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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

India

Catching that snake in the grass

Vava Suresh of Kerala is a living encyclopaedia on snakes. The vets and security personnel he counsels about tackling reptiles take him very seriously. After all, he has survived almost 250 bites.

Kashi welcomes MoU to improve town’s fortunes

The people of Varanasi were on Saturday elated to hear about Saturday’s signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the temple town will be developed as a ‘smart city’ with cooperation from Kyoto — the Japanese city which is a confluence of heritage and modernity.

Ambani not part of PM’s delegation

Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Mukesh Ambani is not part of the high-level business delegation accompanying PM Narendra Modi on his visit to Japan.

Sangh asks its Parivar not to interfere in govt’s work

With its affiliates publicly opposing key policy decisions of the government, the RSS brass has reined them in with a clear message that it is in no mood to create obstacles for the Modi regime in its very first year in power.

Left rejects Mamata’s call for grand alliance

Left parties on Saturday rejected West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s overtures to the CPI(M) to form a grand anti-BJP alliance, saying it is a gimmick and not to be taken seriously.

Sonia, Rahul to lead assembly elections campaign in Haryana

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other party stalwarts will campaign for the party candidates in the upcoming state assembly elections in Haryana, to be held mid-October.

Maoists gun down Cong leader in Jharkhand

Congress leader Kishan Saw was killed on Friday by CPI Maoists, who branded him a police informer, in a bustling local market in Jharkhand’s Gudabandha area, under Ghatsila subdivision.

Bipan Chandra: The historian exemplar, Indian extraordinaire

With Professor Bipan Chandra’s death, India has lost one of the finest articulators of her modern history. He wrote the most popular textbook on modern India and the freedom movement, at a time when there was none, writes Rakesh Batabyal.

In riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, kabaddi heals wounds, unites

Shabnam and her sister, Rookaiya, had a dream: they wanted to play kabaddi. But when the women from a dusty village in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar asked their father for permission, he was in a dilemma.

In west UP, economy suffers as streets bleed

The darkness of violence refuses to go away — much after the streets are cleaned up and the traces of destruction and death are no longer detectable on the surface. It keeps on influencing life in Uttar Pradesh.

Adityanath stokes fresh controversy

Upping the Hindutva ante, BJP’s Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath said in a TV programme that the majority community will reply 'in the same language' if it faces attacks, kidnapping or forcible conversions.

Oppn-ruled states cold to PM’s Teachers’ Day plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan to address students in nearly 14 lakh government schools on Teachers’ Day seems to have hit a hurdle with opposition-ruled states yet to make arrangements to ensure he is heard live.

Coal block allocation to Hindalco was in national interest: CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said in its closure report that the allocation of a coal mine to aluminium maker Hindalco was taken in the interest of the country and in view of its federal legal framework.

Irom made impact, but no AFSPA review now: Rijiju

Admitting that Irom Sharmila’s struggle had had significant impact, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju has said many things need to be considered before a review of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

RGV in legal tangle over ‘offensive’ tweets on Ganesha

A Jaipur resident lodged a criminal complainant against film director Ram Gopal Varma on Saturday after the Bollywood personality posted controversial tweets on Lord Ganesha.
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