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Of mystery, spying and ghosts (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:24)
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

6,000-year-old Neolithic remains discovered in Istanbul (07:20)
Istanbul, Aug 18 (IANS) Archeologists have unearthed Neolithic remains believed to be dating back to 6,000 years during a new metro line construction in central Istanbul.

'Sankalp Se Sidhhi' will glorify Indian culture: Minister (22:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Thursday said the initiative "Sankalp Se Sidhhi", led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will further glorify India's rich culture and heritage.

In a first, Mithila Paag featured on postal stamp (15:10)
Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) The central government has for the first time issued a postal stamp featuring Mithila Paag (turban) in recognition of the age-old cultural symbol.

Hemingway's 'hangout' in Cuba marks 200th anniversary (11:42)
Havana, Aug 17 (IANS) A bar in Havana which used to be American Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway "hangout" spot and also the birthplace of the classic daiquiri cocktail, is marking its 200th anniversary this year.

'The Monk Who Became Chief Minister' Explores Yogi Adityanath's journey (18:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) From being a shy boy in initial days to a monk who became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically significant state, a new book brings alive the life of Yogi Adityanath

Bombay HC bans bullock cart races till Maharashtra frames rules (17:54)
Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) In a blow to the Maharashtra government, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday restrained the state from granting permission to hold bullock cart races till the authorities frame rules governing the activity.

For dancer Uma Sharma, kathak is all about Lord Krishna  (12:26)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) If dance is about inspiration, then for renowned Kathak dancer Uma Sharma it has always been Lord Krishna who continues to motivate her. For the past 30 years, Sharma has been presenting the "raas leela" of Vrindavan through dance.

My work highlights beauty of life amidst violence: Artist Seema Kohli (11:54)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, Aug 16 (IANS) Renowned artist Seema Kohli says that at a time when there is so much hatred and violence in the world, she likes her work "to depict the beauty in life".

4,000-year-old dagger found in Slovakia (10:30)
Bratislava, Aug 16 (IANS) An ancient dagger almost 4,000-year-old from the Bronze Age was accidentally found in Hlohovec town of Slovakia, the media reported on Wednesday.

I-Day human formations in Delhi had a Russian connection (21:14)
By Nikhil M Babu IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) On Tuesday morning, when thousands of people were waiting for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Independence Day address at the Chhatrasal Stadium here, suddenly a huge colourful message "Namaskar" appeared in the stands -- an artistic formation by 1,143 school girls, seated opposite to where Kejriwal was to speak.

Maharashtra celebrates 71st I-Day with patriotic fervour (Lead, With Images) (17:46)
Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) Maharashtra celebrated the 71st Independence Day with patriotic fervour, though the celebrations on Tuesday were partly marred due to sudden heavy rains that lashed parts of the state, including Mumbai and coastal Konkan.

'Dahi Handi' celebrated with nationalistic flavour in Maharashtra  (15:30) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) The birth of Lord Krishna was rung in with religious fervour on Tuesday and was followed by colourful 'Dahi Handi' with a distinct national flavour by thousands of Govindas all over Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.

Mizoram's flagship programme helped farmers: CM (14:32) IANS Photo Service
Aizawl, Aug 15 (IANS) The Mizoram government's flagship programme, New Land Use Policy (NLUP), has brought development to the state and prosperity to the farmers, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said in his address at the Independence Day function here on Tuesday.

Patriotic spirit at Red Fort on 71st I-Day (14:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) With huge pride and love for the nation, thousands of Indians attended the Independence Day ceremony here at the historical Red Fort to celebrate the country's freedom.

Wish to create international-level academy for Indian music: Shankar Mahadevan  (11:02)
By Mudita Girotra IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Years ago, when Shankar Mahadevan became part of the Indian music industry, youngsters from middle-class families didn't see huge opportunities in the field. The singer-composer feels that today, when there are so many possible avenues for them, the country lags in providing world-class music education.

Hymns to Hindustan: Patriotic film songs from pre- and newly Independent India  (09:16)
By Vikas Datta
Every August 15 and January 26, wherever official or private programmes to celebrate the Independence Day and Republic Day are being held, the strains you are likely to hear would be most probably "Aao Bachon tumhe dikhaye", "Kar chale hum fida", "Chorho kal ki baaten", "Mere Desh ki dharti" or "Dil diya jaan bhi denge, Ae Watan tere liye".

Creating pride, celebrating unity in diversity: The anthems of a new India  (17:22)
By Vikas Datta
It may be tough for creative professionals to display their prowess unhindered for a government-sponsored project with a host of rules, regulations and red-tape to adhere to, but, given a visionary Prime Minister, not impossible. As we learn, Rajiv Gandhi deserves credit for giving India two stirring ads on national integration, the latter of which has assumed near-anthem status.

Ninth IHC Lok Sangeet Sammelan: An ode to classical music  (17:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Continuing its efforts to promote and showcase India's rich heritage of folk music, the ninth edition of India Habitat Centre Lok Sangeet Sammelan left its audience mesmerised with its classical performances.

Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for Indian-born Stanford professor (15:12)
By Fakir Balaji IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Aug 14 (IANS) The US-based Marconi Society has announced its Lifetime Achievement Award to Indian-born Stanford University professor Thomas Kailath, for his outstanding contributions to modern communications.

Roman coins show how Hannibal's defeat led to rise of Rome (15:04)
Paris, Aug 14 (IANS) The defeat of the Carthaginian general Hannibal - regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history - in the Second Punic War from 218-201 BC paved the way for the transition of Rome from a regional power to an Empire, an analysis of ancient Roman coins has shown.

This Independence day, take home hidden treasures of the past (14:14)
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) This Independence Day, enthusiasts and collectors of unique items have an opportunity to bring home hidden treasure that recreate memories of the time India became free.

London's Big Ben to fall silent for four years (13:36) IANS Photo Service
London, Aug 14 (IANS) The famous Big Ben is going to fall silent for four years for a crucial refurbishment project.

Facebook closes street artist's page for 'hate speech' (11:24) IANS Photo Service
New York, Aug 14 (IANS) Facebook has "unpublished" a page run by a street artist who attacked the social network's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg with posters disparaging his alleged presidential aspirations, media reported.

Bengal stage legend Sova Sen passes away (13:56)
Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Sova Sen, a legendary figure of the Bengali stage, died here on Sunday following old age complications, her family said.

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