HindustanTimes Thu,03 Sep 2015

Under new norms, 36 industries may not need environmental clearance

The government is set to hack away a great deal of red tape with a new classification of industries that uses colour codes to denote environmental impact, a move that means 36 industries may need no green clearance at all.

Police probing why Peter hired car for Indrani while in London

Having found the Worli firm from which the Opel Corsa used in the murder of Sheena Bora was rented, the Khar Police are looking into why former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea hired the car for his wife Indrani despite being in London at the time.

Banking is a child’s play for these Ranchi kids

Bankers come in pint size at an urban slum in Ranchi. And they run a bank for the children, by the children and of the children.

PCB to BCCI: Cricket should be kept out of Indo-Pak relations

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday asked the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur for an update on a proposed series between the arch rivals in December this year.

Why Met is still your safest bet, when it comes to weather

For global climate answers, India has emerged as a linchpin because of its geographical location

Millions strike over 'anti-labour' reforms; banking, transport hit

A nationwide strike on Wednesday was an "unprecedented" success, 10 major trade unions said on Wednesday, and asked the government to open fresh talks with them.

Phone-hacking: Rebekah Brooks back as Murdoch’s UK head

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the ‘News of the World’ who resigned in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 but was acquitted in court, is returning as the head of Rupert Murdoch’s UK operations from September 7.

Spoke to media to quell rumours, won't do it again: Siddhartha Das

A day after Siddhartha Das, Indrani Mukerjea’s former live-in partner, found himself thrust into the media glare after he was traced to his home in Kolkata, he spoke to HT about why he decided – reluctantly – to tell his side of the story. “After the news surfaced, I knew that sooner or later I would have to tell my story. The pressure on me was mounting,” he said.

RSS tells govt to resolve OROP, wants panel formed to end row

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) on Wednesday advised the NDA government to take a decision on the one-rank, one-pension (OROP) demand of retired soldiers.

Former J-K CM Farooq Abdullah applies for LPG subsidy; faces criticism

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah is in the midst of a controversy in the wake of his recent application for LPG subsidy, which was criticised by his rivals.

1 injured after shootout between gang, cops in Gurgaon; 4 arrested

One person was injured in a shootout between a group of men travelling in a car and the police in Gurgaon's Sector 10 on Wednesday.

Sheena murder: Peter records statement; Khanna's laptop seized

Former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea's statement was recorded on Wednesday in the Sheena Bora murder case by police officers who are understood to have quizzed his wife Indrani and the other two accused in his presence.

Write to-the-point answers, this MP varsity won't give extra sheets

The Rani Durgavati University in Jabalpur has a new mantra for its students sitting for examinations – provide concise replies to questions because no additional answer sheets will be provided.

Govt extends deadline to file Income Tax returns to Sep 7

The government, on Wednesday, extended the last date for filing Income Tax return to September 07, a week more than its initial deadline of August 31.

Ishant ban: Kohli's boys shouldn't turn into a 'pack of hounds'

Ishant Sharma resembles a maniac bully when he lets his anger manifest itself against his rivals. With his long mane flying, face contorted and hands functioning more like a policeman giving traffic directions than a bowler celebrating a dismissal, Ishant makes an ugly sight for the viewers.

Pakistan has lost global support on Kashmir: ex Pak envoy

Pakistan no longer enjoys global support on the Kashmir issue and cannot get backing for a referendum in the region from the UN Security Council, former Pakistani envoy to the US Husain Haqqani has said.

Peter Mukerjea records statement in Sheena case, his house searched

Television baron Peter Mukerjea recorded on Wednesday his statement at Khar police station in Mumbai on the murder of his step daughter Sheena Bora.

First sentencing in Commonwealth Games scam, five sent to jail

In the first sentencing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, a Delhi court on Wednesday sent five people, including four MCD officials, to prison.

Trade union strike hits transport, banking services in many cities

Millions of workers across India went on a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs, affecting normal life in many cities.

Govt to auction 69 small and marginal oil, gas fields

India will auction 69 small and marginal oil and gas fields surrendered by state explorers offering operators full marketing and pricing freedom, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday.

Sex, drugs and abuse: Yazidi teen describes IS slave market

Jinan, 18, a Yazidi, was captured in early 2014 and held by Islamic State jihadists for three months before she managed to flee, she said on a visit to Paris ahead of the Friday publication of a book about her ordeal.

Police search for mystery caller who blew lid off Sheena Bora case

An anonymous caller who tipped off Mumbai police about the alleged murder of Sheena Bora could hold the key to several answered questions, as investigators dig deeper into an incident which has gripped the nation for more than a week.

Delhi: Name change woes for hotels, offices on Aurangzeb Road

The decision to change the name of Aurangzeb Road—located in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi—after former president APJ Abdul Kalam, is likely to cause an existential crisis for many government establishments, five-star hotels and private addresses.

Delhi Uber rape victim ends lawsuit against company in US court

The Delhi woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in December last year has voluntarily ended her lawsuit against the app based taxi service, according to a US court filing.

Jawan, militant killed in Kashmir encounter

One army jawan and a militant were killed on Wednesday in an encounter between militants and security forces in the Ladura area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir.

Sensex slips 243 points as China concerns trump MAT relief

Government announcing a major relief to foreign investors may have revived Indian market from one-year lows on Wednesday, but the benchmark BSE Sensex plunged heavily by 242.88 points to 25,453.56 on worries over economic slowdown in China and its impact on world growth.

Blow to Air India, 30 senior Dreamliner pilots resign

A quarter of the Air India's Boeing 787 co-pilots, trained at a cost of Rs 15 crore, are eyeing jobs as commanders. The state-owned airline operator is surviving on a bailout funded by the taxpayer.

Sheena murder: Police track Khanna's money to establish motive

Three police teams have been camped in West Bengal, Guwahati and Jharkhand to comb through Khanna’s financial statements and investment papers to unearth a financial motive behind the gruesome murder.

India agrees to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets as deadlock ends

The defence ministry’s top acquisition body — the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) — gave a go ahead to the negotiation committee on purchasing Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force, signalling an end to the deadlock in talks over the purchase of the 36 fighter jets.

Strike over labour reforms may hit banking, transport today

Nearly 150 million workers from 10 central trade unions will go on strike on Wednesday against the government’s proposed labour reforms with the protest likely to shut down banks, factories as well as auto, taxi and flight services in many parts of the country.

Indefinite curfew imposed in Manipur, seven dead in clashes

Violence flared up in Manipur on Tuesday as three people died allegedly in clashes with police a day after an angry mob torched the houses of a minister and five legislators to protest new state laws that aim to regulate the influx of outsiders.

Nitish is cheating people, alleges Modi in Bhagalpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack against the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance on Tuesday, accusing it of “cheating” people as he pushed development to the forefront of Bihar’s looming poll battle.

What Hillary’s emails say about US-Pakistan diplomacy

If diplomacy is an art, as some have said, handling Pakistan can be high art, as seen in a bunch of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails released Monday night.

Jat leaders in UP village deny ordering rape of Dalit sisters

Jat leaders of a village in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district have denied a khap panchayat was ever convened and said no diktat was issued that two Dalit sisters be raped and paraded naked as revenge for their brother's action of eloping with a married woman from their community.

If Indrani killed my daughter, she should be hanged: Siddhartha Das

Siddhartha Das, whose identity and location were a matter of great speculation for the past few days, has accepted that he is the biological father of Sheena Bora and is ready to undergo a DNA test to prove it.

Modi asks for 25-year report card from Bihar grand alliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed at an election campaign rally at Bhagalpur town on Tuesday, his fourth in the run up to the assembly elections in Bihar.

Ishant suspended for one Test for breaching ICC code of conduct

India pacer Ishant Sharma was handed a one-Test suspension on Tuesday for breaching ICC's code of conduct during the third Test against Sri Lanka in which he got into repeated altercations with opposition players.

New methods being used to create unrest in J-K: Army chief

India's security environment is complex, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.

Indrani silent but singing accomplices give leads to Sheena's murder

Indrani Mukerjea’s alleged silence and refusal to shed light in the murder of daughter Sheena Bora have prompted police to turn to her accomplices, former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai, to crack the gripping crime.

In 5 star Bengaluru hotel, Dalits show they have arrived

Over a hundred Dalit activists from slums across the city gathered for a seminar on BR Ambedkar at tony hotel.

Bihar elections: Why Bhagalpur is important to Modi's BJP

The Silk city Bhagalpur, the political hub of eastern Bihar, was the target of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, as he attempted to improve the NDA's electoral prospects in a region where it faces its toughest challenge.

Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer says she's expecting twin girls

Yahoo Inc chief executive Marissa Mayer announced she is pregnant with identical twin girls, likely due in December. Not that it's going to slow her down much.

Palmyra, the pearl of Syrian desert scarred by Islamic State

Palmyra has withstood the last 2,000 years with its immaculate temples and colonnaded streets, but now the ancient Syrian city has fallen to the IS jihadist group that has destroyed two historic temples

In this UP village, electricity woes force men to stay bachelors

More than two dozen men in Uttar Pradesh’s Paschimpara village have been waiting for over seven years to tie the knot and they see no light at the end of the tunnel. That’s because this area on the outskirts of Kanpur city has no electricity.

ICC charges Ishant, 3 SL players for breaching Code of Conduct

The ICC has charged Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhammika Prasad for breaching its Code of Conduct with their behaviour during the fourth day’s play in the third Test.

State has to correct discrimination against Muslims: VP Ansari

Identity and security, education and empowerment and a fair share in decision making are the principal problems confronting India's Muslims and the default in terms of exclusion and discrimination have to be corrected by the state, vice president Hamid Ansari said on Monday at the inauguration of the All India Majlois-e-Mushawarat Golden Jubilee in New Delhi.

4 killed, lawmakers attacked: Understanding the Manipur crisis

Three people were killed and 14 were injured in protests that erupted in Churachandpur district of Manipur on Monday over three bills passed by the state assembly to protect indigenous people. A mob also set on fire the homes of a minister and three legislators.

Satellite images show 2nd ancient temple destroyed in Palmyra: UN

The United Nations says that a satellite image confirms that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian town of Palmyra has been destroyed.

Manipur: 4 killed, 13 hurt, curfew in Churachandpur after mob fury

Three people were killed and 14 were injured in a protest that broke out in Churachandpur district of Manipur late on Monday. A mob also set the houses of a minister and three legislators on fire.

Cops seize computer used to create Sheena's resignation letter

The Khar police have recovered the hard disk of the computer used to create Sheena Bora’s fake resignation letter and a letter to terminate her tenancy agreement.
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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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