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Hindustan Times Friday, April 18, 2014 | Last Updated 15:16 IST 
 

PMO offers hard facts to defend Manmohan, UPA rule

Manmohan Singh
The office of Prime Minister on Friday offered a defence of Manmohan Singh amid criticism over 'policy paralysis' and his ineffective leadership by the opposition as well as insiders.

Killer quest: 11 dead in Everest avalanche, 3 more bodies expected

Day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche
At least eleven Nepalese climbing guides have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, a rescue team official told AFP, in the worst accident to hit the world's highest peak.

Sunken South Korean ferry: rescued school principal found hanged

south korean ferry

A high school vice principal rescued from a South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of his students on board was found dead Friday, in what media reports said was an apparent suicide.

HT Blog: Why Indian Muslims face threat from abroad

Sahara makes fresh proposal for Subrata's release

I am supporting Modi, and not Rajnath: Raj Thackeray

Don't talk about cash here, Ramdev to BJP nominee

Cong demands probe into Mamata's hotel room fire

EC lifts ban on Amit Shah's campaign in UP

Dust storm kills 27 in Uttar Pradesh

Superfast Express leaves 4 coaches behind in Bihar

Varanasi: Kejriwal faces protest by Modi supporters

No govt in place, infra projects go slow in Delhi

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Beyond the Bite
Choiceless by choice? A NOTA vote is a cop-out

voter, voting, indelible ink, voting ink mark
Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

our take
Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

A Modi follower waving the BJP flag during the rally
Rajnath's claim that BJP will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.
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Movie review: skip 2 States, read the novel instead

Arjun Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt 
So you liked Chetan Bhagat's novel 2 States or simply love Alia/Arjun and want to watch their chemistry on-screen? But is this Abhishek Varman's directorial debut worth your time and money? Not really.

Movie review: Johnny Depp's Transcendence is not intelligent enough

Johnny Depp
Transcendence is ambitious and begins with a rich, if preposterous, storyline. However, soon clichés kick in and intelligence goes right out of this film on artificial intelligence. A listless Depp doesn't help either, write critics.

Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

Let’s see what difference National Award makes to my career: Rajkummar Rao

Shahid
Rajkummar Rao won the National Award for Best Actor. "I cannot express my feelings in words," he says, adding that he "never anticipated" this. In this interview, he tells us what acting means to him, and why he doesn’t want to be in the public eye all the time.

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

Noose
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Space for life?
Second Earth? NASA finds planet in habitable zone that could have liquid water

Kepler-186f
The exoplanet, located some 500 light years from Earth, orbits in what is seen as the sweet spot around its star: not too close and not too far, so it could have liquid water, considered a crucial component to possibly hosting life.

Tipplers' day: Dry Gujarat high on liquor this election

Liquor shop
The state governed by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has recorded third-highest seizure of liquor among all states and union territories, the Election Commission disclosed on Thursday.

Amitabh Bachchan deserves Dadasaheb Phalke: Lata Mangeshkar

Bhoothnath Returns
She was prompt in expressing her elation at Gulzar being honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The legendary singer, however, says, "Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) deserves it. Unko milna hi chahiye (He should get it)."
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Yuvraj, Kohli hammer Daredevils with match-winning partnership

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was redemption time for Yuvraj Singh too. The man who came under fire after failing to get going in the World Twenty20 final defeat against Sri Lanka, made RCB feel good about their big buy first up.
After final flop, Yuvraj justifies the big bid price

CSK, Rajasthan Royals look to come out of corruption shadow

Ben Hilfenhaus
In the news for wrong reasons off the field, both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will finally have focus back on their cricket when they open their IPL-7 campaign on Friday.
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Barca facing first trophyless season in six years

Lionel Messi
Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years.

Real fans jam streets to celebrate Copa del Rey win

Real Madrid fans
Thousands of fans took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday, setting off fireworks and waving flags, to celebrate Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
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French Open kitty goes up to $34.5 million, up by over 10%

French Open
Prize money for this year's French Open will top €25 million ($34.5 million), more than 10% up on 2013, the French Tennis Federation announced on Tuesday.

Djokovic strolls into Monte Carlo third round

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic opened his Monte Carlo Masters title defence with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes on Tuesday to reach the third round.
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There's no one in BCCI to take on Srinivasan, rues Manohar

Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan
Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar on Thursday rued that there was no one in the Board to take on N Srinivasan who is facing the heat over the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

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IPL 7: Kallis silences doubters, helps KKR beat holders MI

J Kallis
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, despite Lasith Malinga’s sensational form which saw him finish with four for 23 could not respond when it came to the chase.
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cities

Glenmark pulls 2,900 bottles of ulcer drug in US

India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd is recalling some  2,900 bottles of its stomach ulcer drug ranitidine in the United States after a foreign tablet was found in one of the bottles.

Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations

Wipro

India’s third-largest software services exporter, Wipro, on Thursday beat expectations with a 41% year-on-year growth in consolidated net profit to Rs. 2,230 crore for the quarter ended March 31. 2014 aided by IT spending by customers.

Samsung looks beyond gadgets with new version of app services

 Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Moving beyond electronics and consumer durable segment, Samsung India is eyeing a leadership position in application and content segment with the launch of its instant messaging platform, 3.5 ChatON.
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Victoria's Secret fashion show to be held in London this year

Victoria's Secret "We are pretty excited... The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is the biggest fashion event in the world, for sure, and we're very proud and honoured to announce that we are headed to London this year. Yes," Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima said.
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Women powered by technology

Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical UniversityThe Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women is adding PhD programmes to its list of new courses this year.

AUD aims to reinvent social sciences

Student volunteersWant to go in for a dual major? Ambedkar University has the right options for you with some unique social sciences and humanities offerings
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Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

ZyngaSocial games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

XBox OneMicrosoft Corp has sold more than Five million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November, the company said on Thursday.
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