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Hindustan Times Saturday, July 12, 2014 | Last Updated 00:11 IST 

PM Modi feels heat from credit agencies, markets on 1st budget

PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to perform on the economy after a budget packed with ambitious targets met mild scepticism from investors and credit-rating agencies and failed to dispel the latent risk of a downgrade. Modi's 'thank you, voter' budget has ideas from his poll campaign

Why India can't get its monsoon forecast right

Farming
Getting monsoon forecasts right is essential for more than 230 million Indian farmers who rely on the seasonal rains from June to September to water more than half the country’s farmlands.

Industrial output rises to 19-month high of 4.7% in May

Handtool industry
India’s factory output grew by the 4.7% in May, the fastest in 19 months, rekindling hopes of an industrial rebound buoyed by a robust manufacturing sector, latest data released on Friday showed.

Tearful Neymar relives Zuniga tackle, backs 'friend' Messi to lift the trophy

Messi and Neymar
Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the historical rivalry between South America's two footballing heavyweights as he wants four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to win the World Cup when Argentina meets Germany in Sunday's final.

ATS calls Pune blast part of terrorist attack

PM Modi to meet US President Obama in September

Modi leads team to BRICS summit

90% village households don't have refrigerators

Iraq-return nurses to get salary arrears: Chandy

Lt Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria replaced

Gaza toll nears 100, militants threaten Israeli airport

US House of Representatives to sue President Obama

Expanding Indo-Japanese ties may make China uneasy

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Will is required as much as skill

Agriculture
The NDA cannot deliver on its budget promises until it removes performance bottlenecks and elevates us to a new level of execution, writes MS ‘Vindi’ Banga.

Our Take
Good beginning, but hurdles ahead

Arun Jaitley
With the economy’s growth showing little signs of recovering to levels India was used to before 2008, the government cannot afford to turn its attention to factors other than those that ought to raise the trend line.
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Movie review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a smart take on DDLJ

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Watch Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya for wonderful performances, Ashutosh Rana and smart screenplay. But do remember it's one of the dreamy, larger-than-life and low on logic Bollywood movies, writes Sweta Kaushal.

Honey Singh buys team in World Kabbadi League, names it Yo Yo Tigers

Yo Yo Honey Singh.
The star rapper is the latest celebrity after actor Akshay Kumar to buy a team in the World Kabbadi League, scheduled from August to December this year. "I know children and youth relate to me, so I feel they will support my team as much as they support me," he said.

First trailer: Ajay Devgn is back with Singham Returns

Singham Returns
Bollywood's box-office king Rohit Shetty is back with his Golmaal pair -- Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor. Watch out for the oomph factor: Amol Gupte and Kareena careening on an auto!

Papal playoff: Argentine pope Francis vs German predecessor Benedict

Pope Francis
With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German.

Movie review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a conscious ode to DDLJ

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania is a conscious ode to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Debutant writer-director Shashank Khaitan makes enough bluntly obvious references to ensure that you know this — from the title, to scenes from the film playing on TV sets, to a hero who mouths lines straight out of that script.

30 tweets/minute: Twitteratti step on the gas to discuss Jaitley’s budget

twitter
The #Budget2014 was the clear winner among trending tweets in India on July 10. 'Twitterati were enthusiastic about the budget…as soon as the finance minister started the budget speech, Twitter saw huge spike in tweets which averaged 30 tweets/min,' said Songita Verma, CEO, The Bloggers Mind Digital Marketing.

World's highest railway bridge, taller than Eiffel, being built in the Himalayas

World's highest railway bridge

Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world's highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016. The arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the Chenab River.

Social media played key role in Lok Sabha polls: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh
'There was an important role of social media in 2014 elections. It will continue to do so in future too. We have to accept this fact,' Rajnath Singh said addressing a seminar on media's role in 2014 general elections in Delhi.
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FIFA fines Argentina for snubbing media

Argentina vs Belgium
Argentina have been fined 300,000 Swiss francs ($336,000) for failing to bring players to four pre-match news conferences during the World Cup, FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

With the exit of Brazil, Kolkata roots for Messi and his band

Brazil fans
Rarely have bookies and fans differed so sharply as in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Kolkata bookies are favouring Germany but citizens of Bengal and overwhelmingly betting on Argentina's Latin American brand of football.
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After middle order collapse, tail rescues England to 352/9 at end of Day 3

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Ishant Sharma tightened India's grip on the first Test with a three-wicket burst that led to an England collapse on the third day at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Gavaskar was as good as Tendulkar, Bradman: Nadkarni

Gavaskar
The modern generation of cricket followers might feel Sachin Tendulkar is the last word in batting, but for people of the previous generation or even older, Sunil Gavaskar was as good a batsman, according to former Test all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni.
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Sania Mirza enters top-5 for first time in her career

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Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.

Defeated Federer pledges Wimbledon return next year

Roger Federer
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer insists his agonising final defeat against Novak Djokovic won't be his farewell to the All England Club.
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GST enters final leg; may stretch to 2016-17

income tax
One of India’s biggest tax reform initiatives, goods and services tax, has entered the final leg with most the contentious issues expected to be ironed out this year, but experts said its implementation schedule may still be pushed to the 2016-17.

Doubling of tax on debt mutual funds to hit retirees

mutual fund
On Thursday, finance minister Arun Jaitley gave investors and the mutual fund industry a jolt by increasing the long-term capital gains tax on debt mutual funds to 20% from 10%. The definition of long-term has also been changed to 36 months for non-equity MFs from 12 months.
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Shouts, giggles, selfies and flirting: Sex museum gets New Yorkers in the mood

Museum of Sex A flirty exhibition inspired by the naughtiness of an old-fashioned British or French funfair, is a hit attraction in New York this summer. Visitors are flocking to the Museum of Sex to jump up and down on giant inflatable breasts among other mildly titillating and fun things.
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Hyundai's Eon 1.0 Kappa reviewed

Hyundai's Eon 1.0 Kappa reviewedFor buyers impressed by the Eon’s looks but put off by its underwhelming 0.8-litre engine, Hyundai has just introduced a new variant of the car. It’s got Hyundai’s larger 1.0-litre Kappa engine that comes with the promise of giving it more go.

Suzuki's V-Storm Reviewed

Suzuki's V-Storm ReviewedAdventure biking is all about being able to blast down any road, be it smooth tarmac or broken trails.
Dentist

Designing that perfect smile

Dentistry is emerging as a lucrative career option, thanks to advancements in science and growing  awareness among patients.

When risks offer opportunities

ActuaryAn actuary uses his mathematical, statistical and analytical skills along with business awareness to help make sensible and impactful decisions for companies.

Acting your way to success

theatre artisteA theatre artiste performs an act in public or on a stage. According to Abdul Latif Khatana, a theatre artiste and former director of National School of Drama, a theatre artiste should be able to concentrate, listen, observe and think critically.
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LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.

New hack lets you brain-control Google Glass

MindRDR appA new hack for the ingenious Google Glass enables users to control the device, and take pictures, just with brainwaves.

Smartphone sales to hit 2 billion by 2018

SmartphoneSome 2 billion smartphones will be sold in 2018, compared to an estimated 1.25 billion in 2014, according to the latest forecasts from ABI Research. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 12 % over the forecast period, from 2014 to 2019.
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