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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

India

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.

Kashmir floods - a story of destroyed ecology

The ravaging Kashmir floods have another story to tell --- devastation of local ecology and natural water system by unplanned development for political reasons. Half of the Srinagar's water-bodies have been lost and the natural linkages waterways cease to exist.

Why did you toy with love jihad when sabka-saath, sabka-vikas worked fine?

In three months’ time, the BJP having successfully experimented with ‘sabka-saath, sabka-vikas’ in Uttar Pradesh, ‘unofficially’ but inexplicably turned to ‘love jihad’ in the by-polls. As ‘Modi-Modi’ chants got replaced with ‘Yogi-yogi’ cries in these by-polls, the young who had just voted for their 'acche din' got confused.

BJP jolted in bypolls, hit worst in Uttar Pradesh

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a significant blow in a clutch of assembly by-elections on Tuesday, ceding ground even in some of its traditional citadels barely four months after the party’s thumping Lok Sabha victory. Poll: Do the bypoll results show that the Modi magic is over?

Army officials should get harsher sentence: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought to know as to why can’t top army officers, involved in illegal arms racket, be given harsher punishment, similar to a 'poor civilian' who is sentenced to three months of imprisonment for stealing just Rs. 10.

Bypoll results give Congress life-saving dose

Tuesday’s by-election results delivered has perhaps delivered a booster dose for the morale of the beleaguered Congress which, just four months ago suffered a humiliating Lok Sabha loss to the BJP.

Narendra Modi and Xi need to balance interdependence and strategic rivalry

Both sides will, first, be straining to ensure that Xi Jinping's visit in no way pales in comparison to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan. Beijing has already announced that Xi’s visit will see investments worth $100 billion in India.

Gujarat bypolls: BJP retains 6 seats, loses 3 to Congress

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.

BJP's loss in UP worse than it seems, party lost most ground in Lucknow

Have the people of Uttar Pradesh (UP) denounced the Modi wave? Samajwadi Party (SP) has won 8 out of the 11 assembly seats contested on Friday in the state. Interestingly, all these assembly constituencies in UP were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the legislative elections of 2012.

Isro and NASA planning on a Mars Joint Working Group

Scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation and NASA are working on a mechanism to  collaborate on building a Mars Joint Working Group.

Narendra Modi's homecoming in Gujarat dampened by reverses faced by BJP in bypolls

It was billed as Narendra Modi's big 'homecoming', the first time he would return to the state after taking over as Prime a Minister. The PM arrived, and rituals were followed, but reverses in the by polls had quite perceptibly dampened the mood.
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