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The children left behind: The real victims of Assam's hooch tragedy

Underlying the recent hooch tragedy that caused more than 150 deaths in two districts of Assam lie bleak lives led in hard work and poverty, with few escapes. The Indian Express tell their stories, and one tale that is just beginning — of the 41 left orphaned.

Strike Force: The challenges in IAF’s upgrade roadmap

If the Indian Air Force’s strike at Balakot drew a new red line for Pakistan, Islamabad’s retaliation underscored that air deterrence is key in any escalation ladder. The Indian Express examines the IAF’s upgrade roadmap to explain the new challenge

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What Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's comments say about Indian cricket

Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s comments on Koffee With Karan, which led to them being suspended and called home from Australia, gives a peek into Indian cricket, its young players and the ecosystem of stardom, glamour and big bucks.

Congress comeback: Rahul Gandhi to grapple with young-vs-old debate

With the 2019 elections looming, Rahul Gandhi will have to reconcile a restless youth leadership and an old guard unwilling to cede space.

Karnataka verdict: JD(S) — Back with a Bangalore

A hung House and a series of dramatic events have seen the JD(S) take over the reins of the government in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress. JOHNSON T A looks at how the Gowdas, till recently on the precipice of irrelevance, now see a chance to resurrect the party

Rakesh Asthana: Fodder scam to Godhra, never far from limelight

With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.

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Alok Verma: A long journey from Pusa Road to top job at CBI

With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.

CBI power shift: As it happened

Timeline: The journey of Rakesh Asthana and Alok Verma — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.

The Wait

The Supreme Court’s decree to let women of all ages into Sabarimala temple has been thwarted by a combination of faith, politics and patriarchy. But is it really as black and white as that? The Indian Express talks to the women closest to the altar.

Free fall

With the rupee hitting an all-time low of 72.98 against the US dollar on September 18, The Indian Express examines what a weak currency means for the national economy — and personal finance.

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