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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.

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From the Print Edition
Probe on right track, say police
Two kg of RDX used in Pune blast, CCTV footage being examined

Pillai: I won’t rule out foreign hand
NEW DELHI: Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai on Monday said he could not rule out the possibility of a foreign hand in Saturday’s Pune blast. Mr. Pillai said there definitely was a link between the blast and American David Coleman ...

Resignations of 12 Telangana MLAs accepted
Many Congress MLAs stage walkout

AIADMK for probe into mass deletion of voters’ names
NEW DELHI: A delegation of 15 AIADMK MPs from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, led by its parliamentary party leader M. Thambidurai, met the Election Commissioners here on Monday and sought a probe into the mass deletion of names of 42,000 ...

Experts back India-Pakistan dialogue
Do not allow Saturday’s Pune blast to weaken the resolve, they say

The hang-out will not be the same again
At German Bakery, you could mingle with strangers without reservations: Iranian

Maoists kill 24 jawans in West Bengal
It is an answer to Chidambaram’s Operation Green Hunt, says Kishanji

In a trice, two friends found themselves aflame
Good Samaritans from India, abroad turn up for blood donation

Play on Jyoti Basu’s life
KOLKATA: The last journey of Marxist leader Jyoti Basu saw a sea of humanity descend upon the streets of Kolkata, and now, a city-based Jatra (folk opera) group is working on staging a play that will begin at the end and then flash-back nearly ...

Advani criticises Nehru, praises Indira
NEW DELHI: India’s foreign policy as shaped by the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was criticised by Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani in a blog posted by him on Sunday. He said Nehru’s “mishandling” of ...

News in dialects may soon be just a call away
Mobile technology allows citizen journalists to leave voice recordings

Hindi poet turns down Padma award again
Muzaffarpur (Bihar): Eminent Hindi poet Acharya Janaki Ballabh Shastri, who had on Republic Day refused to accept the Padma Shri, has turned down the once again. Angry with the Union government for seeking his bio-data for the award, ...

CRICKET
Sehwag, Tendulkar help India inch ahead
South Africa strikes back late in the day with three quick wickets

Norway says ‘no’ to genetically modified seeds
CHENNAI: “The main instrument for global food security is national food production. Every country has an obligation to provide food for its own population. Trade alone cannot solve the fundamental challenges regarding hunger,” ...

Advocates to boycott courts on February 19
CHENNAI: Advocates will abstain from courts on February 19 to protest the government’s “lethargic attitude” in taking action against police officers responsible for the lathi charge on lawyers on the High Court premises on ...

TABLE TENNIS
Poulomi to meet Shamini; Sharath Kamal takes on Sourav
GUWAHATI: PSPB’s Poulomi Ghatak played three brilliant matches to make it to the women’s singles final of the 71st senior National and inter-State table tennis here on Monday. She will take on defending champion Shamini Kumaresan, ...

A beauty contest with a difference
Diesel locomotives, coaches judged on the basis of age, condition

TENNIS
We have chance against Russia, says Paes
KOLKATA: Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, feels India stands a good chance of beating Russia in the Davis Cup later this year. “Russia is a formidable opponent both in singles and doubles especially at home. I think we too have a ...

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7
Barcelona: Software giant Microsoft on Monday announced that its Windows phone 7 operating system for mobile phones will be available by this Christmas season, as a whole new platform that incorporates social networking, music, video, photos ...

‘Mountain Divisions plan not against China’
It’s part of policy to strengthen armed forces in northeast, says Antony

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