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'Sans baggage, Indian businesses uniquely positioned to leverage new digital media' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Without legacy systems of the past, Indian businesses are uniquely positioned to leverage the new digital media, says Will Page, former Chief Economist of music streaming app Spotify, in his new book "Tarzan Economics" (Simon & Schuster), extrapolating the global music industry's journey in coping with the threat of online piracy to present eight principles for pivoting through today's ubiquitous disruption in almost all industries -- much in the manner in which the 'ape man' swings from vine to vine to attain his goals.
2021-04-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Adarsh Gourav: BAFTA nomination as good as win for me (IANS interview)
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Indian actor Adarsh Gourav earned global spotlight with his nomination at the 74th British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards for his performance of Balram Halwai in "The White Tiger", in the Leading Actor category. Although he did not win, he is not upset.
2021-04-12
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
'Jallianwala Bagh propelled the Mahatma to assume centre stage' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Jallianwala Bagh massacre propelled Mahatma Gandhi to assume centre stage and encouraged him to launch his non-violent movement, says Nonica Datta, an Associate Professor of History at JNU in a new introduction to her late father V.N. Datta's book, "Jallianwala Bagh - a groundbreaking history of the 1919 massacre" that was published on its 50 anniversary in 1969 and has been updated on the 102nd anniversary, April 13, of the horrific slaughter in which, according to the author's research, over 700 unarmed civilians were killed.
2021-04-12
Category: India, Delhi,National
'The Gopichand Factor' flatters to deceive (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Hero or hurdle? That's the question one is left wondering after reading "The Gopichand Factor" (Westland) given author Abhijeet Kulkarni's praising sky high only the second Indian to win the All-England badminton title but also grudgingly admitting how he has been an impediment to the game while being the Chief National Coach for the past 14 years while simultaneously running his private training academy -- leading to repeated charges of a huge conflict of interest.
2021-04-10
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Delving into the sub-conscious to heal physical manifestations of disease (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The physical manifestations of diseases in our present life can be linked to cellular memories from the past, including even childhood or early stages of our present life ? especially when the stored memories area negative or traumatic, says Natwar Sharma, a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health who has trained at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, in his new book, "Metaphors of Memory" (Westland).
2021-04-08
Category: India, Delhi,National
Gayle's simplest advice works wonders for Punjab's Pooran (Interview)
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Nicholas Pooran, who had the best batting strike rate for batsmen with over 300 runs in the last edition of Indian Premier League, says his Punjab Kings teammate and fellow West Indian Chris Gayle's 'simplest advice' of staying still and enjoy batting is easily the best tips he has got in his career.
2021-04-07
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Fatma R. Zakaria, who interviewed Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher, falls to Covid (2nd Ld)
Aurangabad (Maharashtra), April 6 (IANS) Veteran journalist Fatma R. Zakaria, the former Editor of the Sunday Times, Mumbai - who achieved glory by interviewing two of the then most powerful women Prime Ministers on the planet, India's Indira Gandhi and Britain's Margaret Thatcher - passed away here on Tuesday due to Covid at a private hospital, a close family friend said.
2021-04-06
Category: India, Bihar,National
Looking after young cricketers will be important, says new BCCI ACU chief (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The new chief of BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), Shabir Hussein Khandwawala, is a former top cop of Gujarat Police with huge interest in cricket having played and organised police tournaments at the state level.
2021-04-06
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Not being a regular in playing XI doesn't bother me: Kuldeep (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Ace Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was part of India's recent series victories over Australia and England, travelling with the team in the bio-bubble.
2021-04-05
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
To win WC again, India need to get occasion out of system: Gambhir (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Ten years ago on this day, Gautam Gambhir had played one of the best knocks by an Indian batsman in a World Cup, scoring 97 in the final against Sri Lanka to help India win the second title after 28 years.
2021-04-02
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Rediscovering Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu's first great poet (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) was not only Urdu's first great poet but also the most prolific one with around 13,500 couplets to his name. He is credited with giving shape and structure to the Urdu language itself, is counted among the five major poets of the language along with Mirza Ghalib, Mir Anees Allama Iqbal and Josh Malihabadi and is often mentioned as 'Khuda-e-Sukhan' (God of Posey or poetry).
2021-04-02
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Competition doesn't put pressure, bodes well for India: Shami (Interview)
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Pacer Mohammed Shami, who is gearing up to return to competitive cricket with Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), says the recent competition in pace bowlers' spots doesn't put pressure on him and doesn't make him redundant.
2021-04-01
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Biography of last Travancore ruler silent on his Dewan's machinations (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A biography of the last Maharaja of Travancore that attempts to provide an "authentic" account of his accession and his legacy is, however, silent on the shenanigans of his Dewan, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, to retain the independence of the province in 1947 and his deal with the British to export the states valuable mineral resources, while the author obfuscated on the two issues in an interview with IANS.
2021-03-31
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: 'Still speechless when I think of love we got from India' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Faisal Kapadia is "celebrating right now". The singer of the iconic rock band Strings, which last week announced its break-up after going strong for 33 years, reveals a bittersweet tone of voice as he speaks. It wasn't an "easy decision" for him, or Bilal Siddiqui -- the other half of the original band -- to "end the journey". But, as Faisal puts it, the timing couldn't have been better.
2021-03-31
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Congress' resurgence will begin with Kerala, TN victories: Antony (IANS Interview)
Thiruvananthapuram, March 29 (IANS) Congress Working Committee Member, former Kerala Chief Minister and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony says that the resurgence of Congress at the national level is on the cards and the results of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Assembly elections where the Congress will win will spur this process.
2021-03-29
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
'The Sickle' a poignant tale of farmers, migrant labourers (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) On March 19, 1986, Sahebrao Karpe, a graduate, killed his wife and four minor children -- the youngest 8-months-old -- before ending his own life at their home in the Chilgavhan village of Wardha district in eastern Maharashtra. It was the first officially-recorded suicide by a farmer in India.
2021-03-29
Category: India, Delhi,National
Priyanka Chopra: Oscars, Baftas are amazing but not why I pick projects (IANS INTERVIEW)
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Actress-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas is understandably on cloud nine, with "The White Tiger" making an impact in the awards circuit this season. The film, co-starring and executive-produced by Priyanka, is in contention for an Oscar and two BAFTAS.
2021-03-26
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Hollywood
Vijayan symbol of high-handedness, rules like Hitler-Mussolini: K.K.Rema (IANS Interview)
Thiruvananthapuram, March 26 (IANS) The poll battle at Vatakara in Kozhikode district has reached a crescendo with K.K.Rema of the Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) getting the full support of the Congress-led UDF.
2021-03-26
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
'Sometimes, stories lie dormant in mind for years' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) An idea, an experience or even a fleeting moment can become a story. But the story does not get written immediately after you think of it. Sometimes the story ideas live dormant in the mind for years and then one day become stories, says the multifaceted Dr C.S. Lakshmi.
2021-03-22
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
7 mantras to cope with volatile-complex digital world (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The VUCA -- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous -- world we live in has become an all-pervasive mega-trend, dramatically changing the lives of individuals, business models of enterprises, and the Indian economy.
2021-03-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Art/Culture/Books
Giving Sita a #MeToo-inspired voice (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) When Indian American writer Sini Panicker, a trained chemist who is a heroin profiler for the US government, began her research into the Ramayana in early 2018, the #MeToo Movement was extremely popular and highly successful in the United States. And, in her debut novel, "Sita: Now You Know Me", Panicker was inspired by these MeToo voices to give her protagonist a spirited and resilient voice befitting the present-day affairs that occupy the news cycles and social media.
2021-03-19
Category: India, Delhi,National
My main strength is power packed punches: Boxer Vijender (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Seven years after winning the historic middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, ace boxer Vijender Singh turned professional in 2015. Since then the poster boy of Indian boxing has fought -- and won -- 12 professional bouts. His next bout is against Russian Artysh Lopsan on March 19 in Goa.
2021-03-13
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Betting Central,Other Sports
'Palestine situation more difficult after Israel-Arab rapprochement' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The already "difficult" Palestinian movement has been made "more difficult" with four Arab states normalising relations with Israel and India can play an important role "to right the imbalanced situation between Israel and the Palestinians", says Palestinian American historian Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.
2021-03-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy
Adarsh Gourav: 'Feels strange to be nominated next to Anthony Hopkins' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Adarsh Gourav was just exiting his local gym in Mumbai when the smartphone buzzed. That was the moment he learned that he had been nominated for a BAFTA in the Leading Actor category, for his role of Balram Halwai in "The White Tiger".
2021-03-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Cinema/Showbiz
'Social media platforms, tech have led to rise of disruptive leaders' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) Ubiquitous technology and social media platforms have led to the rise of "disruptive" leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron as they have been able to "speak directly to their citizens", who get the "illusion that they are being listened to", but whether they deliver is a different question, says a new book that examines the new levers of state power in the modern context.
2021-03-11
Category: India, Delhi,National
Bhojpuri cinema's double meaning dialogues will end now: Nirahua(Interview)
Lucknow, March 9 (IANS) The double-meaning dialogues in Bhojpuri cinema would now be a thing of the past in the coming future. The artistes from the film industry themselves have become aware of this trend. This has been clarified by none other than celebrated Bhojpuri film actor Dinesh Lal Yadav popularly known as 'Nirahua'.
2021-03-09
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz
Once an ace IAF navigator, he now focuses on short stories (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Subroto Bandopadhyay was all of 10 when the 1971 India-Pakistan war inspired him to join the Indian Air Force (IAF). Commissioned in 1982, he served for 26 years, rising to the rank of Group Captain, and in 2003 played a key role in circumnavigating a huge Il-76 aircraft around the globe to a multinational exercise in Alaska. Thereafter, he navigated the Il-76 from the Eielson Air Force base in Alaska to the True North Pole and back, a flight that finds a mention in the Limca Book of Records.
2021-03-09
Category: India, Delhi,National
Harry, Meghan accuse UK royals of racism in Oprah interview (Ld)
Los Angeles, March 8 (IANS) Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle claimed she felt alone fighting constant media speculation and "falsehoods perpetuated" by "the firm", her description for the British royal family, ever since her marriage to the Prince Harry in 2018, in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
2021-03-08
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
Meghan tears into royal family in Oprah interview
New York, March 8 (IANS) Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she was utterly unprepared for the "monster machine" of the British royalty when she married Prince Harry.
2021-03-08
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Politics
CBS paid $7 mn for Meghan-Harry interview: Report
Los Angeles, March 7 (IANS) The widely anticipated 90-minute interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey reportedly cost the American broadcasting network CBS several million dollars.
2021-03-07
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
'Presenting the true history of India a torturous process' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Ever since I began taking a serious interest in history from the time I was in the eighth grade and had yet to turn a teenager, I wondered why the focus was only on two 'eras' - the Mughal and the British. There were references to Ashoka, Chandragupta Maurya and Hyder Ali/Tipu Sultan et al, but these were more in the nature of add-ons rather than to provide a perspective. The Chola dynasty and the Vijaynagar and Bahamani kingdoms got hardly a passing mention. I learnt more about the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort (at both Delhi and Agra) than about Angkor Wat.
2021-03-07
Category: India, Delhi,National
Pujara fit to open, Gill/Rohit at No. 3: Surinder Amarnath (Interview)
Ahmedabad, March 3 (IANS) Surinder Amaranth, the oldest of the three Amaranth brothers and son of former India captain Lala Amarnath, feels cricket has changed considerably from his playing days.
2021-03-03
Category: India, Gujarat,Sports,Cricket
Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad (IANS Interview)
Ahmedabad, March 2 (IANS) Former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a 'wall' during his playing days for his ability to bat with patience and determination, be at Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious West Indies pace attack, or against Pakistan on a Jallandhar pitch where batting was difficult.
2021-03-02
Category: India, Gujarat,Sports,Cricket
'Bhagat Singh's is a story that needs to be told & retold' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Punjabi folklore is full of the brave deeds of the two 'Shaheeds' of Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh, who have legendary status, and as a young child, Satvinder Singh Juss grew up listening to stories about them from his grandfather. Upon arrival in the UK at the age of nine, he recalls the annual commemoration of them held by the Indian Workers Association in town halls across the country for the future of a free India and the unfulfilled promise that they came to represent.
2021-03-02
Category: India, Delhi,National
Bat has to be 1st line of defence on such wickets: Vengsarkar (Interview)
Ahmedabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Apart from dominating England in their own backyard, with three centuries at Lord's alone, former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was a master batsman against spin bowling at home as well. His career highest of 166 (against Sri Lanka) on a Cuttack wicket that aided vicious turn and saw puffs of dust getting kicked up, is one that best illustrated his ability.
2021-02-28
Category: India, Gujarat,Sports,Cricket
India must play pro-active role on Indus Waters Treaty (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) brokered between India and Pakistan by the World Bank in 1960 has weathered three wars in 1965, 1971 and 1999 -- as also the September 2016 attack by four heavily armed terrorists that resulted in the death of 19 soldiers and the four attackers and was "the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades".
2021-02-27
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
MediaTek chips to drive India's 5G, IoT dream (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) As the government renews thrust on the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme to promote domestic manufacturing, MediaTek, which is the world's fourth-largest fabless semiconductor company, on Friday said the scheme will provide a much-needed impetus to the semiconductor manufacturing sector which currently faces several issues with a lack of funds, and the company is in a position to further strengthen its foothold in the country.
2021-02-26
Category: India, Delhi,Technology
Combing nuances of poetry, music into Kangra's miniature paintings (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) His keen interest in the 'riti genre of Hindi poetry (romantic works of the 18th-20th centuries) and classical music helps him understand the nuances of Rangmala paintings that depict variations of Indian musical modes. Today, art historian and art critic Vijay Sharma is widely recognised as a fine miniature painter and has travelled extensively in India and abroad, giving lecture demonstrations on the techniques of the Pahari paintings of his native Himachal Pradesh.
2021-02-26
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
'I aim to provide a practical and sustainable approach to healthy eating' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Nandita Iyer, a doctor and a nutritionist, figured her way around the kitchen only in her late 20 as the rigours of medical college studies left her with little time for anything else. Her time-off for over a year in the US some 15 years ago was when she really got familiar with cooking and began a blog to record her culinary adventures. Her first book appeared in 2017 and her frustration with the "click-bait and oversimplified information" available on the internet has prompted a second book, "Everyday Superfoods" (Bloomsbury), that aims to provide a practical and sustainable approach to healthy eating.
2021-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National
Awakening your 'soulprint' to find happiness and success (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) It was a chance discovery of a book written 100 years ago by his great great grandfather that blended spiritual wisdom to aid decision-making that inspired writer and life coach Aditya Nath to delve deeper into the subject and pen his debut novel, "Awaken Your Soulprint - Discovering Your Own Special Path To Happiness And Success" that he believes can also provide the path ahead in todays pandemic times.
2021-02-22
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Understanding nuances of world cinema through 10th century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A new book that unravels the nuances of world cinema harkens back to the 10th century philosopher Abhinavagupta (924-1020), a highly revered Kashmiri Shaiva master, as it pays tribute to his commentary on the "Natyasastra" (an ancient treatise on dramaturgy) and the concepts of "Rasa Siddhanta" (theory of aesthetic experience) and "purusartha" (life-pursuits).
2021-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Sayajirao III: A Baroda ruler whose far-sighted reforms still resonate (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) He was born in the family of a farmer who, though he bore the name Gaekwad, was considered to be to the cadet branch of the Baroda royal family or that of the younger sons of a previous ruler and thus not eligible to succeed to the throne. It was fate that decided his ascendancy as Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1875-1939) and his reign of over 60 years is today remembered for an illustrious university that bears his name and a host of reforms in various spheres, including the economy, women's education, encouraging widow remarriage, abolition of child marriages and the purdah -- rather than creating edifices.
2021-02-16
Category: India, Delhi,National
SC allows Kerala scribe to see terminally ill mother, bars him from interviews or public meeting
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday granted 5-day conditional bail to jailed scribe Sidhique Kappan to meet his terminally ill mother in Kerala. However, the top court imposed few conditions on Kappan -- no public meeting and no interview to media - after the Uttar Pradesh government claimed that his wife is collecting money in Kerala under his name and he has been projected as a "martyr", or may even be projected as a person who made a very big sacrifice.
2021-02-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security
'When The Music Changes' culls out the power-play behind sexual abuse (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Lakshmi Devy was born in New York and obtained a medical degree from India while simultaneously acting in Tamil and Malayalam films. A toxic relationship with a narcissist and the horrific increase in the number of rape cases in India prompted her to direct "When The Music Changes", a powerful and gut-wrenching film that portrays the nuanced aspects of emotional as well as physical abuse of women within a patriarchal society.
2021-02-14
Category: India, Delhi,National
Want a Bill Gates to emerge from community: Transgender activist (IANS Interview)
Kozhikode (Kerala), Feb 12 (IANS) Kalki Subramaniam is a transgender activist, artist and poet. She was one of the moving forces behind the Supreme Court judgment that gave rights to transgenders in the country. Subramaniam was in the city to participate in the 2nd edition of International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE).
2021-02-12
Category: India, Kerala,National,Human Interest/Society
'Focusing on basics propelled M&M to top of India's utility vehicle market' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) A US aircraft manufacturer coined the term KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid -- as it churned out bombers by the dozens at the height of the Second World War. An Indian company in the 1940s adopted the mantra and "concentrated on one simple diet of doing what they started with" by assembling Willys jeeps to grow into one of the countrys largest makers of SUVs, says a new book on the company and which is perhaps the first definite work on Indias automobile industry.
2021-02-12
Category: India, Delhi,National
Nutritionist Lovneet Batra sticks to basics in pandemic times (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) At a time when a multitude of manufacturers are pushing their largely synthetic products as boosting immunity during the pandemic, nutritionist Lovneet is steadfastly sticking to the natural way of doing things, saying traditional wisdom provides the best answer to staying fit.
2021-02-08
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine
Disinvestment aimed at growth, not to plug fiscal deficit: DIPAM Secy (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) As the Budget 2021 comes up with major thrust on privatisation of public sector enterprises, Disinvestment Secretary, Tuhin Kanta Pandey has said that the government's new disinvestment policy is aimed at economic growth and employment creation, rather than plugging the vast fiscal deficit.
2021-02-07
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
4 held for running fake call centre, conducting fake interviews
New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) The Delhi Police arrested four persons involved in phishing and running a fake call centre at Badli extension in North West Delhi and recovered 14 mobile phones with SIM cards, three ATM cards, two laptops, seven other SIM cards and calling data from them.
2021-02-06
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Breaking stereotypes: What strong heroine should look like (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) It was 10 years in the writing and breaks stereotypes of what a strong heroine should look like, with a heroine who is introverted, feels inadequate and powerless, and is conditioned to believe she is weak.
2021-02-06
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights