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July 30, 2004



'I was set to dance at Nafisa's wedding'
'Her life was going so well on all fronts. It is only her personal life that was so unfortunate,' says Prasad Bidappa, the model's mentor.

The Tribal Messiah
Shibu Soren has taken risks all his life, and reaped rewards. But it seems he may soon run out of luck.



July 29, 2004



'No way but surrender for America'
'In the end America will get a kick. America's presence has given an impetus to terrorism. Just see the tamasha!' says Iraq expert Haridarshan Mejie.

Mumbai's Crowning Glory
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, now a World Heritage Site, is a monument of unusual grandeur.



July 28, 2004



Nathu La: closed for review
China is building an all-weather road near the pass, giving it a strategic edge.

Soren's eyes set on Jharkhand assembly
His resignation from the Union Cabinet gave enough indication of this.



July 27, 2004



India-China: Who will give in? And how much?
'Yes, we have both agreed to compromise. But now comes the tough part,' a senior official said.



July 26, 2004



School that helped build Kashmir
The tale of how the Islamia School was built is a moving one. Today, the institution is a charred ruin.



July 22, 2004



Bam Bam Bhole!
Glimpses from the Amarnath Yatra.



July 21, 2004



How Krishna broke free...
The inspiring story of how a mother would not let her child be shackled by autism.

Amma in New York
Does one need a language to feel a mother's love?



July 20, 2004



One red planet, three lucky earthlings
The National Geographic channel's Mission Mars contest picks three lucky winners to visit NASA.

Iran's dangerous double game
For the first time bad American policies and weak intelligence have resulted in a deadly alliance between Shia and Sunni militants in Iraq.

This soldier died for us
The amazing story of a subedar's son who rose from the floor of a village school to become one of the brightest officers of the Indian Army.

Lalu's Cup of Joy
Such is the enthusiasm among the potter community that many have rechristened kulhads as Lalu Ka Kulhad.



July 19, 2004



'Yesterday we buried our grandson. Today our granddaughter'
The school was only 20 ft wide and 70 ft long. Classes were held on the ground floor, 1st floor and 2nd floor. The classrooms were like corridors with no partition between them.

Iran's hand in the Afghan mess
The Iranians supported the Northern Alliance against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, but were also in contact with Al Qaeda and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

'Our son was sold to terrorists'
A Gujarati family claims that their son was sold to the terrorists to swell the ranks of the jihadis.



July 17, 2004



Final test: A colony on the moon!
For the first time in 11 years, a team of Indian high school and college students has qualified for the final round of NASA's International Space Settlement Design Competition.




July 16, 2004



Al Qaeda and the Iranian connection
The Iranians used the US indirectly against their old enemy Saddam Hussein and now they are using Al Qaeda against the US in Iraq.




July 15, 2004



How Gujarat plans to counter terrorists
The plan suggests what every policeman from a constable upwards must do to keep the police force one step ahead of the terrorists.

On the trail of terrorists
Little did Javed and Ishrat, or the others, know that they were being watched closely as they went about preparing for their acts.



July 14, 2004



Breakfast With Kerry
NRIs and other South Asians greet President Bush's Democratic rival in New York.

New trend: More girls than boys adopted
Is the great Indian obsession with the male child on a decline?




July 12, 2004



Does capital punishment really act as a deterrent
By executing someone you are not solving the problem because it continues to exist even after the convict has been hanged to death, says senior Supreme Court advocate Kamini Jaiswal.

'Capital punishment acts as a deterrent'
Senior Supreme Court advocate Ashok Arora says it is justifiable if the severity of the crime evokes a public outcry.




July 09, 2004



Why did Chidambaram hike defence outlay?
The Budget has set apart the biggest ever allocation to defence -- Rs 77,000 crore -- for 2004-2005.




July 08, 2004



A question of national security
Can J N Dixit fill Brajesh Mishra's shoes?




July 07, 2004



Kargil: Lessons to be learnt
After five years and many inquiries, no one knows what exactly happened before the conflict broke out and why everyone was taken by surprise.

Godhra hearings embarrass Modi
Former investigator tells Nanavati Commission there was no conspiracy and that the incident was the fallout of a clash between a tea vendor and kar sevaks.

No longer the Mecca for prosperity
'Saudi Arabia was a paradise 20 years ago. But I lost my peace of mind there of late. I don't want my children to suffer because of conflicts in the region.'

Ab Tak Sau
Meet Mumbai's No 1 'encounter' specialist.




July 06, 2004



The life of a loser
I learnt to read, to cycle, to play hockey and drive a car either on my own or from a variety of people -- Papa was never there.




July 05, 2004



All you want to know about governors controversy
What's the hoo-ha all about?

The Last Train Ride
'Itís a bride and itís going away from its parents' house.'

What are the new US visa rules?
Of all foreigners, Indians will be the largest group to be affected.




July 02, 2004



Dead End!
Over 120 farmers in Andhra Pradesh have ended their lives after the new government took over. Is there an end to this death march?




July 01, 2004



Trespassing in big-cat country
Tackling the leopard menace in Mumbai requires sensitivity.

Size does matter!
State governments across the country are rushing to trim the flab as the deadline set by the 97th Amendment to the Constitution fast approaches.

I never got a chance
Whenever I see your photograph, I wonder why you had to get a stroke before the big day in my life. A son pays tribute to his father.




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