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Launching our beta website: beta.thehindu.com

The redesigned website of The Hindu is being launched today, Saturday, August 15, in beta. As the website of a 130-year-old newspaper of record, it retains its core values of independence, authenticity, and credibility while adopting contemporary web design principles, tools, and features.

The design is by Mario Garcia Jr., of Garcia Media, Tampa. Florida, USA. The workflow solution is by CCI Europe A/S, Denmark.The web publishing system is from Escenic A/S, Norway.

The new design offers a refreshing mix of easy-on-the-eye layout, rich visual content, and intuitive navigation. It is optimised for the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. It has topic-based exploratory and research capability. In a few months, the full content of the old website, including the archive, will migrate to the redesigned website. We will be introducing multi-media content, social media tools, and other advanced features progressively.

In the beta phase, readers can continue to visit the old website at www.thehindu.com. They can click on the 'Today's Paper' link in the beta site to go to the old website, which has the archive from the year 2000. Breaking news and updates have moved to the redesigned website. Both websites will have content from the feature sections.

Readers can comment on several stories in the beta website.

From the Print Edition
Advani refuses to meet pro-Vasundhara Raje MLAs
Over 60 of them descend on the residence of the BJP leader

Manmohan will focus on drought
I-Day address expected to assure citizens on relief steps

Swine flu death toll 25, CRPF man among three new victims
Raipur/Pune: Swine flu claimed three more lives, two of them in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number of casualties in the country to 25, even as the government decided to issue new guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of suspected ...

Chemicals to attack and kill cancer stem cells identified
Researchers say these drugs leave ordinary cells unharmed

3 in Puducherry test positive for A(H1N1) flu
CHENNAI: Three persons in Puducherry have tested positive for the A(H1N1) influenza and have been quarantined. They are being treated as in-patients at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). ...

Ashok Chakra for Mohit Sharma, Sreeram Kumar
President Pratibha Patil also approves 146 gallantry medals

President for accountable governance
People feel outraged “when money meant for welfare schemes is pilfered”

New guidelines for swine flu patients
To check inflow of people into hospitals

11 private hospitals in Mumbai to treat swine flu patients
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has approved 11 private hospitals here for treatment of swine flu. They will have a total of 55 beds for suspected persons and 55 beds for confirmed patients. Additional Chief Secretary (Public Health) ...

Left ensured passage of NREGA: Karat
He disputes Amartya Sen’s charge that they neglected hunger, illiteracy

India for strategic relations with U.S., Russia
NEW DELHI: While India’s relationship with Russia has acquired stability, its ties with the U.S. appear to be still a work in progress with both sides attempting to broaden the ambit of their cooperation. India is more or less ...

Future of India lies with the Left: Buddhadeb
“Time to turn things around in West Bengal”

Security tightened for I-Day
KOLKATA: Security in the city has been beefed up in view of Independence Day, even though no specific information about a threat to the city has reached the authorities, police officials said here on Friday. “Extra 1,500 ...

BADMINTON
Wang Lin sends Saina Nehwal packing
Top seeds Mi Zhou and Lee Chong Wei bow out on a day of upsets

ATHLETICS
Sprint showdown the highlight
Dibaba pulls out of 10,000m; Isinbayeva seeking third gold

CRICKET
"Sourav and I trusted each other" - full text
Chennai: John Wright is here to watch and guide the New Zealand ‘A’ cricketers in the upcoming Buchi Babu tournament. Apart from being a selector, the affable Kiwi also heads an elite panel of coaches in his country. The former left-handed ...

French tourist trampled to death by elephant
Udhagamandalam: A French woman tourist was killed by a wild elephant at Bokkapuram, adjacent to the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, on Friday. Del Yotel Annie (66), a retired teacher, was trampled to death when she was photographing a herd of ...

A subdued ‘Dahi Handi’
Parties cancelled fete following swine flu scare

Cancer: path cleared for drugs
NEW YORK: A team, led by Dr. Piyush B. Gupta at the Broad Institute, a Harvard-MIT collaborative for genomics research, has discovered a way to identify drugs that can specifically attack and kill cancer stem cells. Another approach to ...

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