Gutsy woman dentist drives into male bastion (With Images) (16:52)
By Tajinder Bains
Ropar (Punjab), Feb 22 (IANS) With each passing day, women in India are breaking into new fields hitherto seen as exclusive male preserves. And adventure sports is another such male forte.

For these Arunachal men, off-roading is family affair (With Images) (13:30)
By Tajinder Bains
Ropar (Punjab), Feb 22 (IANS) For the uninitiated, Arunachal Pradesh and rallying/off-roading are words not to be taken in the same breath. But, there are always people out there to break the stereotypes.

Cinema has made me stronger: Shruti Haasan (Interview) (With Images) (12:24)
By Haricharan Pudipeddi
Chennai, Feb 22 (IANS) The glitz and glamour of cinema can change a person, but not the multifaceted Shruti Haasan, who believes it has only made her stronger. She says she is still the same person who enjoys doing what she likes and remains accessible to her friends.

Off-roading costs a bomb, but for enthusiasts passion counts (With Images) (18:26)
By Tajinder Bains
Ropar, Feb 21 (IANS) Off-roading is slowly but surely catching up among the young as also the not-so-young from diverse walks of life with a healthy appetite for high-adrenaline adventure, and deep pockets.

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.

How delayed pregnancies beat sterilisation as a family-planning tool (Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Charu Bahri
Although India spends 85 per cent of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5 per cent on distributing condoms and other non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra districts brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying children could work better to temper Indias population growth. And it could bring numerous health, social and economic benefits besides.

Social Progress Index can complement GDP (Column: Active Voice) (10:50)
By Amit Kapoor
GDP is easily the most controversial measure in the field of economics. It is a measure of economic production that should have lost its relevance in a world disgusted by environmental degradation and social injustice. Despite its narrow focus, the concept of GDP has survived decades of debate on a new measure that better reflects human well-being within a nation.

Camaraderie between Rahul, Akhilesh enthuses workers (18:26)
By Sandeep Pauranik
Jhansi, Feb 20 (IANS) Once political rivals, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav seem to be sharing great camaraderie in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls for which their parties have stitched an alliance.

Landscapes, Solitaire and Graffiti: This exhibition takes a classic look at Paris (With Images) (14:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Have you seen the pictures of the iconic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris? A large ethereal photograph of the 19th century architectural marvel welcomes one to "La Vie A Paris," an exhibition of photographs by Rupin Thomas. The photograph of Eiffel Tower, like most others on display, brings a different perspective to the much known tourist site.

Pihani's story: Why promises Of UP's politicians rarely changed over 15 years (Special to IANS) (13:52)
By Saumya Tewari
Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between his home in the state capital Lucknow and the government degree college where he teaches in Pihani, 135 km to the northwest.

Luxury aficionados turn into Alchemists, create a multi-sensorial experience (With Images) (12:54)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) An evening full of fun, frolic and anticipation of what lay ahead was seen here as five luxury aficionados collaborated together to play host to Capital's discerning elite at a multi-sensorial experience -- from exhilarating smells to a decked up bar -- that enthralled all attendees.

Holier than thou? These Indian women shattered prevailing notions long before Western women's emancipation (Book Review) (12:38)
By Saket Suman
Title: Heroines -- Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History; Author: Ira Mukhoty; Publisher: Aleph; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 211

IAF chief to flag-off 51st edition of India's oldest vintage car rally (14:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Some of the rarest beauties of yesteryears are all set to roll out on the roads during the 51st edition of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally, which will be flagged off by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, on February 26.

Family dramas are rare today: Sooraj Barjatya (Interview) (14:00)
By Sandeep Sharma IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) In his over 25 year-long journey in the Indian entertainment industry, he has only helmed films which a family can sit and watch together. However, Sooraj Barjatya considers it a challenge to survive as a director of family dramas in todays time as he feels the genre has become "rare".

It's rightists vs left-liberals in media slugfest (Column: Political Circus) (11:58)
By Amulya Ganguli
A major reason the media is being targeted by right-wing establishments in both India and the US is the belief among the "official" ideologues that large sections of the newspapers, magazines and TV channels are dominated by left-liberals, a legacy of Nehruvian times.

Trump's corporate tax plan is one bright spot in his otherwise quarrelsome world (Comment) (11:04)
By George Albert IANS Photo Service
It is not all bad in Trump land. Yes, we have those pesky Twitter wars, anti-free trade rhetoric, fights with the Australian Prime Minister and the list goes on. It seems that US politics has entered a dark age.

Actors tap their rap talent (10:38)
By Durga Chakravarty
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) From crooning romantic lyrics to hip-swaying numbers, Bollywood celebrities lending their voice for films and even singles has become common. But now Hindi film stars are taking a step further by keeping up with times and rapping verses for movies and advertisements too.

Will Donald Trump take on the Chinese yuan? (Column: Currency Corner) (14:26)
By Vatsal Srivastava IANS Photo Service
China has long been labelled a currency manipulator, having an unfair advantage in the global export arena. However, these allegations have never stopped Beijing from intervening in the currency markets at will, without taking into consideration the negative spillover effects on FX volatility and global trade.

Smartphone apps give you a super-power you can use for good or evil (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
Dads of the world need a smartphone app that detects whenever a family member is reaching out to buy something in a store and then speaks out loud in a Dad Voice: "Come on, do you really need that?"

Celebrated Bangladeshi war hero to exhibit select works at Rashtrapati Bhavan (With Images) (15:28)
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) He fought in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war at the age of only 21 and later rose to critical acclaim as an artist, exhibiting his works around the globe. This master artist -- a national pride for the people of Bangladesh -- is soon to present his works at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

More women delivering in hospitals, but many still dying in childbirth (14:04)
By Devanik Saha
Surujmuni Marandi, 24, decided to deliver her baby at the district hospital in Godda, Jharkhand. Like many, she was drawn to the idea of free medical assistance, medicines, nutrition and postnatal care for poor, pregnant women promised by Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the government programme aimed at reducing Indias high maternal mortality rate (MMR).

Why are most participants at Gandhi seminars anti-technology? (Comment) (11:18)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
I was recently invited to attend a seminar entitled "Gandhi Returns -- Back to Basics" at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in the 1920s and mostly deals with Gandhian subjects.

Jhumpa Lahiri's reflections on book covers leave many questions unanswered (Book Review) (With Images) (10:32)
By Saket Suman
Book: The Clothing of Books; Author: Jhumpa Lahiri; Publisher: Penguin; Price: 199; Pages: 71

Corruption a vice of 'insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement': SC (20:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that corruption was cancerous and a vice of "insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement" by the unscrupulous, who took unfair advantage of their power and authority including those holding public office.

Crying need for outcome-based education in India (Column: Active Voice) (15:12)
By Amit Kapoor
If the buzz around Hyperloop materialises, a commute between Chennai and Bengaluru can be a matter of 30 minutes. The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can revolutionise homes around the world and our way of living along with it. Robotics can completely transform factory operations. Self-driven cars can make driving a thing of the past.

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