Encroachment of water bodies a threat to water birds, feel experts

Encroachment of water bodies such as lakes, ponds, river banks are becoming a threat to water bird species across the country, feel birders....

Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice ‘The Simpsons’ character ‘Apu&#...

Los Angeles: Actor Hank Azaria has announced he will no longer voice the controversial Indian-American character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, on The Simpsons. Azaria has been the voice of Apu for 30 years since the character first appeared in the episode ‘The Telltale Head’ in 1990.

Death penalty and the power of dialogue on big screen

The mere mention of the w...

A harvest festival in myriad flavours marked across India

Chennai: Makara Sankranti or Pongal, one of the few ancient festivals that are observed according to the solar cycle, signifies harvest and an auspicious new beginning.

Tollywood, a saga of bloated egos, caste and clan loyalties

Tollywood, as the Telugu film industry is popularly known, is probably the only enterprise that grabs media headlines, not for the quality of its output or coveted awards but for the bitter rivalry within its ranks.

Basu Chatterjee: The bard of the ordinary, everyday people

The tale of a persistent but shy man desperate to woo an office-going and comely woman, or the escapades of any average family residing at a chawl (Marathi term for a complex comprising housing units) in the Bombay of 1970s, were not formulaic. Rather, these heart-warming stories have remained endearing and immortal, even decades after they were...

Looking back at Akbar Padamsee’s defiant colours without prejudice

Counted among one of modern India’s great masters, Akbar Padamsee was part of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG), alongside Tyeb Mehta, FN Souza, SH Raza and MF Husain among others. While much of Padamsee’s work embodied the PAG ethos of avant garde art, he was impossible to classify or label.

Seawater intrusion along Bay of Bengal may be more serious than we think

A recent study by Anna University, has highlighted the alarming extent of seawater intrusion in groundwater along Chennai’s coastline. Titled ‘Seawater intrusion and submarine groundwater discharge along the Indian coast’ the study has found that “the maximum extent (around 14 km) of seawater intrusion in India is reported in regions north of Chenn...

Golden Globes: Phoenix drops F-bombs, calls for action on climate change

Los Angeles: Actor Joaquin Phoenix's Golden Globes acceptance speech was laden with expletives, call for action on climate change, and certain moments of reflection in a rambling address. The Hollywood star took home the golden gong for the best actor in a motion picture - drama for his performance in 'Joker,' directed by Todd Phillips. Phoenix started his s...


Nadda to take charge of BJP, likely to take Modi-Shah legacy forward

On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi and Shah met several senior leaders of the party, in a series of meetings, to apprise them of the decision to get Nadda elected.

Women, children take out anti-CAA candle light march from Jamia to Shaheen Bagh

New Delhi: In a sign of no let-up in the agitation against the controversial Citizenship law, scores of people, including women and children, on Sunday (January 19) evening took out a huge anti-CAA rally from Jamia university gate to Shaheen Bagh here.

Britain’s Prince Harry expresses great sadness at royal split

London: Britain's Prince Harry expressed "great sadness" on Sunday (January 19) at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of a separation settlement with the Queen.

Total wealth of all Indian billionaires more than budget of 2018-19

Davos: India's richest 1% hold more than four-times the wealth held by 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70% of the country's population, while the total wealth of all Indian billionaires is more than the full-year budget, a new study said on Monday (January 20).

China reports SARS-like virus spreads across country, nearly 140 new cases

Beijing: China on Monday (January 20) reported a mysterious SARS-like virus had spread across the country, including Beijing, raising concerns as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year.




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Won’t comment on CAA without full idea, oppose four-day Test: Kohli

Guwahati: Indian captain Virat Kohli refrained from making any comments on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), without gaining full knowledge on the sensitive subject.

KCR opts out of LS race; TRS releases candidate list

Hyderabad: By opting out of the Lok ...

Over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons in Delhi join Muslims in observing roza

New Delhi: Over 100 Hindu inmates of...

HC nod to hold remembrance meet for Sterlite protestors

The Madurai bench of the ...

Kolams: A handful of rice flour, imagination, mathematics and history

Chennai: Traditionally drawn on the threshold of a house or an establishment during ‘brahma muhurtham’ (time when gods descend), the kolam – designs made by hand using rice flour – is considered as the meeting point of the internal and the external. The ephemeral designs are also considered an offering for ants and insects.

Indian singer Prateek Kuhad part of Barack Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list...

Los Angeles: Indian singer Prateek Kuhad's song "cold/mess" has made it to former US President Barack Obama's favourite music of 2019 line-up.

Kozhikode’s deep bond with Rafi kept alive over the years

Chennai: Mohammad Rafi, the legendary playback singer, who regaled music-lovers for over three decades, will soon be getting a public museum in his memory in Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) district in Kerala. While a private museum in Rafi mansion in Mumbai is being run by his family for a few years and another one by a die-hard Rafi fan Mansoor Ahmad...

Pi to Ramanujan: List of must-watch movies this National Mathematics Day

We all have one subject that we hated studying in school. And for most, it would certainly be Mathematics. Practicing calculus and geometry, and solving algebra equations to find out x's values occupied the better part of our school life. But there were students who absolutely loved the subject. India has given the world some very intelligent ma...

Kai Po Che child star Digvijay ready to realise ‘IPL dream’ with MI

Six years after debuting as child star in Kai Po Che, Digvijay Deshmukh was picked up by the Mumbai Indians for ₹20 lakh in the IPL auction 2020.

Toni-Ann Singh bags Miss World title, Suman Rao runner-up

London: At an annual beauty pageant held in London, Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh was crowned the Miss World 2019 and India's Suman Rao became the second runners-up.

Reminiscing Smita Patil, a rare talent gone too soon

Her dusky complexion rendered a naturality and redefined the mould actresses were often cast in. Setting benchmarks and defying every stereotype associated with actresses, Smita Patil (31), who passed away 33 years ago, is perhaps the most important talent to have graced Indian cinema. She breezed into the industry at a time when the likes of Pa...

‘Queen’ web series: An unapologetic tale of Shakthi

When asked if she was always brave, “Nobody is born courageous”, says a mature Shakthi Seshadri, with poise during an interview. Shakthi Seshadri, the protagonist's character in the web series Queen is largely based on the book with the same name by Anita Sivakumaran on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The demeanour of Ramya Krishnan...

Actress Khushbu joins cast of Rajinikanth starrer ‘Thalaivar 168’

Chennai: Popular actor Khushbu has joined the cast of Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Thalaivar 168, marking the silver screen reunion of the veterans after 28 years. "The evergreen actress #Khushbu joins the cast of #Thalaivar168," producer Sun Pictures tweeted. The two were teaming up after 28 long years, Sun Pictures added. https://twitter.com/sunpic...

Hornbill Festival in Nagaland village draws 2.39 lakh people

Kohima: The ongoing Hornbill festival, dubbed 'Festival of festivals' at Kisama village in Nagaland which is an annual tourist attraction has seen more than 2.39 lakh people this year, an official said on Monday(December 9). The Hornbill festival website states that the festival is organised by Nagaland government with the aim of promoting interaction b...

South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019

Atlanta: South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants, including Miss India, from around the globe.

Dharmendra: An action star and a soft-hearted gentleman

He is ‘He-Man’ for action lovers and ‘Garam Dharam’ for women who couldn’t help but swoon over his butch and dishy persona. Hindi film actor Dharmendra, who turns 84 on Sunday (December 8) is, however, beyond just good looks and machismo and probably one of the most underrated actors in Indian cinema. For the actor, his career began in the early...

Don’t shop for that swag, switch to clothing swap

Clothing swap, an eco-friendly alternative to shopping, is helping us keep a check on our fashion footprints through the exchange of clothes. The initiative recently started by a number of offline and online communities, mostly targets hoarders - people who shop for shopping’s sake.

Illusion, delusion and paranoia: A tale of Trump’s presidency

Review of the book, A Warning by Anonymous (A Senior Trump Administration Official), Little Brown, Great Britain, 2019. A little peek into history can hopefully provide the setting: On the evening of Saturday, October 20, 1973 and at the height of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire I...

Eco-friendly Margazhi beckons music lovers in Chennai

Did you know that a Margazhi music season produces over 30,000 plastic bottles as trash? At least 3,000 concerts are organised during the season every year, and with 10 bottles used totally by artistes during each concert, an average of 30,000 bottles are generated as waste every season.

Pati, Patni Aur Woh — a film that mirrored today’s world, 40 years ago

The 1978 super-hit comedy film Pati, Patni Aur Woh, (Husband, wife and the mistress) by BR Chopra is being remade in Hindi and will release on December 6. The trailer of the film starring Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday has already made waves, and even raised eyebrows for a dialogue which trivialises marital rape. The spin-off...

Scientists spot huge black hole that shouldn’t even exist in our galaxy

Beijing: Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said on Thursday (November 28). LB-1 is 15,000 light years from Earth and has a mass 70 times greater than the Sun, according to the journal Nature. The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar bla...

Paleo diet may help you knock off weight, but is it sustainable?

Chennai: Though the paleo diet is believed to be beneficial by many, nutritionists are cautious about it. One should ask themselves what they are going to do with the diet system after achieving their goal of weight loss, said Sudha Vasudevan, a senior scientist.

Music buff documents early years of Tamil cinema, presents rare glimpses

Chennai: Tirupur Akila Vijayakumar’s new book ‘Tamil Cinema Ulagam- Part 1 (1931-1940)’ (Tamil Cinema World - Part 1) is a treasure trove for cinema lovers, as it takes a dive into the early years of the industry, documenting the silver screen world in detail.

Betty’s Butter Tea: Capturing Ladakh’s idiosyncrasies through untold tale...

Ladakh appeared in English literature as late as the 19th century, initially in colonial records, travelogues and later in historical accounts by western scholars, barring a few. However, any work of fiction has been almost absent from the literary landscape of the region as storytelling was largely confined to oral transmission. And, the tales tha...