Indian art community to raise funds for Covid relief via auction
  • Indian art community to raise funds for Covid relief via auction(16:28)
    By Siddhi Jain

    Mumbai, May 17 (IANS) Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, the Indian art community has united to raise funds to assist with the ongoing relief efforts through 'Art Rises for India', a 24-hour online fundraiser auction hosted by Saffronart from May 19-20.

Time to sharpen your inner black box (Book Review)
  • Time to sharpen your inner black box (Book Review)(12:26)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) His three teen and preteen daughters find it hilarious that their father has written a book about memory; they believe he "literally can't remember anything". His wife, after reading the manuscript of the book, reminded him that she was, in fact, his truest love. He wisely conceded this point.

Microsoft board wanted Bill Gates to resign amid alleged 'affair'
Kerala doctor re-lives his days in Russia behind the 'iron curtain'
With humour and heart, quelling curiosity about periods
At 16, ruling the violin's 4 strings and teaching students
  • At 16, ruling the violin's 4 strings and teaching students(06:30)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) At the age of 16, she may have won major honours -- from performing in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th anniversary, winning the Bala Pratibha Award, and honours by Kalasagaram, Rasika Ranjana Sabha and Madras Music Academy; but violinist VSP Gayatri Sivani maintains that she never feels 'left out' from what youngsters her age enjoy. Someone who has already started teaching students and helped them participate in competitions, says, "While I enjoy practising violin everyday, when I am not doing that, I love watching sports, playing and reading. So, I don't think I am missing out on anything much."

Live streaming on Facebook helps man, minor child reunite with family in Kolkata
'Life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings' (IANS Interview)(12:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Award-winning childrens author Vaishali Shroff belongs to a family of wildlife enthusiasts. While her husband and children look for interesting sightings and topographies to photograph, she looks for stories and lessons to be learnt, like for instance, that life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings.

15L poppy plants seized in Himachal after 17-hr operation
  • 15L poppy plants seized in Himachal after 17-hr operation(17:10)

    Shimla, May 14 (IANS) After trudging the high mountains in a 17-hour-long operation amid heavy rain with the mercury dipping close to the freezing point, Himachal Pradesh Police seized over 15 lakh fully grown poppy plants, valued at Rs 10 crore, illegally spread over a vast stretch in the interiors of Mandi district, the police said on Friday.

'Panchmukhi Doli' yatra taken out from Kedarnath Dham
  • 'Panchmukhi Doli' yatra taken out from Kedarnath Dham(15:34)

    New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Amid the rapid surge in coronavirus infections across the country, the 'Panchmukhi Doli' yatra (procession) of Lord of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand was taken out without massive gatherings on Friday.

After 'Oxygen Pandal', it is 'Oxygen Bus' in TN
Nepali guide creates world record by climbing Everest twice
Fighting Covid the alkaline way, a doctor shows how
  • Fighting Covid the alkaline way, a doctor shows how(12:04)

    New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) In the midst of Covid-19, when the world is at a loss over how to tackle the pandemic unleashed by the coronavirus, with millions infected and hundreds of thousands dead and dying, an expert says keeping the body alkaline is a sure way to fight not just Covid but all illnesses.

1,000-yr-old Buddhist statues restored in China
Political machinations, deadly resistance over 2 centuries of Indian history
First South Indian monk is Chief Vedic Acharya of Sanyasi Mahasabha
The intriguing story of how Sikkim became India's 22nd state
  • The intriguing story of how Sikkim became India's 22nd state(11:38)

    New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Sikkim remains an enigma for most, with many misconceptions about its history and its merger with India in 1975. In "Sikkim - A History of Intrigue and Alliance" (HarperCollins), former diplomat Preet Mohan Singh Malik combines insights into the erstwhile kingdoms unique history with the intriguing story of how it became Indias 22nd state.

UP police officer gets PETA award for feeding animals
  • UP police officer gets PETA award for feeding animals(10:48)

    Lucknow, May 12 (IANS) Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Lucknow, Chiranjeev Nath Sinha, has been conferred the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India Award in appreciation of his efforts to feed animals during the lockdowns.

For 87th birthday, Ruskin Bond curates delictable collection of short stories
  • For 87th birthday, Ruskin Bond curates delictable collection of short stories(18:40)

    New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) Ahead of his 87th birthday on May 19, Ruskin Bond, one of Indias most-loved writers of childrens stories, has carefully curated a mixed bag of 25 of his most cherished stories in a new book, "All Time Favourites for Children", (Puffin), interspersed with excellent and quirky artwork that will evoke a range of emotions, not only among the young but also across a spectrum of readers

Kashmiris defy logic & lockdown, throng banks, markets
  • Kashmiris defy logic & lockdown, throng banks, markets(15:14)
    By Sheikh Qayoom

    Srinagar, May 11 (IANS) How seriously have Kashmiris taken the fast spreading Covid-19 infection? Well, long queues of people outside banks and in markets have betrayed all public seriousness towards the officially announced corona curfew in the Valley.

Suvinder Vicky breezes past another 'Milestone'
  • Suvinder Vicky breezes past another 'Milestone'(08:00)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) He remembers the never-ending days of learning how to drive a truck -- from negotiating traffic, parking it, to the exact way it is boarded by professionals. "The details were important. In fact, even the seat had a hard cushion. Then came the part of ensuring that I was not 'acting'. Everything had to be in a certain undertone contrary to the loud image of truck drivers portrayed in most films. The audience was to be trusted too --- that they would understand the pauses. Adopting a certain body language and conveying with the eyes... It was a fantastic experience," smiles actor Suvinder Vicky, who played the lead role of the truck driver 'Ghalib' in Ivan Ayr's recently premiered film 'Milestone' on Netflix, for which he also won the award for Best Performance at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival last year.

A superhero grandmother, copycat ninjas, a disastrous food festival
Breathe the mountain air through these Himalayan recipes (IANS Interview)
Spelling life in Kashmir Valley
  • Spelling life in Kashmir Valley(11:42)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Even as another book 'Life in the Clock Tower Valley' emerges from Kashmir, its author, Shakoor Rather says that while many past books have shone a light on the conflict in Kashmir, his debut novel takes a different approach by depicting the life that the people live amidst the conflict.

Army inducts first batch of 83 women soldiers into Military Police