HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014


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.

Oldest litigant in Babri Masjid case M Farooq dies

The oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid case, Mohammad Farooq, died at the age of 100 in Ayodhya, officials said on Thursday.

World looking at India, but we are not ready: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the whole world was looking at India with great expectations 'but we are not ready', as he underlined the need for more good teachers and inspected the Swachh Bharat Mission's progress during his Varanasi visit on Thursday.

BJP denies reports about meeting NC leaders

The BJP denied reports on Thursday that its leadership had held discussions with National Conference (NC) on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Amit Shah will take call on govt formation in J-K, says Jaitley

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday the BJP will play a 'crucial' role in Jammu and Kashmir's next government, while stressing the party had many options.

Talk like Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Some of the best speeches by the former PM

Vajpayee was often commended for his ability to stump his critics, especially in Parliament, with a passionate speech. Perhaps, one of his most memorable Parliament address was from 1996 during the confidence vote of his 13-day-old BJP government.

Assam rebels with a bloody cause: All about NDFB(S)

The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) is blamed for the killings of Adivasis in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts. The faction was linked to the killings of migrant Muslims in Bodoland in July 2012 too.

Won't say no to BJP if they knock on my door: Omar

The Jammu and Kashmir poll verdict threw up a hung assembly in which the PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats and the BJP came a close second with 25. The majority mark is 44 seats.

No movement on J-K government formation

A day after voters threw up a hung assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, the movement on government formation remained slow as a dominant section in the state BJP is adamant on leading the coalition.

NDFB(S) violence spreads to Udalguri in Assam

The violence unleashed by anti-talk NDFB(S) militants in Assam spread to new areas with one person injured in Udalguri district where rebels fired at villagers and burnt houses on Wednesday.
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