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Hindustan Times Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Last Updated 11:38 IST 

Pak army urges talks as protesters await political showdown in Islamabad

Pakistan march

Pakistan's powerful military called Wednesday for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.

ISIS releases 'video showing beheading' of US journalist

James Foley
The ISIS on Tuesday posted a video showing the beheading of an American journalist missing since 2012, and threatened to kill another one if the US didn’t end military strikes in Iraq.

Manmohan immune from some claims of anti-Sikh riots: US judge

singh
Inderjit Singh, an Indian Sikh, claimed in the 2013 suit that as finance minister from 1991 to 1996, Manmohan Singh funded cash rewards for members of the military who murdered Sikhs in 1984.

2G scam: Court grants bail to Karunanidhi's wife

Death toll in Japan landslide rises to 27

Pak envoy meets Kashmir separatists in New Delhi

Gaza ceasefire has 'collapsed': Palestinian

Speaker dashes Cong hopes, won’t give it LoP status

Britain could end Assange row today: Ecuador prez

Sunil Joshi killed by own men: NIA chargesheet

Tapas Pal suffers brain stroke, admitted to hospital

Badaun case: CBI says allegations not correct

SC notice to army chief over 2011 Assam dacoity

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Listen to Irom Sharmila- repeal AFSPA

Irom Sharmila
Irom Sharmila's release underlines once again something that the state or the Centre has been unable to grasp: she is not keen on taking her life, she is making a political point which is to repeal the AFSPA, writes KumKum Dasgupta.

The new plan body must have a certain oomph

Indian economy
Narendra Modi says that he will replace the Planning Commission with a think tank. But it will take some doing to attract high-quality people to work for it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.
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Youth Survey 2014
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Freedom from dowry

Renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies in Pune, he was 96

World renowned yoga guru Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja (BKS) Iyengar passed away in Pune wee hours on Wednesday following the poor heart functioning coupled with renal insufficiency, doctors operating him said. He was 96.

Riteish Deshmukh takes up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Riteish Deshmukh is having the last laugh
Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and has further tagged fellow actors and friends Abhishek Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra, Pulkit Samrat and Akshay Kumar for the challenge.

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Team India coach Duncan Fletcher's exit looks a matter of time

Riteish Deshmukh is having the last laugh
The BCCI has finally wielded the axe on the coaching staff. The second innings capitulation at The Oval, in just 29 overs, was the last straw although the message was clear about Fletcher after the first morning at Old Trafford.

Freedom from dowry
‘Except Sonika's body, not a single item in the room was burnt’

Sonika, dowry
Sonika was burnt by her in-laws who demanded more dowry even after her family had satiated their greed with Rs. 2 lakh at the time of her marriage itself.

Beyond the news
Indo-Pak ties: Needed tact, not tantrums

india-pakistan
Waging peace is way more difficult than waging war in these times of conflict. That explains the Narendra Modi regime’s safer, short-term option of calling off talks with Pakistan, writes Vinod Sharma.

Some netas get lucky, given lavishly redone bungalows

Chiranjeevi
For some ministers in the Modi cabinet, the scramble for official Lutyens’ bungalows and a long wait may give way to some surprises. The reason: some of the ex-ministers in the UPA regime had done up their bungalows quite lavishly.

Eye in the sky: Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling

P1 aircraft
The aircraft, called P1, is commanded by a computer pilot on the ground. It can fly for more than 10 hours continuously at an altitude of up to 5,000ft and has a wide operating radius of 150km.

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What is so grand about the Bihar alliance!

Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar

People across the country are keenly watching the coming together of old rivals Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Despite the hugs in public, I really doubt if the rivalry is finally over, writes Sunita Aron. Kurakani in Kathmandu

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births, says study

Elephant
Using a newly refined approach to estimate elephant deaths, developed at Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, researchers said Africa’s elephant population is declining at a rate of about 2% annually.
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Glad that IPL shut the door on me, says Alex Hales

Alex Hales
Having received his maiden call-upin the England ODI squad, hard-hitting batsman Alex Hales feels that the IPL snub he got during last edition, helped him turn into a better player.

Fletcher sidelined as Shastri is ODI in-charge for Team India

BCCI
Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny have been given a break. The BCCI has decided to appoint B Arun and former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar as assistant coaches. Vote: What is affecting India's overseas Test performance?
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Will never bite again, pledges Barcelona's Luis Suarez

Giorgio Chiellini, Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him. The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans on Tuesday at an event delayed for more than five weeks because of his suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Coach underplays India's dependence on Sunil Chhetri

India win Nehru Cup
India's preparations for the Incheon Asian Games has been on now for over a month, and in this duration they have played four competitive matches. There's generally been only one name on the scoreboard - Sunil Chhetri.
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Djokovic the top seed for US Open, Federer second

Novak Djokovic
Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.

Nadal will not be able to defend his US Open title due to wrist injury

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the US Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins.
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Rupee down 15 paise against dollar in early trade

Currency
Snapping its two-day rising streak, the rupee fell by 15 paise to 60.82 against the US currency in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on Wednesday due to the dollar's gain against other units overseas.

Sensex up 36 points in early trade on fund inflows

Bombay Stock Exchange
Continuing its winning spree for the seventh straight day, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose 36 points in early trade on Wednesday as healthcare, IT, infrastructure and consumer durable sector stocks led the rally on the back of sustained capital inflows.
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Hyundai’s SUV to take on Duster, EcoSport

2014 Hyundai Xcent Compact SedanIndia’s second largest carmaker Hyundai has said it is planning to launch its first compact SUV to compete with Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster next year and has put the project on high priority.

2014 Fiat Punto Evo review

2014 Polo Facelift 1.5 TDIFiat has given the Punto a brand new face that's exclusively styled for the Indian market, and it looks more 'Italian' than ever. Here's our review.
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Young changemakers

To celebrate Independence Day, we introduce you to some young men and women who are passionate about championing their causes through fellowships.

The Yale way to netagiri

Smriti IraniSmriti Irani and 90 Indian MPs have participated in the programme since it was established in 2007. They have included members of 20 different political parties; from rural and urban constituencies; and national and regional parties.

Towards a better tomorrow

teacherWith technology playing an important role in the way education is imparted, it is essential for school teachers to adapt themselves to the latest teaching trends
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Is Google allowing kids under 13 to log in?

There are reports that Google may be working to legally allow children under 13 to use its services. Currently, Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13.

Sony presents new ultra-compact hybrid camera

SonyThe Japanese manufacturer is touting its new A5100 as the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. With a 180-degree pivoting display and built-in NFC tech, the device is positioned between the A5000 and A6000 in Sony's line-up and promises to rival D-SLR cameras in terms of image quality.

Snapchat in talks to expand services: Report

Let's connect: check out these cool appsSnapchat Inc, developer of a mobile app that lets users send messages that disappear within seconds, might expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
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