How delayed pregnancies beat sterilisation as a family-planning tool (Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Charu Bahri
Although India spends 85 per cent of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5 per cent on distributing condoms and other non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra districts brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying children could work better to temper Indias population growth. And it could bring numerous health, social and economic benefits besides.

Social Progress Index can complement GDP (Column: Active Voice) (10:50)
By Amit Kapoor
GDP is easily the most controversial measure in the field of economics. It is a measure of economic production that should have lost its relevance in a world disgusted by environmental degradation and social injustice. Despite its narrow focus, the concept of GDP has survived decades of debate on a new measure that better reflects human well-being within a nation.

Camaraderie between Rahul, Akhilesh enthuses workers (18:26)
By Sandeep Pauranik
Jhansi, Feb 20 (IANS) Once political rivals, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav seem to be sharing great camaraderie in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls for which their parties have stitched an alliance.

Landscapes, Solitaire and Graffiti: This exhibition takes a classic look at Paris  (14:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Have you seen the pictures of the iconic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris? A large ethereal photograph of the 19th century architectural marvel welcomes one to "La Vie A Paris," an exhibition of photographs by Rupin Thomas. The photograph of Eiffel Tower, like most others on display, brings a different perspective to the much known tourist site.

Pihani's story: Why promises Of UP's politicians rarely changed over 15 years (Special to IANS) (13:52)
By Saumya Tewari
Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between his home in the state capital Lucknow and the government degree college where he teaches in Pihani, 135 km to the northwest.

Luxury aficionados turn into Alchemists, create a multi-sensorial experience (12:54)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) An evening full of fun, frolic and anticipation of what lay ahead was seen here as five luxury aficionados collaborated together to play host to Capital's discerning elite at a multi-sensorial experience -- from exhilarating smells to a decked up bar -- that enthralled all attendees.

Holier than thou? These Indian women shattered prevailing notions long before Western women's emancipation (Book Review) (12:38)
By Saket Suman
Title: Heroines -- Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History; Author: Ira Mukhoty; Publisher: Aleph; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 211

IAF to flag-off 51st edition of India's oldest vintage car rally (14:06)
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Some of the rarest beauties of yesteryears are all set to roll out on the roads during the 51st edition of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally, which will be flagged off by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, on February 26.

Family dramas are rare today: Sooraj Barjatya (Interview) (14:00)
By Sandeep Sharma
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) In his over 25 year-long journey in the Indian entertainment industry, he has only helmed films which a family can sit and watch together. However, Sooraj Barjatya considers it a challenge to survive as a director of family dramas in todays time as he feels the genre has become "rare".

It's rightists vs left-liberals in media slugfest (Column: Political Circus) (11:58)
By Amulya Ganguli
A major reason the media is being targeted by right-wing establishments in both India and the US is the belief among the "official" ideologues that large sections of the newspapers, magazines and TV channels are dominated by left-liberals, a legacy of Nehruvian times.

Trump's corporate tax plan is one bright spot in his otherwise quarrelsome world (Comment) (11:04)
By George Albert
It is not all bad in Trump land. Yes, we have those pesky Twitter wars, anti-free trade rhetoric, fights with the Australian Prime Minister and the list goes on. It seems that US politics has entered a dark age.

Actors tap their rap talent (10:38)
By Durga Chakravarty
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) From crooning romantic lyrics to hip-swaying numbers, Bollywood celebrities lending their voice for films and even singles has become common. But now Hindi film stars are taking a step further by keeping up with times and rapping verses for movies and advertisements too.

Will Donald Trump take on the Chinese yuan? (Column: Currency Corner) (14:26)
Vatsal Srivastava
China has long been labelled a currency manipulator, having an unfair advantage in the global export arena. However, these allegations have never stopped Beijing from intervening in the currency markets at will, without taking into consideration the negative spillover effects on FX volatility and global trade.

Smartphone apps give you a super-power you can use for good or evil (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
Dads of the world need a smartphone app that detects whenever a family member is reaching out to buy something in a store and then speaks out loud in a Dad Voice: "Come on, do you really need that?"

Celebrated Bangladeshi war hero to exhibit select works at Rashtrapati Bhavan  (15:28)
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) He fought in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war at the age of only 21 and later rose to critical acclaim as an artist, exhibiting his works around the globe. This master artist -- a national pride for the people of Bangladesh -- is soon to present his works at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

More women delivering in hospitals, but many still dying in childbirth (14:04)
By Devanik Saha
Surujmuni Marandi, 24, decided to deliver her baby at the district hospital in Godda, Jharkhand. Like many, she was drawn to the idea of free medical assistance, medicines, nutrition and postnatal care for poor, pregnant women promised by Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the government programme aimed at reducing Indias high maternal mortality rate (MMR).

Why are most participants at Gandhi seminars anti-technology? (Comment) (11:18)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
I was recently invited to attend a seminar entitled "Gandhi Returns -- Back to Basics" at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in the 1920s and mostly deals with Gandhian subjects.

Jhumpa Lahiri's reflections on book covers leave many questions unanswered (Book Review) (10:32)
By Saket Suman
Book: The Clothing of Books; Author: Jhumpa Lahiri; Publisher: Penguin; Price: 199; Pages: 71

Corruption a vice of 'insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement': SC (20:12)
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that corruption was cancerous and a vice of "insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement" by the unscrupulous, who took unfair advantage of their power and authority including those holding public office.

Crying need for outcome-based education in India (Column: Active Voice) (15:12)
By Amit Kapoor
If the buzz around Hyperloop materialises, a commute between Chennai and Bengaluru can be a matter of 30 minutes. The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can revolutionise homes around the world and our way of living along with it. Robotics can completely transform factory operations. Self-driven cars can make driving a thing of the past.

Assam hamlet aspires to be India's cleanest (12:32)
By Aditya Baruah
Shikdamakha (Assam), Feb 14 (IANS) It's a movement that began during Christmas in 2012 with a competition to select the "cleanest" family in this village. The festival-specific contest in the village, located about 80 km from Assam's largest city Guwahati, has now morphed into the ambition to win the "Cleanest Village in Asia" title once held by Mawlynnong in neighbouring Meghalaya.

Music in blood: Rajasthan's Langhas don't marry into other communities (12:02)
By Sahana Ghosh
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 14 (IANS) As distinctive as their full-throated voices, the Langhas, a Muslim community of folk musicians from Rajasthan, have evolved a rather unique way to preserve their identity for centuries. It's a strict no-no for them to marry into other communities.

'India's public libraries undergoing revolutionary change' (11:10)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Images of ill-maintained public libraries -- laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit -- is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government's ambitious National Mission on Libraries.

Message from MP: Solar power is here to stay (Comment) (10:32)
By Saptak Ghosh
The solar revolution in India marches on, with renewed momentum, if the recently concluded reverse bidding auction for a 750 MW Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh is any indication.

65% Indian women literate, 5% have sole control over choosing their husband (Special to IANS) (16:00)
By Lavanya Garg
How much control do Indian women have over different aspects of their lives?

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