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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

India

Calling off talks is a message to Pakistan, says Amit Shah

By calling off the scheduled foreign secretary talks, the Modi government has sent out a message to Pakistan that bilateral dialogue cannot be held if it continues to engage separatists in Kashmir vis-a-vis India, BJP president Amit Shah said on Friday.

Maharashtra polls could be an expensive affair

According to political leaders and experts, more than Rs. 2,000 crore could be spent in the contest for 288 seats. This raises the question: Where is all the money coming from? The answer is not clear.

Rane calls BJP govt ‘two-faced’, Cong campaign in Maharashtra to start on Sept 1

Industries minister Narayan Rane, while announcing the Congress’ assembly poll campaign plans on Friday, took on the BJP government and called it two-faced for having failed to deliver on its pre-poll promises.

Uddhav trying hard to bring satraps on board

To gain an upper hand over ally BJP in the upcoming assembly polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is on a spree of inducting Congress and NCP defectors and leaders with considerable clout in areas where the Sena is not as prominent.

Shot in the arm for Cong as JVM-P’s ex-MP joins it

Dr Ajay Kumar, a former IPS officer and JVM-P MP, joined the Congress on Friday in presence of state party chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, HRD minister Geetashree Oraon and party leaders.

Teenage boy abused, assaulted in govt-run home

A 13-year-old boy was abused and assaulted in a government-run home in Bangalore for allegedly refusing to clean toilets, and police have launched a manhunt for three persons, including the head of the home, in connection with the incident.

Haryana govt in rush to give licences before polls

With assembly polls likely in a couple of months, the Haryana government seems to be in a hurry to issue licences to private-sector developers before the model code of conduct kicks in.

Science is universal, tech must be local: Modi

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called upon Indian Institutes of Technology to provide local technical solutions in order to reduce dependence on the West.

Two vaccines work better for polio eradication: Study

A study done in India by researchers of the WHO and published in international journal Science on Friday shows that polio vaccine would be most effective when both the oral and injectable doses are used simultaneously.

Govt junks Qureshi's claim of being asked to quit

The government denied on Friday claims made by Uttrakhand governor Aziz Qureshi that he had been asked to quit and said an 'appropriate response' will be filed before the Supreme Court soon.

Congress to head House panel on law, home

The BJP is set to chair several key parliamentary standing committees while the Congress has been denied its top choice of heading the human resource education panel.

TN: Boy's hand chopped off for 'disrespecting' elder

Police said that the main accused, Krishnan, husband of the president of the village panchayat, was incensed by the boy’s alleged disrespect by sitting crossed legged in his presence.

High-level panel seeks overhaul of family laws

Supporting uniformity in the minimum age for marriage for boys and girls (18 years), the panel set up by the UPA government recommended the passing of a 'central enactment' for registration of marriages that is 'applicable to all religious groups'.

Golaghat curfew lifted for 12 hours

The law and order situation in Assam’s Golaghat district improved on Friday and, as a result, the indefinite curfew was lifted for 12 hours (6 am to 6 pm).

Cong should accept Speaker's decision on LoP issue: Rajnath

Home minister Rajnath Singh asked the Congress on Friday to honour the decision of the Speaker not to grant the status of Leader of Opposition to it in the Lok Sabha.
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