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08-07-2016

The rot in school education

Child in school

Briefing

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Tribute

Manohar Aich: Pocket Hercules

India
In many ways, Manohar Aich (1912-2016) revolutionised bodybuilding in the country.
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Controversy

On a cutting spree

Cinema
The fuss over Udta Punjab is in keeping with the CBFC’s track record in recent years.
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Maharashtra

Partial success

Lead Story
While the report card for school education in Maharashtra is not alarming, access to schools and high dropout rates are some of the issues facing the
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Heritage

The mystique of Fatehpur Sikri

Arts & Culture
Clothed in layers of legend and folklore, Fatehpur Sikri, the city that Akbar built and made his capital, was an architectural marvel of medieval Ind
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Looming tension

World Affairs
War games, said to be the biggest since the Cold War, have escalated near Russia’s borders ahead of the NATO summit in July.
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Central policy

Saffron slant

Lead Story
The Centre’s new education policy will, in all probability, reflect the changes in the school curriculum in BJP-ruled States.
Reports

Unruly in Haryana

India
A committee tasked to inquire into the Jat agitation for reservations blames the lackadaisical attitude of the police and civil administration for the
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Karnataka

Constables’ woes

India
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A diplomat’s insights

Books
This book will be of interest not only to scholars of international relations and diplomats but also to the general public in India, South Asia and th
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State of education

For quality and equality

Lead Story
While issues of accessibility and enrolment have improved dramatically in the past decades, issues relating to the quality of education at both school
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Orlando shooting

A fatal night out

World Affairs
The carnage at a night club in Orlando by a lone gunman exposes the animosity fostered in America against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender c
Salient features

From the ‘secret’ report

Lead Story
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Letter from America

Hillary’s third way

World Affairs
She will not govern from anywhere other than the right, but liberals will flock to vote for her because Donald Trump is the ghastly alternative. The t
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Tamil Nadu

Mark machines

Lead Story
There is a sharp decline in the standard of education in Tamil Nadu, a State which once boasted fully trained teachers even for primary schools.
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Housing

Discrimination in housing

India
It is now firmly established that the meaning of the word “life” in Article 21 of the Constitution also explicitly includes the right to housing. Ther
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Crime

A house full of stolen antiques

India
The Idol Wing police in Tamil Nadu seize a treasure trove of antique idols stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka at the home of a “t
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Muhammad Ali

Fighter all the way

Obituary
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) defined not just his sport but also the very age and time he lived in and was its biggest cultural symbol.
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Mathura clashes

Deadly devotion

India
The clash between the members of a cult and the police in Mathura may be yet another case of cults gaining influence and power over gullible masses an
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Nuclear Energy

IAEA’s uranium ‘bank’

Science & Technology
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Private schools

The fee scam

Lead Story
Unaided private schools in Delhi charge excess fees under various heads despite having sufficient funds to meet their expenses, including teachers’ sa
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Technology

Advances in terahertz imaging

Science & Technology
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European Union

Simmering Europe

World Affairs
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Kerala

A price on schools

Lead Story
Kerala’s education system is following the path of its once-acclaimed health-care system, where basic facilities and quality are now available only at
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Astronomy

Swirling ammonia over Jupiter

Science & Technology
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Cover Story

Public education in the marketplace

Lead Story
Successive governments have failed to meet their constitutional obligations in the field of education and have, instead, systematically deprived, then
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Entomology

Moths & street lighting

Science & Technology
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On the trail of the real culprits

Books
Interview with Rana Ayyub, author of Gujarat Files.
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‘The scale of violence was shocking’

India
Interview with Prakash Singh, former DGP of Uttar Pradesh.
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Bihar

Cleaning-up time

Lead Story
Recruitment of unqualified teachers is an issue that has rocked Bihar over the past five years. Even government-run institutions are not blameless in
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New Education Policy

The policy suspense

Lead Story
The Human Resource Development Ministry’s insistence on keeping the T.S.R. Subramanian Committee’s report secret fuels apprehensions about its agenda
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Beyond the veil

Books
Departing from the usual narrative of history from a male perspective, where women are but shadows, Sudha Sharma offers glimpses into the world of Mus
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Intrusive state

Books
The book analyses the role of technology in perpetuating the terror of surveillance, which is threatening to drown the world of freedom.
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Judiciary

Lawyers up in arms

India
The Madras High Court amends the Advocates Act, enabling it to debar lawyers from practising on the grounds of discipline, but lawyers see it as a thr
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Delhi

Capital concerns

Lead Story
Inadequate infrastructure, crowded classrooms, shortage of teachers and under-implementation of the RTE are just some of the problems plaguing the edu