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26-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Facebook rolls out local camera effects designed for India

In line with its mission to make the world open and connected, Facebook on Wednesday hosted an interactive showcase of its family products and apps and rolled out local camera effects designed for India.Sharing latest numbers, Facebook also said it now...

26-Apr-2017

Connecting the dots : The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations

The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from two seats in 1984 to a staggering 282 in 2014 may be seen as the growing appeal of its ideology -- Hindutva -- among the masses, but this compelling work of extraordinary research provides enough evidence...

26-Apr-2017

'Mohe pir paayo, Nizamuddin Auliya...': The saint and his grace

The bit in the headline is from one of the subcontinent's best-known qawwalis honouring one of its most venerated Sufi saints but its true worth is seldom realised. In it, the singer is addressing his own mother as he praises his spiritual master, who was...

26-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Handwoven dupattas a staple in women's wardrobe : Gaurang Shah

Designer Gaurang Shah, who has styled the likes of Sharmila Tagore and Vidya Balan, has come up with Dupatta Festival to celebrate the art of this ensemble. He says that handwoven dupattas have become a staple in a woman's wardrobe."A dupatta is one of the most...

25-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Khadi gives employment to people : Rajesh Pratap Singh

Ace fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, known for using handloom in his creations, says a product like Khadi gives employment to a lot of people and thus, should be encouraged.Earlier this month, the designer was seen giving makeovers to youngsters using...

25-Apr-2017 Baramulla

KNS organizes blood donation camp at SDH Pattan

Kashmir News Service (KNS) in collaboration with Sub District Hospital Pattan and District hospital Baramulla Tuesday organized a blood donation camp at SDH Pattan.The hospital employees, students and volunteers donated their blood in the camp.Block Medical...

24-Apr-2017 New Delhi

IAF inducts Su-30 MKI into frontline 221 Squadron

The Indian Air Force on Monday inducted its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, 'Valiants', at its base in Punjab, enhancing the IAF's capabilities, an official release said.Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all-weather multi-role fighter...

24-Apr-2017

Drawing ancient history : The co-creator and preserver of Asterix

The world's most famous French warrior nearly had his career cut short when his writer died midway through one of his adventures but fans of Asterix the Gaul have much to thank the artist for ensuring the popular series (111 translations and 11 films of...

24-Apr-2017 Udhampur

Blood donation camp organized at Nirankari Bhawan

One day blood donation camp was organized by Red Cross Society in collaboration with District Health Society and Nirankari Charitable Foundation here today.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. K.C Dogra, inaugurated the blood donation camp in presence of Zonal Incharge,...

24-Apr-2017 London

Facebook not arbiter of truth : Sheryl Sandberg

Responding to the criticism that Facebook has been facing over dissemination of fake news on the platform, the social media giant's Chief Operating Officer (COO) has said that the company is not an "arbiter of truth".Speaking at BBC Newsnight, Sheryl Sandberg said:...

24-Apr-2017 New Delhi

This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!

Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and...

23-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Indian Army's BRO loses civil infra projects due to delays

The government has taken away some civil infrastructure works from the Indian Army-controlled Border Roads Organisation (BRO) as it has failed to meet deadlines for key roads in strategically-important locations, resulting not only in delays but also huge...

23-Apr-2017

Angels, demons, the Apocalypse - and the human will

Are good or evil intrinsic in humans or does free will play a role? Does destiny guide our actions or do they instead stem from the choices we make? These questions are the basis of most religious thought and a major part of philosophy -- where they may...

23-Apr-2017 New Delhi

'White Crane...' a poignant cry for Tibetan freedom

He was the first Tibetan to be admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons but could re-visit his beloved "mystic" homeland only in 2007, four years before he died aged 79, to find it had "withered away not so much from Communist Chinese genocide...

22-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Earth Day-2017: Nature's warning - mend ways now or be doomed

Even as the world celebrated the 48th Earth Day on Saturday, over a hundred farmers from drought-hit Tamil Nadu were seen protesting in the national capital along with the skulls of their kin, who chose to kill themselves as deficit rains for the fourth year...

22-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Two books released in Kashmir University

Kashmir’s literary world came alive on Saturday when two books published by well-known writers Z.G. Muhammad and Dr Javaid Iqbal were released amid a gathering of Kashmiri literary giants at Kashmir University.The book release function was organized by Kashmir...

22-Apr-2017 Mumbai

Canadian Defence Minister visits Western Naval Command

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Saturday visited the Western Naval Command here as part of his ongoing tour of India.He interacted with its commander, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra and others and was given a conducted tour of the Indian Navy's indigenous...

22-Apr-2017

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita

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.While an actual thermonuclear war may not come...

22-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Do your bit, save the planet : Google's Earth Day Doodle

Do your bit and make a huge difference to saving Earth, the only known object in the universe known to harbour life, suggests Google's Earth Day Doodle on Saturday.Do small things like eating less meat, opting for carpooling, and unplugging unused electronic...

21-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Navy successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos missile

The Indian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile from a naval ship, putting India into an exclusive global club.So far, the Navy had fired only anti-ship version of the BrahMos."The Navy successfully undertook...

21-Apr-2017

The other detectives of Baker Street - and their chilling cases

On the foggy streets of gaslit, late-19th century London, evil is again afoot. Inmates of a women's ward in a leading hospital are dying in suspicious circumstances, while boys from the street are disappearing and some reappearing in a mysterious, nocturnal...

20-Apr-2017 Visakhapatnam

Navy chief presents Naval gallantry, service awards

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday conferred Gallantry and Service Awards to Navy personnel on behalf of the President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremonial parade here.The Naval Investiture Ceremony, an annual event for the Indian Navy, was held at Command...

20-Apr-2017 Colombo

INS Darshak conducting joint survey of Sri Lankan bay

INS Darshak, the Indian Navy's hydrographic survey ship, is jointly with Sri Lankan Navy undertaking a joint hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay, the navy said in a tweet on Thursday.On a two-month deployment in the Sri Lankan waters, INS Darshak jointly...

20-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Give mornings a healthy start with oats : Chef Vikas Khanna

True to the old adage "breakfast like a king", Chef Vikas Khanna on Thursday emphasised on starting the day with a healthy diet by including oats.During "Quaker Breakfast Table" an event organised by Quaker Nutri Foods here, Chef Khanna introduced the audience...

20-Apr-2017 Mumbai

Akshay Kumar launches book on 'Veerappan'

Actor Akshay Kumar, says he was honoured to launch a book written by IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar on executed bandit Veerappan.Akshay on Wednesday took to Twitter to share a photograph of himself along with Vijay Kumar. "Honoured to be a part of the book launch...

19-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Army veteran pedals '2 minutes for each martyr' across India

Major General Somnath Jha (retd), who cycled across the country in a tribute to the soldiers, concluded his journey by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here on Wednesday.The veteran reached Delhi Cantonment on the penultimate day of his journey on Tuesday.Having...

19-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Innovation the name of the game for these food, drink stylists

Like bitters enhance cocktails, spices tickle the palette and a variety of additions raise desserts to an altogether new level, it is innovation and creativity that make for an overall fine-dining experience, stakeholders in the space say.To this end, if...

19-Apr-2017 Udhampur

Army briefs Oman Defense delegation

A delegation from Sultanate of Oman visited Northern Command on Wednesday.In a statement to CNS, Udhampur based Defense spokesperson, Colonel NN Joshi said that the delegation was led by His Excellency Muhammad Bin Nasser AI Rasby, Secretary General of...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's AR camera platform to empower developers

Giving a fresh impetus to its Augmented reality (AR) dream, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new augmented reality platform for developers to encourage AR camera effects.Wearing his signature gray t-shirt and blue jeans on the first day of Facebook's...

19-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose

It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands the...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook is for all : Zuckerberg takes a jab at Snapchat

In an apparent reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's purported disinterest in expanding business to "poor countries" like India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is for everyone and not just for "the high end".In a subtle jab at Spiegel, Zuckerberg...

19-Apr-2017 United Nations

UN to issue 10 stamps of 'asanas' on International Yoga Day

The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York.The 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large 'Om' in...

18-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Indian Naval ships visit Greece

Indian Naval warships are on a three-day visit to Greece, a Navy statement said on Tuesday.As part of the Indian Navy's deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Africa's West Coast, four warships - INS Mumbai, Trishul, Tarkash and Aditya, arrived at Greece's...

18-Apr-2017 Chandigarh

‘There’s no Standard Size for Self- Confidence and Talent’

She is curvy! She is confident! She is too hot to handle! She is the first British Asian Plus Size model. After featuring in many successful advertising campaigns from UK to UAE, model Bishamber Das is ready to change the Indian fashion scene along with...

18-Apr-2017

A decade of listening to and fighting America's terrorist enemies

The memoirs of the American intelligence operative who headed the NSA, the world's most potent electronic surveillance agency, and then the CIA in the dangerous decade when his country faced its biggest terror attack and went on a worldwide hunt against...

18-Apr-2017 Mumbai

Navy rescues 4 from tugboat off Mumbai coast

Indian Navy has rescued four crew members of a tugboat off the Mumbai coast, after the boat ran aground on rocks during low tide, a statement said.The tugboat Sonika, with four on board had run aground on rocks in the waters off Raj Bhavan during low tide late...

17-Apr-2017

Army Commander’s Conference Begins

Biannual Army Commander’s Conference commenced on 17 April 2017 with the opening address by Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt.Army Commander’s Conference is an important event in the planning and execution process of the Indian...

17-Apr-2017

The man and his mission : Many facets of India's 'Metro Man'

One peculiar aspect of Indian bureaucrats and their projects is that most of them fail to get the work done within the stipulated deadline and budget. The offering at hand brings us face to face with one man who defeated the tangles that beset our bureaucracy...

15-Apr-2017 Srinagar

TeH organizes blood donation camp

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Saturday organized a blood donation camp on Saturday at its central office in Hyderpora .Speaking on the occasion, Syed Ali Geelani according to the statement issued to KNS said that people in state do believe human values and while as Indian authorities...

15-Apr-2017 Jammu

Army Chief meets Governor

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.During their hour long meeting, the Governor and the Army Chief discussed the external security environment and issues relating to effective internal security management.The...

14-Apr-2017 Bengaluru

Banned notes worth Rs 30 cr seized in Bengaluru

Demonetised currency notes worth Rs 30 crore were seized from a former corporator's house in the city's western suburb, police said on Friday."We found the illegal cash in the house of ex-corporator Nagaraj, 54, during a search conducted on a court warrant in a...

14-Apr-2017 Amritsar

Authentic flavours of Amritsar -- in luxury

Home to the holiest gurdwara of Sikhism -- the Harmandir Sahib -- Amritsar entices devotees with its divine and spiritual energy. And what adds to the splendour of the city is the absolutely scrumptious food on offer.There is definitely something satisfying...

13-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google releases app for food delivery, home services

Google has introduced Areo, one single app for food delivery and home services, currently live in Bengaluru and Mumbai on Android devices."Areo lets users search for local restaurants and home services like electricians, plumbers, and painters, and schedule...

13-Apr-2017

The 'Great South Asian War' and its salutary lessons

What is termed a self-goal in football and hit wicket in cricket has an equivalent counterpart in international politics, and especially international conflict. In this, it is when one side contributes to its own defeat by its intransigence on improvident...

13-Apr-2017

A window to India's rising soft power -- Bollywood

This offering by National Award-winning writer, filmmaker and scholar Roopa Swaminathan is the ultimate guide to the rising appeal of Bollywood globally -- and it attempts to unravel the many reasons that have led to the changing perception of India on the...

12-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Richness of Indian craft incomparable, says designer

Designer Sunita Shekhawat, who has collaborated with designer brand House of Kotwara to do a photo shoot with Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi, feels the richness of Indian craft is incomparable. She says that to be able to design for the future, one must learn...

12-Apr-2017

Naturally portraying the quintessential Englishman onscreen

Indians may know him best playing one of the biggest villains of their recent history. But the cameo as Gen Dyer, the "Butcher of Amritsar", in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi" was a rare break from the routine for Edward Fox, who in his over 100 onscreen appearances,...

12-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Tuck into bites from the city of the Howrah Bridge

Be it the appetising aroma of the Kolkata biryani, the richness of kosha mangsho, simmering bhetki paturi or the amazing chittal peti, the delicacies of the city of the Howrah Bridge possess infinite variations and textures.The city cherishes its many local...

11-Apr-2017 Ludhiana

Get Ready to Applaud the Talents of Full Figured Girls

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Confidence and talent does not need a zero figure body. The fashion industry has long been facing flack for not accepting the full-figured bodies. It’s about time for a change. In an attempt to include the plus size fashion...

11-Apr-2017 Chandigarh

Competent Foundation’s Blood Donation Camp

As many as 341 units of blood were collected in the 17th blood donation camp organised by Competent Foundation here today in association with DAV College. The Governor of Punjab & Administrator of UT, Chandigarh Sh. V. P. Singh Badnore,  was the...

11-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Raghu Rai's latest book celebrates life and legacy of Saint Teresa

This is one book that is certain to appeal to the senses of both collectors as well as photography enthusiasts.One of India's best known contemporary photographers, Raghu Rai, shares his best images of Saint Teresa and expounds in substantial detail, his...

11-Apr-2017

India's record-setting but forgotten all-rounder

No other Indian cricketer has set so many long-enduring Test records as him, including the highest first-wicket partnership and the fastest 1,000 runs and 100 wickets. Vinoo Mankad is also one of the four who batted at all spots and the only Indian to have...

11-Apr-2017

Government-RBI tango that set the stage for note ban

This is the best short history to have appeared of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), its release being most aptly timed post-demonetisation, to coincide with the commemoration of the apex bank's founding on All Fools' Day of 1935.Demonetisation figures only...

10-Apr-2017

A futile hope of 'normal' politics in the Middle East?

The "Arab Spring" in 2011 was believed to be a turning point for the Middle East with the fractious and turbulent region set to embrace Western-style liberal democracy, as per Fukuyama's "end of history" theory. But half a dozen years later, all these hopes...

09-Apr-2017 Mumbai

Indian, Chinese navies thwart piracy bid near Aden

Indian and Chinese navies joined hands to save a Tuvalu-flagged container ship with 19 Filipino crew members which was attacked by pirates late on Saturday night in the Gulf of Aden, an official said here on Sunday.Responding to an alert from UK Maritime Trade...

09-Apr-2017

The versatile Arab : Omar Sharif and his varied roles

The most famous Arab actor in Hollywood, Omar Sharif, won global renown with his intense performance in David Lean's epic "Lawrence of Arabia" but then went on to essay roles as diverse as of iconic Soviet and Latin American revolutionaries, a German army...

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