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Hindustan Times Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Last Updated 19:24 IST 

I didn't know he is a Muslim, says Shiv Sena MP accused of 'forcing' man to eat

Shiv Sena MP forces muslim staffer to eat
Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, who was seen in a video clip trying to put food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan staffer observing Ramadan fast, Wednesday defended his action, saying he had no idea about the man's religion. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

Private tutor kicks, punches and hurls three-year-old in Kolkata

Child abuse. HT photo
A private tutor at Lake Town in the northern fringes of Kolkata was caught torturing a three-and-half-year-old on CCTV.  She was seen kicking the child in the chest at least twice, hurling him head first on the bed and punching him on the face.

European parliament member accuses PM Modi of 'racism'

Maiden cabinet meeting of Modi govt
A Spanish member of the European parliament has raised many eyebrows by tabling a written question about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that revealed a lack or selective knowledge about India and its facts.

Several killed as Transasia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan

Taiwanese plane crash site
A Transasia Airways plane crashed when making an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 40 people, China's Xinhua news agency said. "It's chaotic on the scene," Jean Shen, director of the civil aviation authorities said.

Plane with 16 coffins leaves Ukraine with remains of MH17 victims

Encephalitis outbreaks kill about 550 across India

Is PM God to give us occasional darshan: Kharge

Bangalore minor's rape: School chairman arrested

Kerry lands in Tel Aviv to broker Gaza truce

CBI arrested just 9 persons in graft cases in 2014

Sports minister asks IOC to intervene in 'patka' row

Woman abducted, gang-raped in Muzaffarnagar

Katju effect: Govt demands Manmohan's statement

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Our Take
Reason it out: Congress must listen to its rebels

Congress
The Congress leadership, which has reposed its faith in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, should not appear silent at this stage and take every measure to tone up the party before the next round of the assembly elections.

A budget that doesn't invest in human capital

 Nagaland
While there is an overwhelming emphasis on physical infrastructure, the budget has neglected social infrastructure, writes Darryl D’Monte.
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WATCH: Priyanka Chopra fights gender stereotypes as Mary Kom

Priyanka Chopra

Make no mistake, Mary Kom is Priyanka Chopra's film through and through. While the actor delivers as the world boxing champion in the first trailer released today, the fact that she doesn't resemble Mary does bug you.

HT for Delhi | Unclog Delhi
Delhi traffic woes: RTR Flyover strangles approach to city

Delhi traffic
Five years ago, the Outer Ring Road’s south Delhi stretch was one of the most congested roads in the city. And the traffic didn’t move, it crawled. Five years and a series of flyovers later, the traffic on the stretch remains where it earlier was – in a snarl.

Bang Bang teaser: Furious action, fast cars, a sizzling pair... care for more?

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Bang Bang
On the most peaceful day of the year, bullets will fly - that's the tagline of Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan-starrer Bang Bang and its teaser proves the film means it. The teaser has slick action, fast cars and Bollywood's most good-looking pair sharing sizzling chemistry.

Alia was right, I need help with my style sense: Parineeti Chopra

Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra is friends with all actors. Despite Alia Bhatt dissing her style sense on Koffee with Karan, she says the duo remain friends.

Thank you again Yo Yo Honey Singh: A rejoinder to the open letter

Yo Yo Honey Singh
After writing an open letter to Yo Yo Honey Singh, the author recieved a torrent of reactions -- from families who said Honey Singh is an integral part of their post-dinner get-togethers to those who advised him to switch off the TV instead of railing against the 'artist'.

Leopard strays into IIT-Bombay campus, efforts to rescue on

A leopard resting in the Dachigam
A stray leopard entered into the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai in (IIT) Mumbai on Wednesday, officials said.

Good press, bad press: Evaluating Markandey Katju as PCI chief

Markandey Katju
The truth and timing of his allegations will continue to be debated, but this piece would like to focus on Justice Katju's official avatar. As chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI), Katju's term is soon coming to an end. How will he be judged?

US man claims Africa land, makes daughter a 'princess'

Markandey Katju
He believes that recognition is a real possibility. "I think that once the Egyptian and Sudanese governments realize that we're going to be a positive force for change in the area... they will realize that it's beneficial to recognize the Kingdom of [North] Sudan," he said, adding he hoped to soon enter talks with the two countries.
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New Zealand's Kane Williamson banned from bowling

Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

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BCCI uses Ahmedabad Test row to educate upcoming players

BCCI
India’s controversial decision not to enforce the follow-on in the 1999 Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand is among the big mysteries in Indian cricket. It is being used as educational reference.
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Beckham visits United as Van Gaal debut nears

Former Manchester United star David Beckham visited his former English club on Tuesday on the eve of new Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal's debut match against another of Beckham's clubs.

New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning

Dunga
Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instil "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time.
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Wimbledon doubles champion Sock advances at Atlanta Open

Denis Istomin

Rising US talent Jack Sock eased past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 but Uzbek Denis Istomin put a dent in the large home field in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Wozniacki routs Vinci for Istanbul WTA title

Caroline Wozniacki
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year and 22nd of her career on Sunday when she defeated second-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in the Istanbul WTA final.
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Sensex rises to new peak in longest winning run since Sept 2012

Bombay Stock Exchange
Software giant TCS attained a market valuation of over Rs. 5 lakh crore for the first time, helped by a 2.21% rally in the stock. Infosys was the best gainer on Wednesday as it jumped nearly 3.5%.

Rupee rises 15 paise vs dollar to end at over 1-week high

Currency
The rupee on Wednesday appreciated by 15 paise to close at over one-week high of 60.09 against the American unit following bullish local equities and sustained capital inflows, extending gains for the second straight day.
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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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Google made failed bid for Spotify: report

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamers

Shield tabletUS computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device.

BlackBerry cuts prices of QWERTY handsets

BlackberryCanadian handset maker Blackberry on Wednesday slashed prices of its QWERTY devices -- 9320, 9720 and Q5 -- by as much as Rs. 6,000 to sell them for Rs. 9,900 onwards.
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