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The new Jammu and Kashmir Film Policy has now made it very convenient for the region's talent to work in the film industry.(Pexels)

New JK Film Policy offers youth chance to work in film industry

ANI |
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 09:41 AM IST
While promoting the scenic beauty of the union territory (UT), the policy envisages providing a platform for the local talent to prove themselves on the national level.
Godwin Vasanth Bosco with the rare golden Kurinji. The plant flowers once in nine years and is endemic to just a few hilltops in the Nilgiris. (Ganesh G) Exclusive
Godwin Vasanth Bosco with the rare golden Kurinji. The plant flowers once in nine years and is endemic to just a few hilltops in the Nilgiris. (Ganesh G)

Meet the ecologist giving grass roots in the Nilgiris

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:47 PM IST
Less than 15% of the Nilgiri plateau remain in its natural state. Restoration ecologist Godwin Vasanth Bosco maintains a nursery of native grasses and has made it his mission to restore as much of the vegetation as possible.
In an aerial view, part of Poonam Singh and Aditya Singh’s rewilded land in Bhadlav, Rajasthan, leaps out, a rectangle of forest amid a patchwork of farmland. (Aditya Dicky Singh) Exclusive
In an aerial view, part of Poonam Singh and Aditya Singh’s rewilded land in Bhadlav, Rajasthan, leaps out, a rectangle of forest amid a patchwork of farmland. (Aditya Dicky Singh)

Where the wild things are: Take a walk inside India’s private forests

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:53 PM IST
Meet the mavericks who are rewilding India, one private pocket at a time. It’s a simple but radical approach: Buy plots of land, pull out exotics, plant natives, and let nature take over.
‘The news clipping I created, using a free web tool. It’s designed to look like it appeared in The New York Times,’ says Charles Assisi. Exclusive
‘The news clipping I created, using a free web tool. It’s designed to look like it appeared in The New York Times,’ says Charles Assisi.

How to build a toolkit in 20 mins, and other tales: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Tired of arguing about the workings of fake news, I decided to prove my point. So, I was nominated for a Pulitzer this week, or was I?
 (Shutterstock) Exclusive
(Shutterstock)

Hit the right note: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Can you use these clues to decipher who from the Mumbai Harmonics group plays which song, on which instrument, in what key?
Yadugiri VT has been researching how plant-fungi interactions could be impacted by the climate crisis. Exclusive
Yadugiri VT has been researching how plant-fungi interactions could be impacted by the climate crisis.

Fungi whisperer: Meet the scientist studying the secret lives of trees

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:01 PM IST
Yadugiri VT knows how much magic there is in every mushroom. Her field of research is the ways in which trees and fungi exchange favours deep underground.
Would she have done things differently? Will she ever feel so integral to a group again? Such questions sometimes linger, Kulkarni says. Exclusive
Would she have done things differently? Will she ever feel so integral to a group again? Such questions sometimes linger, Kulkarni says.

My lost year: A teen finishes school with goals unscored

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:02 PM IST
Tanvi Kulkarni has gone from being part of a team to spending a year in solitary introspection. ‘I think it’s a very important skill to have in life, being able to sit with defeat and learn from it,’ she says.
German police said that two 17th century paintings were found by a 64-year-old man in highway dumpster near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month.(Unsplash)
German police said that two 17th century paintings were found by a 64-year-old man in highway dumpster near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month.(Unsplash)

German police say 17th century paintings found in highway dumpster

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 09:23 AM IST
A 64-year-old man found two 17th-century paintings oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month.
 (HT Illustration: Jayanto)
(HT Illustration: Jayanto)

Indians are buying plots on the moon, and the reasons are strangely familiar

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:13 PM IST
It seems like an absurd thing to spend money on, lunar “real-estate”. But dig a little and very human motivations emerge: insecurity, hope, pride, love.
Lagaan, released 20 years ago, still represents much that is good about Hindi cinema: effort, talent, storytelling. This year’s Radhe, on the other hand, shows why stars need to work to a story rather than the other way around. Exclusive
Lagaan, released 20 years ago, still represents much that is good about Hindi cinema: effort, talent, storytelling. This year’s Radhe, on the other hand, shows why stars need to work to a story rather than the other way around.

The pandemic is a fitness test for the movie business, says Anupama Chopra

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:14 PM IST
Can Bollywood reinvent itself, learn from those who have survived and thrived in this time, and emerge better, stronger?
Oonga (played by Raju Singh in the film) becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces? Exclusive
Oonga (played by Raju Singh in the film) becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces?

From film to book, Devashish Makhija’s Oonga is a moral with a story

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:16 PM IST
The 2013 film — about a young Adivasi boy’s bid to see good win over evil in his village — received critical acclaim around the world, but never had a commercial release in India. Now, Makhija has turned the story into a young adult novel of the same name, hoping it will finally be heard.
Oonga, published by Tulika Books, was released in February 2021. Exclusive
Oonga, published by Tulika Books, was released in February 2021.

Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija’s book, Oonga

By Devashish Makhija
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:17 PM IST
The story, based on the 2013 film of the same name, follows a young Adivasi boy who becomes obsessed with local stagings of the Ramayana. If good is destined to win against evil, he reasons, couldn’t he harness it and save his Odisha village from losing land to industrialisation and lives to the conflict between Naxals and government forces?
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times) Exclusive
Vikas Temani, founder and business head of Paul and Mike, is disrupting India’s chocolate market with homegrown cacao beans and bars that feature unusual combinations of flavours. (Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Sweet success: How a chocolate brand from Kochi made India proud globally

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Paul And Mike, a three-year-old brand, is helmed by Vikas Temani, a man with no confectionery background. And yet it ended up winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards last month, Their backstory is hot and a little sweet.
A transgender Kashmiri Maliaka Sheikh, in tradition attire of Kashmiri dancers, poses for photographs inside the home of a friend on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, Thursday, June 3, 2021. The 22-year-old transgender left home as an 11-year-old and started living with other transgenders. "At the beginning it was difficult for my family to understand me but fortunately, they have now accepted me for who I am," Maliaka said. 6

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Janet Malcolm, author known for murder cases and art to journalism, dies at 86(Twitter/graceelavery)
Janet Malcolm, author known for murder cases and art to journalism, dies at 86(Twitter/graceelavery)

Janet Malcolm, author known for murder cases and art to journalism, dies at 86

AP |
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:50 AM IST
  • Janet Malcolm died in New York from lung cancer. Her honours included a PEN award for biography in 2008 for 'Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice' and a nomination in 2014 from the National Book Critics Circle for 'Forty-One False Starts.'
Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures(Twitter/karlmondon)
Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures(Twitter/karlmondon)

Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 05:34 PM IST
To be unveiled on the June 19 holiday marking emancipation from slavery in America, the exhibit titled "Monumental Reckoning" is on the spot where Francis Scott Key's statue was dislodged on Juneteenth 2020 after the murder of George Floyd
Japanese artist Miwako Sakauchi speaks about her art work for Art Exhibition "Declaration of the end of Olympic games" in Chiba near Tokyo Thursday, June 10, 2021. Polls have found an overwhelming majority of Japanese people are skeptical of the Tokyo Olympics being held this summer during a pandemic, but only a few have publicly marched to protest. But there are creative projects that are looking to protest the increasingly unpopular Tokyo Olympics, even as authorities seek to shut them down. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)(AP)
Japanese artist Miwako Sakauchi speaks about her art work for Art Exhibition "Declaration of the end of Olympic games" in Chiba near Tokyo Thursday, June 10, 2021. Polls have found an overwhelming majority of Japanese people are skeptical of the Tokyo Olympics being held this summer during a pandemic, but only a few have publicly marched to protest. But there are creative projects that are looking to protest the increasingly unpopular Tokyo Olympics, even as authorities seek to shut them down. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)(AP)

Art becomes form of protest against building Olympics stadiums in Japan

PTI |
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Titled “Vortex,” Japanese artist Miwako Sakauchi's paintings show the 'anger, fear, sense of contradiction and state violence' over the residents evicted and the trees felled so enormous Olympic stadiums could be built
Argan oil bottles are displayed for sale inside the showroom of Women's Agricultural Cooperative Taitmatine, in Agadir, Morocco June 8, 2021. Picture taken June 8, 2021. (REUTERS)
Argan oil bottles are displayed for sale inside the showroom of Women's Agricultural Cooperative Taitmatine, in Agadir, Morocco June 8, 2021. Picture taken June 8, 2021. (REUTERS)

Meet the Moroccan women making Argan oil for the global beauty industry

Reuters | , Taroudant, Morocco
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 03:49 PM IST
For centuries the oil, among the most expensive in the world, has been extracted by drying argan fruit in the sun, peeling and mashing the fruit then crushing and grinding the kernel with stones.
Salvatore Cosentino, a graphic artist in Italy, customised a pair of boots with the Danish flag and Inter Milan's logo for footballer Christian Eriksen, who is recovering after collapsing during a match.(Twitter/@Inter_en)
Salvatore Cosentino, a graphic artist in Italy, customised a pair of boots with the Danish flag and Inter Milan's logo for footballer Christian Eriksen, who is recovering after collapsing during a match.(Twitter/@Inter_en)

Italian graphic artist designs customised boots as homage to Denmark's Christian

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 07:57 AM IST
Salvatore Cosentino, 63, customises shoes for players and fans from his workshop in Aosta in Italy's northwest tip and said he felt that a personalised pair dedicated to the Danish midfielder was the right thing to do.
In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a couple dances tango at a park amid the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nostalgia for dance makes many tango dancers, or tangueros, defy restrictions with clandestine milongas in closed places or public spaces.(AP)
In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a couple dances tango at a park amid the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nostalgia for dance makes many tango dancers, or tangueros, defy restrictions with clandestine milongas in closed places or public spaces.(AP)

Covid-19 pandemic exacts a heavy toll on tango culture in Argentina

AP | , Buenos Aires (argentina)
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 08:36 AM IST
According to the Federal Assembly of Tango Workers, the cultural mainstay had employed some 7,000 people throughout Argentina. But between 2020 and this year, some 40 tango clubs out of a total of 200 in Buenos Aires have closed permanently.
Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik and baby Khai(Instagram)
Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik and baby Khai(Instagram)

Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik are raising baby Khai to value her multiethnic identity

By Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 04:03 PM IST
In a recent interview, Gigi Hadid shared, “I think that Khai will grow up feeling out the way that she can or wants to be a bridge for her different ethnicities.”
Painting the artist FEWOCiOUS, due to be sold at Christie's auction house, is pictured in this handout obtained on June 14, 2021. Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. (via REUTERS)
Painting the artist FEWOCiOUS, due to be sold at Christie's auction house, is pictured in this handout obtained on June 14, 2021. Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. (via REUTERS)

Pride Month: Christie's to sell teenager's NFT art about gender transition

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 06:31 PM IST
FEWOCiOUS -- real name Victor Langlois -- has five lots going on sale with each one representing a year of his life as he discovered his gender identity between the ages of 14 and 18.
Ayushmann Khurrana(Instagram)
Ayushmann Khurrana(Instagram)

Pride Month: Ayushmann Khurrana highlights new, more gender-inclusive Pride flag

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 07:11 PM IST
Ayushmann Khurrana, who is the Celebrity Advocate of UNICEF in India, marked Pride Month by bringing attention to the all-new Pride flag that has been unveiled aiming to make the movement more gender-inclusive.
Wines with funny names different from traditional estates’ conventional vino(Instagram/fairviewwineandcheese)
Wines with funny names different from traditional estates’ conventional vino(Instagram/fairviewwineandcheese)

Wines with funny names different from traditional estates’ conventional vino

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Edgy winemakers are using the funny names to signal how different their wines are from traditional estates’ conventional vino. The trend is booming. The surprise is how delicious the juice inside the bottles can be.
Sushant Singh Rajput had rented the apartment in December 2019 for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4.5 lakh per month. Sushant had once said that he talks to the authors of the books he read and his home had a large book collection. 6

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Sushant Singh Rajput (beautifulhomes.com)
Sushant Singh Rajput (beautifulhomes.com)
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By Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 04:22 PM IST
  • Sushant Singh Rajput breathed his last in June 2020, and his Bandra home were it occurred has been put on rent. Sushant had once shared that his home is "a mix of everything, a concoction of my thoughts,” check out this video of the late actor giving a tour of one of his stunning Mumbai homes...
ASU professor Devoney Looser at her home in Phoenix, Arizone. Looser unearthed Rev. Henry Thomas Austen’s attendance at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. (AP)
ASU professor Devoney Looser at her home in Phoenix, Arizone. Looser unearthed Rev. Henry Thomas Austen’s attendance at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. (AP)

Jane Austen's family member attended anti-slavery convention, new record shows

AP | , Los Angeles
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 07:20 AM IST
Devoney Looser, an Arizona State University professor and author of “The Making of Jane Austen,” unearthed the Rev. Henry Thomas Austen's attendance at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, which drew some 500 delegates.
Christo’s temporary artwork, L'Arc de Triomphe, due for wrap in September 2021(Twitter/artnet/SamadUllahKha14/artsy)
Christo’s temporary artwork, L'Arc de Triomphe, due for wrap in September 2021(Twitter/artnet/SamadUllahKha14/artsy)

Christo’s temporary artwork, L'Arc de Triomphe, due for wrap in September 2021

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 01:16 PM IST
Plans for the temporary artwork, officially titled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, 'were very advanced' before they were postponed as a result of the pandemic and after Christo died last year at the age of 84
New York Indian Film Festival 2021: Documentary on Gandhi wins top honour(Twitter/nyindianff)
New York Indian Film Festival 2021: Documentary on Gandhi wins top honour(Twitter/nyindianff)

New York Indian Film Festival 2021: Documentary on Gandhi wins top honour

PTI |
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 12:59 PM IST
New York Indian Film Festival 2021: Ramesh Sharma's 'Ahimsa Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless' won the best documentary feature, Arun Karthick's 'Nasir' was awarded the best film, Akshata Pandavapura won best actress, Siddharth Menon won best actor and Ajitpal Singh won the best director award
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