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17-10-2014

How the mighty fall

Jayalalithaa verdict

Briefing

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Granddaughter’s defence

Books
A lyrical account of the personality of Akbar Jehan and her role in the socio-political struggle in Kashmir.
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Interview: Yousuf Tarigami

‘The whole country must respond’

India
Interview with Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA from Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir.
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Soldier extraordinaire

Books
A riveting account of the life and times of the first Field Marshal of India.
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U. Shrinivas

Silence of the strings

Obituary
Carnatic maestro U. Shrinivas (1969-2014) was the master of the mandolin from the day he emerged as a child prodigy.
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A multiplex world

Books
The book argues that the unipolar moment is at its end, with Asian economies daring to confront the supremacy of the West.
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Conservation

Sambar tales

Wildlife
If it is true that the sambar population in India is declining because of habitat degradation and increased poaching, it is bad news for the country’s
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India & China

Competitive cooperation

India
President Xi Jinping’s visit resulted in India and China affirming their commitment to strengthening their partnership “on the basis of the principle
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Natural disaster

Deluge & death

India
Srinagar and many other parts of the Kashmir Valley turn into a veritable death trap as Jammu & Kashmir is hit by the State’s worst floods in a ce
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Constitutional Issues

Disqualification issues

Lead Story
The Supreme Court verdict in the Lily Thomas case raises the question whether Jayalalithaa will be able to secure a stay on her conviction at some la
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The United Kingdom

‘Better together’

World Affairs
Scotland has chosen to remain with the United Kingdom despite a vigorous campaign for self-determination and self-rule by the Yes campaign whose promi
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Elections/Maharashtra

Split wide open

Politics
Two long-standing alliances come to an end in Maharashtra over seat sharing.
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Essay

Vinod Rai's lapses

India
The CAG’s office is just one rung below that of judges of the Supreme Court and is governed by the Constitution and the Act of 1971. Could a judge of
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Cover Story

Legal jolt

Lead Story
In an unprecedented verdict against political corruption, a Special Court in Bangalore sentences Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years’
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Elections/Haryana

Uncertain moves

India
While there is little reason for voters to get enamoured of the Congress in Haryana, it is apparent that the first 100 days of the Modi-led government
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Jammu & Kashmir floods

A tragedy that was waiting to happen

India
The Central Water Commission does not have a single forecasting site in Jammu & Kashmir though the State is prone to flooding. Unregulated urbanis
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Climate Change

Missed opportunity

Environment
The U.N. Climate Summit in New York could extract no binding promises, especially from the rich countries, regarding emission reduction.
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Public Health

Hepatitis drug deal

India
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Syria

Siege of Kobane

World Affairs
The fate of half a million people in Kobane hangs in the balance as Islamic State fighters try to capture the Syrian city. If they take Kobane, the Is
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Byelections

Shock losses

Politics
In the September round of Assembly byelections, a BJP banking on communal polarisation suffers unimagined defeats that leave the leadership searching
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MOM

Giant leap

Science & Technology
ISRO’s first interplanetary mission has proved its capability in building systems that can endure long journeys in hostile environment and its experti
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West Bengal

Student unrest

India
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West Asia

Misadventure again

World Affairs
Barack Obama announces his grandiose plan of “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State but does not spell out how the motley rebel group
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Day of judgment

Scene of action

Lead Story
Bangalore sees unprecedented security measures and high-voltage drama on judgment day.
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X-rays and Synchrotron

A national need

Science & Technology
Much of the global efforts using X-rays are based on synchrotron radiation, and India has to depend on state-of-the-art facilities abroad. Therefore,
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Job reservation row

Sons of the soil?

India
The Siddaramaiah government’s move to reserve for Kannadigas most of the jobs in industry stirs up a controversy.
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The Judiciary

System failure

India
Inadequate judicial infrastructure and implicit support to illegal detention are among the reasons for the large number of undertrial prisoners in Ind
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Space

Embracing Mars

Science & Technology
India celebrates the success of its maiden Mars mission.
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Maven for company

Science & Technology