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Hindustan Times Monday, October 20, 2014 | Last Updated 17:28 IST 

RSS says it's up to BJP to decide on accepting NCP offer, Shiv Sena kept guessing

BJP celebrations
With just 23 short of majority, the BJP's gameplan clearly is to wear down the Shiv Sena and make it put up as less demands as possible, including one for the post of chief minister on a rotational basis.

All 5 convicts get life in jail for Dhaula Kuan gangrape

Dhaula kuan rape accused
Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat, who had last Friday reserved his order, sentenced Usman, Shamshad, Shahid, Iqbal and Kamruddin to life imprisonment. He also imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 on each of them.

Nigeria officially Ebola free: World Health Organization

Ebola
The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days-- or two incubation periods -- without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

Bangalore: Marathon runners take wrong turn, take bus to finish line

Athletes
A marathon ended in farce in Bangalore after the pilot car overshot a turn, forcing the top three runners to take a long detour before abandoning the race -- and taking a bus to the finish line.

Hindus in Pak demand holiday, aid package on Diwali

Congress wins Manipur by-poll

PM Modi to address joint session of Oz Parliament

AP: 8 dead in explosion at fire cracker factory

Woman set on fire in empty compartment

Hope Modi builds grand Ayodhya temple: RSS

China gives $6mn for food in Ebola-hit nations

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobane

Doubt over Boko Haram 'ceasefire' after attacks

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Destiny has placed Modi at a turning point in India’s history

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
What do the results in Haryana and Maharashtra mean for the Modi government in Delhi? By 2016, these states (along with others the BJP won a year ago) will begin to bolster the government’s numbers in the Rajya Sabha, writes Ashok Malik.

Many socio-economic challenges lie ahead for BJP in Haryana

Modi bows his head after addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly.
Once again Amit Shah has produced pure gold for the BJP from an amalgam of seeming dross. The Congress was on a losing wicket in Haryana anyway. It had got just 15 of the 90 seats in the state it has ruled for 10 years.
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Mangalyaan in good health after encounter with comet Siding Spring

Comet Siding Spring, Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter. India's Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan is in 'good health' after the encounter.

Why and how has multicultural India become racist?

Nido Taniam protest
For a country as diversely populated as India, where the nuance of ‘unity in diversity’ is oft quoted and rhetorically celebrated, racial attacks are bound to evoke a number of questions, with the most basic being ‘why?’.

Watch: It's now Ashutosh Gowarikar's turn to scale TV's TRPs with Everest

Shamata Anchan
The first trailer of Ashutosh Gowarikar's TV show Everest is out. Mounted on a scale Gowarikar is known to treat his films, the serial is about a daughter who fights everything in life to fulfill her father's dream of conquering the Everest.

Salman Khan's favourite Natasa Stankovic voted out of Bigg Boss 8

Natasa Stankovic, Salman Khan
Serbian model Natasa Stankovic, rumoured to be Salman Khan's favourite, was voted out of the Bigg Boss house on Sunday.  She was among those in danger for eviction after being nominated this week along with Karishma, Aarya and Minissha.

Assembly polls: When Twitteratti dish it out, add insult to taste 

Natasa Stankovic, Salman Khan
The Maharashtra and Haryana assembly election results on Sunday served the perfect canvas for Twitteratti. Armed with wit, sarcasm and the 140-character limit, they had a field day, primarily at the expense of those on the losing side.

In pics: Nation gears up for Diwali, decks up in Rangolis

A colourful Diwali
The festival of Diwali is just around the corner, and to mark the occasion people across the nation have been making rangolis and sand paintings. Here are a few photos of how people are decorating with Rangolis.

Goal celebration costs India hopeful his life

football, Graffiti
A young footballer lost his life over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, according to newspaper reports.

Everybody tried to find faults in me, says Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta defends her decision to throw a man out of a movie theatre earlier this month and plays down on the flak she received for it. The actor says women have to fight extra hard for everything in India. 
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BCCI may consider freezing bilateral ties with West Indies

BCCI
The BCCI may contemplate a freeze on bilateral series with the West Indies for five years and claim damages for the Caribbean team's move to pull out of the remainder of the India tour.

West Indies board apologises after India tour abandoned

West Indies
The West Indies Cricket Board said it had been left with no choice but to abandon its tour of India after its players 'withdrew their services' amid an internal dispute.
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Indian Super League will take off, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger
The biggest endorsement for the Indian Super League has come from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who has no doubts about ISL's impending success.

Barcelona looking to 'MNS' to eclipse Real Madrid's 'BBC'

Lionel Messi
While Real Madrid's attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema has become known collectively as 'BBC' in Spain, Barcelona are confident 'MNS' can be at least as lethal.
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Rhea Pillai's cricketer-friend threatened me, claims Leander

Leander Paes
The ongoing legal dispute between tennis ace Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai has taken a nasty turn with the sportsman alleging her cricketer-friend issued death threats to him and his minor daughter.

Feliciano Lopez confirms Chennai Open participation

Feliciano Lopez
World No. 14 Feliciano Lopez confirmed his participation in the 20th edition of the Chennai Open, scheduled to be played at SDAT tennis stadium from January 5-11, 2015.
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Markets surge on diesel decontrol, assembly election results

Bombay Stock Exchange
The benchmark BSE Sensex spurted by over 392 points in opening trade on Monday on a rally by oil and gas and PSU stocks after the government on Saturday deregulated diesel prices and BJP stormed to power in Haryana and is all set to form government in Maharashtra.

Rupee gains 25 paise against dollar in early trade

Currency
The rupee strengthened by 25 paise to 61.19 against the dollar in early trade on Monday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on increased selling of the US currency by exporters and banks amidst oil and gas reforms announced by the government.
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DIY Diwali make-up tips to help you shimmer, shine and sparkle

Heena Diwali is almost here, which means one thing -- a calendar full of outings starting with Dhanteras on Tuesday. But mind you, the festive season is all about standing out -- and perhaps going a little over the top. So, let's get this make-up shindig going ladies; oh and don't forget to take notes.
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BMW's Active Hybrid 7 reviewed

BMW's Active Hybrid 7 reviewedBMW's luxury limousine gets an interesting petrol-electric hybrid variant.

Mahindra's Gusto reviewed

Mahindra's Gusto reviewedMahindra Two-Wheelers have just launched their all-new scooter – the Gusto – built for Indian and international markets, and first introduced here in India. It is created from the ground up and developed completely in-house by Mahindra Two-Wheelers R&D division
education

Quality control

Status upgrade to ‘institute of national importance’ will make specialised academies such as NID more professional and research- oriented, writes Gauri Kohli

Do IIMs need to be upgraded?

IIMThe human resource development ministry is also mulling the introduction of a proposal to grant institutes of national importance status to the Indian Institutes of Management. If implemented, will the IIMs benefit by enjoying greater autonomy or will it dilute the IIM brand? Experts are divided on the issue.

Giving India a leg-up

Ranchi studentsInternational academic institutes’ ranking bodies are keen to help India improve its ­positioning, writes Gauri Kohli
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5 action cams for the slopes

Over the past decade, the GoPro has come to be seen by many skiers and snowboarders as an essential piece of equipment. These days, however, there are plenty of alternatives that let you record your exploits on the slopes in Full HD (1080p). Here is a selection of five point-of-view action cams that can be attached to a helmet or directly to your skis or snowboard.

Microsoft set to jump into smartwatch tussle: Report

MicrosoftTech giant Microsoft is reportedly set to release a smartwatch of its own within weeks, joining Apple, Samsung and others in the smartwatch race.

Apple India runs out of iPhone 6 as nation shops in festive spirit

iPhone 6The first batch of 55,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus units shipped to India are sold out. Prospective buyers will now have to wait for a minimum of three days before the stocks are replenished.
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