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Hindustan Times Friday, July 11, 2014 | Last Updated 12:29 IST 

Analysis
Budget sends a clear message: India is open to business

Bombay stock exchange

The finance minister appears to have made a good beginning, but the road ahead could be long. The real challenge for him and the NDA government will be to come up with a grander vision that does what the previous UPA, writes Rajesh Mahapatra.

Man tries to molest woman, his sister gets raped as punishment

Child abuse
A minor girl was allegedly raped on the orders of the community’s head in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district. The act was committed at Gulgulia village, located about 60 km from Bokaro on Monday.

Stage set for Messi to emulate Maradona in Argentina-Germany final

Maradona Messi statues
Somebody up above has plotted the Argentina-Germany final. The plot is perfect. Throw at Messi the challenge of repeating what Maradona achieved and settle the ‘who is better’ debate once and for all.

India vs England: Shami stars as India take charge of first Test

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.

Uday Lalit to be elevated as Supreme Court judge

Vakkom Purushothaman resigns as Nagaland guv

Pune limps backs to normalcy after blast

Infosys posts better than expected Q1 results

Chavan to remain as Maharashtra CM: Congress

China: Minivan falls into pond, 8 children dead

Gaza death toll reaches 78 as Israel hints at invasion

Muzaffarnagar: Govt sanctions funds for riot victims

Never accepted Kashmir's accession to India: Pak

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By invitation
Budget 2014-15: No choice but to grasp the nettle

Arun Jaitley

The NDA’s budget is commendable, but the worth of any of these initiatives is only as good as the quality of its implementation. Much depends on how much the new political-bureaucratic set-up can deliver. Pulin B Nayak writes

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.

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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.

Arun Jaitley scores some tough goals this union budget

Jaitley's shots are on target (Illustration: Siddhant Jumde)
The finance minister had a tough task ahead of him, to balance growth revival with controlling prices, while handling a flighty fiscal deficit and giving something for the common man by way of tax reliefs. He seems to have managed the tightrope walk well.

Spendonomics
Good news for salaried class: Budget will give you more money in your hands

An employee
The finance minister raised the exemption limit in personal income tax from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh. He also raised the tax exemption limit for investments to Rs. 1.5 lakh from the current Rs. 1 lakh under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. FM Arun Jaitley promises higher growth | Full text of speech | Poll: Rate the budget on a scale of 0 to 5

Zohra Sehgal never accepted last minute changes: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Zohra Sehgal
Once she memorized her lines she never looked back to the papers again, says Sanjay Leela Bhansali recalling his work association with the centenarian actress Zohra Sehgal.

Delhi second most populous city after Tokyo, Mumbai ranks sixth: UN report

A view Chandni Chowk
The Capital is expected to retain the spot of the world's second most populous city through at least 2030, when its population is expected to rise swiftly to 36 million.

Texas killer tied up the children and shot them back of the head execution-style

Texas family murdered
The Texas man accused of slaughtering six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was charged with murder Thursday amid reports he had previously been arrested for domestic violence.

When I pass away, I want no mourning: Zohra Sehgal

Highest civilian honours
Sanjna Kapoor, who worked with Zohra Sehgal, fondly remembers the grand old lady of Indian cinema and also recalls the latter's equation with her grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor.

Michael Schumacher's wife believes he's 'getting better certainly'

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Michael Schumacher's wife believes that the former seven-time Formula One champion is improving and emerging out of coma. He bashed his skull on a rock while skiing in an Alpine Resort. He had flown to Swiss hospital last month for further treatment.
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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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Gavaskar was as good as Tendulkar, Bradman: Nadkarni

Gavaskar
The modern generation of cricket followers might feel Sachin Tendulkar is the last word in batting, but for people of the previous generation or even older, Sunil Gavaskar was as good a batsman, according to former Test all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni.

Indian pitches are quicker than Trent Bridge wicket: Stuart Broad

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England all-rounder Stuart Broad has ridiculed the Trent Bridge pitch, on which India managed to post a mammoth 457, saying even the spin-friendly Indian tracks would have been faster than the wicket on offer during the first cricket Test here.
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Sania Mirza enters top-5 for first time in her career

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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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cities

Boeing, Emirates finalise order for 150 airplanes worth $56 bn

An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300 aircraft
Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalised an order for 150 777Xs airplanes for $56 billion at list prices.

Rupee down 6 paise against dollar in early trade

Currency
The rupee lost six paise to 60.25 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to appreciation of the American currency against other currencies overseas.
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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.

Suzuki's V-Storm Reviewed

Suzuki's V-Storm ReviewedAdventure biking is all about being able to blast down any road, be it smooth tarmac or broken trails.
Dentist

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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Smartphone sales to hit 2 billion by 2018

Some 2 billion smartphones will be sold in 2018, compared to an estimated 1.25 billion in 2014, according to the latest forecasts from ABI Research. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 12 % over the forecast period, from 2014 to 2019.

Google Maps now measures distance between two points

Google MapsIn addition to offering directions, the web version of Google Maps now allows users to simply calculate the distance between two points. The feature may come in handy when planning a trip off the beaten path, and it can even be used to calculate the dimensions of a monument or bridge, for example.

Wearable device may spell end of computer mouse

mouseA 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.
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