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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

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.