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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Apr 2015

AAP battle: Several leaders once in Kejriwal's A-team are now out in the cold

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) expulsion of rebel leaders Prashant Bhusan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for anti-party activities is just the latest controversy to hit a party that has seen many loyalists and believers leave since its formation less than three years ago.

Coca-Cola plant's permit cancelled in TN after farmers protest

The Tamil Nadu government has cancelled the permission given to Coca-Cola to build a bottling and manufacturing plant in Erode district following protests by farmers, who argued the unit would deplete groundwater reserves.

Pakistan confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Chinese president Xi Jinping

Pakistan conferred its top civilian award, the 'Nishan-e-Pakistan' on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday,  for his outstanding contribution in the promotion of the relationship between the two countries.

Japan's Maglev train breaks world rail speed record, clocks 603kph

Japan's state-of-the-art Maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.

Failure on land bill will badly reflect on PM Modi: RSS leaders

A section of the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is worried that any failure by the BJP-led government to get the land acquisition bill passed in Parliament could reflect badly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Mumbai court to pronounce judgement on May 6

A Mumbai court on Tuesday said the verdict for the 2002 hit-and-run case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan will be pronounced on May 6. The defence and prosecution concluded their final arguments on Monday.

Coast Guard intercepts Pak boat, seizes Rs 600 crore worth of heroin

A Pakistani boat with eight suspected smugglers on board was intercepted during a joint operation by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard in the waters off Gujarat.

It is no longer AAP, it is khap, say Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav over expulsion from party

Former Aam Aadmi Party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday questioned their expulsion from the party but indicated they may not move court against the decision.

Ramdev refuses cabinet status offered by Haryana, says he is a yogi

Ramdev on Tuesday refused the status of cabinet minister from Haryana government on grounds that he was a yogi and there is no need of such political appointments. However, he promised promote yoga in the state by training one lakh youth.

Markets continue losing streak, down over 100 pts in early trade; Rupee hits fresh 1-month low

Continuing its losing streak for the fifth straight session, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell by another 103 points in early trade on Tuesday on sustained selling by funds and retail investors coupled with weak corporate earnings figure.

Former Odisha CM, Assam governor JB Patnaik dies at 89

Former Odisha chief minister JB Patnaik passed away on Tuesday at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh at the age of 89.

Blame game begins after tragic death of Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri

Amid allegation of "medical negligence", a blame game has begun following the tragic death of promising Bengal opening batsman Ankit Keshri who passed away Monday morning owing to an injury sustained during a cricket match a few days back.

New report vindicates Indian IT firms, debunks anti-H-1B myths

A new report debunks arguments long touted by H-1B critics to say foreign workers don’t cost less, don’t replace natives and the US is actually short of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) workers, and needs help.

Suspecting sadhu to be Netaji, WB intelligence snooped on him for years

The West Bengal intelligence branch snooped on a sadhu for many years, suspecting he was Subhas Chandra Bose in hiding, recently declassified documents show.

Rahul Gandhi takes on Modi govt over land bill, calls it 'suit-boot ki sarkar'

The Congress vice-president has alleged that the Modi government's land acquisition bill is anti-farmer and his party has vowed to stall its passage in Parliament.

AAP disciplinary panel sacks Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav from party

Aam Aadmi Party on Monday night expelled rebel leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan for "anti-party" activities. Apart from Yadav and Bhushan, the party also expelled Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha.

14 days judicial custody for 'gay' husband of AIIMS doc who killed self

A Delhi court on Monday remanded to 14-day judicial custody the husband of a 31-year-old woman doctor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who allegedly committed suicide due to "immense" mental torture caused by his sexual orientation.

Rajasthan: Man elopes, khap panchayat wants wife to pay the price

When her husband ran off with another man’s wife, a Rajasthan khap panchayat gave 25-year-old Mamta Bai two options: either live with the man as his spouse, or pay him Rs 3 lakh as compensation.

This girl refused to be bride at 14 and started fight against child marriage

Roshni Bairwa, of Tonk district in Rajasthan, said no to being married off when she was just 14. This act changed not only her life but also saved many other girls from being married off when their minds and bodies are not yet ready for wedlock.

Sensex crashes 556 points, slumps to 3-week low

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE )fell 1.9% or 556 points on Monday as investors sold heavily on fears of a strong opposition to the Land Acquisition Bill and on the dismal corporate earnings.

10 days and counting: MP villagers sit in water, stand up against dam

A bunch of farmers who for 10 days have been sitting in knee-deep water in a Madhya Pradesh village to protest against plans to increase a dam's level say they have developed skin and fungal infections.

AIIMS doctor commits suicide; Facebook post blames ‘torture by gay husband’

A 31-year-old doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) allegedly committed suicide by slashing her wrist at a hotel room in central Delhi’s Paharganj on Sunday.

Bihar: Violence in Siwan after six students die in road mishap

At least 6 students were killed and 5 sustained injuries in a road accident on Monday in Bihar's Siwan district, 125km north west from the state capital, police said.

Hindu temple vandalised in Texas, devil worship symbols spray-painted

A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalised with nasty images spray-painted on its walls, the latest such incident in the country.

Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat

A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action.

India keeping a close eye on China-Pak military cooperation: Navy chief

 India is keeping a close eye on the growing military cooperation between Pakistan and China as Islamabad and Beijing inch closer to hammering out a landmark submarine deal, navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan said on Sunday.

Rain-hit farmers voice their dissent against Modi govt at Rahul rally

Khangara Ram Bishnu, a farmer from Rajasthan’s Sewada village of Jalore district, travelled more than 700km in a bus on Saturday to join thousands of others like him from across the country at Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Rally at Ramlila ground in New Delhi on Sunday.

No typos, please: English teacher corrects spelling, grammar in UK poll leaflet

An election leaflet sent on behalf of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has gone viral after an English teacher in Somerset marked many errors in its language and spelling, prompting many to quip that you can no longer trust the English with the English language.

From an activist to CPI-M general secretary: Sitaram Yechury's journey

One of the most recognisable faces of the CPI-M, Sitaram Yechury has the image of being a pragmatic leader unlike his predecessor Prakash Karat, who was a stickler to dogma.

Islamic State or Taliban? Either way, fear stalks war-weary Afghans

Claims that the Islamic State group carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan raise questions about whether the culprits are the real deal or Taliban turncoats now waving the IS black flag.

Phil Hughes' bat, jerseys to be taken atop Mount Everest

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Rahul Gandhi should apologise for insulting people's mandate: BJP

Accusing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of "insulting the most popular mandate" by terming the BJP-led NDA government as "anti-people", the BJP on Sunday said the Congress leader uttered a "white lie" while addressing a rally at Ramlia Maidan in Delhi.

Kim Jong-Un on 'mental high' after climbing N Korea's highest mountain

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi tear into Modi's land bill at farmers' rally

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi arrived at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi to lead thousands of farmers on Sunday in a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial plans to overhaul land purchasing laws. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh accomapnied the two at the protest.

Workers try to hand-roll 1,000 bidis a day at behest of barons

Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons.

Death or prison: Jurors to seal Boston bomber's fate

Though the death penalty has been abolished in Massachusetts since 1984, prosecutors can still request the sentence because it is a federal case.

PM Modi terms party decisions ‘pro-poor’, lauds ministers for Yemen op

Calling critics of his government ‘perverted minds who have the congenital habit of criticising the BJP’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his government’s recent decisions as pro-poor.

Young Punjab in rehab: A story of unequal cure, unlicensed centres and a few good men

Young Punjab is checking into rehabilitation centres to treat drug and alcohol addiction. The bad news is that many are getting stuck there. A story of unequal cure, unlicensed centres and a few good men.

Ringo, Green Day among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Green Day was inducted along with Ringo Starr, the Beatles' drummer going in as a solo artist, underground-icon Lou Reed, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5'' Royales.

It's Yechury vs Pillai: CPI(M) to pick its next general secretary today

Ending the 10-year-long Prakash Karat era in the CPI(M), the country’s biggest communist party will pick its next general secretary on Sunday in the most challenging times for Left politics, on the last day of the Party Congress in Visakhapatnam.

It should always be ‘my way’ on the internet highway

Last summer, while a debate over net neutrality was on in the US, in his very funny news satire show, Last Week Tonight, the comedian John Oliver used a typically risqué example to explain what a non-neutral Internet could do to small web-based entrepreneurs and startups.

Iraq forces retake most of country's largest refinery from Islamic State

Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week.
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