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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

India

The insider who later turned a ‘betrayer’

Former external affairs minister K Natwar Singh had once said that many Congress leaders resented him because of his closeness to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Downpour blocks road, rail transport in Gujarat

Heavy downpour for two days in Gujarat disrupted normal life and traffic movement on the Mumbai-Delhi highway and Mumbai-Ahmedabad train route and left more than 10,000 trucks stranded on the national highway due to water logging.

MP: Tension in Khandwa after objectionable FB post

Tension gripped Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district Wednesday following violent protests triggered by a Facebook post that showed objectionable sketches next to the photo of a minority community’s shrine.

Bangalore: Priest rapes minor at her home, held

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a temple priest in Bangalore on Tuesday, less than a month after a seven-year-old was raped in a city school, sparking widespread protests in the southern city.

SIMI ban to continue for 5 more years

A special tribunal on Wednesday upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for another five years.

A ‘line of control’ in Saharanpur

The Ambala Road runs through Saharanpur in a way that it divides Hindus and Sikhs from Muslims, quite literally. But Saturday’s riots have turned it into a line of actual control, with the administration not allowing people from one side of road to cross over to the other side.

Flexi hours for women, other work reforms soon

The Narendra Modi-led cabinet cleared on Wednesday two major bills for labour reforms — the apprenticeship act and the factories act amendment bills — that will make the labour sector more responsive to industry demands.

Two jurists to have veto power in JAC

A seven-member judge-dominated judicial appointments commission (JAC) with two eminent jurists having powers to veto the majority’s decision is in the offing.

Four cubs born to white tigress at Nandankanan Zoo, one of them is black

The Nandankanan Zoo in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar has welcomed the birth of four cubs to five-year-old white tigress Sneha.

New chief to take over army reins today

General Dalbir Singh will inherit on Thursday the leadership of the army from General Bikram Singh when the force is in the midst of a costly transformation to fill critical gaps in capabilities.

DMK urges Prez to sack Katju as Press Council chairman

Smarting under revelations that it backed a tainted judge in the Madras high court, the DMK hit back on Wednesday at Justice Markandey Katju by asking President Pranab Mukherjee to sack him as the chairman of the Press Council of India.

JD(U), RJD and Cong unite in Bihar to fight BJP in bypolls

Seeking to buck the trend of recent parliamentary elections in which the BJP decimated them, the JD(U), RJD and the Congress announced on Wednesday an alliance among the three for bypoll in 10 assembly seats in Bihar, considered as semi-final before the crucial state poll next year.

HC questions Centre on delay in deciding Kingfisher's plea

The Delhi high court asked the Centre on Wednesday as to why it has not decided since March 2012 the plea of Kingfisher Airlines for security clearance to appoint advocate Lalit Bhasin as a director of the ailing carrier.

Sonia moves Delhi HC against summons

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi moved the Delhi high court on Wednesday, seeking to quash a lower court order summoning her along with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and four others in a case relating to acquisition of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper and its assets.

Kanpur industrialist 'got wife murdered' by girlfriend's driver

Piyush Dasani first claimed bike-borne men had kidnapped his wife when they were on their way home after a dinner at a restaurant. CCTV gave him away, say police.
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