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6 days ago
In public poll, 'The English Patient' wins the Golden Booker

London, July 9 (IANS) Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, essayist and novelist Michael Ondaatjes bestselling novel The English Patient -- which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past -- has been crowned best winner of the Booker prize of the last 50 years. The novel, along with Barry Un...

6 days ago
'The English Patient' wins Golden Man Booker Prize

London, July 9 (IANS) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has been crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize. The Golden Man Booker winner was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. The winner of this special ...

9 days ago
Politicians use nationalism, religion to unite people for wrong reasons: Stellan Skarsgard

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Stellan Skarsgard doesn't want to enter the political world thanks to US President Donald Trump. The Swedish actor, who has been part of films like Good Will Hunting, Thor, Avengers and Mamma Mia!, says politicians unite people for all the wrong reasons. He feels there is a wave of religious nationalism around the world, and that it will lead to more bloodshed.

11 days ago
Agartala airport renamed after Tripura's last king

New Delhi/Agartala, July 4 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday renamed the Agartala airport after Tripura's last ruler Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, said an official. The decision comes in the wake of a long-pending demand of the people of Tripura as well as the state government to rename the airport after Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya as a...

16 days ago
Haryana to build memorials to war heroes in villages

Chandigarh, June 29 (IANS) The Haryana government has decided to build memorials in villages of the state as a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland, a minister said on Friday. Haryana Agriculture, Development and Panchayats Minister O.P Dhankar said that the memorials were being built to ensure that the youth draw inspiration from them. Their heroic saga...

19 days ago
British parliament approves Heathrow airport expansion

London, June 26 (IANS) Politicians in Britain's House of Commons have backed the controversial expansion of London's Heathrow Airport by a massive majority. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who backs the scheme, was in the Commons as MPs voted 415 to 119 to support a third runway at Heathrow. As the marathon debate continued on Monday, the central lobby in the Houses of Parlia...

21 days ago
Prince William begins historic Middle East visit

London, June 24 (IANS) Prince William on Sunday began his first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a five-day tour of the Middle East. He will arrive in Jordan on Sunday, meeting Jordanian Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II, reports the BBC. The Duke of Cambridge is scheduled to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinia...

25 days ago
Separating families only way to end illegal migration, says Trump

Washington, June 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has defended his policy of splitting up families entering the US illegally, defying a growing chorus of condemnation. Speaking at a business convention, Trump said children have to be taken away if their parents are jailed for illegally crossing the US border. The President had earlier sparked outrage for tweeting that undocume...

27 days ago
Works by Picasso, Monet at Christie's auction in London

London, June 18 (IANS) Masterpieces by art virtuosos Pablo Picasso, Kazimir Malevich and Claude Monet are a part of an auction at Christie's London on June 20, the auction house said. Pablo Picasso's rarely exhibited Femme dans un fauteuil (1942), which depicts his great muse of the period Dora Maar, the surrealist photographer and painter, will among thise on auction. Maar's pre...

28 days ago
Laughter: A diagnosis, and some personal prescriptions

Laughter is our audible reaction, usually involuntary, to something that amuses us -- yet, it is a complex emotional expression that can also serve as a gesture of bravado, contempt or even desperation or a sign of mental imbalance. Consequently, it has been viewed variously down the ages and, likewise, so used in literature. Life, however, is not always happy, a key prerequisite for hum...

1 month ago
Of risk planning, Nagas, texting and nagins

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Know how adequate risk planning is the key in ensuring the future of the family; go through a collection of 19 short stories that breathe new life into the inner make-up of the people of northeast India, the Tangkhul Nagas in particular. Read of a tale based on the premise that text is the new talk -- and what happens to a virtual relationship when two who have been exch...

1 month ago
The mean, tough war machine and its complex course

Title: Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution; Author: Richard Ogorkiewicz; Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Pages: 392; Price: Rs 499 Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static weaponr...

1 month ago
India should play bigger role in Rohingyas' rehabilitation: Bangladesh Envoy

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Bangladesh's Envoy to India on Thursday requested India to play a bigger role in the rehabilitation of Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said that Mynamar should be put under pressure to recognise Rohingyas as its citizens so that they can live there with dignity. We want international pressure to be mou...

1 month ago
Indian novel at its best, reflection and not protest

Book: All The Lives We Never Lived; Author: Anuradha Roy; Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 335 In a shattered world of lovelorn characters, Anuradha Roy's recent novel yearns for all the lives it never lived, gently unfolding a narrative whose heroes share traits of villains and villains of heroes -- all held together by a fragile contentment. Traversing a family's melancholic ...

1 month ago
Sweden to send war pamphlet to 4.8 mn households

Stockholm, May 22 (IANS) The Swedish government is sending an instructional war pamphlet to all 4.8 million households in the country, educating them for the first time in more than 30 years on the perils of war. The brochure, titled Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes), was compiled by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and instructed civilians on what to do ...

1 month ago
A Scottish adventurer and his colourful World War II career

Across the Second World War's hundreds of thousands of armed clashes, big and small, across multiple theatres, there are few soldiers, below general rank, who may have influenced its strategic course, and in a way, shaped the future, despite their personal bravery. This distinction goes to a Scottish diplomat-turned-politician-turned-soldier, who was one of the many real-life inspirations for Jam...

2 months ago
Congress has no respect for Sardar Patel or soldiers: Modi

Kalaburagi (Karnataka), May 3 (IANS) Lauding Sardar Patel for forcing the Nizam of Hyderabad to merge his princely state with an Independent India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday regretted that the Congress has no respect for the country's Iron Man or its soldiers who guard its borders. As part of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Kalaburagi has a special place in Patel's life, a...

2 months ago
Sajid Javid named UK Home Secretary

London, April 30 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday named Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, the new Home Secretary following Amber Rudd's resignation for inadvertently misleading MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants. Javid, whose family came to the UK in the 1960s, is currently Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary, reports the BBC...

2 months ago
Fascism: Recognising the beast and what it feeds on

Title: Fascism: A Warning; Author: Madeleine Albright; Publisher: William Collins; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 699 If not the outcome of the Second World War, the Berlin Wall's fall seemed to pave the way for democracy's triumph -- but nearly three decades later, we may be forced to rethink this comforting thought. The recent growth of authoritarianism, emphasising tradition and conformity and...

3 months ago
Malayalam films shine at 65th National Film Awards

Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) The Malayalam film industry on Friday walked away with a bag full of awards at the 65th National Film Awards in categories like best director, supporting actor, cinematography, socially relevant film, screenplay and a special mention. Six-time National Award winner Jayaraj, 57, won the best director award for his film Bhayanakam, which also won the bes...

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