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Ugly side

There is a dark under belly to the multi-billion beauty business, says Tarannum, pointing fingers at the problems faced by sales assistants who have to wear make-up and also stand long hours

Farmers’ woe

A move to give a concrete lining to a canal in Tamil Nadu has angered the farmers of Erode, Tiruppur and Karur districts as the region would turn into a desert, says Karthikeya Sivasenapathy

A real win?

As the TNA is set to win the provincial polls, exemplifying the unfaltering support for self-determination, Ana Pararajasingham fears that it could undermine the interest of Eelam Tamils

Dignity for all

Realizing that Indians do not have respect for dignity of labor, Vishal Talreja wanted to change the attitude and reached out to the slums. Today, his NGO, ‘Dream A Dream’ mentors underprivileged kids and uplifts them, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Vote for God

The Dongria Kond tribe’s opposition to Vedanta’s mining bauxite at the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha has now gained a democratic colour. Sarada Lahangir reports on how 12 village councils voted

Islet of loss

The Indian government’s stand that 'Katchatheevu was not ceded but conceded to Sri Lanka’s claim' has hurt the people of Tamil Nadu. Sam Rajappa puts the issue in its historical perspective

 
Walking the talk

The district magistrate of Kaimur in Bihar, Arvind Kumar Singh, has set an example to bureaucrats and politicians. He goes to work on foot or rides a bicycle to save fuel and save the economy

Caught in border

As women and children are the worst sufferers in any conflict, in Kashmir, the future hangs in fire for many wives of former militants and those entering India from PoK, says Ashutosh Sharma

Young fighter

Wedded at the age of 10, Uma Kumari now campaigns against child marriage, a common practice in her district in Uttar Pradesh. Tarannum tells out how Uma has inspired other girls to join her

Brave mother

Despite threats, Shaminma Kauser, the mother of Ishrat Jahan who was killed in an encounter by Gujarat police, put up a fight for nine years to clear the daughter’s name, says Humra Quraishi

Black facts

How does my skin tone make me different from other human beings? Don’t I bleed the same way? Don’t I have feelings? So wonders Diya Paul, recalling dark moments of discrimination in her life

Surrogacy concern

That children born through surrogacy are being deprived of mother’s milk is a nutrition issue that has not been adequately addressed. Tripti Nath looks for a solution by speaking to experts

 
Teaching parents

The mid-day meal tragedy in Bihar might not have happened if there had been a mother like Nazia Jaahan of Lucknow. Parvinder Singh and Priyanka Sarkar profile the woman who made a difference

Safe period

The mini sanitary napkin-making machine fabricated by Aakar Innovations could revolutionize rural women’s health, feels Alka Tiwari. For, just 12 per cent of women use sanitary napkins now

Focus Eelam

The 13th amendment only provides the mirage of devolution, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam tells Paul Newman, explaining his party’s decision not to contest the provincial elections in Sri Lanka

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