Breaking faith barriers, Shia Muslim artists create Hindu wedding mandaps (IANS Special Series)

Jaipur |Sunday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST

For centuries, their creations have been used in sombre processions to commemorate and reconstruct the narrative of the 7th century Battle of Karbala in Islamic history. But now, these artists, mostly

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How waste management is helping Vietnamese women earn a living (Societal Feature)

Hoi An (Vietnam) |Friday, 2018 3:20:56 PM IST

With over 20 million tourists visiting per year, this port city -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- produces approximately 27,000 tonnes of urban waste per year.

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Street vendors turn 'City Beautiful' Plaza into a mess

Chandigarh |Monday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST

The Plaza of the 'City Beautiful' Chandigarh may have been its star attraction for a number of decades but has now virtually been hijacked by street vendors.

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American father-daughter duo bring 'technological difference' to remote Arunachal village (IANS Special Series)

Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) |Sunday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST

National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki and his 14-year-old daughter Lilliana are essentially travellers who have been to several remote corners of the world. But it is not just the high-ranging mou

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Inspired by Super 30, ‘Jindagi’ realising dreams of medical aspirants in Odisha (Education Feature)

Bhubaneswar |Friday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST

He could not become a doctor himself, but is now pulling out all stops to ensure that others fare better. This year, 18 students from Odisha made it to medical school thanks to the initiative of Ajay

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Children act as 'green agents' in Rajasthan's drought-hit Baran (Environmental Feature)

Jaipur |Wednesday, 2018 1:15:05 PM IST

The "green agents" of Baran district in Rajasthan are nurturing foliage in their villages, despite a two-year rainfall deficit in the region. Over 3,000 children across 20 villages have planted 7,000

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Japanese artist hopes to introduce Aritayaki in India

New Delhi |Monday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST

A popular Japanese craft, Aritayaki porcelain enjoys a global market but estimates suggest there are barely about a hundred independent artists producing it by hand. Japanese artist Yuji Obata hopes t

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An equal-opportunity school sets a sterling example in social integration (IANS Special Series)

Lucknow |Sunday, 2018 2:45:04 PM IST

Much before the Indian parliament promulgated the Right to Education Act (RTE) in 2009 that guaranteed education to all a committed local teacher had already pioneered the idea of making school access

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Rajasthani musicians epitomise India's syncretic culture, but are a struggling lot (IANS Special Series)

Jaipur |Sunday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST

They are Muslims, yet they sing Krishna "bhajans" (hymns) from Hindu lore. They have adopted a hybrid culture that is a mix of both religions and lifestyles. Many of their names too blend two religion

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Bespoke programme marks JLF's fifth year in London

London |Tuesday, 2018 2:15:05 PM IST

India's popular Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has completed five years of its presence here in what was a bespoke programme for UK audiences, featuring dialogues and debates from across the South A

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Seema's story: Educating girls to negotiate life, become change agents (IANS Special Series)

Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh) |Sunday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST

Inside a dimly-lit classroom in this district, with its walls decorated with drawings and paintings made by children, Seema Yadav, 36, is teaching a group of 25 girls who are sitting in a circle in on

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Down the memory lane: Jatin Das exhibits diverse pankha collection

New Delhi |Monday, 2018 1:45:05 PM IST

What began as a gift from a friend 40 years ago has now snowballed into an extensive collection of over 5,000 pankhas (handheld fans) for eminent Indian artist Jatin Das. A carefully-curated part of t

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