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Editorials
On Rae Bareli and sycophancy
There was never any doubt that Sonia Gandhi would regain her Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, which she gave up on the office of profit issue. Her resignation was an emotive act bound to appeal to an electorate known for its unswerving loyalty to the ...

A wake-up call on food security
For the first time since 1998-99, the Union Government is going in for wheat imports to the extent of three million tonnes. The first consignment has arrived, while the State Trading Corporation has floated a tender for more. Wheat production in ...

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Policy expectations in a changing polity
By Narayan Lakshman

Although pre-election promises of largesse are only too familiar across many Indian States, successive governments in Tamil Nadu have shown a remarkable penchant to actually adopt and implement welfare-enhancing policies, most importantly the noon me al scheme. But the new dispensation must resist the temptation to spread State resources thinly across broad constituencies.

News Analysis
Angela Merkel's growing popularity
By Jonathan Steele

BARELY SIX months in office and Germany's first woman Chancellor is not only considerably more popular in her own country than when she was elected; she will also soon become Europe's elder statesperson. With Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac in ...

Corrections and clarifications
The sentences in "DMK front headed for a big win in Tamil Nadu" (May 9, 2006, page 1) were: "If this seat prediction proves correct, this will be the first time since 1957 that no single party has a majority on its own. Tamil Nadu looks set ...

Left Front's support base widens
By Marcus Dam

In West Bengal, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has consolidated its hold in the rural areas while making huge inroads in urban centres.

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"We are looking forward to increased cooperation with India in space"
NASA chiefMichael Griffinspeaks on India-U.S. collaboration, the quality of ISRO's work, and training astronauts.




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