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HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

India

No change in policy over dress code on beaches: Parrikar

Weeks after his minister kicked up arow with his comment that bikinis should be banned, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the government's policy on dress code at beaches remains unchanged and that any moral policing in the tourist destination would not be tolerated.

2004 Kumbakonam school fire tragedy: Parents disappointed with verdict

Parents of the 94 children killed in the 2004 Kumbakonam school fire tragedy in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday expressed shock and disbelief at the acquittal of the 11 people in the case by a court in Thanjavur.

Kidnapping, abduction showing a rising trend: Govt

A total of 1,57,717 cases of kidnapping and abduction were reported across the country in last 3 years and the numbers have shown a rising trend, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday

I was disappointed in the manner I got out: Rahane

India middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane expressed his disappointment in the manner he got out, playing a poor shot off a rank longhop bowled by part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali on the third day of the third cricket Test against England here today.

Kumbakonam case: principal gets 10 yrs in jail for death of 94 children

A trial court in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur on Wednesday sentenced the founder and the headmistress of a private school in Kumbakonam to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment after it found them guilty of a fire accident that killed 94 children.

Kolkata slum girl, now a British banker returns home to help destitutes

A British corporate trainer, who was brought up in the slums of Kolkata two decades ago, has now decided to return to her roots from her London home with a mission to transform the lives of other destitutes.

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.
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