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India's largest artist ghetto, Kathputli Colony, is a curious chapter in Delhi's book of shanty clusters. While demolitions and displacements are a constant fear in most slums, the rich artistic heritage and the ethereal way of living with a sense of community and cultural ethos are what set it apart from others of its kind.

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Mumbai: After several failed attempts to interview Om Puri in the past two weeks, an interaction was finally scheduled at 11 AM today, but fate had other plans as the veteran actor breathed his last this morning.

Puri, aged 66, died at his residence Friday after a massive heart attack.

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New York: After a trapdoor spider, a speckled freshwater darter (fish), a parasitic hairworm and an extinct lizard, outgoing US President Barack Obama now has a new species on his name: A coral-reef fish.

Scientists have named a new set of small pink and yellow coral-reef fish — found exclusively within the marine protected area in Hawaii — in honour of Obama.

The fish now bears the formal scientific name, Tosanoides Obama.

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In Kerala, the year 2016 belonged to 71-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan who breasted the tape ahead of popular party colleague and arch rival V.S. Achuthanandan in the race to be the Chief Minister -- without even a whimper of protest from any quarter.

What needs to be noted is that Vijayan beat Achuthanandan even after the 93-year-old veteran emerged as the star campaigner for the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) during the assembly polls.

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At an age when most children are only engaged in games and playing, this nine-year-old knows all about the planet Mars. Meet Kautilya whose prodigious knowledge, comprehension and sharp memory is the envy of even those much ahead in age and qualification.

Here with his father and grandfather on Thursday to meet mathematician and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, Kautilya left him most impressed by his knowledge, and confidence in talking as an near-equal in age.

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The holy city of Varanasi has Indias most toxic air, and many north Indian cities are recording worse air-quality than Delhi, according to a new report in which IndiaSpend is a collaborator.

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For film lovers, the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is indeed a season of festival. This time the festival differs from the previous editions. For the first time, the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala has incorporated several films of women directors.

The International Competition category includes movies by three women directors - Yesim Ustaoglu's 'Clair Obscur', Vidhu Vincent's 'Manhole' and Santwana Bardoloi's 'Midnight Keteki'.

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Jayalalithaa, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who passed away in Chennai on December 5, had been a top-rated actress in the 70s.

She had acted in around 28 films with Tamil superstar MGR.

Jayalalithaa, however, acted in only one Malayalam movie --  Jesus. The film that featured the life of Christ in Malayalam was released on December 21, 1973, just before Christmas. It was a huge hit and that prompted the makers to come up with a Tamil version of the movie.  

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 Famous Bookstore at Janpath

New Delhi: The smell of books while entering a bookstore is probably the most hypnotising aroma for an avid reader. Though e-commerce platforms have been muscling in, shop owners maintain that book stores will always be the first preference for those bitten by the reading bug.

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CSP solar panels at Noor1, there are over 5,00,000 such panels installed so far.

Marrakech: With Atlas Mountain on one side and the vast Sahara on the other, Ouarzazate -- also known as Morocco's Hollywood, where films like "Gladiator" and TV series "Game of Thrones" were shot -- has become, in a record time of three years, home to the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, holding many a lesson for India.

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