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21-02-2014

Licence to plunder

Environment

Briefing

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Astronomy

Hydrogen river seen in space

Science & Technology
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Climate change

New clean energy targets for Europe

Science & Technology
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Physics

Advances on X-rays

Science & Technology
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Material science

New ways to control waves

Science & Technology
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Gerald Berreman

Pioneer of caste studies

Obituary
Gerald Berreman (1930-2013) was a proponent of socially responsible anthropology who spent 40 years studying the caste system in India.
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Inhabiting two worlds

Books
The book on Sahir Ludhianvi, the Urdu poet and Bollywood lyricist, is a case of hero-worship albeit a sincere one.
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Post-Spring Arab world

Books
An account of Islamism in the Arab world, which says “hard Islam” has little future.
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Data Card

How India lives

Data Stories
The improvement in key indicators of living conditions such as housing, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene has not encompassed the entire populati
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Politics

Ambedkar & the BJP

Politics
The BJP has begun extolling the virtues of Dr B.R. Ambedkar. But one can tell from both what he said and wrote that he was viscerally opposed to the H
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Race and realty

Properties of prejudice

Politics
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Crime

Rape as retribution

India
A case of gang rape of a tribal girl on the orders of a village kangaroo court sends shock waves across the nation, but the villagers rally around the
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Cover Story

Licence to plunder

Lead Story
In a bid to make the UPA government appear investor-friendly, M. Veerappa Moily gives green clearance to 73 projects, including the controversial Posc
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Ajanta

Wonders of Ajanta

Heritage
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Politics

AAP’s day out

Politics
The negative publicity the AAP is getting after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “anarchist” protest in Delhi and his vigilante Minister’s racial slur
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Birth of a city

Books
The book, supported by rich documentary material, tells the story behind the shifting of the imperial capital from Calcutta to Delhi.
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Ritwick Dutta, environmental lawyer

‘Quality of EIA reports a major concern’

Lead Story
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West Bengal

Buddhadeb in the clear

India
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Egypt

Siege within

World Affairs
On the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution, a newly minted Constitution which seeks to keep the Islamists permanently out of politics and f
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Jairam Ramesh

‘I don’t subscribe to the mad scramble to clear projects’

Lead Story
Interview with Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development.
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Communalism

Polarising Pratapgarh

Social Issues
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Maharashtra

Targeting toll booths

India
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Martelli’s sigh of relief

Social Issues
The verdict commuting the death sentence of four people convicted in the Palar bomb blast case brings cheer to a little village on the Tamil Nadu-Karn
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Death Penalty

Life-giving verdict

India
The Supreme Court defends the right to life and liberty of death-row convicts until the hanging and commutes the death sentences of 15 convicts to li
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Tamil Nadu

Battle of brothers

India
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Land acquisition

Bypassing a law

Lead Story
The promise to fast-track environmental clearances raises concerns about whether such decisions will be made ignoring the very purpose of the LARR Act
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Kashmir

To craft a Kashmir policy

Politics
The best course is to move along a promising avenue for a settlement on the basis of Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula, to which Manmohan Singh ma
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Environmental clearances

Mining concerns

Lead Story
The decision to allow the expansion of coal mines without environmental clearances and a public hearing illustrates the MoEF’s role as a facilitator f
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Natural resources

Vanishing commons

Lead Story
Across the country, the common wealth of the people, like land and water, is being sold off to big capital, leading to environmental degradation and l
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Forest Rights Act

Rules and reality

Lead Story
While Forest Department officials deny forest dwellers their right to land and to collect minor produce, about two lakh hectares of forest land has be
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Pakistan

Taking on Taliban

World Affairs
Pakistan: With the repeated targeting of the Army in North Waziristan and the recent terror attacks elsewhere in the country, the government seems to
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Syria

Sharing the burden

World Affairs
The Geneva II conference may not bring an early end to the fighting in Syria, but at a conference hosted by Kuwait there is serious talk of establishi
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Maharashtra

Power point

India
Gujarat

Sudden generosity

India
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ANR

A Telugu icon

Obituary
The story of Akkineni Nageswara Rao (1923-2014), the icon of cultural authenticity who found the perfect fit between good cinema and commercial profit
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Black and grey

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Through my window

Inside, outside

K.Satchidanandan