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Hindustan Times Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Last Updated 00:40 IST 

Rahul stopped Sonia becoming PM, feared she would be killed: Ex-Cong minister Natwar Singh

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?

Pune hill comes crashing; 17 killed, 150 under rubble

collapsed houses
Heavy rains triggered a landslide at a village near Pune on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and burying about 150 under the debris. Authorities fear that the death toll could mount.

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.
Amazon to invest $2 billion more in India

Bangalore's nightmare continues as priest rapes minor at her home

Bangalore child rape protest
An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a temple priest in Bangalore on Tuesday, less than a month after a seven-year-old was raped in a city school, sparking widespread protests in the southern city.

Maya Kodnani gets bail in Naroda Patiya riots case

Flexi hours for women, other work reforms soon

Kumbakonam case: Principal gets 10 years in jail

Downpour blocks road, rail transport in Gujarat

SC tells Supertech to refund money to 53 allottees

New army chief has his work cut out for him

British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation

Kerry arrives in India to reboot ties with Modi

Suicide blast kills 6 in college campus in Nigeria

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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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No country for children
Riteish Deshmukh
In pics: Feasting on Eid-ul-fitr
Haryana
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Enjoy your leisurely weekend Brunch!

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. 

Chicken fed on antibiotics causing drug resistance, CSE finds

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

Linked in: terror suspects call up Pak from Bengal jails

Prison
Free run for members of Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), and even Inter-Services Intelligence agents.

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.

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

Satywart Kadian
Four wrestlers Lalita, Bajrang, Sakshi and Kadian had to settle for silver medals afterlosing their gold medal bouts. The Indian women's hockey team lost to South Africa 2-3, which puts them out of medal contention.

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.

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.

Four cubs born to white tigress at Nandankanan Zoo, one of them is black

Sneha with her cubs
The Nandankanan Zoo in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar has welcomed the birth of four cubs to five-year-old white tigress Sneha.
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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. Earlier in the day 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 Ravindra Jadeja for his alleged altercation with England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge, the ICC said on Wednesday.
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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 (TTSL) and Tata Maharashtra Ltd (TML), sources with knowledge of the discussion 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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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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