How a woman grenade blast survivor overcame disability to inspire change (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Bhavana AkellaIANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and not only found a way to get her life back on track, but also became a harbinger of change for the disabled.

German ruling a real-life lesson for India on digital inheritance (Tech Trend) (11:34)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) In a landmark ruling when it comes to post-death digital rights, Germany's highest court has told Facebook to grant a grieving mother access to her late daughter's account.

Getting your beach bod for the summer (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
My wife's magazines make me laugh. On the cover, one headline is always something like "Learn To Love Yourself As You Are", another is "Lose 5 kg In Two Weeks" and a third is "New Pasta Recipes".

Literature, art, culture to come alive at Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest (13:42)IANS Photo Service
Thimphu, July 10 (IANS) Majestic mountains, coupled with a spiritual setting, makes Bhutan's annual literary extravaganza -- the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival -- an exhilarating experience for its many visitors.

In public poll, 'The English Patient' wins the Golden Booker (Lead) (10:36)IANS Photo Service
London, July 9 (IANS) Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, essayist and novelist Michael Ondaatje's bestselling novel "The English Patient" -- which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past -- has been crowned best winner of the Booker prize of the last 50 years.

Breaking faith barriers, Shia Muslim artists create Hindu wedding mandaps (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Archana SharmaIANS Photo Service
Jaipur, July 8 (IANS) For centuries, their creations have been used in sombre processions to commemorate and reconstruct the narrative of the 7th century Battle of Karbala in Islamic history. But now, these artists, mostly Shia Muslims, make Hindu wedding mandaps, replicating the design of the shrine of Prophet's grandson Imam Hussain Ali, who was killed in that war.

Samsung India puts Noida on top with world's largest mobile factory (11:36)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
Noida, July 8 (IANS) In front are open fields with grazing cattle, to the left are under-construction residential societies and to the right is its existing facilty - this where Samsung has set up what is the world's largest mobile factory.

From Lucknow's Krishna Caterers to ITC top chef, a compelling journey for Imtiaz Qureshi (IANS Interview) (12:34)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) What began as a nine-year-old's venture at Krishna Caterers about eight decades ago in the city of Nawabs turned into an awe-inspiring, lifelong affair with cuisine. Imtiaz Qureshi, a widely admired and adored figure in the Indian culinary space, has served lip-smacking delicacies to several heads of state and government, and other luminaries.

The safest places in the world (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
Five years ago I lived in a housing estate that was so safe that I didn't even own a front door key. Our only line of defence against evil was a deeply confused dog which barked at family members and gave strangers a friendly licking.

How waste management is helping Vietnamese women earn a living (Societal Feature) (13:40)
By Vishal Gulati
Hoi An (Vietnam), July 5 (IANS) With over 20 million tourists visiting per year, this port city -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- produces approximately 27,000 tonnes of urban waste per year.

Street vendors turn 'City Beautiful' Plaza into a mess (12:08)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, July 2 (IANS) The Plaza of the 'City Beautiful' Chandigarh may have been its star attraction for a number of decades but has now virtually been hijacked by street vendors.

American father-daughter duo bring 'technological difference' to remote Arunachal village (IANS Special Series) (12:34)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), July 1 (IANS) National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki and his 14-year-old daughter Lilliana are essentially travellers who have been to several remote corners of the world. But it is not just the high-ranging mountains or far-flung seas that have a distinct pull for the American father-daughter duo; in fact, most of their travels are humanitarian- and- philanthropy-based expeditions.

Five books to look forward to in July 2018 (11:40)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) Though summer is at its peak in most parts of India and literary events almost at a standstill, the coming month will bring cheer to many readers as it will mark the release of some riveting offerings.

Inspired by Super 30, ‘Jindagi' realising dreams of medical aspirants in Odisha (Education Feature) (12:40)
By Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 29 (IANS) He could not become a doctor himself, but is now pulling out all stops to ensure that others fare better. This year, 18 students from Odisha made it to medical school thanks to the initiative of Ajay Bahadur Singh, who once sold tea for a living but now imparts free medical education to 20 underpriveleged students at a time.

Of maths, social media and youngsters' struggles (IANS Books This Weekend) (12:16)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Learn how to resolve mathematical puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and their surprising solutions; know how to put the pieces together to create a powerful social media presence; flick through the story of five youngsters who have to deal with extreme circumstances and learn how the consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary.

How to make your children follow in your footsteps (The Funny Side) (11:16)
By Nury Vittachi
Memo To Self: Must write to the International Olympic Committee to introduce a "rolling eye" competition, so my kids can win gold, silver and bronze.

Are small hydropower projects fish friendly? (Environment Feature) (16:04)
By Bhanu Sridharan
Bengaluru, June 28 (IANS/Mongabay) Most rivers in South India begin as small streams in forested mountains. The Western Ghats are filled with such streams. As they flow downhill they join other streams and gain speed, depth and width to become large rivers like the west-flowing Nethravathi and the east-flowing Kaveri (Cauvery) rivers.

Children act as 'green agents' in Rajasthan's drought-hit Baran (Environmental Feature) (12:38)
By Mridula Narayan
Jaipur, June 27 (IANS) The "green agents" of Baran district in Rajasthan are nurturing foliage in their villages, despite a two-year rainfall deficit in the region. Over 3,000 children across 20 villages have planted 7,000 saplings thus far.

Japanese artist hopes to introduce Aritayaki in India (13:20)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) A popular Japanese craft, Aritayaki porcelain enjoys a global market but estimates suggest there are barely about a hundred independent artists producing it by hand. Japanese artist Yuji Obata hopes to introduce the craft to India and was recently in the Capital to get an understanding of the art scene here and indulge in discussions with leading galleries.

An equal-opportunity school sets a sterling example in social integration (IANS Special Series) (14:10)
By Mohit DubeyIANS Photo Service
Lucknow, June 24 (IANS) Much before the Indian parliament promulgated the Right to Education Act (RTE) in 2009 that guaranteed education to all a committed local teacher had already pioneered the idea of making school access a reality for hundreds of underprivileged children, irrespective of their social status or economic background.

Of vazhaipoo fritters and a chef's contribution to reducing carbon footprint (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (11:00)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, June 23 (IANS) It's time for vazhaipoo (banana flower) fritters. Vazhaipoo cutlets and vadas have become passe, said a top chef at the newly-opened Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road.

People love to be angry these days (The Funny Side) (11:24)
By Nury Vittachi
This columnist once wrote to a friend gently suggesting that he was not cut out to be an anger management therapist. He replied in capital letters: "SO. WHAT. ARE. YOU. SAYING?"

In search of a suitable girl (June 20 is writer Vikram Seth's 66th Birthday) (15:51)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seths sequel to the monumental "A Suitable Boy" (1993). Five years on, since he was first expected to deliver the manuscript, the novel is still to see the light of the day. But what seems like a saga of missed deadlines can very well -- far from our eyes -- be a masterpiece in the making.

Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020 (Lead, Correcting headline) (15:56)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020.

Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020 (15:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020.

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