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July 24, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Sri Lanka Polls

Jayewardene wiped out his main rivals in South Sri Lanka leaving Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party with just five seats.

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This equals that

Arun Jaitley is wrong: In a society committed to the rule of law, a murderer isn’t the same as an insensitive politician

Southern spectre

Deficient rainfall in the south is a warning. Centre must convene meeting of three states on drought relief, sharing of river water

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Mithali’s girls

As in men’s cricket, democratisation of the game has been crucial to the success of the women’s team.

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Individual vs group

Maharashtra’s Social Boycott Act is a welcome step to curb ‘community justice’. Its message must be politically reinforced.

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States of distress

The Centre cannot afford to lose sight of the increasing signs of fiscal strain in the states .

July 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago: President Reddy

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was declared President of India unopposed over eight years after he first attempted to occupy the highest office in the country.

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July 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Congress Crumbling

The ruling Congress’s citadel in Meghalaya, a state in which it enjoys a considerable electoral and political presence, is crumbling with the spate of resignations, both from the organisational and legislative wings of the party in the last few days

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Fly the flags

Why Karnataka alone? Flags for everyone would lend welcome colour to the national landscape

Heed the warning

The blockade that crippled life in Tripura since July 10 is over. But the state needs a lasting solution to its ethnic problem

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President Kovind

When balance between institutions is being reset, a nation looks to him for stability, continuity — and a moral presence

No state of exception

SC upholds the sanctity of due process, asks CBI to probe alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur

Among the immortals

Chinese government’s efforts to erase Liu Xiaobo have only ensured that he will not be forgotten

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By a thousand cuts

CBFC culls in a documentary on Amartya Sen reflect a sobering pattern — of the curbing of argument, intolerance of dissent.

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A booster shot

There is clear evidence of an economic slowdown. The case for a sharp rate cut by the RBI is strong.

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Mithali Raj, superstar

Her journey and achievements mirror the evolution of women’s cricket.

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July 14, 1977, Forty Years Ago: HM On Emergency

Singh was forthright in his condemnation of the Congress regime and Mrs Gandhi during the Emergency. He referred to Hitler and said he had brought in his dictatorship for realising his grandiose plans for boosting his country’s prestige and influence.

July 13, 1977, Forty Years Ago: JP To Bihar Medicos

A young man who proposed to a woman magistrate found himself in jail in Alwar district of Rajasthan during the Emergency. The young man had proposed to the woman magistrate in a “perfectly honourable fashion”.

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Don’t play it again

Cricket gets a winning combination of coaches. But the selection process points to an unreformed system

Much ado

Criticism of Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Chinese envoy, and Congress defence of it, suffers from same narrowness of view

Clearing the view

Road fatalities are not caused by drinking, but by drunk driving. Supreme Court has acknowledged the difference

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Coming together

Widespread condemnation of the attack on pilgrims to Amarnath shrine carries a message for PDP-BJP government.

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People powered

In a world overrun by machine intelligence, it is encouraging to see the public playing crucial roles.

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Malabar signals

India’s participation in naval exercises in Indian Ocean Region reiterates its commitment to safeguard its maritime interests.

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July 12, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Shah Commission

Spelling out the commission’s tasks and parameters within which it intends to function, Shah said his commission had the power to compel attendance by anyone, although he hoped that it would not have to do so.

July 10/11, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Mizo Rebellion

The underground Mizo National Front has stepped up its virulent activities in the wake of repudiation of the July 1, 1976 peace accord by the rebel Mizo leader, Lal Denga.

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Dishing it out

Air India’s decision to serve only vegetarian meals to economy class shows a disdain for its patrons.

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Missing in Hamburg

G-20 summit did not provide a roadmap to deal with challenges created by US withdrawal from the Paris Pact.

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Triumph in Mosul

Iraq announces victory over IS in the city, but getting the country back on its feet will be hard. Bigger battles lie ahead.

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July 10, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Hostage trauma

West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu said in New Delhi that if the Janata government implemented the programmes listed in its election manifesto, “we will go along with them despite our differences”.

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Ripe for reform

Implementation of direct benefit transfer of fertiliser subsidy should not be delayed for too long

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A double test

The onus is on the Mamata Banerjee government to restore peace in the Darjeeling hills and North 24 Parganas

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Fading order

A new cast is transforming Malayalam cinema. It is no more a man’s world

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Off Track

UP’s cycle tracks may be ill-planned, but they should be revamped, not dismantled

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Teething troubles

GST rollout is a learning process, implementation holds the key to its success

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Forty Years Ago, July 8, 1977: Reddy For President

Most opposition parties, including the Congress, have conveyed their acceptance to the ruling party’s proposal to sponsor the Lok Sabha speaker for presidential election slated to take place on August 6