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Naxalite woman leader arrested

Miss Ajitha, said to be a top commander of the Naxalite group which attacked the Pulpalli wireless station recently, was apprehended along with eight others in the Kottiyur forest early this morning [December 3] and taken to the Mananthody police station. The police are reported to have seized from Ajitha …

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PMs agree to continue talks on Kachchativu

The Prime Ministers of Ceylon and India have agreed that discussions on the sovereignty over Kachchativu and connected matters in the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar should continue. They exchanged views on a number of issues, including territorial waters, delineation of median line and fishing rights. A joint communiqué …

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A moving menace

Mob violence in the nameof cow protection is shredding civic order The violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district is yet another notice of the toll being taken on civic order on account of the failure to crack down on vigilante mobs. Two persons, including a police inspector, lost their lives …

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Stunted, wasted

The national framework to improve nutrition for children must be upgraded on priority The health, longevity and well-being of Indians has improved since Independence, and the high levels of economic growth over the past two-and-half-decades have made more funds available to spend on the social sector. Yet, the reality is …

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Cutting through the smog

Practical interventions exist to tackle the issue of stubble burning Incidents of stubble burning — following the harvest of paddy crop in Punjab and Haryana — cannot be averted by imposing fines, or giving notice or giving farmers capital subsidy. Instead, the issue requires long-term vision and strategic policy interventions. …

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The architecture is not the force

How a business friendly government has failed to arrest the slide in private investment It may appear that the recent hullabaloo over GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the past decade has cast a shadow over assessment of the economy’s progress since 2014, but it is not so. There exists …

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Reporting in the time of fake news

It is getting impossible for reporters to understand voters’ choices My first encounter with fake news was so mundane that it is a blur. It happened during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. I was in Bihar’s Vaishali constituency waiting for a campaign rally to start and struck up a conversation …

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Tariff truce

In order to address farmers’ distress,the entire agricultural chain needs a reboot Last week, tens of thousands of farmers reached Delhi for a two-day Kisan Mukti Morcha and held the country’s attention. They sought a special 21-day Parliament session to discuss the crisis in India’s agrarian economy. Their key demands …

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Uneasy fields

In order to address farmers’ distress,the entire agricultural chain needs a reboot Last week, tens of thousands of farmers reached Delhi for a two-day Kisan Mukti Morcha and held the country’s attention. They sought a special 21-day Parliament session to discuss the crisis in India’s agrarian economy. Their key demands …

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