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Pawan Kalyan’s all-out attack on Chandrababu Naidu

The Jana Sena leader is hoping for pro-Narendra Modi and anti-Chandrababu Naidu waves to ride on in simultaneous elections in AP in 2019 By GS Radhakrishna Chocolate hero of the Telugu screen and loose cannon of Andhra Pradesh politics, Pawan Kalyan, aka Konidela Kalyan Babu, is yet another relative newcomer to politics with ambitions to become AP Chief Minister in 2019. The 47-year-old actor-turned-politician, an intermediate educated and twice divorced celebrity hailing from coastal AP, is looking for a hit on the political screen in 2019, after a series of flops on the cine screen in the last five years.…

Exclusive: With Change Of Guard, CPI (Maoist) Aim To Regain Lost Ground

Stung by heavy casualties in recent years, the Maoist insurgents hope their new chief Basavaraj will turn their fortunes around By GS Radhakrishna In a 15-page open letter to Maoist cadre in December 2018, Basavaraj alias Namballa Keshava Rao — the new chief of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)— made a case for reinventing the chain of command and re-instilling military discipline, in light of heavy casualties faced by the insurgents in the past few years.…

Dying In Attapady, One Child At A Time

Tribal children are dying in droves in Kerala’s Palakkad district while authorities convey mere platitudes   By Rejimon K Raman R, 26, a tribal from Attappady in Palakkad, and his wife Bindu R, 21, have not come to terms with their loss. On 22 November 2018, at around 8:30 am, their three-day-old baby boy showed symptoms of uneasiness in breathing.…

Will The Three Mystery Doctors Please Stand Up

The Arumughaswamy Commission’s allegations against the Tamil Nadu Health Secretary is based on testimonies by three doctors – but who on earth are they? By Sandhya Ravishankar On 27 December 2018, Standing Counsel for the Arumughaswamy Commission filed an application demanding that the Tamil Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao be included as Respondents in the probe into late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and death on 05 December 2016. “The medical evidence adduced so far against the Respondent No.…