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Hindustan Times Friday, July 25, 2014 | Last Updated 23:45 IST 

No case for Congress to claim Leader of Opposition post: AG

Congress president Sonia Gandhi
The Congress, which has 44 seats out of the total 543 in the 16th Lok Sabha, has been insisting that it deserves the position. Even on Friday, its leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said it was 'most unfortunate' that the Congress had not been given LoP status in Lok Sabha.

Air Algerie: No survivors confirms French prez; crash site video emerges

Air Alegerie, plane crash
French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in Mali. France's interior minister said on Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather.

Seven killed in IAF chopper crash in Uttar Pradesh

IAF, Sitapur
Seven IAF personnel including two officers were killed on Friday when an ALH Dhruv helicopter in which they were flying from Bareilly to Allahabad crashed in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh.

Jadeja fined over Anderson incident, BCCI not happy

James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined half his match fee for his involvement in an altercation with England pace bowler James Anderson during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.

Govt says it won't allow injustice to UPSC aspirants

One killed in clash between cops, Shia protesters

I am a Christian Hindu: Goa deputy CM

Israel continues attack, Gaza death toll reaches 832

Coal scam: SC appoints adv RS Cheema as SPP

Mumbai: Model says DIG was drunk when he raped her

SC pulls up centre for laxity in acid attack cases

Prez Mukherjee completes two years in office

India summons Pak diplomat over 26/11 trial

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Our take
Budget shows that pro-business can also be pro-poor

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley’s remarks that a pro-business government can also be pro-poor put things in the right perspective. Under the UPA, business had come to acquire negative connotations.

Kargil Vijay Diwas must be commemorated, not politicised

Kargil war
In commemorating Kargil Vijay Diwas with the solemnity and honour it deserves, the Narendra Modi government will not only be correcting a wrong, it will also draw attention to the unfinished agenda for those who have served and serve in our armed forces, writes Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
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Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Kick is all charisma, zero craft

Kick
The first thing you should know about Kick is that it is an outrageously silly film. It lurches from a thwarted love story to infantile comedy to slick action to shamelessly manipulative melodrama without any attempt at coherence or consistency, writes Anupama Chopra.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: The Grand Budapest Hotel is a trip to bountiful

Ralph Fiennes
A comic caper tinged with melancholy, Anderson’s eighth feature is mostly set in a fictional East European republic during the early 1930s. In the leads, both Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori deliver sparkling comedic turns. Rashid Irani writes.

CWG 2014: Bindra guns down gold after 16-yr-old Malaika's silver showing

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Abhinav Bindra stole the limelight by clinching a gold medal while unheralded teenager Malaika Goel bagged a silver as shooters added two more medals to India's kitty on the second day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.

Female circumcision: A cruel practice that numbs women’s sexual pleasure

International Women's Day
This strong belief of the villagers is behind FGM, a cruel and harmful practice that affects more than 125 million girls and women world-wide. Despite being banned by several governments, the practice continues to threaten the safety of women around the world.

Wikipedia blocks 'disruptive' edits from US Congress

The Wikipedia logo
Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives ins response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopedia.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 Day 2 Live: 3 golds for India so far

Malaika Goel Shooter Commonwealth Games 2014
Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu crashed out of the 10-metre air pistol finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games but Abhinav Bindra and Malaika Goel won gold and silver for India in their respective shooting events at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Glasgow on Friday.

Sania breaks down, asks why she has to 'assert Indianness'

Ranbir
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza broke down on Friday during an interview to a TV news channel, saying she did not deserve to have to prove her 'Indianness' repeatedly.

Movie review: Watch Thirumanam Enum Nikkah only for Nazriya Nazim

Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah
Aneesh's Thirumanam Enum Nikkah has a story and script that seem to have been penned in the most bizarre style. Except for Nazriya Nazim, who is superbly charming as the girl playing both a Muslim and a Hindu, the rest of the cast are no better than caricatures.
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BCCI fumes at fine imposed on Jadeja, hints at appealing

Ravindra Jadeja
A livid BCCI on Friday made it clear that it was not satisfied with the verdict of imposing a fine on Ravindra Jadeja for his on-field spat with England pacer James Anderson and said it reserved its right to appeal against the sentence.

India was toughest period of my captaincy: Clarke

Aus 3
Australian skipper Michael Clarke does not regret the infamous 'Homework-gate' scandal in India last year but does admit that the tour was the toughest period of his captaincy.
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Neymar's brain on auto-pilot while dribbling: Japan neurologists

Neymar
Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10% the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on auto-pilot, according to Japanese neurologists.

Time was right for Liverpool to sell Suarez: owner

Liverpool
Liverpool chose the right time to part ways with the prolific-but-controversial striker Luis Suarez and the Premier League side will have no trouble coping without the Uruguayan, the club's principal owner John Henry said.
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Sania breaks down, asks why she has to 'assert Indianness'

Ranbir
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza broke down on Friday during an interview to a TV news channel, saying she did not deserve to have to prove her 'Indianness' repeatedly.

Top seed Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku

Sorana Cirstea
Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday.
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Sensex, Nifty fall from life-time highs; 1st drop in nine days

Sensex, BSE
The BSE benchmark Sensex was down 0.77% and the broader Nifty fell 0.79% after both indexes hit record highs in earlier in the session on Friday.

Govt has no proposal to reduce gold import duty: Nirmala Sitharaman

Gold

India, the world's second-biggest gold consumer, does not have any current proposal to cut the record 10% import duty on gold, minister of state for finance Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday.

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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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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon's smartphone fails to kindle a "Fire" among reviewers

Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone features "gimmicks" - such as 3D effects and object scanner - that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple Inc iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said.

Consumers choosing phablets over tablets

 TabletDemand for iPads in particular is cooling but that doesn't mean that tablets are going out of fashion, and sales are expected to continue to grow over the course of the year, albeit at a slower rate.

Oplus launches XonPhone 5 on Snapdeal

OplusBuoyed by the consumer response to its tablet, handset maker Oplus Technologies on Thursday launched its smartphone, XonPhone 5, for the Indian market, priced at Rs. 7,999.
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