The US cables accessed by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks reveal former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi to be 'unpredictable' and describes her close aide as 'arrogant', bollywood actor Salman Khan's gives a thumbs up to Arjun Kapoor starrer Aurangazeb, the police arrest the son of tycoon Deepak Bhardwaj on suspicion of conspiracy in his murder and in Bulandshahr a minor Dalit girl is allegedly raped and put behind bars in an all women police station. Here are some of the most read stories on hindustantimes.com.
After decades of restoration, the cathedral of Siena, finally opened to public a series of rooms where no one has entered for centuries, except for the workmen. Have a look at the unique Tuscan cathedral features. Dabs & Jabs
It's about time we put growth in its place, to borrow a line from economist Amartya Sen. Growth in itself cannot lead to development, which is why economists such as Sen have been making a case for "growth-mediated development", writes Zia Haq
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Same-sex couples in India can only dream of fighting for equal rights the way Windsor is doing. Benefits such as tax deductions, inheritance and pensions in case of the spouse’s death — all available to heterosexual couples under the law — are denied to gay unions. Paramita Ghosh and Abhijit Patnaik report.
Rahul Gandhi has said that he won’t be getting married, but he’s not alone. We asked other over-35 politicians why they chose to remain single! Neyaz Farooquee
From cleaning the floor at McDonald’s to ruling the smallscreen as its favourite bahu, to newly-appointed vice president of the BJP, Poonam Saxena
traces Smriti Irani’s journey so far.
The biggest danger to peace in the world is post-Cold War smugness – that much is evident from the largely cynical response to the mounting threats emanating from the North Korean dictatorship, writes Dipankar De Sarkar
Raking up the issue of misuse of CBI, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said fighting with the government is not easy as it can use CBI and put one in jail., more than 90% of the youth believe the country is heading in the wrong direction while nearly 40% think Shariah or Islamic law would be the best political system, a survey said, In a candid conversation, Kumar reveals why he wants Shah Rukh to personally apologise to him, what urges him to call director Farah a liar and more.
BJP president Rajnath Singh’s next big challenge will be to allot work areas to his new team that is supposed to prepare the party for the 2014 polls; in an embarrassment to the ruling Congress-led UDF, forest minister KB Ganesh Kumar was forced to quit after his wife levelled charges of domestic violence, a development that triggered opposition demand for Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy's resignation.
Boxer Vijender Singh had allegedly consumed heroin about a dozen times; the Supreme Court on Monday denied a patent request by Swiss drug giant Novartis for its cancer drug Glivec.
The US business delegation that met Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on Thursday may have paid between $3,000 and $16,000 per head for the entire Indian trip, television actor Mona Singh has filed a complaint with the cyber crime branch of Mumbai Police after an MMS clip that allegedly shows her naked went viral on the internet on March 28.
New Zealand cricket's wild child Jesse Ryder, seriously injured in a vicious assault this week, is a huge talent with the bat who struggles with alcohol demons and is a self-confessed bad boy, on the whole, Himmatwala fails as a film.
Now that Sanjay Dutt has said that he does not want a pardon, let's end this debate once and for all. If Sanjay is willing to pay his debt to society, having exhausted all his legal options, then we should not stand in his way. Vir Sanghvi
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Among the more poorly thought out foreign policy initiatives of the government, one of the mitigated disasters has been the proposed BRICS bank. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri