Piquant, historical and graphical (Books This Weekend)

July 25: What if a mythologist looks into mythology and introduces queerness through the story of gods? What if a graphic designer uses the power of visuals and no text to narrate a tale? What if a Kashmiri author writes about the plight of "half-mothers"? Answers to all these "what ifs" are offered by the books IANS is reviewing this week. Take a look.

Rain likely in Delhi Friday

New Delhi, July 25 : It was cloudy Friday morning here and there is a possibility of light rainfall in some areas of the city in the day, said the Met Office.

Army chief pays tribute to Kargil war martyrs

Jammu, July 25 : Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh Friday paid tribute to the martyrs of 1999 Kargil war in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region on the occasion of 15th Vijay Diwas.

Three prisoners killed in Rajasthan jail clash

Jaipur, July 24 : Three prisoners were killed - one gunned down and two others beaten to death - in a clash between members of two gangs in a jail in Rajasthan's Bikaner Thursday, police said.

Students at South Delhi government school study on tabs

By Saloni Gupta, New Delhi, July 24 : Students of class one to three at South Delhi's Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya were thrilled to see a demonstration on their future academic lessons at a workshop today conducted by Qualcomm, Sesame Workshop India (SWI) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

Kiran Bedi, Brinda Karat come out in support of Sania Mirza

New Delhi, July 24 : Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today said that the elected representatives who are opposing Sania Mirza's appointment as the brand ambassador of Telangana are involved in small talk and wasting everyone's time.

Gang rape survivor files police complaint in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 24 : Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Srirang Naadgoda said here on Thursday that a woman who was allegedly gang raped inside a moving car in Mumbai on July 22 has today lodged an FIR against the culprits.

NDA Govt. doing same things which UPA tried to do: Rajiv Shukla

New Delhi, July 24 : Reacting to Union Cabinet's approval to the proposal to raise FDI cap in Insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Thursday said that the government is doing the same thing which the erstwhile UPA Government was trying to do.

Kolkata police fan out for elusive teacher who beat toddler

Kolkata, July 24 : Police teams Thursday fanned out in areas around Kolkata and in a neighbouring state to nab elusive private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child in the city.

Trinamool leader accused of assaulting ECL official arrested

Kolkata, July 24 : A Trinamool Congress labour leader was Thursday arrested for allegedly threatening and assaulting officials of the Eastern Coalfields Limited, police said.

PIL seeks action against Shiv Sena MPs for forcing Muslim to eat

New Delhi, July 24 : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court Thursday seeking de-recognition of the Shiv Sena and direction for disqualification of 11 of its MPs for allegedly forcing a Muslim staffer to eat at the Maharashtra Sadan during his Ramadan fast.

MEA says 58 more Indian nurses rescued from war-hit Iraq

New Delhi, July 24 : The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed the rescue of 58 more Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq.

Police seize illegal pistols from smugglers in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, July 24 : Madhya Pradesh Police have seized illegal pistols from smugglers in Bhopal and detained four persons in the case.Police personnel were conducting a regular check at a post when they caught a person with pistols on Wednesday.

Delhi HC concerned over violence against northeasterners

New Delhi, July 24 : The Delhi High Court Thursday expressed strong displeasure at the government for failing to prevent violence against people from the northeast living in the capital.

Supreme Court reject Nithari killer Koli's plea for death sentence review

New Delhi, July 24 : The Supreme Court Thursday rejected the plea by Nithari serial killer Surendra Koli seeking the recall of its Feb 15, 2011 order, upholding his death sentence in one of the 16 cases of rape and killing he faced.

China 'patka' row: Akal Takht seeks government intervention

Amritsar, July 24 : The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, Thursday sought the intervention of the central government in the controversy over two Sikh players being forced to remove their 'patkas' (head kerchief) during an international basketball match in China recently.

Bengal student attacked with acid inside home

Kolkata, July 24 : A woman college student suffered grievous injuries Thursday in an acid attack by an unidentified assailant inside her home in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said.

SC to hear Roy's plea for shift to Tihar jail outhouse

New Delhi, July 24 : The Supreme Court will hear a plea by Sahara group chief Subrata Roy and its two other directors to be shifted to an outhouse within the Tihar Jail premises to facilitate the sale of the group's domestic and overseas properties to raise Rs.10,000 crore as a part payment of investors money collected by two group companies in 2008-09.

Over 18,000 drunk drivers prosecuted in Delhi this year

New Delhi, July 24 : A total of 18,645 drunk drivers have been prosecuted in the national capital till July 15, while 9,941 vehicles have been impounded and 6,235 people arrested, police said Thursday.

Opposition leaders take on BJP, come out in Sania Mirza's support

New Delhi, July 24 : Various political leaders, including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Congress leader Manish Tewari have come out in support of Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of Telangana, and criticized the BJP and its leaders for opposing her appointment.

Activist files plea with Minority Commission, demands action against Shiv Sena MPs

New Delhi, July 24 : Lawyer and political activist Shehzad Poonawalla has moved a petition before the National Commission for Minorities and demanded action against Shiv Sena MPs who forced a Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.

India votes in favour of resolution on Israel's Gaza offensive

New Delhi, July 24 : India has voted in favour of a Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza.

Swamy on Sania Mirza: We can't expect people with divided loyalties to represent India faithfully

New Delhi, July 24 : Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has come out in support of BJP leaders who are opposing tennis star Sania Mirza's appointment as Telangana's brand ambassador because she married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

Police nabs two hardcore Naxals in Gaya

Gaya (Bihar), July 24 : Gaya District police officials have confirmed the capture of two hardcore armed Naxals last night.

BJP protests against CPI-M attack on its state unit president, three others

BY Pinaki Das, Agartala, July 24 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest rally in Tripura capital Agartala against the attack on its state unit president Sudhindra Dasgupta, state party secretary Tapas Bhattacharya and two other party members allegedly by ruling CPI(M) activists in Sipahijala District.

Najeeb Jung meets Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, July 24 : Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Thursday at the North Block

Speaker should take note of Maharashtra sadan incident: Atul Anjan

New Delhi, July 24 : Senior CPI leader Atul Anjan today asked the Speaker to take note of the incident where Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim man to break his fast in the Maharashtra sadan and present it before an ethics committee.

Akal Takht Jathedar terms turban incident shameful

Amritsar, July 24 : Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh today said that it was extremely shameful that two Sikh players were asked to remove their turbans on the basketball court in China.

DMRC slashes 40% fares on Airport Express Line

New Delhi, July 24 : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has slashed fares on Airport Express Line by 40 per cent. The rates were revised earlier this month and will take effect from today.

Himachal HC allows regulation of admission to private varsities

Shimla, July 24 : In a major setback to 16 private universities and an equal number of private technical institutes in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has refused to intervene in the state's mechanism to regulate their admission process.

Badaun replay: Minor's body found hanging from tree in Bengal

Kolkata, July 24 : In a horrific repeat of the Badaun rape-and-murder case in Uttar Pradesh, the body of a seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree at Rajnagar village in West Bengal's East Midnapore district Thursday.

Emerge as creative leaders: Kalam to IIM students

Shillong, July 24 : Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Thursday urged students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Shillong to emerge as creative leaders to bring about the required change in the country.

Train coach attendant jailed for sexual assault

New Delhi, July 24 : A coach attendant has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor girl onboard a train.

Himachal to ban sale of loose cigarettes

Bangalore, July 24 : The Himachal Pradesh government will soon impose a ban on sale of loose cigarettes and also enhance value-added tax (VAT) on tobacco products, Health Minister Kaul Singh said Thursday.

AirAsia India to fly to Jaipur and Chandigarh

New Delhi, July 24 : Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India Thursday said it will start its operations in North India from Sep 5 next with flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh.

Jet, Etihad Airways offer special passenger fare

New Delhi, July 24 : Domestic airline company Jet Airways and its Abu Dhabi-based partner Etihad Airways Thursday started a 72-hour joint special fare offer.

Will recognise those who miss out India's top awards: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, July 24 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government will continue to recognise the contributions of artistes, literati and sportspersons from the state who are often sidelined for coveted honours like the Padma Shri or Padma Bhushan.

Muggy Thursday in Delhi, Friday to be partly cloudy

New Delhi, July 24 : The national capital Thursday experienced a muggy day with the maximum temperature at 40.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, and the humidity as high as 88 percent. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy Friday with light rain in some areas.

AirAsia to connect Bangalore with Jaipur, Chandigarh for Rs.1,999

Chennai, July 24 : Low cost airline AirAsia (India) will connect Bangalore with Chandigarh and Jaipur this September for around Rs.1,999 and ticket bookings will open soon, a top company official said Thursday.

Patna HC acquits eight in former minister's murder

Patna, July 24 : The Patna High Court Thursday acquitted eight people who were earlier convicted by a trial court in the murder of former RJD minister Brij Bihari Prasad in 1998.

CBI files two fresh cases over coal block allocation

New Delhi, July 24 : The CBI Thursday registered two fresh cases against private companies based in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in its ongoing investigation into the coal block allocations from 1993 to 2005 and 2006 to 2009.

Roof collapse in Gurgaon health office

Gurgaon, July 24 : The roof of the malaria department office here collapsed Thursday. No one was injured in the incident, an official said.

No magic wand, Modi will take time: Parrikar

Panaji, July 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has no magic wand and it would take time for the government to revive an ailing system, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday.

Dash of sci-fi, horror at Japanese film fest in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 24 : Take a cinematic trip through Japan next month! A bouquet of six films from the island nation will be shown in the eastern metropolis at a film festival starting Aug 1, a statement said Thursday.

Bengal cabinet okays trans-national road project

Kolkata, July 24 : The West Bengal cabinet Thursday approved a Rs.1,377 trans-national roadway project connecting India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, a minister announced.

Car Nicobar connected by air

Car Nicobar, July 24 : A long cherished dream of the people of the southern group of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, especially Car Nicobar, was fulfilled Thursday as India established air connectivity with this remote part of the country.

Water levels rising in Himachal dams

Shimla, July 24 : The water levels in Himachal Pradesh's major dams, Bhakra and Pong, have started rising with the revival of the monsoon in the region, an official said Thursday.

Modi meets Aga Khan Foundation delegation

New Delhi, July 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday met a delegation from the Aga Khan Foundation which briefed him on various activities it was undertaking in the country.

Mumbai model accuses police officer of rape

Mumbai, July 24 : Police in Mumbai Thursday booked an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer after a model accused him of raping her on several occasions, officials said.

Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August

Hyderabad, July 24 : Flynas, a low-cost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode.

Ram Gopal Yadav admitted to AIIMS

New Delhi, July 24 : Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, brother of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been admitted to AIIMS here following chest and abdominal pain, an official said Thursday.

Ban on green felling in 1986 historical: Himachal CM

Shimla, July 24 : The government's blanket ban on green felling imposed in 1986 was historical for conserving and safeguarding the forest wealth, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Thursday.

Know your style to stay stylish

London, July 24 : Finding your own personal style can take years. British fashion stylist Rachel Davis, who has worked with the likes of Elle Macpherson and Daisy Lowe, says that it is important to know your own body and follow the style accordingly rather than aping someone else.

Fashion trend 2014: Pom-poms rule the roost

London, July 24 : Clothing for summer has been given a girly and fun edge with trims of pom-poms adorning everything - from skirts, dresses, tops and shorts.

Classical singer Sushilarani Patel dead

Mumbai, July 24 : Renowned classical singer Sushilarani Patel died following a heart attack at her home here Thursday afternoon, a close disciple said. She was 96.

More heavy rain forecast for Himachal

Shimla, July 24 : The hills of Himachal Pradesh Thursday continued to get heavy spells of the rain, the weather bureau said. More rainfall is forecast till the weekend.

Do's, Don'ts for monsoon bride

New Delhi, July 24 : Monsoon weddings may be a hit as they score high on the romantic factor, but they spell skin and hair problems for the brides. To get a radiant skin, girls should adhere to certain rules like shunning oil and going for less cosmetics, said an expert.

Manipuri man's killing: Five men sent to custody

New Delhi, July 24 : A Delhi court Thursday sent five men, arrested for the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri BPO employee in the city, to 14 day's judicial custody.

No encephalitis threat in Kolkata, say officials

Kolkata, July 24 : West Bengal capital Kolkata is unlikely to be affected by encephalitis, said health and civic officials even though the vector-borne disease has claimed over 100 lives this year in the north of teh state..

Discovering a vibrant India in Pakistan - via a book

New Delhi, July 24 : Colourful photographs of people celebrating Holi; women wearing vermillion, saris and bindis as they wait for the moon rise so they can break their Karva Chauth fast; firecrackers creating a kaleidoscopic canvas in the sky during Diwali - all this seems normal till one spies a Pakistani flag fluttering in the background.