HindustanTimes Mon,20 Oct 2014


Bangalore rechristened: Home ministry gives 'Bengaluru' green signal

On November 1 this year Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah is expected to officially announce changes to the names of 12 cities in the state. The new Kannada names are likely to bring a cheer to native speakers of the language.

Cracker of a debut for new iPhone; 35k sold

Apple launched its iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus models in India to an enthusiastic response. But many buyers who had bought these phones hoping to sell them at a premium couldn’t do so as there were sufficient supplies at Apple stores.

Rhea Pillai's cricketer-friend threatened me, claims Leander

The ongoing legal dispute between tennis ace Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai has taken a nasty turn with the sportsman alleging her cricketer-friend issued death threats to him and his minor daughter.

‘Hidden signatures’ of awareness found in patients in vegetative state

Scientists at the University of Cambridge, led by an Indian researcher, have found ‘hidden signatures’ in the brains of people in a vegetative state.

Movie review: Sonali Cable runs out of ideas

Rhea Chakraborty-Ali Fazal-starrer Sonali Cable about a feisty female cable operator threatened by an evil multinational is so amateurish that scenes intended to shock and sadden actually make you laugh, writes Sarit Ray.

Kashmir stands again: Touching tales of people's courage and victory

A tide of heroics: how Kashmir survived floods. Download e-book on Hindustan Times' extensive coverage of heart-rendering accounts of how people triumphed against a natural disaster.

First look: Amitabh Bachchan the paralysed chess master in Do

The first look of Bejoy Nambiar's next, Do has been leaked online. The pictures, from the  film's sets in Delhi, show the Big B and Farhan Akhtar in interesting roles.

Movie review: Despite Cameron Diaz, you don't want to watch this Sex Tape

With such likable stars as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in the lead, Sex Tape could have been the perfect romantic comedy about love and lust. Instead, it comes across as a limp film venture stretches incredulity to the point of breaking.

Movie review: Watch The Judge for Robert Downey Jr's acting intensity

Despite its sloppy script, The Judge is gripping and engaging. We will thank Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall for that. Their sterling performances and man-o-man encounters are the highlights of this film.

Behind the gloss, Swachh Bharat aims to build new national ethos

The Modi government is scaling up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, its flagship cleanliness mission, as a deeper national project aimed at building a new national ethos, riding on a high pitch of popular culture and public messaging, official communications accessed by HT show.

Bollywood lost-and-found story in Bhopal girl's homecoming

A lost-and-found story with a classic Bollywood-style happy ending has played out at a humble neighbourhood in Madhya Pradesh’s capital city on Friday.

In pics: It's Diwali for AIADMK supporters after Jaya's release

The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to jailed former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case, triggering celebrations in the state by the cadres of her AIADMK party. "It is Diwali day for us," a party cadre said outside the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai.

Jayalalithaa's jail time: Eating curd rice, evening strolls

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was granted bail Friday, spent about three weeks in jail getting up early in the morning and reading newspapers, taking rest in the afternoon after a lunch of curd rice, a stroll in the evening and hitting the bed early.

With seizures up, Indian gold smuggling loses its shine

Gold smuggling into India, the world's second-biggest consumer of the precious metal, is becoming more risky for couriers following a surge in seizures and less profitable for the gangs behind the practice.

Movie review: No difference between Count Dracula and a zombie in Dracula Untold

The trailers of Dracula Untold filled the audience with the anticipation that it may reveal some inconvenient truths about the Son of Devil, Dracula, but what the film dished out was nothing better than a rehash of the same 14th century Transylvania story.
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