UN action set to revive Kenyan lake around which flowers bloom (Environment Feature) (12:08)
By Vishal Gulati
Naivasha (Kenya), Dec 18 (IANS) The Naivasha wetlands, nestled amidst the volcanic mountains of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, are dying a slow death. Concerned at the impending ecological crisis, United Nations Environment stepped in to initiate a five-year Freshwater Strategy, part of its global action plan, to protect Lake Naivasha from certain extinction.

On a wing and verse: Bengal girl gives poetic meaning to broken life (IANS Special Series) (12:20)
By Sirshendu Panth
Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Eight years back, Sathi Mondal was a normal, jovial teenager, enjoying life and dreaming of making it big in sports. That's till a botched-up medical treatment derailed her life's planned journey. Now she can't take a morsel of food or even water through her mouth, shuttles between home and hospital, and suffers excruciating pain.

The year when Indian fiction reflected the burden of society (2017 In Retrospect) (12:04)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A novel that takes its readers into the abyss of poverty and patriarchy, thereby narrating the sordid uses of power and the agony it unleashes; a dystopian satire that draws a telling portrait of our times; and finally an international bestseller from India weaves together a writer's experiences as a social and environmental activist -- all of this in fiction.

India witnessed infusion of AI across industries (2017 In Retrospect) (15:12)
(ATTN Editors: Beginning December 15, IANS will be running a series of Yearenders that look at the highs and lows in the areas of politics, business, economy, technology, lifestyle, literature and sports during the year coming to an end. Editor, IANS)

Mythical medicines that I am impatient to try (The Funny Side) (11:14)
By Nury Vittachi
I hate it when I want to sneak out of work early, but invisibility pills have not yet been invented.

Rishi Kapoor objects to journalists at launch of book on Raj Kapoor (22:16)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Rishi Kapoor objected to the presence of journalists at the launch on Thursday evening of a book on his late father, the legendary Raj Kapoor, in spite of an invitation from the publisher.

Writer's desk: How writers build the sanctums where they write (Literary Feature - Part I of II) (12:34)
By Saket Suman
Solitude and silence are what most writers seek to produce a full-length novel or non-fiction book. But what do writers do when all around them is chaos and noise? They sit back and build a peaceful environment where their creative juices flow seamlessly.

Month-long fiesta of sales at Dubai Shopping Festival (14:32)
Dubai, Dec 12 (IANS) Preparations here are underway to host Dubais annual citywide shopping extravaganza, offering the shopping-lover in all of us a month-long fiesta of sales, exclusive shopping experiences and extraordinary events for the whole family to enjoy.

Bhai Boolchand, the unsung Indian who launched trade with Ghana (Diaspora Feature) (11:32)
By Francis Kokutse
Accra, Dec 11 (IANS) Not much is known about him, but it has now emerged that trade relations between Ghana and India were started by Bhai Boolchand, the first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast -- Ghana's colonial name -- in 1890. That's some 67 years before the British colonial government granted the country independence, research by the Indian Association of Ghana has found.

Making a difference: Teenager's passion sets an example in Kashmir (IANS Special Series) (12:32)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Laharwalpora (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec 10 (IANS) Bilal Ahmad Dar, 18, is ready to start his daily journey into the Wular Lake, said to be Asia's largest fresh-water lake, early in the morning on a bitterly cold December day.

Chatham: A stroll through Asia's oldest saw mill in the Andamans (Travel Feature) (11:10)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy
Port Blair, Dec 9 (IANS) Enormous storehouses with wooden planks and logs piled up to the roof on one side and a massive single-room workshop with century-old machines on the other -- that's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago's Chatham Saw Mill, the oldest and also one of the biggest in Asia.

Pitching millets as 'smart food of 21st century' (Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Vivian Fernandes
Karnataka is dressing them up as "siridanya" or rich grains that should be on every thinking eater's plate. For Icrisat, the Hyderabad-based international crops research institute for semi-arid tropics, they are "smart foods of the 21st century" which are "good for you -- the planet -- the farmer".

Things you can do at home, such as nuclear fission (The Funny Side) (11:04)
By Nury Vittachi
Sometimes I order weird stuff from Amazon and tick "same-day delivery" just to make Jeff Bezos swear. "@#$%! Someone wants the life-sized big foot statue! Get the extra-large drone!"

'Let the murals speak for the dignity of transgenders' (Feature) (12:36)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) There's no protest, no placards, no shouting of slogans -- rather a riot of colours. A group of transgenders has come out on the streets to vent their emotions, demand their rights and show their creative talents to the world through murals.

Max Hospital didn't follow norms: Initial report (21:54)
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) In its preliminary investigation report, north Delhi's Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Specialty Hospital on Tuesday found the hospital guilty of not following the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a 22-week premature newborn, due to which he was declared dead on November 30 while he was still alive.

"There was never an iota of communal hatred in Ayodhya' (IANS Special Series) (11:38)
By Saurabh Katkurwar
Ayodhya, Dec 3 (IANS) This is a town held sacred for its association with Hindu religious lore, which in latter days acquired the unflattering reputation of being a hotbed of Hindu-Muslim antagonism and religio-political conflict whose reverberations are felt both nationally and internationally. But what is little known, and may be even difficult to believe, is that Ayodhya has traditionally been known for its inter-faith harmony where it is not out of the ordinary for a Muslim tailor to stitch clothes for the idol of Ram or for a Hindu priest to help renovate an old mosque.

If not now then when? Living the Great Indian Dream (First Person) (12:06)
By Saket Suman
There's talk that the country has lost track and is headed in a direction not envisaged by those who fought for our independence from colonial rule. Those growing up today are faced with the unnerving challenge to thrive against all future obstacles -- increasing population, decreasing jobs and unmatched inflation -- that, they are told, awaits them. Yet we are doing fine.

An ambulance for all roads that can convert into clinic (16:20)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, Nov 30 (IANS) It can zip past on city roads or traverse through narrow roads in countryside to rush a patient to hospital, and when idle can convert into a mobile clinic with all out-patient facilities.

Dark Web helping hackers execute Ransomware-as-a-Service: McAfee (11:46)
By Sourabh Kulesh
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) As governments and companies face an uphill task to stop hackers from stealing data, the Dark Web is providing them a safe haven, helping them scale up and execute massive data breaches, global cyber security firm McAfee has warned.

Five books to look forward to in December 2017 (11:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) As we enter the last month of 2017 -- a significant year from the publishing point of view -- the wide variety of books published over the past eleven months, both fiction and nonfiction, make a case for book lovers. Despite the rising trend of mediocrity in the literary world, there are enough books of both literary value and merit for readers to chew upon.

Hamid Karzai, Amy Tan, Anurag Kashyap among speakers at JLF 2018 (13:18)
New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Even as the boom of literary festivals in the sub-continent continues to gain momentum, it is the versatile list of speakers from several quarters of the world that sets the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival apart from others of its kind. And the first list of 60 speakers for its 2018 edition, announced Tuesday, lives up to this promise.

New book draws a portrait of the Bengali community (13:30)
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) A fresh book on the stands draws the attention of its readers to the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world. "A quarter of a billion strong and growing," the Bengali community has produced three Nobel laureates, world class scientists and an unending stream of writers and philosophers.

Philanthropy by example: Building homes for poor her passion (IANS Special Series) (12:12)
By Sanu George
Pathanamthitta (Kerala) Nov 26 (IANS) Everything about this 57-year-old retired zoology professor is unique -- and what stands out is her abiding compassion for the deprived. In 11 years, she has built new homes for 78 people in a sterling example of philanthropy in a region where Gulf emigres build extravagant homes, radically altering the rural landscape.

Arts Spectrum Awards in December, to be given in five categories (19:04)
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The upcoming Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa this December will host the first ever Arts Spectrum Awards in the South Asia region. Being seen as an attempt to recognise, encourage and promote interdisciplinary art forms, the awards will be presented in five categories and the winners will each receive Rs 15 lakh.

Jeet Thayil explains top 9 quotes from 'The Book of Chocolate Saints' (12:12)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) It has barely been a month since acclaimed poet Jeet Thayil's "The Book of Chocolate Saints" hit the stands, but even in this short period, the novel has made a mark in literary circles.

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