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Briefing

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Telugu short story: The Spate

Literature
Many streams flow into this story—history, a parade of characters, a hierarchical society and the two great levellers of life: floods and hunger.
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Conservation

In Kashmir, an imperilled zone of peace

Tosamaidan, a high-altitude pastureland in Kashmir’s Budgam district that was until recently the site of a firing range of the Indian Army and a virtu
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Pharma exports to China

Pharmaceutical exports: Window of opportunity

Data Stories
India’s pharmaceutical exports to China have enormous growth potential and could play a vital role in reducing the bilateral trade deficit.
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Higher Education

Who gained from CET abolition in Tamil Nadu?

India
Study shows that the abolition of the Common Entrance Test for admission to professional courses in Tamil Nadu has benefited students from the Backwar
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Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker, drumming legend

Obituary
Ginger Baker (1939-2019) redefined drumming and the role of a drummer in rock.
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Interview: Arshad Madani

Arshad Madani: ‘We will work for nation’s integrity’

India
Interview with Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Arshad Madani.
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Movements

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind: Building bonds

India
The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, in its centenary year, reiterates its demand for a pluralistic India and composite nationalism and the determination to carry
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Labour Issues

HAL workers reject wage package and go on strike

India
As the HAL unions reject the management’s offer of the “best revised wage package” and decide to go on strike, there are fears that the future of the
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka presidential election: Past in the present

World Affairs
Sinhala majoritarianism dominates the campaign for the November presidential election.
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India & Bangladesh

Bangladesh and India: Deals & misgivings

World Affairs
The Dhaka-Delhi bonhomie seems to be on a roll, with seven agreements signed during Sheikh Hasina’s visit, but Bangladesh’s ruling party is facing cri
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India-China

India & China: Resetting relations

World Affairs
The informal meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram presents an occasion to understand the two
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West Asia

Turkish misadventure in Syria

World Affairs
Turkey launches a military offensive in northern Syria, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s “green light”, to eliminate the “Kurdish terror threat”, bu
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Ecuador

The spectre of IMF in Ecuador

World Affairs
After protests break out across the country, President Lenin Moreno withdraws the decree announcing the removal of fuel subsidies that was a part of t
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Essay

Rule of law & Army

India
In international law, the state and its organ, the army, are held accountable for any wrongdoing. Not so in India where the army enjoys impunity throu
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Health Insurance

Ayushman Bharat: Public funds for private benefit

Health
The annual report of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana highlights some of the very pitfalls that public health experts have been warning the govern
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Development Issues

Mumbai Metro's car shed project vs green brigade

General Issues
Both the Mumbai Metro project in Aarey and the protests against it are plagued by serious limitations.
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Pollution

Delhi's air pollution: Taming a killer

Environment
As air pollution is set to increase in Delhi because of the onset of winter and a slew of festivals, the Delhi government and the Ministry of Environm
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Disaster

Protests in Karnataka over Centre's flood relief aid

India
There is widespread resentment in flood-ravaged Karnataka over what is seen as a betrayal of the State by the Central government in the matter of reli
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Assembly Elections

Maharashtra Assembly election: Missing the wood for the trees

Politics
As the Maharashtra Assembly election approaches, the opposition seems to have played into the BJP’s hands: it is focussing on Prime Minister Narendra
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Economic Perspectives

Liquidity conundrum

Columns
Finance flowing to business from bank and non-bank sources has fallen considerably in recent months, besides not flowing to where it is needed most, a
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Tackling malnutrition

Feeding lessons to tackle malnutrition

Lead Story
Optimal feeding of infants is fundamental to tackling the burden of malnutrition.
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Well-deserved Festschrift

Books
A fitting tribute to the versatility of Deepak Nayyar, rich in terms of the topics dealt with and the rigour of its analysis.
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Interview: Professor H.P.S. Sachdev

‘The basic issue is of poverty and equity’

Lead Story
Interview with Professor H.P.S. Sachdev, Member of the Technical Advisory Group, CNNS.
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For a grand energy plan

Books
The book analyses a complex issue in its entirety and presents an efficient policy framework to guide future energy aspirations.
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Making sense of information age

Books
The book attempts to meticulously decode the paradox of increase in discord and dissonance despite unfettered access to information and ease of connec
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Problem of malnourishment

Dietary deprivation: Diets sans diversity

Lead Story
Ensuring a diverse diet for all and not fortification of staples with chemicals should be the public policy objective to ensure that children do not g