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Launching our beta website: beta.thehindu.com

The redesigned website of The Hindu was launched on 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.

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From the Print Edition
M.K. Narayanan is new Governor of West Bengal
Patil for Punjab; M.O.H. Farook gets Jharkhand

Justice Sirpurkar heads 3-member Dinakaran impeachment panel
NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judge V.S. Sirpurkar will head a three-member committee that will investigate the grounds for impeachment of Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran whose removal from office has been sought jointly by 75 Opposition ...

Jyoti Basu extremely critical
Kolkata: Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu’s condition continued to remain ‘extremely critical’ and ‘his position points towards multiple organ failure,’ a medical bulletin issued by the hospital authorities on ...

Centre considering functional autonomy for national institutions: Manmohan
Rules for recruiting executive heads for eight such institutions have been liberalised, says PM

Hungry Haitians clamour for food and water
Rescuers wage an increasingly improbable battle to free the dying before they become the dead

“Counter dogmas with rational thinking”
Kolkata: India does not need blind faith but rational thinking and a scientific temperament to counter dogmas and ideologies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at the conclusion of the sesquicentenary (150th year) celebrations of the St. ...

Protests mark consultation on Bt brinjal
BHUBANESWAR: Widespread protests marked the visit of Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh, to a national consultation on commercialisation of Bt brinjal. In a novel method of registering their resentment to ...

In Chhattisgarh, jail is the cost of filing a public interest litigation plea
Police detain three witnesses to killings in Gompad village, ban journalists from site

3 killed as express train rams another
LUCKNOW: Three people were killed and 14 injured when the Kanpur-bound Kalindi Express rammed the stationary Delhi-Kanpur Shram Shakti Express from behind near the Tundla junction in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The ...

Railway Board suspends 3 officials
NEW DELHI: The Railway Board suspended Divisional Railway Manager of the Allahabad Division S.K. Agarwal and three others, in the wake of the accident involving the Shram Shakti Express and Kalindi Express, which left three persons dead on ...

Conditions imposed on Nitu Singh’s return withdrawn
Maharashtra Minister issues order

Print media should devote more space to classical fine arts: N. Murali
MUMBAI: The market has driven out music from the pages of the Indian press. It is time now to reverse the trend, and influential newspapers should take the lead in devoting more space and attention to the classical fine arts, N. Murali, ...

Tharoor summarised his own Nehru book, not Parekh’s views
NEW DELHI: Was Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor being overly bashful in implying last week that his remarks about Jawaharlal Nehru having earned India the “negative reputation of running a moralistic commentary on ...

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
For China’s Netizens, Google’s exit raises hard questions
Reasons behind the web giant’s decision still being debated

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Can Wikipedia fuel growth of vernacular content online?
BANGALORE: Picture this. Two editors are locked in a fierce argument over the phonetically correct spelling for ‘metre’ in the Tamil script. While one editor insists ‘meattar’ is the correct transliteration, the other, ...

Custody for 3 in RTI activist murder case
PUNE: Three persons were sent on Saturday to police custody till January 25 in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty (39). The three were identified as Vijay Dabhade, Parshuram Telugu and Pramod Waghmore. ...

Sheikh Hasina defends agreements with India
DHAKA: In response to a threat of a agitation by a combined Opposition, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly defended the outcome of her recent visit to New Delhi and said the country would get the maximum benefit out of ...

Six more swine flu deaths in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Six more people, three men and three women, succumbed to swine flu that has already killed 180 people in Gujarat, health officials said. Twenty eight new cases were reported from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, ...

More than 50 injured in jallikattu
MADURAI: More than 50 people, including 20 spectators and bull-owners, were injured in jallikattu held at Alanganallur near here on Saturday. The condition of two bullfighters, who were injured on the neck and head, was stated to be serious. ...

2 tribal militants killed, ULFA leader arrested
Shillong: Two tribal militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with security forces in Songsak area bordering South Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. Two activists of Liberation Achik Elite Force were killed and ...

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