close throughout his life.

A gathering of friends at Tito's grave (Travel Feature) (15:50)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Belgrade (Serbia), July 25 (IANS) He was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and political leader who gained international attention as one of the faces of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), alongside India's Jawaharlal Nehru, Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser and Indonesia's Soekarno. But what better way to preserve history and impart Josip Broz Tito's values to future generations than mounting two permanent exhibitions on either side of his grave?

'I will either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it' (Book Extract) (July 26 is Kargil Diwas) (11:40)
(Attn Editors: A revised edition of "A Soldier's Diary: Kargil, The Inside Story" by Harinder Baweja is being published on the occasion of Kargil Diwas. Presented below is an exclusive excerpt from the new foreword by G.L. Batra, father of Capt. Vikram Batra, recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest gallantry award.)

Ramachandra Guha pens 'the most ambitious book' on Gandhi (13:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Renowned historian and author of several bestselling books, including the highly acclaimed "India After Gandhi" and "India Before Gandhi", Ramachandra Guha has penned a new book on the father of the nation, which has just gone to the press and will be out in September.

Man Booker longlist captures a world on the brink (11:38)IANS Photo Service
London, July 24 (IANS) From a staggering 171 submissions -- the highest number of titles put forward in the Man Booker Prize's 50 year history -- 13 novels, which capture facets of a world on the brink, have been longlisted for the 2018 edition of the much-coveted 50,000 pound literary award.

Not easy to embrace diverse perspectives in a country of strong opinions: Publisher Meru Gokhale (12:36)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) India is the second-largest English-language publishing market in the world and Penguin Random House India, a major player in the sector, publishes more than 200 books a year. But Meru Gokhale, it's editor-in-chief, says it is not always easy to publish multiple points of view.

How a tiny state is battling joblessness through entrepreneurship (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Sarwar KashaniIANS Photo Service
Gangtok, July 22 (IANS) Sikkim has many distinctions that give the tiny state nestled in the Himalayas between India and China a larger-than-life profile. It is the only organic state in India, is litter- and defecation-free, has high literacy and has the best working conditions for women. But the challenge of unemployment it faces is huge which has made many embrace entrepreneurship to not just generate jobs for themselves but to provide employment to the state's aspirational youth.

How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India (Tech Trend) (12:06)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
Washington, July 22 (IANS) Google Glass -- an eye-wearable device that made headlines in 2015 but failed in the consumer technology space -- has now rekindled the hopes of millions of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) globally, including in India. Although no official numbers are available, at least 70 million people have autism worldwide, including over 10 million in India.

Pottery, an underpaying profession, makes surviving a struggle in Delhi (11:22)
By Richa Sharma
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Thirty-two-year-old Geeta sits patiently, painting pots created by her husband in the small open porch in her house at Kumhar Gram or Potters' Village that interestingly has managed to find space in West Delhi's Uttam Nagar.

How a woman grenade blast survivor overcame disability to inspire change (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Bhavana AkellaIANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and not only found a way to get her life back on track, but also became a harbinger of change for the disabled.

German ruling a real-life lesson for India on digital inheritance (Tech Trend) (11:34)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) In a landmark ruling when it comes to post-death digital rights, Germany's highest court has told Facebook to grant a grieving mother access to her late daughter's account.

Getting your beach bod for the summer (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
My wife's magazines make me laugh. On the cover, one headline is always something like "Learn To Love Yourself As You Are", another is "Lose 5 kg In Two Weeks" and a third is "New Pasta Recipes".

Literature, art, culture to come alive at Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest (13:42)IANS Photo Service
Thimphu, July 10 (IANS) Majestic mountains, coupled with a spiritual setting, makes Bhutan's annual literary extravaganza -- the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival -- an exhilarating experience for its many visitors.

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