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Ladies’ Conference, Mysore.

Ladies Conference

The first Ladies’ Conference in Mysore was held on the 18th afternoon in the Maharani’s College Hall, Mysore, under the Presidency of Mrs. Chandrasekhara Iyer. About 200 ladies attended. The proceedings began with an invocation song tastefully rendered by four young ladies of the High School classes. Mrs. Chandrasekhara Iyer …

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Burma Rice Trade.

Burma Rice Trade

On Friday [October 18], the “Rangoon Times” extracted an article from the “Bombay Chronicle” of the 12th October setting forth a scheme for the handling of the rice trade in Bombay. The rice market was closed on Saturday, but to-day [October 21] the matter was widely discussed and a largely …

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The comeback ‘kid’

The comeback

The by-election victory of Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto leader of Malaysia’s ruling coalition, marks another milestone in his dramatic comeback, putting him within touching distance of the prime ministership. During a chequered career, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s deputy in the 1990s and later as leader of the People’s …

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Avoidable tragedy

ghastly Dasara disaster

The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously. In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway track …

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Time to hew a new antiquities law

Time to hew a new antiquities law

The construct around a civilisational history frequently emerges from untouched archaeological sites. Consequently, the premium has long been on archaeologists guiding a nation on what constitutes its history, memory and culture. This ingrained notion has foundationally resulted in the framing of India’s laws based on a singular view of what …

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Don’t blame the messenger

Don’t blame the messenger

On October 17, a front-page report, “Sri Lankan President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination”, in this newspaper became the subject of wild speculation on social media. Some commenters wondered how such a story could find a place in a respected newspaper. There was a striking element that …

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The pilgrimage’s progress

pilgrimages progress

The rules of worship are made, unmade, and remade over time and Sabarimala is no exception I remember seeing the ‘birth’ of Ayyappa on stage during a Kathakali performance. Following the drama of Bhasmasura’s destruction by Vishnu as Mohini, Shiva’s fear turning to gratitude, the two ‘male’ gods retreated behind …

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Lip service to labour rights

Lip service to labour rights

Gujarat is one of the top States in India that receive migrant workers, largely temporary and seasonal, on a large scale. In Gujarat, they work in unskilled or semi-skilled jobs in a wide range of activities such as in agriculture, brick kilns and construction work, salt pans and domestic work, …

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Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations

Climate fund allots

Officials overseeing a U.N.-backed fund to help poor countries tackle climate change have approved more than $1 billion in new investments after a four-day meeting in Bahrain. The Green Climate Fund said on Sunday that the meeting approved 19 new projects, including a programme to protect freshwater resources in Bahrain. …

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