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Hindustan Times Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Last Updated 02:53 IST 

High-stakes Maharashtra polls could break expense records

BJP, Congress flags
According to political leaders and experts, more than Rs. 2,000 crore could be spent in the contest for 288 seats. This raises the question: Where is all the money coming from? The answer is not clear.

Supreme Court says LoP vital voice of House, tells govt to find solution

A battle lost for apartment owners?
The Supreme Court on Friday waded into the row over the Congress being denied the post of Leader of the Opposition, suggesting that an LoP was needed for making key appointments.

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers as Israeli air strikes continue

Palestine execution
Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies on Friday in response to Israel's deadly air strikes against three top Hamas military commanders. In Israel, a four-year-old boy was killed when a mortar shell hit two cars.

High-level panel seeks overhaul of family laws

After 2 days, Irom Sharmila back in custody

Mulayam trying hard to recapture west UP

Haryana govt in rush to give licences before polls

WHO, health ministry working on Ebola plan

Govt junks Qureshi's claim of being asked to quit

Hush up rape, slap suspect: UP panchayat

TN: Boy's hand chopped off for 'disrespecting' elder

Drunk passenger tied up mid-air for creating ruckus

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Our Take
PM wants action, DRDO must fire on all cylinders

Modi
A chalta hai attitude won’t do anymore. This was what Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently pointed out to the Defence Research and Development Organisation that has taken ages to conclude various weapon projects.

National Judicial Commission a welcome step, but it's not perfect

Supreme Court thumb
What matters now is how and with what objectivity and fairness we operate the new system. Institutions are only as good as their operators, writes Abhishek Singhvi.
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Youth Survey 2014
Mumbai isn't the city of dreams for nothing
'Uprising' in Pakistan
Freedom from dowry
Celebrating 175 years of photography

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Best thing about Mardaani is the performances

Rani Mukerji, Mardaani
Post-interval, the story derails considerably. By the time we get to the climax, we are fully in avenging angel territory. And, just like in Singham Returns last week, the solutions suggested are problematic.

Delhi's Gymkhana Club may be shut on pollution charges

Children enjoying in a swimming pool at Gymkhana
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee said the club was using bore wells without authorisation, and had failed to ensure adequate waste management, reuse of treated wastewater and rainwater harvesting.

Davids and Goliaths: A look at the US Open first round draws

US Open Logo
With the US Open only three days to go, here is a look at some of the players hoping to cause first round upsets at the last Grand Slam of the season at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Noted Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy dies at 81

UR Ananthamurthy

The 81-year-old writer, a die-hard socialist till the end, was hospitalised 10 days ago after he developed an infection in his lungs and bloodstream. He was on dialysis over the last three years after both his kidneys deteriorated.

MADRAS DAY
Chennai for some, Madras for some: A City for everyone

Chennai Central railway station
Like every city, Chennai has two sides. But the city itself never discriminates. Everything depends on your choice. While Chennai is a city, Madras is an emotion.

Monkey doesn't own his selfie: US regulator over Wikipedia row

Monkey selfie
A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has caused a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie.

Movie review: Life is Beautiful, but not with overdose of overacting

Manoj Amarnanim, Life Is Beautiful
Apart from the lack of a strong screenplay to build the plot into a sustainable movie, Manoj Amarnani's directorial debut Life is Beautiful has a painful overdose of overacting.

How ice bucket challenge opens new door to connect with donors

Ice Bucket 6
Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.
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Debacle warrants answers from Dhoni: Stephen Fleming

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said India's disastrous performance in England had posed some tough questions to the skipper.

Ajmal to miss first 2 ODIs vs Sri Lanka for tests on action

Saeed Ajmal
Pakistan's leading off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to miss the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka as he has to fly to Brisbane to undergo tests on his bowling action.
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Ronaldo fit for Real Madrid's Super Cup decider

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

Mario Balotelli all set for Liverpool switch

 Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli was set for a shock move to Liverpool Thursday as AC Milan acknowledged that the controversial Italy striker was on his way out.
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Injured Isner pulls out of Winston-Salem

John Isner
Two-time champion John Isner withdrew from the US Open tune-up event at Winston-Salem on Thursday with a left ankle injury. It wasn't yet clear if the injury would affect his appearance in the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis

Petra Kvitova
Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
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What ails India’s banking sector?

bank strike
The Indian banking system is reeling under the burden of high non-performing assets (loans that borrowers have defaulted on repaying) amid allegations of corruption in high-level appointments and inadequate systemic safeguards.

State-run banks to give Rs. 5,000 loans in phases

Banknotes
Public sector banks will provide the Rs. 5,000-credit facility promised under the ‘Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ in a phased manner to avoid major defaults. In case of timely repayment, however, the credit limit could be enhanced to as much as Rs. 15,000.
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Reading Fifty Shades unhealthy for women, linked to violent relationships, binge drinking

Fifty Shades of Grey Read the blockbuster erotica that has sold over 100 million copies worldwide? Beware! A study says you are at an heightened risk of developing unhealthy sexual habits and binge drinking. There's more: you're likely to have a verbally abusive partner and eating disorders!
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B-school

You’ve got the job!

Pre-placement trends at IIMs and other top B-schools this season across the country are hinting at a job market revival. IIM Calcutta, for instance, has seen a robust scenario of pre-placement offers.

A rejuvenating career

spaThe wellness industry in India has evolved rapidly in the last few years. Improved health awareness and exposure to global beauty and ­fashion trends are driving growth in the wellness space.

Perfectly cut out for you

Neeta LullaIf you are creative and love working with fabrics and design, a career in fashion designing could be right up your alley.
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Microsoft to unveil new Windows software: report

A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8.

Tablets hit tipping point

 TabletMore than half of US consumers with an internet connection now own a tablet and while demand is starting to slow, the device still remains high on most people's future tech shopping lists.

Indian online market set to explode: Study

Taking Social Media too seriously?With the Indian online market set to explode, telecom companies stand to generate an additional revenue of $8 billion and EBITDA of $2.9 billion over the next three years, a joint study by Google and AT Kearney has forecast.
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