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COVER STORY

07-02-2014

Cryogenic success

GSLV-D5

Briefing

Cover Story

Cryogenic success

T. S. Subramanian Cover Story
In a major breakthrough that promises to make India self-reliant in space technology, an indigenised cryogenic engine powers the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D5 to put the 1,982-kilogram communication satellite GSAT-14 into a precise orbit.
Indigenisation

Russian route

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
While the indigenisation of a technology acquired from Russia has taken two decades, ISRO’s efforts at developing an entirely indigenous technology are four decades old.
Cryo basics

Cryogenic advantage

Cover Story
MOST rocket propulsion is achieved through chemical propellants, where chemical energy is converted into the kinetic energy of hot gases that are ...

The eastern front

Books
STUDIES on the Partition of India have generally focussed on the western front and taken 1947 as an end point in the narrative of that story. The ...
Maharashtra

Ashok Chavan and the Adarsh saga

The Nation
THE move by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to drop former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s name from the list of accused in the ...
Pollution

Cracked sea ice & Arctic mercury

Science & Technology
VIGOROUS mixing in the air above large cracks in the Arctic Sea ice, which exposes seawater to cold polar air, pumps atmospheric mercury down to the ...
Interview

Where there is a wheel, there is a way

LYLA BAVADAM The Nation
Dr Unni Krishnan Karunakara, former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, who is on a cycle tour of India to raise awareness and funds, talks about the tour, his years with MSF and the many challenges of providing health care in conflict zones.

Poetry in wings

Environment
Aam Aadmi Party

Fuzzy start

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 the parliamentary elections.
Tamil Nadu

Ruling over a temple

The Nation
THE Supreme Court in its judgment of January 6 restored to the Podhu Dikshitars the “right” to manage the administration of the ancient Sri ...
Japan

Provocative act

JOHN CHERIAN 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 region.
Social Welfare

Unkept promise

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI 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 senior citizens.
WTO: Bali ministerial

Defeat in Bali

AMITI SEN Data Card
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 it.
Unmediated

A potted history of national television

Sashi Kumar
ONCE upon a time, when it was still a good word, “development” was Indian television’s single most important agenda. An experiment in the 1970s, ...
Cover Story

Cryogenic success

T. S. Subramanian Cover Story
In a major breakthrough that promises to make India self-reliant in space technology, an indigenised cryogenic engine powers the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D5 to put the 1,982-kilogram communication satellite GSAT-14 into a precise orbit.

A Nobel winner

The Nation
STARTED in 1971, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was the brainchild of two groups of doctors who had worked in conflict and disaster zones and were ...
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.
Controversy

Judge in the dock

Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, accused of sexual harassment by a law intern, resigns from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission and alleges a conspiracy to tarnish his image.
West Bengal

Political U-turn

The Nation
Somen Mitra, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member from Diamond Harbour, finally resigned from the party after threatening to do so for a long time.
ISRO facilities

GSLV-linked facilities

Cover Story
Behind the January 5 triumph of the GSLV-D5 with an indigenous cryogenic stage are some massive facilities that ISRO has built at Sriharikota in ...
Interview: K. Radhakrishnan

GSLV MkIII, the next milestone

Cover Story
Interview with K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation.
Cryogenics history

The long haul

R. Ramachandran Cover Story
ISRO began studies to develop a cryogenic engine 40 years ago, but it fatefully decided to import technology at a high cost.
Interview: S. Ramakrishnan

‘Will be able to repeat the success’

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

A Nobel winner

The Nation
STARTED in 1971, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was the brainchild of two groups of doctors who had worked in conflict and disaster zones and were ...
Controversy

Judge in the dock

Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, accused of sexual harassment by a law intern, resigns from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission and alleges a conspiracy to tarnish his image.
West Bengal

Political U-turn

The Nation
Somen Mitra, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member from Diamond Harbour, finally resigned from the party after threatening to do so for a long time.
Kerala

Cooking up a storm

The Nation
JANUARY 13 was a day of concern in Kerala with the Congress-led State government set to file an affidavit before the Supreme Court declaring its ...
Civic Amenities

Trickle of change

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 systemic ills of the Delhi Jal Board.
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.
Essay

Supreme Court and Hindutva

The Nation
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 larger Bench to settle the issue authoritatively.
Civil Services

Frustrating change

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 warpath.
Coal Scam

For private interests

In the coal blocks allocation case, the government tries to buy time citing inflated investment costs and putative losses of corporates as a defence against de-allocation of coal blocks that were allotted arbitrarily.
The Judiciary

‘My dear Chagla’

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. Chagla of the Bombay High Court who passed up an opportunity to join the new Supreme Court of India.
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.

Declaration of Empathy for the Dalit People of India

World Affairs
Whereas, This Declaration expresses our deepest empathies for the human rights abuses of and social and economic segregation of Dalits in India ...
Rohulamin Quander

‘Dalit sufferings are a human rights issue’

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

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Rise of the AAP WITH the success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections, it seems like the Congress’ vote-catching slogan ...
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.
Medicine

Tracing the drivers of oral cancer

PARTHA P. MAJUMDER R. RAMACHANDRAN 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 pathways are specific to driving the “Indian variety” of oral cancer—the gingivo-buccal oral cancer.