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09-09-2022

The cracks are showing (September 9, 2022)

The image of the judiciary as a reliable pillar of Indian democracy is crumbling, as verdict after verdict betrays the most basic notions of justice.

Briefing

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Trinamool Congress struggles to shake off corruption charges in Bengal

Politics
The ruling party in West Bengal faces one of its toughest periods in recent years.
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Could a 12th-century well in Kerala be the clue to a kingdom long lost?

Heritage
Oral tradition says the big well in Malappuram existed in the kingdom of the Cochin royals.
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BJP in election mode as it draws up strategy for Maharashtra

Politics
Having paralysed the Maha Vikas Aghadi, it is now going all out to put the State in its kitty.
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Is the judiciary failing to put a check on excesses of the executive?

India
This might end up curtailing civil liberties and undermining democracy.
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‘Panchayat’ recreates village life in its language of languor

Columns
But it is also designed to keep all discomforts like caste or queerness at bay.
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Landslides in Kerala more frequent due to climate change, deforestation

Environment
Farmers, fisherfolk, labourers and other marginalised sections are the worst affected.
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Re-examining the contested legacy of Tipu Sultan

Art
The DAG exhibition urges viewers to assess the Mysore ruler’s importance afresh.
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Attack on Salman Rushdie demonstrates the resilience of hate

Literature
Rushdie publicly defended himself and sought to make peace. But fanatics never see reason.
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(de)Coding Mumbai: Story of a growing city

Heritage
A recent exhibition traces the history of town planning in Mumbai. 
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What happens when judges listen to their inner voice?

Columns
A judge’s conscience is the last bulwark against the tyranny of the state.
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Chirag Paswan: ‘Opposition unity is an illusion’

Politics
Interview with Chirag Paswan, president, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas).
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The Idlers

Literature
Translated by Jagriti Gupta from the Hindi translation of the Urdu original, Kaamchor.
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Where you get the best Chinese food outside China

Travel
A food odyssey by Indians homesick for Chinese food in Deutschland.
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Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh documents tribal culture of Gujarat

Columns
It offers a unique space for the study of tribal communities.
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IIT Delhi comes up with non-invasive diagnostic tool for epilepsy

Science & Technology
It will help neurosurgeons pinpoint where in the brain the seizure is located.
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NPCIL places its first order for fuel storage racks for Kudankulam

Science & Technology
The racks will allow fuel assemblies to stored safely in close proximity to one another.
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Hybrid magnet in China produces record-breaking steady field of 45.22 T

Science & Technology
Scientists of the Steady High Magnetic Field Facility in Hefei built it.
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The NIF in California gets one step closer to nuclear fusion

Science & Technology
Its August 2021 nuclear fusion reaction met the important milestone of ignition.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
Goddesses, pickets, and typography.
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Mumbai fixated on building expensive metros to ease commuting woes

Columns
The better alternative would be to invest in upgrading BEST and the suburban train system.
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The Science News Round-up

Science & Technology
Medicine, nuclear energy, and magnetics.
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Tibetan diaries

India
Vignettes from a Tibetan settlement at Majnu ka Tilla in Delhi.
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Centre eyes privatisation push through Electricity (Amendment) Bill

India
It further dents the federal structure and allows private players to use government networks.
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BJP woos Pasmanda Muslims at the behest of Narendra Modi

Politics
The party is trying to attract this community, which forms 85 per cent of Indian Muslims.
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Judges & their bogus collegium

India
The decline of the judiciary started early in the history of independent India.
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Rich repast of India’s past

Books
The daily lives of ancient Indians reaffirm that history is complex and fascinating.
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Holocaust-era horrors

Books
In these haunted pages, a teenager becomes a much-loved, albeit flawed, hero.
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Fearless activist

Books
Important phases of her life are in the sociopolitical context of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
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Taiwan visit of Nancy Pelosi heightens US-China tensions

World Affairs
The visit appears to signal an end to the “one China” policy of the US.  
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Silent tragedy strikes Sri Lanka as hunger crisis looms

World Affairs
Millions of Sri Lankans are drastically cutting down on food intake.
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In Erewhon’s court

India
A fictional account of a fictional judgment by a judge who for now only lives in the imagination.
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What does the judiciary in India need as reforms?

India
A simple, wide-ranging wish list of reforms for India’s judiciary.
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Editor’s Note

India
Hopes that the judiciary would protect the nation from a dystopian abyss are receding. 
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ED raid on loan apps reveals strong Chinese presence in crypto crimes

Columns
Crypto exchanges were transferring overseas the money these apps extracted from borrowers.
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Bihar politics sees new twist as Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav join hands

Politics
Nitish Kumar decided to dump the BJP and make common cause with the RJD again.
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Irula sensation Nanjamma shines light on tribal life with her music

Cinema
The National Award winner’s songs continue to inspire millions in Kerala and beyond.
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Slow wheels of justice

Data Stories
The delivery of justice has been delayed to tens of millions of Indian citizens for decades.
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First SSLV flight fails to put satellites in correct orbit

Science & Technology
ISRO Chairman is confident of resolving the problem and being ready for the next launch.
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Thoothukudi firing: Inquiry Commission report names top police officials for violations

News
The Justice Aruna Jagadeesan Commission report was submitted to M.K. Stalin on May 18.