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Hindustan Times Monday, October 20, 2014 | Last Updated 09:53 IST 

BJP ready to do whatever it takes to form next govt

BJP party workers celebrate
A deficit of 23-25 seats to make the all-important 145 mark has dampened the spirits of the BJP camp, but it has definitely made senior leaders work even harder to form a government on their own.

Record 7-lakh vote margin for Munde’s daughter, slimmest of 3 for Cong MLA

Pritam Munde
Pritam Munde scripted Lok Sabha history in winning the Beed seat in Maharashtra in a by-election by a record margin of nearly 700,000 votes. Jai Tirath Dahiya, the Congress’ sitting MLA from Rai assembly segment in Sonepat district, won by three votes.

Beyond the news
Congress decimation a repeat of Lok Sabha polls; it needs to buoy up

All India Congress Committee vice president Rahul Gandhi  along with PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa
The Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Maharashtra might be pyrrhic. But it’s no reason for the Congress to rejoice. The outcome of assembly polls in the state and Haryana is for the party a replication of the 2014 Lok Sabha results.

Nigeria doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
Nigerian military and intelligence officials raised doubts on Sunday about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobane

Reform measure GST roll-out likely in April 2016

Delhi: Satyarthi NGO tip leads cops to traffickers

Ebola risks ‘lost generation’: Liberian leader

Earphones drown horn, 2 Noida bikers run over

70-year-old woman found murdered in Delhi home

Bihar: Youth dies after his eyes gouged out

Entry-level IT pay may dip this hiring season

Hong Kong protests: Critical moment after clashes

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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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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?’.

Over 2,000 cases of theft in Delhi Metro in past four years

Delhi Metro
Despite extensive CCTV coverage and heavy security deployment across its premises, Delhi Metro has witnessed a whopping 2,707 cases of thefts in the past four years.

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

iPhone 6
The 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.

PT Usha accepts Modi's invite to get Gujarat athletes up and running

PT Usha

India’s most successful sprinter, PT Usha, is set to take on a marathon mission to scout and groom sporting talent in Gujarat, in response to a request from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Usha says the invite from Modi came last year when he was Gujarat’s CM.

Up to it? Try these questions for admission to Oxford University

Oxford
It’s considered one of the toughest universities to get into, and admission interviews at the University of Oxford invariably challenge potential students to think on their feet, think independently and laterally, and show an ability to apply theory.

Educated girls don't date guys who don't speak English: Chetan Bhagat

Chetan
Speaking at an Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi event, author Chetan Bhagat said in his new novel Half A Girlfriend, he had tried to bring out the divide between English speaking and non-English-speaking people in the country.

Small wonder
Five-year-old Indian boy reaches Everest Base Camp, claims world record

Harshit Saumitra at the Everest
On Friday, Harshit Saumitra, a Class 1 student of GD Goenka School in New Delhi, reached the Everest Base Camp, becoming arguably the youngest person to complete the difficult trek.

Rajnikanth says 'glad' to see Jayalalithaa back in her residence

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Actor Rajnikanth on Sunday said he was 'glad' to see AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa back in her Poes Garden residence after being granted bail in a graft case, and wished her good health and peace.
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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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cities

Dalal Street expects quicker reforms after BJP’s Maharashtra win

Dalal Street
Industry captains and market players are upbeat about the change in government in Maharashtra, and expect speedy resolution of stalled projects and improved business prospects for the state.

Diesel prices to be revised every fortnight: IOC

Petrol and diesel

As the government deregulated diesel prices on Saturday, state-owned oil companies said prices will be revised fortnightly, the same as petrol.

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This Diwali, save yourself from city noise and drive away to bliss

travel destinations We bring you a list of little known quick getaways from four major cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata) pan India. On offer are loads of nature, some adventure and a bit of culture. Get going with planning for your quick getaway and make the most life offers.
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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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Apple product line-up

Tech review: Is Apple's iPad Air 2 worth it?

Apple’s new flagship tablet fails to show any sort of spectacular innovation, rather disappointingly it essentially offers a slimmer, slightly more powerful upgrade to last year’s excellent iPad Air.

Twitter lets users stream music, audio via SoundCloud tie-up

TwitterTwitter will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, via a new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud.

Facebook may become top video sharing site: Report

FacebookVideos on Facebook are fast catching up with YouTube in terms of number of shares and the social networking site may overtake YouTube in video sharing through its news feed soon, say researchers.
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