From angry young man to angry father: Vinod Khanna's cinematic voyage (Tribute)  (18:06)
By Vikas Datta
He came into prominence playing an angry young man in a 1970s classic and one of his last major appearances was as an angry implacable father in a 2010 blockbuster, but whatever role Vinod Khanna played -- good, bad, or even supporting -- he ended up making his presence felt. Can you think of any other Bollywood hero who won applause for beating up Amitabh Bachchan on screen?

India can bolster Snapchat's prospects as Facebook goes after it (Tech Trend) (12:04)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Founded in 2004, Facebook -- on track to hit two billion active monthly users this year -- is now the fifth-largest US firm by market capitalisation (exceeding $400 billion) and owns the world's most popular apps: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Is it Cold War-II already? (Comment: Special to IANS)  (11:18)
By Gulshan Luthra
The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

As Mallya's custody sought, India's extradition success rate is 36 per cent (15:20)
By Rakesh Dubbudu
The government has sought custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but Indias success rate at extradition has been no more than 36 per cent over 15 years, according to a report by, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.

Media shouldn't sensationalise earthquakes (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:32)
By Arun Bapat
Most educated people are used to sipping tea and reading a newspaper in the morning. If other family members are sitting in the same room, they sometimes exchange news. Disaster-related news is one of the big sources for initiating a discussion. Earthquakes which occur suddenly have a priority over volcanoes, which give some indications of an eruption.

Afghanistan, Africa new priorities, but a small monarchy remains India's top foreign-aid priority (14:40)
By Vipul Vivek
The monarchy of Bhutan has remained the biggest beneficiary -- by amount and share -- of Indian foreign aid for 17 years, but over the last nine years, Afghanistan has made it to the distant second spot, preferred over traditional recipients Nepal and Bangladesh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Indian foreign ministry data.

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (Lead, correcting intro) (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Oppenheimer) (18:14)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Crowded international calendar is causing problems for IPL (Column: Just Sport) (17:00)
By Veturi Srivatsa
The 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been dominated by uncapped Indian youngsters, more precisely the batsmen. They have also made up for the loss of top overseas as well as Indian players through injury.

Turning Ataturk's Turkey upside down, Erdogan to visit Delhi (Comment) (12:04)
By Saeed Naqvi
When Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in New Delhi on April 30, he will find in his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, something of a kindred spirit. Both aspire for absolute power.

Babri demolition case may bring out skeletons in BJP's closet (Column: Political Circus) (11:44)
By Amulya Ganguli
Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoping for success across the board from panchayats to parliament, the revival of the case against some of its leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 has raised the possibility of revealing the party's communal face which it has recently been trying to hide.

Of Openheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Openheimer) (11:42)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 21 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

India reports significant reductions in neglected tropical diseases (14:14)
By IndiaSpend Team
India has achieved the target for eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), a neglected tropical disease (NTD), in 82 per cent sub-districts, according to the fourth World Health Organization (WHO) report on NTDs released on April 19, 2017.

Beard war intensifies, as official punished for not smoking (The Funny Side) (10:38)
By Nury Vittachi
An atheist friend got in my car the other day and I snapped him into prayer mode with a single line: "Put on your seat belt, I want to try something." Heh heh heh.

Stem cells and the art of giving (Comment) (11:56)
By Madhu Srivastava
Our health scenario has undergone drastic changes over the past few decades. Is it not fair to say that given today's lifestyles, finding someone who is completely fit and healthy is quite rare?

India's soft power enhances its salience in Egypt (Comment) (12:08)
By Tarun Basu
At Khan el Khalili, Cairo's main souk in the crowded Islamic district, shopowners seek out Indian tourists with friendly hails of "Amitabh Bachchan! Shah Rukh Khan! Welcome!!" These two actors are by far the most popular Indians in Egypt, a testament to the enormous soft power of Bollywood.

Indian states need to strategise their development (Column: Active Voice) (12:58)
Amit Kapoor
The Modi government has been pulling all stops to improve the ease of doing business rankings since it came into power in a bid to improve Indias image as a business-friendly economy and attract global investment.

Make preventive healthcare a priority to lead a wholesome life (Comment) (12:58)
By Ashok B.K.
Health plays a crucial role in building your self-confidence, living a longer life, having more energy, being less stressed and feeling emotionally happier. People should adopt preventive healthcare measures at an early age in order to keep rising lifestyle disorders at bay.

What Dolly Kumari learnt -– and how it could change India's textiles industry (11:34)
By Lavanya Garg
In 2014, Dolly Kumari, an outspoken 12th class passout, left her home in Jharkhand, journeying about 2,000 km south to a new job as a tailor at a garment factory in Bengaluru. Like most workers in this sector, when she first came, she did not think of staying beyond a few months. Today, over two years later, at 21, Kumari is one of two assistant line supervisors on the factory floor of Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd., overseeing the work of 119 tailors. Her salary has risen 66 per cent, from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,300 per month. She talks easily of time management and effective communication, and hopes one day to become a floor-in-charge.

Parrikar: Butter chicken, fish curry and foot in the mouth (Comment) (12:12)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
When pacing the cold, stone-lined corridors of South Block, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar famously confessed to fantasising about Goan fish curry over butter chicken, the national capital's ubiquitous calorific treat.

Climate change impacting the faculties of citizens, global leaders? (Comment) (11:22)
By Rajendra Shende
"The rift has accelerated since end of the last year", reported all the major news agencies in North America and elsewhere. "It may get close to a full break, never seen before in the history," they added.

US fireworks: Awaiting details from Afghanistan, a look at Syrian outrage (Comment) (12:30)
By Saeed Naqvi
President Donald Trump has furnished proof that the leader of the Free World, which dropped the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, remains true to form: it has dropped an even bigger Mother Of All Bombs (non-nuclear, we are being persistently reminded) on Nangahar province in east Afghanistan on what are being described as IS tunnels. Since details are not known, let us first sort out the Syrian outrage.

Not 'BJP lite', Congress must become a modern, liberal party (Column: Political Circus) (11:32)
By Amulya Ganguli
Having failed to delineate a cogent and credible line on secularism, the Congress will have to articulate a new position to find its way back into political reckoning.

Naturally portraying the quintessential Englishman onscreen (April 13 is Edward Fox's 80th birthday)  (12:08)
By Vikas Datta
Indians may know him best playing one of the biggest villains of their recent history. But the cameo as Gen Dyer, the "Butcher of Amritsar", in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi" was a rare break from the routine for Edward Fox, who in his over 100 onscreen appearances, usually played a more affable and unflappable but quintessential Englishman.

India's record-setting but forgotten all-rounder (April 12 is Vinoo Mankad's 100th birth anniversary) (11:48)
By Vikas Datta
No other Indian cricketer has set so many long-enduring Test records as him, including the highest first-wicket partnership and the fastest 1,000 runs and 100 wickets. Vinoo Mankad is also one of the four who batted at all spots and the only Indian to have a match named after him. But as Virender Sehwag, who came close in 2005 to breaking the partnership record, didn't even know him, it might be the case with many Indians even now.

Following MPC line, onus on government to revive economy (Column: Active Voice) (11:28)
By Amit Kapoor
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) first monetary policy review of fiscal 2017-18 was presented last week amidst expectations of a status quo on the interest rates and speculation of action on a few irritants like the problem of excess liquidity. As expected, the repo rate was left untouched. Surprisingly, the reverse repo rate was increased by a quarter percentage point to six percent and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate was reduced by an equal amount to 6.5 percent.

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