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With drought in the driver's seat
Anantapur is one of Andhra Pradesh's poorest districts and, along with Mahbubnagar, is its most crisis-ridden one too. Yet, the worse it gets, the larger is the number of luxury vehicles that show up on Anantapur's roads. Where does the money come from? Drought is the great provider, says P. SAINATH.
Issues

ECOWATCH
Thirst below sea level
Despite being enriched by two monsoons and four rivers, Kerala's Kuttanad region has become `a desert of backwaters' after many developmental trials, says M. SUCHITRA.


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Growing old ... alone
Elderly people in India face an uncertain future. Decreasing incomes, loneliness and insecurity compound their problems. USHA RAI writes on the senior citizens' need for social security.

Focus

MEDIA
The other side of news
The widespread criticism of the U.S. media during the invasion of Iraq obscured the work done by alternative media in that country to provide citizens with the other side of the story. AMMU JOSEPH writes about Democracy Now!, a radio and television programme that is increasing its reach among the U.S. public.
ISSUES
Trapped in the trenches
Telecom companies have been very vocal in their promises to subscribers. But apparently this consideration does not extend to the vanguard — those who dig the pits to lay the lines. KATHYAYINI CHAMARAJ recounts the woes of the immigrant workers.

Columns

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Tunnel vision in Agra
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
My fair lady

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
America is on trial
ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenburg
Name of the game

ROUNDABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
In search ... of the palace of lac



Urban Edge


  • Bangalore
  • Kolkata
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  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai

    Sightings


  • From Liril to drama
  • Closer look
  • It's now clothes
  • Summit in sight

    Lifestyle

    IMAGES
    Reality ... exposed
    So vast is the photographic record of life in the 20th Century, that an exhibition in London reveals that it is just waiting to be discovered, writes GAYATRI SINHA.
    SPORT
    Weakness for genius
    Many Indian sportspersons promise their fans great things, but fail to deliver. And this is attributed to `the lack of a killer instinct'. ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN has a different explanation.
    HERITAGE
    Simmering cauldrons
    THE art gallery right inside the Meenakshi temple in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) boasts a fine collection of metal icons and ritual artefacts. Although dimly lit and carelessly displayed, this exceptional gallery provides a rare setting for metal icons ...
    EXPRESSIONS
    Dialogues within dialogues
    In the conclusion of a two-part article, NIRMALA SESHADRI looks at what went on behind production at the Singapore Arts Festival. She talks to three of its key members.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Banish bronchial asthma
    Dying with every breath? If this is the plight of those with bronchial asthma, says Dr. M. MUTHUKUMAR, hope lies in acupuncture therapy.
    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


    Aries

    Taurus

    Gemini

    Cancer

    Leo

    Virgo

    Libra

    Scorpio

    Sagittarius

    Capricorn

    Aquarius

    Pisces


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    I am of Simha Lagna. Sun, Mercury and Venus are in Kanya, Guru in 4th, Rahu in 5th, Saturn in 7th, Moon in 10th, Kethu in 11th, and Mars in 12th. In Navamsa, Venus is in Meena with Moon, and Mercury in Mithuna. Does Mercury have Vargottama? Rahu Bhukthi in Sani Maha Dasa is running. What prospects in photography?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena


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