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Mar 4, 2011
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The Aruna Shanbaug case: SC rejects plea

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UPDATE: The Supreme Court in its judgement on Monday rejected the euthanasia plea of Aruna Shanbaug, who has been lying in a vegetative state for 37 years following a sexual assault on her.

Euthanasia in various forms is legal in some countries with safeguards, but has been criticised.

Jan 7, 2011

India urges Pakistan to resume onion exports

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is trying to persuade Pakistan to resume full exports of onions, the foreign minister said on Friday, as food inflation weighs on Asia’s third-largest economy and fuels anger against the ruling coalition.

Discontent over food inflation has been a major headache for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is struggling with a slew of corruption charges against his government, eroding its political capital from an impressive election victory in 2009.

Jan 6, 2011
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Will the Congress bite the bullet on Telangana?

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Almost a year after violent protests over demands for a Telangana state carved out of Andhra Pradesh, the Indian government has to grapple with the issue once again.

A report by a panel set up to examine the issue and suggest options to deal with the decades-old demand was made public on Thursday.

Jan 6, 2011
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Has the judiciary been a let-down?

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A former Chief Minister of Karnataka sparked off a controversy in the 1990s by comparing the country’s legislative, executive, judiciary and the fourth estate to four pall-bearers of India’s democracy.

Many would have disagreed with the cynicism the comments displayed, especially regarding the judiciary.

Jan 4, 2011
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Will the map of India change in 2011?


It’s been a decade since the last time the map of India changed. Whether it will change again depends on how the central government handles the demand for a separate state of Telangana.

And on that depends whether the map will change again (trifurcating Uttar Pradesh?) and again (bifurcating Maharashtra?) and again (a new state in the north-east?).

Dec 9, 2010
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Should the Congress agree to a JPC probe?

With parliament still deadlocked, does it make sense for the Congress to bow to opposition demands and set up a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the alleged telecoms scam?

If the government does agree to such a probe — and a few allies already think it should — it may well be in for a prolonged period of uncertainty.

Nov 25, 2010
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The ‘Manmohan’ factor reins in the Congress


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is accused of looking the other way while murky deals were on in the telecom ministry.

He has drawn flak from the opposition and his personal integrity was questioned in what may be India’s largest corruption scandal.

Nov 10, 2010
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Trouble comes calling for the Congress

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Ashok Chavan and Suresh Kalmadi have been let go by the Congress. Who will be next?

The scams laid at the government’s door do not end with the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the war homes scandal in Mumbai.

Oct 15, 2010
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Aakrosh: Not really about honour killing

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Use a ruler to draw a straight line. Then try to draw another straight line freehand. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it all wrong.

Aakrosh” which has been ‘filmed’ by Priyadarshan gets it absolutely right, Bollywood style.

Jul 9, 2010
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Red Alert: Bollywood’s take on the Maoists

With “Red Alert“, Bollywood rushes in where many experts fear to tread.

Here is a problem — Maoist violence — on which something is to be said on both sides.