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42 artistes selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (27 minutes ago)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's national academy for music, dance and drama, on Tuesday announced that a total of 42 artistes have been selected for the prestigious award.

Priyaka Chopra writing memoir on her 'private' journey (22:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra is writing a memoir, titled "Unfinished", which will be published simultaneously in India, the US and Britain next year. In the memoir, Priyanka said, she is ready to write about her feelings during the course of what has been a fascinating journey.

Sahitya Akademi to hold transgender literary meet in Kolkata (22:22) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to bring creativity of transgenders to the fore, Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, would hold the first-ever literary meet for transgender writers in Kolkata next month, a member of the event's advisory committee said.

Dashrath Patel's works to be exhibited (18:38)
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) A solo exhibition of works of celebrated Indian artist Dashrath Patel, tracing his artistic journey across mediums and types over his long lifetime, will open here on September 13, a statement said.

France, India commit to increasing trade to 15 bn euros by 2020 (Lead) (18:36)
By Ranvir Nayar IANS Photo Service
Paris, June 19 (IANS) The dynamism infused in the Indo-French relations during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in March seems to be building up as the two countries have committed to raising their bilateral trade from 9 billion euros to 15 billion euros in the next two years official sources said.

National Digital Library launched (18:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Union Human Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday launched the National Digital Library, a repository of millions of academic texts from around the world which will be open for all to use.

In search of a suitable girl (June 20 is writer Vikram Seth's 66th Birthday) (15:50)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seth's 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.

Ancient city found in China (14:36)
Beijing, June 19 (IANS) Archaeologists have discovered a city dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1384-1644) in China's Jiangxi province.

A kaleidoscope of Pakistan's other surprising side (Book Review) (11:08)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Title: Points of Entry: Encounters at the Origin Sites of Pakistan; Author: Nadeem Farooq Paracha; Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 188; Price: Rs 499

Serendipity Arts Festival announces new curators' panel (17:00) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, June 18 (IANS) The third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival will see a new panel of 14 curators, the organisers announced on Monday.

Works by Picasso, Monet at Christie's auction in London (13:48) IANS Photo Service
London, June 18 (IANS) Masterpieces by art virtuosos Pablo Picasso, Kazimir Malevich and Claude Monet are a part of an auction at Christie's London on June 20, the auction house said.

Release of Amish Tripathi's book postponed (13:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Author Amish Tripathi has "postponed" the launch of his upcoming book "Suheldev & the Battle of Bahraich", which was accepting pre-orders and was scheduled to release on July 16.

'Ocean Rimmed World': The Ocean giveth, but the ocean also taketh away (Book Review) (11:02)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar IANS Photo Service
Book: Ocean Rimmed World; Author R.N. Joe D'Cruz; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 563; Price: 575

Warner Bros cracking down on Harry Potter fan festivals (14:40) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, June 17 (IANS) Entertainment company Warner Bros is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals, saying it is necessary to halt unauthorised commercial activity.

Laughter: A diagnosis, and some personal prescriptions (Column: Bookends) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta
Laughter is our audible reaction, usually involuntary, to something that amuses us -- yet, it is a complex emotional expression that can also serve as a gesture of bravado, contempt or even desperation or a sign of mental imbalance. Consequently, it has been viewed variously down the ages and, likewise, so used in literature.

Major fire devastates Glasgow School of Art (Lead) (19:52)
Glasgow, June 16 (IANS) Glasgow's world-renowned School of Art has been ravaged by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire, emergency services said on Saturday.

Gritty tale set in Mumbai's famous dance bars (Book Review) (11:08)
By Kishori Sud IANS Photo Service
Title: Without Prejudice: Epic Tale of a Mumbai Bar Dancer; Author: Devasis; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 313; Price: Rs 450

Sahitya Akademi's gimmick falls flat, embarrassed on its home turf (Lead) (20:12)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) In a dramatic turn of events, the Sahitya Akademi was left embarrassed on its home turf as noted writer-poet Keki N. Daruwalla, on whose works the Akademi presented a documentary Friday evening, clarified that despite being present at the Akademi, his views and stance remain unchanged and the question of taking back his Sahitya Akademi award, which he returned in 2015, does not arise.

Indigenous Australian masterworks exhibited at NGMA (19:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) An exhibition of over 100 artworks by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists was inaugurated in the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here on Friday.

My views and stance remain the same: Keki Daruwalla on Sahitya Akademi (19:08)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) In a dramatic turn of events, the Sahitya Akademi was left embarrassed on its home turf as noted writer-poet Keki Daruwalla, on whose works the Akademi presented a documentary Friday evening, clarified that despite being present at the Akademi, his views and stance remain unchanged and the question of taking back his Sahitya Akademi award, which he returned in 2015, does not arise.

Brain values foods loaded with fats and carbs (18:00)
New York, June 15 (IANS) Ever wondered why you tend to buy processed foods such as fries, sausages, bacon, ham or ready meals, even if the cost is high?

Not easy to attract eyeballs from government: Vivek Agnihotri (17:58) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who has made his debut as an author with "Urban Naxals", met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this week. He says he must have done something right as it isn't easy to grab the government's attention.

That scar is permanent, Saeed Mirza on Modi's Gujarat legacy (14:40)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) He has been called an angry radical, an anarchist and a lot of other things but multiple award-winning director of films, documentaries and television serials, Saeed Akhtar Mirza is, in his own words, a leftist Sufi. His third book, billed as "a personal history of our times", bears this out.

Glimpse of Indian modernism in London's art fair (13:56)
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) A collection of 11 modern Indian art works by prominent artists including the late M.F. Hussain and Tyeb Mehta, will feature in the ninth edition of Masterpiece London, the UKs leading cross-collecting fair for art, design and collectibles.

Of risk planning, Nagas, texting and nagins (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:32)
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Know how adequate risk planning is the key in ensuring the future of the family; go through a collection of 19 short stories that breathe new life into the inner make-up of the people of northeast India, the Tangkhul Nagas in particular. Read of a tale based on the premise that "text is the new talk" -- and what happens to a virtual relationship when two who have been exchanging texts finally meet in the real world. Finally, flick through a book on women who are fierce and spit poison when provoked.

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