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Hindustan Times Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Last Updated 12:45 IST 

$1 billion in its war chest: What Flipkart can learn from Alibaba

Flipkart
India's internet retailing sector grew 20% last year by value, according to Euromonitor International. Yet it's hard to see any single player in India emerging with Alibaba-like market share. Amazon says to invest $2 bn more in India, a day after Flipkart $1bn funding

10 guilty, 11 acquitted in 2004 Kumbakonam school fire mishap

gavel
Thanjavur court on Wednesday convicted 10 persons and acquitted 11 in the 2004 Kumbakonam school fire mishap which claimed lives of 94 children.

John Kerry to arrive in India today, looks to repair relationship rut

John Kerry, File
For some observers, Kerry's three-day trip is in itself a sign of India's importance. He has focused much of his tenure on crises in the Middle East, and returned just Sunday from a gruelling, unsuccessful mission to end the Gaza conflict. Kerry's visit is a chance for India, US to address differences

CWG day 6: Sushil, Vinesh, Amit win gold, India bag 8 medals

Sushil Kumar CWG 2014
Sushil Kumar led the charge as Indian wrestlers put on a stunning show, winning three of the five gold medals on offer on Tuesday. Shooters Sanjeev Rajput and Gagan Narang won a silver and a bronze, respectively.

No bugging at Gadkari home, says Rajnath Singh

Delhi: Boy killed after falling in a boiling pot

At least 43 Palestinians killed in Israeli attack

Curfew in Saharanpur to be relaxed for 5 hours today

Delhi teenager raped by 3 including CRPF constable

Libyan militants take main military base in Benghazi

PM Modi may not get to address US joint session

Govt will ‘tread cautiously’ over GM crop trials

IAS officer says Haryana chief secy threatened him

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Food for thought: No roadmap for cold chains in this budget

Food Corporation of India
It is known that over one-third of India’s fruit and vegetables valued at over Rs. 13,000 crore is wasted annually in the absence of adequate refrigerated storage infrastructure and logistics deficiencies, writes Kunal Bose.

Bombing civilians is wrong: an Israeli soldier draws the moral line

Amer Abu Eisheh
Bombing a house with civilians in it is immoral. But silence in the face of such actions, in and outside Israel, is consent by default, writes Yuli Novak.
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No country for children
Riteish Deshmukh
In pics: Feasting on Eid-ul-fitr
Haryana
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Enjoy your leisurely weekend Brunch!

Analysis
Dealing with India’s right-wing cultural outrage machine

Dina Nath Batra
Books are getting pulped and authors are forced to rewrite; song lyrics change and films and art exhibition are being banned as the vigilantes use India's loosely worded hate-speech and blasphemy laws to muzzle cultural liberalism, writes Krittivas Mukherjee.

Saffronising education: Harsh Vardhan's sex education ban to Batra's books

12th standard students
In the past, the BJP accused school books being driven by 'Marxists'. With the NDA back in power, the Sangh Parivar is reported to have already set up a body to push the saffron agenda.

I was obsessed with Salman Khan, says Sonam Kapoor

medical tape
Sonam Kapoor may be a star in her own right now, but she doesn’t shy away from revealing that, as a kid, she was particularly star-struck by another actor. With her usual candour, she says that meeting him for the first time “one of the highlights of [her] life".

Emraan Hashmi denies having signed film with Sandra Amy

Emraan Hashmi
Tamil actor Sandra Amy recently claimed that she stars opposite Emraan Hashmi in a film and even shares a liplock scene with the kissing king. When contacted, both Emraan Hashmi and the said director of the film deny even discussing any such project!

A failed out-of-court deal to settle land dispute led to Saharanpur riots

Police Personnel guards

The warring Sikhs and Muslims of Saharanpur had tried for an out-of-court settlement for the land dispute, much before it became a religiously divisive issue leading to riots in the city, sources tell HT.

Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush

Chester
Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away 'anything you shouldn't have'.

In real life: Coal mafia gang wars continue in Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, the two Bollywood movies that catapulted this small town to stardom, are being followed up by real-life sequels with continuing gang wars.

India's crystal meth addiction grows as criminals tap chemical hub

crystal meth
India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and is a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are both legally used in medication such as decongestants.

Kolkata slum girl, now a British banker returns home to help destitutes

Indian slum dwellers

A British corporate trainer, who was brought up in the slums of Kolkata two decades ago, has now decided to return to her roots from her London home with a mission to transform the lives of other destitutes.

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HT @ England
Day 3: No fight or gameplan, a mountain to climb for India

James Anderson
There's a thin line between confidence and cockiness. Batting with the air of prima donnas, the India batsmen put up a shoddy display to hand the advantage to England in the third Test on Tuesday.

England's Moeen Ali barred from wearing Gaza wristbands

Moeen Ali
England's Moeen Ali has been warned by world cricket chiefs not to wear wristbands declaring his support for the people of Gaza again during international matches.
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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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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.

Sania breaks down, asks why she has to 'assert Indianness'

Ranbir
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza broke down on Friday during an interview to a TV news channel, saying she did not deserve to have to prove her 'Indianness' repeatedly.
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BlackBerry to acquire German security solutions firm

BlackBerry
BlackBerry will acquire German security solutions firm Secusmart GmbH as part of its efforts to ramp up enterprise service offerings. Secusmart provides high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organisations.

Sensex down 61 points in early trade; L&T plunges 7.98%

Bombay Stock Exchange
The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 61 points in early trade on Wednesday on selling by funds and retail investors ahead of monthly expiry in the derivatives segment amidst lower-than expected corporate earnings by some firms.
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Take a stylish dip: Where are the chicest pools on earth? Dream Paris

pool Want to unwind? Think Paris, where graffiti, art deco and sun loungers go hand in hand at one of the city's 1930s haunts, Le Molitor. It features a heated outdoor 46m summer pool, a 33m, glass-roofed, mosaic winter pool and the most stylish sundeck in the city. Vive l'été!
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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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Facebook launches bookmarking feature 'Save'

Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for places, events, movies, TV shows, and music to a list where they can view them later.

2.5 billion smartphone users globally by 2015: report

people on phonesNearly 2.5 billion people or 35 % of the global population is expected to use smartphones by the end of 2015, says the latest report of US-based industry tracker Strategy Analytics.

Device that reads sleep patterns

A sleeping womanCombining information on your sleep patterns with what is going on around you, this new device will wake you up at the perfect moment.
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