Not easy to embrace diverse perspectives in a country of strong opinions: Publisher Meru Gokhale (12:36)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) India is the second-largest English-language publishing market in the world and Penguin Random House India, a major player in the sector, publishes more than 200 books a year. But Meru Gokhale, it's editor-in-chief, says it is not always easy to publish multiple points of view.

'Muslim' meal on Air India to protect Hindus from 'Halal' (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:32)
By Saeed Naqvi
On an Air India flight from London, the hostess walked down the aisle taking orders for dinner. She leaned over and asked almost conspiratorially.

How a tiny state is battling joblessness through entrepreneurship (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Sarwar Kashani IANS Photo Service
Gangtok, July 22 (IANS) Sikkim has many distinctions that give the tiny state nestled in the Himalayas between India and China a larger-than-life profile. It is the only organic state in India, is litter- and defecation-free, has high literacy and has the best working conditions for women. But the challenge of unemployment it faces is huge which has made many embrace entrepreneurship to not just generate jobs for themselves but to provide employment to the state's aspirational youth.

How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India (Tech Trend) (12:06)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 22 (IANS) Google Glass -- an eye-wearable device that made headlines in 2015 but failed in the consumer technology space -- has now rekindled the hopes of millions of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) globally, including in India. Although no official numbers are available, at least 70 million people have autism worldwide, including over 10 million in India.

Depicting various hues of life with Urdu poetry: A dying art (Column: Bookends) (11:48)
By Vikas Datta
"Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur" ("Whatever is said in Latin seems profound"), they say, and the language's sonorous tones aren't confined to religion, but law and medicine too. In the South Asian millieu, Urdu has the same position with its assimilative nature and its courtly pedigree giving it refinement as well as ability to express elaborate, sophisticated concepts. Its poetry is the vanguard.

'Yeh mera diwanapan hai'.. Mukesh's melodious musical career (July 22 is Mukesh's 95th birth anniversary) (14:42)
By Vikas Datta
Still one of Bollywoods best-known singers whose smooth and sonorous voice rendered a gamut of iconic songs, his admirers spanned from spin wizard B. Chandrashekhar - who was listening to him before bowling India to victory against England at Lord's in August 1971 - to Benazir Bhutto, who kept cassettes of his songs in her car while on the campaign trail. But for many, Mukesh is associated with just Raj Kapoor.

Submitting documents in government offices still a headache (Comment) (13:36)
By Himanshu IANS Photo Service
The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is about to complete its term and has brought about several changes in the area of documentation. But there are still several loopholes which need to be worked upon. In 2014, the government repealed the requirement of providing attested documents for birth certificates, marksheets and other certificates.

New law not enough to stop mob violence (Column: Political Circus) (13:06)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Although the Supreme Court has suggested that a law be enacted specifically to deal with the "new normal" of lynchings, it will be advisable to widen the scope of the legal remedy to include all forms of mob violence, even if doubts are likely to remain about the efficacy of the proposed solution.

SC collegium reiterates recommendation on Justice Joseph's elevation (17:44) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justice K.M. Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, to the Supreme Court.

The future of plastic? Scientists explore bioplastics from sorghum (15:40)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, July 19 (IANS/Mongabay) In the early 1940s, Henry Ford experimented with making plastic parts for automobiles. He came up with what was called the "plastic car made from soybeans."

Pottery, an underpaying profession, makes surviving a struggle in Delhi (11:22)
By Richa Sharma
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Thirty-two-year-old Geeta sits patiently, painting pots created by her husband in the small open porch in her house at Kumhar Gram or Potters' Village that interestingly has managed to find space in West Delhi's Uttam Nagar.

Mandela: Beyond a revolutionary, statesman and moral symbol (July 18 is Nelson Mandela's 100th birth anniversary) (15:58)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Sentenced in 1964 to a life term for rebellion, he spent three decades in jail, mostly in a damp concrete cell on an island prison, physically and verbally harassed by wardens and made to break stones and then quarry lime, he sustained himself with the poem "Invictus" ("..I am the master of my fate,/I am the captain of my soul.")

How a woman grenade blast survivor overcame disability to inspire change (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Bhavana Akella IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and not only found a way to get her life back on track, but also became a harbinger of change for the disabled.

The original modern 'Action Girl': Modesty Blaise and her capers (Column: Bookends) (11:30)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
With there now being an abundance of formidable female characters, each as "badass" as their male counterparts, it may be difficult to believe that the "realistic" action genre of popular literature was once largely a patriarchal preserve. One capable woman set the path for her ilk.

Is the government in a pre-election haste to revamp green laws? (14:48)
By Mayank Aggarwal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS/Mongabay) It is the final leg of the current Indian governments tenure, which began in 2014. As the general elections loom, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has gone into hyperactive mode over the past year, proposing a major overhaul of the countrys environmental laws that govern its forests, fragile coasts, precious wildlife and manage the toxic levels of air pollution.

Croatia in World Cup: The story of its origin (Comment) (12:18)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Croatia's prominence in the football World Cup freshened memories of its origin in the war which expanded after German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher recognised Croatian and Slovenian independence, ahead of other European Union countries which were palpitating because German reunification in 1989 had already added to their anxieties.

How can the Congress shed its 'Muslim party' image? (Column: Political Circus) (12:08)
By Amulya Ganguli
Ever since the A.K. Antony committee identified the Congress's Muslim "appeasement" tag as a major reason for its electoral reverses, the 133-year-old Grand Old Party (GOP) has been unable to formulate a clear-cut policy on the country's largest minority community.

German ruling a real-life lesson for India on digital inheritance (Tech Trend) (11:34)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) In a landmark ruling when it comes to post-death digital rights, Germany's highest court has told Facebook to grant a grieving mother access to her late daughter's account.

Urban observatories: A kaleidoscope for cities (Comment) (11:38)
By Noelene Marisa Yesudas & Shrimoyee Bhattacharya
The Karnataka government annually organises the "Bengaluru Innovation Challenge", covering diverse subjects. One such recent challenge focused on solving Bengalurus traffic congestion and water-scarcity problems.

Getting your beach bod for the summer (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
My wife's magazines make me laugh. On the cover, one headline is always something like "Learn To Love Yourself As You Are", another is "Lose 5 kg In Two Weeks" and a third is "New Pasta Recipes".

For England it's deja vu: Turin 1990 (Comment) (18:28)
By Biswajit Choudhury IANS Photo Service
The story of so near and yet so far continues for English football, ever since the only time the team captained by Bobby Moore won the World Cup at home in 1966.

Once in a blue bloom: Kerala's famed neelakurinji set for rare mass bloom (14:30)
By Ajith Lawrence & Haritha John IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS/Mongabay) Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be resplendent, clad in a purplish blue carpet. The famed neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) will burst into flower - a phenomenon that occurs once in 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Munnar hills to behold the spectacle that lasts up until October.

Water infrastructure: Smart meters to manage an essential commodity (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:06)
By Taponeel Mukherjee IANS Photo Service
The "Composite Water Management Index" report released by the NITI Aayog recently highlights the issues confronting water management in India. A multi-pronged approach to tackle these problems is warranted. In a world where technology and infrastructure create synergies, smart water meters are one component of the strategy that can help us mitigate the water crisis.

Literature, art, culture to come alive at Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest (13:40) IANS Photo Service
Thimphu, July 10 (IANS) Majestic mountains, coupled with a spiritual setting, makes Bhutan's annual literary extravaganza -- the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival -- an exhilarating experience for its many visitors.

Monopolies in digital space are bad for media and entertainment industry (Column: Active Voice) (11:38)
By Amit Kapoor
It was not very long ago that the daily dose of entertainment for the average Indian household came from the soaps that ran like clockwork at dinner time. Now, it is not uncommon to find those rituals replaced with discussions of the latest show on Netflix.

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