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Biology

Seven sexes of an organism

Science & Technology
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Science

Almost perfect

Science & Technology
The precise picture delivered by Planck conforms most spectacularly to the expectations of the Standard Model of the universe, but the evidence of ano
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Kashmir debate

Books
An in-depth study of the real Kashmir problem, with the focus on “Azad Kashmir”, backed by facts and figures.
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Millennium Development Goals

Halfway measures

World Affairs
The Bali meeting of the High-Level Panel designated to prepare the post-2015 global framework to the MDG offers little hope of a rethink on the develo
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Data Card

Flight of sparrows

Data Stories
A nationwide survey finds that the common house sparrow is not so common any more.
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Crystallography

Breakthrough in crystallography

Science & Technology
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Inconsistent decisions

Lead Story
Increasing workload, a higher rate of admission, and constitution of multiple two-judge Division Benches have resulted in a huge increase in the numbe
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Industrial Pollution

Sterlite in trouble

India
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board orders the closure of its copper smelter unit in Tuticorin even as the Supreme Court stays a 2010 High Court or
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Migrants and culture

Books
The essays will be of immense value to students of diaspora studies as they encompass significant cultural transformations over a long period of histo
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PESA and pressures

Social Justice
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Korean Peninsula

Cloud in the sun

World Affairs
The Korean peninsula is on the boil again following North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this year and the month-long, unusually threatening U.S.-South
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Defence

Failing to deliver

India
India’s indigenous defence research and production capabilities have not kept pace with the country’s military requirements.
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Muslim bogey

Books
The book provides powerful intellectual tools to Indian secularists in the struggle against reducing Muslims to “the other” in polity.

PIL losing out

Lead Story
Has public interest litigation lost its direction and abandoned its original constituency, the marginalised and the underprivileged sections of societ
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Sugar Industry

More decontrol

India
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Assembly Elections

High-stakes race

Politics
The Congress enjoys a slight edge in the fragmented political landscape of Karnataka, where the May 5 Assembly elections are expected to throw up some
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The oldest light

Science & Technology
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‘Is the bias so severe as to cause death?’

Social Issues
Interview with Dr T.K. Sundari Ravindran, activist researcher on gender, health and equity issues.
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Public Health

Landmark verdict

India
The Supreme Court’s ruling against Novartis’ patent claim for the cancer drug Glivec paves the way for generic drug companies to keep crucial, life-sa
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Syria

Promoting war

World Affairs
The violence in Syria escalates to a new high as the United States and its Western allies airlift lethal weaponry to the rebels.
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Age, seniority, diversity

Lead Story
Criteria that were never conceived in the Constituent Assembly now determine who gets to sit on India’s apex court. Each of these unwritten qualificat
DELHI

Radiation row

India
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New Delhi

End of a fast

India
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Kerala

Daughter deficit?

Social Issues
Is there a shift in the attitude of Kerala society towards the value of daughters? Is son preference spreading in a State once known to be above extre
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Letter from America

Yankee Hindutva

World Affairs
To Narendra Modi’s fan base among proud Hindutva supporters in the U.S., his unique combination of free-market rhetoric and cultural nationalism appea
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Cover Story

A court adrift

Lead Story
The Supreme Court by and large remains popular. Yet, if one digs a bit, beneath the surface is an institution that has strayed from its mission and ma
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Policy Issues

Illusory rights

Social Justice
PESA, which is seen as an enabling law for tribal self-governance, is violated brazenly by both the Union government and State governments in the name
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Supreme Court and the aam aadmi

Lead Story
It is the goal of social revolution that connects the aam aadmi to the judiciary and to its highest institution, the Supreme Court of India.
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Seeking consensus

Social Justice
Interview with Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.
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Misunderstood relationship

Lead Story
As far as substantive criticism of decisions is concerned, there ought to be no restraints on commentary, whether in the news media or elsewhere. All
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West Asia

Inside the matrix

World Affairs
Israel’s facts on the ground, Palestine’s people on the ground.
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Flawed greatness

Books
Two volumes that cover, among other things, a period of tension in India-China relations over the boundary issue and Nehru’s role in it.
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Dissenting note

Lead Story
In place of judicial impact assessment, what India needs is “judicial use assessment” to measure to what extent people have actually used courts to
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Letters

Letters
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Invaluable data

Conservation
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Spotlight

Stuff of legends

Conservation
Van Ingen & Van Ingen of Mysore were the master taxidermists of colonial India at a time when hunting was a thriving sport, and their work was pri
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New Wave

Tamil cinema’s double act

Sashi Kumar
In Tamil cinema, a band of directors has been quietly making films grounded in local realities and away from big-star formulas but working within t
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Thatcher

Lamenting a legacy

Obituary
Margaret Thatcher was a deeply divisive figure as Britain’s longest serving Prime Minister, with her pro-industry, anti-people policies.
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Galapagos

Paradise for endemic wildlife

Environment
Editor's Note

Editor’s Note

Other
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WEST BENGAL

A death in custody

India