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Pressing on with détente
It is obviously unrealistic to expect Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf to give a major boost to India-Pakistan relations each time they meet. Beginning with the agenda-setting Vajpayee-Musharraf meeting during the ...

Beware of what you wear!
In imposing on students a dress code that proscribes jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops, and tight-fitting outfits, the Anna University has taken to an extreme a narrow-minded notion of discipline on the campuses of engineering colleges in Tamil ...

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Japan emerging as a more normal democracy
By Ramesh Thakur

Mr. Koizumi seems to have succeeded in breaking out of the traditional mould of Japanese politics and connecting directly with the people.

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Of chit funds and loan lotteries
By P. Sainath

Many farmers deep in debt are trying to find a way out through playingbhishi(chit funds). Denied bank loans and desperate for credit to run their farms and for other needs, they take huge risks inbhishi. The results are usually tragic.

Inducing consolidation by banks
By C.R.L. Narasimhan

For Indian public sector banks, an alternative to induced consolidation would be to intensify efforts at sharing some expensive overheads, such as technology investments, and presenting a united front against foreign competition.

Germany drifting towards a grand coalition?
By Vaiju Naravane

Angela Merkel, Gerhard Schroeder slug it out in the last two days of campaigning.

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