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12-07-2013

Uncle Scan

Uncle Scan

Briefing

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Cover Story

Empire in espionage

Lead Story
A systems administrator blows the cover of a U.S. spying programme that routinely mines data from Internet servers and telecommunications systems used
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Astronomy

Winds of Venus

Science & Technology
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Turkey

The great divide

World Affairs
The recent events in Turkey following Prime Minister Erdogan’s authoritarian actions have only polarised its society and politics further.
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India & Russia

Reworking old ties

World Affairs
The Track II expert-level dialogue between Russia and India is marked by realism rather than nostalgia about Soviet-era ties. Both sides agree that ge
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Iran

Moment of change

World Affairs
In a “victory of moderation over extremism”, Hassan Rouhani trounces the conservatives to become the next President of Iran.
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Colonial roots

Books
The book shows how gardens were one of the most visible manifestations of the British presence in India.
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The logic of capitalism

Books
A critique of the writings of leading Indian subalternists.
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Jammu and Kashmir

Ominous signs

India
Kashmir witnesses a new breed of militants—educated young people who are driven by ideas of freedom and Islam. Reopening the process of dialogue is a
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North-eastern Africa

Whose Nile is it?

World Affairs
A war of words breaks out in north-eastern Africa as Egypt fears that the $4.7-billion dam Ethiopia is planning on the Blue Nile will curtail the flow
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Inter-caste marriage

Forced break-up?

Social Issues
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BJP

Double whammy

Politics
The euphoria that Narendra Modi’s elevation as election campaign chief created in the BJP suddenly turned into panic with senior leader L.K. Advani ri
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Transgenders

Lesser citizens

General Issues
The meagre pension for transgenders announced by the Delhi government is an unimaginative measure that will not help solve the myriad problems faced b
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Critical concerns

Vulnerable Indian

Lead Story
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Britain

Thick as thieves

Lead Story
The David Cameron government, whose surveillance department has all along colluded with the CIA, provokes anger and ridicule by resorting to an all-to
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Privacy law

The missing Act

Lead Story
An expert panel recommends a comprehensive law and changes in the existing legal framework to protect the right to privacy.
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Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s dilemmas

World Affairs
Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the Rohingyas problem is guided by realpolitik in her race for presidency. In that she has no moralistic pretensions.
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Ajit Pandey

Voice of the masses

India
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Labour Issues

Loss of security

India
At the 45th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, labour-related issues get more than the usual attention on account of the general elections next ye
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Tamil Nadu

Stripped of dignity

Social Issues
A Dalit boy of Vadugapatti in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district has been forced to carry his footwear on his head for daring to wear them in a caste-Hindu
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West Bengal

Kamduni shocker

India
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Connectivity corridors

Lifeline for tigers

Conservation
A long-ranging animal like the tiger needs forested corridors connecting its various habitats for its survival. Thus it is vital that such corridors c
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Column

Cost of reliance on gas

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Column

Rupee concerns

Jayati Ghosh
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Dholavira

The Harappan hub

Heritage
The finds in Dholavira in Gujarat's Kutch district, unlike elsewhere, throw light on the rise and fall of the Indus civilisation in its entirety and i
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Satyapal Dang

Communist legend

Obituary
Veteran CPI leader Satyapal Dang’s (1920-2013) political and personal life was marked by a commitment to proclaimed ideals and adherence to the core
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Greenspace

Back from the brink

Environment
Citizens’ participation in the governance of public assets such as waterbodies in the areas where they live is essential for their preservation. The r
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Lifelong dissident

Books
A century after Bayard Rustin’s birth, a collection of his letters relating to the anti-racist movement in the U.S. is published and it helps restore
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Early South Indian cinema

South India’s day

Cinema
A conference organised in Paris recently focussed on representations of dance and music in early Tamil and Telugu films, particularly the contribution
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Uttarakhand

Himalayan tragedy

India
The havoc that followed torrential rains in Uttarakhand had been in the making for many years. Rampant construction and unmindful digging and blasting

Letters

Letters
Medical research

Statins and diabetes risk

Samuel AbrahamScience & Technology
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Astronomy

Nuclear pasta

Samuel AbrahamScience & Technology
Atomic weight

Not-so-constant weights

Samuel AbrahamScience & Technology
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Column

Refractions off the PRISM

Sashi Kumar
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Guns and roses

K.Satchidanandan
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Indian scenario

India: Privacy in peril

Lead Story
The danger of mass surveillance in India is for real. The absence of a regulating law is damning for Indians who want to protect their privacy against
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Food Security

Exclusion as policy

Social Issues
Attempts by the Congress-led UPA government to adopt the ordinance route to pass the Food Security Bill fail as the opposition parties are more or les
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Genetics

No patent for genes

Science & Technology
A landmark judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court ends Myriad Genetics Inc.’s exclusive rights over the DNA sequences of two genes, detection of whose mut