RERA: Real estate sector poised for urban renaissance (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:00)
By Sudhir Pai
Come May 1 and the much-awaited Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) is expected to usher in an urban renaissance in India. There is a certain palpable sense of excitement among all the stakeholders as 2016 ended on a dismal note for the real estate sector, thanks to demonetisation.

Literary 'links': A round of golf through popular literature (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (10:40)
By Vikas Datta
Involving traversing fairways bounded by roughs and hazards for the unwary, a progressive set of goals to achieve through varying levels of difficulty, and performers of varying calibre and skill, golf might be the sport most approximating our life. But strangely, golf's appearances in fiction have not been commensurate with the resemblance -- though it has not been entirely absent.

Kejriwal a dangerous idea: No establishment will let him survive (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:34)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
The wag has a point. The 2017 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, we are being persistently reminded, were won by the BJP handsomely because of a single factor: a Modi wave. Fair enough. But the BJP won the two previous Delhi municipal elections also. Who generated the waves then?

Who will stop the BJP? No one in sight (Column: Political Circus) (11:32)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
After the resounding victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP assembly and Delhi municipal elections, the party increasingly appears to be politically invincible.

'High Noon' and more cinematic heights: Hollywood's realistic director (April 29 is Fred Zinnemann's 110th birth anniversary) (With Images) (17:02)
By Vikas Datta
As a story goes, this director, who was behind some of Hollywood's most path-breaking films across genres, helmed debuts of many who would become its biggest stars, and won Oscars galore in his half-a-century career, was once asked by an ignorant studio executive what he had done. Fred Zinnemann just answered: "Sure. You first".

Sam Smith might make comeback with Clean Bandit (13:24) IANS Photo Service
London, April 28 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith is reportedly working with British electronic music group Clean Bandit.

Emerging trend of 'Build & Sell' model in housing (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Vinod Behl
Three years ago, when Manav Singh, an aviation entrepreneur from Shimla, forayed into real estate with the launch of a mega 100-acre luxury township in the picturesque Auramah Valley, next to popular tourist spot of Naldera in Himachal Pradesh, he was treading on an alien and risky terrain amidst the real estate slowdown.

From angry young man to angry father: Vinod Khanna's cinematic voyage (Tribute) (With Images) (18:06)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
He came into prominence playing an angry young man in a 1970s classic and one of his last major appearances was as an angry implacable father in a 2010 blockbuster, but whatever role Vinod Khanna played -- good, bad, or even supporting -- he ended up making his presence felt. Can you think of any other Bollywood hero who won applause for beating up Amitabh Bachchan on screen?

India can bolster Snapchat's prospects as Facebook goes after it (Tech Trend) (12:04)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Founded in 2004, Facebook -- on track to hit two billion active monthly users this year -- is now the fifth-largest US firm by market capitalisation (exceeding $400 billion) and owns the world's most popular apps: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Is it Cold War-II already? (Comment: Special to IANS) (With Images) (11:18)
By Gulshan Luthra
The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

As Mallya's custody sought, India's extradition success rate is 36 per cent (15:20)
By Rakesh Dubbudu IANS Photo Service
The government has sought custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but Indias success rate at extradition has been no more than 36 per cent over 15 years, according to a report by, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.

Media shouldn't sensationalise earthquakes (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:32)
By Arun Bapat
Most educated people are used to sipping tea and reading a newspaper in the morning. If other family members are sitting in the same room, they sometimes exchange news. Disaster-related news is one of the big sources for initiating a discussion. Earthquakes which occur suddenly have a priority over volcanoes, which give some indications of an eruption.

Afghanistan, Africa new priorities, but a small monarchy remains India's top foreign-aid priority (14:40)
By Vipul Vivek
The monarchy of Bhutan has remained the biggest beneficiary -- by amount and share -- of Indian foreign aid for 17 years, but over the last nine years, Afghanistan has made it to the distant second spot, preferred over traditional recipients Nepal and Bangladesh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Indian foreign ministry data.

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (Lead, correcting intro) (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Oppenheimer) (18:14)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Crowded international calendar is causing problems for IPL (Column: Just Sport) (17:00)
By Veturi Srivatsa IANS Photo Service
The 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been dominated by uncapped Indian youngsters, more precisely the batsmen. They have also made up for the loss of top overseas as well as Indian players through injury.

Turning Ataturk's Turkey upside down, Erdogan to visit Delhi (Comment) (12:04)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
When Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in New Delhi on April 30, he will find in his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, something of a kindred spirit. Both aspire for absolute power.

Babri demolition case may bring out skeletons in BJP's closet (Column: Political Circus) (11:44)
By Amulya Ganguli
Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoping for success across the board from panchayats to parliament, the revival of the case against some of its leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 has raised the possibility of revealing the party's communal face which it has recently been trying to hide.

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita (April 22 is the 113th birth anniversary of Robert Oppenheimer) (11:42)
By Mayank Chhaya
In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 21 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

India reports significant reductions in neglected tropical diseases (14:14)
By IndiaSpend Team
India has achieved the target for eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), a neglected tropical disease (NTD), in 82 per cent sub-districts, according to the fourth World Health Organization (WHO) report on NTDs released on April 19, 2017.

Beard war intensifies, as official punished for not smoking (The Funny Side) (10:38)
By Nury Vittachi
An atheist friend got in my car the other day and I snapped him into prayer mode with a single line: "Put on your seat belt, I want to try something." Heh heh heh.

Stem cells and the art of giving (Comment) (11:56)
By Madhu Srivastava
Our health scenario has undergone drastic changes over the past few decades. Is it not fair to say that given today's lifestyles, finding someone who is completely fit and healthy is quite rare?

India's soft power enhances its salience in Egypt (Comment) (12:08)
By Tarun Basu
At Khan el Khalili, Cairo's main souk in the crowded Islamic district, shopowners seek out Indian tourists with friendly hails of "Amitabh Bachchan! Shah Rukh Khan! Welcome!!" These two actors are by far the most popular Indians in Egypt, a testament to the enormous soft power of Bollywood.

Indian states need to strategise their development (Column: Active Voice) (12:58)
Amit Kapoor
The Modi government has been pulling all stops to improve the ease of doing business rankings since it came into power in a bid to improve Indias image as a business-friendly economy and attract global investment.

Make preventive healthcare a priority to lead a wholesome life (Comment) (12:58)
By Ashok B.K.
Health plays a crucial role in building your self-confidence, living a longer life, having more energy, being less stressed and feeling emotionally happier. People should adopt preventive healthcare measures at an early age in order to keep rising lifestyle disorders at bay.

What Dolly Kumari learnt -– and how it could change India's textiles industry (11:34)
By Lavanya Garg
In 2014, Dolly Kumari, an outspoken 12th class passout, left her home in Jharkhand, journeying about 2,000 km south to a new job as a tailor at a garment factory in Bengaluru. Like most workers in this sector, when she first came, she did not think of staying beyond a few months. Today, over two years later, at 21, Kumari is one of two assistant line supervisors on the factory floor of Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd., overseeing the work of 119 tailors. Her salary has risen 66 per cent, from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,300 per month. She talks easily of time management and effective communication, and hopes one day to become a floor-in-charge.

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