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Virat Kohli
Kohli hungry but disciplined: A look at India's run machine's journey to Virat-nessVirat Kohli is a champion with a premonition of his own destiny. He bats and leads - with complete faith that it will come to pass.

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Illustration by Anirban Ghosh
As demonetisation finished a chaotic month, a ready reckoner on why money matters Money's utility is mostly as a medium of exchange. Money allows strangers to transact without the need to trust each other; they trust currency instead.

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Picture for representation
Why and how black money hoarders are laughing all the way to banks"Go to a jeweller. Give him the amount you want to convert into white as cash," read the Google link that got the most hits post-demonetisation.

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Xi Jinping (Reuters)
China vs black money: Xi Jinping takes on 'tiger' elites to scare lower 'flies'Xi's approach has been described as "killing the chicken to scare the monkeys"- targeting elite officials or 'tigers' to serve as an example to the lower-level 'flies' in the party

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Rising suns
How India-Japan nuclear deal, joint statement on terror counter China plansBeneath the India-Japan nuclear deal and a joint statement on terrorism lies the foundation of a deep strategic and economic partnership to counter China.

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A work in progress
Bonhomie apart, India-Japan business ties remain a work in progressThe Modi-Abe meeting comes loaded with promise. But the ground issues hurting Indo-Japanese business need to be addressed if they are to be realised.

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Photo: Pritish Kumar Patil
Embraer scandal: How the Brazilian jet maker bribed its way to DRDO's attentionThe agreement, a copy of which is with India Today, painstakingly details how Embraer paid $5.76 million in 2009 to an Indian arms agent identified in the document only as 'Agent D'.

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Preparing for the worst
As Pakistan threat looms, Defence Ministry goes shopping; largest list since Operation ParakramThe defence ministry fast tracks ammunition buys to replenish war stocks as the threat of conflict with Pakistan lingers.

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Women from Hatimuria on a night vigil against illegal infiltrators.
As Assam begins rounding up illegal Bangladeshis, a new crisis brewsAssam's new government faces a tinderbox situation as it pursues its campaign promises to weed out illegal migrants.

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Maratha rally
The angry Manoos: Why Maratha agitation is filled with despair, desperationA standard complaint is that Maratha leaders looked after themselves but failed the community.

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Illustration by Anirban Ghosh
Why Income Declaration Scheme is not the end of crusade against black moneyPerhaps it is just the beginning. The real test begins now; the immediate challenge is to build up the momentum.

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Pellet gun vicitm
Blinding force: Can Pava guns replace pellet guns for crowd control?Despite escalating furore around pellet guns, they are not going anywhere as the Centre clears the use of less lethal alternatives.

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Little tragedies
Infant mortality rate worse than Sub-Saharan Africa belies Madhya Pradesh's double digit growth claimsThe state's tall claim of double digit economic growth is belied by the high number of infants who do not live beyond their first year.

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The Abdullahs
Young Kerala Muslims and the poisonous lure of Islamic StateThe flight of young Kerala Muslim families shows how the poisonous lure of IS is now spreading through social media.

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The police interact with villagers at a 'gram bhent' in Gaderi village.
Naxal crisis: Police reach out to locals, but the war far from overThe police reach out to local communities in Maharashtra's Naxal belt, but recent killings signal that the war is far from over.

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Soma Munda- Ex-soldier and war veteran has led the struggle since 1976
India's big water crisis: Meet 6 individuals making a differenceTwo years of drought may have reminded the nation that we are living with a chronic water crisis, but the welcome advent of a good monsoon may see a return to collective amnesia - until the next rude awakening.

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A Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the gates of Heaven Synagogue in Thane, Mumbai.
Indian Jewish community looks set to receive official minority statusIndia's ancient and dwindling Jewish community looks set to receive official minority status.

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Forest guard Rakesh Singh Rawat
Forest fires: An inferno of apathyThe fires that ravaged Uttarakhand demonstrate how dysfunctional the state administration is in times of a crisis.

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The Adarsh housing society in Mumbai
The Adarsh scam - Tower of deceitThe Adarsh scam probe is on track, but the problems of Mumbai's murky real estate sector persist.

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Buildings under construction in Noida extension
Realty strikesThe Real Estate Act is a clear start in protecting buyers from unscrupulous developers. But it may not have done quite enough.

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Shielding Pakistan-based terrorists at UNSC: Why Beijing won't budgeIts only real ally, Beijing, is unlikely to change its policy of shielding Pakistan-based terrorists like Masood Azhar at UNSC, despite India's protests.

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Dr Devi Shetty
Hard head, soft heartHealthcare for all, that's the dream on which heart surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty built his billion-dollar company. Can he kindle the health revolution the country sorely needs?

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Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri
Man of mysteryThe UP state government sets out to solve the three-decade-old mystery of India's most famous unknown man. The Bose family debunks the baba as yet another hoax.

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Dried and cracked storage area of the Dhanegaon dam from where Latur gets its water supply.
Latur: The great thirstLatur bears the brunt of Marathwada's drought as its 12 lakh residents struggle to get drinking water. Unfortunately, the scarcity has more to do with the administration's callous attitude than to nature.

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Kolkata club festAs the poll campaign warms up, it's time for Mamata Banerjee's 'club' boys to repay those years of rewards and awards.

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Ai Weiwei. Photo: Rohit Chawla
Artist awash in the land of refugeesOn the Greek island of Lesvos, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei stands tall to support the refugees.

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Rahul Gandhi with Manpreet Singh Badal who merged his party, People's Party of Punjab, with Congress
Manpreet Badal joins the Congress ahead of 2017 Punjab pollsManpreet Badal, the self-proclaimed original aam aadmi, joins the Congress, says the party has accepted his 'end VVIP culture' agenda.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with AAP leaders at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar.
The new turbanators: AAP's action plan for 2017 Punjab pollsAcross Punjab, the AAP and Kejriwal are what's making the news. Can the party ride the wave till 2017, or will a wily Badal and a rejuvenated Congress peg it back?

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Photo: Reuters
Winter of discontentAs China's growth sputters, the economy is going through a painful transit ion. Once booming industries are witnessing mass layoffs and labour unrest.

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PM Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin
Why Modi's Moscow tour is important for Indo-Russia relationsAs PM Modi heads to Moscow for his first state visit, there is hope that India and Russia will take big steps to boost their flagging strategic partnership

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Zooming to the next levelModi and Putin need to slice through the challenges facing Indo-Russian military ties.

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Make with RussiaA de-bureaucratised single-window system can iron out trade glitches.

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Prime partnerDespite looking at others for high-tech defence deals, India lacks a steady partner that can replace Russia.

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Pump priming tradeMajor new opportunities are opening up for India and Russia to take advantage of.

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Remove blocksBesides oil, gas and nuclear energy, other sectors are opening up, promising more trade and interaction.

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Unlock potentialIndia-Russia bilateral trade is minimal and can't get any worse. The good news is the future looks brighter.

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Illustration by Saurabh Singh
Last tango in ParisAs the biggest climate summit since Copenhagen 2009 kicks off in Paris, the onus is on the developed world to agree on equity through differentiated responsibility.

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Illustration by Saurabh Singh
Grand GST hits a hurdle, againA huge defeat in the Bihar elections and the resignation of the GST panel chairman deal a double blow to the Narendra Modi government's plan to roll out the tax in April 2016.

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Madhesi protestors
Troubled transitionAs Kathmandu hardens its stand against Madhesis and Delhi, protests threaten Nepal's nascent democracy.

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Modi's smart cities have a viability gapGiven how our existing cities come up short on fulfilling even basic needs, the Prime Minister's critics have been quick to dub his dream of 100 smart cites.

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Sharif chairs a meeting on internal security at PM house in Islamabad
It's back to square oneThat omission of Kashmir had boxed the Pakistani prime minister into a tricky situation drawing criticism from political parties and commentators across the spectrum at home.

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Sushma Swaraj, Sartaj Aziz
Failure of triumphalismBy not allowing Nawaz Sharif any room to defend at home his Kashmir omission in Ufa, the Narendra Modi government boxes itself into a corner on its Pakistan policy

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Nawaz Sharif, Narendra Modi
Modi's new Pakistan planModi, along with his navigators, which include his cabinet colleagues, RSS and BJP brass and officials such as National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, is working on a new roadmap to deal with Pakistan.

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Clearing the OROP logjamThe OROP issue has triggered a different war between North and South Blocks just a kilometre away from Jantar Mantar.

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Militants
Kashmir's new militant tideThe spurt in local recruitment has coincided with the peace process with Pakistan remaining stalled since last August.
 
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