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Shuffling guidance with Shirdi Sai Baba ‘blessing cards’ (With Images)


September 18th, 2012 - 11:52 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 18 (IANS) Shirdi Sai Baba, regarded as a saint by his millions of devotees cutting across religions, did not leave any writings behind. But now his blessings have ... Read more...

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A column of beauty is OMG totally PHAT for ever (The Funny Side)


September 14th, 2012 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS
TEE Hee Hee. My children were sniggering over a text message. My brother-in-law had ended it with "LOL", thinking it stood for "lots of love" rather than "laugh out loud". ... Read more...

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Checking traffic violations in Srinagar the way Mahatma Gandhi would have (Letter from Srinagar) (With image)


September 10th, 2012 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Sep 10 (IANS) If you commit a traffic offence in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, don't be surprised if you are politely stopped, given a glass of water ... Read more...

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New app to get you out of the house in pajamas (The Funny Side)


September 7th, 2012 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS
Can't wake up? Me neither. Luckily, Takuya Sato is working to solve our problems. The inventor first came to my attention with a brilliant Japanese app called MorningBomb. You download it ... Read more...

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Laptops: Window to the world in rural schools (With images)


September 6th, 2012 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS
Khairat (Maharashtra), Sep 6 (IANS) For Walter Bender, co-founder of the One Laptop Per Child initiative, watching 20 children display great familiarity and skills with their XO laptops at a ... Read more...

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A peek inside a crime don’s lair


September 1st, 2012 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 1 (IANS) In a narrow, congested bylane in south Mumbai's Saat Rasta area is the Dagdi Chawl headquarters of mafia boss Arun Gawli, sentenced to life for the ... Read more...

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The six worst things about being male (The Funny Side)


August 31st, 2012 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS
Guys, you'll never have to sit next to noisy kids on flights any more. A policy sweeping through the airlines means all men seated next to children are moved before ... Read more...

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How to detox - Delhi centres show the way


August 29th, 2012 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) An animated discussion on self-control and inner strength is under way in an air-conditioned cottage tucked away inside a plush south Delhi farm. The group ... Read more...

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It’s Onam , but few homes will do the full 26-dish sadhya


August 24th, 2012 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 24 (IANS) It is going to be one week of laying out the most elaborate spread at many households in Kerala. Irrespective of caste, creed or religion, almost ... Read more...

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Social media becoming double-edged sword


August 21st, 2012 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The online hate campaign targeting people from the northeast has put the spotlight on the power of the social media network in India, which ... Read more...

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He fought darkness to give reading solutions for blind (Feature, With images)


August 20th, 2012 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Over two decades back, visually impaired student Dipendra Manocha stood outside Delhi University's Hindu College waiting to get an application written. After the life-altering struggle ... Read more...

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This year’s best ‘dumb criminal’ tales so far (The Funny Side)


August 17th, 2012 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS
A thief was captured by a cop dressed as a giant banana. (This is the sort of story that columnists like me pray for nightly, so THANK YOU, GOD.) A part-time ... Read more...

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A walk into Jallianwala Bagh on 66th Independence Day


August 15th, 2012 - 6:08 pm ICT by IANS
Amritsar, Aug 15 (IANS) It's been over 90 years since British troops led by Brigadier Reginald Dyer fired at unarmed Indian protestors at the Jallianwala Bagh here. But walking through ... Read more...

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Midnight tryst with peace - on India-Pakistan (Lead)


August 15th, 2012 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
Attari (Punjab), Aug 15 (IANS) As the midnight hour approached, Indians and Pakistanis faced each other across the border holding candles to reinforce the spirit of harmony and shared heritage ... Read more...

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Freedom acquiring new meaning for thinking India


August 14th, 2012 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Freedom as an idea is no longer what it was 65 years ago when India emerged from the shackles of British domination at the stroke ... Read more...

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English mass-market books tap Hindi speakers (Feature)


August 10th, 2012 - 1:46 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Popular books in English are cutting through the language barrier to reach Hindi speaking readers in north India.Five commercially successful titles, "Hello Bastar", "The ... Read more...

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Fake modern Indian art market fattens on budget buyers (With Images)


August 6th, 2012 - 3:46 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) After faking art works of contemporary Indian masters like S.H. Raza and F.N. Souza, the underground copy market has turned its attention to India's top ... Read more...

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With 400 scripts, Shimla’s Gaiety Theatre recreates the past (With Image)


July 31st, 2012 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 31 (IANS) It's modelled on London's Royal Albert Hall. Now, the British-era Gaiety Theatre, where Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling and legendary actors Prithviraj Kapoor and Balraj Sahni ... Read more...

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Water colour struggles to breathe in age of new media art (Feature) (With Image)


July 29th, 2012 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The dark silhouettes of fishing boats anchored on the edge of the water in a misty haze of brown, ochre, black and inky blue draw ... Read more...

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Diplomatic poetic literature: A growing creativity


July 27th, 2012 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) A growing tribe of Indian diplomats is seeking emotional refuge in poetry and creative literature to battle workplace blues and the stress of decision ... Read more...

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Changing professions - to become police officers


July 13th, 2012 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Till a few years ago, Shweta Chauhan was a lecturer at Delhi University and analysed Shakespeare and John Keats with her students. Now she spends ... Read more...

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Assault with a deadly French fry (The Funny Side)


July 6th, 2012 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
In a global outbreak of violence, evil criminals are assaulting innocent civilians with deadly weapons such as french fries, in some cases unsalted. In the past couple of weeks alone, ... Read more...

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Pushkar is where it’s kosher for Israeli tourists (Travel Feature)


July 5th, 2012 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
Pushkar (Rajasthan), July 5 (IANS) Signboards and menus in Hebrew, shopkeepers greeting visitors with "shalom" and familiar food like humus, wraps and soup with dumplings. It's a mini Israel out ... Read more...

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Reel revenge saga leads to outrage in real life Wasseypur (With Image)


July 4th, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Wasseypur (Jharkhand), July 4 (IANS) The critically acclaimed "Gangs of Wasseypur", a gritty celluloid saga of the coal mafia and blood thirsty vengeance, may have set the cash registers ringing, ... Read more...

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Cheated by rains, UP falls back to traditional coolers (Feature)


July 3rd, 2012 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, July 3 (IANS) 'Khus ka itra' and 'Mitti ka itra', lemon grass shower dips, mattha, nariyal paani, phalse ka sharbat, keora water, rose water, lassi, bael ka sharbet, phalooda ... Read more...

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I’m translating Mahabharata for young English-speaking readers: Bibek Debroy


July 1st, 2012 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Well-known economist Bibek Debroy is addressing a growing need among youngsters bred on English as their staple tongue: He is translating the Indian epic Mahabharata ... Read more...

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Kite flying - old passion finds new celluloid expression


June 30th, 2012 - 12:37 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) For some it denotes a victory call, for others a struggle against obstacles and important life lessons -- India's age-old tradition of kite flying ... Read more...

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Nizamuddin Basti: Centuries-old Delhi urban sprawl lives in secular harmony (Feature) (With images)


June 28th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) As the summer heat settles on Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti every morning, the 700-year-old urban sprawl in south Delhi comes to life blurring the boundary between ... Read more...

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Despite hardships, families of striking Air India pilots support stir


June 26th, 2012 - 12:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) They are highly skilled pilots but in danger of losing their jobs and face an uncertain financial future. The striking aviators of Air India, ... Read more...

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At $35 a kg, Assamese man’s organic tea takes foreign markets by storm (Business Feature - With Image)


June 26th, 2012 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS
Lakhimpur (Assam), June 26 (IANS) Gobin Hazarika is a one-man army. Not in a battlefield, but in a tea garden in Assam, whose owner as well as worker is the ... Read more...

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Lack of safety gear killing Delhi’s sewer workers (Capital Focus)


June 24th, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) He knows it may prove fatal, yet 55-year-old Uday Ram does not hesitate to enter the narrow manhole filled with fermented faeces, urine and other ... Read more...

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Orders from top: UP Police in makeover drive


June 23rd, 2012 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, June 23 (IANS) From monitoring bloating waistlines to logging on to Facebook to leveraging the benefits of IT, the 125,000-strong Uttar Pradesh Police, hitherto infamous for its acts ... Read more...

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Public art struggles to find its space in India (Feature with images)


June 23rd, 2012 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Art is making a serious effort to reach the masses in India with expositions in vantage public places despite official hurdles and poor awareness about ... Read more...

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Colonialism’s shadow lingers over Goa village (Letter from Goa)


June 22nd, 2012 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS
Mayem (Goa), June 22 (IANS) Even 50 years after liberation from Portuguese rule, the shadow of colonialism still looms over this little village in Goa about 30 km from state ... Read more...

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Spiritual group prepares to clean entire Ganges


June 17th, 2012 - 11:07 am ICT by IANS
Haridwar, June 17 (IANS) A spiritual group here is conducting a survey on how best to clean the entire 2,525-km Ganges, the holiest of all rivers for Hindus but ... Read more...

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