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Thiruvananthapuram: Is there any airport in the world which closes its runway and reschedules flight operations for a centuries-old temple procession to pass?

The international airport in Kerala's capital may be the only one of its kind which has been stopping flight operations and rearranging flight schedules twice every year for several decades as part of the annual festivals of the famed Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple here.


Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent filmmaker I V Sasi, who died in Chennai on Tuesday, has left behind a legacy of blockbusters as well as revolutionary films which captured the imagination of cinema lovers.

Sasi, 69, dominated the Malayalam film scene for four decades, since 1970s with a wide variety of films through his close association with veteran writers like Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair, late T Damodaran and P Padmarajan.


Hyderabad: Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India.

At a time when very few youngsters are taking to Arabic/Urdu calligraphy, Yuko Takaji took up the pen and is learning the intricacies of the art from Muqtar Ahmed, a Bengaluru-based calligrapher.

For someone born and brought up in Tokyo, Urdu is an alien language, but the 32-year-old speaks it with a fluency few can match even in the subcontinent.


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Azamgarh (UP): Abu Osama, an alumnus of Madrasatul Islah, one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in this region, believed that after graduating from a madrassa he would not be able to compete in the modern world. He soon realised he was wrong.


New Delhi: Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by schoolgoing children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned.


Coconut oil is most popular for its hydrating properties. It is suitable for all skin types and good for dry skin, dry patches and wounds, say experts.

Swati Kapoor, Co-Founder, SoulTree, Ragini Mehra, Founder, Beauty Source, and Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expert, Oriflame India, tell different ways to use coconut oil for beauty regime.

* Coconut oil can be used as make-up remover as it is mild and gently removes all kind of make-up including waterproof make-up as well.


New Delhi: There was a time when romance steamed as a boy asked his girl out for coffee, and brewed when her family invited him over for a cup of tea at their home.

But the script has changed. The humble chai has undergone a sophisticated makeover, moving out of kitchens and dhabas to specialised tea salons and cafes that don't just mean cold coffee and cappuccino.

Coffee may not be everybody's cup of tea, entrepreneurs have realised.


Geneva: The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world has opened in Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt Matterhorn.

Located in south Switzerland, the steel bridge is 494 metres long and overtakes the “Titan-RT” bridge in Germany as the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, according to a press release from Zermatt Matterhorn.


New York: Ten-year-old Zion Harvey from the US who underwent a double hand transplant two years back — a first in a child — can not only write, feed and dress today but is able to play baseball using both hands.

World’s first bilateral hand and forearm transplantation in Harvey that heralded a revolution in transplant medicine, has been declared a success, scientists confirmed in notes that have appeared in the prestigious journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.


Kolkata: Anjali Saraogi is the first Indian woman to have run the complete 89 km stretch of the Comrades Marathon -- the world's oldest annual ultra-marathon between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa -- and won the Bill Rowden Medal for the effort.

This mother of a teenaged daughter is 43 -- an age when many athletes hang up their boots -- and has proven yet again that age is just a number.