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Hindustan Times Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Last Updated 19:23 IST 

Rajiv Gandhi's Sri Lanka policy led to his death, he was badly advised: Natwar Singh

Rajiv Gandhi’s Sri Lanka policy led to his assassination, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh has said, referring to the decision to send the Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka in July 1987. Vote: Do you believe Natwar Singh's allegations about Congress?

US hopeful of WTO deal with India hours before deadline

John Kerry

The US said on Thursday it was hopeful that differences between India and much of the rest of the world over a trade agreement could be resolved in time, with only hours remaining before the deal has to be signed.

Aadhaar to get new boss, NDA reposes faith in project

Aadhaar
The Centre has decided to name a new director general for the UIDAI, or Aadhaar, in yet another signal of its commitment to continue with the previous government's flagship programme.

Pune village landslide: 30 bodies recovered, 140 still feared trapped

Pune Landslide
In some cases, entire families have perished in the incident leaving no one behind to perform the last rites. Heavy rains have lashed Maharashtra and other parts of India as a result of the annual monsoon.

Petrol price slashed by Rs. 1.09 a litre

Israel calls up reserves to boost Gaza operations

Supertech case: SC order a warning for builders

Delhi woman poisoned by in-laws in Ghaziabad

Dalbir Singh takes over as new army chief

Uttarakhand: 6 killed, 1 injured after cloud burst

Tension in Khandwa, Ujjain; indefinite curfew on

Snare corrupt cops: Kejriwal tells autodrivers

Sierra Leone prez declares emergency over Ebola

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Transparency in appointments vital, as is ensuring speedy justice

Kumbakonam
In the controversies over judicial appointments, things such as delayed court verdicts and lack of a sound infrastructure are being lost sight of. The judgment in the Kumbakonam fire tragedy has finally come after 10 long years.

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Kerry visit: India, America need to get past bumps

John Kerry
India-US ties have, in recent years, been marked by lofty rhetoric, high ambition, intensive engagement and underwhelming outcomes. Obama described the India relationship as one of the 'defining partnerships' of the 21st century. Kerry leaves for India
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Baby and mother dug out of Maharashtra village landslide debris

Heavy machinery
Amidst the grave tragedy in Malin, the village almost entirely wiped out by a landslide in Maharashtra, rescue teams on Thursday dug out a three-month-old infant and his mother safely from the debris, officials said.

Bihar: Minister faces villagers’ wrath, takes shelter in college

Minister hides in a room of the college to escape people’s ire. hindustan times
Bihar animal husbandry and fisheries minister Baidyanath Sahni had to face protests from villagers when he went to lay the foundation stone of a petrol pump at Nikashpur in Samastipur, his home district, on Wednesday.

Sushil Kumar: The sole claimant to the title of India's 'Mahabali'

Sushil Kumar CWG 2014
Is Sushil Kumar the closest we can get to a desi superhero? Everything about his life — his early struggle, the legend of his triumphs on the field and his conduct away from the akhara — lives up to tales of heroism we have heard. Full Coverage: Glasgow Games 2014

Kapil Sharma turns into a juicer

Kapil Sharma
After his first TV advertisement for Honda Mobilio became popular on YouTube, Kapil Sharma is set to add his flavour to another ad -- this time, it is for e-classifieds portal, OLX.

Terai turning into killing field for Corbett tigers

Corbett Tiger Reserve
Growing human population and poor conservation strategy are fast turning Uttarakhand's Terai belt into a killing field for tigers, sending alarm bells ringing among wildlife activists.

Tragic end to a 'pachydermal' love story in Bihar

A mahout cools off his elephant
A female elephant at the Valmikinagar Tiger Project (VTR) in West Champaran district of north Bihar has gone into mourning after her partner was claimed by disease on Tuesday.

Kapil Sharma, the first guest on Amitabh Bachchan's KBC 8

Kapil Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan
His three-film deal with YRF may have been a non-starter, but Kapil Sharma continues to enjoy the perks of being in TV's top league. Kapil will be the 'opening episode' guest for KBC 8.

Hrithik Roshan rubbishes rumours of Rs. 400 crore alimony for Sussanne

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Rubbishing media reports suggesting that Sussanne Roshan had demanded an alimony of Rs. 400 crore from her estranged husband, Hrithik Roshan tweeted, "Fabricated news articles. Demeaning my loved ones."

Kolkata losing pride, trams rumbling into history

Kolkata tram
Once upon a time, trams enhanced the beauty of Kolkata, however, sooner they are going to be rumbled into history books due to growing transportation needs of the fastest growing population.
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We'll have to rethink our four-bowler strategy: Dhoni

India skipper Mahendra SinghDhoni today blamed his batsmen for the "soft dismissals" which saw them suffer an embarrassing 266-run defeat in the third cricket Test and said they would need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of the fourth rubber.

England vs India 3rd Test: India bite the dust at Rose Bowl, lose by 266 runs

Moeen Ali ended with a 6-wicket haul in the 2nd innings at England beat India by 266 runs in the 3rd Test at Southampton. The five Test series is now level at 1-1. Alastair Cook delighted to be back in striking form
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Brazil pin-up Neymar mobbed in Japan

Neymar
Tokyo caught "Neymar fever" on Thursday when the Brazilian superstar jetted into the Japanese capital sporting sunglasses, baseball cap and designer stubble on a whistle-stop visit to sign a sponsorship deal with a bed manufacturer.

I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence.
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Video: Sabine Lisicki fires fastest ever serve at a WTA event

Sabine Lisicki
German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event on Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph (131 mph) bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford Classic.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Dimitrov pulls out with flu

Grigor Dimitrov
Ninth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a Wimbledon semi-final run, pulled out of next week's ATP Washington Open after doctors diagnosed him on Sunday with the flu and a sinus infection.
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ICICI Bank Q1 net profit up 17%, beats estimates

ICICI Bank
ICICI Bank Ltd, country's second-biggest lender by assets, reported a 17% rise in quarterly profit, beating estimates, helped by loan growth and higher fee income.

Maruti Suzuki Q1 net up 20.7% at Rs. 762.28 crore

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Driven by robust sales, cost reduction and forex gains, the country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday reported 20.69% increase in net profit at Rs. 762.28 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2014-15.
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Violating rules

Why are the HRD ministry and UGC, which were in a great hurry to roll back Delhi University’s four-year degree programme, turning a blind eye to UGC rules being violated by institutes offering distance learning degree courses?

Life in a Delhi University hostel

Daulat Ram CollegeSo, students are back in college for the new session. Here’s a look at how freshers adjust to life in ­hostels and enjoy the facilities offered.

Starting a new phase of life

College studentsRight While college is the time to have fun, it is also important to strike a balance between academics and co-curricular activities.
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Facebook launches bookmarking feature 'Save'

Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for places, events, movies, TV shows, and music to a list where they can view them later.

2.5 billion smartphone users globally by 2015: report

people on phonesNearly 2.5 billion people or 35 % of the global population is expected to use smartphones by the end of 2015, says the latest report of US-based industry tracker Strategy Analytics.

Device that reads sleep patterns

A sleeping womanCombining information on your sleep patterns with what is going on around you, this new device will wake you up at the perfect moment.
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