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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

India

Modi among leaders who visit Vajpayee on his 90th birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called on BJP patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 90th birthday and said there is no bigger tribute to him than celebrating it as ‘Good Governance Day’.

Malaviya too favoured ‘reconversion’ of Muslims, Christians

A Congressman who also stayed active in the Hindu Mahasabha, Madan Mohan Malaviya shared many Hindutva concerns, including his support to 'reconversions', an issue that is breathing fire yet again.

Intelligence Bureau chief plans another hurrah before retiring

Even in his last few days at the helm of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Syed Asif Ibrahim is not ready to relax. He wants to cap his two years as the IB director by neutralising a terror module that has turned into a headache for India's security establishment in the last few months.

Video: Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend, brings him back to life

Onlookers at a train station in Kanpur watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.

All political parties should agree to anti-conversion law: Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Bhopal on Thursday if an anti-conversion law was enacted at the Centre, Ghar Wapsi-like programmes would automatically stop. Ghar wapsi’ only way to end terror: BJP leader | 58 converted to hinduism in kerala

BJP leaders in Srinagar, PDP says willing ready to talk

There's some thaw in the deadlock over government formation in the state, two days after voters threw up a hung assembly. As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sent its senior leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to the state, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders have said they are ready to talk.

Congress appoints Punjab MLA Raja Warring as youth wing president

The Congress on Thursday appointed Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring as the president of the Indian Youth Congress in place of Maharashtra MP Rajiv Satav, setting off the process of organisational revamp.

J-K suspense on; BJP eyes chief minister's post, tie-up with NC

The National Conference and the People's Democratic Party willing to do business with it in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP was eyeing the chief minister's post in the border state, sources said.

Raghubar Das set to be named Jharkhand CM

Powerful tribal leader Arjun Munda pulled out of the race for chief minister on Thursday, paving the way for the possible installation of his bete noir and five-time MLA Raghubar Das to head a BJP-led government in Jharkhand.

In Hyderabad, a crack team of scientists that keeps the shores safe

When Satheesh C Shenoi did his PhD in physical oceanography in 1984 from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, little did he imagine that 25 years later he would head an institution pioneering in Tsunami research and warning in India.

Now, 'development' threat to coastal hamlets

The fishing communities of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore don’t talk much about the 2004 tsunami anymore. They now have a new problem on their hands: development projects like power plants, an oil refinery, ports and chemical plants that could hit their livelihood and also make their villages vulnerable to natural disasters.

MTNL launches app for complaint, bill payment

State-run telecom firm MTNL launched a mobile application for Android smartphones using which customers can lodge service complaints, pay bills and book new connection.

'Others' hold key to govt formation in divided J-K

Two independent MLAs and the lone Leftist legislator in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday pledged to support a 'secular government', giving fresh impetus to a possible Congress-backed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dispensation in the state.

On Xmas, 58 converted to Hinduism in Kerala

At least 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families were converted to Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam, Kerala as part of the 'ghar wapsi' (homecoming) programme.

Cong backs Sayeed to lead new government in JK

As the deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continued, the state unit of Congress on Thursday backed PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to lead the new dispensation to respect the people's verdict in the just-concluded Assembly elections.
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