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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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Barack Obama may win his way to the Oval Office a second time.  Now winning is his only agenda, so is his rival Mitt Romney’s. Both appeared in their debates like roosters in a ring, ready to go for the kill.

 In their first debate at Denver, Obama looked tired, lacking in spirit. Romney fired past him with his best performance till date. The media prodded Obama for his spiritless approach.

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Now that Rahul Gandhi has made a crucial decision to continue his work in the Congress party and not join the government, he should consider the millions of Indians who have been waiting to be benefitted by the country's economic reforms as his own "constituency". He can use their "angry impatience" to create a "forceful impetus" to push their cause within the Congress.

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Tilak Vihar could be just another congested neighbourhood in west Delhi until you take a closer look. Everywhere, there is a profusion of turbans and beards - a traumatic reminder that this is a Sikh resettlement colony built on the charred memories of riots 28 years ago.

The lapse of time has done little to dull the bitterness or erase the images of fathers, sons, brothers and husbands killed mercilessly in the rioting that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on Oct 31, 1984.

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