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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

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The buzz: Keeping tabs on the political grapevine

A deal seems to have been struck between the BJP and the former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to facilitate his re-entry into the saffron party.

The buzz

It was the shortest Cabinet meeting in many years. The meeting that decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance which sought to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification lasted just five minutes.

Morality is essential

Morality. The word sounds good, but it can't be imposed upon anyone, or even be cultivated as it's an intrinsic quality. Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj reports.

Balancing an ideal life

I hear people say ‘I’ go to temple every day. As long as this ‘I’ is there, going to temple or church will not reap any benefit. We are not what we are because of anything from us; it is just how He wants us to be.

Happiness unlimited

How do we accumulate happiness? A tough task but not an impossible one. It is said that a person with a happy, healthy mind is the one who is happiest, because in this state of mind he remains calm and truly happy.

What’s in a name?

Parents of SSC students today filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, claiming that the geography paper in which students were asked to identify districts in Maharashtra was prepared according to their old names and not the new ones decided by the state government after it was elected to power.

One day, one man

The sheer sugar rush of watching Sachin (pronounced ‘Such-chin!’ each time he hits a boundary) single-handedly take on the Aussies as if he’s Karna in Kurukshetra, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Why so serious?

So the question’s not: What was Tharoor thinking when he made his ‘holy cows’ comment?! The question is: What was the Congress thinking when it got Tharoor on board?! Didn't anyone read his hilarious book before signing him up? asks Indrajit Hazra.

The dialogue

I see you’re reading a thick book. Nothing wrong, I hope?
Sssh. I’m trying to finish Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, before the movie comes out.

Not the theatre of politics

It was movie time for minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor and his personal staff. Tharoor recently went out to watch Quick Gun Murugan.

One dress, one year

Can you wear the same outfit day in, day out for a whole year? Sheena Matheiken can, and she’s doing it to raise funds for poor children. Shrenik Avlani examines...

A persisting profile from the past

The transition from foreign secretary to former foreign secretary takes more time when the world knows you as the country’s top diplomat for close to three years.

Another Gas tourist

On Thursday, outside the walled confines of the sprawling grounds where a factory once stood on Berasia Road in Bhopal, the festive spirit is infectious and spreading like an invisible mist.

Hits and missiles

Why on earth are you dismantling that nice, sleek missile?

Not a formula sport

No Formula 1 for India, it has decreed, so go rev up your engines elsewhere. Why pick on Formula 1, you might ask. Elementary, dear lover of elite sports, it is not purely sports, it is entertainment, says the ministry. Lalita Panicker writes.
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