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Hindustan Times Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Last Updated 21:33 IST 

Shiv Sena force-feeding row: Opposition MPs write to speaker Mahajan, seek probe

Shiv Sena MP forces muslim staffer to eat
Incensed over reports that Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a fasting Muslim worker to eat in the Maharashtra Sadan here, several opposition parties on Wednesday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an inquiry into the incident. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

European parliament member accuses PM Modi of 'racism'

Maiden cabinet meeting of Modi govt
A Spanish member of the European parliament has raised many eyebrows by tabling a written question about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that revealed a lack or selective knowledge about India and its facts.

First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands as nation mourns

People lay flowers

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.  A kiss, a prayer: The last hours

Several killed as Transasia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan

Taiwanese plane crash site

More than 40 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with local television reporting the flight had smashed into two houses after an aborted landing.

Katju hits back at Karunanidhi, asks him to explain growth in his wealth

3-year-old boy brutally beaten up by tutor in Kolkata

India, Pak foreign secys to meet on Aug 25

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

Encephalitis outbreaks kill about 550 across India

Is PM God to give us occasional darshan: Kharge

Bangalore minor's rape: School chairman arrested

Kerry lands in Tel Aviv to broker Gaza truce

CBI arrested just 9 persons in graft cases in 2014

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Our Take
Reason it out: Congress must listen to its rebels

Congress
The Congress leadership, which has reposed its faith in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, should not appear silent at this stage and take every measure to tone up the party before the next round of the assembly elections.

A budget that doesn't invest in human capital

 Nagaland
While there is an overwhelming emphasis on physical infrastructure, the budget has neglected social infrastructure, writes Darryl D’Monte.
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India's club: How Commonwealth can give India clout

Commonwealth games 2010
Instead of joining somebody else’s club, India must energise the Commonwealth to leap from a regional to a transcontinental power, writes Ashok Malik.

India comes third after US and Brazil in rape cases, second in murder: UN survey

protest sonepat
India figures third among top 10 countries where highest number of rape have taken place in 2010 while in cases of murder, the country comes second in 2012, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

CWG Opening ceremony will pay tribute to MH17 victims

Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2014
The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said.

Salman Khan and Chhota Bheem are up to some mischief

Bigg Boss 7
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has teamed up with the small screen's favourite animated character Chhota Bheem for an action-packed entertainment package. The movie star had "fun" doing it.

WATCH: Priyanka Chopra fights gender stereotypes as Mary Kom

Priyanka Chopra

Make no mistake, Mary Kom is Priyanka Chopra's film through and through. While the actor delivers as the world boxing champion in the first trailer released today, the fact that she doesn't resemble Mary does bug you.

HT for Delhi | Unclog Delhi
Delhi traffic woes: RTR Flyover strangles approach to city

Delhi traffic
Five years ago, the Outer Ring Road’s south Delhi stretch was one of the most congested roads in the city. And the traffic didn’t move, it crawled. Five years and a series of flyovers later, the traffic on the stretch remains where it earlier was – in a snarl.

US lawmaker, a long-time Modi pursuer, faces new reality

Joe Pitts
A Republican lawmaker who has been a leading advocate of denying Narendra Modi a visa in the past, appears reconciled to the PM's coming visit. “He is the elected leader of the country so I think we have to have him here if he wishes to come,” Congressman Joe Pitts said.

Priyanka crooned lullaby for Mary Kom

Priyanka Chopra
Actress-singer Priyanka Chopra has sung a lullaby in her forthcoming film Mary Kom, a biopic on the five-time World Champion boxer.
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New Zealand's Kane Williamson banned from bowling

Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

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BCCI uses Ahmedabad Test row to educate upcoming players

BCCI
India’s controversial decision not to enforce the follow-on in the 1999 Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand is among the big mysteries in Indian cricket. It is being used as educational reference.
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Beckham visits United as Van Gaal debut nears

Former Manchester United star David Beckham visited his former English club on Tuesday on the eve of new Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal's debut match against another of Beckham's clubs.

New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning

Dunga
Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instil "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time.
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Wimbledon doubles champion Sock advances at Atlanta Open

Denis Istomin

Rising US talent Jack Sock eased past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 but Uzbek Denis Istomin put a dent in the large home field in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Wozniacki routs Vinci for Istanbul WTA title

Caroline Wozniacki
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year and 22nd of her career on Sunday when she defeated second-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in the Istanbul WTA final.
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Sensex rises to new peak in longest winning run since Sept 2012

Bombay Stock Exchange
Software giant TCS attained a market valuation of over Rs. 5 lakh crore for the first time, helped by a 2.21% rally in the stock. Infosys was the best gainer on Wednesday as it jumped nearly 3.5%.

Rupee rises 15 paise vs dollar to end at over 1-week high

Currency
The rupee on Wednesday appreciated by 15 paise to close at over one-week high of 60.09 against the American unit following bullish local equities and sustained capital inflows, extending gains for the second straight day.
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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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Google made failed bid for Spotify: report

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamers

Shield tabletUS computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device.

BlackBerry cuts prices of QWERTY handsets

BlackberryCanadian handset maker Blackberry on Wednesday slashed prices of its QWERTY devices -- 9320, 9720 and Q5 -- by as much as Rs. 6,000 to sell them for Rs. 9,900 onwards.
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