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Issues

Way off the mark
All that children seem to be doing is studying, the result of being repeatedly told that their future depends on their marks. To SHAKTI MAIRA, in such an environment — unlike in the West — there's an unhappy, but likely, prospect that the emerging generation will become `artless', with the seeds of appreciation of beauty and its expression remaining barren in their lives.


Too much, too early?
If one were to consider the inputs from the existing school system into a child's scientific thinking, felicitous use of language, competence to search for information and to work out solutions, one would find them too little and too late. On the other hand, if one examined the curricular load, it would be too much, too early, says S. ANANDALAKSHMY, in a commentary.
ENVIRONMENT
A plan for life
The first draft of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan was the focus of a debate in Delhi recently. People need to know that the NBSAP is open for review and feedback, say ASHISH KOTHARI and KANCHI KOHLI.

Focus
REFLECTIONS
On war
Remembering Sri Lanka, INDRAN AMIRTHANAYAGAM tries to find an answer to the riddle of conflict.
ISSUES
HIV/AIDS: Prevention, cure and care
The focus of AIDS awareness campaigns is more on prevention and cure. But what about those already infected? Who will take care of them, asks GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
IDEAS
A retreat for a new beginning
To those caught in today's rat race, one of the major killers is stress and its related problems. The way to `wellness', in such a situation requires a reappraisal of attitudes and mindsets. S. RAMACHANDER writes of a retreat that helps one pause and take stock.
PERSPECTIVE
Vote for the environment
KLAUS TOEPFER reviews the successes of the United Nations Environment Programme and looks at future plans.

Columns
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The wrath of grapes
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Chemistry of news

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Strengthening Indianness
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Citizenship with dollars and pounds



Urban Edge


People
PERSONALITY
Politics of art
Istvan Szabo's "Taking Sides" focuses on personal responsibility for action and inaction even in the most trying, confusing times. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN talks to the Hungarian filmmaker.

Lifestyle
ART
Masterpieces from the Alkazi show
The Alkazi art collection, which was on display recently, portrayed the scholarly interest in modern trends in the field. In a review, ALKA PANDE says it was also an attempt to initiate a dialogue with the viewer and reveal the depth, range and quality of art work.
TIME-OUT
Zapping around Zurich
Determined to avoid the modern face of this Swiss city, TANUSHREE PODDER took a detour from the main shopping hub, into the bylanes and discovered a whole new world.
GARDENING
Fragrance ... on the ground
Two tree species bloom in the night. But with dawn, their splendour vanishes, says O.T. RAVINDRAN.

Health
HAIR CARE
Goodbye to dandruff
Dandruff is a condition where the skin cells on the scalp are produced in excess, causing irritation and itching. Here are steps to help prevent it.
Can't count sheep?
Sleep disorders are a common yet treatable problem, say Dr. S.S.K. AYYAR and Dr. SURESH KUMAR in the conclusion of a two-part article.

Books
REVIEW
Compassionate portraits
Quiet Storm tries to enable the destigmatisation of HIV/AIDS and protect the rights of those affected, writes MURALI N. KRISHNASWAMY.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

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Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
Irrespective of Lagna and Rasi, is it true that Mercury with Sun not in Mithuna or Kanya, or in any Kendra, but in the 12th promises the best education?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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