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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

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HC junks CBI probe plea against Vadra

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into alleged land deals involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying the alleged "illegal transactions" have taken place beyond the court’s territorial jurisdiction.

China likely to invest $50bn in roads, infrastructure, ports

China is looking to steal a march over rival Japan by pledging investments worth billions of dollars in India's railway, manufacturing and infrastructure projects during President Xi Jinping's visit starting Wednesday as the two Asian neighbours seek to take their ties to a new direction.

‘Inch’ towards ‘Miles’: PM Modi pushes for greater cooperation

Coining a new acronym, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday talked about bilateral ties with China moving ahead as 'Inch' (India and China) towards 'Miles' (Millennium of Exceptional Synergy).

Another $50bn for upgradation of railways

While China has promised investments worth $50 billion for the modernisation and technological upgrade of the Indian Railways, final touches are being given to a draft MoU between the countries that envisages Chinese participation in projects including India’s plans to develop international class railway stations.

Modi’s Man of the Match Amit Shah fails to score this time around

Assembly by-elections have turned out to be a vastly different ballgame for BJP president Amit Shah with his party suffering setbacks on Tuesday, the third such instance in about two months after disappointing performances in Uttarakhand and Bihar.

High on priority list, but no office or staff for skill ministry

Clearly there is no walking the talk for the newly created Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. While development of skills may be a buzzword for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s policies, very few moves have taken place on the ground to get the new ministry going.

Setback for Anandiben after three-seat loss

The BJP retained six assembly seats in Gujarat on Tuesday but lost three seats to the Congress in the first electoral setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s successor in the state who had campaigned vigorously in all the constituencies that went to the polls.

IIT-B is highest-ranked Indian varsity globally

The QS World University Ranking 2014, for the third consecutive year, is led by MIT. At number two is the University of Cambridge, followed by Imperial College, London, Harvard University and University of Oxford.

A resurgent Mulayam upsets BJP’s applecart

The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) swept the Uttar Pradesh bypolls on Tuesday in a massive blow to the BJP just four months after it swept to power at the Centre on the back of its stunning success in the politically-significant northern state.

Three generations of Yadavs in Parliament

Samajwadi Party’s Tej Pratap Singh Yadav winning Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri parliamentary seat means that for the first time three generations of a political family will be sitting together in the Lok Sabha.

India-China ties: Crouching dragon, hidden tiger

India and China are unlikely to play up differences over their disputed border and will instead focus on boosting economic ties to give a new direction to relations between two of Asia's largest economies during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit beginning Wednesday. Here's a look at the highs and lows in ties between the neighbours.

75% marks in class 12th board exams, the new eligibility criteria for the IITs

The controversial ‘percentile system’ that decides students' eligibility for admissions into the IITs is set to change with the Joint Admission Board of the premier technical institutions recommending ‘top 20 percentile or 75% marks in the state board examinations, whichever is lower,’ for a seat in the IITs.

200 youths shave off their heads to ward off ‘ill omens’ caused by a simian’s death

Its monkey business of a different sort. Nearly 200 youths had their heads tonsured to ward off the ‘ill omen’ brought on by the death of a simian within the village boundaries.

Meet Rambo from Indore who is in the race for Cutest Indian Dog Alive

After scanning through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian ‘community dogs’ and learning about their rescue stories, Rambo of Indore has made it to the finals of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) third annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest.

Assembly bypolls: Projecting Yogi Adityanath proved counter-productive for BJP

Tuesday’s bypoll results have thrown up more questions than answers. While many were quick to debunk Modi government’s achhe din claims, there was no easy answer to the question: was the SP’s success a verdict on Akhilesh's government’s performance?
BJP jolted in all, except Bengal

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