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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.

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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
16 villagers shot dead over land dispute in Bihar
Government going into the possibility of naxal involvement

Chicago, Tokyo ousted; Rio to host Olympics
Finally, South America gets an Olympics. The 2016 Games are going to Rio de Janeiro. In a vote of high drama, the bustling Brazilian carnival city of beaches, mountains and samba beat surprise finalist Madrid, which got a big helping hand from ...

OIC appoints special envoy on Kashmir
United Nations: The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), a grouping of 57 Islamic nations, has appointed a special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, a move seen as part of Pakistan’s efforts to internationalise the issue. The OIC ...

Dialogue, not threats, needed on Iran: IAEA
NEW DELHI: With American and European rhetoric over the Iranian nuclear issue heating up following Tehran’s recent disclosure of its plan to construct a second enrichment facility, International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ...

Protesters storm Sri Lankan High Commission in Delhi
NEW DELHI: Nearly a dozen activists of a Tamil outfit on Friday barged into and vandalised the Sri Lankan High Commission here. No one has been arrested so far. Security has been strengthened there. Around 3 p.m. nearly 50 people ...

IIT standoff ends after Sibal’s assurance
NEW DELHI: The standoff between the government and the faculty of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) ended on Friday with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal assuring them that departures could be made from the contentious ...

IAF to the rescue of flood-hit in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
Six helicopters flew 12 sorties and air-dropped 750 kg of relief material

Now it is Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act
Laying stress on Panchayati Raj Institutions, Manmohan calls for decentralising governance

Karat sees ulterior motives behind revival of China bogey
Links it to fear over growing economic power of the Asian giants

Court slams political pressure in criminal cases
Courts can interfere in such instances to correct injustice, it says

360 DHD (Jewel) militants surrender arms
Tarun Gogoi promises to give big push to growth activities in North Cachar Hills district

INTERNATIONAL
Pakistan probes torture video
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army says it is investigating a video posted on Facebook showing men in army uniform beating up suspected Taliban militants or sympathisers. A military spokesman said if the video was proved authentic, the Army ...

CRICKET
Watson,Ponting take Aussies to Champions Trophy final
It was a night when grace blended with power, when the beating of drums in the stands synchronised with the rhythm of strokeplay in the middle. It was a celebration of attacking batsmanship at SuperSport Park on Friday. Shane Watson (136 not ...

BUSINESS
GE merges healthcare unit with Wipro
Consolidation will further strengthen our relationship, says Premji

CRICKET
Gambhir and Dhoni win ICC top awards
Johannesburg: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year at a pleasant ceremony here on Thursday. “It’s been a dream run for me. It’s wonderful to be a part of the Indian team and ...

Congress dragged its feet in Bofors case, says CPI
NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India on Friday said the decision by the government to close the case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrrochi in the Bofors pay-off case exposed its will to fight corruption. The party said that ...

Scrap Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN
NEW DELHI: Conveying its opposition to India having a Free Trade Agreement with the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), the Communist Party of India on Friday demanded that it be scrapped. At the end of its two-day national ...

Seized substance not heroin: police


Plan to modernise city burial grounds
CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will modernise burial grounds to make them user-friendly and prevent the facilities from being misused by anti-social elements. As part of the proposal, it has approved the concept submitted by an ...

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