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Hindustan Times Saturday, August 02, 2014 | Last Updated 04:29 IST 

Why India stood firm at WTO trade talks, what's next

WTO
India withstood mounting pressure to ratify a trade pact from the developed countries, which blamed India's hard bargain strategy for the eventual collapse of the talks. India's refusal to sign pact sends wrong signal: Kerry

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Katju never wrote to me that justice Kumar was corrupt: RC Lahoti

Chairman of the Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju
Former chief justice of India RC Lahoti has refuted ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s accusations that he gave in to pressure from the UPA 1 government to allow a 'tainted' Madras HC judge to continue in office.

Ceasefire crumbles, Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized

Palestinians

Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered ceasefire.

Insurance Act: Modi govt’s first acid test in RS

Delhi: Tomatoes to stay pricey till month-end

ICC lets Anderson off, Jadeja fine also revoked

PM Modi begins two-day Nepal visit on Sunday

Pune landslide: Death toll hits 70, hopes fade

Sri Lanka offers apology over Modi, Jaya article

Apex court tells govt to fast-track criminal cases

Tension in Kashmir over Kausar Nag yatra

Jailed Subrata Roy gets office to negotiate hotel deal

CSAT row: Examination may be held as scheduled

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Third Eye
The leader who won't lead: Congress' Rahul Gandhi problem

Congress president Sonia Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi wants to take apart the Congress’ structure and put his own architecture in place. But where are even the first signs of that process? Barkha Dutt writes.

Our take
Modi works for a neighbourhood that embraces India

PM Narendra Modi
A distinctive feature about PM Modi’s reign in power so far has been his government’s focus on the South Asian neighbourhood. His endeavour stems in part from a need to undo a disarray in neighbourhood policy.
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Multimedia

Gaza's children survive shell shock
Manto
Sushil Kumar: The Desi Superhero
KBC
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Smart way to sell a smartphone

CWG 2014 Day 9: India win 3 silvers and 2 bronzes; 5 more medals assured

Seema Punia, Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj, Sharath Kamal Achanta

India won three silvers and two bronzes on Day 9 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow while at least another five silvers were assured as four boxers and the women's squash duo made it to the finals.

Sheila Dikshit govt spent Rs. 3,000 crore, but did little for illegal colonies: CAG

Sheila Dixit

The Sheila Dikshit government spent Rs. 3,029.21 crore on regularisation of illegal colonies in Delhi but failed to provide the most basic of amenities, such as sewer and water lines, roads and drainage, the CAG has said.

World’s worst Ebola outbreak claims 729 lives in West Africa

Ebola
Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll hit 729 in West Africa. All you need to know about Ebola

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Nepal PM sees an opportunity in Modi's visit, stresses trust building

Sushil Koirala

Asserting that there had been 'gaps' on India's side in dealing with neighbours, Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said PM Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal from Sunday offers an opportunity to 'rebuild trust'.

Movie review: Hercules is brisk, breezy fun with fine sword-and-sandals spectacles

hercules
The narrative of Hercules brims with a wealth of visual flourishes, courtesy legendary cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Even the capabilities of 3D are optimally utilized.

Troy Costa: Meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new designer

Troy Costa
From ditching the Modi kurta to going formal with bandhgalas, PM Modi has often been in news for his fashion sense. And now, with Mumbai designer Troy Costa, known for his tuxedos, all set to design for the PM’s US trip in Sept, all eyes are set on what PM will wear.

Salman Khan-starrer Kick crosses Rs. 150 crore in a week

Troy Costa
Kick, Sajid Nadiadwala's directorial debut, continues to break newer grounds at the box office. The Salman Khan-starrer has set yet another record: it earned Rs. 164.09 crore within a week of its release. 

Movie Review: Watch Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy for stunning special effects

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
Lucy is like watching a puppy run into a glass door again and again, bumping it’s head while another door is wide open. You know that it is being stupid and downright dumb, but it is just so beautiful and enthusiastic that you still don’t want it to stop.

Anatomy of the CSAT controversy, who wants what

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
Protesters claim the second paper of the CSAT, which tests logical reasoning, analytical ability, basic numeracy and English language comprehension, puts rural students and those from non-English medium schools at a disadvantage.
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India tour of England: Batting core fails to hold it together

Cheteshwar Pujara
The onus to provide high-quality entertainment in this tour was left to Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. However, the Indian duo are yet to play an innings of substance.

expertspeak
Cook's slump was surprising

Adelaide 2
As much as England will be delighted with their performance, their first win in 10 Test matches, the Indians will know that this is not the same England of 2011 and are a beatable side, writes Sourav Ganguly.
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Wenger dismisses Gerrard's Suarez claims

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that striker Luis Suarez was "too good" to ever move to the north London outfit.

Malaga snap up Mexico star Ochoa

Ochoa

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was one of the outstanding performers at the World Cup in Brazil, has completed a move to Spanish top-flight side Malaga.

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Venus topples birthday girl Azarenka at Stanford WTA event

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Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford.

Nishikori fights into ATP showdown with Gasquet

Japan's Kei Nishikori
Japan's Kei Nishikori battled through a second challenging three-set test on Thursday to reach an ATP Washington Open quarter-final against a foe he has never beaten, Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
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cities

India’s industrial output in July hits 17-month high

Construction work
Production activity in factories jumped to 17-month high in July driven by a flood of new orders, data from a monthly survey showed, rekindling hopes of a rebound in the Indian economy battling a prolonged slump.

Centre eyes zero-tax rate on petro products under unified GST

A petrol pump
In a bid to iron out differences on the implementation of a unified GST regime, the Centre eyes a zero-tax rate for petroleum products, but has insisted that such products be included in the new tax regime.
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UPSC protest

Unfair advantage

Hindi-medium ­candidates are ­demanding the scrapping of CSAT as, they say, it gives unfair advantage to English-medium aspirants

The big jobs generator

A desk job can cause early deathAccording to Harvard Business Review, the role of a data scientist is the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’. In India too, the demand for data scientists, data visualisers, managers and analysts is surging.

IIMs, IITs offer big data programmes

IIT studentsDespite the growing popularity of data analytics as a highly lucrative career, there are not many relevant full-time courses available in India and abroad. However, there are some certificate and online courses on offer. One such is the postgraduate certificate course in business analytics by NIIT Ltd.
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Blackberry

BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients.

Apple TV next gen premiere delayed

AppleThe launch of the eagerly awaited next generation of the company's set-top-box that allows consumers to cut the TV viewing cord, download film, watch TV on demand and access a host of apps might not go on sale until 2015 due to problems with US cable companies.

Facebook unveils free Internet app

FacebookFacebook on Thursday unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.
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