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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

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High on priority list, but no office or staff for skill ministry

Clearly there is no walking the talk for the newly created Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. While development of skills may be a buzzword for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s policies, very few moves have taken place on the ground to get the new ministry going.

Setback for Anandiben after three-seat loss

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.

IIT-B is highest-ranked Indian varsity globally

The QS World University Ranking 2014, for the third consecutive year, is led by MIT. At number two is the University of Cambridge, followed by Imperial College, London, Harvard University and University of Oxford.

A resurgent Mulayam upsets BJP’s applecart

The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) swept the Uttar Pradesh bypolls on Tuesday in a massive blow to the BJP just four months after it swept to power at the Centre on the back of its stunning success in the politically-significant northern state.

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.

Assembly bypolls: Saffron brigade loses plot as Congress, SP gain

Tuesday’s by-poll results have thrown up more questions than answers. While many were quick to debunk Narendra Modi government’s achhe din claims, there was no easy answer to the ineluctable follow-up question: was the SP’s success a verdict on Akhilesh Yadav government’s performance?

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.

Assembly bypolls: BJP jolted in all, except Bengal

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a major blow in a clutch of assembly by-elections on Tuesday, ceding ground even in its traditional strongholds barely four months after its spectacular Lok Sabha victory.

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.
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