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15 May, 2008

M. J. Akbar’s fortnightly

Covert, a political fortnightly launched by M. J. Akbar, former Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, has just hit the news stands.

The 72-page inaugural issue covers a range of subjects -- the Congress party's strategy in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, a cover story indicting Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for concealing the enormous wealth he has amassed, a column by Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat stating why his party was not a "stooge" of China.

Covert has 18 columnists, including Akbar, editor Seema Mustafa, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) former minister Yashwant Sinha, former MP Arif Mohammad Khan, journalist Kuldip Nayar, adman Suhel Seth, former Central Bureau of Investigation director Joginder Singh and activist Teesta Setalvad.

The journal is priced Rs 20.

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