Editor's Note

Which way Prime Minister?

The economy

Little to cheer about

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with captains of industry in New Delhi on April 6.

The Economy

Slogan as solution

Sona, a former manual scavenger, sharing her story at a gathering associated with Rashtriya Garima Abhiyaan, a national campaign for the eradication of the practice. The campaign has facilitated the rehabilitation of several manual scavengers by offering them alternate employment in the MNREGS.

Social sector

Two steps backward

In a country in which more than 96 per cent of the workers are anyway on informal contracts or are self-employed, and where wage costs are estimated to account for less than 4 per cent of the total costs in manufacturing, it should be absurd to see labour laws as a constraint on economic growth. Here, in a plywood factory near Kochi.

The Environment

Destructive decisions

Lush greenery along the approach road to Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. With dwindling forest cover as a result of rapid urbanisation and proposed mining project in the area, the greenery may disappear soon.

Civil Society

With us or against us?

In Bangalore on May 15, Greenpeace activists protest against the Centre’s move to freeze the non-governmental organisation’s bank accounts.


Soldiers’ lament

Retired defence personnel on a fast for justice at the Mahatma Gandhi statue on M.G. Road in Bangalore on May 27, 2008. They are still waiting for the implementation of One Rank One Pension.

United States

White lies

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden (left), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011.


Building bridges

President Xi Jinping (right) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Dacien Buddhist Temple in Xian, Shaanxi province, on May 14.


Remembering a great war

Fireworks explode above Moscow's Red Square on May 9 during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany.


Lingering spring

President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis on May 12.


United on border

A kaccha road belonging to Bangladesh near Kulupara village located along the zero line in Nadia district of West Bengal. The T-pillar demarcates the border and the mud wall of a local mosque that falls within Indian territory.

Foreign Policy

Look West, Act East

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Barack Obama during the ceremonial reception for the U.S. President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 25, 2015.


Acts in haste

Congress supporters at the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor rally against the land acquisition Bill at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on April 19.


Corrosive agenda at work

Bharatiya Janata Party workers taking out a procession in Jaipur in May 2013 against corruption under the Congress regime.

Science & technology

Cashless & headless

Research scholars of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, demanding a hike in scholarship on February 18.

New schemes

Miles to go

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Assi Ghat in Varanasi during a Swachh Bharat campaign on December 25, 2014.

Tamil Nadu

The verdict in question

Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Disproportionate assets case

Trials & tribulations

Special Public Prosecutor B.V. Acharya arriving at the City Civil Court to attend the hearing in the disproportionate assets case in Bangalore on June 27, 2005.

Tamil Nadu

Faith at fever pitch

A priest throws a sari into the fire pit during the Aswaruda Devi maha yagna at the Sakthi Mariamman temple at Sugunapuram in Coimbatore. which was performed for 17 days from March 16. AIADMK Ministers and legislators took part in the ceremony.


Terror from the air

People run for cover as smoke billows following air strikes on the residence of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital, Sana'a. Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition bombed Saleh's house in central Sana'a following a night of intensive strikes against shia rebel positions, witnesses said.


Ambedkar, Gandhi & Jinnah

Back in India after the Round Table Conference in London, B.R. Ambedkar and Gandhi arrived at a compromise on reservation of seats and signed the Poona Pact on September 24, 1932, to enable Gandhi to call off his fast. Here, M.R. Jayakar, Tej Bahadur Sapru and Ambedkar at Yerwada jail on the day the pact was signed.


Endless wonders of Serengeti

A lioness resting after a meal in Serengeti.

Data Card

Girls in school, a report card

Volume: 32
Issue: 11
Issue Date: 12-06-2015



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