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Hindustan Times Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Last Updated 14:29 IST 

PMO comes to home minister Rajnath Singh's defence, denies allegations against his son

BJP Rajnath Singh
The PMO dismisses as 'plain lies' reports of 'misconduct' by home minister Rajnath Singh's son, who was on Tuesday denied a BJP ticket to contest a by-election in Noida.

Supreme Court puts onus on PM to oust tainted ministers

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The SC dismissed on Wednesday a petition on appointment of ministers with criminal background in what many termed a split verdict. The court refused to disqualify tainted ministers, leaving it to 'PM's wisdom' to decide his cabinet.

NDA government faces huge job in giving bank accounts to all

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PM Narendra Modi has put a pledge to give bank accounts to all Indians on a war footing, but experts say taking banking to rural areas where many people have no identity papers will be a huge challenge.

Govt sets ambitious target for toilets in every school

Police spot ‘dead’ AAP activist in Bangalore, Nepal

India, Pakistan to hold flag meeting today

American suspected of fighting for ISIS killed

Thane: 3 schoolkids found dead near river

UP bypolls: Rajnath Singh's son denied Noida ticket

Poroshenko to seek ceasefire after talks with Putin

Z-security for UP riots accused triggers a row

Love jihad: Ranchi shooter's husband held

Mumbai: Rape-accused DIG Paraskar suspended

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Kashmir: Time for Modi to play the statesman

Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif
Narendra Modi should decide if he wants to be an ideological figure who backs the Hindutva agenda in Kashmir or be a statesman who transforms South Asia by building ties of interdependence. He cannot be both, writes Sushil Aaron.

Our Take
Checks and balances needed for realty sector

Another Gurgaon in the making?
The CBI probe into the Tata-Unitech land deal shows that the realty sector is still by and large unregulated. There is no functioning land market in India and prices of land and projects are apt to be concealed or simply misrepresented.
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12 Team Modi members face criminal cases, Uma Bharti tops the list

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According to an ADR report, 12 (27% of the 45) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. HT takes a look at the council of ministers' crime report.

Matt Damon takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with toilet water

Matt Damon
Matt Damon took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but with a twist, by pouring toilet water over himself because he does not want to promote wastage of water. Damon has founded Water.org.

The Alia effect: How Bollywood learnt to laugh at itself

Alia Bhatt
As Alia Bhatt spoofs her own appearance on Karan Johar’s chat show, we ask if Bollywood is learning to laugh at itself. Here's how our top stars, including Aamir and Saif, have taken jokes in their stride. 

'Air India Day' today, tickets for Rs. 100

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National carrier Air India will celebrate its merger with erstwhile Indian Airlines as 'Air India Day' on Wednesday, offering tickets for Rs. 100 for a limited period.

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Meerut stares at bleak future as communal violence hits its image

Locked Shiv Mandir in Meerut.
Morgan Stanley once placed Meerut fifth on the vibrancy index of India's top cities. The ranking promised a future for the west UP city, but it failed to overcome its religious divide.

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: All case papers, diary found

Actor Salman
Police on Tuesday claimed to have found the crucial missing case papers in the 2002 actor Salman Khan hit-and-run case. The sessions court had criticised the police over the missing case papers last week.

England's Frank Lampard quits internationals

Frank Lampard
England's Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The midfielder scored 29 goals for his country and captained the team in their last group match against Costa Rica at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

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Govt’s ambitious ‘smart cities’ project could pinch your pocket

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A first blueprint, or concept note, prepared by the urban development ministry proposes a host of measures for raising funds from the public — such as a green tax on fuel sold to private and commercial vehicles.
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Bangladesh lift ban on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's six-month ban imposed last month for 'misbehaviour' has been lifted, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

EXPERT SPEAK
Everyone should show maturity to end all speculation

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Talking about India at this moment, my suggestion is that all the statements and counter-statements which are coming out at the moment need to stop, writes former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
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Manchester United humbled in League Cup by 3rd tier MK Dons

Manchester
The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup.

Manchester United confirm British record deal for Di Maria

Chile's Arturo
Manchester United have signed Argentina midfielder Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds ($98 million, 75 million euros), the English Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
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Federer hits season's 50; Teen duo rock US Open

Roger Federer
Roger Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 on Tuesday as the 17-time major winner got his campaign for a record sixth US Open off to a battling start.

US Open: Glam rock as Bouchard, Ivanovic progress

Eugenie Bouchard
Photo favourites Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic eased into the US Open second round on Tuesday while five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams were set to take centre stage under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.
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Rupee down 4 paise against dollar in opening trade

Currency
The rupee depreciated by four paise to 60.47 against the US currency in opening trade on Wednesday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to dollar's gains against other currencies overseas.

Sensex up 126 points; auto, banking sectors trading in green

Bombay Stock Exchange
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets on Wednesday was trading 126.41 points or 0.48% up as auto stocks surged. All the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by auto, consumer durables, capital goods and banking sectors.
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Finally! Researchers reveal 'world's best diet'

Salad A University of Copenhagen study found that a high protein, low carbohydrate diet pattern is the best ever. The diet includes fresh vegetables, lean protein sources like fish, poultry and nuts and grainy foods like rye bread and barley.
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Giant set to bring Rs. 10.6-lakh cycle to India

The Propel Advanced SL 0Top bike maker Giant is set to bring the world’s fastest bicycle, Propel Advanced SL 0, to India at a sticker price that will put a Harley Davidson to shame — Rs. 10.6 lakh.

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis reviewed

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis reviewedThis 11th-generation Corolla is the most evolved in recent history and the focus (at least on the outside) is clearly on dumping the ‘boring’ tag.
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UGC distance learning policy violated, admits HRD minister

Smriti Irani recently responded in Rajya Sabha to MP’s query referencing HT Education’s story series on degree courses being offered by private and state universities without UGC approval

The social network

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Students at the Delhi School of Social Work are encouraged to make a positive difference to society and are involved in a number of social projects initiated by their department

More quant questions in CAT

CAT examMBA spirants need to devise a new strategy to deal with the quantitative analysis section as they could expect 34-36 questions as compared to 21 questions last year.
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Google buys special effects technology firm Zync

Google on Tuesday announced that it had bought Zync Render, a service that trims costs of special effects by pushing the work into the Internet "cloud."

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Report

AppleApple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday.

Kleiner to invest in Snapchat at near-$10 bln valuation: Report

Let's connect: check out these cool appsVenture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
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