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COVER STORY

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04-03-2016

rural distress

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Briefing

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Assange

Whistle-blower’s victory

World Affairs
A U.N. panel’s ruling that Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London constitutes “arbitrary detention” deals a reputational bl
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Gender Issues

Renewed hope

India
The Supreme Court’s decision to refer the curative petitions against its 2013 verdict re-criminalising consensual sex between two adults in private to
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Arunachal Pradesh

A coup and its echo

Politics
The Governor’s role in dismissing the elected government and the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh raise pertinent questions about C
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Movements

Plachimada betrayed

India
The Centre and the State government of Kerala seem to be turning their backs on the people of Plachimada as the President denies assent to a Bill that
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Climate change

‘We need to be prepared to adjust to drier conditions’

Lead Story
Interview with Roxy Mathew Koll, scientist at the Centre for Climate Change Research.
Judicial intervention

Supreme Court steps in, again

Lead Story
The Supreme Court goads Central and State governments to respond to drought seriously.
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Interview: Yogendra Yadav

Distress and denial

Lead Story
Interview with Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj Abhiyan.
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Interview: R.V. Deshpande

‘Focus is on realistic targets’

India
Interview with R.V. Deshpande, Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Industries.
Mathematics

Largest known prime number

Science & Technology
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Crop insurance

Insurance sop

Lead Story
The new crop insurance scheme introduced by the NDA government in an election year does not provide for a comprehensive coverage of all crops, against
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Essay

AMU under assault

India
The Modi government’s reversal of the Union government’s stand on the Aligarh Muslim University not only perpetuates a grievous wrong but betrays a po
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Understanding insurgents

Books
The book portrays the intricate mechanics of insurgency, where the participants’ interests and stakes are varied.
Seismology

Small slips and big earthquakes

Science & Technology
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From the States

Despair & death

Lead Story
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Ornithology

New bird species

Science & Technology
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Invest Karnataka

Another jamboree

India
The recently concluded investor meet in Bangalore raises serious doubts about the efficacy of hosting such mega events to promote industrialisation.
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Jammu & Kashmir

Hobson’s choice

Politics
Jammu and Kashmir waits for a functioning government as PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti continues to be in a dilemma over her party’s alliance with the BJP.
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Astronomy

The most powerful supernova?

Science & Technology
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Railways

Risky route

India
The cost of land acquisition, loan repayment and subsidies could render the proposed bullet train project with Japanese cooperation a white elephant.
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Dealing with distress

Political farce

Lead Story
The political posturing by parties only serves to hide their failure to come up with a tangible plan to address rural distress.
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Letter from America

‘Feel the Bern’

World Affairs
Bernie Sanders has brought the idea of “socialism” back on to the table in American homes. His campaign has rejuvenated a politics that had fallen int
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Controversy

Highly inflammable

India
Farmers in seven Tamil Nadu districts are up in arms against a natural gas pipeline that will run through agricultural land.
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Theatre

The Zoukak mystique

Arts & Culture
A Lebanese theatre group engaging with the sociopolitical crises of its native land, which resonates with people’s movements everywhere, was the high
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Malaysia

Yes, Prime Minister

World Affairs
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s hand-picked attorney general gives him a clean chit in the biggest corruption scandal to hit the country since independen
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Cover Story

Rural tragedy

Lead Story
Successive years of drought and crop failure across India’s landmass push rural society into distress and disharmony and government measures fall far
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A lifetime of service

Books
The book is a worthy tribute to a legendary IAS officer who devoted his life to the uplift of the poor and the marginalised in society.
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United States

Sticking to his guns

World Affairs
Barack Obama exerts his executive authority to address the growing gun violence in the United States as Congress fails to pass stringent laws to contr
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Interview: Radha Mohan Singh

‘Nothing to fear’

Lead Story
Interview with Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh.
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Farming crisis

Rural distress

Data Stories
Successive droughts have imperilled the livelihoods of crores of farmers and agricultural workers in India.
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Economic perspectives

The IMF in Pakistan

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Beethoven

Musical expressions

Jayati Ghosh