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Inder Kumar Gujral was India's prime minister for a brief 11 months in 1997-98. But the mild-mannered, soft-spoken politician, whose personality flew against the political archetype, will be remembered primarily for his keen interest in protecting and promoting India's external interests and the eponymous Gujral Doctrine - his mantra for India's neighbourhood policy when he was external affairs minister twice in a decade.

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Bangalore: A staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) man, B.S. Yeddyurappa, who Friday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Karnataka assembly, rose from being a clerk in a rice mill to the party's first chief minister in south India - and eventually its albatros.

He ended his 40-year association with RSS and the Jan Sangh, which later became the BJP, on a bitter note and is out to damage its prospects of retaining power in the assembly elections due next May.

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A few weeks ago India’s premier car maker Maruthi launched ‘Alto-800”. Market watchers say it is an answer to Hyundai’s small car series, Eon. There was a neck-to-neck Ad war, each praising their edges while downplaying the other’s. 

People got excited. They visited shops and googled for details, comparing prices and relative merits of various models in all continents. It was like the opening day of a Rajani starrer.

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Foreign investors, and not just the ones invested in pharmaceuticals, are in a tizzy. Come Nov 27, the Supreme Court is expected to decide which way India will go on pricing of drugs.

The federal cabinet, in a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had Thursday okayed a National Pharmaceuticals Policy, expected to trigger a 20 percent drop in prices of essential drugs including anti-diabetics, painkillers, anti-infectives and anti-cancer medicines.

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Pera Kamalana sits in a small room of her house, spinning the dyed yarn that will bring alive beautiful ikat designs on the nine-yard silk sari Pochampally is famous for. Wearing a polyester sari herself, Kamalana's life is, however, an irony and hardly as exotic as the timeless creations her loom gives birth to.

"I can't afford to wear a Pochampally silk sari," Kamalana said, when asked if she had any special creation in her wardrobe.

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Feminist groups and their ideology buffs need to know what the real discrimination against second sex is.

 It is in the medical field. Treating woman equal to man is the problem here; not the other away round.

Many medicines women take are tested only on men. The result is various physical ailments to them.

Look at the latest Harvard university study: women taking anti-depressants may have a significantly higher risk of deadly blood-pressure. Their babies may have problems with IQ and growth. 

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It says something about the world that we live in that six people set themselves on fire in just about as many days to protest their diminishing freedoms and it barely captures any attention at all.

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A 16th-century royal was smitten by the beauty and voice of a singer-poetess in these south Kashmir highlands during a moonlit November night amid the fragrance and magical colours of the blooming saffron flowers.

King Yusuf Shah summoned the husband of Zoon, the singer-poetess, to his court. He was asked to divorce his wife so that the king could marry her. She was christened Habba Khatoun after her marriage to the king.

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The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is in a soup after the Jimmy Savile exposure. This legendary presenter of the long-running Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It was preying on young girls even on the BBC premises. Jimmy is dead and gone; he can’t defend himself.

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Washington: One of the world's largest electoral exercises in the world after India, the world's largest democracy, gets underway Tuesday when 169 million American voters go to the polls to chose a president, a new House of Representatives, 33 senators and thousands of local officials at a whopping cost of $6 billion.

Key facts:

. There are169 million registered voters, 86 million Democrat and 55 million Republican and 28 million others.

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