Is Modi era the end of Congress?

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) A timely and comprehensive political critique of India’s ‘grand old party’, the Indian National Congress, author Amit Bagaria’s new book “Congress-Mukt Bharat: Is the Modi Era the End of Congress?” is a compelling and multi-dimensional take on the political, ideological and structural downfall of this 135-year-old party and the ascent […]

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‘Sans baggage, Indian businesses uniquely positioned to leverage new digital media’ (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Without legacy systems of the past, Indian businesses are uniquely positioned to leverage the new digital media, says Will Page, former Chief Economist of music streaming app Spotify, in his new book “Tarzan Economics” (Simon & Schuster), extrapolating the global music industry’s journey in coping with the threat […]

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‘Parrikar ensured transparent, simpler defence acquisition procedures’ (Book Review)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Manohar Parrikar transformed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from a “slumberous, mammoth and slow-moving organisation, happy to trudge along, least bothered about time-bound outcomes” and “personally led changes that have resulted in transparent and simpler” acquisition procedures” and implemented “three big decisions”, says a new book on his […]

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KalaGhar empowering Odisha women, reviving handicraft

By Rajnish SinghNew Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Starting its journey from a small village in Odisha’s Balasore district with six artisans five years ago, KalaGhar is not only creating employment opportunities for rural women artisans, but also reviving handicrafts in Odisha. The craft-based social enterprise has empowered over 200 rural women aged between 19 and […]

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Anamika, reincarnated

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Remember the massively popular ‘Kala Sha Kala’, ‘Kahi Karta Hoga Intezaar’, ‘Sona Disda’ — the numbers that grooved an entire generation in the 90’s? Well, singer Anamika Grover is all set to re-release her old classics to introduce youngsters to her music now. “But I’m not going to […]

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Melody queen Asha Bhosle conferred with Maharashtra Bhushan award (Ld)

Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) Veteran singer Asha Bhosle has been selected for the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Bhushan-2020’ honour, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said here on Thursday. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Maharashtra Bhushan award’s selection committee presided over by Thackeray, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Cultural Affairs […]

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Renowned Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra passes away

Bhubaneswar, March 21 (IANS) Eminent Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra, the wife of legendary Odissi dance guru late Kelucharan Mohapatra, passed away at her residence here on Saturday night. She was 86. Mohapatra was suffering from age related ailments for a long time, family sources said on Sunday. Several dignitaries, including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and […]

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7 mantras to cope with volatile-complex digital world (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The VUCA — Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous — world we live in has become an all-pervasive mega-trend, dramatically changing the lives of individuals, business models of enterprises, and the Indian economy. It requires unlearning the old rules and learning the new or losing unrecoverable ground, says Nitin Seth, […]

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Exploring the world of publishing from behind the scenes

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The Indian publishing industry is thriving with a wave of new publishers, international contracts, and authors but the average Indian reader and first-time author knows very little about the intricacies of the publishing process. In an attempt to bridge this gap between readers, writers, editors and publishers, Mumbai-based literary company […]

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AMU lecture: Gandhi was for individual freedom, says Rajmohan

Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), March 17 (IANS) Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, delivered an online lecture on “Does the Arc of History bend towards Justice? Some Reflections”, organised by the Sir Syed Academy, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) under the varsity’s centenary celebrations lecture series. “National independence is not enough […]

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Presenting Ganesha in an entirely new light

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) For the lovers of the “Lord of the Rings” and the “Bartimaeus Trilogy”, here’s an exciting new voice who packs fantastic, action packed quests and brilliant world building into an emotional roller coaster of a book. Rohit Gaur’s “Ganesha’s Temple” (Penguin Random House India) presents Ganesha in an entirely new […]

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Unravelling the India Covid story

New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) When WHO first declared Covid-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, there was a great deal of apprehension about how India — the country with the highest TB cases and diabetes, inadequate health infrastructure and a population of 1.3 billion — would fare. Between the Janata Curfew and the first […]

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Banksy to auction artwork for UK’s NHS

London, March 8 (IANS) Banksy, the acclaimed anonymous British street artist, has offered to auction a piece of his artwork in an effort to raise funds for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), the media reported on Monday. The artwork, called ‘Game Changer’, appeared at the Southampton General Hospital in May 2020 when the country […]

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What does it mean to love?

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) “Klara and the Sun”, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and […]

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Rekindling a forgotten Himalayan story

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Did the CIA, in association with Indias Intelligence Bureau, clandestinely plant nuclear devices on Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, in the 1950s to spy on Chinas nuclear programme and which are said to have led to a glacier break and triggered the devastating floods in Uttarakhand earlier […]

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Understanding nuances of world cinema through 10th century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A new book that unravels the nuances of world cinema harkens back to the 10th century philosopher Abhinavagupta (924-1020), a highly revered Kashmiri Shaiva master, as it pays tribute to his commentary on the “Natyasastra” (an ancient treatise on dramaturgy) and the concepts of “Rasa Siddhanta” (theory of […]

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‘Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power’ a grim wake-up call for India (Book Review)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) With Artificial Intelligence helping “biological materialism sneak in through the back door”, the world is witnessing a real clash of civilisations with “the battle between algorithm and being” writes Rajiv Malhotra, one of the most respected venture capitalists of Silicon Valley and a former chairman of the powerful […]

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Kolkata Book Fair to be held in July

Kolkata, Feb 4 (IANS) Considering the upcoming Assembly elections and multiple board exams in West Bengal, the 45th International Kolkata Book Fair will be held in the month of July this year at the Central Park Mela Ground in Salt Lake. Earlier, the fair, which is held at the end of January every year, was […]

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Pranab Mukherjee’s diaries may soon be a book

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Sharmistha Mukherjee, national spokesperson of the Congress and the daughter of former India President late Pranab Mukherjee, said that she is contemplating to come out with a book based on her father’s handwritten diaries. Announcing this at a session with Rasheed Kidwai during the Kalinga Literary Festival, Sharmistha said that […]

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Delhi-NCR to get major arts centre

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Delhi-NCR region is all set to get a major new cultural centre for the arts, a space that will encourage experimentation, research, education, residences, and performances of all kinds including visual, performing, and culinary arts. A virtual launch of Confluence Ideathon 2021 x Serendipity Arts Foundation, an […]

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KLF Bhava Samvada hosts author Sandeep Bamzai on ‘Princestan’

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Kalinga Literary Festival’s virtual platform KLF Bhava Samvad hosted author Sandeep Bamzai who conversed on his latest book ‘Princestan’. The session took place with moderator Pallavi Rebbapragada, a journalist. Beginning with the session, Pallavi said, “Gandhi in 2nd round table conference told that ‘You shouldn’t toe the British line and […]

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Delhi to get Konkani academy soon

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The Delhi government on Friday approved the setting up of a Konkani academy here to facilitate the growth and promotion of Konkani language and culture in the national capital — a step intended to strengthen Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) foothold in Goa ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections. The academy […]

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‘Princestan’ to be discussed at KLF

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) Author Sandeep Bamzai will be in conversation with journalist and writer Pallavi Rebbapragada to discuss different facets of his latest book ‘Princestan’ during the Kalinga Literary Festival’s ‘bhava samvad’ (online) on January 9 at 7 pm. Exploring how in the run up to independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Lord […]

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‘For Vajpayee, discrimination on faith was completely no-go’ (Book Review)

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) At a time when inter-faith marriages have come under pressure and Uttar Pradesh has even promulgated an anti-conversion ordinance, a new book contends that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was vehemently opposed to discrimination based on faith and that religious conversions deeply offended his sensibilities – but he accepted […]

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North East Festival off to colourful start

Guwahati/Agartala, Dec 19 (IANS) Union DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that constructing more railway lines and connecting routes between the northeast and other regions are the priorities of the Central government. Addressing the inaugural function of the two-day North East Festival (NEF), the DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) Minister said that the […]

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World-class ‘Rudraksh’ convention centre to be set up in Varanasi

By Vivek TripathiVaranasi (UP), Dec 12 (IANS) ‘Rudraksh’, a world-class convention centre, would come up soon in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is slowing gaining centrestage. Soon tourists from abroad would be able to enjoy programmes such as music, drama and exhibitions held at this convention centre. Municipal Commissioner Gaurang […]

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Short films that force us to think .

1) Khud Kushi Khud Khushi? – is a documentary about farmer’s suicides with a question to the society. The documentary displays the irony that the farmers who produce food for the world, can’t live a healthy lifestyle themselves. We’ve researched and presented the reasons for their suicides which majorly comprises of Illiteracy in Farmers and […]

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