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Finally, Cabinet takes the right step

In the final analysis, it is sound common sense of the people that helped. They made it clear that they didn’t want crooked politicians protected in any way.

Rajan proposals will do justice to states

Orissa and Bihar will now get the badly needed funds as a right, and not as a matter of patronage, or as a lifeline thrown by the Centre to win them over as allies in the coming elections

A scary wake-up call from Kenya

al-Shebab failed to humble the government of President Kenyatta. This is likely to put greater pressure on it within Somalia where the African Union forces could profitably go after the terrorists.

Despite the hiccups, Aadhar is beneficial

Without a smooth Aadhar system in place, direct benefits transfer to individual bank accounts — without leakage along the way — will continue to suffer hiccups

A great chance for Lankan Tamils

With Pakistan energising its ISI ‘watchtower’ in Colombo, India would have to depend on Wigneswaran and his provincial government as allies to counter this threat to southern India

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.