Express 5: India joins elite club and Chhattisgarh DGP seeks land reforms

ExpressA selection of five special Indian Express stories you must read before beginning your day.

A selection of five special Indian Express stories you must read before beginning your day.

1. JOINING THE ELITE CLUB: Dogged by setbacks and failure over the last six years, the heavy lift GSLV D5, which has the capacity to put satellites weighing over 2,000 kg in space, launched the 1,982 kg GSAT-14 communication satellite and put it in a near perfect orbit on Sunday.

ISRO launches GSLV D5, India among heavyweights of rocket science by Johnson TA

2. PENNING DOWN CONCERN: Chhattisgarh Director General of Police (DGP) Ramniwas pushed for "much-needed land reforms" to mitigate "severe injustices in land rights" in a book that he has edited titled Land Scenario in Chhattisgarh. Ashutosh Bhardwaj gives details on how After Maoists, Chhattisgarh DGP seeks land reforms in Bastar

3. OFFERING ALTERNATIVE POLITICS In a state where politics has long lived under the shadow of dynasty and caste, local AAP leaders in Haryana say there is a conscious effort to portray the party as an alternative to this history. Dipankar Ghose reports on the efforts by AAP in Hoping to ride on Delhi wave, AAP begins Haryana campaign

4. UNHOLY ACT Varma, 53, who sports a flowing beard and white robes, is a nephew of late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, controls an empire, and commands a large following. Varma and his followers insist he is celibate but the teacher's husband says it is a sham.

Jailed for rape, he is 'sham' to his accusers, 'celibate' to his followers by Milind Ghatwai

5. A flashback to victory: Sanjaya Baru explains how PM risked his government by taking an initiative on the India-US nuclear deal, and he triumphed.

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