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Muted response

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
Thirty-five-year-old James (name changed) from Meghalaya was shattered when he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2009. He got another shock when he found that the treatment, which lasts around one year, would cost over Rs 10,000 per week. Working as a counsellor with a non-profit for Rs 7,000 a month, the expense was beyond his reach. He is one of the millions of Hepatitis C patients in India.

Beauty and the beast

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
Pallavi Saxena, 21, is an aspiring model in Delhi who must look fair and glamorous all the time. Every day, in the morning and evening, she gently massages a fairness cream to enhance her complexion. She never steps out of the house without makeup. “I always carry a lipstick in my purse for reapplying in between my shows, meetings and dinners,” Pallavi says. Linda Pannei also swears by cosmetics. See also: 

Mission possible

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
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Freeing coal

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014

Study proposes tax on soft drinks

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
A NEW research says that if a tax of 20 per cent is levied on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), like soft drinks, it can help reduce obesity and diabetes. The study was published on January 7, 2014, in the journal PLoS Medicine.

No cap on iron mining in Odisha

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014

Letters - January 16-31, 2014

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
Backdoor for big brother With regard to the article “How private is privacy?” (December 16-31, 2013), I was curious to know how far the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US and other similar organisations with online surveillance programmes have succeeded in getting hold of encrypted softwares. Will we ever know the extent of the damage done? Anupama anupama.kumar@balliol.ox.ac.uk Response from author
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