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Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan working on new book (17:06)
Beijing, Jan 18 (IANS) Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan has said that he is working on a new novel.

MoU between India and Russia approved by cabinet (16:26)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to an MoU on youth exchange programmes with Russia to help promote exchange of ideas, values and culture between the two countries, an official statement said.

Teach children Islam is not terrifying: Author Anita Nair (15:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Acclaimed Indian novelist Anita Nair, who has brought to the fore tales from Quran for children, says it is necessary for children to know that Islam is not a "terrifying religion" as it is made out to be.

Concert marks Saint Tyagaraja's 170th death anniversary  (12:26)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Around 100 musicians playing veenas, gatams, mrudangams, violins and other instruments, besides singers, rendered the 'Panchratna Kritis' (Five Gems), composed by the legendary Carnatic music exponent Saint Tyagaraja to mark his 170th death anniversary here.

Ranbir doesn't want to be a father like me: Rishi Kapoor (05:08)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who is known for his outspoken nature, says he has always tried to maintain a gap between him and his son, actor Ranbir Kapoor when it comes to talking about personal life. He says Ranbir has never liked it and doesn't want to be like him as a father.

Today's actors are instant noodles, says Rishi Kapoor (02:34)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who has been a part of the Indian entertainment industry for over four decades, said that compared to earlier times, actors today are more professional, disciplined and like "instant noodles".

Rishi Kapoor launches his autobiography (00:32)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on Tuesday launched his autobiography, titled "Khullam Khulla - Rishi Kapoor Uncensored", here in the presence of his wife Neetu Singh and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.

Every decade has brought something new: Amitabh Bachchan (00:16)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan says he doesn't think that the earlier time is better than the current rather he believes that every decade brings something new.

Massive protests for 'Jallikattu' continue across Tamil Nadu (Roundup) (23:46)
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) The massive protests by youth at the Marina Beach here demanding holding of jallikattu - the bull-taming sport - and banning animal rights group PETA continued into late night with talks with government officials failing on Tuesday.

Now, 50 percent of work force on sets is female, notes Amitabh (22:28)
Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday said that one of the biggest changes in Indian film industry is the equal presence of women on sets in every department including production.

13th edition of Jahan-e-Khusrau to commence on March 24 (22:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) World Sufi Music Festival 'Jahan-e-Khusrau', founded by filmmaker-poet Muzaffar Ali is back with its 13th edition after a two year hiatus and will commence on March 24.

Artists honoured with BC Sanyal Award (21:04)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) In memory of the doyen of modernism in Indian Art, Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal, the Delhi Collage of Art honoured eminent artists with the 'BC Sanyal Award' here.

In his 'very isolating job,' Obama found comfort in books (15:54)
Washington, Jan 17 (IANS) Considered to be the most powerful position in the world, the US presidency, says outgoing incumbent Barack Obama, is "very isolating," adding that during the eight years of his tenure, he found comfort in books.

Online film festival promoting French cinema (15:54)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Featuring comedies, thrillers, action movies, romances, dramas -- the ongoing 'MyFrenchFilmFestival' showcases the diversity of French cinema, offering worldwide visibility to the selected films.

Geometric shapes in art  (15:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Nature is full of shapes, even though no intelligence is structural. An ongoing exhibition here explores these shapes and structures as its principal feature.

Upcoming exhibition to showcase Sohan Qadri's paintings (15:14)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) He was one of the most reclusive artists of our times. Thus, whenever Sohan Qadris name surfaces, art lovers sit up and take notice. Bringing attention to some of the most sought after works of this master-artist, renowned for tantric art, is an upcoming solo exhibition, showing fifty of his paintings.

Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in TN (Lead) (11:02)
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday against the arrest of those who have demonstrated in favour of Jallikattu.

The brothers who failed the West in Afghanistan? (Book Review)  (10:34)
By Vikas Datta
Title: A Kingdom of their Own - The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster; Author: Joshua Partlow; Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Pages: 432; Price: Rs 799

Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in TN (10:00)
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday against the arrest of those who protested in favour of Jallikattu.

Trisha's mother seeks police protection for daughter (07:34)
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Actress Trisha's mother Uma Krishnan has lodged a complaint with the city police commissioner's office seeking protection for her daughter and action against those who hacked into her Twitter account.

Poet Jacob Polley wins 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize (06:36)
London, Jan 17 (IANS) British poet Jacob Polley has won the 2016 T.S. Eliot prize for his fourth collection, 'Jackself', a sequence of narrative poems partly inspired by his childhood in Cumbria, media reports said.

Karan is an extremely gifted sensitive person: Shah Rukh Khan (Lead) (21:58)
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was present at the launch of filmmaker Karan Johar's autobiography "An Unsuitable Boy" here on Monday, said Karan is an intelligent and sensitive man with a gifted quality to understand human emotions.

Karan is an extremely gifted sensitive person: Shah Rukh Khan (21:38)
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was present at the launch of filmmaker Karan Johar's autobiography "An Unsuitable Boy" here on Monday, said Karan is an intelligent and sensitive man with a gifted quality to understand human emotions.

Massive protests against Jallikattu ban in Tamil Nadu (Lead) (18:02)
Chennai, Jan 16 (IANS) Thousands of people on Monday took to the streets in Madurai's Alanganallur town in Tamil Nadu protesting a ban against Jallikattu, the ancient and popular bull-taming sport that marks the Makar Sankranthi celebrations.

Bihar CM promises to punish those responsible for boat tragedy (15:28)
Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said action would be taken against officials found guilty of dereliction of duty in connection with the boat tragedy that claimed 24 lives.

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