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Hindustan Times Friday, July 11, 2014 | Last Updated 10:40 IST 

Hope and hype: PM Narendra Modi's maiden budget a victim of his own success

PM Narendra Modi
So high are the expectations from PM Modi that the budget has failed to generate the kind of euphoria usually associated with anything bearing his stamp. The budget, thus, appears to have become a victim of Modi's own success. Full text of speech | Poll : Rate the budget on a scale of 0 to 5

Bollywood's 'Laadli of the century' Zohra Sehgal dies at 102

Zohra Sehgal
Veteran actress Zohra Sehgal died at 4pm on Thursday in a Delhi hospital. She was 102. In her career spanning almost 8 decades, the famous film actress had acted in several Bollywood and Hollywood films.

Budget aims for achche din but does it work for aam aadmi?

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley appears to have made a good beginning, but the road ahead could be long. The real challenge for him and the NDA government will be to come up with a grander vision that does what the previous UPA, writes Rajesh Mahapatra.

Chavan to remain as Maharashtra CM: Congress

Northern Israel hit by projectile fired from Lebanon

Lawyer Uday Lalit, who represented Amit Shah, to be elevated as SC judge

Infosys Q1 profit up 21.6%, beats estimates

Never accepted Kashmir's accession to India: Pak

Insurance industry cheers FDI cap hike in budget

Pune blast: Was Dagadusheth temple the target?

China: Minivan falls into pond, 8 children dead

Gaza death toll reaches 78 as Israel hints at invasion

Despite German fury, US silent about spy row

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By invitation
Budget 2014-15: No choice but to grasp the nettle

Arun Jaitley

The NDA’s budget is commendable, but the worth of any of these initiatives is only as good as the quality of its implementation. Much depends on how much the new political-bureaucratic set-up can deliver. Pulin B Nayak writes

Our take
Well begun, but Arun Jaitley has many more miles to go

Arun Jaitley

The finance minister aims to mend public finances, keep policies consistent and taxes non-adversarial. But, these are extraordinary times.

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Zohra Sehgal never accepted last minute changes: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Zohra Sehgal
Once she memorized her lines she never looked back to the papers again, says Sanjay Leela Bhansali recalling his work association with the centenarian actress Zohra Sehgal.

Movie review: Alia and Varun's Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a fun-filled ride

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.

Texas killer tied up the children and shot them back of the head execution-style

Texas family murdered
The Texas man accused of slaughtering six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was charged with murder Thursday amid reports he had previously been arrested for domestic violence.

When I pass away, I want no mourning: Zohra Sehgal

Highest civilian honours
Sanjna Kapoor, who worked with Zohra Sehgal, fondly remembers the grand old lady of Indian cinema and also recalls the latter's equation with her grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor.

Spendonomics
Good news for salaried class: Budget will give you more money in your hands

An employee
The finance minister raised the exemption limit in personal income tax from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh. He also raised the tax exemption limit for investments to Rs. 1.5 lakh from the current Rs. 1 lakh under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. FM Arun Jaitley promises higher growth | Full text of speech | Poll: Rate the budget on a scale of 0 to 5

Germany take 'tiki-taka' to another level

Thomas Mueller
Germany have taken the 'tiki-taka' passing game so intrinsically used by Spain to another level at the World Cup in Brazil, by adding ruthless efficiency to the possession philosophy.

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After 20 long years, Germany fan in Assam hopes to glug his buried Scotch

Whisky
Bulgaria didn’t just send Germany packing in a quarterfinal match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. It made Putul Borah bury a bottle of his prized Scotch in his courtyard, vowing never to touch whiskey until Germany lifts the trophy.

Wearable device may spell end of computer mouse

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A thimble-like device that sits at the end of your finger and allows you to interact with the virtual world in three dimensions may render the indispensable computer mouse obsolete.
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Chile star Alexis Sanchez agrees to Arsenal deal

Alexis Sanchez
Chile's star World Cup striker Alexis Sanchez agreed to join Arsenal on Thursday on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around £35 million, the English Premier League side announced.

‘Little Chief’ Mascherano big on impact

Argentina's Javier Mascherano celebrates after Argentina defeated the Netherlands. (AP Photo)
Sergio Romero took Argentina to the final all right but the man who ensured that they stayed in the hunt with another superb all-round midfield show was Javier Mascherano.
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India vs England: Bhuvneshwar, Shami stars as India take charge on Day 2 of Test

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
India number 11 Mohammed Shami embarrassed England with the bat and then ensured home captain Alastair Cook's poor run of scores continued as the tourists seized control of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks apologises for 'Indian' pitch

England players

Nottinghamshire head groundsman Steve Birks said things hadn't gone to plan after appearing to produce a pitch ideally suited for India, rather than England, in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

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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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Markets gain after Infosys earnings beat estimate

The BSE Sensex was up 57 points at 25431 while the NSE Nifty was 17 points up at 7585 at around 10.30am on Friday. 

Jaguar truths of a Nano economy

Arun Jaitley
An estimated 21 million people, expatriate Indians or people of Indian origins, remit more than $70 billion to India every year, and that’s nearly a quarter of the nation’s foreign exchange reserves.
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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.

M&M to recall 23,500 Scorpio EX

mahindraIndia’s largest utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra, on Tuesday said it would recall a specific batch of the entry-level EX variant of Scorpio sports utility vehicle manufactured between May 2012 and November 2013 for inspection.
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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Smartphone sales to hit 2 billion by 2018

Some 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.

Google Maps now measures distance between two points

Google MapsIn addition to offering directions, the web version of Google Maps now allows users to simply calculate the distance between two points. The feature may come in handy when planning a trip off the beaten path, and it can even be used to calculate the dimensions of a monument or bridge, for example.

Wearable device may spell end of computer mouse

mouseA thimble-like device that sits at the end of your finger and allows you to interact with the virtual world in three dimensions may render the indispensable computer mouse obsolete.
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