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06-05-2022

Neighbours in trouble (May 6, 2022)

Briefing

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Particle Physics

W-boson appears to be heavier than predicted by the Standard Model

Science & Technology
The result of a decade-long analysis of millions of archived particle collision events reveals that the W boson may be significantly heavier than pred
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DOHA FORUM 2022

Doha Forum 2022: U.S. position on Ukraine fails to find takers

World Affairs
At the Doha Forum 2022 held in March, the U.S. position on Ukraine did not find much favour with audiences and there was also the realisation that rat
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Ukraine

Ukraine conflict begins to resemble virtual NATO-Russia war

World Affairs
At the instigation of the Biden administration, the conflict in Ukraine has now been virtually transformed into a NATO-Russia war. However, hopes that
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Mumbai Climate Action Plan

Going green: Mumbai's promising Climate Action Plan restrained by prevailing development policies

Lyla BavadamEnvironment
The Climate Action Plan for Mumbai, the first city in South Asia to create one, has many promises, but current development policies seem to negate the
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LIVELIHOOD ISSUES

Forced out of homes in Chhattisgarh, Adivasis now face second displacement from Telangana

Social Issues
A section of the tribal people who were forced to migrate out of their home State of Chhattisgarh face the prospect of another displacement with Telan
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LEGAL ISSUES

Tribunals of conflict: Need for model of conduct for adjudicators

India
A model code of conduct for adjudicators is needed to help create impartial and independent tribunals, curb situations of forum shopping or bench hunt
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Centre-State Relations

Muddying the waters: Controversy over Centre's interference in Chandigarh government employees

India
The Central government stirs up a controversy by changing the composition of the Bhakra Beas Management Board and issuing a notification to apply Cent
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Music apps

Apps as music factories

Music
The rise of music apps has individualised the consumption of music, allowing users to create their own music, sing songs, upload them, and sing live w
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COVID-19 Update

COVID: Too soon to say the worst of the pandemic is behind us

Covid-19
The number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 may be low at present, but it is too soon to conclude that the crisis is over. There remain at least th
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LEGAL ISSUES

Totalitarian threat: Provisions of Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill need scrutiny

India
The expansion of state power is writ large in the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, whose provisions need strict scrutiny as they enable colle
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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (IDENTIFICATION) BILL, 2022

Surveillance state: Parliament passes the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill

India
The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022, passed by Parliament, allows forcible collection of biological samples from any person arrested fo
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PARTY AFFAIRS

CPI(M)’s Kannur congress: Rallying forces

Politics
The Kannur congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) takes a determined stand to fight the forces representing the corporate-communal nexus e
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘BJP’s defeat imperative to protect democracy’: Sitaram Yechury

Politics
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Scandals

Karnataka: Stench of corruption in contractor's suicide

India
A civil works contractor’s suicide after accusing a Minister of demanding commissions has lifted the lid on the serious charges of corruption against
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CRIME

West Bengal’s shame: Death of minor girl in Nadia

India
The alleged rape and subsequent death of a minor girl in West Bengal’s Nadia district, which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dismissed as a “small inci
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Cover Story: Maldives

The Maldives: Storm warning

Lead Story
With the presidential election just a year away, the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party faces a number of challenges, including internal troubles, clim
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COVER STORY

South Asia: A region in search of regionalism

Lead Story
South Asia’s narrative has for too long been dictated by external forces in coordination with Pakistan. In the first phase it was America plus Pakista
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Cover Story: Nepal

Nepal’s economy in a tight spot

Lead Story
The government in Nepal says that the economic situation is not as bad as it is in Sri Lanka, but the opposition insists on measures to prevent a cris
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Cover Story: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: The siege within

Lead Story
People, cutting across communities, are paying the price for the rulers’ misplaced policies and priorities. As the ruling Rajapaksas refuse to accede
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Cover Story: Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Defying pattern despite worries

Lead Story
With Sri Lanka and Pakistan in economic and political turmoil, there are fears about a similar crisis developing in Bangladesh. However, economists ar
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Economic Perspectives

Climate finance: A costly dodge

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The burden of climate finance must be shared fairly. But, in the context of the work being done by the IPCC, developed countries talk of measures such
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Cover Story: Pakistan

Pakistan’s political chessboard

Lead Story
Pakistan’s economy, like that of Sri Lanka and Nepal, the other two South Asian nations, is teetering. Before the premature end of Imran Khan’s govern
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Book Review

Book Review: Martyn Rix's 'Indian Botanical Art' is a comprehensive illustrated history of the subject

Books
Exquisitely illustrated, this comprehensive book on the tradition of botanical art in India will delight art lovers and enthusiasts of botany and Indi
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Book Review

Book Review: Translation initiative takes Tamil literature to the world

An eclectic, equal-opportunity offering of fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction marks the second phase of the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational