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Test by night

Innovation is inevitable in the longestand oldest of cricket’s many formats In these times of instant gratification, Test cricket with its five-day tenure might seem an anachronism. To make it seemingly worse, these long-winding contests can also throw up a draw, which flies against sport’s result-oriented culture. Yet, despite a …

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Still a developing country

India’s publicity overdrive about development can come back to bite it at the WTO While on the one hand, the official narrative in India is that of a country making rapid developmental strides since 2014, on the other, when it comes to developmental status at the World Trade Organization (WTO), …

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Free trade over fair trade

Fair trade is often an excuse to raise more protectionist barriers to serve domestic special interest groups Free trade, which enjoys almost unanimous support among economists, has come under severe attack from politicians across the world. According to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, the U.S.-China …

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Building a stronger investment base

The Tamil Nadu government should match its outreach activities with speedy decision-making Tamil Nadu is not known to be a State that markets itself on a large scale to grab the attention of the rest of the world. Even when the process of economic liberalisation gained momentum in the late …

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Upholding the ideals of fairness and rectitude

Bright-line recusal rules demand that a judge looks not to his moral sense but considers what a reasonable person thinks The right to a fair hearing is at the heart of the rule of law. But in India today this notion increasingly appears to be a chimerical dream. The latest …

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Internationalising the Kashmir issue

After the visit by MPs of the European Union to the Valley, India’s rejection of mediation will seem contradictory Now that the visit of European Union (EU) parliamentarians to Kashmir has ended, it is time to assess what it achieved. Was it a clever gambit that could change the discourse …

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Dangerous sweetness

In long and verse sweetness has through the ages been equated with goodness but some hard-hearted research scientists have now found that one of the sweetest substances in existence, the cyclamate, spells danger for the consumer. Cyclamates are hydrocarbon compounds 30 times sweeter than sugar and since they are also …

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Deep traps

The onus on closure of abandoned wells should be on the local body, and not the owner As with several such incidents in the past, the intensive operation in Tamil Nadu to rescue a child who slipped into an abandoned borewell in Manapparai, Tiruchi district, ended in spectacular failure. Hopes …

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Brotherhood unbound

Sena’s brinkmanship in talks with BJP is unlikely to fetch it dividends in Maharashtra The protracted bargaining for power sharing between two pre-poll allies, the BJP and the Shiv Sena, is holding up government formation in Maharashtra, despite their victory in the Assembly election. The irony is starker when compared …

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India’s Afghanistan conundrum

The U.S.’s current policy in Afghanistan puts India in a tough spot and Pakistan in a good placeLess than two months after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the Taliban, Washington is laying the ground to resume them. That this is happening before Afghanistan has a new …

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