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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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If the surface indicators were considered, it would be obvious that the dice was heavily loaded in Narendra Modi's favour vis-a-vis the prime minister if a comparison of their Independence Day speeches was made.

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Thiruvananthapuram: But for the media, the so-called solar-scam would not have got the kind of publicity it did in Kerala, where some felt it would bring to an end the political career of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

But it now appears that thanks to the efforts of his main political adversary, the CPI-M, Chandy appears to have wriggled out from a tight corner.

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The RTI file, obtained by Madhyamam Daily, shows the clinical trials are on rise in India

 

Clinical trials in US is both time consuming and expensive. They have to spend millions of dollars for it. Also, they have to insure volunteers for a hefty amount. So, they prefer overseas volunteers to the native ones. US based multinational companies are behind the trials in India.

Prajesh Sen. G, sub-editor at Madhyamam Daily, won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for his exhaustive series on drug trials in India and the loopholes that exist.

We are republishing the award-winning story here:

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