Scripting a tale of the forgotten
  • Scripting a tale of the forgotten(08:12)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) One day, her house help was watching a Hindi film on television, showing Sita refusing to give the agni pariksha and pointing that she too could have stayed in the palace like Urmila and not followed Ram into exile.

NASA to take SpaceX flight for Mission to Jupiter's icy moon
3-year-old swallows Ganesha idol in Karnataka, survives
Presidential palace to reopen for public from Aug 1
  • Presidential palace to reopen for public from Aug 1(23:03)

    New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) With the number of Covid-19 cases come down in the national capital, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has decided to reopen its complex and museum for the common citizens from August 1 onwards.

Kargil War Memorial bike rally reaches Drass
Obama, Springsteen to share 'American stories' in new book
  • Obama, Springsteen to share 'American stories' in new book(18:26)

    London, July 23 (IANS) An upcoming book titled 'Renegades: Born in the USA', which is a collection of candid, intimate, and entertaining conversations between Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, will be published in October this year.

Bloomsbury signs up with UK's New Frontier Publishing for children's book
I owe everything to theatre, says Sherni actor Sampa Mandal
  • I owe everything to theatre, says Sherni actor Sampa Mandal(07:30)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) "To portray the emotions of a character effectively, it is important to understand her back story. The same may not show in the expressions, but the actor must live with it to do complete justice. And that is where theatre training comes in," says actor Sampa Mandal, who was recently seen in the movie �Sherni as Jyoti, the tribal woman.

Start restoration work of Meera Bai Memorial & Meera Mahal in Merta: MP
'None like Uttam Kumar, he is irreplaceable'
  • 'None like Uttam Kumar, he is irreplaceable'(12:00)

    New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) This is the story of a clerk who became an actor; an actor who became a star; a star who became an icon and an icon who became a legend almost a demigod and of whom even Satyajit Ray said: "There is none like Uttam and there will be no one to ever replace him. He was and he is unparalleled in Bengali, even Indian cinema."

Chennai schools launch online complaint boxes against sexual offences
  • Chennai schools launch online complaint boxes against sexual offences(10:44)

    Chennai, July 22 (IANS) After a couple of teachers were arrested following complaints from students that they were sexually assaulted in schools and even during online classes, the Chennai schools have launched virtual complaint boxes to complain against misbehaving teachers.

'Yearly food waste reaches 2.5bn tonnes, contributes 10% to climate change'
Scientists discover 15,000-year-old viruses from Tibetan glacier
  • Scientists discover 15,000-year-old viruses from Tibetan glacier(14:50)

    New York, July 21 (IANS) Scientists have found viruses nearly 15,000-years-old in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China. Most of those viruses, which survived because they had remained frozen, are unlike any viruses that have been cataloged to date.

Art for all, all for art
  • Art for all, all for art(06:30)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) "When price tags speak for themselves, one really does not need to convince people that art can be affordable. Our challenge is to let more people know," says Srila Chatterjee, founder of Baro Market which will be putting together a one-week show 'The Affordable Art Show (July 31- August 8) at the Method Art Space, in Mumbais heritage Arts District - Kala Ghoda. With art works starting from a base price of Rupees two thousand, customised framing on the spot will also be offered.

A city's soul is judged by the omnipresence of an artistic idea: Filmmaker Vijay Singh
  • A city's soul is judged by the omnipresence of an artistic idea: Filmmaker Vijay Singh(07:20)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) It may have been decades that he walked the Ganges from its source in the snow bound Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal for his book, but he insists that it has never left him. "It has never disappeared, always remained a constant companion inside," says Paris-based author Vijay Singh, whose cult classic eJaya Ganga which he also made into a film is now available in Hindi, translated by the late poet Manglesh Dabral.

'An Ugly Truth' unveils Facebook's battle for dominion
  • 'An Ugly Truth' unveils Facebook's battle for dominion(21:58)

    New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Close on the heels of media reports on the Pegasus project that some 300 Indians were targeted using spyware capable of extracting data from a phone, comes a riveting book that asks an urgent question relating to Facebook: What are the consequences for society when a few individuals are in charge of the technology used by half the worlds population?

'Commonsense solutions are not always politically correct' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Commonsense solutions are not always politically correct' (IANS Interview)(13:12)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Some 30 years ago, American author and relationship counsellor John Gray had created quite a stir with his path-breaking book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus". Positioned as a practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships, its premise was that the basic cause of relationship problems between men and women were the result of their psychological differences that they belonged to different planets and that each gender was dependent on its planets society and customs and not to those of each other.

Venice bans large cruise ships to save World Heritage title
  • Venice bans large cruise ships to save World Heritage title(09:38)

    Venice, July 19 (IANS) Italy's decision to ban oversized cruise ships from sailing into Venice is bound to reset the balance between the environmental and safety needs of the canal city and its status as one of country's top tourist destinations. But some key observers are already complaining that the new rules do not go far enough.

Train drivers' quick action saves senior citizen crossing tracks
  • Train drivers' quick action saves senior citizen crossing tracks(19:24)

    Thane, July 18 (IANS) Displaying quick presence of mind, the loco pilots of a Mumbai-Varanasi train on Sunday immediately applied emergency brakes to save the life of a senior citizen who fell while crossing the railway tracks near Maharashtra's Kalyan station, Central Railway (CR) officials said.

Srinagar city gets its 1st bus boat to revive water transport
Gujarat's iconic 'Golden Bridge' on Narmada bows out at 140
  • Gujarat's iconic 'Golden Bridge' on Narmada bows out at 140(08:38)
    By Quaid Najmi

    Bharuch/Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) The magnificent and imposing 'Golden Bridge' in Bharuch - built with the scrap iron of the disaster-hit Tay Bridge - on the river Narmada in south Gujarat, 'retired' this week, after a glorious 140 years of service on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway.

Bihar police receive complaint about 'murder' of billy goat
MasterChef Australia winner Justin Narayan to assist Mumbai charity
  • MasterChef Australia winner Justin Narayan to assist Mumbai charity(15:12)

    New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Most MasterChef Australia winners go on to sign up book deals and TV shows, and open restaurants. Justin Narayan, the Fijian-Indian Season 13 topper, is not only doing all this, but he plans to cook and work for the Mumbai-based NGO, Vision Rescue.

Rare snake species on display at reptile park in Bengaluru zoo
14 tigers identified in Telangana's Amrabad Tiger Reserve