The girl behind 'Who is Kalam'?

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi: The book title "Who is Kalam?" may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it -- of a teenaged schoolgirl who asked the tough question to the former president and was in turn inspired by him and went on to become a scientist.

It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children, with it never occurring to her that she was going to inspire him to name a book after her question.

Hajj pilgrim numbers as economic indicator for Indian Muslims

Muslims desirous of going for Hajj is not just a function of religious fervor but also an indication of their economic condition.The number of applications received for each state can tell a fascinating story of economic condition of Muslims of that state.

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Kalam's mortal remains reach Delhi

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: India's missile man, an indomitable spirit

New Delhi: An air force plane carrying mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam landed here on Tuesday.

"IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted.

Kalam died in Shillong on Monday.

His body is being taken to 10, Rajaji Marg, his official residence here. It will be flown to Rameshwaram, his native place in Tamil Nadu. For last rites.

Inspired by TV show, Bengal man eats snails, insects

Kolkata: Inspired by 'Man vs. Wild', a survival television series hosted by British adventurer Bear Grylls, a man in West Bengal has changed his eating habits and relishes 'delicacies' like raw fish, snails and insects.

A resident of Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Raj Kumar Das, 25, has been attracting interest with his food habits.

Zain Masud named international director of art fair 2016

New Delhi: Zain Masud, a former assistant fair director to Art Dubai, was appointed the international director of India Art Fair 2016 here on Monday.

Masud has also dabbled in the art scenes of the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, China, Africa and the Western art world.

The four-day fair, slated to begin on January 28, will be held at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi.

According to the organisers, the fair will be structured into five main sections.

The main section, Galleries, will feature leading Indian and international galleries.

Yakub Memon, Muslims and media frenzy

This whole episode raises the issue of proper Muslim leadership and its priorities.

By Dr Kouser Fathima

Yakub Memon, his crime and verdict all don’t need any introduction. Instead of going into details, I would like to concentrate on the reactions. When the case came back into news, it did raise a lot of curiosity. Many wanted him to be hanged and some wanted the death penalty to be abolished.

Modi, Terrorism and Indian Muslims

By Irfan Engineer,

In an interview to CNN’s Freed Zakaria ahead of his US visit in 2014, Prime Minister Modi said that Indian Muslims would live and die for India and would not want to do anything bad for India. (Express News Service, 2014). PM Modi while addressing a gathering at the Nazerbayev University in Astana, the capital of Kazakastan on July 8, 2015, underlined the common Islamic heritage of both India and Central Asia, which, according to him, would always reject the forces of extremism.

Doesn't Mr. Advani deserve better?

By Amitava Mukherjee

Very quietly, a very important thing happened in the BJP on July 20 when L.K. Advani was not invited to participate in the NDA meeting although he has been its working chairman for a long time.

The cardinal mistake committed by Advani has been his failure to go by the dictum that a person should quit when others implore him not to quit. Instead he has willy nilly created a situation when many of his party members are wondering why he is not quitting.

'Helicopter parenting', bonding issues: New challenges for urban Indian parents

By Sahana Ghosh

Kolkata : Hollywood's latest animation offering "Inside Out" has struck a chord with parents globally. Parallels with modern parenting are difficult to ignore, especially issues like 'helicopter parenting' or being excessively focussed on one's child, a trend that is on the rise in urban India, say experts.

US saw 204 mass shootings in 2015: Report

By Arun Kumar

Washington : As yet another mass shooting in the US put the spotlight back on the contentious issue of gun control, media reports said that there have been 204 mass shootings in as many days in 2015 so far.

Thursday night's shooting by a white man at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theatre showing the comedy "Trainwreck", that left two women killed and nine injured was the third deadly mass shooting in six weeks.