If you can protect one tiger, you can create a jungle: Filmmaker S. Nallamuthu (IANS Interview) (13:10)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) She was often hailed as the "Tiger Queen", and was easily the world's most documented and famous feline. But what made Machli unique was that she helped break the "monster" myth and showed that even the stunning wild cat could be human-friendly -- thereby also sending out a larger conservation message.

'Concept of equality' pervades world's biggest community kitchen (IANS Special Series) (12:06)
By Jaideep SarinIANS Photo Service
Amritsar (Punjab), April 22 (IANS) If there is one big leveller for people, irrespective of their religion, caste, gender, social status or riches, it is the "langar", or community kitchen, at the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, the Harmandir Sahib, is located, in this city considered holy by Sikhs.

India is paying a price for losing its grasslands (Environment Feature) (11:20)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Naliya (Kutch), April 20 (IANS) Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result, some species of animals that depend on grasslands are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

You have now entered the age of absurdity: Be very afraid (The Funny Side) (10:52)
By Nury Vittachi
Shopkeeper: "Will you be paying by credit card, EPS, Apple Pay, debit card, Google Pay, Bitcoin or sacrifice of your first-born?"

Pahmos: Tiny food haven to lift mood, tickle your taste buds (Foodie Trail - Noida) (11:42)
By Parul SoniIANS Photo Service
Noida, April 19 (IANS) Fancy a quick bite and devilishly sinful chocolate shake? Then drop by Pahmos -- a tiny, trendy café that offers a tempting spread of global fusion cuisine for you to gorge on without burning a hole in pocket. The vast menu aims to galvanize the taste buds of both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

After disastrous 2017, Darjeeling tea planters hope for a better season (Business Feature) (11:48)
By Bappaditya ChatterjeeIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Amid problems of a fund crunch, shortage of workers and rising cost of production, Darjeeling's tea planters are keeping their fingers crossed for a relatively "better season" with favourable weather conditions, a stable political situation and a 10 per cent higher price for the premium variety first flush this year.

Beyond religion: Muslim cooperative society helps transform lives of Hindus, others (IANS Special Series) (12:12)
By Imran KhanIANS Photo Service
Patna, April 15 (IANS) Kamla Devi, Pankaj Kumar, Geeta Devi and Sanjay Singh, all Hindus, share one thing in common. Their lives have been transformed through "interest-free" loans provided by a Muslim cooperative credit society in Bihar, yet another example how integrated Indian society has always been at the grassroot level.

Artist Alone (Book Extract) (Exclusive to IANS) (11:22)
ATTN Editors: Oxford University Press will be launching "Ashis Nandy: A Life in Dissent" on April 16. It's a reflection on his life work as a thinker, by noted social scientists, humanists, a novelist, and a musician -- spanning generations and multiple nationalities. Presented below is an essay from the book that traces the being of an artist. Editor, IANS

To be reincarnated in China, you have to fill in a form (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
A woman said recently that her dead husband had returned to their home reincarnated as a young cow. It behaves just like him, said Khim Hang, 74, from the Kratie province of Cambodia, without going into detail.

10 plays to compete for 14 awards at META 2018 (Curtain Raiser) (15:00)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) A classical Greek tragedy exploring the aftermath of war, retold in a theatre production; a play that is set against the backdrop of social stratification and pseudo-nationalism; the story of transgenders, retraced from history and mythology; and the tragedy of over 200,000 "comfort women" who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military -- all of these and several other plays will be competing for awards in 14 categories at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META).

Never-seen-before Tyeb Mehta painting to be highlight of maiden India auction: Sotheby's India MD (IANS Interview) (15:34)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Sotheby's, a leading player in the global art market, is set to launch its first India auction in Mumbai later this year. And the sale will be led by "Untitled 'Durga'" -- a seminal, never-seen-before painting by Modernist master Tyeb Mehta.

Setting an example: Temple, mosque, gurdwara join hands in this small UP town (IANS Special Series) (12:20)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
Maholi (Uttar Pradesh), April 8 (IANS) With inter-community violence reported from many parts of India in a society increasingly polarised on religious and caste lines, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is setting an extraordinary example where a temple, a mosque, and even a gurdwara, have joined hands to clean a polluted river while bringing their communities together.

Calligraphy is worship for this Indian on a mission to revive the art (Feature) (11:48)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, April 8 (IANS) Arabic calligraphy is worship for Muqtar Ahmed, an Indian calligrapher who has made a mark for himself at the international level. Hailing from a remote village in Telangana and currently based in Bengaluru, Muqtar is on a mission to revive this dying art in India.

A wave of self-reliance sweeps the world but misses me (The Funny Side) (10:58)
By Nury Vitachi
This columnist once watched a 60-minute BBC TV documentary on the railways of Lahore simply because the remote control was on another chair.

Vehicles figure in Pune overtakes human population (17:26)
Pune, April 5 (IANS) Pune has notched up another distinction: The total number of vehicles here has surpassed the human population, considered a first for any urban area in the country, officials said.

Boman Irani to walk for a charity gala in Delhi (14:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Actor Boman Irani will walk the ramp for an annual fundraising event organised by NGO Lakshyam here on Sunday.

Cultural Festival of Tibet kicks off (13:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Central Tibet Administration (CTA) has launched a three-day Cultural Festival of Tibet at India International Centre here. Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the festival as its chief guest.

Jayamma's story: From victim to crusader for sex workers (IANS Special Series) (12:26)
By Mamta AggarwalIANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, April 1 (IANS) Jayamma Bhandari was orphaned at the age of three and spend her childhood in grim poverty. She was forced into the sex trade by her husband. But unlike other victims who are forced into the murky business, she decided to challenge her destiny -- becoming, in the process, an inspiration for many other women like her.

From Kashmir to Indonesia, NGO involves mothers to counter radicalisation (Feature) (11:54)
By Jaideep Sarin
Casablanca (Morocco), March 30 (IANS) With the growing threat of terrorism-linked radicalisation across countries, an international NGO has initiated a campaign across Europe and other countries to involve mothers and women to be the first line of defence against the rise of extremist ideologies that often are bred in the community.

Forget operation, now you can change sex by clicking an online form (11:22)
By Nury Vittachi
In Norway, any child over the age of six can now legally change his or her sex. "Daddy, guess what, I'm a female now! Daddy, what does female mean?"

Shankar's International Dolls Museum soldiers on in internet era (Culture Feature) (12:42)
By Nivedita SinghIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) At a time when younger people are privileging smartphones, television and video games over other sources of entertainment, a nearly 55-year-old museum housing thousands of dolls from across the globe is still maintaining its old-world charm and attracting not only children and teenagers, but also visitors of all age groups -- not surprising, as it actually transports you into a world where you can forget the woes of the present.

Palau: Where immigration clearance is subject to environmental protection pledge (Environment Feature) (11:18)
By Jaideep Sarin
Dakhla (Morocco), March 28 (IANS) For the first time in the world, a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has made it mandatory for visitors to sign a pledge not to harm its fragile environment -- before entering the country. The Republic of Palau, an archipelago of around 200 natural limestone and volcanic islands with lush forests and an aquamarine lagoon, has recently changed its immigration laws upholding the cause of environmental protection.

Save our girls: Change comes from below for Rajasthan's women (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
Jhunjhunu, March 25 (IANS) Sending her elder daughter Manushree to an English-medium school in Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) was a distant dream for Sushila Thakan some eight years ago. Though she had her husband's moral support, she received little cooperation from her in-laws after she gave birth to a girl child.

A rash of crimes by animals gets us thinking (The Funny Side) (11:10)
By Nury Vittachi
Two large sums of public money went missing in Nigeria recently. In one case, the official concerned said a MONKEY had run off with the cash and, in the other, an official said that a SNAKE took it.

Sanjay Dutt 'upset' but what can he do? (News Analysis) (15:38)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Celebrity memoirs and biographies, despite the terrific attraction they have for readers, have come to be quite controversial in recent times. It was not very long ago that actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was compelled to withdraw his memoir "An Ordinary Life" and it seems yesterday once more with Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt "upset" over his "unauthorised" biography by Yasser Usman.

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