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Hindustan Times Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Last Updated 13:50 IST 

Sonia hits back at Natwar, says 'I will write my own book, then everyone will know the truth'

 Sonia Gandhi
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has said that she will write her own book to tell the "truth" and rebut allegations made by former external affairs minister Natwar Singh and others.

Rescuers battle rains after Pune village landslide, 23 bodies retrieved

Pune Landslide
Rescue workers dug through deep mud and debris on Thursday in search of victims of a major landslide in Malin village of Pune district that buried homes, with the death toll expected to reach 150.

Kerry meets Arun Jaitley; seeks to reboot bilateral ties after friction

John Kerry
US secretary of state John Kerry on Thursday met finance minister Arun Jaitley as he held meetings with the Narendra Modi government while seeking to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China.

Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves to boost Gaza operations

Gaza
Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists on Thursday to bolster its forces waging military operations in the Gaza Strip that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in a day.

Supertech case: SC order a warning for builders

WTO faction discussing customs deal without India

Bangalore: Priest rapes minor at her home, held

Uttarakhand: 6 killed, 1 injured after cloud burst

Shah asks BJP MPs to remain connected with voters

SC sets up panel to investigate Meerut fire

Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon over 'bugging'

50 Indian nurses to be shifted from Libya to Tunisia

'Bangalore bandh' on; pro-Kannada outfits protest

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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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Gaza's children survive shell shock
Riteish Deshmukh
In pics: Feasting on Eid-ul-fitr
Haryana
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Enjoy your leisurely weekend Brunch!

Bihar: Minister faces villagers’ wrath, takes shelter in college

Minister hides in a room of the college to escape people’s ire. hindustan times
Bihar animal husbandry and fisheries minister Baidyanath Sahni had to face protests from villagers when he went to lay the foundation stone of a petrol pump at Nikashpur in Samastipur, his home district, on Wednesday.

Hrithik Roshan rubbishes rumours of Rs. 400 crore alimony for Sussanne

Twogether:1
Rubbishing media reports suggesting that Sussanne Roshan had demanded an alimony of Rs. 400 crore from her estranged husband, Hrithik Roshan tweeted, "Fabricated news articles. Demeaning my loved ones."

Plying of e-rickshaws is illegal, stop it as of now: HC to Delhi govt

Delhi high court
The high court's directions came on a petition filed by social worker Shanawaz Khan alleging that e-rickshaws, which are operated with power output of 650 to 850 watt and are designed to ferry only four people, including the driver, were carrying more than 8 people at a time, endangering their lives.

Lucky dog! Now, an exclusive eatery for strays in Rajasthan

Kutta Palan Bhojan Shala

Moved by the plight of stray dogs and inspired by religious beliefs, a group of people in Barmer, Rajasthan has started a unique eatery to feed canines without owners. The food is served in a separate plate for dogs. Some sweets are also served daily with food.

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From Japan to US to Russia, Modi will speak in Hindi

Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to choose Hindi over English when he speaks to world leaders over the next few months and addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September.

You have to sell your house to make movies with social cause: Ajay Devgn

Singham Returns
Ajay Devgn says, "Film-making has become so expensive that if you want to make a movie for social good, you’ll have to sell your house. Films are not for messages, but for enjoyment, so you will have to make an entertainer and put a message in it."

Natwar Singh drops book bomb, says Rahul made Sonia refuse PM job

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?

Ebola discoverer says 'would happily sit next to infected person on train'

Peter Piot
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.

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

Satywart Kadian
India started the day with a possibility of four gold medals from wrestling with Satywart Kadian, B Bajrang, Lalita and Sakshi Malik reaching finals. But as the day progressed India’s hopes ran dry as all of them lost one-sided bouts to settle for silver.
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England have Cook to thank for winning position: Joe Root

Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root picked out under-pressure captain Alastair Cook for special praise as England closed in on an emphatic victory in the 3rd TEST against India on Wednesday.

New Zealand moves to make match fixing a crime

New Zealand cricket team
New Zealand lawmakers have unanimously supported legislation which would make match fixing a criminal offense in time for next year's Cricket World Cup.
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I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence.

Gerrard says last three months 'worst of my life'

Steven Gerrard England Liverpool

Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has been 'probably the worst three months of my life'.

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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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HCL Tech Q4 Net up 53.7% to Rs. 1,834 crore, beats estimates

HCL
India's fourth largest software services firm HCL Technologies on Thursday reported a 53.7% jump in its consolidated net profit to Rs. 1,834 crore for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow

 Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.
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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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