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TIMES OF INDIA HEADLINES 7TH DECEMBER 2014

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INDIA
The chilling tale of yet another 'freezer baba'
As officials gear up to cremate late Ashutosh Maharaj, a look back at how another sadhu on ice show was shut down.
'Why give us a visa and then shut the door?'
Six months ago, Izzat Majeed and his musi cians at Sachal Jazz Ensemble in Lahore started work on Jaidev's immortal ode to peace, Allah Tero Naam.
Border dwellers between India and Bangladesh: 'Now we can live and die with dignity'
Most border dwellers between India and Bangladesh use forged documents to survive.
BUSINESS
FM Arun Jaitley hints at more subsidy rationalisation measures
Jaitley also hoped that the government would be able to push the Insurance legislation and the Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the current session of Parliament.
Debate on opening up insurance sector may end soon: Jaitley
Hinting that the chances of the Insurance Bill getting approved during parliament's ongoing winter session are high, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the debate on opening up the sector will end soon.
Air India asked to slash expenses by 10%
Facing a cash crunch, Air India was on Saturday asked by the government to slash expenditure on operational heads by ten per cent and improve performance and passenger facilitation, officials said.
ENVIRONMENT
Tiger captured in Sunderbans
The forest department officials on Friday evening released a tiger into a forest near Bonnie Camp.
Climate adaptation costs soaring, funding to fall short: UN
The cost of adapting to climate change in developing nations is likely to be two to three times higher than previous estimates, even if planet-warming emissions are cut enough to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, a UN report said on Friday.
Norway increases Green Climate Fund contribution
Norway said Friday it would increase its contribution to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, created to help poor countries cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
WORLD
US botches up Yemen rescue operation, al-Qaida kills 2 hostages
Captive American photojournalist Luke Somers and a South African hostage were killed in a failed effort by US Special Forces to rescue them from al-Qaida militants in Yemen on Friday, even as the Pakistan military nailed a high-value terrorist fugitive in South Waziristan following the pledge its army chief made during a recent visit to Washington.
Social injustice at home is hard for Americans to accept
Encounters between white cops and unarmed black men and teens are unsettling for citizens used to `seeing' human rights violations abroad.
More US troops than planned to stay Afghanistan
US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States will keep as many as 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned for the first part of 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT
5 Bollywood boyfriends we wish we had
Die hard romantic: That one look which melts your heart and that one touch which runs shivers in your body, who doesn't want a boyfriend like Shah Rukh Khan?
SCIENCE
Breathalyzer for pot soon
Stoners take note, police may soon have a tool to tell whether you're driving under the influence of marijuana.
Meet the natural inseminator
Alternate means of procreation and a redefined code of sexual conduct have created a new kind of sperm donor -the natural inseminator.
Wheat people vs rice people
Americans and Europeans stand out from the rest of the world for their sense of themselves as individuals. They like to think of themselves as unique, autonomous, self-motivated, self-made. As the anthropologist Clifford Geertz observed, this is a peculiar idea.
SPORTS
Germany beat India 1-0 in Champions Trophy
India started their FIH Champions Trophy campaign on a losing note after Germany scored in dying minutes to beat the hosts 1-0 in Pool B match in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Indian Aces win thriller in IPTL's promising India debut
The India leg of IPTL got a promising response from fans on the opening day when Indian Aces edged out Manila Mavericks 26-25 in a late night thriller.
Dos Santos keeps Delhi Dynamos in hunt for ISL semis
Brazilian winger Gustavo dos Santos' magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semifinal berth as they defeated FC Pune City by a solitary goal.
TECHNOLOGY
10 top tech stories of the week
Here's a quick look at what made news in the world of technology in the week just gone by...
Phablet comparison: Xolo Omega 5.5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note
The biggest competitor for the all-new Xolo Omega 5.5 in India is Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G phablet. Which is better? We find out...
The Steve Jobs guide to getting what you want
Many consider Jobs a genius, but there's no reason we could all learn a thing or two from his tactics. Here, we teach you how to get what you want — in career or in life in general — by using examples from Jobs's life.
EDUCATION
IITians jump at offer to return for placement if start-ups fail
IITs have launched a deferred placement programme, which allows students to return to campus for interviews in next 2 years if their business ideas don't work out.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella a role model: Gollapudi Marthi Rao
Cautioning students that goal of education is not secure a job alone, noted writer, film actor and columnist, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao has advised them to be socially vigilant and bring out socio-technological solutions for contemporary issues.
Smriti Irani hails support of political parties in passage of education bills
HRD Minister Smriti Irani today hailed the support from all the parties in Lok Sabha for the passage of three crucial bills on education, saying the overall consensus reflected that "rashtraneeti" had prevailed over politics.
MUMBAI
Byculla museum to get new wing by '18
Mumbai city is to get a new museum building on international standards by the end of 2018.
Directors discuss art of storytelling
‘Two silly monkeys who aren’t really silly’. That is the favourite story of filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee’s 5-year-old daughter these days, but it might as well have been the title of the afternoon session at the Times Litfest on Saturday.
2 key arrests in red sanders case
Two days after 23 tonnes red sanders were seized in mid-seas, the crime branch on Saturday arrested diesel smuggler and murder accused Mohammed Ali who provided logistic support and his key associate Feroz Hassan.
DELHI
DD deputy director killed in road accident
Doordarshan deputy director Anurag Rastogi died on Saturday after he was hit by a speeding car while on his morning walk.
NRI woman alleges rape
A 35-year-old NRI woman has alleged she was raped by her boyfriend who was in a relationship with her for the last two year. She claimed that the accused had promised to marry her but had later refused.
181 women's helpline staff in distress
Saturday's incident of a sexual assault on a woman in a taxi has only heightened the safety concerns of the 181 Helpline staff, who are being ferried to their homes by private cabs following discontinuation of Sakha Cabs service.
BANGALORE
Child safety policy puts onus on school managements
School managements and staff are responsible for the safety of children in their institutions. This is one of the moot points in the Child Protection Policy approved by the Karnataka cabinet on Saturday.
Bengaluru only big city to see rise in home sales
Bengaluru will be the only major city to see a growth in new residential sales in 2014. Five other major metros are expected to see a decline, with NCR and Mumbai being the worst hit thanks to poor sentiment and high property prices.
HYDERABAD
Telangana govt to rope in NSD to save dying arts
Having identified as many as 62 'dying' Telangana folk arts out of 128 known to exist in the state, the government is looking at the possibility of roping in National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi, to preserve the cultural heritage and promote it across the country.
Black Day passes off peacefully; shops remain closed in Old City
The city remained peaceful on the 22nd} anniversary of the Babri Masjid on Saturday.
'Notify city master plan before pooling land'
Putting the TDP government on notice, senior parliamentarian Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao on Saturday said the farmers of riverbank villages will not part with their land for the capital city.
CHENNAI
Eye on Tamil Nadu, Shah lands in Chennai on December 20
Signalling a shift of focus to southern states, BJP president Amit Shah will address his first public meeting in Chennai on December 20.Shah, who will arrive in Chennai after touring Kerala, will also address party cadres during his two-day visit.
State promises speedy clearance for industrial projects
Faced with intense competition from neighbouring Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in attracting investments, the Tamil Nadu government has assured speedy clearances for projects and promised to set up meetings with key officials to expedite the process.
Doctor kills himself with lethal injection
A 30-year-old doctor killed himself by administering lethal injection at his house near Selaiyur on Friday, allegedly hurt by his wife's desertion.
AHMEDABAD
Special cleanliness drive for hospitals launched
A special cleanliness drive was launched by chief minister Anandiben Patel. She also laid the foundation stone for the Rs 170 crore Paediatric Cardiology ward, at U N Mehta Institute here on Saturday.
Homes demolished, Sanand residents demand rehabilitation
Divaben Thakore has a month-old baby boy.Today, she is fighting the cold in the open with no roof over her head.
CEE wants to beam edu for Afghanistan via satellite
The city-based Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has proposed the use of a satellite-based education programme for Afghanistan to reach remote areas with teacher troubles.
ALLAHABAD
Many examinees fail to chalk out strategy for board exams: Survey
A survey conducted by Bureau of Psychology among 1,000 high school students here shows that 4.5% of them are suffering from suicidal tendency.
Nobel laureates to attend IIIT-A science conclave
The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) is all set to host the 7th science conclave from December 8.
National importance to IIIT-A soon
The administrative galleries of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A) would soon be witnessing a sea change in governance of the institute.
BHUBANESWAR
Russian sorry for taking Puri temple snaps
A tourist from Russia had a harrowing time while taking photographs of Jagannath Temple in Puri by climbing atop a watchtower on Friday.
CBI keeps OCA men waiting
Two Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) functionaries, summoned for interrogation in connection with Artha Tatwa (AT) Group scam, spent the entire day at the CBI office and were later asked to leave without being questioned.
Angul used cycle pump to up tally
Angul, which was caught using bicycle pump during sterilization surgeries on November 28, has lagged behind most other districts in conducting tubectomies this financial year.
BHOPAL
MP assembly winter session from Monday
A brief five-day winter session of the Madhya Pradesh state assembly starts from Monday.
2 years on, POCSO Act new weapon against child abuse in MP
With Madhya Pradesh hogging the rogue’s gallery with maximum cases of sexual assault against children, the new law framed in 2012 to exclusively protect minors from abuse is slowly becoming a potent weapon to rein in brutes and serve as a deterrent.
Stabbed 2 bravehearts foil robbery bid at Ginnori
Displaying sharp presence of mind, two bravehearts foiled designs of an armed robber who barged into a house and inflicted stab wounds on them with a sharp-edged weapon in a crowded Ginnori area of old city on Friday afternoon.
CHANDIGARH
Jatha urges people to remove Gurbani verses, religious symbols from vehicles
A group of Sikhs have taken to the roads to generate awareness among people who, they feel, inadvertently show disrespect to verses of Gurbani and the Sikh religious symbol Ik Onkar, by inscribing these on their vehicles in violation of the directions of the Akal Takht.
Kabaddi world cup opens amid Bollywood glitter
The fifth World Kabaddi Cup opened in Jalandhar on Saturday amid programmes highlighting the achievements of Punjab government and Bollywood glitter, as actors Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor danced, promoting their upcoming movie.
Hours before World Cup opening, Cong plays mock kabaddi on potholed road
A few hours before the extravagant opening of the World Kabaddi Cup in Jalandhar, Congress councillors played a symbolic kabaddi match on Saturday outside inter-state bus terminus, taking a dig at the Punjab government by highlighting the contrast between the glitter of the inaugural ceremony and poor condition of roads in the city.
TIMES OF INDIA HEADLINES 7TH DECEMBER 2014 Reviewed by sambasivan srinivasan on 9:19:00 PM Rating: 5

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