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COVID-19 impact: Experts in overseas education on how Indian students can navigate new challenges while applying
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Explainer: As employees, organisations pivot to hybrid work for post-pandemic future, what the model entails for workplaces
With the ushering of hybrid workspaces, both companies and their employees are gearing up for a change — an unprecedented step towards businesses that are largely digital, remote support and delivery models, real-time results with minimal delay and also an improved workplace diversity.
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How the twin debuts of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid at Lord’s in 1996 defined the future of Indian cricket
As India battles on English soil for the World Test Championship as one of the two best Test teams in the world, the nation needs to thank the two men who made their debuts on this day at the Mecca of Cricket in 1996, forever transforming the future of the sport in the country.
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On International Yoga Day 2021, 5 practitioners tell us how COVID-19 crisis has shaped their approach, philosophy
A return to basics, finding new ways to connect, a greater appreciation for mindfulness and wellness among students — yoga practitioners spoke with Firstpost about how the pandemic and lockdowns have been an opportunity for a reset and rethink.
ART & CULTURE
Books of the week: From Padmini of Malwa to The Heartbeat of Trees, our picks
Our weekly roundup of books that should be on your radar.
FASHION & TRENDS
The appeal of Angels: Understanding why Victoria's Secret's fashion show worked, the cultural moment it arrived at
The success of Victoria's Secret was also the product of a host of cultural phenomena, as fashion, entertainment, branding, sex and kitsch all began to merge at the turn of the millennium.
ART & CULTURE
Los Angeles Philharmonic to return to Walt Disney Concert Hall after closure due to COVID-19 pandemic
The 2021/22 season was announced on 22 June by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and executives of the LA Philharmonic.
ART & CULTURE
Elin Hilderbrand to retire from writing beach reads in 2024, says 'coming to natural end of my material'
Hilderbrand, whose past books include 28 Summers, The Identicals and Here’s to Us have become a summertime staple, with cover art featuring an idyllic beach scene and stories set in and around the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, where she lives.
ART & CULTURE
Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga first Black woman to win Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
The jury pointed to her commitment to promoting culture in her country and opening it up for women, and to her fight for rights and political change in Zimbabwe.
WORLD
South African opera star Pretty Yende says she was detained, strip searched at Paris airport
“Police brutality is real for someone who looks like me,” Yende, who is Black, said in a social media post Tuesday.
ART & CULTURE
Martin Luther King Jr's estate reaches agreement with HarperCollins for rights to his archive
The King estate had been publishing since 2009 with Beacon Press, including the late civil rights leader’s first work, Stride Toward Freedom. That account of the 1955-’56 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott helped bring him national prominence. Stride Toward Freedom was first released in 1958 by what was then Harper & Brothers.
ART & CULTURE
Filthy Animals: Brandon Taylor chronicles identity, desperation for human connection with a gentle style
The stories feel almost like slices of life, but the every day is heightened by the intensity of the characters’ longing, desire, anger and, above all else, passion.
ART & CULTURE
A Distant Grave: Sarah Stewart Taylor's latest book weaves together a thrilling story with a complex, lyrical prose
When the murder victim turns out to be Gabriel Treacy, a Dublin resident who had just arrived in America, however, she flies to the Emerald Isle to combine business with pleasure. As the investigation heats up, she finds scant time for the latter.
ART & CULTURE
As a generation of thinkers grapples with notions of consent, an observation of the word's travels, its odd, nagging magnetism
Recent novels, philosophical inquiries, young adult and romance fiction, films and television shows join a robust literature from the fields of feminist and disability studies to ask who and what the term “consent” excludes today.
ART & CULTURE
In Eric Weisbard's Songbooks, a deep dive into American pop music by way of the writers, critics who have addressed it
Songbooks sounds straightforward. Weisbard has gone back and reread more than 150 volumes, classics and oddities of American music writing. In chronological order, he chews through biographies, memoirs, song collections and academic studies, from William Billings’ The New-England Psalm-Singer (1770) through Jay-Z’s memoir Decoded (2010).
ART & CULTURE
Special Tony Awards given to two high-profile shows, one advocacy nonprofit
The American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League said both shows “take theatre to the next level, delivering outside-of-the-box presentations."
ART & CULTURE
Pretty Loud: Serbian Roma girl band sings for women’s empowerment
Formed in 2014, Pretty Loud symbolically seeks to give a louder voice to Roma girls, encourage education and steer them away from the widespread custom of early marriage.
LIVING
Remembering Mark Peel: The cook who codified California cuisine, and refused to call himself a chef
Peel helped write the rules for a new culinary canon based on the highest quality and freshest regional ingredients, but also on a casually beautiful presentation that he likened to “an unmade bed with fine linen.”
INDIA
Parassala B Ponnammal, Padma Shri awardee and Carnatic music veteran, passes away at 96
Ponnammal was a musician who broke gender stereotypes in classical music, and was the first woman to sing at the Navarathri Mandapam.
ENTERTAINMENT
Explained: #FreeBritney, the singer's conservatorship and why it was imposed
Spears has sought more say in who runs her conservatorship, has emphasised that she reserves the right to seek to end it at any time and has welcomed the scrutiny of #FreeBritney fans.
INDIA
The spotting of a female gharial's nest in Odisha underlines the state's efforts to revive the critically endangered species
Gharial conservation efforts in Odisha formally began in 1975 with the intervention of FAO and UNDP in collaboration with the state forest department. Between 1977 and 2017, as many as 867 gharials were released into the Mahanadi freshwater system. But only 12 had survived till 2018.
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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, strongly condemning the incident, urged the public to take an 'uncompromising stand' against the archaic practice of dowry
Warren Buffett announces resignation as trustee of Gates Foundation, donates $4.1 billion
The 90-year-old business magnate did not give a reason for the resignation, which comes about seven weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce
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Multiple witnesses said that the glass windows of nearby homes and buildings were shattered. According to reports, the sound was so loud that it was heard in faraway areas
Delhi HC seeks release details of Nyay: The Justice after Sushant Singh Rajput’s father opposes previous order
Delhi HC raised a preliminary query whether Nyay: The Justice has been released on OTT platform as was scheduled on 11 June, depending on which the next hearing can be scheduled.
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