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Hindustan Times Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Last Updated 10:33 IST 

Libyan militants take main military base in Benghazi, ex-deputy PM abducted in Tripoli

Tripoli International Airport

Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people.
Govt moves to get Indians out

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Kerry's visit is a chance for India, US to address differences on key issues

John Kerry
India-US ties have, in recent years, been marked by lofty rhetoric, high ambition, intensive engagement and underwhelming outcomes. Obama described the India relationship as one of the 'defining partnerships' of the 21st century. Kerry leaves for India

Dealing with India’s right-wing cultural outrage machine

Dina Nath Batra
Today, small but growing and ever more vocal groups of cultural vigilantes in India are attacking everything from books and films to art and western attitudes if they deem these injurious to their faiths or if these don’t conform to their notion of purity and morality.

CWG day 6: Wrestlers Sushil, Amit, Vinesh win gold, India bag 8 medals

Sushil Kumar CWG 2014
Sushil Kumar led the charge as Indian wrestlers put on a stunning show, winning three of the five gold medals on offer on Tuesday. Shooters Sanjeev Rajput and Gagan Narang won a silver and a bronze, respectively.

Curfew in Saharanpur to be relaxed for 5 hours today

Israeli strikes kill 32 across Gaza: medics

PM Modi may not get to address US joint session

Flipkart raises $1 bn in funds, beats giants in values

Govt will ‘tread cautiously’ over GM crop trials

Delhi teenager raped by 3 including CRPF constable

Sikhs make Eid sweeter for their Muslim workers

IAS officer says Haryana chief secy threatened him

Modi factor won't work in Maharashtra polls: CM

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Food for thought: No roadmap for cold chains in this budget

Food Corporation of India
It is known that over one-third of India’s fruit and vegetables valued at over Rs. 13,000 crore is wasted annually in the absence of adequate refrigerated storage infrastructure and logistics deficiencies, writes Kunal Bose.

Bombing civilians is wrong: an Israeli soldier draws the moral line

Amer Abu Eisheh
Bombing a house with civilians in it is immoral. But silence in the face of such actions, in and outside Israel, is consent by default, writes Yuli Novak.
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No country for children
Riteish Deshmukh
In pics: Feasting on Eid-ul-fitr
Haryana
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Enjoy your leisurely weekend Brunch!

Saffronising education: Harsh Vardhan's sex education ban to Batra's books

12th standard students
In the past, the BJP accused school books being driven by 'Marxists'. With the NDA back in power, the Sangh Parivar is reported to have already set up a body to push the saffron agenda.

A failed out-of-court deal to settle land dispute led to Saharanpur riots

Police Personnel guards

The warring Sikhs and Muslims of Saharanpur had tried for an out-of-court settlement for the land dispute, much before it became a religiously divisive issue leading to riots in the city, sources tell HT.

Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush

Chester
Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".

In real life: Coal mafia gang wars continue in Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, the two Bollywood movies that catapulted this small town to stardom, are being followed up by real-life sequels with continuing gang wars.

India's crystal meth addiction grows as criminals tap chemical hub

crystal meth
India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and is a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are both legally used in medication such as decongestants.

World Cup effect: Twitter shares soar 35%, active users up by 24%

Barack Obama
Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked.

Last crew member of aircraft that dropped atomic bomb over Hiroshima dies

Atomic Bomb

The last surviving member of the US crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died. Theodore VanKirk died on Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said.

Salman Khan gives out Eidi to fans, to fund treatment of 100 kids with heart ailments

Salman Khan
Salman Khan may not have made the most intelligent movies or pulled off some smart moves in real life, but he certainly has a wide fan base. His fans swear he is all heart and his latest gesture is in keeping with the philanthropy he is associated with.

Pray for Gaza: Muslims in India worried about Israeli assault

Gaza

Just how are the Indian Muslims reacting to the Israel-Hamas conflict at the Gaza Strip? A quick look at different strata of the Muslim society, from senior bureaucrats to common men, shows they are worried.

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Day 3: No fight or gameplan, a mountain to climb for India

James Anderson
There's a thin line between confidence and cockiness. Batting with the air of prima donnas, the India batsmen put up a shoddy display to hand the advantage to England in the third Test on Tuesday.

England's Moeen Ali barred from wearing Gaza wristbands

Moeen Ali
England's Moeen Ali has been warned by world cricket chiefs not to wear wristbands declaring his support for the people of Gaza again during international matches.
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Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped, then released

Carlos Tevez
The lawyer for Carlos Tevez said the father of the Argentina and Juventus star was kidnapped on Tuesday, but was released eight hours later and appeared to be physically unharmed.

Manchester City beats Milan 5-1 in Champions Cup


Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic scored twice to help Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 Sunday in the International Champions Cup.
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Wimbledon semi-finalist Dimitrov pulls out with flu

Grigor Dimitrov
Ninth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a Wimbledon semi-final run, pulled out of next week's ATP Washington Open after doctors diagnosed him on Sunday with the flu and a sinus infection.

Sania breaks down, asks why she has to 'assert Indianness'

Ranbir
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza broke down on Friday during an interview to a TV news channel, saying she did not deserve to have to prove her 'Indianness' repeatedly.
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Sensex down 61 points in early trade; L&T plunges 7.98%

Bombay Stock Exchange
The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 61 points in early trade on Wednesday on selling by funds and retail investors ahead of monthly expiry in the derivatives segment amidst lower-than expected corporate earnings by some firms.

Rupee down 8 paise against dollar in early trade

Currency
The rupee depreciated by 8 paise to 60.21 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday, extending losses for the fourth day at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to month-end demand for the American currency from importers.
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Take a stylish dip: Where are the chicest pools on earth? Dream Paris

pool Want to unwind? Think Paris, where graffiti, art deco and sun loungers go hand in hand at one of the city's 1930s haunts, Le Molitor. It features a heated outdoor 46m summer pool, a 33m, glass-roofed, mosaic winter pool and the most stylish sundeck in the city. Vive l'été!
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Violating rules

Why are the HRD ministry and UGC, which were in a great hurry to roll back Delhi University’s four-year degree programme, turning a blind eye to UGC rules being violated by institutes offering distance learning degree courses?

Life in a Delhi University hostel

Daulat Ram CollegeSo, students are back in college for the new session. Here’s a look at how freshers adjust to life in ­hostels and enjoy the facilities offered.

Starting a new phase of life

College studentsRight While college is the time to have fun, it is also important to strike a balance between academics and co-curricular activities.
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Facebook launches bookmarking feature 'Save'

Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for places, events, movies, TV shows, and music to a list where they can view them later.

2.5 billion smartphone users globally by 2015: report

people on phonesNearly 2.5 billion people or 35 % of the global population is expected to use smartphones by the end of 2015, says the latest report of US-based industry tracker Strategy Analytics.

Device that reads sleep patterns

A sleeping womanCombining information on your sleep patterns with what is going on around you, this new device will wake you up at the perfect moment.
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