Month-long fiesta of sales at Dubai Shopping Festival (14:32)
Dubai, Dec 12 (IANS) Preparations here are underway to host Dubais annual citywide shopping extravaganza, offering the shopping-lover in all of us a month-long fiesta of sales, exclusive shopping experiences and extraordinary events for the whole family to enjoy.

Bhai Boolchand, the unsung Indian who launched trade with Ghana (Diaspora Feature) (11:32)
By Francis Kokutse
Accra, Dec 11 (IANS) Not much is known about him, but it has now emerged that trade relations between Ghana and India were started by Bhai Boolchand, the first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast -- Ghana's colonial name -- in 1890. That's some 67 years before the British colonial government granted the country independence, research by the Indian Association of Ghana has found.

Making a difference: Teenager's passion sets an example in Kashmir (IANS Special Series) (12:32)
By Sheikh QayoomIANS Photo Service
Laharwalpora (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec 10 (IANS) Bilal Ahmad Dar, 18, is ready to start his daily journey into the Wular Lake, said to be Asia's largest fresh-water lake, early in the morning on a bitterly cold December day.

Chatham: A stroll through Asia's oldest saw mill in the Andamans (Travel Feature) (11:10)
By Milinda Ghosh RoyIANS Photo Service
Port Blair, Dec 9 (IANS) Enormous storehouses with wooden planks and logs piled up to the roof on one side and a massive single-room workshop with century-old machines on the other -- that's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago's Chatham Saw Mill, the oldest and also one of the biggest in Asia.

Pitching millets as 'smart food of 21st century' (Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Vivian Fernandes
Karnataka is dressing them up as "siridanya" or rich grains that should be on every thinking eater's plate. For Icrisat, the Hyderabad-based international crops research institute for semi-arid tropics, they are "smart foods of the 21st century" which are "good for you -- the planet -- the farmer".

Things you can do at home, such as nuclear fission (The Funny Side) (11:04)
By Nury Vittachi
Sometimes I order weird stuff from Amazon and tick "same-day delivery" just to make Jeff Bezos swear. "@#$%! Someone wants the life-sized big foot statue! Get the extra-large drone!"

'Let the murals speak for the dignity of transgenders' (Feature) (12:36)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) There's no protest, no placards, no shouting of slogans -- rather a riot of colours. A group of transgenders has come out on the streets to vent their emotions, demand their rights and show their creative talents to the world through murals.

Max Hospital didn't follow norms: Initial report (21:54)
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) In its preliminary investigation report, north Delhi's Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Specialty Hospital on Tuesday found the hospital guilty of not following the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a 22-week premature newborn, due to which he was declared dead on November 30 while he was still alive.

"There was never an iota of communal hatred in Ayodhya' (IANS Special Series) (11:38)
By Saurabh KatkurwarIANS Photo Service
Ayodhya, Dec 3 (IANS) This is a town held sacred for its association with Hindu religious lore, which in latter days acquired the unflattering reputation of being a hotbed of Hindu-Muslim antagonism and religio-political conflict whose reverberations are felt both nationally and internationally. But what is little known, and may be even difficult to believe, is that Ayodhya has traditionally been known for its inter-faith harmony where it is not out of the ordinary for a Muslim tailor to stitch clothes for the idol of Ram or for a Hindu priest to help renovate an old mosque.

If not now then when? Living the Great Indian Dream (First Person) (12:06)
By Saket Suman
There's talk that the country has lost track and is headed in a direction not envisaged by those who fought for our independence from colonial rule. Those growing up today are faced with the unnerving challenge to thrive against all future obstacles -- increasing population, decreasing jobs and unmatched inflation -- that, they are told, awaits them. Yet we are doing fine.

An ambulance for all roads that can convert into clinic (16:20)
By Mohammed ShafeeqIANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Nov 30 (IANS) It can zip past on city roads or traverse through narrow roads in countryside to rush a patient to hospital, and when idle can convert into a mobile clinic with all out-patient facilities.

Dark Web helping hackers execute Ransomware-as-a-Service: McAfee (11:46)
By Sourabh Kulesh
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) As governments and companies face an uphill task to stop hackers from stealing data, the Dark Web is providing them a safe haven, helping them scale up and execute massive data breaches, global cyber security firm McAfee has warned.

Five books to look forward to in December 2017 (11:34)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) As we enter the last month of 2017 -- a significant year from the publishing point of view -- the wide variety of books published over the past eleven months, both fiction and nonfiction, make a case for book lovers. Despite the rising trend of mediocrity in the literary world, there are enough books of both literary value and merit for readers to chew upon.

Hamid Karzai, Amy Tan, Anurag Kashyap among speakers at JLF 2018 (13:18)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Even as the boom of literary festivals in the sub-continent continues to gain momentum, it is the versatile list of speakers from several quarters of the world that sets the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival apart from others of its kind. And the first list of 60 speakers for its 2018 edition, announced Tuesday, lives up to this promise.

New book draws a portrait of the Bengali community (13:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) A fresh book on the stands draws the attention of its readers to the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world. "A quarter of a billion strong and growing," the Bengali community has produced three Nobel laureates, world class scientists and an unending stream of writers and philosophers.

Philanthropy by example: Building homes for poor her passion (IANS Special Series) (12:12)
By Sanu GeorgeIANS Photo Service
Pathanamthitta (Kerala) Nov 26 (IANS) Everything about this 57-year-old retired zoology professor is unique -- and what stands out is her abiding compassion for the deprived. In 11 years, she has built new homes for 78 people in a sterling example of philanthropy in a region where Gulf emigres build extravagant homes, radically altering the rural landscape.

Arts Spectrum Awards in December, to be given in five categories (19:04)
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The upcoming Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa this December will host the first ever Arts Spectrum Awards in the South Asia region. Being seen as an attempt to recognise, encourage and promote interdisciplinary art forms, the awards will be presented in five categories and the winners will each receive Rs 15 lakh.

Jeet Thayil explains top 9 quotes from 'The Book of Chocolate Saints' (12:12)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) It has barely been a month since acclaimed poet Jeet Thayil's "The Book of Chocolate Saints" hit the stands, but even in this short period, the novel has made a mark in literary circles.

The world's laziest people make indolence an art form (The Funny Side) (11:22)
By Nury Vittachi
Lazy dad tip: You can answer any question asked by your child with "Go ask your mama", including "Where's mama?"

Exhibition showcases Indian folk and tribal art forms (14:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Two leading art galleries, Exhibit320 and Blueprint12, have come together to create a platform for Folk and Tribal Art. The exhibition resulting from this collaboration offers an invitation to the viewer to discover other regions and artists that epitomize the incomparable diversity of contemporary tribal and popular Indian art.

NCPA to host eighth edition of theatre fest (14:36)
Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) One of the most anticipated events in Mumbais theatre calendar is all set to return to the city for its eighth edition at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) with playwrights and actors from a diverse stream of backgrounds and languages.

34 artists join hands to capture trends in contemporary Indian art (14:36)
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) An upcoming group exhibition aims to capture the trends in contemporary Indian art and 34 leading figures from the art world have come together to create exclusive works for the show.

Online auction traces the development of Indian art through 121 works (14:34)
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) From mother goddess sculptures created over two thousand years ago to Indian Modernism and todays contemporary art, Saffronarts upcoming online auction traces the development of Indian art through 121 works.

Art market all hype and high society: Artist Jatin Das (IANS Interview) (11:54)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Prominent Indian artist Jatin Das -- painting for well over five decades now -- has come down heavily on the state of the contemporary art market. In one of his rare interviews in recent years, the prolific artist reflected upon his illustrious career and maintained that the art world has undergone "a sea change" and that many young artists compromise for their "bread and butter".

'It is not impossible to clean the Ganga, but it's very difficult' (12:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) About five years ago, when Financial Times journalist and author Victor Mallet began living in Delhi, he was shocked to discover that the Yamuna -- "this beautiful river of Indian legend and art" -- was chocked with untreated sewage and industrial waste after it had passed through the city on its way to Mathura, Agra and on to join the Ganga at Allahabad. He wondered "how a river so sacred to so many Indians could also be so polluted and neglected" and then set out to record the plight of the Ganga.

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