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Hindustan Times Friday, September 19, 2014 | Last Updated 11:39 IST 
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It's United Kingdom: Scotland says 'No' to independence

Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. (AFP Photo)
Scotland has decisively rejected independence by winning more than half of the votes polled, concluding an intensely-fought campaign that threatened to tear asunder the 307-year-old United Kingdom. The margin of victory was about 55% to 45%. Glasgow, Scotland's largest council area and the third largest city in Britain, voted in favour of independence, while capital Edinburgh, rejected it.

From $100bn to $20bn: What the missing billions say about Sino-India relationship

Jinping meets Modi
The $100 billion seems to have largely designed to overshadow the $35 billion five-year plan announced by Japan. That Xi did not feel he even needed to match what Abe had offered was a sign of that this has yet to change with China.

'So sari': Nirmala Sitharaman loses baggage on AI flight, keeps calm

Nirmala Sitharaman
Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman has become the latest victim of misplaced baggage on an Air India flight as her checked in luggage went missing on her way to Australia.

US man shoots six grandchildren, daughter; kills self in front of cops

Don Spirit
A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida on Thursday. The oldest child was 11 years old.

Bill Gates shares Modi vision of affordable toilets

Richard Verma is the next US ambassador to India

IS group posts video of captive British journalist

CBI chief row: Bhushan 'won't name' whistleblower

Hunt for missing Malaysia plane to resume

Sena defies ultimatum, offers BJP only 119 seats

Modi govt’s ‘fast decisions’ made after debates

Ajit Singh backers try to cut Delhi’s water supply

Mamata to counter Saradha slur with book

Spycam found in girls’ hostel in Noida

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The PM must walk the talk on FDI

Modi
If Modi is serious about attracting more investment to the knowledge-intensive industries (such as the biopharmaceutical sector), his government will need to tackle three obstacles - intellectual property rights, regulatory system, healthcare.

Defensive India needs to take firmer stand against China

PLA
India’s fumbling responses to the increasing Chinese incursions do not bode well for its Himalayan security, writes Brahma Chellaney.
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Photos: Scotland Independence Vote
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5 days to go - Mars Orbiter Mission
How to pretend to be a lit pro for Facebook’s 10-book challenge
The big fat Indian wedding: It's all about the money, honey!
Watch the actors travel from Ahmedabad to Jaipur and Agra to Delhi to promote Dawaat-e-Ishq

HT presents: Here's the eternal cry baby, Times of India

HT
Times of India released a video titled 'TOI Morning Challenge', where it claimed to be the No 1 newspaper in Delhi-NCR. Hindustan Times presents an opportunity to TOI to learn to accept defeat with grace and stop being the eternal cry baby. WATCH VIDEO

Movie review: Fawad Khan, Kirron Kher try but fail to save Khoobsurat

Trailer Khoobsurat
Shashanka Ghosh's remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Khoobsurat, starring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan, hits theatres on Friday. Despite decent performances from Pak actor Fawad Khan and Kirron Kher's Punjabi mom-act, the film is not worth your time.

Chinese buyers deprived of launch fanfare lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Licensing problems in China meant the global rollout went ahead without the huge and lucrative market, in a blow to Apple which had trumpeted its inclusion in the initial wave of the last iPhone launch.

Kapil Sharma, Krushna are better hosts than me: Salman Khan

Salman Khan
Set to host Bigg Boss 8, Salman Khan says that Krushna (Abhishek) or Kapil (Sharma) can be more fun as they use their humour to host shows, 'something they are gifted with'.

Google to boost Android encryption, joining Apple

Google
Google and Apple are among internet titans intent on firming up trust shaken by revelations of massive online spying by US officials and by the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts that exposed nude photos.

INTERVIEW - SHAH RUKH KHAN
SRK: The greatest businessman can walk away from a deal if it doesn’t feel right

 Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan, the badshah of Bollywood and the promoter of Kolkata Knight Riders, Kidzania and Red Chillies, believes that a business or a product can be complicated, but it should work simply.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown, citizens confined to homes

Dolo's Town residents
Sierra Leone launched on Friday a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Madhya Pradesh: Legislator's 'sari' prank on former BJP MP goes viral

Independent MLA Dinesh Rai
A video clip of a local legislator seen wiping his soiled fingers with a former BJP parliamentarian’s sari went viral on social media on Thursday. Independent MLA Dinesh Rai did it with a smirk on his face on the stage.
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Maxwell delivers for Kings XI, beat Hobart Hurricanes by 5 wickets

Alen Maxwell
Chasing a target of 145, Kings XI made 146 for five with 14 balls to spare after skipper George Bailey and all-rounder Thisara Perera remained unbeaten on 34 and 35 respectively.

Virat Kohli seeks out Tendulkar to sharpen off-stump game

Virat Kohli
Desperate to avoid a repeat of the England tour, where he averaged an embarrassing 13.40 in the Tests and 18.00 in the ODIs, Kohli has made a dash to Mumbai. On a request from the 25-year-old, Sachin Tendulkar was present to guide the Delhi batsman.
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'Well-prepared' Del Piero checks-in India, heads to training base

Alessandro Del Piero
To the few uninitiated Alessandro Del Piero, garlanded with marigold, was mistaken for a Hollywood star before the many football aficionados sent across the message that the biggest attraction of the inaugural Indian Super League has just landed in Delhi.

Eyes on Lampard as Manchester City and Chelsea renew rivalry

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights.
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Two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

Li Na
Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Sania Mirza, Cara Black reach semis of Tokyo Open

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Defending champions Sania Mirza and Cara Black knocked out Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
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Sensex extends gains, up 73 pts in early trade

Bombay Stock Exchange
The benchmark BSE Sensex on Friday rose over 73 points in early trade, extending gains for the third straight day on sustained buying by funds and retail investors, driven by rising optimism over trade ties with China amidst a firming trend overseas.

Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8 billion

Alibaba
Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.
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Finally spotlight on students’ safety

The Centre has called upon the apex body of higher education, the University Grants Commission (UGC), to frame guidelines to ensure safety of students in and off campuses across the country. These include special measures for women students, to fix accountability.

Here is how you can gear up for the CMAT

IIT studentsSurviving a few controversies over the last few years, the next edition of the Common Management Admission Test will be held from September 25-29, 2014.

At risk

paramedical training80% paramedics do not have basic training, with many unable to even insert a cannula in a patient, doctors tell Jeevan Prakash Sharma and Gauri Kohli in the concluding part of our series on paramedical education
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Is Facebook Messenger app tracking your privacy?

The new Facebook Messenger app, that has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, may have spyware that keeps an eye on your chats and other information, claims an internet security specialist.

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

Apple iPhone 6Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

Samsung to release 'Note 4' on October 17

SamsungSamsung announced Thursday that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 "phablet" will be released on October 17. The Galaxy Note 4 delivers a refined Note experience, and the latest technology that consumers want in their smartphone.
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