Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries (With Images) (12:40)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Once a favourite spot for learners and scholars, most of the 70,000 plus public libraries in India have now turned into haunted houses with few visitors to grace their premises.

We prudes feel assailed, but we'll win in the end (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
These days people are willing to stand up for every subset of sexual identities -- except for one group.

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine (Book Review) (June 21 is International Yoga Day) (With Images) (10:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it.

Writer who finds inspiration for writing near a cemetery (Feature) (With Images) (10:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Undisturbed by his silent neighbours in the capital's Nicholson Cemetery, this leading author has penned numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children in a career spanning several decades.

Museum with a difference: Tracing 4,500-year history of toilets (With Images) (10:40)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Full of strange facts and objects, our museums and history books carry some very interesting stories from bygone times. But one peculiar piece that doesn't find space anywhere is about a French monarch's struggle with constipation that led him to have a commode built under his throne.

Of simplicity and ethereal beauty: Memories of growing up in a different Darjeeling (First Person) (With Images) (12:12)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) "'When the wind is right and the cloud is gone, you can see down this road as far as Darjeeling,' I told her. 'But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveller on foot were to look at the length of it, his spirit would be overcome and he would sit down and refuse to go any further. You must not look to the end of the road, Portia. Look only to the step in front of you. That you can do. Just one step. And you will not make the journey alone,'" Deanna Raybourn famously wrote in "Dark Road to Darjeeling".

Mithila to see revival of 700-year-old way of matchmaking (Feature) (11:06)
By Nirmal Ashu Ranjan and Mudita Girotra
Madhubani (Bihar)/New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Marriages are made in heaven, they say. But there is at least one more place where marriages are made in large numbers -- in Saurath village of Madhubani district in north Bihar.

A small Himachal village that's taking art to nature (With Images) (12:08)
By Vishav
Bir (Himachal Pradesh), June 16 (IANS) Art is not a commodity but an experience, say connoisseurs, and this experience can take an entirely new form when it interacts with its surroundings -- walls, lights, music, furniture and other artwork around it -- or even moves beyond it.

Four recent examples which show real life is imitating the movies (The Funny Side) (11:34)
By Nury Vittachi
You know that movie where someone jumps out of a building and lands safely on a passing truck? I think it was called Pretty Much Every Movie Ever.

Bike-sharing schemes: Flourishing or running riot? (With Images) (11:08)
By Liu Qin and Zhang Chun
Almost a hundred Chinese cities now have bike-sharing schemes. The bikes, in various colours, have GPS trackers and can be unlocked simply by scanning a barcode on the frame with your phone. China may be creating a new model of transportation that could be adopted globally.

Hyderabad's 'haleem' a favourite during Ramadan (With Images) (11:00)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, June 14 (IANS) Biryani may be Hyderabad's signature dish, but even the world-famous delicacy takes a back seat during the holy month of Ramadan in favour of haleem, a porridge-like dish made of wheat, lentils and meat.

Kolkata's dancing cop who makes people smile (12:16)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 13 (IANS) Commuters look out in surprise from windows of cars and buses. Some passersby occasionally stop to click pictures. The subject of their interest is a man who literally makes managing busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road a song and a dance.

Meet the villagers protecting biodiversity on the top of the world (With Images) (11:36)
By Lü Zhi
It was a chilly February day and Dangwen and his wildlife monitoring team were on patrol along the upper reaches of the Yangtze river. The river was frozen solid -- easy for poachers to walk over.

Why rain-bearing clouds are thinning out over India (12:36)
By Juhi Chaudhary IANS Photo Service
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that this year's monsoon rainfall will be around 98 per cent of the long-period average, which is good news in this drought-prone era. But another study by the same IMD shows a more worrying trend. It has found that rain-bearing clouds have been thinning out across the country over the last 50 years.

Top 50 ranking not difficult if we improve on perception: IIT-D Director (IANS Interview) (12:40)
By Vishal Narayan
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi), which is now ranked among the top 200 universities in the latest QS World University Rankings, can well be among the top 50 if it improves on parametres such as "perception", "international faculty" and "international students", according to its Director V. Ramgopal Rao.

Chicken Kabasa from Dubai to spice up your Ramadan feasts (13:04)
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The holy month of Ramdan is as much about fasting as it is about feasts -- and what better way to spice up your evening gatherings than this exclusive recipe from one of Dubai's top chefs.

Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh in temple restoration drive (12:16)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Shimla, June 9 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's octogenarian Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken it upon himself to restoring, and sometimes even reconstructing, the state's beautiful ancient temples to preserve as he says its rich religious and cultural traditions for posterity.

'Open Access publishing is the way forward' (11:38)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) India's first open access platform for academic authors to publish their works and make them available in over 100 countries has just been launched -- and the man behind the idea says that this concept is the future of publishing.

United Coffee House: Food and conversation destination for 75 years (Lifestyle Feature) (With Images) (12:24)
By Nivedita
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) With a legacy of 75 years, United Coffee House (UCH) has been witness to the changing landscape and food culture of Delhi. Many food outlets came and went, but this iconic restaurant in the heart of the capital still stands tall and continues to draw patrons of all ages.

Cosmic tango: Learning how black holes mate or merge (Science Feature) (11:54)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, June 8 (IANS) Black hole merger is literally a match made in heaven.

The sound of Metal is turning into a requiem (Music Trends) (12:16)
By Anand Venkitachalam
It was born in an era of protests. As young people took to the streets across Europe and the United States in the 1960s, challenging the norms set for generations, a little-known genre of music was getting ready to make waves, emphatically.

Agra air continues to choke the Taj Mahal (18:24)
By Brij Khandelwal IANS Photo Service
Agra, June 5 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after the historic Supreme Court judgement to shift or shut factories polluting the Taj Mahal, the environment in Agra continues to pollute the 17th century monument of love.

On World Environment Day, activists want rivers declared as 'national asset' (17:14) IANS Photo Service
Agra, June 5 (IANS) Earlier this year, a court declared that Ganga and Yamuna rivers should be treated as "living entities". But is that enough to spread awareness about saving the rivers in the country? Eco-warriors don't think so. On World Environment Day, activists in Agra have demanded that rivers of India be declared a "national asset".

This World Environment Day, make an effort to reconnect with nature (14:20)
By Imran Khan IANS Photo Service
Patna, June 5 (IANS) Abha and Sanjeev Singh are a well-off couple living with all the luxuries and comfort. Still, there is a feeling of something amiss. And with June 5 being celebrated as World Environment Day, they can now put a finger on it. It's Nature they have unconsciously distanced themselves from.

Gujarat's Solar Irrigation Cooperative has a solution for groundwater crisis (13:14)
By Mukta Patil
Dhundi, Kheda district, Gujarat: Phodabhai Parmar, a 72-year-old farmer, sits on a charpai sipping tea as solar panels gleam in the fields behind him. Parmar is one of six farmers who have formed the worlds first solar irrigation cooperative in Dhundi village in Gujarats Kheda district, about 90 km from Ahmedabad.

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