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Hindustan Times Saturday, August 02, 2014 | Last Updated 11:23 IST 

Why India stonewalled rich nations in WTO trade talks, and what happens next

India withstood mounting pressure to ratify a trade pact from the developed countries, which blamed India's hard bargain strategy for the eventual collapse of the talks. India's refusal to sign pact sends wrong signal: Kerry

Pune landslide: Woman survives, but 25 relatives still missing

Kalubai Lembhe
Even as rescuers had all but given up hope of finding many survivors, the wails of three-month-old Rudra had led them to the Lembhe family. Death toll hits 70, hopes fade

Sheila Dikshit govt spent Rs. 3,000 cr, but did little for illegal colonies: CAG

Sheila Dixit

The Sheila Dikshit government spent Rs. 3,029.21 crore on regularisation of illegal colonies in Delhi but failed to provide the most basic of amenities, such as sewer and water lines, roads and drainage, the CAG has said.

150 Palestinians dead, Israel looks for missing soldier after Gaza truce fails

Gaza Strip
The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.

West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions

Factory blast in east China kills at least 65

Insurance Act: Modi govt’s first acid test in RS

Lanka offers apology over Modi, Jayalalithaa article

Delhi: Tomatoes to stay pricey till month-end

ICC lets Anderson off, Jadeja fine also revoked

PM Modi begins two-day Nepal visit on Sunday

Apex court tells govt to fast-track criminal cases

Tension in Kashmir over Kausar Nag yatra

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Third Eye
The leader who won't lead: Congress' Rahul Gandhi problem

Congress president Sonia Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi wants to take apart the Congress’ structure and put his own architecture in place. But where are even the first signs of that process? Barkha Dutt writes.

Our take
Modi works for a neighbourhood that embraces India

PM Narendra Modi
A distinctive feature about PM Modi’s reign in power so far has been his government’s focus on the South Asian neighbourhood. His endeavour stems in part from a need to undo a disarray in neighbourhood policy.
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Gaza's children survive shell shock
Sushil Kumar: The Desi Superhero
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Smart way to sell a smartphone

Kanpur advocate files obscenity case against Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan, PK
Claiming that the poster was obscene, advocate Manoj Kumar said it had terribly hurt his sentiments. "When I received a copy of the newspaper I was shocked with the poster. Newspaper reaches crores of people, including children and the elderly."

Movie review: Hercules is brisk, breezy fun with fine sword-and-sandals spectacles

The narrative of Hercules brims with a wealth of visual flourishes, courtesy legendary cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Even the capabilities of 3D are optimally utilized.

HT Exclusive
Katju never wrote to me that justice Kumar was corrupt: RC Lahoti

Chairman of the Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju
Former chief justice of India RC Lahoti has refuted ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s accusations that he gave in to pressure from the UPA 1 government to allow a 'tainted' Madras HC judge to continue in office.

Kanpur: Cop hugs murder accused, calls him 'good boy'; transferred

Piyush Dasani
A senior police official probing the murder of a young woman, daughter-in-law of a leading businessman of Uttar Pradesh, was on Friday taken off the investigation after he hugged the main accused and the victim's husband inside a police station in Kanpur.

Shah Rukh Khan takes a dig at Aamir Khan's PK poster

shah rukh khan
Replying to a query on whether he saw Aamir Khan's talent by shedding his clothes on PK poster, SRK said: "Idhar talent bola theek hai but isse talent mat bolna."

Instagram selfie 'in Ukraine' lands Russian soldier in controversy

Photos taken by 24-year-old Alexander Sotkin have sparked controversy after it was revealed they may have been taken in Ukraine, despite Moscow's denials that its troops have intervened in the conflict across the border.

Brief Facebook outage prompts Twitter comedy and panic phone calls to cops

A brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide.

VIPs may get protection from monkey menace, but what about rest of Delhi?

The 40 men hired by New Dehi Municipal Council (NDMC) may be able to scare away monkeys from around Parliament and the bungalows of judges and ministers, but the remaining part of Delhi is struggling to deal with the simian menace.

KYC form has changed; fill the right one

DU admission rush
The clunky know-your-customer (KYC) forms continue to undergo finer changes. Mutual funds (MFs) are now asking you to fill up one more form, even though you may have already done your KYC.

Haven't thought about retirement, says Zaheer Khan

Zaheer to play Ranji matches
Everyone may have written off Zaheer Khan, but the 35-year-old pacer isn't ready to hang up his boots just yet. "Playing for India was never easy in the first place. It was an impossible dream," he says in an interview.

India tour of England: Batting core fails to hold it together

Cheteshwar Pujara
The onus to provide high-quality entertainment in this tour was left to Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. However, the Indian duo are yet to play an innings of substance.
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Wenger dismisses Gerrard's Suarez claims

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that striker Luis Suarez was 'too good' to ever move to the north London outfit.

Malaga snap up Mexico star Ochoa


Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was one of the outstanding performers at the World Cup in Brazil, has completed a move to Spanish top-flight side Malaga.

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Venus topples birthday girl Azarenka at Stanford WTA event

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford.

Nishikori fights into ATP showdown with Gasquet

Japan's Kei Nishikori
Japan's Kei Nishikori battled through a second challenging three-set test on Thursday to reach an ATP Washington Open quarter-final against a foe he has never beaten, Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
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India’s industrial output in July hits 17-month high

Construction work
Production activity in factories jumped to 17-month high in July driven by a flood of new orders, data from a monthly survey showed, rekindling hopes of a rebound in the Indian economy battling a prolonged slump.

Centre eyes zero-tax rate on petro products under unified GST

A petrol pump
In a bid to iron out differences on the implementation of a unified GST regime, the Centre eyes a zero-tax rate for petroleum products, but has insisted that such products be included in the new tax regime.
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UPSC protest

Unfair advantage

Hindi-medium ­candidates are ­demanding the scrapping of CSAT as, they say, it gives unfair advantage to English-medium aspirants

The big jobs generator

A desk job can cause early deathAccording to Harvard Business Review, the role of a data scientist is the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’. In India too, the demand for data scientists, data visualisers, managers and analysts is surging.

IIMs, IITs offer big data programmes

IIT studentsDespite the growing popularity of data analytics as a highly lucrative career, there are not many relevant full-time courses available in India and abroad. However, there are some certificate and online courses on offer. One such is the postgraduate certificate course in business analytics by NIIT Ltd.
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Microsoft sues Samsung in US, alleging contract breach

Microsoft on Friday fired a legal salvo at longtime partner Samsung, accusing the South Korean giant of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the competitive smartphone market.

Brief Facebook outage prompts Twitter comedy and panic phone calls to cops

FacebookA brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide.

BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

BlackberryBlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients.
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