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Festive fervour in Bengal as Kali Puja-Diwali coincide (21 minutes ago)
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal on Thursday plunged into religious fervour with simultaneous Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations.

Kolkata based short stories is a page-turner (Book Review) (12:42)
By Somrita Ghosh
Title: The House and Other Stories; Author: Amit Dasgupta; Publisher: Yoda Press; Pages: 128; Price: Rs 295

'It was entirely unexpected that the Chinese would attack' (Exclusive) (Part I of II) (12:18)
By Bertil Lintner
(Editor's Note: For far too long, Neville Maxwell's narrative on the 1962 war -- which sees India as the aggressor and China as the victim -- has held court. Nearly 50 years after Maxwell's book, Bertil Lintner's "China's India War" argues that China began planning the war as early as 1959 and proposes that it was merely a small move in the larger strategic game that China was playing to become a world player. Following is an exclusive extract from "China's India War")

Delhi gears up for less noisy, less toxic Diwali (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It is expected to be a less noisy and less toxic Diwali this year after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR. While some people claim to have found different ways to get firecrackers through door step deliveries by traders and also online purchases, some seem to have got the message to celebrate the festival without adding to the already alarming air pollution levels in the capital.

Ayodhya hosts grand 'Deepotsav', Adityanath attends (18:04) IANS Photo Service
Ayodhya, Oct 18 (IANS) Chants of "Jai Shri Ram" echoed on the banks of the Saryu river as actors portraying the roles of Lord Rama and Sita arrived here on a chopper decked up to resemble the mythological Pushpak Viman - in a recreation of Lord Rama's return from 14 years of exile to Ayodhya - as part of a grand 'Deepotsav' celebration, attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Is the Booker prize losing its British character? (With: George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction) (14:52)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) George Saunders victory marks the second year in a row that the Man Booker Prize has gone to an American author after it it began permitting authors from English-speaking countries other than the Commonwealth in 2014.

George Saunders Wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (Roundup) (14:52)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) The "unique" and "extraordinary" novel, " Lincoln in the Bardo," by noted American short story writer George Saunders that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief after the death of his young son has been declared as the winner of 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Indian, UK artistes bring digital dance movements (14:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Contemporary dance artistes from UK-based Studio Wayne McGregor and Indian artistes from Attakkalari Dance Company have collaborated to create digital dance movements.

Pranab admits eyeing PM's post, was reluctant to work under Manmohan (12:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee expected to be chosen as Prime Minister on two occasions -- first in 2004 when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power, and later in 2012 ahead of the Presidential election, he writes in his latest book "Coalition Years: 1996-2012".

Winning Grammy more helpful to young pop culture artists: Guitarist Steve Vai (12:12)
By Sugandha Rawal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Globally popular rock guitarist Steve Vai, who has won three Grammy Awards, feels he has "lived a charmed musical career". He says winning the honour is good for updating one's resume, but it isn't an important stepping stone for rock bands in the music world.

'Husain's marketing strategy was a coup of sorts' (With: Up close and personal: Five decades of friendship with M.F. Husain) (11:20)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The barefoot "Picasso" of Indian art, Maqbool Fida Husain, apart from being a versatile artist, was also an astute marketing guru, reveals a biography by Ila Pal, who shared an enduring five-decade-long friendship with the late artist.

Up close and personal: Five decades of friendship with M.F. Husain (11:08)
By Saket Suman
Book: Husain: Portrait of an Artist; Author: Ila Pal; Publisher: HarperCollins India; Price: Rs 699; Pages: 306

Tamil Nadu celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour (09:40)
Chennai, Oct 18 (IANS) Tamil Nadu woke up to the sounds of crackers and the visual treat of diyas on Diwali - the festival of lights - early on Wednesday morning.

George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction (Lead) (03:26) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Leading American short story writer George Saunders has been declared as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his "unique" and "extraordinary" debut novel "Lincoln in the Bardo".

George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction (02:54) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Noted short story writer George Saunders has been declared as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his debut novel "Lincoln in the Bardo".

M.S. Subbulakshmi an unsurpassed phenomenon in Carnatic music: Vice President (21:24) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Oct 17 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that M.S. Subbulakshmi remained an unsurpassed phenomenon in Carnatic music and an epitome of grace, respected by one and all.

Haryanvi singer shot dead near Panipat (20:58)
Chandigarh, Oct 17 (IANS) Haryanvi singer and dancer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Panipat district of Haryana on Tuesday while she was returning after a performance in a village, police said.

Morocco, Unesco sign pact to preserve crafts (20:44)
Paris, Oct 17 (IANS/MAP) Morocco and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) signed an agreement here on Tuesday to create a "National Living Human Treasures System", an essential component of the national cultural heritage.

FIR filed against former BJP MLA, poet for vulgar writing (19:34)
Panaji, Oct 17 (IANS) Police in South Goa on Tuesday filed an FIR against a former BJP MLA and a publisher for "vulgar" content in a controversial book of poems, which was until last week in the reckoning for a state award for literature.

50 German students visit Chandigarh to strengthen bilateral links (17:54)
Chandigarh, Oct 17 (IANS) As part of their tour of India to strengthen India-German bonds and widen their own cultural horizon, a group of 50 students from five schools in Germany visited Chandigarh on Tuesday, a programme organiser said.

British Council introduces digital dance experience in India (17:20) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The British Council has unveiled an interactive, digital dance experience across India, created by Flying Object with world-renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor and Attakkalari Dance Company from India.

SBI to help restore Mumbai's heritage site Shivaji Terminus (17:18) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Biggest public sector lender State Bank of India will help restore and conserve the world heritage site of Central Railway headquarters, the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), officials said here on Tuesday.

Charges against Kancha Ilaiah absurd: Amnesty (16:30)
Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IANS) The charges against writer Kancha Ilaiah, a staunch critic of the caste system, are an "absurd assault" on the right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International India said on Tuesday.

Sony Music to distribute Oriya content (16:26)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Global music company Sony Music will distribute 'Jatra' content, Sambalpuri folk songs and the devotional "shloka mantra" as part of a digital distribution deal with Odisha's media house Eastern Media Ltd.

Glitter missing in Mumbai's Dhanteras shopping  (14:08)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Though the glitter is lacking on Dhanteras this year, customers were coming in sufficient numbers to brighten the gold markets ahead of Diwali, top players said.

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