HindustanTimes Tue,02 Jun 2015

President Mukherjee safe after 'minor' accident in his convoy in Sweden

President Pranab Mukherjee was safe after a car in his convoy crashed in Sweden on way to a university on Tuesday evening.

Sepp Blatter resigns as Fifa president amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of Fifa as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body.

Maggi curbs: Delhi to summon Nestle officials for 'unsafe' noodles, Kerala stops sales in govt shops

The AAP government in Delhi said on Tuesday samples of Maggi noodles it tested were found “unsafe” and officials of manufacturer Nestle India will be summoned, as the popular instant snack brand faced the heat from authorities across the country.

RBI effect: SBI, 3 others slash rate, realty firms say repo cut may spur housing demand

The nation's largest lender State Bank of India reduced its base rate by 15 basis points on Tuesday after the RBI cut repo rate by 25 basis points. After the RBI decision, realty firms and consultants said the cut is likely to reduce borrowing cost for both home buyers as well as developers leading to increase in housing demand.

'Had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket': Survivor talks of China cruise ship's rapid capsize in Yangtze

Six bodies have been recovered from the passenger ship which capsized during a storm and hundreds more are still missing among the 458 people on board, state media said.

Uber molestation victim: Didn't know about SOS, complaint process

The 21-year-old Delhi woman who alleged she was molested by a Uber cab driver has said she had no idea how to register a complaint after the incident in the absence of an easy mechanism to contact the company.

Interest rate cut brings ray of hope, but cloud over growth prospects

India may be staring at its first drought in six years with the government downgrading the monsoon forecast on Tuesday, sparking concerns about growth in Asia’s third-largest economy as it recovers from its worst slowdown in 25 years.

Pakistan PM says China rejected India's objections over Pok corridor

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said China had "rejected" India's objection over an ambitious $46 billion Economic Corridor that passes through PoK, a day after Beijing asserted that the project will "not target any third party".

4 killed in Nepal chopper crash, second such accident in a month

Four persons including a woman were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal on Tuesday afternoon.

Gilgit-Baltistan polls 'Pak attempt to hide illegal occupation': India

India on Tuesday opposed a move by Pakistan to conduct elections in the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region, saying it was an attempt to cover up its “forcible and illegal occupation” of the area.

Govt downgrades monsoon forecast to 88%, stokes fears of drought

India has downgraded this year's monsoon forecast to 88% of the long-term average, earth sciences minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday, raising fears of a drought in the country where nearly half of farmland lack irrigation facilities.

Sensex tanks 661 points on RBI's cautious stance, drought fears

The BSE Sensex and Nifty lost over 2% on Tuesday and the benchmark 10-year bond yield jumped as a forecast for weak monsoon rains raised doubts over whether the central bank could follow up Tuesday's interest rate cut with another this year.

Uber molestation case: Accused driver arrested in Gurgaon

Police on Tuesday arrested a 40-year old Uber cab driver accused of trying to sexually harass a professional dancer on the way to Gurgaon from Delhi.

Jung fumes after Kejriwal govt gets Bihar cops in anti-graft branch

The ongoing power struggle between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal intensified on Tuesday after reports emerged about the AAP government appointing police officials from Bihar in Delhi’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB).

Mobile services bearing cost of political turmoil in J-K

The government, private offices, universities and business set-ups – all have shifted completely to internet and mobile services for upward mobility. It has become a lifeline and its crippling will only send people to the Stone Age. Cell phones, SMS messages and internet services are modern day oxygen for the Kashmir Valley.

RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.25%, EMIs likely to fall

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut its policy interest rate by a quarter percentage point on Tuesday, easing policy for a third time this year, in a move that was widely expected as policymakers try to put the improving economy on a firmer footing.

Hundreds feared dead after passenger ship sinks in China's Yangtze

Hundreds are feared dead after a ship packed with nearly 450 passengers sank in the Yangtze river in southwest China late on Monday night.

Did Rahul Dravid stay out of BCCI's advisory panel because of Sourav Ganguly?

For more than a decade, Indian fans knew the Fab Four would bail the team out of trouble. But a cricket advisory committee announced Monday to guide a young Indian side surprisingly didn’t include the 'The Wall’ -- Rahul Dravid -- in the line-up.

Power to buyer: Class action suits to be part of new consumer protection laws

A botched online purchase, a disappointing holiday or an exploding cellphone -- the country’s two main consumer laws are set for an overhaul to give buyers larger protection and improved services in a changed economy.

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan may cut rates for third time this year to spur investment

RBI is expected to cut repo rate by 25 bps to 7.25%, which is seen as a move ahead of monsoon, whereas bankers call for measures to ease liquidity.

Techie beaten with bricks, rods over parking in South Delhi

The victim sustained two stitches on his head and bruises after he was beaten up by six people

Captain Saurabh Kalia case: Govt ready to move ICJ if it gets SC nod

The government said on Monday it will consult the Supreme Court on approaching the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was allegedly tortured and killed in captivity by Pakistani troops during the 1999 war.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief announces Rs 1bn for anyone who 'arrests' Modi

The chief of the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami party on Monday denounced attempts by Pakistani politicians to forge friendly ties with India and announced he would offer a reward of Rs 1 billion to anyone who “arrests” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi says discrimination against any community won't be tolerated

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has ushered in 'achche din', Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, making a strong pitch for ensuring the rights of all communities.

Blamed for death of children, MP tribal woman declared witch, tortured and gang-raped twice

A tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district was allegedly gang-raped twice and tortured by having a hot iron rod inserted in her genitals after her attackers, who had earlier branded her a witch, blamed her for the death of some malnourished children in their village.

American accent, superior editing: IS revamps recruitment using professional broadcasts

 Al-Bayan, the Islamic State radio targeting European recruits - touting recent triumphs in the campaign to carve out a Caliphate.

Batting legends Sachin, Sourav, Laxman in BCCI's advisory panel

In what has been described as the start of a new innings, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman today joined the BCCI in a newly-constituted advisory panel to guide the Board in all matters related to the game.

No more hiding in the closet: 3 reasons for PM Modi's visit to Israel

Narendra Modi’s announced state visit to Israel, the first one by an Indian prime minister, is the missing piece in the bilateral relationship: a political exchange at the highest level.

Karnataka govt set to challenge Jayalalithaa's acquittal in DA case

The Karnataka government decided on Monday to challenge Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in a nearly two-decade-old graft case in the Supreme Court.

'Delhi is unlivable': NYT reporter has every reason to abandon the city

New York Times correspondent Gardiner Harris said goodbye to Delhi after completing a three-year assignment and his parting shot was an article which whipsaws Delhi’s plague, its poisonous air.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Mueller says carrier is 'technically bankrupt'

The newly appointed chief executive of loss-making Malaysia Airlines said on Monday the carrier is 'technically bankrupt', underlining the case for a restructuring to cut a third of jobs, scrap some international routes and review its long-haul fleet.

Uber shock again, driver accused of molesting woman in Delhi

Just months after a 27-year-old financial consultant was allegedly raped by an Uber cab driver, another instance of the harassment of a woman by a driver of the US-based transportation network company has surfaced.

An Instagram-based photo project is documenting quake-ravaged Nepal

It has been more than a month since the 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal and killed nearly 8,000 people, and stories about the devastation have ceased making headlines or prime time news.

India, Pakistan spar over economic corridor passing through PoK

India and Pakistan have sparred over the $46 billion Pakistan-China economic corridor, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing the top Chinese leadership that the project passing though Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is “unacceptable”.

Delhi-NCR wakes up to cooler morning on Monday

Delhi and surrounding areas woke up to a cooler morning on Monday as the mercury dropped to around 30°C, providing succour from weeks of unrelenting temperatures caused by a heat wave that has killed more than 2,200 people across the country.

Faster than China? India's road, rail drive could lay doubts to rest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reformist, but hard-up government has begun a splurge on road and rail building that analysts say could remove doubts over whether economic growth in India really is overtaking China.

Low cost housing: Over 6,200 Mhada houses to go on sale in 2016

While 4,702 houses will be at Bolinj in Vasai, 1,500 will be at Powai, Mulund and Goregaon.

Holiday in socialist fairyland? North Korea woos tourists

If you're still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don't mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it's just the place for you.

After Modi's assurance on 'one rank one pension' scheme, scepticism and a demand for timeline

Ex-servicemen and the opposition Congress appeared scepitc on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance on rolling out the 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme.

Pressured to convert industrial plot to freehold, says Gamlin

Senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin, whose appointment as acting Delhi chief secretary sparked a turf war between the chief minister and lieutenant governor (LG), has accused a minister in the AAP government of attempting to pressurise her to issue an illegal order. 

'Proactive PM', Teesta deal, talks with Pakistan, Modi's Israel tour: 4 things Sushma Swaraj told us

India on Sunday reaffirmed adherence to three conditions including having an atmosphere "free of terror and violence" as a precursor to any engagement with Pakistan and demanded action against terrorists including Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Telangana TDP MLA held for offering Rs 50 lakh bribe

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday trapped TDP MLA Revanth Reddy for allegedly trying to give a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson "to vote in favour of a TDP nominee" in Legislative Council elections scheduled on Monday.

Parrikar says India will buy 36 Rafale jets from France instead of 126

India has decided to buy only 36 Rafale fighter jets scrapping the earlier plan to acquire 126 of the French aircraft on grounds of huge cost.
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F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
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In the know
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.

In The Know
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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