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Hindustan Times Monday, October 20, 2014 | Last Updated 23:39 IST 

Maharashtra Assembly: We are in no hurry, Sena can join but without pre-conditions, says BJP

BJP supporters

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in no hurry to form a government in Maharashtra, hoping to wear down its former ally, the Shiv Sena, into offering unconditional support as political parties began negotiations on Monday to decide who will rule the state.

Ambulance case: With Gehlot, Pilot accused, Raje agrees to CBI inquiry

Raje and Gehlot
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday gave the nod for recommending a CBI inquiry into a case of irregularities in 108-ambulance operations in which former CM Ashok Gehlot, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and a number of senior Congress leaders are named as accused.

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.

Govt moves to issue Ordinance for e-auction of coal mines

coal

In a major move towards energy sector reforms, the Cabinet on Monday recommended promulgation of an Ordinance to facilitate e-auction of coal blocks for private companies for captive use and allot mines directly to state and central PSUs.

Hyderabad: Madrassa teacher detained for molesting African student

Modi set to get big public reception in Australia

WHO declares Nigeria officially Ebola free

External forces inciting protests: Hong Kong leader

India to give fleet, security help for SAARC summit

US airdrops supplies for Kurds defending Khobani

Congress wins Manipur by-poll

AP: 11 dead in explosion at fire cracker factory

Soon, pick up time-scale colonel rank in 23 years

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The 'Modi dividend' will be a cracker

Narendra Modi

Diwali, which is just round the corner, is believed to herald joy and cheer.  The climate is propitious for a switch from a regime of doles to one of entrepreneurship and innovation, writes NK Singh.

Defeat is not new to Congress, but the party has to start its uphill climb

Congress

There was bound to be some collateral damage. After all, the BJP opened up with its heavy artillery to flatten the opposition in both Maharashtra and Haryana. And the worst hit is the party’s traditional rival, the Congress, which fell even as the first volleys were being fired.

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Mohammedan Sporting opt out of national scene due to fund crunch

football goal
Mohammedan Sporting, one of India's oldest clubs with a rich legacy, on Monday decided to leave the national football scene for this season due to severe financial crisis.

Diwali bonanza: Boss gifts workers cars, home deposits, jewellery in Surat

Prep up for Diwali, quick and smart
A generous boss in Gujarat has given 1,200 of his workers new cars, deposits for flats and lakhs of rupees worth diamond jewellery as rewards for loyalty.

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.

Saudi man's American wife files for divorce via e-mail

Comet Siding Spring, Mars
An American woman has been allowed to file for divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the US with her three children and prevented her from seeing them.

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.

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?’.

India to soon manufacture health capsule from tea extract

Dong women

In what can be a boost for the Make in India slogan the industry and lab are entering into new areas of partnership—latest being transfer of  technology from a CSIR lab to make multi nutritional health capsule from tea extracts.

WATCH: Murugadoss packages Vijay as a 'saviour' as Kaththi trailer shows

Kaththi: Living on a knife's edge
Tamil film Kaththi's trailer, released on Sunday, has AR Murugadoss written all over it, with superstar Vijay hogging screen estate as always. Sadly, playing a one-man army in this day and age, who takes on the big bad world of power brokers, Vijay looks unconvincing.
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Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar move up in ICC rankings

India Vs England
Virat Kohli moved up to the second spot in the ODI batting charts while Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned his maiden entry into the top 10 bowler's list in the latest ICC rankings released on Monday.

Shane Watson named in Australia's T20 squad for South Africa

Shane Watson
Injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson has been named in Australia's 13-man squad for Twenty20 matches against South Africa next month as he recovers from a calf strain.
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Mohammedan Sporting opt out of national scene due to fund crunch

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Mohammedan Sporting, one of India's oldest clubs with a rich legacy, on Monday decided to leave the national football scene for this season due to severe financial crisis.

Indian footballer dies after fatal goal celebration

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A 23-year-old footballer from Mizoram has died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault, an official said on Monday.
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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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Sensex vaults 321 pts on fuel reforms, BJP wins in state polls

Bombay Stock Exchange
Diwali seems to have come early to Dalal Street as benchmark Sensex on Monday zoomed 321 points, its best single-day gain in over a week, on back of much-awaited fuel reforms and hopes of Modi government going ahead with further economic initiatives after BJP's wins in state polls.

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
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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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