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31-05-2013

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Manmohan Singh

Briefing

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United States

A promise breached

World Affairs
Barack Obama blames U.S. lawmakers for blocking his moves to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison, but refuses to use his executive powers to overrule
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Tamil Nadu

Sivakasi’s shame

India
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Unmediated

True archivist of cinema

Sashi Kumar
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Mohd Afzal Guru

A life rendered 'extinct'

India
The right to counsel begins from the moment of arrest. From the time Afzal Guru was arrested in 2001 to the filing of a charge sheet in court, he had

Letters

Letters
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Face-saving report

Lead Story
The JPC report on the 2G scam selectively uses information to arrive at conclusions in favour of the UPA government, indict the CAG for its "pres
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If the world were 100 people

World as 100

Data Stories
This edition of Data Card is inspired by the "If the world were 100 people" concept that the website www.100people.org came up with when the
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For radical freedom

Books
The book, comprising 12 speeches Angela Davis delivered between 1994 and 2009, brings out her philosophy of freedom and justice.
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In black and white

Lead Story
A recent Cobrapost expose reveals the involvement of banks and insurance companies in a nationwide money-laundering racket, and the failure of the reg
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Chit fund scam

Deposit and despair

India
The financial fraud involving the Saradha Group, in which lakhs of rural people lost their hard-earned money, puts Mamata Banerjee’s government in Wes
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India & Pakistan

Death and honour

World Affairs
The honours showered on Sarabjit Singh following his murder in a Pakistani prison raise the question whether all this was the Indian state’s reward fo
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West Bengal

Death on a wire

India
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Bribe and blood ties

Lead Story
The UPA government, which has become a byword for nepotistic and corrupt governance, is rocked by one more case involving a nephew pulling the strings
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Age of graft

Lead Story
Corruption tends to be greater in periods when there is a state-engineered redistribution of wealth in favour of a few at the explicit or implicit exp
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Tamil Nadu

Stoking caste flames

Social Issues
Hostilities between Dalits and Vanniyars erupt again in Tamil Nadu after the Pattali Makkal Katchi’s attack on a Dalit village.
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What the Romans can teach us

Books
Two ancient volumes on politics that are strikingly relevant to modern times, especially to the Indian situation.
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Shackles on CBI

Lead Story
The investigating agency is in the dock for compromising its independence from the political executive while investigating the coal scam.
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Planning failures

Books
Journalist-economist D.K. Rangnekar’s impressions of the economic policies of the first three and a half decades after Independence.
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Pits of sleaze

Lead Story
Systematic diversion of community resources to the private sector in the name of growing energy demands has been the trend since the advent of neolibe
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A koothu enthusiast

Arts & Culture
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Folk arts in peril

Shadow play

Arts & Culture
To adapt to changing tastes or not. That is the dilemma facing Tamil Nadu’s folk theatre as television and cinema are edging it out even in its tradit
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Manual scavenging

Death in the gutter

Social Issues
The death of two workers in a sewage tank in Chennai revives the call for the eradication of manual scavenging.
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Mapping Sahmat

Books
The book traces how Sahmat, an avant-garde experiment, offers an aesthetic of resistance in times of fundamental transition.
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Jammu & Kashmir

Power point

India
The State points to the Indus Water Treaty for its severe power deficit and demands compensation from the Centre.
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Amrita Sher-Gil's modernity

Magyar connection

Arts & Culture
Amrita Sher-Gil’s modernity was shaped not only by her engagement with the Indian reality, but also by her early exposure to Hungarian literature and
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Fiji

Coup of sorts

World Affairs
The Bainimarama regime rejects the draft constitution and orders deregistration of political parties, much against its stated stance of restoring demo
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Karnataka chooses

Southern shock

Politics
The shoddy performance of the BJP during its five-year rule ensures a stunning victory for the Congress in Karnataka.
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Natural Resources

Price on water

India
The UDF government in Kerala proposes yet again to allow private companies to exploit public water resources for private profit.
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Bangladesh

Collapse of safety

World Affairs
A building collapses, killing 500 people and leaving several maimed for life and, in the process, bringing to the world’s notice the horrible working
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Drowning in scams

Lead Story
The UPA-II government has set a record of sorts in corruption scams and administrative malfeasance, but its leadership remains apparently unmoved.