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Foreign languages may become 4th or 5th language from 2018

A language that is not ‘purely’ Indian will no longer be a learning option in schools under the threelanguage formula of the new National Education Policy of India.
In the next academic year, barely six months away, all those wanting to learn foreign languages should opt for them as fourth or fifth language, the Human Resource Development Ministry has told the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), that is the curriculum implementation authority for 18,000 affiliated institutions across the country.....
Foreign languages may become 4th or 5th language from 2018

Indira: A Nature’s champion!

The year 2017 marks birth centenary year of Indira Gandhi, easily one of the most prominent prime ministers of the country. Jairam Ramesh, a former Union Minister from her party, has come out with a hugely readable biography of Indira Gandhi which is less on politics and high on her contribution to nature and wildlife. Of late, Ramesh is vying with his own identities--that of a politician and a prolific author! After demitting office in 2014 when the UPA lost power to NDA in Delhi, he has already authored four very absorbing books in the past three years.....
Indira: A Nature’s champion!

Victoria and Abdul: a film-maker’s lost dream

dramatic form knows, biographies don’t translate directly into films.
The film Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring the unsurpassable Judi Dench, premiered in London in October. It’s richly advertised with posters depicting its two principle characters, Queen Victoria and her Indian servant and adopted favourite, Abdul Karim.
I have lived with Victoria and Abdul for the last 30 or more years. This isn’t a confession about my acquaintance with dead souls....
Victoria and Abdul: a film-maker’s lost dream

Ratan Kaul: Fairy Godmother of Delhi LitFest

Ratan Kaul’s name is synonymous with Delhi’s Page 3. She is a dynamo that keeps Delhi’s social circuit buzzing, actively associated as she is with several environmental, cultural and social...
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A book and freedom for two human beings

Avirook Sen, the author of the book based on the 2008 murder of Aarushi Talwar, has welcomed the Allahabad High Court judgement acquitting her parents, saying the wrong done by the CBI has...
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Fiction at the year end–old wine and new

Most of us have read Rahim’s dohas in school. Never thought of who he was. A book, celebrating the life and legacy of Mughal-era poet Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan, launched on 3 October at IIC...
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Language Policy: Far removed from reality

Language publishing is said to be thriving in India, which includes digital language reading material. Yes, we all know, in India there are 22 official languages and more than a thousand unofficial languages. The official and unofficial complicates matters considerably....
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Unto Rahim, his due at last

Most of us have read Rahim’s dohas in school. Never thought of who he was. A book, celebrating the life and legacy of Mughal-era poet Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan, launched on 3 October at IIC, Delhi brings to light his contributions to Indian literature, art, architecture, and culture.Celebrating Rahim ...
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Sinha slams his party at Tewari’s book launch

It is not every day that you see a Congress, a BJP and an AAP minister sharing the same dais for a common purpose. So, it came as a pleasant surprise when Yashwant Sinha, a senior BJP ideologue, shared the stage with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress...
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