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19 Nov 2017

Many an angry verse

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

They are young and restless, and unafraid. They are rising from the crowd to make a point with their words. Words that are making a noise we grown-ups can’t dare to.

Music is this kid’s muse

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

Imagine having around 150 works sprawling under your name at the tender age of 10. Seems surreal, doesn’t it? At an age where children don’t even know how to dress themselves right, this child prodigy is not only painting canvases but also selling them.

Insurance companies can’t deny claim over unsaid T&C

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

My wife had an insurance policy covering accidental death, issued by her credit card company.

Warm up your taste buds

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

Orissa is one of our favourite food-travel destinations. We never miss an opportunity that takes us in that direction. Recently, during the Orissa Literary Festival, we got an opportunity to splurge on a mustard laced tava fry rohu that goes by the name of besar in these parts and came back licking our fingers.

12 Nov 2017

Love hacks to make your marriage merry

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

After studying thousands of couples, psychologist Eli Finkel has an explanation for the decline in people’s satisfaction with their marriages over the past four decades.

Sprinting over many a hurdle

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Sixteen-year-old Avdesh Nagar had been taking his running seriously for some time, but his big break was yet to come. Today, the sprinter doesn’t just boast of 25 medals in various competitions, he is also preparing for 2020 Olympics to be held in Kenya.

A cloak of spice

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Traditionally, urulai roast was prepared in South India with colacassia.

MRP includes all, GST too

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Last month, I bought a mixer-grinder with an MRP of Rs 3,200. However, when I went to pay for it, I was charged an additional amount as Goods and Services Tax (GST). When I protested, he argued that the MRP was inclusive of taxes in the old regime and now in the GST regime, the taxes have to be added to the price. Is this the correct position?

Wells of wellbeing

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Two women in veils are pulling out a pitcher from a shallow well adorned by a yellow stone. The water is poured into leather bags carried by two donkeys.

Planter of hope, prosperity

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Why do people take up social work? It is impressive in lengthy CVs and sounds good at social gatherings. Social responsibility when suffixed to ‘corporate’ often makes for a fine PR strategy. A penny donated is marketed as an empire bequeathed to charity. Also, what an elected mass leader ought to do as his duty is promoted as a ‘gift’ to public.

The mix-up about the dal-chawal mixup

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

After the sound and fury has subsided and the hooplah over khichdi’s designation as the ‘national dish’ of India that is Bharat is over, we can rise above parochial prejudices and political partisanship to ponder over the problems associated with cultural heritage in a land as diverse as India and the vibrant pluralism that has always been a characteristic of our syncretic civilisation.

Retelling mythology our way

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

“Nothing western is based on peace.” Before you recover from the impact of the sweeping statement, or try to dismiss India’s leading mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik as yet another member of Hindutva brigade, more such loaded statements ensue.

05 Nov 2017

10-member Virbhadra ministry sworn in

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: Virbhadra Singh was sworn in as Chief Minister for a record sixth time in front of a mammoth crowd on the historic Ridge Maidan here today. Governor Urmilla Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Virbhadra Singh. Nine Cabinet ministers were also sworn in. It was for the first time that Virbhadra Singh took oath at an open ceremony outside the Raj Bhawan.

Dhumal assumes command; takes oath as CM

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: Prem Kumar Dhumal was today sworn in as the BJP Chief Minister for a second term with much fanfare at the historic Ridge amidst the shouting of slogans by jubilant BJP supporters who turned up in strength from all over the state to attend the ceremony. He is the 16th Chief Minister of the state. During his earlier term he remained in office from March 24, 1998, to March 5, 2003.

Cong captures power in HP

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: The Congress in Himachal Pradesh won 40 out of the 65 Vidhan Sabha seats election for which was held on February 26. The ruling BJP could win only 16 seats, whereas its coalition partner, the Himachal Vikas Congress, secured only one seat.

Change in Shimla

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

With the swearing-in of Mr P.K. Dhumal as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the phase of political uncertainty in the state has ended at least for some time.

Cong gets two-third majority in HP

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: The Congress has secured more than a two-thirds majority in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly of which the results were completed today.

TASKS BEFORE SHANTA KUMAR

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

In more ways than one, the return of Mr Shanta Kumar as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh should be interpreted as poetic justice.

7-man HP Ministry sworn in

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: A seven member two-tier ministry headed by Mr. Shanta Kumar was sworn in Himachal today.

2-MAN MINISTRY IN HIMACHAL

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: A two-member Ministry was sworn in by the Himachal Governor, Mr Hokishe Sema, at Raj Bhavan here today following the Congress (I) victory in the mid-term poll held in the State on March 5.

CONG (I) LANDSLIDE IN H.P.

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: The Congress (I) tonight secured an absolute majority in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly inflicting a crushing blow to the Opposition parties in the hill State.

RAM LAL SWORN IN AS C.M.

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA:Mr Ram Lal was tonight sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh after the strength of the Legislature Congress (I) Party went up to 34 in a House of 68 members.

LEFT FORCES WIPED OUT FROM HP ASSEMBLY

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: Recent Himachal Assembly elections will be remembered for a number of things. For the first time a Sikh MLA will occupy a seat in the Assembly. He is Mr. Bachittar Singh, who was given the ticket by the Janata Party as a representative of the minority community.

SHANTA KUMAR SWORN IN AS HIMACHAL C.M.

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: Mr. Shanta Kumar, the leader of the 53-member Janata Legislature Party, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh by Governor Aminuddin Ahmed at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here today.

CONG. SECURES TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IN H.P.

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: The “Indira wave” swept the Ruling Congress to power once again in Himachal Pradesh. The Congress got over two-thirds majority by winning 51 seats out of the 65 constituencies for which polling was held on March 5 and March 8.

PARMAR GOVT. ESCAPES DEFEAT IN SNAP VOTE

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: The Himachal Government escaped defeat by just one vote when the Opposition claimed the majority at the time the Deputy Minister, Mr. D.R. Sankhayan, moved that the Vaccination Bill be taken up for Clause-by-Clause consideration in the Vidhan Sabha here today.

Himachal To Have 40-Member House

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: THE Lok Sabha today passed a Bill providing for the establishment of legislative assemblies and councils of ministers in the Union Territories of Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Pondicherry, Goa, Daman and Diu, broadly on the pattern of erstwhile Part “C” states.

HIMACHAL CABINET SWORN IN

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

SIMLA: A new era was ushered in Himachal Pradesh to-day when in the presence of newly elected members of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly and officials of the State the swearing-in ceremony of the Ministers took place this morning at the Lieutenant-Governor’s room in the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat.

FREE INDIA’S FIRST GENERAL ELECTIONS | POLLING COMMENCES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

INDIA’S first general elections, the biggest in the world, began today with the casting of votes by the people of Chini and Pangi tehsils of Himachal Pradesh on the country’s north border. The first votes were cast at 8 this morning.

Polls in HP: Then and now

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

The far-flung areas of Pangi and Chini in the hill region of what was not yet Himachal Pradesh had the distinction of being the first to exercise their votes in free India’s first free elections, held in October 1951.

Taste matters, not looks

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

Don’t go by the looks of this one. The ‘ugly duckling’ to some is really a beautiful – alright, it may not win the queens crown at the ramp, but has delicious power few can resist — swan in disguise.

The bank owes to you

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

I am a senior citizen in my late seventies. I have an account with a private bank and as a priority customer, the bank has to send the statement of accounts every quarter to my house by mail.

THE ART OF GIVING

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

Sharing our resources, time, ideas, skills, etc. with those in the need of it may find its way back into our lives in diverse ways, as each one of us has our own interpretation of ‘giving’. Despite limitations or associated challenges, there are many people, who have made a deep impact on society.

29 Oct 2017

Reading in a strawberry farm

29 Oct 2017 | 1:27 AM

Amid the backof misty mountains, deep valleys, blue waters and green trees, imagine a village full of books. For bibliophiles in the country, this is no longer a dream. The government of Maharashtra recently declared Bhilar, a sleepy hamlet spread across 2 km in Satara district, India’s first book village or Pustakanche Gaon.

Peri Peri tasty

29 Oct 2017 | 1:27 AM

Who says name doesn’t matter? It may be fine with a rose that is a rose and remains a rose smelling as sweet, but when it comes to chicken, it is its name that makes us drool.

New car can’t keep old insurance

29 Oct 2017 | 1:27 AM

I have decided to sell my old car and buy a new one. As I have only recently renewed my comprehensive insurance policy, I was wondering whether I can retain it for the new car. If not, what is the best option for me, in so far as insurance is concerned?

22 Oct 2017

Viral wonders

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

Remember “Why This Kolaveri Di”? The year was 2011 and the song was an instant hit. What clicked was its catchy tune and funny lyrics.

No butter in this chicken

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

The first time we served this dish to our guests, they thought we had botched up our butter chicken.

The old world charms forever

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

There would be a few places in the architectural history of India that had gone from a place of moderate importance to become the capital of one of the most influential sultanate.

Bonds across the ocean

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

In face of a concerted anti-slavery movement by British public, ongoing since the end of the 18th century, the Slavery Abolition Act was eventually passed by the Parliament in 1833.

ATM frauds: More power to you now

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

In July this year, I got a message on my cell phone that Rs 10,000 had been withdrawn from my account through an ATM.

Bringing home a revolution

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

in the 1970s, Gursharan Singh had gone to a village in Punjab for a theatre performance, but the organisers failed to make any arrangements. “Can we stage one or two small plays here?” he asked an old man sitting in the sath of the village.

15 Oct 2017

At the heart is meat

15 Oct 2017 | 2:44 AM

Fillets culled from the leg of lamb are used to prepare Pasanda in Delhi. Add almonds to it, and it becomes a regal signature dish, Badaam Pasanda.

Railways can’t trample life

15 Oct 2017 | 2:44 AM

My query pertains to the recent stampede on Elphinstone foot overbridge in Mumbai where 22 persons died and over 35 were injured. In such a case, can the affected persons file for compensation before the consumer court?

Moms, kids take wing

15 Oct 2017 | 2:44 AM

The travel ecosystem has seen many new trends — some emerging, others just a fad, and still others, here to stay. Ask around in your circle of friends, and you’ll see a new one — that of mothers travelling with their kids.

08 Oct 2017

One platter, one billion palates

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

The map of political India marks out different states, most of which have a distinct linguistic identity. Our National Anthem, too, seems to re-emphasise the cultural identity of the people, at least partly, in terms of language — Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maratha, Dravid, Utkal, Banga...

Beyond 36, Chowringee Lane

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

So, he, his sister and his brother used to take their cycles, put them on the top of roadways buses and go to Goa when they were kids.

Once a happy story, now gone tragic

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

Dal Lake is the story of a jewel in the crown turning into a black mark, a natural resource becoming the victim of human apathy and a vibrant, life-sustaining water body turning lifeless.

Serenity interrupted

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

LONG after you have admired its beauty, been across it in one of those colourful shikaras and touched and felt its waters, Dal Lake stays with you.

Lessons that come with a click

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

Four years ago, a 20-year-old amateur photographer won the prestigious Nat Geo award that recalibrated his life forever.

At a dangal in the hills

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

As one takes an uphill road from Panchkula to Kasauli, the idea of watching a dangal doesn’t flash. In late June, as one moves under the floating occasional cloud, the mind gets occupied by the scenic beauty of the dales and the woods.

For those ‘chana special’ Saturdays

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

You hear the words chana masala and visions of Kabuli Chana (white chick peas) and their Pindi avatar loom large before the eyes.

Promise of weight reduction must come true, and in time

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

Six months ago, I joined a health club after coming across an advertisement, which promised to reduce 10 kilograms in six months for a fee of Rs 25,000.

Walking with the Rohingyas

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

They may have come to the limelight only now, but, across the last three years, Nirvair Rai has extensively followed the Rohingyas in Burma, Thailand and Bangladesh. An exhibition of his works on the community was put up at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi recently.

01 Oct 2017

Face-to-face with the Mahatma

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, the elusive Mahatma was persuaded to sit down in a television studio for an exclusive interview. Here are some extracts…

Keep schools on toes

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

The murder of a seven-year-old boy in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurugram has really got us worried about the safety of our children. What can we, as parents, do to ensure that the schools are safe in all respects?

Spicy protein punch

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

The Navratras may have ended, but the taste of kalami vadas that we recently had, lingers on. Our cousin Nivedita, the bright biochemist-turned-yoga guru, cooked for us a Tamil rendering that falls in this category.

Owl as a strand of web of life

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

In India, the first credible articulation of the prevalent status of and empathy for wildlife was penned by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Watkins Burton (a third generation officer of the Madras Regiment) in the Journal of The Bombay Natural History Society..

Let this be a joint venture

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

Meenakshi Rathi won’t settle for empty assurances. She wants to see the work done, and the change happening. Mother to a four-year-old studying in Salwan Public School, Gurugram, she rues that lessons in child security came in sadly after the murder of Pradyuman Thakur’s murder on the premises of Ryan International School.