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.

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.

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.

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."

They are destroying India's great achievement of unity in diversity: Writer Nayantara Sahgal (IANS Interview) (12:36)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) She grew up during India's fight for freedom under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi and is among the country's foremost writers with feminist concerns. But Nayantara Sahgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, says that contemporary Indian history is being fantasised, the minorities are under threat and there's a long fight ahead to preserve the "true meaning of India".

India loses 6% GDP annually due to unsanitary conditions: Venkaiah Naidu (23:38)
New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) The lack of sanitary conditions in India has a serious economic consequence too as it causes a loss of 6 per cent of the GDP every year, said Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday.

Reading people's minds through their writing (Feature, with images) (12:20)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, Oct 2 (IANS) From a young age, Aditi Surana could identify people's behavioural traits from their writing strokes. Honing this special ability, she has emerged as a "graphologist" -- with testimonials from the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Naseeruddin Shah and former President Pratibha Patil. And she has learnt use her talent to help people with their relationships, anxiety disorders and health issues.

'Wall of Valour': Tribute to bravery of paramilitary, state police forces (12:52)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) They guard the borders and are in the forefront of the battle against the Maoists, at times operating in conditions more adverse than those faced by the army. And yet, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and state police forces soldier on. Now, 'Wall of Valour: Tribute to Martyrs' by short-film director and storyteller Beenu Rajput, records the story of two martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

How to keep your heart healthy as you age (September 29 is World Heart Day) (11:28)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) While advancing age increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), living a healthy life from your youth may help prevent the disease, which is touted as the number one killer in both men and women globally as well as in India, experts suggest.

Yes, the world is going crazy over pets (The Funny Side) (11:08)
By Nury Vittachi
How were dogs invented? When someone had the following thought: "I'm being attacked by wolves! I think I will ruffle the fur around the neck of one and say 'Who's a good boy yes you are' in a silly voice."

Perumal Murugan misses out, Aravind Adiga leads DSC Prize shortlist (10:16)
London, Sep 28 (IANS) Indo-Australian writer Aravind Adiga, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2008, has been shortlisted along with four other writers for the the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017.

Madrassas go modern, challenge stereotype (IANS Special Series) (13:30)
By Abu Zafar
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 27 (IANS) Abu Osama, an alumnus of Madrasatul Islah, one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in this region, believed that after graduating from a madrassa he would not be able to compete in the modern world. He soon realised he was wrong.

Autumn: Kashmir's golden-yellow season of plenty is here (12:34)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Sep 27 (IANS) Autumn, Kashmir's golden-yellow season of plenty, is nature's gentle reminder to locals that they must make hay while the sun shines.

Teenage peer groups are change agents in Tamil Nadu (Social Feature) (11:36)
By Rupesh Dutta
Salem/Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu), Sep 27 (IANS) Teenagers Prabhu Deva and Amritha stand for change in these two districts of Tamil Nadu. Not only did they prevent three child marriages but are also breaking the taboo around sex education as also improving toilet facilities for the safety of young girls in their villages.

Hit 'Refresh' to transform your life, the Satya Nadella way (Book Review) (15:54)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
Title: Hit Refresh; Author: Satya Nadella; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 599

Upcoming art show to pay tribute to iconic Indian legends (15:12)
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Delhi-based artist Rita Jhunjhunwala will pay tribute to extraordinary men and women from a spectrum of society, including arts and science, politics and business, religion and and spirituality through her upcoming exhibition.

Chief Gaggan Anand: There is no such thing as a curry (12:04)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, Sep 24 (IANS) Ranked as Asia's best restaurant for three years in a row for his eponymous "Gaggan" in Bangkok, Kolkata-born Chef Gaggan Anand is all about taking Indian food to the world beyond its stereotyped curry prism. He's on a mission to prove to the world that the concept of curry doesn't exist in Indian cuisine.

Durga Puja in Bengal with trans-boundary trysts and twists (11:36)
By Sahana Ghosh IANS Photo Service
Kolkata/Siliguri, Sep 21 (IANS) From goddess Durga draped in traditional Nepali attire for the grand celebration of Dasain, to the resplendent White Temple of Thailand to glimpses of London and the US -- Durga Puja in West Bengal is not only a showcase of the state's artistic heritage but has also evolved into a platform of its cross-cultural and trans-boundary influences.

Being a change agent through education (IANS Special Series) (11:58)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi/Udaipur, Sep 20 (IANS) From the time of her birth, Antimbala was told she was unwanted and a burden to her family. She was convinced she was blighted by destiny and couldn't succeed in life.

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