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200 held for Vadodara clashes, city still tense

Vadodara remained tense on Monday as police have arrested over 200 people following last week’s communal clashes sparked by a Facebook post that left several people injured while more than a dozen vehicles and shops were set afire.

Microsoft chief in India, Andhra vs Telangana contest on cards?

Microsoft Corporation chief Satya Nadella’s first trip to India since taking up the top job may trigger a tug of war between the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, both eyeing investments from the software giant.

Obama greets Modi with 'kem cho', has 'wonderful meeting'

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi began their first meeting, in a rather informal setting of a quiet dinner at the White House, with Obama greeting Modi in Gujarati, 'Kem Cho?'

Mamata asks govt to amend JAC Bill

The law ministry is flummoxed at a strange request by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to amend the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, proposing replacement of the collegium system for appointment in higher judiciary with the commission.

MP: 2-year-old girl brutally killed by father

A man brutally killed his two-year-old daughter by repeatedly banging her on the floor. Her only crime was that she was a girl while her father, Mukesh Jatav, wanted a boy.

India will not accept any Chinese intrusion: Rijiju

Sending a stern message to China, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Monday said India will not accept any kind of intrusion by China or concede any of its territory.

Nothing changes in TN: Jayalalithaa will run govt by remote control

For the loyal soldiers of the Amma army in AIADMK, she is omnipotent and omnipresent. Her physical absence amounts to nothing as the party apparatus and the government machinery will function smoothly and do her bidding without a question. Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as CM

China censors fail to blunt Hong Kong protests

Chinese censors and opponents of the protests sweeping Hong Kong are engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with demonstrators and commentators in a bid to stop news of the unrest spreading online and, in particular, reaching the mainland.

Temple cleaned after visit, reiterates Bihar CM

Bihar Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday reiterated his stunning, if disputed, claim that he was treated as an ‘untouchable’ even after he assumed the high office he holds.

JMM keeps up with BJP in race to lure turncoats

A two-time legislator joined the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Monday, raising the stakes in the ruling party’s game of attrition with the BJP to lure fence-sitters and turncoats ahead of the assembly elections.

Noida starts work on 8 Lane Bridge across Yamuna

The Noida authority on Monday started work on an eight-lane Rs 450 crore bridge running parallel to existing Kalindi Kunj Bridge.

Hemant Karkare's wife dies of brain haemorrhage

Kavita Karkare, widow of former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare who died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, died on Monday following a brain haemorrhage. She had slipped into coma.

Uni set up by BSP to confer Mulayam D Litt degree

An university set up during Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) rule and named after mother of one its leader will confer honorary D Litt degree on Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in its first convocation on Tuesday.

Narendra Modi woos top US executives with promise of being ‘open-minded’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for big-ticket investments to develop India's infrastructure and create more jobs at a breakfast meeting with top US executives on Monday, saying the country was open-minded and ready for change. Indian, Israeli PMs meet for the first time in over a decade

Hong Kong protesters set for new night of clashes

The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections.

Plot allotment row casts shadow on new CJI

A controversy over plot allotments to some prominent members of the Indian judiciary has become relevant once again as SC judge HL Dattu assumed the most powerful judicial office in the country on Sunday.

Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM

Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam was on Monday sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, succeeding his party supremo two days after her conviction in an illegal assets case. Jaya moves HC against conviction, Panneerselvam sworn in

Obama admits US underestimated IS jihadists

President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that the United States underestimated the threat posed by Islamic State fighters in Syria, as US-led coalition warplanes pounded the oil sites that fund the jihadist group.

Late Sunday coalition planes hit the entrance to the

I got Rajya Sabha seat for Athawale: Uddhav

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Monday made an embarrassing revelation here that he had personally intervened to secure a Rajya Sabha seat for Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale.  Amit Shah plans massive campaign

Motivate staff to ensure cleanliness: Centre to states

All state governments have been asked by the Centre to motivate their employees to be part of Narendra Modi government's ambitious 'Clean India' campaign. The guidlines have been sent to all states.

Modi overshadowed Nawaz Sharif at UN: Pak daily

An editorial "Modi at the UN" in the Daily Times said: "Modi continued his charm offensive in the west with a speech to the UN General Assembly that was everything Nawaz Sharif's was not."

Modi meets Netanyahu, discusses defence ties

In a rare meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed a wide range of issues including defence cooperation and the situation created by the Islamic State in West Asia.

1000 marine commandos to guard Gujarat coastline

To protect its 1,600-km longcoastline, Gujarat is all set to deploy an elite force of 1,000 'amphibious' marine commandos at strategic locations for surveillance at sea and the coast against threats like infiltration and drug trafficking, a first such initiative in the country.

Our job is to adapt to rules, India no different: Bezos

'You won’t have difficulty finding me in a place,' jokes Jeff Bezos, the 50-year-old founder and CEO of, the world’s biggest online retailer.

ISIS on mind, India sends IB chief to Saudi Arabia

With an aim to forge a common front against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and al Qaeda terrorist groups, India on Sunday has despatched Syed Asif Ibrahim, director, Intelligence Bureau, for a week-long trip to Saudi Arabia to discuss radicalisation of Muslim youth over the internet.

India needs a positive Indian: Kiran Bedi

With several speaking engagements in the past few weeks, I read, presented and interacted, but did not get time to write. However, I did get opportunities to reflect, based on the questions asked at the end of these sessions. Writes Kiran Bedi

DDA may extend last date for housing scheme

Though nearly 40 days were available for applicants to fill the housing scheme forms since its launch on September 1, DDA witnessed a slump for nearly a fortnight during the recent Shraddh period, which most Hindus believe to be inauspicious for buying property.

Jaya moves HC against conviction, Panneerselvam sworn in

Jailed AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Monday moved the Karnataka High Court challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case. O Paneerselvam replaced her as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday.

Arun Jaitley shifted to AIIMS, advised rest

Union finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley was on Sunday shifted to a special isolation facility at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after doctors advised that he needed a few more days to rest and recover completely from respiratory infection.

Metro halted, stolen Rs 1.60 lakh recovered

Prompt action by CISF personnel in halting a Delhi Metro train helped a businessman get back his stolen Rs.160,000 and in nabbing the culprit, an official said Sunday.

IIMs, IIITs and central varsities still headless

Three Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), 10 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and 12 Central universities are headless with the HRD ministry yet to give its final approval to the appointments despite all the formalities for their selection completed a few months ago.

Narendra Modi takes centre stage at Madison Square; bag of goodies for Indian diaspora

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally got to thank his NRI (Non-Resident Indians) constituency for their support in getting him elected. And they finally got to see the man they had waited so long to see as Prime Minister.

Two payloads become operational on Mangalyaan

Three days after flashing five images of the Martian atmosphere, India's maiden spacecraft to Mars jump-started  its main science mission-- with two of its payloads becoming operational on Sunday morning.

Chavan blames NCP for split; Maha under Prez rule

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, lashing out at the NCP for the first time following the split, has alleged a “game plan” between the BJP and the Congress’ estranged partner.

Timing Hurriyat leaders' meet 'not totally right': Pak

Pakistan has admitted that the timing of its high commissioner's meeting with the Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks was perhaps not totally right'.

Rail restructuring to begin soon: Bibek Debroy

Noted economist Bibek Debroy – chairman of the newly constituted committee on rail restructuring – indicated on Saturday that the public transporter’s organisational revamp exercise will begin in the next few months.

HK: Tear gas fired at pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests on Sunday and baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district in defiance of official warnings against illegal demonstrations.

DLF under scanner for alleged service tax evasion

Real estate major DLF has comeunder the scanner of central revenue officials for allegedly evading service tax to the tune of about Rs 30 crore.

Australia: Diamond ring worth over Rs 3 crore stolen

The pink argyle and white diamond ring, valued at 577,000 Australian dollars (Rs 3.1 crore), was taken from a display counter at Theodore Bruce Auctions in New South Wales.

No obstacles to growth in India: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's largest online retailer, sees no hurdles to growth in India despite regulatory problems ranging from tax-based restrictions on selling in Karnataka to curbs on foreign direct investment (FDI) in e-commerce and retail, says its charismatic CEO Jeff Bezos.
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Amit Shah plans mission ‘Rashtra, Maharashtra’

Amit Shah has made the state assembly polls a matter of prestige, more so after the Shiv Sena chief threatened to overcome the challenge posed by the ‘elephants’ the BJP has deployed from other states to win the elections.

President's rule imposed in poll-bound Maharashtra

President's rule was imposed on Sunday in poll-bound Maharashtra after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned following the break-up of 15-year-old Congress-NCP alliance in the state.

Buyers polish shoes in protest against builders

About 50-60 Greater Noida West home buyers angry with builders for various reasons on Sunday staged a protest by polishing shoes of general public outside sector 18 metro station in Noida.

TN: Karunanidhi, Stalin booked after clash

FIRs have been filed against DMK president M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin in connection with a clash between their supporters and AIADMK workers in the wake of conviction of chief minister Jayalalithaa in the assets case.

Centre for air ticket checks to curb LTC misuse

All central government departments have been asked to carry out random checks of air tickets submitted by their employees to stop any misuse of Leave Travel Concession  claims.

No decision yet on Geete's stay in cabinet: Rajnath

No decision has been taken onwhether or not heavy industries minister Anant Geete will continue in the Union Cabinet after his party Shiv Sena snapped ties with BJP, home minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.

Jharkhand: 5 charred to death as bus catches fire

Five people, including one women and a child, were burnt to death after a passenger bus caught fire on Sunday under Bishrampur police station area in Jharkhand’s Palamu district, around 160 km north of Ranchi.

Vadodara: Security stepped up after fresh violence

Security has been heightened with two more SRPF companies being deployed following fresh violence reported from one of the city areas where communal clashes occurred over the last three days, police said on Sunday.

Govt wants aam admi to offer policy inputs

Have an idea on how the Food Corporation of India should be restructured or think you can design a logo for a watershed programme? The Narendra Modi government is waiting to hear from you.

Delhi: AAP launches its youth and student wings

Terming the youth as the future of the party, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal launched the party’s youth wing— AAP Youth Wing (AYW)— and its student wing— Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)— on Saturday.
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F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
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Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

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One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
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Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

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