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31-10-2014

The Mega Sale

Disinvestment cover

Briefing

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Data Card

Climate change and insurance

Data Stories
Low insurance penetration in India is the key reason why loss of life and property on account of climate change disasters remain unmitigated.
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India-U.S.

Hand in hand

World Affairs
Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal o
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Political Corruption

Source of the wealth

India
The judgment in the disproportionate wealth case against Jayalalithaa says the Chief Minister was the real source of the wealth and delineates the way
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Photography

Colonial gaze

Arts & Culture
“Drawn from Light”, an exhibition of photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries by British and Indian photographers, shows how the new medium
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PSU disinvestment

End of debates

Lead Story
The silence of the Sangh Parivar outfits and NDA constituents on the issue of PSU disinvestment is deafening.
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Crime

Troubling gaps

India
The crucial gaps in the investigation and trial of the Nithari case that have come to light are expected to have some impact when the Supreme Court he
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Fisheries

Deep distrust

India
Fishermen’s associations protest against an expert committee’s recommendation for a revision of the guidelines for deep-sea fishing in the Exclusive
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Disinvestment move

Privatising profits

Lead Story
The privatisation move comes against the backdrop of a Supreme Court judgment against mala fide and arbitrary allocation of natural resources to priva
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Cover Story

The mega sale

Lead Story
The Modi sarkar is all set to unleash a privatisation drive that will result in the sale of valuable public assets. The exercise defies economic log
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Reactions

The day after

India
AIADMK activists stage bizarre acts of protest across Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa’s conviction on September 27 and the rejection of her bail plea on
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Jayalalithaa's bail plea

The law on course

India
With the Karnataka High Court denying bail to Jayalalithaa, her only hope of securing bail is through a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.
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Hong Kong

Short-lived storm

World Affairs
The Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong fails to go the full distance. While the Western media laud the protesters for their lily-white idealism, the
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O. Panneerselvam

Quiet loyalist

India
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G. Bhavani Singh

Blowing hot and cold

India
Special Public Prosecutor G. Bhavani Singh’s actions and statements have been contradictory and controversial. As such his appointment, too, has seen
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Gender violence

Helping hand

Social Issues
In collaboration with the Maharashtra government, Rahat, an organisation working for victims of sexual assault, guides them through the traumatic proc
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Elections/Maharashtra

Anybody’s guess

Politics
Maharashtra faces a multi-cornered contest for the 288 Assembly seats. There are no clear favourites, but the State may throw up a few surprises.
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Crises at seas

Books
The books provoke serious thought on the neglected subject of the freedom of the high seas.
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Essay

Ruffling feathers

India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has perpetuated the Indian bullishness in border relations with China by raising hostile questions during Chinese Preside
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Elections/Haryana

Surprises in store

Politics
In Haryana, the electorate is reluctant to re-elect the Congress, and the Modi wave of the Lok Sabha elections has disappeared. This situation may thr
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘Indian private capital has gained most from the public sector’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M).
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SAIL & ONGC

Twin targets

Lead Story
Two of India’s biggest public sector companies, SAIL and ONGC, are on the disinvestment block at prices that raise doubts about the timing and the int
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Public sector equity

An obsession to sell

Lead Story
The government is in a hurry to sell public sector equity, instead of borrowing, to fund its expenditures, thus losing an income greater than the inte
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Interview: Flavia Agnes

For a victim-centric approach

Social Issues
Interview with Flavia Agnes, lawyer and activist.
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Turkey

Playing with fire

World Affairs
Turkey decides to send its troops inside Syria and Iraq to fight the jehadis even as evidence emerges that a blowback from its earlier actions promoti
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Cuba: More for less

General Issues
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Images of history

Arts & Culture
Rahaab Allana, curator of the “Drawn from Light” exhibition, says the photographs featured are marked by a creative tension between universal aspects
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Health Care

Unfair practice

General Issues
Growing corruption and malpractices in the medical field raise the question whether measures like regulation and audit of medical practice will have t
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Governance

Critical reports

India
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Television

Noisy signals

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