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HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

India

Gadkari bugging controversy rocks Parliament

The issue of alleged bugging at Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari's home rocked Parliament on Wednesday with Congress alleging that the methods used in Gujarat to keep tabs on ministers and MPs were being employed at the Centre, a charge stoutly rejected by the government.

Dealing with India’s right-wing cultural outrage machine

Books are getting pulped and authors are forced to rewrite; song lyrics change and films and art exhibition are being banned as the vigilantes use India's loosely worded hate-speech and blasphemy laws to muzzle cultural liberalism, writes Krittivas Mukherjee.

Mumbai: Heavy rain adds 34 days of water stock for city

After three days of heavy rainfall, the seven lakes that supply water to the city are showing significant signs of recovery. In the last 24 hours, the city has got an additional 34 days of water stock.

US secretary of state Kerry to arrive in India today

For some observers, Kerry's three-day trip is in itself a sign of India's importance. He has focused much of his tenure on crises in the Middle East, and returned just Sunday from a gruelling, unsuccessful mission to end the Gaza conflict. Kerry's visit is a chance for India, US to address differences

Saffronising education: Harsh Vardhan's sex education ban to Batra's books

In the past, the BJP accused school books being driven by 'Marxists'. With the NDA back in power, the Sangh Parivar is reported to have already set up a body to push the saffron agenda.

India's crystal meth addiction grows as criminals tap chemical hub

India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and is a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are both legally used in medication such as decongestants.

India-US meet: John Kerry leaves for India

US Secretary of State John Kerry, heading a high-powered delegation, on Wednesday left for India to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi during his three-day official visit. India, US need to get past bumps that have emerged

Bitter pills needed for economic turnaround in Uttarakhand: CM Rawat

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, who heads a coalition government, says he is in a better position to implement his vision of development for Uttarakhand after the Congress' clean sweep in bypolls in three assembly segments.

Curfew in Saharanpur to be relaxed for 5 hours today

Curfew in the communal violence-hit Saharanpur will be relaxed for five hours on Wednesday, a senior district official said in Saharanpur on Tuesday.

IAS officer says Haryana chief secy threatened him

A senior Haryana officer, who took on the state government over its choice of information commissioners, has accused the state’s top officer of threatening him. IAS officer Pradeep Kasni said chief secretary SC Choudhry sent him objectionable SMSes for questioning the decision.

Govt will ‘tread cautiously’ over GM crop trials

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that the government would “tread cautiously” on allowing field trials of genetically modified crops after the Swadeshi Jagran Manch issued a statement quoting the minister saying that the trials have been put on hold.

Put Bali agreement on hold, Modi govt to tell Kerry

India will push for the trade facilitation agreement to be put on hold until a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security is found, during US secretary of state John Kerry’s visit beginning Wednesday.

Centre sets ball rolling for smart city project

With finance minister Arun Jaitley allocating Rs. 7040 crore in 2014-15 budget for developing smart cities, the urban development (UD) ministry has set the ball rolling for preparing the blueprint for the project.  

Draft anti-hijack bill sent to law ministry

Aviation ministry has sent the draft anti-hijacking bill, which includes death sentence as a punishment, to the law ministry for vetting. To make the anti-hijacking law much tougher the aviation ministry wants to repeal the Anti-Hijacking Act 1982 and replace it with a new one.

PM Modi may not get to address US joint session

The PM's proposed address to a joint sitting of the US Congress in September is unlikely to happen, as the Republican Party wants a shorter session to enable early elections to the law-making body.
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