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Hindustan Times Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Last Updated 02:49 IST 

Pune hill comes crashing; 17 killed, 150 under rubble

collapsed houses
Heavy rains have lashed hills in the area the past few days, causing rocks and mud to loosen and tumble down on houses at Malin village, 80km from Pune. Authorities fear that the death toll could mount.

Natwar Singh drops book bomb, says Rahul made Sonia refuse PM job

Former union minister K Natwar Singh who fell foul with the Congress after the 'oil for food' scam.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi refused her party's offer to be the prime minister in May 2004 because her son Rahul 'put his foot down', former foreign minister K Natwar Singh has said. Poll: Do you trust Natwar Singh's allegations?

Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area as toll reaches 1,300

A Palestinian mourns
The bloodshed came on the heels of an escalation by both sides fighting in the embattled coastal territory, further dimming prospects for a sustainable ceasefire despite international diplomatic efforts.

Bangalore: Priest rapes minor at her home, held

Gujarat riot convict Maya Kodnani granted bail

Flexi hours for women, other work reforms soon

Kumbakonam case: Principal gets 10 years in jail

Downpour blocks road, rail transport in Gujarat

SC orders Supertech to refund Noida flat buyers

New army chief has his work cut out for him

Kerry arrives in New Delhi to boost India-US relations

UPSC protestors set ablaze police chowki, buses

Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions

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CSAT storm: Going by the books is fine, aptitude needed too

UPSC protest
The view that the Civil Service Aptitude Test is loaded against vernacular-medium students is far-fetched, writes Shailaja Chandra.

Transparency in appointments vital, as is ensuring speedy justice

Kumbakonam
In the controversies over judicial appointments, things such as delayed court verdicts and lack of a sound infrastructure are being lost sight of. The judgment in the Kumbakonam fire tragedy has finally come after 10 long years.
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From Japan to US to Russia, Modi will speak in Hindi

Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to choose Hindi over English when he speaks to world leaders over the next few months and addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September.

CWG 2014: 4 Indian wrestlers settle for silver; women's hockey team crash out

Satywart Kadian
India started the day with a possibility of four gold medals from wrestling with Satywart Kadian, B Bajrang, Lalita and Sakshi Malik reaching finals. But as the day progressed India’s hopes ran dry as all of them lost one-sided bouts to settle for silver.

Chicken fed on antibiotics causing drug resistance, finds new study

Bird flu
A new study released by the Centre for Science and Environment said  'large-scale and indiscriminate' use of antibiotics in poultry industry might be 'strongly linked' to growing antibiotic resistance in Indians.

A billion dollar bet: Seven reasons why Flipkart is hot in the market

Flipkart, Binny Bansal, Sachin Bansal
It is not really a coincidence when Amazon.com announces that it would invest $2 billion (Rs 12,000 crore) in India exactly a day after Flipkart announces it has raised a record $1 billion in the latest round of funding. Read: Amazon to invest $2 billion more in India

Bungalow that 'spells doom' for CMs: Harish Rawat refuses to move in

Harish Rawat
Official chief minister's residence on the New Cantonment Road in Dehradun lies vacant. Chief minister Harish Rawat operates from the state guest house which has been converted to his official residence. 

Linked in: Terror suspects call up Pakistan from jails in Bengal

Prison

Members of terror groups such as IM and LeT regularly make phone calls and video calls to associates outside, using applications such as Skype, to their counterparts in Pakistan, a source told HT.

Kick's blazing run continues, is the biggest grosser of the year with Rs. 127 crore

Jacqueline
Kick's blazing run at the box office continues: With a net collection of Rs. 127.03 crore at domestic ticket windows, and another Rs. 18 crore overseas collection, the Salman Khan-starrer is all set to make its way to record books.

Movies that hit theatres this weekend

Hercules
Let Bollywood stars busy themselves collecting the box office spoils of their films or promote their upcoming flicks. There's enough to keep you occupied for this weekend and the week ahead. Here's a list of films slated to release this Friday.

Ex-soldier's ear sliced off for refusing to shave off twirled moustache

Ramanuj Verma
Ramanuj Verma told the police that brothers Nanku Yadav and Bina Yadav stopped him, when he was on way to his native Kauriya village in Patna district on Monday evening. The duo allegedly told him he had no business to sport a twirled moustache.
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Day 4: Buoyant England put India on the brink; end day at 112/4

Murali Vijay
Chasing an improbable target of 445 to win, India ended their day at 112 for 4 after England's spinners Moeen Ali and Joe Root snapped up 3 Indian wickets. England had declared after scoring 205 for 4.

BCCI appeals against ICC sanction on Jadeja, hearing on August 1

James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja
The BCCI has appealed against the Level 1 charge brought against Jadeja for his alleged altercation with England bowler Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
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Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped, then released

Carlos Tevez
The lawyer for Carlos Tevez said the father of the Argentina and Juventus star was kidnapped on Tuesday, but was released eight hours later and appeared to be physically unharmed.

Manchester City beats Milan 5-1 in Champions Cup


Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic scored twice to help Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 Sunday in the International Champions Cup.
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Video: Sabine Lisicki fires fastest ever serve at a WTA event

Sabine Lisicki
German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event on Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph (131 mph) bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford Classic.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Dimitrov pulls out with flu

Grigor Dimitrov
Ninth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a Wimbledon semi-final run, pulled out of next week's ATP Washington Open after doctors diagnosed him on Sunday with the flu and a sinus infection.
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Govt rules out any tax amnesty scheme; vows re-look at GAAR

Why did EC allow Rahul's roadshow and deny Modi, asks Jaitley
The government on Wednesday said it will not come up with any tax amnesty scheme to unearth black money as it acts as a disincentive to honest tax payers.

Third try? S Africa’s MTN in talks to buy Tata’s telecom arms

Indian telecom sector
South Africa’s largest telecom operator, MTN, is looking to foray into the Indian market again, this time by acquiring Tata Teleservices and Tata Maharashtra Ltd, sources with said.
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Honda’s maiden multi-purpose vehicle Mobilio set to cause a stir

Mobilio set to cause a stirA smart looking people mover that is modern and contemporary, spacious interiors though marred somewhat by insipid design and a very peppy drive makes it an unbeatable package.

Tata's new Zest reviewed

Tata's new Zest reviewedWith the Zest, Tata wants to claw back lost ground from Maruti, Hyundai and Honda in the crucial sub-4 metre sedan segment it first created.

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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