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Arun Jaitley's maiden budget aims for higher economic growth, provides tax breather

Arun Jaitley
FM Arun Jaitley’s maiden Budget on Thursday put more money in the hands of salaried employees, made aspirational goods cheaper for the poor and set up a fund to counter spikes in food prices. Poll: On a scale of 0 to 5, how would you rate Arun Jaitley's budget?

Bollywood's 'Laadli of the century' Zohra Sehgal dies at 102

Zohra Sehgal
Veteran actress Zohra Sehgal died at 4pm on Thursday in a Delhi hospital. She was 102. In her career spanning almost 8 decades, the famous film actress had acted in several Bollywood and Hollywood films.

Pakistan says never accepted Kashmir's accession to India

PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif

Upping its ante, Pakistan on Thursday asserted that it had never accepted Kashmir's accession to India saying that the UNSC mandate remains till the Kashmir issue is resolved.

Chavan to remain as Maharashtra CM: Congress

Collegium recommends Lalit's elevation as SC judge

Infosys Q1 consolidated net profit up 21.6%

5 more IIMs, IITs and four more AIIMS to be set up

GST to be big milestone for tax reform, govt revenue

Insurance industry cheers FDI cap hike in budget

Despite German fury, US silent about spy row

Andhra gets many sops, Telangana just one

Ghaziabad rape: Police doubt claim, girl cries foul

Pune blast: Was Dagadusheth temple the target?

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Our take
Well begun, but Arun Jaitley has many more miles to go

Arun Jaitley

The finance minister aims to mend public finances, keep policies consistent and taxes non-adversarial. But, these are extraordinary times.

Budget aims for achche din but does it work for aam aadmi?

Bombay stock exchange

The NDA faces the challenge of delivering on the inclusive growth that the UPA promised, writes Rajesh Mahapatra.

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A thimble-like device that sits at the end of your finger and allows you to interact with the virtual world in three dimensions may render the indispensable computer mouse obsolete.

The way in which humans interact with computers has been dominated by the mouse since it was invented in the 1960s.

However, when we use the device, we're limited to two-dimensional movements.

Anh Nguyen and Amy Banic from the University of Wyoming in the US have created an intelligent thimble that can sense its position accurately in three-dimensions and respond to a set of preprogrammed gestures that allow the user to interact with objects in a virtual three-dimensional world.

According to MIT Technology Review, Nguyen and Banic aimed to create a cheap device that works as a universal input for more or less any computing device.

They want to make it as small and unobtrusive as possible so that it can be easily transported.

The 3DTouch sits on the end of a finger, equipped with a 3D accelerometer, a 3D magnetometer and 3D gyroscope.

That allows the data from each sensor to be compared and combined to produce a far more precise estimate of orientation than a single measurement alone.

The 3DTouch also has an optical flow sensor that measures the movement of the device against a two-dimensional surface, exactly like that inside an ordinary mouse.

For now, the device is hooked up by wire to an Arduino controller which combines the data from all the sensors. The fused data is then streamed to a conventional laptop.

"This wired connection later could be replaced by a wireless solution using a pair of XBee modules," researchers said.

Researchers have also built in a number of mouse-like gestures that allow a user to interact with 3-D objects, by selecting and dragging them.

They have tested their new device to measure its pointing accuracy and say that it is reasonably good.

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Movie review: Alia and Varun's Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a fun-filled ride

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Watch Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya for wonderful performances, Ashutosh Rana and smart screenplay. But do remember it's one of the dreamy, larger-than-life and low on logic Bollywood movies, writes Sweta Kaushal.

Germany take 'tiki-taka' to another level

Thomas Mueller
Germany have taken the 'tiki-taka' passing game so intrinsically used by Spain to another level at the World Cup in Brazil, by adding ruthless efficiency to the possession philosophy.

After 20 long years, Germany fan in Assam hopes to glug his buried Scotch

Bulgaria didn’t just send Germany packing in a quarterfinal match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. It made Putul Borah bury a bottle of his prized Scotch in his courtyard, vowing never to touch whiskey until Germany lifts the trophy.

Wearable device may spell end of computer mouse

A thimble-like device that sits at the end of your finger and allows you to interact with the virtual world in three dimensions may render the indispensable computer mouse obsolete.

HT poll results: majority think Arun Jaitley's maiden budget is 'very good'

Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented his maiden Union Budget on Thursday. HT asked its readers to rate the budget, which is the first official road-map of the Modi-led dispensation for fiscal consolidation and growth strategies.

Is Shah Rukh replacing Salman Khan as Bigg Boss' new host?

Salman and SRK
That actor Salman Khan will not host the upcoming season of the TV ­reality show, Bigg Boss, is old news. What’s new, ­however, is that the 48-year-old, who has been hosting the controversy drama for the past four ­seasons, is most likely being replaced by the other big Khan — Shah Rukh.

Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor to come together for Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Ek Tha Tiger
After the blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, filmmaker Kabir Khan is all set to team up with Salman Khan for his next film titled Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Slated for Eid 2015 release, the movie will also feature Kareena Kapoor Khan.

Here's a challenge: Can you shun Facebook for 99 days?

A mural
What if you are asked to perform a different kind of fasting - to log out from Facebook for 99 days? Do not fret as this is a challenge set out by a Dutch creative agency, but that doesn't mean you can't try and control your social media addiction.

Chile star Alexis Sanchez agrees to Arsenal deal

Alexis Sanchez
Chile's star World Cup striker Alexis Sanchez agreed to join Arsenal on Thursday on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around £35 million, the English Premier League side announced.

‘Little Chief’ Mascherano big on impact

Argentina's Javier Mascherano celebrates after Argentina defeated the Netherlands. (AP Photo)
Sergio Romero took Argentina to the final all right but the man who ensured that they stayed in the hunt with another superb all-round midfield show was Javier Mascherano.
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Bhuvneshwar, Shami stars as India take charge of first Test vs England on Day 2

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
India number 11 Mohammed Shami embarrassed England with the bat and then ensured home captain Alastair Cook's poor run of scores continued as the tourists seized control of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks apologises for 'Indian' pitch

England players

Nottinghamshire head groundsman Steve Birks said things hadn't gone to plan after appearing to produce a pitch ideally suited for India, rather than England, in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

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Sania Mirza enters top-5 for first time in her career

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.

Defeated Federer pledges Wimbledon return next year

Roger Federer
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer insists his agonising final defeat against Novak Djokovic won't be his farewell to the All England Club.
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Jaguar truths of a Nano economy

Arun Jaitley
An estimated 21 million people, expatriate Indians or people of Indian origins, remit more than $70 billion to India every year, and that’s nearly a quarter of the nation’s foreign exchange reserves.

Govt expects Rs. 45,471 crore revenue from spectrum auction

R K Chandolia

The government hopes to earn Rs. 45,471 crore from communication services, including proceeds from three sets of spectrum frequencies and related charges in this financial year.

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Hyundai's Eon 1.0 Kappa reviewed

Hyundai's Eon 1.0 Kappa reviewedFor buyers impressed by the Eon’s looks but put off by its underwhelming 0.8-litre engine, Hyundai has just introduced a new variant of the car. It’s got Hyundai’s larger 1.0-litre Kappa engine that comes with the promise of giving it more go.

M&M to recall 23,500 Scorpio EX

mahindraIndia’s largest utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra, on Tuesday said it would recall a specific batch of the entry-level EX variant of Scorpio sports utility vehicle manufactured between May 2012 and November 2013 for inspection.

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Designing that perfect smile

Dentistry is emerging as a lucrative career option, thanks to advancements in science and growing  awareness among patients.

When risks offer opportunities

ActuaryAn actuary uses his mathematical, statistical and analytical skills along with business awareness to help make sensible and impactful decisions for companies.

Acting your way to success

theatre artisteA theatre artiste performs an act in public or on a stage. According to Abdul Latif Khatana, a theatre artiste and former director of National School of Drama, a theatre artiste should be able to concentrate, listen, observe and think critically.
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Registration open for Sept edition of MAT

The All India Management Association (AIMA) is inviting applicants from candidates to register for the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2014 to facilitate admissions to business schools for master’s in business administration (MBA) and allied courses.

CMAT 2014 announced

AICTE has announced the schedule for conducting the national level Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) to admit students to various management programmes for the academic year 2015-16.

A practical approach to engineering

Students from Delhi’s NSIT get ample ­opportunities to innovate while being exposed to extensive practical education.
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