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Sumitranandan Pant, the beloved Hindi poet inspired by Lakshman and Napoleon

The first Hindi poet to be awarded the Jnanpith, he was a poet of nature, influenced by Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi.
File photo of Kiran Nagarkar | Commons

Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novelist Kiran Nagarkar dies at 77

Known for works like 'Cuckold' and 'Bedtime Stories', the novelist and playwright is recognised as one of the most significant writers of post-colonial India.
Girish Karnad | ANI Photos

Girish Karnad’s last work was an unfinished autobiography in English

Acted in classics Manthan and Malgudi Days, Sahitya Akademi awardee Girish Karnad revisited historical figure in plays such as Tughlaq and Yayati from Mahabharata.
Akhil Gogoi addresses a press conference regarding the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) | PTI

Three charged with sedition in Assam for remarks on citizenship bill

Assam Police took suo moto cognisance of remarks made by a Sahitya Akademi awardee, a RTI activist, and journalist against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at an event.
Manabi Bandopadhyay (R) at a similar literary event | kolkatabookfair.net

Sahitya Akademi to host India’s first transgender literary meet next week

To be held in Kolkata, the event is aimed at giving a platform to transgender writers and introducing them to a larger audience.

On Camera

Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

Everything would have to go right to get a vaccine this year, but several types of treatments may be able to help patients in a matter of months.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.