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07-02-2014

Cryogenic success

GSLV-D5

Briefing

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Pollution

Cracked sea ice & Arctic mercury

Science & Technology
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Interview

Where there is a wheel, there is a way

India
Dr Unni Krishnan Karunakara, former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, who is on a cycle tour of India to raise awareness and funds,
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Aam Aadmi Party

Fuzzy start

Politics
The Aam Aadmi Party has support from far and wide but what it needs urgently is a set of coherent policies so that people can make informed choices in
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Tamil Nadu

Ruling over a temple

India
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Japan

Provocative act

World Affairs
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the shrine of the war dead in Yasukuni sets off a firestorm of criticism in other countries in the regio
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Social Welfare

Unkept promise

Social Justice
The tussle within some Central government Ministries over proposed cuts in the budget for rural development schemes has affected a promise made to sen
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Tribute

Suchitra Sen: Reclusive legend

Obituary
Suchitra Sen (1931-2014), the “Mahanayika” of Bengali cinema, was the first Indian to win the best actress award in an international film festival.
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Moths

Bow out, butterfly

Wildlife
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Namdeo Dhasal

Voice of the oppressed

Obituary
Namdeo Dhasal (February 15, 1949-January 15, 2014), Dalit writer, reformist and activist, believed in the power of the written word to bring about soc
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Letter from Beirut

Road to Raqqa

World Affairs
The influence of radical Islamists like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has been growing along the desert road that straddles Iraq and Syria.
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Bangladesh

Election amid anarchy

World Affairs
The ruling Awami League wins an election marred by boycott and violence. But the only solution to a looming political crisis is another round of elect
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Interview: K. Radhakrishnan

GSLV MkIII, the next milestone

Lead Story
Interview with K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation.
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Hegemony and survival

Books
This collection of essays sets out to argue a new theoretical framework underpinned by a Gramscian point of view.
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Israel

Intellectual boycott

World Affairs
America’s largest academic association votes to boycott Israel’s academic institutions and draws the ire of the powerful pro-Israeli lobby in the coun
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A traditional bond

Books
The book faithfully recounts the building of India-South Korea diplomatic relations, without missing the big picture.
West Bengal

Political U-turn

India
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Controversy

Judge in the dock

India
Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, accused of sexual harassment by a law intern, resigns from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission and alleges a conspirac
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Natural phenomena

Ball lightning captured on film

Science & Technology
Technology

Heat improves solar device efficiency

Science & Technology
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Civil Services

Frustrating change

India
Changes introduced by the UPSC in the civil services main examination at short notice frustrate the hopes of lakhs of candidates and put them on the w
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Colour darkening in historical paintings

Science & Technology
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Cover Story

Cryogenic success

Lead Story
In a major breakthrough that promises to make India self-reliant in space technology, an indigenised cryogenic engine powers the Geosynchronous Satell
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Cryogenics history

The long haul

Lead Story
ISRO began studies to develop a cryogenic engine 40 years ago, but it fatefully decided to import technology at a high cost.
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Indigenisation

Russian route

Lead Story
While the indigenisation of a technology acquired from Russia has taken two decades, ISRO’s efforts at developing an entirely indigenous technology a
Cryo basics

Cryogenic advantage

Lead Story
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Congress

Reluctant Rahul

Politics
Even Congress workers have begun questioning Rahul Gandhi’s “resolve and determination” to take up the responsibility of leading the nation.
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Medicine

Tracing the drivers of oral cancer

Science & Technology
The ICGC-India team’s study of oral cancer, the leading cancer among males in India, has revealed that alterations in several genes and biological pat
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ISRO facilities

GSLV-linked facilities

Lead Story
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Essay

Supreme Court and Hindutva

India
It is 18 years since Justice J.S. Verma delivered his flawed judgment on Hindutva, but no Chief Justice of India has thought it fit to constitute a la
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Civic Amenities

Trickle of change

India
Arvind Kejriwal’s offer of free water will provide some relief to Delhi’s population, but only an overhaul of the water management policy can cure the
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Jammu & Kashmir

Split, yet again

Politics
The Hurriyat has a third faction now. Observers see the changes in the group as a threat to the separatist camp as a whole.
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WTO: Bali ministerial

Defeat in Bali

Data Stories
The Bali ministerial of the WTO ignores the original development agenda of the Doha Round, but India proclaims as victory an unfair deal meted out to
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Social Welfare

Giving Dalits their due

Social Issues
Two draft Bills on the Tribal Sub-Plan and the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan raise hopes of granting these decades-old schemes statutory status and ensurin
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Rohulamin Quander

‘Dalit sufferings are a human rights issue’

World Affairs
Interview with Rohulamin Quander, president, The Quander Historical Society.
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The Judiciary

‘My dear Chagla’

India
High Court Chief Justices are now considered inferior to Supreme Court judges. It was not always so, as is clear from the case of Chief Justice M.C. C
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Coal Scam

For private interests

India
In the coal blocks allocation case, the government tries to buy time citing inflated investment costs and putative losses of corporates as a defence a
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Interview: S. Ramakrishnan

‘Will be able to repeat the success’

Lead Story
Interview with S. Ramakrishnan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.