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Mamata pays tribute to Urdu poet Iqbal

Kolkata , May 29

Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal, author of the iconic poem "Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara", was posthumously conferred the "Tarana-E-Hindi" award by the West Bengal Urdu Academy on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally handing it over to his grandson Waleed Iqbal.

India needs to show a big heart: Allama Iqbal's grandson

Kolkata , May 29

India should show a "big heart" and bear responsibility as it aspires to become a superpower in the south Asian region, feels Waleed Iqbal, the grandson of Urdu poet Muhammad Iqbal.

Of travel, history and a good measure of science

New Delhi

What is it like to live out of a backpack, in budget lodgings, and travel along the coastline of the Indian peninsula for over six months? Experience British India get an insight into how Albert Einstein acquired a cult status or clue yourself about exciting careers like robotics. There's much the IANS bookshelf has for you this weekend. Happy reading!

IS vows to destroy Palmyra statues but not site

Damascus , May 28

An Islamic State (IS) commander in Palmyra has claimed the fanatical group will demolish "idolatrous" statues at the ancient Syrian city but will preserve the Unesco World Heritage archaeological site.

Chinese president gets moustache, Chinese artist gets arrested

Shanghai , May 28

Shanghai artist Dai Jianyong has been detained after publishing a humorous image of Chinese President Xi Jinping sporting a moustache, according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD).

Posthumous 'Tarana-E-Hind' award conferered on Allama Iqbal

Kolkata , May 29

Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal, author of the iconic poem "Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara", was posthumously conferred the "Tarana-E-Hind" award by the West Bengal Urdu Academy on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally handing it over to his grandson Waleed Iqbal.

Getting perfect pitch possible for some adult musicians

Washington , May 29

There's good news for musicians. Psychologists at the University of Chicago have been able to train some adults to develop the prized musical ability of absolute pitch - and the effect last for months.

Posthumous 'Tarana-E-Hind' award for Allama Iqbal

Kolkata , May 28

Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal, author of the iconic "Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara", will be posthumously conferred the "Tarana-E-Hind" award by the West Bengal Urdu Academy on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handing over the award to his grandson Waleed Iqbal.

Kochi Biennale 2016 curator to be chosen on Saturday

New Delhi , May 28

After successfully finishing the second chapter of the Kochi Biennale 2014 under artist-curator Jitish Kallt, the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), along with eminent artists, will meet here on Saturday to choose a curator for its third edition in 2016.

Varun Gandhi's immature offering butchers poetry

New Delhi

Title: Stillness; Author: Feroze Varun Gandhi; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 206; Price: Rs.399