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Hindustan Times Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Last Updated 02:16 IST 

Narendra Modi's homecoming in Gujarat dampened by reverses faced by BJP in bypolls

Modi- failures
It was billed as Narendra Modi's big 'homecoming', the first time he would return to the state after taking over as Prime a Minister. The PM arrived, and rituals were followed, but reverses in the by polls had quite perceptibly dampened the mood.

Beyond the News
Lesson for BJP from bypolls: think beyond 'Modi wave'

SP celebrations

The BJP's third straight drubbing in the by-elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, after Uttarakhand and Bihar cannot be over-interpreted as a pointer to the national mood where the Narendra Modi phenomenon sustains broadly.

Passengers eject Pakistani politicians out of plane for causing delay

Rehman Malik
Angry passengers on board an Islamabad-bound Pakistan International Airways (PIA) flight from Karachi forced two prominent Pakistani politicians off the plane accusing them of holding it for more than two hours.

On eve of Xi visit, India-Vietnam deal on China’s mind

Rehman Malik
A day before President Xi Jinping lands in India, China expressed concern over new oil exploration deals signed between New Delhi and Hanoi during President Pranab Mukherjee’s state visit to Vietnam. In Ahmedabad, preparations in full swing for Modi-Xi date

IIT-B is highest-ranked Indian varsity globally

J-K floods: Search begins for the missing

HC junks CBI probe plea against Vadra

No Garba-crashing in MP say BJP legislators

CBI set to probe fraud in Salman Khurshid’s NGO

ED, CBI disagree over letting 2G accused go abroad

Uma says ‘human excretion’ caused U'khand floods

Delhi: Acid thrown on Sikh man, hair forcibly cut

US closer to hitting ISIS in Syria

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Our take
Bypolls tell BJP to not give up on the development agenda

A whole new meaning to a BJP visionary
While many local factors/issues of the respective constituencies may have influenced the electoral outcome, it is true that at least in UP the party did make a mistake by jumping off the development platform.

Moving Finger
An imaginary account of Scotland's 'independent' future

Scotland flag
As this columnist predicted on September 19, 2014, the fatal day when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced, this partition of the United Kingdom would lead to ultimate instability and disaster, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
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India-China ties: Crouching dragon, hidden tiger

Indo-China border meet

India and China are unlikely to play up differences over their disputed border and will instead focus on boosting economic ties to give a new direction to relations between two of Asia's largest economies during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit beginning Wednesday. Here's a look at the highs and lows in ties between the neighbours.

We have to stand up for Deepika Padukone: Shah Rukh Khan

Deepika Padukone, SRK, Happy New Year
Speaking at the music launch of Happy New Year, SRK said, "Whatever Deepika tweeted I do support and all the cast of HNY will support that. We don't have the guts to do what she has done but we support her. We all feel for her. We should not trivialise the issue."

Whiskey woes
Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices

alcohol

As part of UK, Scotland has access to its overseas missions where it sells its single malt, uses the stable pound sterling as currency, gets tariff-free export within EU and uses the bloc to negotiate trade and tax deals globally.

Think Before You Post, says Facebook to Indian teens

A Facebook user
With growing instances of online abuse and bullying, Facebook launched the 'Think Before You Share' campaign to make teenagers think carefully before they post information, ideas or photos online.

BJP's loss in UP worse than it seems, party lost most ground in Lucknow

Modi wave cartoon
Have the people of Uttar Pradesh (UP) denounced the Modi wave? Samajwadi Party (SP) has won 8 out of the 11 assembly seats contested on Friday in the state. Interestingly, all these assembly constituencies in UP were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the legislative elections of 2012.

HT Analysis
Narendra Modi and Xi need to balance interdependence and strategic rivalry

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping

Both sides will, first, be straining to ensure that Xi Jinping's visit in no way pales in comparison to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan. Beijing has already announced that Xi’s visit will see investments worth $100 billion in India.

75% marks in class 12th board exams, the new eligibility criteria for the IITs

IIT

The controversial ‘percentile system’ that decides students' eligibility for admissions into the IITs is set to change with the Joint Admission Board of the premier technical institutions recommending ‘top 20 percentile or 75% marks in the state board examinations, whichever is lower,’ for a seat in the IITs.

200 youths shave off their heads to ward off ‘ill omens’ caused by a simian’s death

Dakachya

Its monkey business of a different sort. Nearly 200 youths had their heads tonsured to ward off the ‘ill omen’ brought on by the death of a simian within the village boundaries.

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MI crash out of CLT20 as Northern, Lahore Lions make the cut

Aditya Tare

Defending champions Mumbai Indianspaid the price for their indifferent show, crashing out of the Champions League T20 as a committed Northern Knights from New Zealand overpowered them with a one-sided six-wicket victory in the final qualifying round match at Raipur on Tuesday.

Reigning IPL champions KKR keen on good CLT20 showing

Team India in Chennai
Reigning Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to justify their 'reputation' with a good showing in the sixth edition edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
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Never liked being called White Pele: Zico

Zico

On a Tuesday morning the sun and the rain took turns to make their presence felt, Zico spoke to HT about the present, past and future of Brazilian football.

Liverpool return sets Champions League battle underway

UEFA Champions League trophy
Liverpool's return to European action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the Champions League title on Tuesday.
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Yuki falls tamely, India lose to Serbia in Davis Cup playoff

Yuki Bhambri
Filip Krajinovic denied India a place in the Davis Cup World Group by defeating Yuki Bhambri in the decisive reverse singles on Monday to clinch the playoff 3-2 for Serbia.

Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out

Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.
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Sensex, Nifty fall most in 7 weeks ahead of US Fed policy meet

stock broker
In their worst single-day drop in nearly 7 weeks, Sensex on Tuesday plunged 324 points and Nifty tanked 109 points on across-the-board selling on caution ahead of the outcome US Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting.

Mint Special
Android One will bring high-quality smartphones to India, says Pichai

Sundar Pichai
An IIT-Kharagpur graduate, Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004. In an interview on Monday, Pichai, in Delhi to launch three Android One phones, spoke to Mint about the road ahead for Android, wearable devices and partners.
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'Halal tourism' explained in six questions

Muslim tourists The phrase was coined to refer to the specific traveling habits and expectations of Muslim tourists. Essentially these clients are looking for services in accordance with their religious principles, such as restaurants serving Halal meat and hotels with dedicated prayer areas.
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At risk

80% paramedics do not have basic training, with many unable to even insert a cannula in a patient, doctors tell Jeevan Prakash Sharma and Gauri Kohli in the concluding part of our series on paramedical education

How to deal with CAT’s verbal section

VA sectionA third of the CAT paper comprises questions that check your verbal skills. More often than not, this is the Achilles heel for a majority of CAT takers. In this article, we look at the key issues that need to be tackled to ace the verbal section.

Wanted life support

Paramedical courses

India needs to train thousands of paramedics to address an acute shortage, but courses offered by private institutes are unregulated and sometimes fraudulent. Jeevan Prakash Sharma investigates

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Microsoft to hold Windows 9 event in San Francisco

Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this month.

Apple sees record demand for new iPhones

Apple iPhone 6Apple on Monday said it had received record pre-orders for its new iPhone models, and that some customers will have to wait for the larger-screen versions of the smartphones.

YouTube to allow offline access in India on Android phones

Pic: YoutubeYouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.
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