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College teacher ‘lures’ girl students, suspended

An assistant professor of a private arts college in Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district was placed under suspension last month for allegedly “luring” four girls to get “certain things” done. In return, the students were promised both academic progression and financial support. College authorities suspended the assistant professor after the girls filed a complaint. The issue…

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From the fringes, a new political power play

Political parties and groups that had remained on the fringes of Tamil Nadu’s political landscape for decades suddenly seem to have taken on a new life of their own. They are today more visible, more proactive than ever before and even give the impression that they would soon move centre stage. They tread where mainstream…

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A golden hue: On India’s CWG medals haul

The Olympics has a global allure and the Asian Games basks in its continental spread. Compared to these two, the Commonwealth Games may look like an unflattering vestige of Britain’s colonial past. Yet there is no denying the CWG’s relevance as a stepping stone to greater sporting glory. For India, the relatively limited competition means…

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War for war: On U.S. strikes on Syria

By launching a missile attack on Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump has made good on his threat to use force if chemical weapons are used in the civil war-stricken country, but he has also escalated the devastating, multi-sided conflict. This is the second time Mr. Trump has ordered a missile attack on Syria. Last year,…

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‘Red flag’ eases Union Home Ministry official out

Days after a Home Ministry official red-flagged the involvement of private consultants in operating a new emergency response control room for disaster management, he was transferred to the Culture Ministry. Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary (Disaster Management), was shunted out on March 1 after he wrote to Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba against bringing in private consultants…

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Congress shifting tactics to win battle of optics

The call for a midnight march last Thursday by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to highlight what he called “growing violence against women” against the backdrop of the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents was not only aimed at tapping into public anger but also to build a narrative that the Modi government has failed vulnerable sections.…

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Kings XI survives Dhoni’s breathtaking late onslaught

After blitzkriegs from Dwayne Bravo and Sam Billings took Chennai Super Kings past the finish line in its first two encounters, the team stared at a similar chase. But this Sunday evening, in spite of M.S. Dhoni’s hope-inspiring, unbeaten 44-ball 79, Kings XI Punjab just about managed to halt the winning run of the former…

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Kathua outrage has united nation: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accepted the resignations of the two BJP Ministers who had participated in a rally in support of those arrested in connection with the rape-cum-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The acceptance of resignations came amid public protests in major metropolitan cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and…

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