International French language symposium at BHU (21:00)
Varanasi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Banaras Hindu University is set to host the International French Language Symposium on the theme of "Travel in French and Francophone literature".

Practice what you preach, Sahitya Akademi president tells writers while conferring awards (20:06)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) In what may lead to another controversy surrounding the Sahitya Akademi, an evening that was expected to be a celebration of outstanding literary works at the presentation of the Sahitya Akademi Awards on Wednesday turned out to be a sermon of sorts as the Akademi President, in his about half-an-hour long speech, not only quoted several slokas from religious texts but also went on to remind the fraternity to practice what they preach.

Veteran Arun Kakade selected for META Lifetime Achievement (18:44)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Theatre veteran Arun Kakade is set to be conferred with a Lifetime Achievement honour for 2017 at the upcoming 12th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META).

Civic bodies not engaged in Swachh Bharat: Survey (18:02)
Noida, Feb 22 (IANS) A whopping 75 per cent of citizens who participated in a survey to assess the progress of the Swachh bharat Abhiyan believe that their municipal corporations were not engaged in the mission.

Sahitya Akademi's annual fest kicks off in capital (18:00)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) An extravagant celebration of literature, marked by the presence of over 200 writers, scholars, poets, translators and critics from all over India is on offer at the ongoing Festival of Letters organised by the Sahitya Akademi here.

'Currency shortage could result in recessionary conditions' (With Images) (12:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) One of India's leading experts on the black economy, who has studied, written about and lectured extensively on the phenomenon for nearly four decades, has said that the demonetisation design is flawed, the objective has not been achieved and there is a very real danger of the shortage of currency translating into recessionary conditions as the economy continues to suffer.

Political geography cannot dictate cultural practices: Lubna Mariam (00:36)
By Kishori Sud
Khajuraho, Feb 22 (IANS) Lubna Mariam, the artistic director of Bangladesh's cultural organisation Shadhona, says that we as artistes cannot allow politics, political geography to dictate the boundaries of cultural practices.

Government should not execute autocratic power on universities: Amartya Sen (21:42)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Nobel laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen said on Tuesday that if the government wants to set up world-class universities it should not try to "execute autocratic power on the universities as freedom and autonomy of institutions is vital for the country".

Bangladesh still at war against fundamentalists: Activist Kabir (19:56)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Even 46 years after the Liberation War, Bangladesh continues to be at war against fundamentalists, the country's writer and activist Shahriar Kabir said on Tuesday, referring to removal of works of non-Muslim writers from school textbooks.

Endeavouring for peace in South Asia through literature (17:34)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A literature festival is all set to bring artists from South Asia -- sans Pakistan -- together, aiming to endeavour for peace in the region.

Ethiopian delegation visiting India to adopt best practices from education sector (17:34)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) In an effort to learn from the Indian education system and to gather prevailing best practices, a delegation from ministry of education, Government of Ethiopia is currently visiting India. The focus of their visit is on adapting best practices like mid-day meal programs, teacher training and mother tongue instructions from India.

Karnataka governor to confer art awards (16:52) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS) The Lalit Kala Akademi is all set to hold the National Exhibition of Art where Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala will confer the National Academy Award to 15 individuals at the 58th National Exhibition of Art.

Music is all about communicating: Guitarist Guthrie Govan (With Images) (16:52)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) English guitarist Guthrie Govan has worked with a variety of bands and is known for his ease and effortlessness. For him, playing the guitar is certainly not just about knowledge and technicalities.

Joy in little things: This exhibition captures hope in mundane everyday life of an Indian metropolis (With Images) (15:58)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Strolling up and down the streets is a routine affair for all of us but a humble Mumbai-based artist is out to capture hope and positivity that we fail to take note of in our humdrum lives.

Makarand Deshpande to return to Delhi stage after 12 years (15:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Theatre veteran Makarand Deshpande will bring his classic Hindi play "Sir Sir Sarla" here on Sunday. It is special for him as he is returning to the capital's stage after a dozen years.

Hindi may topple English on Social Media in India but ignores critical issues (15:00)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Hindi is set to topple English as the most popular language on social media in India in 2017 but this comes with a negative, a study on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day has revealed.

Iraq's ancient, looted treasures to be displayed in Venice (14:30)
Baghdad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale art exhibition this year, including several that were recently returned after they were looted in 2003, a media report said on Tuesday.

Isha Foundation to erect 112 feet Shiva idols in India (13:56)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Isha Foundation plans to have 112-foot tall faces of Hindu God Shiva or `Adiyogi' in the other three regions of the country - east, north and west - while the first one has been set up in Coimbatore, said Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Bengal observes International Mother Language Day (13:12) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal on Tuesday observed International Mother Language Day paying homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of the Bengali language in Bangladesh in 1952.

Publishers axe Milo's book (12:06)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) British writer Milo Yiannopoulos' book "Dangerous" was axed after Republican conservatives released video clips which seemed to condone sex between men and boys.

Iraqi oud player Shamma named Unesco's Artist for Peace (08:50)
Paris, Feb 21 (IANS) Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma will be the Artist for Peace to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) due to "his commitment to peace, especially by targeting youth during his musical performances".

It's not necessary to adapt every book into film: Nandita Das (23:02)
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Acclaimed actor-director Nandita Das who is currently preparing for her new directorial venture "Manto" said that a book and a film are two different mediums and both have their own charm, so it is not necessary to adapt every book into a film.

Amazon offers books in eight Indian languages (21:32)
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) The world's largest e-tailor, Amazon, on Monday hosted one-lakh titles in eight Indian languages on its online platform to celebrate "Mother tongue Day", at attractive prices with discounts till Tuesday.

India influenced by external imagery, says DJ Praveen Achary (18:56)
By Kishori Sud
Pune, Feb 20 (IANS) Homegrown artiste Praveen Achary, who performed thrice in two days with Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz at the recently held Vh1 Supersonic here, says India is "influenced by external imagery" in a lot of arenas.

Pakistan-born author targeted at Delhi Urdu festival (18:26)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Pakistan-born writer Tarek Fatah, now a Canadian citizen, on Monday said he was heckled and attacked by a mob at an Urdu poetry festival in the heart of the capital.

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