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Hindustan Times Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated 18:34 IST 

5-phase elections in Jharkhand, J-K from Nov 25 to Dec 20

Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand CM contenders
Elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand will be held in five phases between November 25 and December 20, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. Counting of votes will be on December 23.

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

Execution by hanging
A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Shashi Tharoor dares Congress, joins 'Swacch Bharat' campaign

Shashi Tharoor
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday dared party leadership in Kerala by kicking off his ‘Swacch Bharat’ campaign on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. Taking up PM Modi's Clean India challenge Tharoor joined locals in cleaning Vizhinjam port.

Centre okays defence projects worth Rs. 80,000 cr

Gadkari meets RSS chief, says no politics discussed

Kerala Cong shoots back at RSS for article on Nehru

Chai pe no charcha: Modi's first press event as PM

Jayalalithaa compensates people 'dying over her'

BJP govt openly aiding Colombo, alleges Vaiko

Nehru, Netaji aide was Soviet agent, files reveal

PM deadline for biometric attendance kicks in

Gunman, student killed in US school shooting

62-yr-old Indian jailed in US for groping woman

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THIRD EYE
Divide and win: Owaisi brothers reap the benefits

Akbaruddin Owaisi, Asaduddin Owaisi
The brothers may have cause to celebrate, but not India's Muslims. The rise of a party known for its inflammatory politics only reinforces the worst religious stereotypes, writes Barkha Dutt.

Modi in Kashmir: People, not politics, must come first

Narendra Modi
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir visit during Diwali lifted the spirits among the affected and among our soldiers, what has come as a disappointment is the amount he announced by way of funds for rebuilding destroyed homes.
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Multimedia

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Note 4
Diwali Detox
Diwali celebration
Happy New Year Review
The Ramayana Reading list
Ebola outbreak

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Happy New Year is a slog

A still from Happy New Year
Happy New Year exists for one purpose — to entertain. And, Farah Khan has proved that she is more than capable of giving us a good time. But in Happy New Year, the desire to entertain overshadows everything else.

Happy New Year makes Rs. 45 crore on opening day, breaks all records ever

Deepika Padukone, SRK, Happy New Year
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Happy New Year was expected to do well across theatres but the kind of business the movie has shown on the first day itself is nothing short of phenomenal. Bollywood trade analyst Tarash Adarsh has tweeted the figures.

Canada PM Stephen Harper hid in a closet during attack: reports

Canadian Premier Stephen Harper
According to MPs cited anonymously by the daily Globe & Mail and others, Harper spent as much as 15 minutes in the tiny space off a meeting room where he and his Conservative caucus were meeting.

Nitin Gadkari courts controversy by riding scooter without helmet

BJP President Nitin Gadkari
Union transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday rode into a controversy when he was caught on camera entering RSS headquarters in Nagpur on his scooter without wearing a helmet in violation of traffic rules.

Indian-born Sundar Pichai set to become new Google tech czar

Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. Pichai will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure.

IAF asks personnel to shun Xiaomi phones, cites spying concerns

Xiaomi Mi3
IAF personnel and their families have been asked not to use Chinese 'Xiaomi Redmi 1s' phones on the ground that data was allegedly transferred to their servers in China and it could be a security risk, a charge denied by the company.

Google executive Alan Eustace sets multiple records with leap from near-space

Google executive Alan Eustace
Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

Biteman returns: Luis Suarez to debut for Barcelona in El Clasico today

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Four months after disgracing himself in front of the world by biting an opponent for the third time, Barcelona's record signing Luis Suarez will be back on the pitch and hoping to put his career back on track.
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Pakistan in control despite Warner hundred

David Warner
David Warner's third consecutive test century could not stop Pakistan from taking control of the first test against Australia on Friday after the tourists squandered a strong start and were all out for 303 in their first innings.

English experience to help Indians in Australia tour: Laxman

Laxman
VVS Laxman on Friday said that the English experience would help the cricketers do well in the gruelling Australia tour that precedes the World Cup.
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ISL: NorthEast United drub Mumbai City 2-0

Felipe de Castro
Two goals in the second half were enough to propel NorthEast United FC to second position in the Indian Super League standings, behind Atletico de Kolkata, when they defeated a nine-man Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Maestro of clasicos, Messi leads Barca at Madrid

Lionel Messi
Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench.
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Sharapova ousted, Serena to end year as world No 1

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova failed to advance out of the WTA finals groups and conceded the year-end No 1 ranking to Serena Williams despite a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday.

David Ferrer hits 600 wins, faces Andy Murray in Valencia

David Ferrer
David Ferrer became only the fourth active player to record 600 career wins when he cruised past Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Valencia semi-finals on Friday.
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley favours interest rate cut

Why did EC allow Rahul's roadshow and deny Modi, asks Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley favours a cut in interest rates to trigger demand in the construction sector, a newspaper report said on Saturday, but the RBI has signalled it will not ease policy until it is confident of lower inflation.

Stocks shiver in market game, but IT mood remains bullish

Infosys Technologies
The stocks have fallen but that may hide some good news. India’s IT sector seems to be back in the robust growth game despite recent market hiccups  — if one looks beyond the obvious.
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Student

Playing with lives

Over the last few years students with bright futures ahead of them as doctors, lawyers and architects have had moments of sheer panic when the education regulators such as All India Council For Technical Education, Medical Council of India, Council of Architecture (CoA) etc, have de-affiliated or fined their colleges for non-compliance of norms and standards.

Focus on your strengths

CATWhile the earlier stages of CAT preparations were about ­building up of fundamentals, the next stage ensures accuracy with speed

Old wine in new bottles?

MOOCsLast year we heard stories of how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) would entirely disrupt the higher education landscape. Now, voices of disappointment are beginning to emerge, with education industry analysts expressing concern about the evolution of MOOCs thus far and their lack of tangible results.
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Digital democracy: who is winning war for votes on Twitter

Twitter declares war on passwords

Twitter formally declared war on passwords during a developers' conference in San Francisco, unveiling a new system that allows users to log-in to mobile apps with a phone number.

Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app

FacebookFacebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like.

Inbox, the new smart email app from Google

GmailAvailable for desktop and mobile devices, the new Google app is designed to reimagine the way emails are managed, in particular by scheduling reminders for specific tasks and bringing in useful up-to-date additional information from the web. Inbox is currently available only by invitation.
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