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Hindustan Times Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Last Updated 07:56 IST 

On eve of Xi visit, India-Vietnam deal on China’s mind

A day before President Xi Jinping lands in India, China expressed concern over new oil exploration deals signed between New Delhi and Hanoi during President Pranab Mukherjee’s state visit to Vietnam. Xi visit to India could set new paradigm in bilateral ties

HT Analysis
Assembly bypolls: Projecting Yogi Adityanath proved counter-productive for BJP

Akhilesh Yadav

Tuesday’s bypoll results have thrown up more questions than answers. While many were quick to debunk Modi government’s achhe din claims, there was no easy answer to the question: was the SP’s success a verdict on Akhilesh's government’s performance?
BJP jolted in all, except Bengal

Passengers eject Pakistani politicians out of plane for causing delay

Rehman Malik
Angry passengers on board an Islamabad-bound Pakistan International Airways (PIA) flight from Karachi forced two prominent Pakistani politicians off the plane accusing them of holding it for more than two hours.

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Teacher recruitment at 6 AIIMS under cloud, probe finds big lapses

Aiims
A central inquiry committee has found major lapses in the recruitment of teachers for the six new AIIMS set up in different parts of the country, holding the director of AIIMS Patna and a private firm responsible for the mess.

IIT-B is highest-ranked Indian varsity globally

Uma says ‘human excretion’ caused U'khand floods

Delhi: Acid thrown on Sikh man, hair forcibly cut

J-K floods: Search begins for the missing

HC junks CBI probe plea against Vadra

Delhi: Going clubbing? You may be ‘profiled’

No Garba-crashing in MP say BJP legislators

CBI set to probe fraud in Salman Khurshid’s NGO

ED, CBI disagree over letting 2G accused go abroad

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Our take
Bypolls message for BJP: Don’t give up on the development agenda

A whole new meaning to a BJP visionary
While many local factors/issues of the respective constituencies may have influenced the electoral outcome, it is true that at least in UP the party did make a mistake by jumping off the development platform.

Moving Finger
An imaginary account of Scotland's 'independent' future

Scotland flag
As this columnist predicted on September 19, 2014, the fatal day when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced, this partition of the United Kingdom would lead to ultimate instability and disaster, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
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Multimedia

My India My Vote
7 days to go - Mars Orbiter Mission
Kashmir Floods: Rescue ops underway
How to pretend to be a lit pro for Facebook’s 10-book challenge
The big fat Indian wedding: It's all about the money, honey!
Parineeti-Aditya on #FoodYatra

We have to stand up for Deepika Padukone: Shah Rukh Khan

Deepika Padukone, SRK, Happy New Year
Speaking at the music launch of Happy New Year, SRK said, "Whatever Deepika tweeted I do support and all the cast of HNY will support that. We don't have the guts to do what she has done but we support her. We all feel for her. We should not trivialise the issue."

Android One set to force Samsung into price war

Android One phone

With Google throwing its tech might behind India’s low-cost phone makers, Micromax, Karboon and Spice, while introducing the Android One operating system, South Korean giant Samsung, which was conspicuously absent, may now have to enter into a price war at the bottom of the smartphone pyramid.

Whiskey woes
Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices

alcohol

As part of UK, Scotland has access to its overseas missions where it sells its single malt, uses the stable pound sterling as currency, gets tariff-free export within EU and uses the bloc to negotiate trade and tax deals globally.

Think Before You Post, says Facebook to Indian teens

A Facebook user
With growing instances of online abuse and bullying, Facebook launched the 'Think Before You Share' campaign to make teenagers think carefully before they post information, ideas or photos online.

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

Modi wave cartoon
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.

HT Analysis
Narendra Modi and Xi need to balance interdependence and strategic rivalry

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping

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.

75% marks in class 12th board exams, the new eligibility criteria for the IITs

IIT

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

Dakachya

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.

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MI crash out of CLT20 as Northern, Lions make the cut

Aditya Tare

Defending champions Mumbai Indians paid the price for their indifferent show, crashing out of the Champions League T20 as a committed Northern Knights from New Zealand in the final qualifying round match at Raipur on Tuesday.

Reigning IPL champions KKR keen on good CLT20 showing

Team India in Chennai
Reigning Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to justify their 'reputation' with a good showing in the sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
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Never liked being called White Pele: Zico

Zico

On a Tuesday morning the sun and the rain took turns to make their presence felt, Zico spoke to HT about the present, past and future of Brazilian football.

Liverpool return sets Champions League battle underway

UEFA Champions League trophy
Liverpool's return to European action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the Champions League title on Tuesday.
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Yuki falls tamely, India lose to Serbia in Davis Cup playoff

Yuki Bhambri
Filip Krajinovic denied India a place in the Davis Cup World Group by defeating Yuki Bhambri in the decisive reverse singles on Monday to clinch the playoff 3-2 for Serbia.

Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out

Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.
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cities

Rs 25,000 crore branded foods held up at ports

Chocolates

From Swiss chocolates to premium whiskies, from canola oil to non-alcoholic beverages — food products worth Rs. 25,000 crore are stuck in India’s various ports or being re-exported because of arbitrary regulatory scrutiny.

Mayank Pareek quits Maruti, tipped to join Tata Motors

Shinzo Nakanishi
In a major senior-level change, the head of marketing and sales at India’s largest passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki, Mayank Pareek, has quit the company after over two decades in the firm.
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'Halal tourism' explained in six questions

Muslim tourists The phrase was coined to refer to the specific traveling habits and expectations of Muslim tourists. Essentially these clients are looking for services in accordance with their religious principles, such as restaurants serving Halal meat and hotels with dedicated prayer areas.
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paramedical training

At risk

80% paramedics do not have basic training, with many unable to even insert a cannula in a patient, doctors tell Jeevan Prakash Sharma and Gauri Kohli in the concluding part of our series on paramedical education

How to deal with CAT’s verbal section

VA sectionA third of the CAT paper comprises questions that check your verbal skills. More often than not, this is the Achilles heel for a majority of CAT takers. In this article, we look at the key issues that need to be tackled to ace the verbal section.

Wanted life support

Paramedical courses

India needs to train thousands of paramedics to address an acute shortage, but courses offered by private institutes are unregulated and sometimes fraudulent. Jeevan Prakash Sharma investigates

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Microsoft

Microsoft to hold Windows 9 event in San Francisco

Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this month.

Apple sees record demand for new iPhones

Apple iPhone 6Apple on Monday said it had received record pre-orders for its new iPhone models, and that some customers will have to wait for the larger-screen versions of the smartphones.

YouTube to allow offline access in India on Android phones

Pic: YoutubeYouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.
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