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A true leader thinks, acts and inspires, says the father of mountain biking

Gary Fisher, 64, a global icon, is called the father of mountain cycling. An American entrepreneur who designs and makes bicycles, Fisher discovered mountain biking as a young man, when he was suspended from a national bicycle race in the US on account of his long hair.

7.5 tonne 'maha laddu' kicks off Ganesh festival in Andhra Pradesh

Huge 'maha laddus' of 7,500 kg and 5,000 kg made with great dollops of ghee and packed with almonds and cashew nuts have been prepared by two confectionery shops in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh for the ten-day Ganesh festival beginning on Friday.

Not flying high: Air India faces maximum passenger complaints

Air India tops the list of passenger complaints lodged against Indian airlines in July this year, followed by no-frill carrier SpiceJet, official data shows. Most air travellers, who have lodged complaints against the airlines, complained of problems relating to delayed flights and their customer services.

Researchers claim to have solved the  ‘sheepdog mystery’

There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The unresolved identity of Jack the Ripper. The enigma of how the universe developed beyond a quark-gluon soup following the Big Bang. And then there is the sheepdog mystery.

Coffee and discussion over Rang De Basanti in Beijing

Sometime in the middle of last month, about two dozen people gathered at a courtyard café in a Beijing Hutong or traditional alleyway on a weekend to watch a Hindi movie. Sutirtho Patranobis writes. @Hindi Heartland

Bullet train boost ahead of PM’s Japan trip

With days to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Japan, the tracks are being swiftly cleared for India’s bullet train project.

DNA test on cow to settle ownership right

A court in Kollam on Wednesday settled a two-year-long legal battle between two women over the ownership of a cow after conducting a DNA test. This is perhaps the first time a DNA test on a cow was done to settle its ownership right.

Mukesh: 5 life lessons from the maestro's songs

Noted Hindi film singer Mukesh Chand Mathur, popularly known as Mukesh, breathed his last on August 27, 1976. We pay tribute to him on his 38th death anniversary.

Martin Scorsese set to start work on Shutter Island to TV

The Oscar winning filmmaker plans to bring a TV series based on his 2010 Shutter Island. Dennis Lehane, the author of the book on which the movie was based on, will pen the script.

Matt Damon tips toilet water on his head in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Damon took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but with a twist, by pouring toilet water over himself because he does not want to promote wastage of water. Damon has founded Water.org.

Once-upon-a-time don returns to Mumbai to target rich and famous

Mumbai police woke up to a rude shock in April when police officers from Mangalore raided a popular night club and arrested a key underworld point man. He worked under the cover of a bouncer and his arrest led to the recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

The Alia effect: How Bollywood learnt to laugh at itself

As Alia Bhatt spoofs her own appearance on Karan Johar’s chat show, we ask if Bollywood is learning to laugh at itself. Here's how our top stars, including Aamir and Saif, have taken jokes in their stride. 

'Air India Day' today, tickets for Rs. 100

National carrier Air India will celebrate its merger with erstwhile Indian Airlines as 'Air India Day' on Wednesday, offering tickets for Rs. 100 for a limited period.

Gaza’s children of war: Out on the streets after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

Hundreds of Palestinian children were in the crowd that came out on the streets to celebrate the 'victory' following the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday. The truce held on Wednesday.  

Meerut stares at bleak future as communal violence hits its image

Morgan Stanley once placed Meerut fifth on the vibrancy index of India's top cities. The ranking promised a future for the west UP city, but it failed to overcome its religious divide.
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