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Odisha CM urges Centre to tackle waterlogging at temple (21:12)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, July 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to take immediate steps to prevent waterlogging at the world famous Sun Temple at Konark.

Entries invited for international translators' prize in Bengali (17:20)
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Entries are now open for the Harvill Secker Young Translators Prize, with Bengali being the chosen language for the ninth edition of the annual prize.

Evocative artworks on display at Jor Bagh metro station (15:36)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Through evocative art works, poetry and prose, an ongoing exhibition at the Jor Bagh metro station decodes and amplifies actions that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities.

How we went wrong in understanding ecology - and what to do (Book Review) (12:16)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Being Ecological; Author: Timothy Morton; Publisher: Pelican/Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 399

Sculptor seeks cooperation of Centre, Odisha for new temple (20:10)
Bhubaneswar, July 15 (IANS) Eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra, who has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, on Sunday sought the cooperation of the central and Odisha governments for his dream project of constructing a second Konark temple in the state.

Emerging Hindustani classical music artistes put on mesmerising recital (17:16)
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) With soulful vocal and santoor recitals, Hindustani classicalists Mahalaxmi Shenoy and Raj Kumar Majumdar created a vibrant yet mesmerising ambience at the 10th Quarterly Baithak of Chandigarh-based educational institution Pracheen Kala Kendra here.

Make teaching of mother-tongue compulsory in school: Naidu (16:48)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Lauding language as an embodiment of morals, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday appealed all state governments to include teaching of mother tongue as a mandatory subject in school.

Photo festival brings transgender voices to commoners (15:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Dubbed as an initiative that seeks to bring powerful art to the people and go beyond the "art-literate circles", a photography festival "opens minds about the transgender community" within India as well as globally, says curator Manik Katyal.

Once a poetic experience, sex has now become an unfulfilling encounter: Writer Seema Anand (IANS Interview) (12:04)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) She is an acknowledged authority on the Kama Sutra, and her recent book, "The Arts of Seduction", is billed as a guide to having great sex in the 21st century. London-based mythologist and narrative practitioner Kamadevika Seema Anand laments that people are not having "great sex" these days, and that it has been reduced to an "act of instant gratification".

The original modern 'Action Girl': Modesty Blaise and her capers (Column: Bookends) (11:30)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
With there now being an abundance of formidable female characters, each as "badass" as their male counterparts, it may be difficult to believe that the "realistic" action genre of popular literature was once largely a patriarchal preserve. One capable woman set the path for her ilk.

Lakhs turn up for Rath Yatra celebrations in West Bengal (21:08)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, July 14 (IANS) Thousands of devotees chanting "Jai Jagannath" and "Hare Krishna" pulled the ropes, as West Bengal celebrated the Chariot Festival or Ratha Yatra, Lord Jagannath's annual visit to his aunt's house, with gaiety and religious fervour on Saturday.

China's new world heritage site limits visitors (13:54)
Beijing, July 14 (IANS) Mount Fanjingshan, China's latest entry on the Unesco World Heritage List, has been asked to limit visitors in an effort to protect the site.

Archives of south Asian oral history housed in India (13:36)
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Hundreds of rare ethnographic sound recordings, including parables, songs, hymns, instrumental music, and poems, made their way to India as part of a collaborative project between British Library and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE).

President nominates 4 to Rajya Sabha (13:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday nominated four eminent people, including noted classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra, to the Rajya Sabha.

Decorated top cop pens cat-and-mouse tale of nabbing Bihar's dreaded outlaw (11:36)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) If Nitish Kumar's rise as the Chief Minister of Bihar in November 2005 is seen as the onset of what he calls "sushasan" or good governance, then multiple award-winning IPS officer Amit Lodha's contribution in ridding the state of routine kidnappings, murders and rapes is significant -- at least that is what emerges from a real life cat-and-mouse tale that Lodha has now penned -- with some caution.

Another Viennese psychologist's contribution to human understanding - and happiness (Book Review) (11:20)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: The Courage To Be Disliked; Author: Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga; Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Pages: 288; Price: Rs 499

Money, revenge prompted Hicky to rail against graft: Author (11:08)
Kolkata, July 14 (IANS) Money and revenge was the primary motivation for the anti-corruption crusade of James Augustus Hicky, who launched the first printed newspaper in India in the late 18th century, according to a researcher.

Video content on Juggernaut books to feature on SHAREit (16:02)
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Publisher Juggernaut Books on Friday announced its partnership with content platform SHAREit, enabling its Indian users to access English and Hindi video summaries of its books.

Photographs bring alive 70 years of Indo-US relations (14:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The depth and breadth of collaboration between India and the US, ranging from security and economic partnerships to the sharing of talent and culture across areas like science and technology innovation and performing arts have been brought alive through an ongoing photo exhibition here.

'Real-time issue of deforestation demands immediate solution' (14:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) One doesn't have to be an activist or an environmentalist to make a difference about deforestation, "The Trees Told Me So" author and journalist Purva Grover said during an "adda session" on "missing trees and vanishing forests" on Thursday.

Atmosphere vitiated, but publishing escapes heavy hand of politics, say insiders (Part II) (12:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) With the new weapon of choice to intimidate publishers being the legal injunction, industry stakeholders contend that they have escaped the heavy hand of direct political intimidation -- perhaps because a critical book is not as potent as a critical TV channel or newspaper.

With rise in online reading, e-comics attract smart readers (Feature) (12:02)
By Nivedita
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Comic books were once the best travel companions. And they remain so in today's digital world, with e-comics and web comics garnering popularity and reaching out to a wider audience -- age no bar.

Shankaracharya: A remarkable genius that Hinduism produced (Book Review) (11:56)
By M.R. Narayan SwamyIANS Photo Service
Title: Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism's Greatest Thinker; Author: Pavan K. Varma; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 364; Price: Rs 699

How do Karmic faiths look at the Queer? (Book Extract) (11:38)
By Devdutt PattanaikIANS Photo Service
The key to understanding Karmic faiths is to look at stories, for it is through stories that the common folk understood their faith.

Of strangers, mischief and the Bengal famine (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Flick through a debut novel that weaves a narrative around the changes in one's life with the arrival of a stranger; read the tale of a curious but mischievous child and his tryst with a teacher who is hell bent on setting him right; and finally relive a play that tells the story of the Bengal famine.

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