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Pakistan's madrassas in perspective
President Pervez Musharraf's announcement that Pakistan's madrassas are once again under the scanner underscores the fine balance he has had to maintain since September 2001 between deflecting criticism from the West about the country's `jihad ...

Boost to Turkey's EU bid
The European Commission's announcement of a draft framework for talks on Turkey's accession to the European Union (EU) is a welcome boost to the country's decades-long bid — as an associate member from 1963 and an official candidate from ...

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It is time for Kumbhakarna to wake up
By Utsa Patnaik

Rural India is in acute distress, which is bound to turn to turmoil if its crisis is not addressed. It is not too late. There is a strong case for a universal employment guarantee and a universal Public Distribution System.

News Analysis
Judges need to exercise restraint
By Markandey Katju

Why a judiciary at all? How should justice be administered? How should judges respond when people take them to task? How should they respond to public criticism? What about the law's delays? The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court provides some refreshing and interesting answers.

The perennial outsider
By Harish Khare

ON THURSDAY Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress leader, put on display somewhat unorthodox behaviour in the Lok Sabha after the Chair had rejected her adjournment motion on the subject of alleged infiltration into West Bengal from Bangladesh. ...

Resolving disputes over water sharing
By V. Jayanth

BOTH ANDHRA Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have never had it so good. The reservoirs feeding the Krishna and the Cauvery delta basins are fast filling up. This is not because the upper riparian State, Karnataka, has obliged them, but because its dams ...

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"We have set out our stall on promoting higher education"
Bill Rammell, British Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, is in India to enhance bilateral ties and to explore possibilities for cooperation in the field of higher education. In an interview, he spoke on his Governm ent's efforts to make Britain an even more attractive education destination.




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