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Hindustan Times Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | Last Updated 00:41 IST 
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Narendra Modi tells US President Obama he hopes for trade pact deal 'soon'

Modi in US
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US President Barack Obama on Tuesday he hoped for a deal "soon" to allow a WTO trade facilitation deal blocked by India to go forward. Modi said after his Oval Office talks with Obama that the pair had had a "candid" discussion on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). "India supports trade facilitation. However, I also expect that we are able to find a solution that takes care of our concern on food security. "I believe that it should be possible to do that soon," Modi said. Poll| India gets 1% of the total US FDI outflow now. Will Modi’s visit make a difference?

Modi's engagement with US will yield substantial commitments

Obama hosts Modi
As long as the shadow of the nuclear deal dominates our perception of whether a summit is successful, we may continue to feel the relations are under-performing. And this mentality does not do justice to positive, transactional relations, writes Richard M Rossow.

River linking will not solve our water problems

At least 100 villages across the Kashmir valley have been flooded by overflowing lakes and rivers
What is surprising is that instead of re-starting National River Linking Project, which many have called ‘hydro hubris’, the government did not go for the changes that could have been done at the micro-level.
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Asian Games 2014
Modi in US
Bigg Boss 8
My India My Vote
Google has stunned everyone with its launch of Android One. But is it worth it? Rajiv Makhni finds out.
Ghyam lagche? Chaap nio na! Understand much? Its time you should, given that Durga Pujo is just round the corner.

Olympic US swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving

Michael Phelps
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

Asian Games: Fight over boxing decisions, Sarita Devi cries foul

Sarita Devi Asian Games 2014
Scuffles broke out before India and Mongolia lodged official protests as controversial decisions in favour of home boxers caused chaotic scenes at the Asian Games in South Korea on Tuesday.

Gandhi, Orwell legacy splits Bihar's Motihari over getting a landmark

George Orwell supporters
While the pro-Gandhi group wants a memorial to the Mahatma who launched a Satyagraha movement from here, the other side supports a project to turn a crumbling brick bungalow where the Animal Farm author was born into a monument to him.

Adieu Orkut, you will be missed

Orkut
Orkut, the original social network, was special to many since it was the first of its kind. It was social currency then, just like the suave Instagram is now. On its last day, a fan reminisces on those good ol days of scraps, testimonials and fraandships.

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Young, assured and turning right: India's generational change

Vote-game: youth and politics
India's youth is looking for iconic figures who will break with the past and who will symbolise change, not continuity. But is the young Indian economically liberal and socially conservative, asks Rajdeep Sardesai.

Planning to watch Bang Bang online? HC says no

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Bang Bang
Fox Star Studios India Limited, one of the producers of the film had approached HC contending that the film cannot be viewed on any platform through internet without their permission. Accepting the plea, Justice Manmohan Singh issued notice to 18 websites.

Wedding pics are here! Amal makes for a stunning bride in lacy whites

George Clooney
The years biggest celebrity wedding, that of Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and his lawyer girlfriend (now wife) Amal Alamuddin, was a fairy tale affair. But the buzz does not die until the world sees the bride in her wedding dress. So here she is, looking a complete stunner in her beautiful white wedding gown.

Bigg Boss 8: Gautam punished for abusing Karishma, Puneet faces the heat

Puneet Issar
After Monday's high-octane drama over Gautam's behaviour towards Karishma, the TV actor has to pay a heavy price: the Bigg Boss has taken away his voting rights for nominations. Puneet, in the meanwhile, has to deal with the inmates' ire for supporting the other side.
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Spinner Sunil Narine reported for suspect action

Sunil Narine
West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action during a Champions League Twenty20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Dolphins on Monday.

Uthappa, Pandey make it a one-sided affair for Kolkata

Robin Uthappa
To nobody’s surprise, KKR rode roughshod over the indefensible Dolphins. First, it was KKR’s batting brutality and later a baffling bunch of spinners packed off the South African unit without giving them much of a chance to fight.
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Brazil women clinch sixth Copa America

Brazilian women soccer
Brazil clinched their sixth women's Copa America title after a 0-0 draw with Colombia in the final football match of the tournament.

Messi reaches 400 goals, Neymar hits hat-trick

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi grabbed his 400th career goal while Neymar smashed a hat-trick as Barcelona stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Granada.
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Kvitova defeats Bouchard to win Wuhan Open

Petra Kvitova
World number three Petra Kvitova overcame Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets Saturday to win the inaugural $2.4 million WTA Wuhan Open, her third title of the year.

Andy Murray toils to reach Shenzen Open final

Andy Murray
Andy Murray is one step away from ending his 15-month title drought after he fought from a set down to pip Juan Monaco in the semi-final of the Shenzen Open on Saturday.
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cities

Rupee loses 22 paise to end at 7-month low of 61.75 against dollar

Currency
The rupee on Tuesday lost 22 paise to end at almost seven-month low of 61.75 against the dollar as month-end demand for the US currency from oil importers weighed on the local unit.

Sensex up 33 points, profit-booking takes away most gains

Bombay Stock Exchange
The BSE benchmark Sensex on Tuesday surrendered most of its early gains to close just 33 points higher as profit-booking emerged in power and metal shares ahead of long holidays for markets, even as RBI kept interest rates unchanged.
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IIT students

Falling standards, grim future

Many architectural schools show fake teachers, ­rent infrastructure and facilities to fulfill CoA norms, writes Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Keep testing your strategy to ace CAT

hot dayThere are just about a few weeks left for the Common Admission Test (CAT). Aspirants should follow the learning, practising, analysing, strategising and revision model.

Finally spotlight on students’ safety

adventure sportsThe Centre has called upon the apex body of higher education, the University Grants Commission (UGC), to frame guidelines to ensure safety of students in and off campuses across the country. These include special measures for women students, to fix accountability.
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iPhone 6

Apple software update protects Macs from 'Bash' bug

Apple on Monday issued a software update to protect Macintosh computers from being bitten by a recently discovered "Bash" bug seen as a threat to Internet-linked devices.

Adieu Orkut, you will be missed

OrkutOrkut, the original social network, was special to many since it was the first of its kind. It was social currency then, just like the suave Instagram is now. On its last day, a fan reminisces on those good ol days of scraps, testimonials and fraandships.

Microsoft to set up cloud data centres in India

MicrosoftMicrosoft will offer its commercial cloud services -- Azure and Office 365 --by the end of 2015 from local data centres in India where the company sees a $2 trillion business opportunity.
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