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Rajasthan poised to become leading tourism hub: Vasundhara Raje (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, April 23 (IANS) Rajasthan was poised to take back the space of the country's leading tourism hub in the country with the state witnessing a "huge energy" in the sector, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said.

Google's 'Files Go' app now in Odia language (15:14)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, April 23 (IANS) Google on Monday said that its "Files Go" app is now available in the Odia language.

'Sachin...' makers to adapt 'Brewster's Millions' (15:06)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) 200 Not Out Cinemas Pvt. Ltd., the makers of "Sachin: A Billion dreams", are set to make a film on the book "Brewster's Millions" by George Barr McCutcheon.

Exciting artworks at affordable prices in upcoming Delhi fair (13:44)
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Think of art fairs and one is almost certain to be reminded of exorbitant prices. But a Kolkata-based annual event has set a benchmark for affordable sales over the past decade.

World Book Day: Ali Fazal, Richa on their favourite books (13:40)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) If "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn made actor Ali Fazal realise how "unimportant" the human species is, actress Richa Chadha likes to refer to the "Autobiography of a Yogi" several times in a year. On the occasion of World Book Day on April 23, these actors have spoken up on the book that changed their perspective on life.

Railways to hand over century-old heritage bridge to UP government (13:08)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) In a bid to save its heritage structures, the Railways has decided against dismantling the 113-year old Lord Curzon Bridge in Allahabad and will hand it over the Uttar Pradesh government for its preservation.

Australian prodigy wins Menuhin violin competition (08:56)
Geneva, April 23 (IANS) Ten-year-old violinist Christian Li from Melbourne, Australia, has become the youngest ever to win the junior category at the 2018 Menuhin Competition that took place here in Switzerland.

Shaoli Mitra quits as Bangla Akademi head (22:56)
Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra on Sunday stepped down from the post of Chairperson of Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi citing infrastructural issues and complaining of difficulties in carrying out her responsibilities.

It's a struggle to make living out of ghazals: Kabul (18:32)
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Singer Kabul says it is difficult to make a living by just working on ghazals.

'Indians need to appreciate the rich repository of its languages' (11:34)
By Mamta AggarwalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The purpose of language is to communicate, convey thoughts and bring us together. But now, at a time when languages are more often used to divide, to create an impression of superiority, to make you look like an out-of-touch elitist, "the need to begin appreciating the rich repository of languages that we have in India, is a dire need", says versatile author Kiran Manral.

Meals in the mountains (Book Extract) (11:18)
By Pushpesh Pant
ATTN EDITORS: "The Himalayan Arc: Journeys East of Southeast" edited by Namita Gokhale focuses on a crucial, enthralling, politically turbulent, yet often under-reported part of the Himalayan belt -- the "East of South-east". With over 30 contributors, it attempts to describe the sense of shared lives and cultural connectivity between the denizens of this area. Poetry, fiction, and mysticism are juxtaposed with essays on strategy and diplomacy, espionage and the deep state, photographs, folk tales, and fables. We bring you this exclusive extract with the permission of the publisher, HarperCollins.

No business problems, only people's problems: Shiv Khera (IANS Interview) (11:12)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) There are no business problems, only people problems -- and once these get resolved, so do the business problems, says motivational guru Shiv Khera, whose fifth book has just hit the stands while the first one has entered its 20th year and is set to be relaunched.

James M. Cain's bleak view of human nature and relationships (Column: Bookends) (11:12)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Why do we like evil, or rather, are fascinated by it, especially in its literary manifestations? Philosophically, evil is needed, for without it how can we recognise/do good, the fundamental underpinning of virtually all religions and moral systems? This may also hold true in the literary sense, where we also can experience a vicarious view of its course -- without the resultant consequences.

Rome celebrates 2,771st birthday (02:06)
Rome, April 22 (IANS) Celebrations took place across Rome on Saturday as the capital of Italy commemorated its founding 2,771 years ago.

Imprint of Adi Shankaracharya apparent in contemporary India: President (23:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said that imprint of eight century theologian Adi Shankaracharya are still apparent in contemporary India.

Dainik Jagran lit fest faces boycott over Kathua rape fake news (14:18)IANS Photo Service
Patna, April 21 (IANS) Several poets, writers, theatre activists and journalists have boycotted Hindi daily Dainik Jagran's literature festival "Bihari Samvadi" on Saturday to protest against its repeatedly publishing a news story claiming the eight-year-old Kathua victim was not raped.

Raising a wolf to know our life's simian and vulpine choices (Book Review) (11:52)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: The Philosopher and the Wolf; Author: Mark Rowlands; Publisher: Granta Books; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 499

Martin's Corner: The little store that became a local legend (Book Extract) (11:18)
ATTN EDITORS: "Secret Sauce" is an in-depth look at 40 of India's most iconic and successful restaurants, not just as landmarks and must-visit destinations but also as businesses that have stood the test of time and upheld their standards of dining and culinary excellence. From a 100-year-old no-frills eatery in Bengaluru to an award-winning dine-out venue in Delhi, from inventive cafes to nationwide chains that have scaled admirably, this book is a sumptuous treat for aspiring food entrepreneurs, foodies, and anyone interested in the success secrets and inner workings of the restaurant business in India. This is the second of two exclusive extracts reproduced with permission from the publisher, Harper Business.

Marx's 0-euro 'souvenir' bills are red hot (09:14)
Berlin, April 21 (IANS) The German city of Trier is selling thousands of souvenir bank notes with a face value of zero euros in honour of revolutionary, political philosopher Karl Marx, and they are a sold out.

China launches database for stolen foreign antiques (07:34)
Beijing, April 21 (IANS) The State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) in China launched a database on Friday for stolen foreign antiques to prevent them from entering and circulating in the country.

Handle instruments with care, Ayaan Ali Bangash urges airlines (18:58)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Popular sarod player Ayaan Ali Bangash is upset at the manhandling of instruments by airlines.

Food, yoga, parenting and complex love squares (IANS Books This Weekend) (16:04)
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Fill yourself with joy at the idea of food as what we eat is a part of who we are; know the importance of preparing the body and soul for a healthy change from a celebrated yoga expert; get access to an exclusive handbook on parenting of teens that focuses on decoding the insecurities, dilemmas and interests of our youngsters to understand them better; and read the complicated love tales of three men who end up falling for the same woman.

Truth, torture, Trump and more: James Comey's eventful career (Book Review) (11:20)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership; Author: James Comey; Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Pages: 305; Price: Rs 799

Once decrepit, Varanasi's Balaji Ghat gets a makeover (11:04)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
Varanasi, April 19 (IANS) It's a city considered sacred by Hindus and is among the oldest in the world to have been continually inhabited. As the Ganges river flows past its ghats, all 88 of them, each one has a historical tale to tell -- if only the walls could speak.

Digital afterlife industry must be regulated: Experts (15:24)
London, April 18 (IANS) To make the commercial use of digital remains more ethical, it is important to regulate the digital afterlife industry, says a team of experts from University of Oxford.

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