Sudarshan Shetty to curate 'more democratic' Kochi Biennale

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : Sudarshan Shetty, one of the most innovative contemporary artists in India, was on Wednesday named the curator of the third edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2016. Shetty said the biennale will be "more democratic and innovative" this time.

"KMB has contributed to Kerala's culture, tourism and hospitality industries and renewed India's cultural position in the world. We will extend full support to the programme in the coming years," said state Culture Minister K.C. Joseph while announcing Shetty's name as curator.

90 percent of toilet target ahead, 4 years to go

By Prachi Salve

New Delhi : Of more than 110 million rural households without toilets across India in 2012, the government has been able to assist 11 million households in building toilets. That means, nearly 99 million households need toilets over the next four years, if the government is to meet the target set by the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) by October 2, 2019.

PDP-BJP coalition is rocking, slowly but surely

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar: There seems to be no end to the troubles plaguing the uneasy BJP-PDP coalition that governs Jammu and Kashmir.

No one had expected a smooth marriage when the Kashmir Valley-based Peoples Democratic Party and the Jammu-centric Bharatiya Janata Party came together after a hung verdict in India's only Muslim-majority state.

But on issue after issue, the two parties remain clearly poles apart, the BJP more assertive than its senior partner when it comes to the interests of the Hindu-majority Jammu region.

1984 riots: When silence spoke so unmistakably

By Sanjay Suri

President Zail Singh could not get through to then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi when he needed most to, when thousands upon thousands of Sikhs needed him to, urgently. It was after all a matter of life and death for them.

670 million in rural areas live on Rs.33 per day

By Saumya Tewari

New Delhi: Seventy-five percent of rural households in India have a monthly income of less than Rs.5,000 ($79), 51 percent of households make a living from manual labour, 28 percent (over 50 million) of households do not have mobile phones or any form of communication.

More than 70 million rural households face some form of exclusion, either from assets or socio-economic benefits, according to data released by the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) survey last week. As many as 833 million Indians, or 69% of the population, live in rural areas.

Shameless destruction of heritage

By IndScribe

Shukat Mahal palace, a unique example of Indo-French structure, built in the reign of Nawab Qudsia Begum nearly 180 years ago, was in the need for restoration and it was repeatedly brought to the notice of authorities.

Why Asia’s longest iftar party failed to deliver?

By Qadri Inzamam,

मुस्लिम राष्ट्रीय मंच : मुस्लिमों का बढ़ावा या दिखावा

सिद्धांत मोहन

वाराणसी : कई दफा सोशल मीडिया पर एक तस्वीर शेयर होती दिखती है, जिसमें पथ-संचलन कर रहे राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ के कार्यकर्ताओं पर कुछ मुसलमान फूल बरसा रहे हैं. इन तस्वीरों के साथ अक्सर लिखा होता है, ‘यह है असली हिन्दू-मुस्लिम भाईचारा’. इस असली की गारंटी प्रगतिशील-जनवादी तबका नहीं देता है, इस असली की गारंटी अक्सर मुस्लिम भी नहीं देते हैं. इस असली की गारंटी भारतीय जनता पार्टी के समर्थक और संघ समर्पित लोग देते हैं.

Why seeking refuge appears the only option for Atali residents?

By Sadiq Zafar,

Traversing through the agrarian frontiers, joining nodes through a well-connected transport network, footprints of Atali village can be traced from the national capital travelling a distance of around 60 kms, an hour’s drive. Atali, a village in Ballabhgarh of Haryana, can be found on Wikipedia for no good reasons, riot, arson, loot and burglary. With the first step into the village through Adani owned gas pipeline, olfactory receptors start giving strong signals to the brain and this is not the phantosmia.

Bengal train blast: Local politicians, criminals also on NIA radar

By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi: Political parties, local gangs and terrorist organisations are among the suspects the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is tracking in its probe into the explosion in a suburban train in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

NIA top brass have instructed officers investigating the blast on train number 31811 (Sealdah-Krishnanagar EMU local) at Titagarh railway station on May 12 to keep political parties and local gangs on its radar.