In Kashmir, two women combat menstrual taboo, unhygienic practices (IANS Special Series)  (14:26)
By Sarwar Kashani
Kupwara, (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct 18 (IANS) Growing up in a society that stigmatises menstruation, two women social entrepreneurs in this border village of Jammu and Kashmir are battling the taboos attached to what is a routine biological process. They are not only creating awareness but also manufacturing and selling sanitary napkins to help poorer women who cannot afford branded products.

Festive cheer eludes realty sector (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Vinod Behl
Much against the expectations of the real estate sector, this year's festive season is turning out to be somewhat disappointing for property developers as aspiring home buyers are extra cautious about investments in the backdrop of the slowing economy and unstable realty sector, hit by the short-term impact of the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) and the Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Widespread use of unapproved GM cotton shows official tolerance of illegality (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:28)
By Vivian Fernandes
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Andhra governments flip-flop on extensive cultivation of unapproved genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton seems to be symptomatic of the complacency which has infected even regulatory bodies and research institutions.

Labour reforms the antidote to India's perpetual job crisis (Column: Active Voice) (11:20)
By Amit Kapoor
The lack of jobs is beginning to haunt the Modi government. The Reserve Bank of India's recent Consumer Confidence Survey shows that public perception is also beginning to take account of the fact that there are no jobs available in the economy. According to the survey, 43.7 percent of responders felt that the employment situation had worsened as compared to 31.9 percent a year ago.

Punjab continues to reject BJP's 'Congress-mukt Bharat' rant (News Analysis) (15:04)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, Oct 15 (IANS) If Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah's 'Congress-mukt Bharat' (Congress-free India) campaign has hit a wall in any state, it is definitely Punjab.

Foucault and the quest to discern the relation between knowledge and power (Column: Bookends) (14:04)
By Vikas Datta
Human development owes much to philosophical 'gadflies' who search for the 'truth' about us and our world - not only to discover it but also find if it conforms to what we believe it is. They can end up with surprising, contentious findings like French philosopher Michael Foucault whose quest led to him detecting a new approach to see the individual-society relationship and the prevailing ideas about madness, sex and criminality.

BJP once again turns to Ram to bolster flagging appeal in UP (Column: Political Circus) (14:08)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The reason why the UP election results in May were a showpiece for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was that they represented, in the party's opinion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's continuing forward march.

By playing Hindutva game for decades, Congress helped BJP rise (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:54)
By Saeed Naqvi
How indistinguishable the Congress ideologically is from the BJP was the theme of the main edit page article written by French scholars Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers in the Indian Express on October 5.

Bounty in the pits: Water conservation trenches change face of Rajasthan villages (12:08)
By Anand Singh
Udaipur (Rajasthan), Oct 13 (IANS) Kishan Lal Ahir, a farmer in Ummedpura village of this district in southern Rajasthan, is a happy man today as he can sow two crops a year instead of the one he used to due to water scarcity.

Corporate bond market as a driver of economic growth (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Current debates around job creation and growth numbers in India suggest a slight slowdown of the economy. Besides the fiscal stimulus and concessions, what the economy really needs for long-term growth is a more liquid and deep corporate bond market.

Seven thousand people have your face, scientists say (11:02)
By Nury Vittachi
A reader said she saw me in her city. "But I've never been there," I said. "I just have a common face."

A profile in grit: How an HIV+ve man rewrote his destiny (IANS Special Series; Lead, Superseding earlier story with corrections in headline, intro) (15:26)
By Somrita Ghosh
Imphal, Oct 11 (IANS) He restrained himself at his home, unable to see daylight for almost three years. But today, fighting what appeared to be insurmountable odds, K. Pradipkumar Singh overcame the social stigma and discrimination to "show the world what an HIV positive person can do in life".

A profile in grit: How an AIDS-afflicted man rewrote his destiny (IANS Special Series)  (12:36)
By Somrita Ghosh
Imphal, Oct 11 (IANS) He was once restrained to a hospital bed and condemned to die, unable to see daylight for almost three years. But today, fighting what appeared to be insurmountable odds, K. Pradipkumar Singh overcame the social stigma and discrimination of being an AIDS patient to "show the world what an HIV positive person can do in life".

Scourge of unemployment and unemployability haunts Indian youth (Feature) (11:38)
By Bappaditya Chatterjee
Kolkata, Oct 11 (IANS) Upset over his failure to get a suitable teaching job, Atanu Mistry, a 30-year-old from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, allegedly committed suicide recently.

Love for calligraphy draws Japanese girl to India (Lead, correcting paras 8,9)  (20:26)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, Oct 9 (IANS) Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India.

Love for calligraphy draws Japanese girl to India (12:12)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, Oct 9 (IANS) Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India.

Unwritten futures: Some fictional characters who deserve more outings (Column: Bookends) (12:00)
By Vikas Datta
"And they happily lived ever after" is usually an ending found -- or desired -- in fairy tales. But further adventures are always possible for the protagonists, with the journey continuing after both achievements or disappointments, as new challenges arise. This seems to explain why some of the most famous literary characters go on for quite long. Do others too?

Pakistan's ties with terror: Can Trump cut the Gordian knot? (12:46)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
Almost 16 years to the day since the US embarked upon its war on terrorism against the Afghan Taliban on October 7, 2001, as reprisal for the enormity of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it appears that a White House administration is again issuing dire warnings to Rawalpindi (GHQ of the Pakistan Army) while still dangling the familiar "carrot".

India's judiciary stands guardian against authoritarian tendencies (Column: Political Circus) (11:32)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's advice to cow vigilantes not to bother over much about judicial strictures shows a measure of annoyance with the roadblocks which the Hindutva lobby is facing in a secular polity.

A melting pot of Hindustani classical music, Manipuri dance (18:27)
New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) The harmonious raagas of Hindustani classical music rendered by Saniya Patankar and the stories told by S. Karuna Devi through graceful movements of the resplendent Manipuri dance took audiences on an evocative journey here during Raza Foundations Uttaradhikar festival.

How to slip away from bad dates (The Funny Side) (11:36)
By Nury Vittachi
Author: "You missed my book launch." Me: "Yeah, I know, sorry, I died, wasn't resuscitated until afterwards."

An Artist of the Disconnected World: Kazuo Ishiguro and his works (19:22)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
A living example that literary art has no national landscapes or limitations, Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Literature laureate, is possibly its first recipient whose range of evocative works is not in his mother tongue and deals with situations and settings from far beyond his old and new homelands and times.

Is the Nobel for discovery of gravitational waves premature? (Comment: Special to IANS) (17:58)
By Abhas Mitra
On October 3, 2017, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to three American physicists "for decisive contribution to Laser Interferometry Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) detector and observation of gravitational waves", a sort of extremely faint ripples propagating through the very fabric of space-time resulting from most powerful cosmic catastrophes.

How Google Pixel 2 can threaten Apple, Samsung in premium segment (Tech Trend) (13:40)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai is a big fan of artificial intelligence (AI). No doubt these are early days for AI, but for him it is the most promising New-Age technology -- one that can potentially change the way enterprises work and grow.

India, emerging economies can attract billions of dollars for solar, wind power (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:58)
By Tim Buckley
As world energy markets transform at an unprecedented rate, India is at the forefront of the shift towards profitable renewables given that the countrys solar belt has the potential of 749 GW for power generation. As shown by a new IEEFA (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis) analysis, accelerating this trend will allow India avoid the costly mistakes made by slow-moving, late-learning European utilities, which have wasted billions on stranded coal and other thermal power assets.

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