With lowest tally in Delhi civic polls, Congress woes persist (News Analysis) (23:12)
By Prashant Sood
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Congress suffered its worst defeat of the last three Delhi municipal polls on Wednesday, bringing to light the enormity of challenges it faces to revive itself in the national capital.

Civic polls help Tiwari emerge as key BJP face in Delhi (19:16)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The BJP's hat-trick in the capital's municipal polls is being seen as a feather in the cap of the party's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and it has helped him emerge as a key face of the party in the national capital.

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.

Women's clamour against liquor in Himachal grows louder (Societal Feature) (12:00)
By Vishal Gulati
Shimla, April 24 (IANS) It's definitely not going to leave men on a high in Himachal Pradesh, literally!

This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!  (11:12)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own.

Indian tribal women's 'smart' ride to economic self-reliance (12:10)
By Anurag Dey
Sahebganj (Jharkhand), April 23 (IANS) Her thumbs flying fast over the touchscreen of her smartphone, Purnima Mahato, 35, of this tribal village in Jharkhand, has just discovered ease of doing business with her ubiquitous companion in an otherwise rocky entrepreneurial journey.

Visually-challenged business achiever Srikanth Bolla eyes higher Forbes ranking (11:48)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) Forbes has named him in the list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 but visually challenged Srikanth Bolla is in no mood to celebrate. His goal is to get into the Forbes list of richest persons -- and he won't settle for anything less.

Smuggled out of N. Korea, these chilling stories lay bare horrors of dictatorial regime (Book Review)  (10:36)
By Saket Suman
(Title: The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea; Author: Bandi (pseudonym); Publisher: Hachette India in arrangement with Profile Books; Pages: 247; Price: Rs 599)

Innovation the name of the game for these food, drink stylists  (17:44)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Like bitters enhance cocktails, spices tickle the palette and a variety of additions raise desserts to an altogether new level, it is innovation and creativity that make for an overall fine-dining experience, stakeholders in the space say.

Classical dancer interprets Mahabharata to resolve contemporary issues, leaves audience thrilled  (14:08)
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A jam-packed auditorium here witnessed a leading classical dancer profoundly interpreting the Mahabharata in her latest presentation. The audience -- mesmerised at the performance -- couldnt help but ask for more.

Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose (10:32)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands the ghost of Akbar.

This exhibition transports viewers into a world of spiritual calmness  (17:28)
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A landmark exhibition, which promises to enliven Delhis art scene and transport viewers into a world of spiritual calmness and intense reflection has kicked off here with Indore-based artist Aparna Bidasaria showcasing a tapestry of evocative paintings of the banyan tree.

Authentic flavours of Amritsar -- in luxury (Foodie Trail-Amritsar)  (14:48)
By Mudita Girotra
Amritsar, April 14 (IANS) Home to the holiest gurdwara of Sikhism -- the Harmandir Sahib -- Amritsar entices devotees with its divine and spiritual energy. And what adds to the splendour of the city is the absolutely scrumptious food on offer.

PhD research that blosommed into first organised collection of Delhi's maps  (14:46)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) A scholar set off from her native Milan to research on Delhi's pre and post-Independence architecture and planning (1912-1962) for her doctoral thesis. The upshot? Arugably the first book that provides a comprehensive and engaging overview of mapping in the national capital from the 19th century all the way up to the Master Plan for 2021.

Chill on transgender issues, but not too chill (The Funny Side) (10:32)
By Nury Vittachi
This columnist's teenage daughter explained the latest politically correct views on "gender identity" to her mother and me.

Lakhimpur: How communalism is creeping up on a peaceful UP town (14:14)
By Kushagra Dixit
Lakhimpur (Uttar Pradesh), April 13 (IANS) Salim Siddiqui, 65, who fixes motorcycles in a Hindu majority area here, the headquarters of the state's largest district of Lakhimpur-Kheri, feels the town lost its innocence since it witnessed its first communal brawl about a month back -- which also spread to surrounding areas.

Meet a 12-year-old who is building robots to save honey bees (12:10)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Just like any other girl her age, 12-year-old Kavya Vignesh likes to have fun when she is not studying. But unlike many others, she likes to make those moments memorable by creating something that helps solve some real-world problems.

Tuck into bites from the city of the Howrah Bridge (Foodie-Trail-Delhi)  (10:50)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Be it the appetising aroma of the Kolkata biryani, the richness of kosha mangsho, simmering bhetki paturi or the amazing chittal peti, the delicacies of the city of the Howrah Bridge possess infinite variations and textures.

Zest for life, spirituality: The 'positive side' of breast cancer (Health Feature) (12:04)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) There is nothing glamorous about breast cancer, not when one spots a lump or abnormal skin on or around the breast, and definitely not when one reads about the seemingly invincible Hollywood powerhouse Angelina Jolie undergoing double mastectomy. But remarkably in some patients, breast cancer spurs positivity.

New-age children's movies breaking stereotypes (12:54)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) The "once-upon-a-time" and "happily-ever-after" fairytales that children and young adults are heavily fed on while growing up have often reinstated patriarchal notions and gender stereotypes: the princess is almost always "slender, fair, and delicate" and forever awaits her prince charming. A trickle of new animated films are attempting to change this narrative in today's politically correct and gender-neutral times.

It's summer of discontent for BJP in Bihar (12:44)
By Imran Khan
Patna, April 9 (IANS) All does not seem well in the Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with some of the old-timers raising a banner of revolt against the newly-appointed President of the party's state unit.

Substance abuse worsens depression: Experts (13:32)
By Vivek Singh Chauhan
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Far from offering any long-term solution to the problem of depression, abusing substances such as alcohol, opioids, and drugs like cocaine and heroin will only worsen it, health experts have warned.

When righting news reports, get it write (The Funny Side) (10:46)
By Nury Vittachi
I just spelled a word so badly that even autocorrect was like, "Sorry, man, I got nothin'".

Art of tiny Gujarat village attains global renown (12:04)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Bhuj (Gujarat), April 6 (IANS) At a time when many traditional crafts are struggling to survive, Ajrakhpur -- a tiny village in the Kutch region of Gujarat -- is alluring domestic and international buyers with its beautiful natural-dyed, block-print cloth that is turned into exquisite garments and home furnishing.

This is one Akhilesh project that may be spared Yogi's axe (12:34)
By Mohit Dubey
Lucknow, April 5 (IANS) At a time the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh is reviewing schemes launched by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav -- with some slated to be closed down -- there is one that is likely to escape Yogi Adityanath's axe.

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