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Hindustan Times Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Last Updated 03:57 IST 

Not Messi, goalie Romero shuts out Netherlands in shootout; Argentina to meet Germany in final

Argentina vs Netherlands
Argentina beat Netherlands 4-3 in penalties at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. They now face Germany in the final on Sunday.

Jaitley’s big test: How to keep prices low, make jobs grow

Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley, set to present his maiden budget on Thursday, has the difficult job of juggling long-term economic reforms, which might involve some bitter fiscal pills, with PM Modi’s electoral promise of good days to a country that added only 15 million jobs during 2005-12. Poll: What do you want from finance minister Arun Jaitley's maiden budget?

HT Analysis
Amit Shah’s biggest political challenge: Winning assembly polls

Amit Shah
Amit Shah's journey to BJP's presidency was extraordinary. He mesmerised the RSS with his organisational skills and clinched the top job in no time, much to the surprise of his rivals in the party.

Delhi: Domestic help admits to raping 81-year-old before killing her

Murder, torture, humiliation
He had raped his 81-year-old employer before strangling her with his bare hands and setting her on fire, a 21-year-old domestic help, accused in a gruesome murder in Greater Kailash-2, told a Delhi court.

Footage of Rahul Gandhi sleeping in LS goes viral

Governor can't be tried in criminal case: Sheila to HC

CBI quizzes AP governor, widens Agusta case ambit

Ghaziabad gang rape victim now being threatened

Black buck case: SC tells Salman to reply to plea

I-T notice a witch-hunt, will fight back: Sonia

Confrontation with US will be a disaster: Xi Jinping

Hamas will pay heavy price, says Israel

Jharkhand minor raped on community chief's order

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Our Take
Economic survey points to the job at hand

Escalator
Any plan to turn things around would necessarily have to factor in the millions of hopefuls who join the workforce every year.

Keep the faith, science's bounty is enough for us

brinjal
The greed of multinationals must not be an excuse to restrain the quantum leap in scientific understanding and technology. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
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Rio's Christ to light up Twitter's World Cup campaign

Christ
Rio's iconic Christ statue will be lit up on the eve of Sunday's World Cup final in the colours of each of the finalists' flags with Twitter users to determine which is displayed the longest.

Top 10 budgets over the years and the finance ministers behind them

Finance Ministers
As India closes in on Union Budget 2014 and all eyes focus on Arun Jaitley, we take a quick look at the top ten budgets that made history, and the finance ministers who propelled them.

Messi, a continent is putting its hopes on you tonight

Argentina vs Belgium
History is evident that no European team has won the title in South America. Messi, Argentine fans across the globe will keep their fingers crossed when your team will take on the Netherlands in Sao Paulo, writes an Indian football fan

Merkel picks soccer over Modi, heads to Brazil

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch Germany’s efforts to lift the World Cup on Sunday, leaving her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in doubt. 

Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for whole plane

pizza
While Frontier Airlines flight waited for bad weather to clear, the pilot of the plane called for 35 pizzas to feed all the passengers aboard. The plane, which was already hours behind schedule, sat on the ground at the small airport for about two hours, and there was no food on board.

Riteish Deshmukh fits into Kapil Sharma's boots, turns Bank Chor

Riteish Deshmukh
Riteish Deshmukh seems to have hit the jackpot post his super performance in Ek Villain. Now, Yash Raj Films has signed him for Bank Chor, a film that was supposed to be Kapil Sharma's Bollywood debut.

End the secrecy: why India's interest lies in unwrapping the 1962 war report

1962 War
The highly classified Henderson Brooks Report commissioned by the Govt of India after the 1962 Sino-Indian war looked into the reasons for India's rout to China. And it is important, at least for transparency sake, to declassify the document.

WATCH: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor in first trailer of Finding Fanny

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Featuring Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah, Finding Fanny is an English short film that celebrates happiness in the background of Konkani culture.
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Semi-final stat attack: Argentina vs Netherlands

Arjen Robben, Lionel Messi
A statistical comparison between Argentina and Netherlands, which are taking part in the Wednesday's World Cup semi-final match in Arena de Sao Paulo.

Brazil's image shattered, says Maradona

Disappointed Brazil fan
Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts' image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.
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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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Vijay's ton take India to a comfortable position on Day 1

Murali Vijay
A solid batting display by Murali Vijay took India to 177 for three against England at tea on day one of the first Test in Nottingham on Wednesday.

Pakistan drop Hafeez from test squad for Lanka tour

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan have dropped top order batsman Mohammad Hafeez from their test squad and recalled former captain Younis Khan in the one-day team for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.
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Govt mulls ‘use it or lose it’ land policy, digital speed

Digital detox

In keeping with the new government’s thrust on information technology, the Economic Survey has advocated the use of a combination of Internet and self-certification for fast-tracking decision making, as a short-term measure to improve India’s business environment.

GST to be major milestone for tax reform, govt revenue

A woman casts her ballot during Indonesia's presidential elections.

Implementation of the long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be a a key milestone for the economic reform process as it would improve tax administration and increase the resource raising potentials of the state governments, the survey said. Tax reform would also be critical for improving the ease of doing business and promoting efficiency and productivity growth.

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24-hours of sleep deprivation leads to schizophrenia-like symptoms

woman "It was clear to us that a sleepless night leads to impairment in the ability to concentrate. But we were surprised at how pronounced the spectrum of schizophrenia-like symptoms was," said a professor, leading an international team of researchers.
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Honda's Mobilio MPV reviewed

Honda's Mobilio MPV reviewedSometimes urban traffic in India is a real downer. A slow crawl to and from work in Mumbai is all but expected, and drive in Bangalore for any length of time and you’ll experience what being immobile in a car for long periods feels like.

Mercedes' new CLA 45 AMG reviewed

Mercedes' new CLA 45 AMG reviewedAMG says it is an engine maker first and a car maker second; and what an engine this is. Making a record-busting 355bhp from a grand total of just two litres, it gives new meaning to the phrase “small but powerful”.
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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Sony caters to selfie fans with Xperia C3

The latest manufacturer to join the selfie craze, Sony has equipped its new Xperia C3 smartphone with a 5MP front camera and editing tools dedicated specifically to touching up self-portraits.

Samsung launches Galaxy K zoom in India

Galaxy K zoomSouth Korean handset maker Samsung Electronics on tuesday launched in India a new smartphone, featuring a specialised camera with 10X zoom, for Rs. 29,999.

Chinese court rules against Apple in patent case

A man takes a photographUS technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", a Beijing court said.
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