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14-11-2014

Labour under attack

Labour laws

Briefing

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Drug pricing

Bitter medicine

India
By forcing the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to withdraw its internal guidelines to cap the prices of 108 essential drugs, the NDA governm
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India & Pakistan

Border flare-up

India
India and Pakistan trade charges as ceasefire violations along the LoC take many lives and affect thousands of families on both sides of the border.
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Trapped in a recession

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Political Corruption

Qualified respite

India
The Supreme Court grants bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her co-convicts in the disproportionate wealth case but makes it cl
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Misguided sage

Books
The book is replete with oversimplifications and inaccuracies and appears to be a crash course for U.S. politicians bewildered by the complex world ar
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Interview: Rahaab Allana

Exploring the subcontinent

Arts & Culture
Rahaab Allana on how the cultural history of the subcontinent has been shaped by images, some of which were on display at the exhibition.
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Defence

No flight of fancy

India
The test flight of India’s subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, which can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has a range of 1,000 km, goes e
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Inventing an enemy

Books
The book argues that global jehad is a “myth” used by the U.S. “military-industrial-congressional complex” which wants wars for its survival.
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Labour law reforms

The curse of cheap labour

Lead Story
A society that systematically shortchanges its workforce will have to pay dearly.
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Nobel Prize/Medicine

Inner GPS

Science & Technology
The Nobel Prize-winning work of John O’Keefe and May-Britt and Edvard Moser has unravelled the brain’s positioning and navigation system and marks a p
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Sri Lanka

Victory of sorts

World Affairs
The European Court of Justice strikes down the E.U.’s anti-terrorism sanctions against the LTTE, imposed in 2006, on the technical grounds that they w
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Bolivia

Morales’ hat-trick

World Affairs
Bolivian President Evo Morales’ landslide win for a third successive term in office is a victory of nationalisation over privatisation and a huge boos
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Nobel Prize

For globalisation of compassion

India
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace laureate, talks about his work, his mission and the award.
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West Asia

Syria’s ruin

World Affairs
Even as Jabhat al Nusra draws youth to its side by offering them a chance to lead a life of dignity, Syrians of various ideological hues are equally d
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Yemen

Kingmakers’ march

World Affairs
The Houthis, who have taken over the capital and other key cities of Yemen, want to be in a position to decide who rules the country. They themselves
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United Kingdom

The last hurrah?

World Affairs
Questions are being raised about the “shelf life”of the I.S. Those who were initially seduced by its message now believe they have ended up creating a
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Photography

Identity narratives

Arts & Culture
Portrait photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries from the Alkazi collection make for a rich visual interpretive history and contribute to a
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Cover Story

Labour under attack

Lead Story
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s labour law reforms, aimed at supporting his “Make in India” campaign, have been designed without any discussion involvi
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Contract labour

In the name of contract

Lead Story
There is an urgent need to introduce labour reforms to halt the mindless employment of contract labour in establishments having jobs of a perennial na
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Labour statistics

Statistical half-truths

Lead Story
The relevance of labour statistics is seriously undermined by the dominant neoliberal ideology which seeks to cover up and even shut out any evidence
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Elections

Centralising politics

Politics
The strategy of single-party control that the BJP brought to national politics through the Lok Sabha election has found its nuanced advancement in the
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Elections/Maharashtra

No smooth sailing

Politics
The anti-incumbency factor and a well-thought-out strategy of accepting powerful rebels from rival parties helped the BJP emerge as the single largest
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Elections/Haryana

Significant win

Politics
The BJP wins a majority in Haryana for the first time on its own and elects Manohar Lal Khattar as the first non-Jat Chief Minister in 18 years.
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Case studies

Hapless victims

Lead Story
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Data Card

India and space

Data Stories
After the Mars orbiter underlines India’s self-reliance in its space programme, now its focus shifts to sending astronauts into space.
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Column

One more burden

Jayati Ghosh
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Critiquing nationalism

K.Satchidanandan
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Bridging a divide

Books
The book is a collection of erudite essays on various facets of India’s contribution, largely through Buddhism, to all aspects of Chinese religious, c