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"I would submit that the highest possible form of national security, well above having better guns and bombs than everyone else, well above 'speaking softly and carrying a big stick, as President Roosevelt suggested, is the security which comes from being a nation which does the kinds of things that make other countries want to join with us to do them. If this is not 'strategic', then what is?"

 - Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Infighting in the Kerala Congress (Mani), the third largest ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government, is the latest bother for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Kerala Congress (Mani), led by Finance Minister K.M. Mani, has nine legislators in the 140-member assembly.

Over the past few years, the party has seen two mergers, first when Kerala Congress (Secular), led by government chief whip P.C. George merged his party with that of Mani ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

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Their voices are a part of the everyday life of the people of India, and some have lent their voice to history - to announce the independence of the country, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, India winning the 1983 cricket World Cup. Veteran All India Radio (AIR) newscasters are familiar household names who continue to share a special bond with their listeners.

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Thiruvananthapuram: If there's one thing in the Congress party in Kerala that has remained constant over the ages, it is the infighting. Today it has reached "cancerous levels", with even the party high command caught in a quandary.

The only difference in the party over the years is that the main actors involved have changed in the past one decade.

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New Delhi/Patna: He milked cows at his official residence, dressed only in his undergarments. He was photographed eating rotis being baked by his wife in the kitchen. He was a maverick, a jester, a crowd puller par excellence. Lalu Prasad turned Bihar's politics - and economic health - upside down as he catapulted from a student leader of the 1970s to be one of India's best-known politicians before his downfall Monday.

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It's a national tragedy that policymakers needed a 2006 report to realise that Muslims in India are still backward. The bigger tragedy is the UPA government hasn't really done anything to genuinely address the findings of the Sachar Committee.

We don't need another report to confirm this. Yet it's tempting to quote the findings of the "Social Development Report 2012: Minorities at the Margins" by the Council for Social Development (CSD). More than its contents, what makes it so revealing are the people who have prepared it.

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A homeless man on Broadway, New York City

America is not the "land of milk and honey" it is often thought to be. Crouching behind pillars to shield from the cold or squeezed at the entrance of shuttered shop fronts with their belongings tucked in a bundle and a receptacle kept for alms, over 600,000 people across US cities are homeless and subsist on the streets or in abandoned areas with some states pushing them into camps and others offering them a one-way ticket back "home".

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Thiruvananthapuram: Thanks to the “proactive” electronic media, tongues started to wag that Kerala is broke after the nearly dozen TV channels chose to run as breaking news an otherwise routine exercise that state governments take to raise additional capital.

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New Delhi: Here are 10 main reasons which experts feel are responsible for the Indian rupee -- which has depreciated as much as 16 percent this year -- to touch new lows each passing day:

-Widening Current Account Deficit: This is resulting in creating more actual as well as speculative demand for the dollar and other convertible currencies.

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New Delhi: The Indian rupee, which was at par with the American currency at the time of independence in 1947, hit a record low of 63.30 against a dollar Monday. This means the Indian currency has depreciated by more than 63 times against the greenback in the past 66 years.

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